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Holder of an International Law Graduate Diploma having the Brazilian and French dual citizenship, VIRGINIA DRUMMOND ABDALA left Brazil in September, 1998. In France, she has worked as a consultant and trainer in intercultural management since 1999. Having contributed at UNESCO in the program of interreligious dialogue in 2001, she also intervened as temporary lecturer to numerous institutions of prestige in France and has run several seminars to prepare international managers for future expatriation. Holder of a Geopolitics Master Degree and a Strategic Management Research Master from the University of Paris - Dauphine, VIRGINIA DRUMMOND supported her doctoral dissertation in June, 2008 about Intercultural Learning within Corporate Universities. Virginia is particularly good in preparing people to work within Intercultural environments. Her fields for interest for teaching and research are: Intercultural Management, International Human Resource Development, Cultural Intelligence, Global Mindset, Global Managers Development


  1. 2008 : Ph.D in Management at Université Paris Dauphine, Doctoral Studies supported by the Government of Luxemburg (Bourse Formation Recherche)
  2. 2003 : Master recherche (former DEA) Politique Générale des Organisations –Research Master in Strategic Management – Université Paris Dauphine – France, with honors
  3. 2000 : Master professionnel (former DESS Géopolitique Européenne – spécialité: pays émergents. Translation: Professional Master European Geopolitics – Major : Intercultural Relations with Developing Countries – Université de Marne la Vallée – France, with honors
  4. 1997 : Law Degree at The Federal University of the State of Minas Gerais - Brazil (U.F.M.G.), with honors



  1. 2013 : Affiliate Professor at E.M. Lyon Business School – Lyons - France
  2. 2012 : Associate Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral - FDC Executive Education in Brazil
  3. 2010-2012 : Full Time Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral – FDC Executive Education in Brazil
  4. 2011 : Visiting Professor at EM Strasbourg – University of Strasbourg- France
  5. 2008-2010 : Associate Professor at EM Strasbourg – University of Strasbourg- France
  6. 2009 : Head of The Human Resource Track of Main Program (PGE) EM Strasbourg – University of Strasbourg - France
  7. 2010 : Cross Cultural Negotiation at Master of International Business at Universita di Pavia, Italy
  8. 2009-2010 : Strategic Human Resource Management Seminar to Executive MBA at Ecole Nationale d’Ingénierie, Anfa - Casablanca, Marocco.
  9. 2008-2010 : Human Resource Management Seminar, for Alcatel-Lucent, Alcate  University, Sharm El Sheik and Luxor, Egypt
  10. 2008 : Intercultural Awareness Seminar, at ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration), Strasbourg, France
  11. 2008 : HRD (Human Resource Development), Cross Cultural and Intercultural Management Associate Professor. Permanent member of the Faculty. Head of the HRM Track of the Graduate Program. EM Strasbourg – Université de Strasbourg, France.
  12. 2007-2008 : Assistant Professor, full time Faculty Member at Groupe Sup de Co Business School – La Rochelle, France (www.esc-larochelle.fr)
  13. 2004-2005  : Pedagogical and Research Assistant at E.M. Lyon, Business School, U.P.R. Management and Human Resource, in Lyon, France
  14. 2005 : Visiting Lecturer at ESA (Ecole Supérieure des Affaires de Grenoble – Université Pierre Mendès France) for the IFBAE (Instituto franco brasileiro de Administração de Empresas) : Lecture on intercultural aspects of the Brazilian-French dyad in a professional context to Brazilian Executives attending USP Executive MBA
  15. 2004- 2006 : Visiting Lecturer at the Université de Paris IV- Sorbonne, CELSA : Lifelong Training for Future Expatriates
  16. 2004 : Visiting Lecturer at the Université d’Evry -Val d’Essonne :  1. Management & Organization and 2. Economics of Globalization,  l’I.U.P Commerce et ventes des biens et services (Technical Professional International Sales Diploma Cursus)
  17. 2003-2005 : Confirmed Lecturer at FIB (Filière International Business) of NEGOCIA Business School of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the city of Paris (Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris)
  18. 2003-2004 : Consultant, lecturer and trainer for EDACTIW SARL: Human Resource Consulting Firm, Paris, France
  19. 2002- 2007 : Confirmed Lecturer at EM Lyon, Business School, Lyon



  1. 2010-2012 : In-company programs for Saint Gobain, Vale, Stepan Chemicals, Suzano Celulose and many others
  2. 2009 : ENA – École Nationale d´Administration (Strasbourg France)
  3. 2008 : Alcatel – Lucent (EM Lyon Executive Education) – Lyon France
  4. 2007 : Total (EM Lyon Executive Education)- Lyon France
  5. 2006 : CNAM (Conservatoire National d´Arts et Métiers)
  6. 2005 : Consultant for Itinéraires Interculturels SARL
  7. 2005 : SIETAR Europe (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research)
  8. 2004 : Câmara de Comércio França Brasil – FIEMG: Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Brésil, à Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  9. 2004-2008 : Arcelor, Arcelor-Mittal – Luxemburg
  10. 2003 : Consultant for Destinations Business SARL
  11. 2002 : Consultant  for Terres Neuves SARL
  12. 2002 : Embaixada do Brasil na França (Ambassy of Brazil in France)
  13. 2001-2002 : English and Portuguese teacher for Berlitz France.
  14. 2001  : UNA (Business School) at Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  15. 2001 : PUC The Catholic University of the Minas Gerais State, Brazil
  16. 2001 : MBA students of PUC Minas (Catholic University of the Minas Gerais State Brazil)
  17. 2001 : Consultant at the Interreligious Dialogue Program at UNESCO
  18. 2001 : Internship at the Interreligious Dialogue Program at UNESCO
  19. 2000 : Cultural Department of The Ambassy of France in Brazil : “ Culture et Communication Internationale: l’interculturel France-Brésil”
  20. 2000 : Consultant, lecturer and trainer for Berlitz Cross Cultural Inc.
  21. 2000 : Professional Internship at Fundação Torino (of FIAT Brazil) Lifelong Training : « Training Italian and Brazilian teams to get along and work together»
  22. 1999-2004 : Alcatel, Danone, Saur, Seb, Bon Grain, Demo, Valeo, Carrefour
  23. 1998-1999 : English, and Portuguese teacher at ILA- Institut de Langues Appliquées à Paris
  24. 1997-1998 : AGM Consultoria Ltda, Brazil 


  1. Intercultural Management
  2. Intercultural Teams
  3. International Human Resource Development
  4. Cultural Intelligence
  5. Global Mindset,
  6. Global Managers Development

Courses taughtTop

  1. Crossing Cultural Borders
  2. Cultures Nationales Pratiques Managériales
  3. Fusions – Acquisitions et Politiques d’intégration
  4. Mondialisation des entreprises et management interculturel
  5. Comprendre et gérer les cultures différentes
  6. Multicultural Teams
  7. Managing Intercutlural Teams
  8. Communication Interculturelle  et gestion d’équipes interculturelles
  9. Co-responsable du Projet Bachelor avec Thierry Picq

Research InterestTop

  1. Intercultural Management
  2. Intercultural Teams
  3. Intercultural Virtual Teams
  4. International Human Resource Development
  5. Cultural Intelligence
  6. Global Mindset
  7. International Human Resource Management
  8. Cutlural Studies : BRICs