Who We Are
Stephen Rhinesmith, PhD
Dr. Stephen H. Rhinesmith is one of the world’s leading experts on global leadership. His work focuses on how to navigate complexity, diversity and uncertainty in different economic and cultural environments, with a special focus on the Middle East and China. He is a Director of the China Naisbitt Institute which is researching and reporting on China’s megatrends and he holds a Professorship at the Asian Business School, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics where he is conducting research to train Chinese students and executives in global leadership.
He has published more than 30 articles on international affairs and his books, including Head, Heart, and Guts: How the World’s Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders and Leading in Times of Crisis (co-authors David Dotlich and Peter Cairo), are built on his experience as an executive, entrepreneur, consultant, diplomat, author and lecturer.
He has been a consultant to many Fortune 100 corporations on developing global leaders, including Samsung, Mitsubishi, Novartis, Ford, Bank of America, Merck, Avon, Burberry, Grupo Santander, and Saudi Aramco. His earlier book, A Manager’s Guide to Globalization, has been used in executive development programs to help managers gain a more global perspective in their work.
Dr. Rhinesmith brings to his consulting practice 20 years of senior international executive experience, 15 of which were as CEO and President of AFS International Student Exchanges and President and COO of Holland America Cruise Line Inc.
In addition to his private-sector experience Dr. Rhinesmith served for two years as President Reagan’s Coordinator for US-Soviet Exchanges. In this position, he held diplomatic rank of US Ambassador and was responsible for reinitiating cultural, educational, and citizen contacts between the United States and the Soviet Union. He was the founding Chairman of the Department of Organizational Sociology at Moscow State University which educates Russian students to develop the mindsets and skills necessary to work in an emerging free-market society.
In 1994, Dr. Rhinesmith served as Chairman of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the leading professional training association in the United States, with 75,000 members. He is the 1997 recipient of ASTD’s highest award given for lifetime contribution to the training and development profession.
Dr. Rhinesmith received his BA from Wesleyan University, and his MA and PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been named a Distinguished Alumnus and was awarded a Bicentennial Medallion as one of 200 outstanding graduates of the University in its 200-year history. He and his wife reside in Chatham, Massachusetts and Stowe, Vermont.