Authentic Journeys Expert Panel

Posted On: November 24, 2011

We often tap in to the expertise of other to build, enhance and conduct our programs. Meet some of our experts below! If you’d like to be in touch with anyone, contact us here.


Our Authentic Journeys’ Expert Panel


Anandi Merchant
Anandi Merchant
Anandi was born and raised in Mumbai, India and has been living in the USA for over 2 decades. She holds a Bachelors’ from Mumbai University and a Masters’ from SUNY, Binghamton. During her Masters’, she taught statistical programming to undergraduate engineering students. As a programming major, she started making websites for small businesses and helping them with their marketing needs. She is committed to level the playing field for small businesses using digital technologies in this rapidly changing business landscape. She enjoys volunteering and has been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service award for her work at the Stony Brook hospital. You can see more of her work on her website Anandi Merchant Digital Marketing.

Her strengths include:

  • Website design & development
  • Search Engine Optimization (Read her guest post on SEO for Small Business.)
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Marketing



Annelise Piers  
Annelise Piers
Annelise Piers traded in her corporate suits for yoga pants and now armed with over 12 years of corporate coaching experience, promotes wellness programs at the workplace. Using a blend of Yoga, Neuro Linguistic Programming, and Metaphors of Movement, she works with groups of leaders and teams, including their foreign clients and colleagues, empowering them with the tools for self-care and mindfulness.

Her key areas of expertise are:

  • Yoga and mindfulness at the workplace 
  • Hormonal balance for women at work
  • Leadership and Yoga

Chris Sufi
Chris Sufi
Having lived and grown up in different parts of India, Sufi brings in a mature outlook of life and experiences around her. She is also a keen observer of people, cultures, and behavior.

Equipped with a Masters in English Literature, Sufi pursues her passion for writing as a technical communicator; she coaches and mentors people towards improving their English language skills. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Tamil.

Her key areas of expertise are:

  • Reviewing and Editing 
  • Designing Training Content
  • Indian Work Culture Etiquette

Sufi has edited numerous articles and training materials for Authentic Journeys as well as for many of our clients.

Cristina Canas Delgado
Cristina Canas Delgado
Cristina Canas Delgado, originally from Spain has lived in her native country and the U.K. before moving to India in 2010 after marrying cross-culturally. Cristina works as a Spanish facilitator in an International School in Bangalore as a Middle Years Program (MYP), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE – Cambridge program) and IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme).

Having a bachelor’s degree in English Philology and a master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Spain and English courses completed in the U.K. and in the U.S.A., she is fluent in both languages.

Cristina enjoys traveling, reading and writing in her free time.

Her key areas of expertise are:

  • Hispanic Culture 
  • European Culture
  • Language Strategies

Read more about Cristina here.
Learn about her blog and views on living in India as an expat in Spanish and in English.

Jennifer Tam
Jennifer Tam was working in India as a microfinance clean energy fellow implementing clean energy programs in Kerala and Uttar Pradesh.

She now resides in the US and works for the City of Seattle as a Restaurant Advocate helping people navigate through the requirements and regulations when opening or expanding a restaurant or mobile food business in Seattle. Jennifer has a BA in International Business and an MBA in Sustainable Business. She is committed to helping small businesses thrive and connecting entrepreneurs to resources to help their businesses start and grow.

Her key areas of expertise are:

  • American English & Corporate Communication 
  • Business Planning & Forecasting
  • Training Techniques & Activities

Luis Gonzáles
Luis Gonzáles is a global communications consultant, coach, and facilitator, with more than 15 years experience in helping improve business outcomes for global organizations via training and coaching. He has successfully driven learning initiatives for organizations and teams that encompass cultural assessment, systemic change, and training for associates worldwide. He works closely with CEOs, leadership teams, and Human Resources, positively impacting business outcomes through effective communication in global, multi cultural, and remote work team settings.

His key areas of expertise include:

  • Multicultural and Global Team Building
  • Managing Global Teams
  • Cross-cultural Competency
  • His regional expertise: México, India, Latin America, and the US.

MN Krish 
MN Krish
Krish is an expert in decision science and predictive analytics who has had a truly global career spanning India, US and Southeast Asia. Krish is also a novelist. His work is acclaimed for its unique exploration of bleeding-edge technologies and cross-cultural exchanges which define and shape the 21st century. Krish holds a Bachelors’ from IIT and Masters’ degrees from MIT. Further information about his work is available at

Krish is a strategic advisor to Authentic Journeys.
His key areas of expertise are:

  • Business Strategy
  • Product Development
  • Product Marketing

Take a look at a review we wrote of his book The Steradian Trail: Book #0 of the Infinity Cycle.

Preethi Kannath
Preethi Kannath
Indian by birth, Preethi spent her first 18 years in Kuwait. She returned to India to pursue her higher studies and hoped to set base there. But in less than 10 years, Preethi had packed and left for the US. She is an Instructional Designer and a Corporate Trainer by discipline; a cook and a blogger by choice; a photographer and a science buff by compulsion. She is fluent in English, Malayalam, and Hindi. She can stumble by in French, Arabic, and Tamil.

Her key areas of expertise are:

  • Instructional Design
  • Editing and Formatting
  • Classroom Training
  • Cross-Cultural Life Experiences and Coping with Differences

Preethi has edited blogs and taken the lead on instructional design on several of our programs in addition to editing the materials and facilitating coaching for several clients. She has also written an awesome blog on Mardi Gras for your reading pleasure!

Thank you for reading.
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