Kyoung-Ah Nam, Ph.D.


Kyoung-Ah Nam is an Assistant Professor in the International Communication Program at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. A South Korean native, she specializes in training and coaching North Americans working with partners in Korea, Japan and China and vice versa. Having worked and/or traveled in more than 35 countries in the past 15 years, Kyoung-Ah has an appreciation for cultural diversity that even extends to her hobbies, which include swing dancing and yoga.

Kyoung-Ah received her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (Focus: Intercultural Training, International Education and Cross-Cultural Communication) from the University of Minnesota and her M.A. in Intercultural Communication and Journalism from the University of Oregon. In addition, she holds a Certificate in Human Resource Development and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She is fluent in English and Korean.

During her career, Kyoung-Ah has had the opportunity to work on projects for a wide variety of organizations, including Samsung (Seoul), Ogilvy & Mather (Los Angeles), the United Nations (New York), UNESCO(Bangkok), 3M Corporation (St. Paul, MN) and Boston Scientific Corporation (Minneapolis, MN).

Kyoung-Ah is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR), the International Education Association (NAFSA), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK). She is an Advisory Council Member for the Intercultural Management Institute and serves on the Scholarship Committee of SIETAR USA (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research).

Dr. Nam is very good in her presentation and knows the subject matter well. She was very open to getting feedback from the team members and created a good learning environment.
— Senior Engineer, Siemens Ultrasound, Issaquah, WA
Kyoung-Ah had great enthusiasm for the subject and did a good job relating practical examples to real world situations; I enjoyed the course very much.”
— Participant in “Working and Communicating Effectively with Korean Colleagues” Siemens Ultrasound, Issaquah, WA