Meet the team

Ann-Sofie Agertz
Ann-Sofie Agertz

Relationship Manager

Chris Wood
Chris Wood

Head of Content

Laura Geaves
Laura Geaves

Head of Marketing

Russell Harlow
Russell Harlow

Director of Global Resourcing

Sophia Siegele
Sophia Siegele

Account Director

Steven Pritchard
Steven Pritchard

Director of Learning Facilitation

Sue Bryant
Sue Bryant

Editor

Terry Brake
Terry Brake

Director or Learning and Innovation

Plus...
200
country experts across
the globe

Our Journey

Country Navigator 1992

TMA World was founded in Paris by MBA graduates Chris Crosby and Hans van der Linden. Fascinated (and a little shell shocked) by the cultural challenges of living and studying overseas, decided to see if starting a business was any easier. The pair set up office in a Parisian side street.

Country Navigator 1993

One of their first ventures was to produce an intercultural training video ‘Building The Transnational Team’. This effort wins Chris and Hans silver at the Toronto International Film Festival. They continue to develop their learning collateral with an intercultural training guide; cross-cultural books and learning software.

Country Navigator 1994

With increasing demand for instructor led training the team develop a portfolio of integrated learning technologies. Respected author and consultant Terence Brake joins the company along with writer, presenter and all round cross-cultural evangelist Steve Pritchard. The enriched team lands their first major deal with UK retailer Tesco, to support their globalisation project in Eastern Europe.

Country Navigator 1998

The company now represents a growing network of 24 trainers and consultants in 8 countries and a new office in New York. Learning material covers 18 countries and cultures. Latest global contracts include HP, British Airways, Electrocomponents and Rolls Royce. The first prototype of Country Navigator is launched featuring 12 countries and is available on floppy disk.

Country Navigator 2002

Technical supremo Aaron Martinez joins the team and delivers the first online version of Country Navigator. The site attracts over 12,000 users in the first year. The team expands to 45 trainers globally, serving clients in 32 countries. Operations expand with new head office opening in London and local offices in Bangalore and Singapore.

Country Navigator 2010

The company is rebranded as TMA World to reflect the growing business proposition. Over 2,000 training sessions are delivered across 63 countries. Country Navigator specialises in cultural intelligence for 65 countries and cultures and delivers interactive assessments and self-study learning options. Terence Brake is asked to present at the United Nations and is subsequently featured on CNN. Award winning multimedia designer Chris Wood joins to lead online content development and user UX.

Country Navigator 2016

Country Navigator passes the 1 million user mark. The latest software offers a dedicated smartphone app and fully updated learning and online coaching features. The TMA World Group now operates three separate global businesses offering extensive learning and development solutions. The team comprises of 200 trainers, spanning 96 countries and delivers world class cross-cultural training to a wide selection of businesses, governments, NGOs, charities, schools and universities.

Today the company is a flourishing global network of experts, contributors and learners in over 120 countries. In a world experiencing adjustment to the impact of globalization over the last 25 years, the relevancy and purpose of the company’s vision burns as strong as ever.

And is best summed up in the words that originally inspired us…

“What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death. The ideal of a single civilization for everyone, implicit in the cult of progress and technique, impoverishes and mutilates us. Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life”

Octavia Paz, Mexican Poet and Diplomat, 1955.

Country Navigator 1992

TMA World was founded in Paris by MBA graduates Chris Crosby and Hans van der Linden. Fascinated (and a little shell shocked) by the cultural challenges of living and studying overseas, decided to see if starting a business was any easier. The pair set up office in a Parisian side street.

Country Navigator 1993

One of their first ventures was to produce an intercultural training video ‘Building The Transnational Team’. This effort wins Chris and Hans silver at the Toronto International Film Festival. They continue to develop their learning collateral with an intercultural training guide; cross-cultural books and learning software.

Country Navigator 1994

With increasing demand for instructor led training the team develop a portfolio of integrated learning technologies. Respected author and consultant Terence Brake joins the company along with writer, presenter and all round cross-cultural evangelist Steve Pritchard. The enriched team lands their first major deal with UK retailer Tesco, to support their globalisation project in Eastern Europe.

Country Navigator 1998

The company now represents a growing network of 24 trainers and consultants in 8 countries and a new office in New York. Learning material covers 18 countries and cultures. Latest global contracts include HP, British Airways, Electrocomponents and Rolls Royce. The first prototype of Country Navigator is launched featuring 12 countries and is available on floppy disk.

Country Navigator 2002

Technical supremo Aaron Martinez joins the team and delivers the first online version of Country Navigator. The site attracts over 12,000 users in the first year. The team expands to 45 trainers globally, serving clients in 32 countries. Operations expand with new head office opening in London and local offices in Bangalore and Singapore.

Country Navigator 2010

The company is rebranded as TMA World to reflect the growing business proposition. Over 2,000 training sessions are delivered across 63 countries. Country Navigator specialises in cultural intelligence for 65 countries and cultures and delivers interactive assessments and self-study learning options. Terence Brake is asked to present at the United Nations and is subsequently featured on CNN. Award winning multimedia designer Chris Wood joins to lead online content development and user UX.

Country Navigator 2016

Country Navigator passes the 1 million user mark. The latest software offers a dedicated smartphone app and fully updated learning and online coaching features. The TMA World Group now operates three separate global businesses offering extensive learning and development solutions. The team comprises of 200 trainers, spanning 96 countries and delivers world class cross-cultural training to a wide selection of businesses, governments, NGOs, charities, schools and universities.

Today the company is a flourishing global network of experts, contributors and learners in over 120 countries. In a world experiencing adjustment to the impact of globalization over the last 25 years, the relevancy and purpose of the company’s vision burns as strong as ever.

And is best summed up in the words that originally inspired us…

“What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death. The ideal of a single civilization for everyone, implicit in the cult of progress and technique, impoverishes and mutilates us. Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life”

Octavia Paz, Mexican Poet and Diplomat, 1955.

Training 75% of the
Fortune 500

Country Navigator is part of the TMA World Group of companies.

For 25 years, the group has been at the forefront of developing learning approaches that help individuals and organizations realize the value of diversity in the global workplace.

Training  75% of the <br />Fortune 500

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