Creator of the Cultural Detective series, Dianne Hofner Saphiere is founder of Nipporica Associates LLC and has been active in the field of intercultural organizational consulting since 1979. She is U.S.A.-born, lives in Mexico, spent twelve years in Japan, and also lived in Spain. Dianne has worked with people from over 130 nations, and has been a faculty member of the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland for 28 years, the Intercultural Development Research Academy in Milano, and the Universitat de Valencia. Her client list includes ABB, Hyundai-Kia, Microsoft, Mitsui, Royal Dutch Shell, Schneider Electric, Telecom New Zealand and Texas Instruments, among many others, as well as universities and study abroad organizations worldwide. In 1994 she received the Interculturalist Award for Achievement from the International Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR International).
Dianne is a frequent author. Her newest volume is Communication Highwire: Leveraging the Power of Diverse Communication Styles, co-authored with Barbara Kappler Mikk and Basma Ibrahim DeVries and published by Intercultural Press. Her other works include the seminal Ecotonos: A Simulation of Multicultural Collaboration, now issued in its 15th anniversary packaging; Redundancía: A Foreign Language Simulation; Shinrai: Building Trusting Relationships with Japanese Colleagues; Doing Business with Japanese DIVERSOPHY; and contributions to peer-reviewed publications such as the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Global Competence: 50 Training Activities for Succeeding in International Business, The Training and Performance Sourcebook, and The Pfeiffer Annual. She has been on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication since 1990. She holds an M.S. in Organization and Human Resource Development and a B.A. in International Studies.