Kia Afcari


Kia is a consultant with over 20 years of experience in the field, and a deep background in culture, change management, and leadership development.

Previously, he led a major culture change effort for UC Berkeley’s 8,000 staff that helped unleash collaboration, efficiency, and innovation. Kia has consulted with and coached dozens of teams and executives to help them grow employee engagement, work more effectively as a team, define their desired culture, and plan for the future. 

He is known for his active listening, empathy, and ability to facilitate meetings and workshops that are fun, useful, and collaborative.

Kia won Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Silver Award for Innovation for the Berkeley Catalyst program. He holds an MA in International Management with a focus on Organizational Development from the School for International Training, and a BA in Political Science from UC Santa Cruz.

What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?

Appreciative Inquiry, executive coaching, Organizational Diagnosis, Quantum Learning, Open Space Technology, Liberating Structures, Core Strengths, Theater of the Oppressed, Extraordinary Leader 360, training design and delivery.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Facilitating change where the client is the hero of the engagement.

What have you learned most recently?

I recently took an Appreciative Inquiry certification course that taught me about the surprising power of focusing on what we appreciate as opposed to the “problem-focused” orientation that dominates the world of work.

What work have you done that you're particularly proud of?

I trained a group of young people to become facilitators and they went on to do great things!

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

The combination of high empathy and high intellect.

What's your favorite place?

A glassy wave on a long and beautiful left point break.

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