Fiona Kanagasingam

Community Resource Exchange
Director of Consulting

Key Topics: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion especially racial equity, talent management, leadership development and coaching.

Bio: Fiona has over 18 years of experience facilitating change at the individual, organizational and community level. She supports nonprofit and public sector groups on various components of organizational development from strategic planning and leadership development to talent management and equity and inclusion. At Community Resource Exchange, she built the organization's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and human-centered design-based Innovation practices.

Before joining CRE, Fiona was Acting Dean of International and Professional Experience and Director of Leadership at Yale-NUS, a liberal arts college partnering Yale University and the National University of Singapore. In that role, she introduced Inter-Group Dialogue, a structured program, and methodology to explore racial/ethnic group identity, conflict, community, and social justice - a first in a country with a heavily circumscribed discourse on race, politics, and identity. Previously, Fiona was a Managing Consultant with the Gallup Organization, where she advised global organizations in situating human development, emotions, strengths, and wellbeing at the heart of organizational change.

Fiona received her BA from Columbia University in Comparative Politics with a concentration in Gender Studies, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, her Masters in Counseling from Monash University in Australia, and her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. She is also a certified executive coach, and adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Selected Speaking Experience

Facing Race (conference), First Monday's Executive Meeting on Undoing Racism, Wagner School of Public Policy 'Race in Organizations'.