George Petitpas Award

The WFPMA George Petitpas Award

The WFPMA Award "George Petitpas" (formerly Georges Petitpas Memorial Award) was established by the World Federation of People Management Associations in the mid-1980s to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advance of the HR profession at the international level and whose spirit and dedication have been inspirational to others.  In particular it recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to international level and whose spirit and dedication have been inspirational to others.

The award is named after George Petitpas, who was nominated as president of the WFPMA in 1983, but passed away before taking office.

The Award is presented as appropriate, at the WFPMA World Congress on People Management held every two years in different locations around the world.  The award recipient is the guest of the World Federation of People Management Associations at that event.

Nomination Form


2023 WFPMA ‘Georges Petitpas’  Award Winner

Dr. Fons Trompenaars

Dr. Fons Trompenaars is recognised around world for his work as
consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on all subjects of culture and business. He's an accomplished business
motivational speaker and is both lively and amusing on the subject of
cultural stereotypes and how we can get beyond them. His Seven
Dimensions of Culture is the leading model for managers and negotiators wanting to work more effectively with people of different nationalities.

Anyone who has ever led a multi-cultural team knows why they need to
hear what Fons has to share. He has spent over 30 years helping Fortune 500 leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalisation, mergers and acquisition, HR, Managing Change. leadership development and digitalisation.

Awards, accolades, achievements, honours

  • One of the Thinkers 50 group of influential management thinkers
  • Ranked in the ThinkersS0 2011, 2013 and 2015 as being one of the most influential management and HR thinkers alive
  • Voted one of the top 20 HR Most Influential International Thinkers 2011 by HR Magazine
  • Inducted in the ThinkersS0 Hall of Fame in 2017
  • Shortlisted for the TSO Global Village Award for contribution to the understanding of globalization and emerging markets in 2011
  • International Professional Practice Area Research Award from the American Society for Training and Development 


Fons joined Shell in 1981and worked in 9 different countries. In 1985, he founded Trompenaars Hampden-Turner consultancy with British expert Charles Hampden-Turner. He created a cross-cultural database of 140,000 managers worldwide, resulting in best selling books Riding the Waves of Culture, currently in its 3rd edition, Building Cross-Cultural Competence and Mastering the Infinite Game: How Asian Values are Transforming Business Practices.

His book Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business sold over 200,000 copies and was translated into 16 languages amongst them, Chinese, Estonian, French, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish and  Turkish. He is co-author amongst others of Nine Visions of Capitalism: Unlocking the Meanings of Wealth Creation, Servant Leadership Across Cultures, M&A Tango on Mergers and Acquisitions and Rewarding  Performance Globally. 

His work now goes beyond merely understanding cultural difference to describe ways in which smart leaders can gain advantage from it. In 21 Leaders for the 21st Century he redefines our idea of leadership to include the ability to resolve competing cultural dilemmas.

Trompenaars Hampden-Turner has advised leading corporations,  including Shell and BP, Heineken, Philips, Nike and General Motors.

Current/ Past Roles & Positions 

Consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author, Trompenaars is one of the world's most influential management thinkers. As founder and director of intercultural management firm Trompenaars Hampden-Turner (THT) he has over 25 years of experience helping leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas.

Articles and Podcasts

Nov 2020 PODCAST
Ep. 144 - In discussion with Fons Trompenaars