Kanya Likanasudh was born in Thailand, where she has been a pioneer in applying and teaching Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for many years. She offers transformational programs in communication, conflict resolution, and coaching across all sectors from hospitals to prisons to farmers’ cooperatives. In her work as a consultant for businesses and organizations, she loves working with people on their blind spots, to build stronger feedback channels and to support leadership to use their power and privilege in a conscious and effective way.
Kanya lived in the U.S. for more than twenty-five years and experienced the pain of being in a marginalized group. Now that she lives in Thailand and is part of the dominant group, she regularly receives feedback around her unconscious use of power and privilege. This allows her to understand and relate to both worlds. With this awareness, as a Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) board member, she is deeply committed to hearing and representing voices from the Global South, especially Asia. Kanya is also committed to bringing understanding to the different needs and issues as well as to being a bridge within our community between people with different experiences and perspectives.
NVC has changed Kanya’s world from the life of a software engineer in Silicon Valley pursuing the next popular app to a life filled with purpose and meaning. She is forever grateful. Kanya feels humbled and honored to serve on the board as a way of giving back to our community that has given so much to her. (Term expires June 2025)