Renee Ronika Bhatti-Klug [Ruh-nay Ron-ih-kah ba-Hot-tee Kloog] (she/her/hers) is an innovative educational leader and researcher committed to the topics of developing Cultural Intelligence (CI), building people-centered curricula, and fostering inclusive environments. She has been educating students and training leaders from over 100 nations for twenty years. As a leader, Renee seeks to model the values of curiosity, empathy, and compassion, all through action-oriented and data-driven decision making.


For 17 years, she taught English composition, creative writing, literature, and English as a second language to culturally and linguistically diverse college students throughout the U.S. and overseas. As a doctoral candidate, her research focuses on increasing CI in university faculty.


Since 2015, Renee has served as the first and only Senior University International Educator at Arizona State University*, the largest public U.S. institution to host international students; she has trained nearly 15,000 faculty and staff across 150 departments on CI, most notably through the Foundations and Advanced Global Advocacy Certificate Programs. Renee has been recognized for her work in promoting inclusivity. She has served as Section Editor of the academic journal Current Issues in Educationand on several Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) committees and boards. In addition, Renee is a faculty fellow at The Human Values Center*.


Renee co-hosts the podcast Not Only, But Also* with Nicole Cottrell, through which they candidly explore topics that embrace the both/and of identity. She also is founder and visionary of Prism Women*, a 501c3 Phoenix-based organization that empowers women in the church to abolish gender discrimination and allow all faith-based participants a voice. Her work on the intersection of faith and culture has been featured in various publications and podcasts.


Renee is a first-generation American, the proud daughter of a Punjabi father. She resides with her husband Gregory, a pianist and composer, and their three young children in the Wild West—her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona—where she’s discovered green grass and true community.


Renee has lived in England and France; she has backpacked Europe, kayaked in Fiji, and trained teachers in Madagascar. In extroversion she goes to 11, and people are her why.

*Renee Bhatti-Klug's services provided through Culturally Intelligent Training & Consulting, LLC are not connected to her professional, educational, or private affiliations.

  • Doctor of Education, ABD: Leadership & Innovation (2022)

    • Arizona State University (ASU)

  • Master of Fine Arts: English & Writing

    • Stony Brook Southampton 

  • Bachelor of Arts: English & Writing

    • Biola University

  • 2021, 2020 BADASS WOMAN OF ASU

    • The Womyn's Coalition and HERstory

  • 2019 CCI Catalyst Award Nominee

    • ASU Committee for Campus Inclusion

  • 2007 First-Year Student Teaching Award

    • University of Northern Colorado Department of English

  • 2004-2005 Excellence in Teaching Award

    • Mesa Community College Department of English

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Chief Trainer & Consultant

  • Race, Gender and Workplace Equity Professional Certificate

    • Catalyst 

  • Enneagram Spectrum Certified Trainer

    • WEPPS

  • Cultural Intelligence & Unconscious Bias Trained

    • Cultural Intelligence Center