Cynthia began her career after law school as a political officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was posted to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as a diplomat, an experience which spurred an abiding love for the Arab world.
After completing a master’s degree in Middle Eastern politics at the University of London’s School of Asian and African Studies (SOAS), Cynthia crossed over to the private sector and became a management consultant. She completed consulting engagements with Adam Smith International, BearingPoint (KPMG consulting) and Grant Thornton in the UK, the United States, Iraq, Pakistan, the UAE, and Jordan.
Most recently, Cynthia served as the first female CEO of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a peak level trade organization in Australia, where she led a complete branding and strategic reorganization.
As Managing Director at Dearin & Associates, Cynthia specializes in business consulting services, business matching and government relations, with a focus on the Middle East & North Africa. She also lectures at the La Trobe Law School in Melbourne.
Cynthia commentates on topics associated with international trade, the Middle East and North Africa. She is the author of Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires: Your Guide to the Business Culture of the Middle East and North Africa and the host of the Business Beyond Borders podcast. She speaks English, French and Arabic.
Senior Consultant (Finance)
Nizar is financial analyst and investment banker with a strong track record in corporate finance transactions.
He has extensive experience in business planning, corporate preparation for Initial Public Offering (IPO), Initial Public Offering (IPO) prospectus modelling, corporate valuations, due diligence for corporate acquisitions, developing Private Placement Memorandums (PPM) and start-up company valuations.
Nizar focuses on financial modelling, valuation of shares, advanced analysis of financial statements, and benchmarking corporate performance. Much of his work involves simulating hypothetical changes in the business environment and potential impacts on bottom line net income, share values and cash flows.
He has worked around the world - with SAI Global Property, Arab Banking Corporation, Tuhama Investments and EY.
Nizar holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Applied Finance, and a Diploma of Financial Services (RG146). He has also passed level 1 of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Senior Advisor, India
Ashok helps organisations design and implement innovative strategies to grow revenue, profitability and market share. He has enabled his clients to repeatedly produce top sales without compromising the pricing in India’s dynamic and highly competitive market.
With more than 25 years of sales and management expertise, Ashok has worked with clients including TATA, Emerson, ONIDA, Uptron, Sarabhai, Socomec, American and European Multinational group of companies.
His experience spans b2c and b2b sales, micro, small, medium and large enterprise clients, government institutions and industries, private industry, technology sales, healthcare, retail and services sales, we have a very rich credentials to provide expert consultancy services.
He is based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
International Procurement Expert
Peter Evans is an international procurement expert and the founder of Mawson Global, a global procurement consulting firm. He has had extensive international experience in many areas of strategic business growth.
He has worked with senior executives with some of the world’s largest global supply chain experts like Walmart Stores International, Aldi Stores, Woolworths and also many Australian small and mid market businesses.
He has been responsible for the establishment and management of factories in China and Vietnam and sales teams in Asia and North America.
He brings real world experience and pragmatic, affordable solutions to help businesses “buy better” or “sell more” to improve their profitability in Asia.
Senior Consultant, Europe and the US
Luca is a management consultant and marketing professional with over 15 years experience in numerous sectors in Europe, the US and Australia. He founded and managed a luxury goods export business based in Florence, was Head of Marketing for an international jewelry company in Australia and is now General Manager of a Sydney based marketing consulting business. His main areas of expertise are sales and marketing strategy, strategic planning and execution, financial analysis, brand development and management, and cultural alignment. Although he consults across various sectors, his main expertise is in luxury and lifestyle goods/services
Luca holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Politics, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Southampton in the UK. He is also a recipient of the ECIS Award for International Understanding. His passion for strategic marketing is contagious and his knowledge and experience in international business are extensive.
Connect with Luca via LinkedIn.
Middle East Energy Specialist
Michael Barron has more than 25 years experience analysing, living and working in the Middle East and North Africa including engagement at the highest levels of government. He has more than 12 years experience working as a government and public affairs manager for the major gas company BG Group with assignments in Egypt, Oman and on the Gaza Marine project. Michael studied Arabic at the University of Edinburgh, including spending time in Cairo. He has also worked for Middle East Broadcasting, Control Risks Group and Eurasia Group.
At BG Group, Michael also gained experience in South East Asia. He was a member of the project team for Myanmar country entry from the first visit to the country through to submission of a successful bid for four blocks in the 2013 offshore license round. He also undertook a short term assignment in Bangkok providing government relations support for a proposed major business change and advocating for increased transparency in the upstream oil and gas sector.
Michael also has an in depth knowledge of transparency issues, particularly the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and EU legislation in this area. He managed this issue for BG Group, chaired an industry task force and served as an industry representative on the UK’s EITI multi-stakeholder group.
Michael has particular expertise in government relations strategies to manage complex issues such as country entry (and exit), major negotiations and disputes and navigating through complex political situations.
International Business Advisor, San Francisco
Jemima Riley is an international business and marketing consultant specialising in emerging markets, including the Middle East, China, and Indonesia.
She has worked across a range of international consulting projects, including food and beverage market access to Indonesia, investor relations and business development in China, and strategic business connections programs between Australia and the Gulf States.
She was the Project Director of the 2014 and 2015 Australian Arab Business Forum, and previously managed the NSW Chapter of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI).
She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics from Macquarie University, and a Masters of Commerce, majoring in International Business from the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales.
International Business Advisor, Perth
Maher is an International Business Advisor focused on Brand Development and Customer Relationship Management. Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia and having lived in the Middle East for seven years, he is experienced in dealing with people of different cultures and backgrounds. He has a passion for designing marketing strategies that reflect these differences when helping businesses expand into the international market.
Having started his career in Management, he also has a wealth of knowledge in directing both teams and individuals towards a common goal whilst being highly results driven. After joining GlobalTech as a Marketing Coordinator his love for Branding and New Product Development became more evident. This experience allowed him to realise his own desire to assist business owners create success through the implementation of the most suitable and effective plans and strategies, giving them a far more risk-free approach when looking to grow and expand on a global scale.
Maher has a Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Marketing from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and has taken part in a number of Business Mastermind Groups to further develop his ability to assist businesses as they move onwards and upwards. He speaks English and Arabic.
Marketing and Research Assistant
Masa Tuffaha is an international business professional, specialising in project management and research.
Masa started her research experience in 2009 as an awareness employee at Palestine Capital Market Authority (PCMA) (Insurance Directorate), where she developed a consumer awareness.
She then worked in project management during her career at the Palestine Ministry of Foreign Affairs (International Cooperat for managing). Here she was responsible for managing a number of projects within the Ministry, in collaboration with other line ministries, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.
In 2013, she moved to Perth, Australia where she obtained her Master’s degree in International Business from Curtin University, and has been living in Australia since then.
Her research interest focuses on international consumer behaviours, international HR practices, and international market research.
She speaks fluent Arabic, English and some French. She also holds a Bachelor of Public Administration from Birzeit University.
Digital Marketing Analyst
Levi Sinson is a Digital Marketing Analyst at Dearin & Associates. His special areas of interest are Email Marketing, Digital Platforms, Social Media Management, and Market Research. Levi was born and raised in the Philippines and holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of San Carlos, Philippines. He has experience as a Process Engineer for medical devices and speaks English and Tagalog.