Cynthia is the Founder and Lead Coach at the International Business Accelerator. She helps clients to build winning strategies for international scale, create and sustain momentum and boost revenue.
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 ignited a strong interest in the Middle East.
After completing a master’s degree in Middle Eastern politics at the School of Asian and African Studies (SOAS) in London, Cynthia crossed over to the private sector and became a management consultant. She completed engagements with Adam Smith International, BearingPoint (KPMG consulting) and Grant Thornton in the UK, the United States, Iraq, Pakistan, the UAE, and Jordan.
She became the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s first female CEO in 2010, before establishing Dearin & Associates and the International Business Accelerator.
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, and he has very rich credentials to provide expert consultancy services.
He is based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Senior Advisor, China
Gary is a senior executive, management consultant and corporate adviser. His extensive international business experience and technical knowledge enables him to achieve strategic change for clients with an international focus and advise business leaders on new market entry.
Gary has special expertise in advising on financial feasibility; market analysis; corporate and project finance
His preferred areas of geographic focus are China and the Middle East and he works across a range of industries with clients in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Wuzhen-Tonxiang and Dubai.
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.
Senior Advisor, UK and MENASenior Advisor, UK and MENA
Michael Barron is an expert in international market entry and government relations, specialising in the United Kingdom and the Middle East and North Africa.
He has more than 25 years experience analysing and living in international markets around the world. Michael’s work includes engagement at the highest levels of government.
Michael spent 13 years experience 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 and spent time in Cairo. He has also worked for Middle East Broadcasting, Control Risks Group and Eurasia Group. Michael has particular expertise in country entry (and exit) 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.