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Cynthia Dearin is an international business strategist, advisor, keynote speaker and author of Amazon best-seller Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires: Your Guide to Business Culture in the Middle East and North Africa.

With 18 years of international experience, as an Australian diplomat in the Middle East and change management consultant, she helps clients to access opportunities in fast-growing international markets around the world.

From the moment Cynthia walked into the room she was engaging, professional and polished. Her presentation was flawless and captured the room’s attention and resonated with everyone.Dianne Biviano, Marketing Manager Qatar Airways

As a speaker and an international business strategist, Cynthia provides unique insights and tools to ensure your business can maximise international opportunities and expand on a global scale.

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, and is the author of Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires: Your Guide to the Business Culture of the Middle East and North Africa. She speaks English, French and Arabic.


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