About Cynthia

Cynthia Dearin helps business leaders create game-changing international strategies.

She established Dearin & Associates when she realised that although there has never been a better time for companies of all sizes to go global, most don’t know where to start.

From a young age, Cynthia had a deep interest in other cultures and countries, and in making a difference for people.

She joined Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2001 and became a diplomat, representing Australia in the Middle East.

A few years later, Cynthia traded the foreign service for management consultancy. From 2006 to 2010, she worked with British and United States’ governments in Iraq, to restart the economy and get businesses and government working again after 30 years of isolation and a decade of war.

Cynthia returned to Australia and became the first female CEO of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2010, working to create international opportunities for Australian business.

In 2015, she published her first book, Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires: Your Guide to Business Culture in the Middle East & North Africa, which became an Amazon best-seller.


Her second book, Business Beyond Borders: How to Take Your Company Global is due for release in August 2021.

She founded Dearin & Associates in 2013, assisting blue chip organisations including ANZ, Qantas, Aurizon Rail, Abu Dhabi Government, Orica Mining, Qatar Airways, Australian Hotels Association, Victorian State Government, New South Wales State Government, Ego Pharmaceuticals, The Fred Hollows Foundation, The Export Council of Australia and Dubai Airport Freezone, to life their game on the global stage.

Cynthia has also helped dozens of smaller companies, to create and implement international strategies that increase momentum and revenue, and position them for global success.

She is on a mission to empower business leaders to scale internationally and amplify their impact in the world.