Cynthia Dearin’s resume is lengthy enough to require its own filing cabinet. With nearly 20 years experience in international business, she’s also been a diplomat for the Australian government, a consultant in Iraq, and a teacher.
Now, Cynthia is managing director of Dearin & Associates, an international business consultancy that looks to help businesses access new and exciting opportunities in emerging markets — all while utilizing the power of cultural understanding and empathy.
On the show, Cynthia shares some of her stories from Iraq, how her fluency in Arabic gained her a host of opportunities across the world, and why understanding another culture — rather than criticising it — is so important.
In this episode, we also chat about:
How Cynthia (unexpectedly) ended up in the Middle East
Common misconceptions about Middle Eastern culture
How Cynthia became fluent in Arabic
The dynamic of being a white woman in the Middle East
How a tragedy in Iraq forced her to reconsider her priorities
Why there are more things that unite people than divide them
What you can do to become better at understanding other cultures
Why learning a language can change your life