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Welcome to New Associates

Dearin & Associates is delighted to welcome a number of new associates to the practice in 2014. We are glad to have them working with us.

 Gary Garner 

Gary is a management and transactions consultant specialising in business strategy and commercial analysis, with a particular focus on project and investment feasibility support to management decision making.  He has also been active in providing commercial and policy perspectives on public sector reform initiatives.

Gary has led major consultancy assignments for private sector firms, investors and government authorities throughout the Arabian Gulf, Africa, Asia and Australia for more than 20 years.  These have included organizations such as: Queensland Railways, Huawei Technologies, Hong Kong Police, Australian State and Federal Government, Victoria Police, VC Bank Bahrain, Arcapita Bank, Cappivest, Kuwait Finance House, Bovis-Lend Lease, Kuwait International Airport, Cable & Wireless Communications, BP, Australian Shipbuilding Industries, Bridge Oil and Johannesburg City Council.

Rob Shoebridge

Rob is a widely experienced senior executive with over 30 years experience in the public and private sectors.  His work has focused on business development, strategic planning, training, policy development and stakeholder/relationship management in the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas.

After a successful Army career, including service in the Middle East, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Rob joined the private sector in 2001. His public sector experience included the negotiation of a G2G memorandum of understanding in defence matters and the strategic planning and implementation of Australian participation in a number of United Nations Peace Keeping operations.

Rob has worked at senior levels for a number of major multi-national companies in the management of multi-national teams to pursue major procurement and logistics projects and develop and implement marketing strategies.

Matar Almowafy

Matar is a business consultant and international trade and investment professional with more than 10 years’ experience in business development, strategic planning, policy development and stakeholder management in public and private sectors worldwide. He has a particular interest in trade relations with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Matar has worked with the Egyptian diplomatic missions in North Africa (Algeria), Europe (Denmark) and Australia. Based in Sydney, he worked as the Egypt’s Vice Trade Commissioner (Vice Commercial Consul) for Australia and New Zealand, fostering commercial and economic relations between Egyptian public and private stakeholders, and their Australian and New Zealand counterparts. He has also consulted to the Egyptian private sector on trade and investment with Australia and New Zealand.

Matar has represented the Egyptian government at United Nations conferences for trade, investment and international development in Africa and Europe, with distinguished experience in sustainable development in African countries.

 

Author: Cynthia Dearin

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 and management consultant, she is the Founder and Managing Director of Dearin Associates and the International Business Accelerator that helps clients to access opportunities in fast-growing international markets around the world.

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