Interview with Women’s Agenda: A career in Iraq’s given Cynthia Dearin more than just experience
Cynthia Dearin was recently interviewed by Angela Priestley from Women’s Agenda, to talk about her experience living and working in the Middle East in light of her recently published book, Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires: Your Guide to Business Culture in the Middle East and North Africa.
Cynthia spent three and a half years working in Iraq during its most volatile years, from 2006 to 2010.
“It was a combination of adrenalin and of the most interesting work I’ve ever had. Some of the stuff is fascinating. Trying to help another country rebuild its government, getting it’s commercial, legal and procurement system working so that people could actually make money. I love doing work that feels useful,” says Cynthia about her motivation to work with the Middle East.
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Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires: Your Guide to Business Culture in the Middle East and North Africa outlines business and cultural practices in the MENA region. It includes basic information such as dress standards, greetings, communication styles and business tips, as well as in-depth cultural nuances such as the differences in belief between the Shiite and Sunni Islam and headscarf styles in different cultures.
Order your copy of Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires today for an in-depth look at doing business in the Middle East and North Africa.
Author: Jemima Riley
Jemima Riley is an international business and digital marketing consultant, with a particular focus on Australia’s relations with the Middle East and China. She is Dearin & Associates’ General Manager and has worked across a range of projects that build cultural and economic bridges between Australia and emerging markets.