I’m a final-stage PhD researcher in international entrepreneurship in Brisbane, Australia. This means I’m interested in behaviours and activities within international, entrepreneurial businesses. My doctoral research looks at how international entrepreneurs manage their emotions for better opportunity recognition, particularly in digital environments. My prior research has examined the adoption of work-specific technologies by internationally-oriented knowledge workers, and the ways international entrepreneurs accumulate and leverage international experience within innovative online businesses.
My PhD supervisors are Dr Charmaine Glavas and Associate Professor Shane Mathews, two highly respected scholars in the fields of international business, international marketing, business technologies, and international entrepreneurship. My work is supported by a scholarship from the Australian Government’s Research Training Program (RTP).
As an emerging academic, I contribute to teaching and learning in a range of roles in higher education. I hold a Master of Business (by Research) in International Business from QUT Business School, a Master of Arts in Technical and Specialised Translation (German, French, & Spanish) from the University of Westminster, London, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Applied Languages (Spanish, French, & German) from the University of Limerick, Ireland. I also hold a Cambridge English Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) (EQF Level 5), and a Diploma in Business Coaching (AQF Level 5).
My ORCID is 0000-0002-2961-452X.
After completing my training in the UK as a professional translator in 2005, I used emerging technologies to build a niche language services firm which served a range of clients across Europe, South America, and central and western Africa. By 2006 I was running a completely location-independent, cloud-based business, and was recognised within my industry for the strength of my online marketing expertise.
I have helped many businesses strategically leverage the digital-human divide, to successfully launch and grow into international markets. For example, in 2011, I helped establish one of the first online training providers for professional linguists. Within months, that business was serving small businesses and larger institutions across almost 100 countries in Europe, North America, South America and Australasia. I’ve brought my business experience to bear as a consultant and advisor to a number of high-growth international start-ups, and am currently developing a profile as a non-executive director.
I’ve been fortunate to work with some incredible founders and business owners over my career. That’s why I’m driven to ensure my academic work gives back to businesses in a tangible way. I do this by actively maintaining my connection with interesting, smart and engaged business leaders of all shapes and sizes, as a research-oriented academic with active teaching, speaking, and leadership responsibilities.
On a more personal note, I live with my partner and our young daughter in subtropical Brisbane, Australia. In my spare time, I like to…
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