About Sarah

Academic profile

I’m a PhD scholar in international entrepreneurship in subtropical Brisbane, Australia, interested in entrepreneurial activity within international businesses. My research masters explored how international entrepreneurs accumulate and leverage international experience within innovative online businesses. My PhD work is in the broad area of cross-cultural competences, emotional intelligence, and the behaviours of international entrepreneurs.

My supervisors are Dr Charmaine Glavas and Dr Shane Mathews, two highly respected scholars in the fields of international business, international marketing, technology, and international entrepreneurship. I’m thrilled to be supported by a scholarship from the Australian Government’s Research Training Program (RTP).

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.

Business experience

After completing my training as a professional translator in 2005, I used emerging technologies to quickly 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 went on to help many small businesses use online technologies to 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 in almost 100 countries across Europe, North America, South America and Australasia. More recently, I’ve brought my business experience to bear as a consultant and advisor to a number of high-growth international start-ups.

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 these businesses in a tangible way. I’m in the earliest stages of an academic career, but I aim to ensure my connection with interesting, smart and engaged business owners, of all shapes and sizes, will continue.

Personal life

On a more personal note, I live with my partner and our young daughter in Brisbane, Australia. In my spare time, I like to…

Gotcha! What spare time?