Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PhD

Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University)
Master of Adult Education (Griffith University)
Bachelor of Arts (Qld University)
Associate of Trinity College London
Diploma of Teaching (QUT)
Professional Member of the National Speakers Assoc of Aust.
Past President of Qld National Speakers Assoc of Australia
Past National Board of Directors Member of NSAA
Past National Professional Development Manager NSAA
Fellow of the Institute of Learning Professionals

Fellow Australian Institute of Management
Certified Learning and Development Professional 


Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw PhD is an innovation, creativity and communication specialist with a Doctorate in creative problem-solving and a Masters Degree in Adult Education. Prior to starting her consultancy in the private sector she was a Senior Research Fellow and academic at Griffith University where she worked on a number of university-wide strategic improvement initiatives while lecturing in various academic programs.

Now working across the public and private sector, Irena has a rare combination of deep academic knowledge and real world business entrepreneurial experience. With her high-level skills in communication, innovation and creativity she is well placed to help organisations develop strategic approaches to innovation, continuous improvement and creative leadership. The result? Increased productivity, creative thinking and innovative outcomes.

A sought after speaker and educator Dr. Irena has delivered keynote presentations and workshops in the UK, Russia, China, India, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia and has authored and co-authored numerous publications locally and internationally. Recognising that innovation and creativity are the key drivers of the Twenty-First Century global economy she has developed a suite of programs designed to assist organisations to increase their innovation capacity by developing a culture of innovation and creative leadership. Her expertise has been recognized by the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research who in 2010, 2011 and 2012 awarded her competitive grants to work with Australian manufacturers, SMEs and businesses to improve their competitiveness and sustainability. The title of the major projects were 1. Essential Innovation for SMEs 2. Innovating for Growth and Profit in Regional QLD. 3. Innovating to Compete in a Global Economy.

Apart from her work in the private sector Dr. Irena also specialises in assisting public sector agencies in becoming more innovative. In 2013 and 2014 she has been working in collaboration with the Business Innovation and Improvement in Government (BIIG) Network to deliver workshops across Queensland called “Introduction to Innovation in the Public Sector”  and “Leading for Innovation in the Public Sector.”

Her breadth of experience and expertise means that Dr. Irena can easily adapt her strategies and approaches to suit the needs of her clients. A committed lifelong learner, Dr. Irena practices what she preaches constantly updating her knowledge and skills to ensure that her clients have the benefit of leading edge information, research and methodologies.Whether delivering a single keynote, workshops or an extended consultancy Dr. Irena delivers results that make a difference. Her track record speaks for itself.

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