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Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw Travels from Brisbane, QLD


  • Change Management
  • Communication
  • Creativity / Innovation
  • Education
  • Facilitator
  • Female Speaker
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development
  • Work Environments
  • Workshops

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PhD, MEd, BA., the innovation catalyst, is an expert when it comes to helping people learn, develop and maximise their potential. Speaker, innovator, facilitator, educator, consultant, Irena is adept at helping people to access, leverage, transform and synergise their knowledge, skills and experience. In other words ... get the most mileage out of their knowledge resources. Her highly acclaimed, ground-breaking research into creative problem-solving has taken her around the globe speaking in Russia, China, India, the UK, New Zealand and of course Australia. She is the inventor of a unique creative thinking tool which helps organisations tap into the creative potential of their people.

Prior to becoming a professional speaker and consultant Dr. Irena was an academic, although she says she is now in recovery. And just to prove it she took up stand-up comedy as a hobby. She has a unique blend of in-depth academic knowledge, practical business experience and theatricality - a mix that ensures a satisfying educational as well as entertaining experience in her dynamic and interactive keynotes and workshops.

Her expertise has been recognized by the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research who in 2010 and 2011 awarded her competitive grants to work with Australian manufacturers, SMEs and businesses to improve their competitiveness and sustainability.

Irena also speaks on the topic of effective communication and has speech and drama qualifications from Trinity College London. She leads people to a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the mechanisms and psychology of expressive, confident speech showing how mastery of some basic principles can transform an individual's sense of personal power, a business's bottom-line profit or a company's corporate image.

Keynote Titles

  • Leading for Creativity and Innovation
  • From Wow to Kapow: How to turbo charge your thinking!
  • Thinking Strategically in a World of Change
  • The Power of Perspective Shifting
  • Three Keys for Confident Communication


Irena's sessions on Change Management and Innovation for both our Operational Leadership and the Area Leadership Groups were excellent. We found Irena to be an extremely dynamic presenter who was able to customise her style to meet different needs. The presentations were very effective and relevant and achieved our objectives.


Very thought provoking and inspiring. I am looking forward to encouraging managers and team leaders to help staff develop a mindset of innovation and create a climate where we will see true innovation at work. Thanks Irena.

Family Court Of Australia

Irena adapted her presentations effectively to meet the different requirements of the events for which we engaged her. She has a lively presentation style that blends conceptual information with audience participation and humour. She consulted with us to establish the objectives for each event and tailored her content accordingly. From the Tribunal's perspective, Irena met our aims of engaging our organisation in more innovative thinking.

Mental Health Review Tribunal



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