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.