Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw is an educator, academic, author and entrepreneur who is a leading authority on liberating talent, potential and leadership.

She is a visionary positive change agent who wears a number of ‘hats’. Her current roles include:

  • Founder and Board Chairman of the Global Intrapreneurs Institute

  • Editor–in-Chief of Intrapreneur Magazine

  • Organiser of the Australian Intrapreneurs Summit, a national conference spearheading the intrapreneurialism movement in Australia
  • Advisory Board Member Department of Business Strategy and Innovation Griffith University Australia
  • Visiting Global Professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. USA.
  • Visiting Postgraduate Lecturer in Corporate Entrepreneurship and Change at Griffith University.


ith numerous publications to her name, her most recent books are INTRAPRENEUR: How leaders ignite innovation, break bureaucracy and catalyse change and Leading in the Innovation Age: Unleash knowledge, talent and experience to create an innovative workplace.

With a PhD in creative problem-solving and a Masters in Adult Education, Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw brings a combination of deep, academic knowledge, real-world entrepreneurial experience and skilled education practice to her work – which is to liberate and harness underutilised talent within workplaces.

Prior to starting her own company, she was on the education faculty at Griffith University where she taught in a range of undergraduate and masters level programs while also serving as Senior Research Fellow on a number of strategic improvement initiatives at the university. For the last fifteen years she has been designing and delivering innovation, leadership, creativity and intrapreneurialism programs for organisations, businesses and government agencies in Australia and around the world.

The unifying driving force underpinning her work is the liberation of human potential. With a PhD in creative problem-solving and a Masters in Adult Education, her mission is to empower people to use their creativity and intrapreneurial talent to solve complex problems which create value in their lives and businesses.

 “I have had the enormous privilege of devoting my professional life to education in many different incarnations – from being a teacher, a university lecturer, a corporate trainer and mentor, a professional speaker, an advisor and most recently as the Founder of the Global Intrapreneurs Institute. My mission and purpose in life is to be a LIBERATOR of human potential and talent.  My ‘superpower’ is in creating and holding the space for smart, savvy professionals to step into where they achieve outcomes they didn’t think possible. That really lights me up! But more importantly – it lights THEM up. 

That is why I am so passionate about helping to drive the intrapreneurialism movement globally. There is so much underutilised talent languishing within our organisations and businesses. Tapping into that talent  more effectively literally transforms lives and businesses – and eventually the world.” 


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