In light of organising the International Metropolis Conference 2018, an event which brought together world leaders and experts to discuss the benefits of migration, diversity and integration, Arinex has decided to share three stories from its diverse pool of staff members.

Miriam Boehm – Germany

Intern Miriam Boehm has been with Arinex this year on a secondment from Germany.

“As soon as I meet another German on site you can see them immediately relax when they realise I’m German too,” she said.

“It’s a nice commonality and helps establish a sense of familiarity straight away.

“For overseas promotions, my familiarisation with the German work ethic helped us better coordinate with local suppliers and made the process a lot smoother.”

Drew Whait – Connections to China

Developing close connections to a Chinese family growing up, market development manager Drew Whait said this early cultural influence had helped with developing business opportunities overseas.

“An understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture has allowed me to develop and strengthen ties with several Chinese companies, resulting in new sponsorship arrangements for client events,” he said.

“Simple, but important signs of respect and understanding are often all it takes. Without knowing what they are, you can be damaging a relationship before you even start.”

Igor Kasalovic – Yugoslavia

Igor brought his family to Australia in 1998 to seek refuge from the former war-torn Yugoslavia.

He joined Arinex 17 years ago as senior digital designer.

“Over the years Serbian or Croatian delegates have been excited to speak with another countryman and to revert to their first language,” he said.

“A particularly exciting experience was when I acted as an interpreter during the 18th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas in Perth.”