Global Stories

What is your global story? Some Australian expatriates return after decades abroad, while for others, even a few short years away from home can profoundly shape their personal and professional lives.


 Each month, we ask a member of our network to share their global story, through which you will find a wealth of insights on navigating the return journey home. Read on to learn more about the global stories from those in our network.


Trena Blair

For CEO and founder of FD Global Connections, Trena Blair, the flight between Sydney and New York is a path well-travelled. While Sydney is home, Trena is a former New York resident, who now splits her time between the two cities.

Claire Pales

“I felt like the world at home in Australia hadn’t changed but, I had,” says Claire Pales, of her return journey from Hong Kong to Melbourne. “No one else was any different to before but I noticed a difference between them and me. It’s interesting that I don’t feel this as much anymore, and I’m much prouder of my expat journey than I was when I first came back.”

Jane Hollman

“Professionally I had gained so much experience working on global projects under a lot of pressure during the GFC. It was invaluable,” says Jane Hollman of her life in New York City, where she lived and worked from 2008-2012.

Marianne Matin

Marianne Matin's international life began when she joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1988, which kickstarted a career that has seen her work for more than ten organisations and live in six countries on four continents. Originally joining to use her languages...

Ian Griffiths

“I could have remained in Australia and taken a safer, predictable career path,” says Ian Griffiths, reflecting on the beginning of his global journey, which he embarked on some 25 years ago. “But I have always had an adventurous spirit and viewed the offer as a great...

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