"Every time I work with the Intercultural Innovation awardees and see the amazing work they are doing, I feel both inspired and grateful to be a part of their journey.
find myself very privileged to have the opportunity to work with individuals who fight inequalities and promote intercultural dialogue across the world."


Associate Professor at the University of Sydney

Dr Betina Szkudlarek is an Associate Professor in Management at the University of Sydney Business School, where she has been highly acclaimed for her research and teaching, as well as leadership of the Master of Management Program, which has been touted as the best management program in Australia by the Financial Times and The Economist and number 1 in Asia by the QS World University Ranking.

She has made a considerable contribution to building better futures for refugees by lightening barriers to employment for new Australians and beyond. However, it has been her focus on cross-cultural management and international human resource management that dominates her professional career. 

Alongside her academic career, Betina simultaneously holds the post of Strategic Planning, Sustainability and Growth Consultant with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and as a mentor in the UNAOC Intercultural Leadership Program. Here, she works with UNAOC and the BMW Group and their Intercultural Innovation Awards to recognise the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue worldwide.

She is a keen public speaker and regularly presents at conferences as well as being widely published both academically and in the mass media with the Wall Street Journal, The Australian Financial Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and more.

  • Lead editor of The Sage Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management (2020)
  • Grant recipient from multiple national and international bodies, including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Australian Government, Vereniging Trustfonds Erasmus University, the European Commission and the Polish Ministry of the European Integration.
  • Published in academic journals: Organisational Studies, Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics
  • Academy of Management Learning and Education and more
  • Published in the media: The Conversation, B&TMediumHR MagazineMy BusinessBBC NewsSBS World News and more
  • Trained, presented and consulted to Shell, T-Mobile, Westpac, Daimler, MAN, KPMG and the BMW Group, among others

    • Research Engagement of the Year Award, The University of Sydney Business School (2020)
    • The Wayne Lonergan Outstanding Teacher Award, The University of Sydney Business School (2020)
    • SUPRA Teacher of the Year Award, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (2019)
    • SUPRA Supervisor of the Year Award, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (2018)
    • Best Paper Award at the Western Academy of International Business Meeting (2017)
    • Best Paper Award, 4th International Network of Business and Management (INBAM) Conference (2017)
    • Emerald Outstanding Paper Award (2014)
    • RSM Insight Favourite Article Award (2010)


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