Marina is a regular speaker and presenter on topics including Global Entrepreneurship, Global Employability Skills, Intercultural Competency, Cognitive Diversity, Cultural Agility, Inclusive Leadership and Global Careers
“It's a difficult task to keep a lecture theatre full of final year University students engaged for a whole hour, but Marina achieved it with our students at Staffordshire University this week. Her fascinating talk about cross-cultural competency captured the attention of the students and culminated in a fascinating Q&A session at the end. Marina has that admirable ability to link theory with real life experiences, making the content of her talk so interesting. I wouldn't hesitate in asking her to come back to talk to our students. To top it off she's a really lovely lady!” Angela Lawrence, Associate Dean Staffordshire Business School
"Marina has kindly delivered three sessions to 3rd year students undertaking the Intercultural Perspectives module at Worcester Business School. During the sessions Marina helped students in their learning about different cultures and how to implement cultural frameworks in the real world. Students highlighted that they learned a lot from Marina and that these sessions combined both theoretical and practical knowledge delivered in an enjoyable method. I look forward to future collaborations with Marina in the near future." Saad Ali, Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management at University of Derby (previously at University of Worcester Business School)
"Marina delivered a fantastic guest lecture as part of the Strategic Market Relations module that I taught together with a colleague for the MBA at the Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, in April 2021. Students enjoyed this engaging and interactive guest lecture session, as Marina made them think about the cross-cultural aspects of international collaborations, marketing and management in business networks, particularly in a VUCA world, where innovation and an agile mindset are crucial to address complex challenges for both the academic and the business world." Zsófia Tóth, Associate Professor in Marketing and Management, Durham University (previously at Nottingham University)
"Marina Ibrahim is personable, approachable and knowledgeable. Marina, brings energy and insight to her encounters with individuals and groups to create a bespoke experience in response to client briefs. Marina always prepares well for interaction with me, researching context and client needs and aspiration to create the sessions that will most assist the development of clients, mentees and students.
Marina lead an interactive and sharply focussed session on freelancing within the creative industries for our final year Video and Film Production students at The University of Wolverhampton, School of Media. Marina brought to bare her considerable experience in nurturing and mentoring start up business and entrepreneurs in the region and across the globe. Marina's energy and assertive reassurance was appreciated by my students.
Marina drew upon industry, government metrics and testimony from global entrepreneurs to paint a contemporary picture of the creative industries landscape in the UK and the characteristics required of freelancers.
Global Entrepreneurship, personal brand identity, knowing yourself and added value will form the basis of Marina's follow up talk." Tracy McCoy, Associate Dean Recruitment & International. Faculty of Arts, Business & Social Sciences at University of Wolverhampton
"We were delighted with the intercultural training session that Marina held for us. Her personal expertise in the field of travel and intercultural understanding made it a very insightful session and all participants felt very at ease in her presence, thanks to her warm and positive character. Through Marina's training, our participants were able to discover more about themselves and identify key skills that they possess. I am convinced that Marina has given them the confidence to deal with any challenges they encounter." Jenny Price, Internships UK - European Graduate Internship Placements, Leonardo Programme Placement Manager, European Training Services
"I worked with Marina over a period of two years developing a Creative Industries focused incubator at the University of Wolverhampton's Science Park. The project was very ambitious; the challenges were wide ranging from attracting high quality creative businesses in an area where the majority of talented businesses were attracted to Birmingham Manchester or London to finds their success.
The incubator was an excellent success based mainly on Marina’s innovative approach to the incubator and person dedication. Marina created an environment/culture which encouraged a community of creatives to develop and thrive. The incubator at Wolverhampton Science park was became one of the few incubators to work effectively, meeting the targets of the funding organisations and stakeholders. I would recommend Marina to any company looking for a person to create a positive change within their business." Aidan Sheridan, Research and Enterprise Manager at Goldsmith, University of London