Annette Kinnear grew up in Germany, and has lived in the UK and South Africa. She recalls her first job experiences as periods of utter pennilessness and powerlessness. However, she realised how easy it can be to fast-track careers and build successful businesses with the right know-how. Her background is in recruitment, career management, business management and inspirational leadership. She now runs IRIE Inspiration – a company specialising in career development, corporate inspiration and cross-cultural education.