Professional Profiles – Meet Monique Dawson

“We are seeing great developments and innovations across the industry…. going on that journey with companies is really exciting” 

Deborah de Cerff, TEMI, catches up with one of TEMI’s new Industry Development Taskforce Members, Monique Dawson, Senior Manager – People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young, Melbourne, Australia

TEMI: Monique, tell us a bit about yourself?

Monique Dawson: I’ve been in the industry for 13 years, specialising in Assignment Administration and Mobility Framework Design. I’m originally from Sydney, then relocated to Dallas, Texas then back to Australia, moving to Melbourne to lead the Assignment Services team – so have been an expat myself, albeit probably a pretty challenging one! Personally, I’m also a new mum to a beautiful (and very busy) little girl – and am learning a huge amount of new skills, which no number of difficult expats could have prepared me for.

TEMI: What is the most rewarding/exciting aspect about working in Mobility Sector today?

Monique Dawson:  The expat talent pool is more diverse than ever. By 2024, there will be 5 generations in the workforce, 75% of which will be millennials. We are also seeing a rise in new ways of working and companies expanding globally across more locations than ever before. The mobility industry needs to adapt to the needs of a huge variety of situations and demographic of expat. This means we are seeing great developments and innovations across the industry as a result, and personally being able to go on that journey with companies is really exciting.

TEMI: Why is having a community focused industry group like TEMI important?

Monique Dawson:  TEMI creates a safe space which enables mobility professionals to come together in a trusted environment to work together and share their experiences and insights, as well as co-create solutions to challenges which everyone can access, without limitations such as organisation size, location and project budgets.

TEMI: What motivated you to join TEMI’s team of volunteers? 

Monique Dawson:  As well as wanting to share my passion for innovation, having had the opportunity to work with such a wide variety of organisations, across many industries and countries I wanted to be able to share my knowledge and experience with a wider network to ultimately help create programs and experiences which meet overall business strategies.

TEMI: What type of projects are you working on to support the TEMI community and why?

Monique Dawson: I’m currently working on the upcoming TEMI Awards Gala, which will be a night where the TEMI community can recognise companies and individuals within the industry who are making a difference – whether that’s to the whole industry, their employees or for their organisation. Watch this space!

About the Industry Development Taskforce (IDT):

The IDT supports TEMI’s community members Connect, Advance, Learn and Lead within their chosen discipline. Taskforce members agree to abide by a clear set of principles of professional conduct and are committed to working together, sharing expertise, creating new solutions and promoting industry growth for the benefit of the TEMI community.

If you’d like to be a part of the Taskforce or one of the sub committees, contact Monique on or Deborah on

Published by: The Employee Mobility Institute (TEMI), June 2019

About the Author:

The Employee Mobility Institute is Australia’s peak industry body specifically focused on global workforce management, including talent mobility. Its mission is to advocate, promote, represent and support the growth of the Australian / New Zealand Talent Mobility Industry.

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