Hi! I’m Oliver Dowson. Thanks for stopping by.
This is my personal website
As well as what you’ll find here, I’ve written many other business-related articles to help other companies expand internationally – my specialist subject – and you’ll find those on https://www.growinternational.org together with all the podcasts that I host there.
Articles that I write that aren’t directly relevant to international expansion and that I hope others will enjoy reading are on my opinions page.
I’m proud to say that my first book, There’s no Business like International Business, was published in March 2022 – more details here.
I also post some thoughts on the many countries I’ve been lucky enough to visit – click on travels – and some of the recipes I enjoy cooking. Believe it or not, I meet people who actually ask me to write these things down. If you find anything interesting here, great, I will be happy. If you think it’s just a silly old man playing with a website and deceiving himself that anyone will care, well you probably got that right!
A little more about me
Following a long business career building and managing companies in many countries around the world, I’m now a writer and podcast host. My first book, a travelogue “There’s no business like International Business” is published in Spring 2022, and my second, a novel, “The Repurposed Spy” is coming in early 2023.
I’m so lucky to have travelled extensively in over 140 countries, both for pleasure and business.
I was born in Lowestoft, the most easterly town in England, but moved to London when I went to university and have lived there since. I studied Mathematics at Imperial College, then had a variety of jobs through my 20s, with a common theme of international business. In the early 80s I co-founded EnTech, an energy management consultancy, and over then next 30 years developed that business into a small multi-national with offices in ten countries.
Now semi-retired, I provide some pro-bono support to young upcoming business people that I can relate to and who are prepared to tolerate me, write articles on topics that interest me and that I think I know something about, host the Grow through International Expansion podcast series and relax through cooking and travelling.
Married with one son, and, so far, two granddaughters, I live between London and Oviedo Spain when I’m not travelling further afield!