Debra J. Crouch was born in Melbourne, Australia. She now resides and works on international publication and communication projects from her base in the United Arab Emirates. Debra J. Crouch travels frequently to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and England.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History at the University of Melbourne, she was awarded a Rotary Graduate Scholarship in 1983, thereby becoming the first western student to study at the University of Kashmir, in Srinagar, northern India. Debra J. Crouch maintains a strong interest in inter-cultural and international issues.
In 2007, Debra J. Crouch was listed by Australia's Bulletin magazine as one of '100 Smart Australians', in recognition for her work in developing innovative practices.