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New Austrade CEO appointed

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Stephanie Fahey has been appointed the next Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) – the first woman to hold the position.

In announcing the new appointment Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said Dr Fahey brings a wealth of international trade and investment experience to the job.

She is currently the Lead Partner for Education, Oceania at Ernst and Young and the former Deputy Vice Chancellor at Monash University, Melbourne.

Dr Fahey has also led a research institute at the University of Sydney and is currently Chair of the NSW International Advisory Board, a Council member of the European Australian Business Council, a Board member of Canberra Institute of Technology, and a Board member of The Asia Foundation (Global Board).

Dr Fahey has served on a number of other bodies including the Foreign Affairs Council, the Australia Korea Foundation, and a subcommittee of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.

Long-standing experience

She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012, and brings long-standing experience in business and government both as an academic and executive, domestically and internationally.

Mr Ciobo thanked outgoing Austrade CEO Bruce Gosper for his contribution.

“Under Mr Gosper’s leadership Austrade has played an expanded role in advancing Australia’s trade, tourism, investment and international education interests,” Mr Ciobo said.

“Austrade has supported Australia’s exporters and helped SMEs make the most of the North Asia Free Trade Agreements.

“It has developed a large program of minister-led business missions – including taking over 1,000 delegates to China earlier this year for the second Australia China Business Week – and worked to facilitate productive investment into Australia’s economy.”

Mr Gosper will continue to serve Australia’s trade interests as High Commissioner to Singapore.

Mr Ciobo welcomed Dr Fahey to the new role which she is expected to take up in mid-February.

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