Export Council of Australia Administration - National Office
Lisa McAuleyChief Executive Officer
Lisa McAuley, Chief Executive Officer of the Export Council of Australia (ECA), has worked in international trade for over ten years. Lisa’s current term as CEO has seen the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that place the global competitiveness of Australian SMEs at the heart of all the ECA’s projects. Lisa’s passion for international trade and respected voice in the industry puts her on the AmCham Trade Advisory Group and the Board of CargoHound.
In the last two years alone Lisa has passionately overseen the drive for the launch of the following research and product development initiatives that have benefited Australian companies engaged in International Business.
In 2016, Lisa is overseeing the re-launch of new education programs, services and product that build the capability and capacity of companies to grow internationally.
• Board Member, Yuluma Holdings
• Board Member, Cargohound
• Advisory Council Member, AmCham
• Trade Policy Committee Member, Export Council of Australia
Peter O’ByrneChair, National Advisory Board, Export Council of Australia
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University
Member, advisory boards of International Governance and Performance Research Centre (IGAP), Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy, and South Asia Forum.
As a professional Company Director, Peter is widely involved in Australia’s commercial engagement around the world at a policy and service delivery level. His board roles have included the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), the NSW Export and Investment Advisory Council, the Australia India Business Council, Australian Hearing Services and Reckitt & Colman subsidiaries across Asia.
Peter’s executive roles have included Managing Director of Austrade, Chief Executive of Australian Hearing Services (including the National Acoustics Library), Regional Director of Reckitt & Colman Asia as well Strategy Director, Reckitt & Colman PLC. He has worked in London, Jakarta and Singapore, as well as Australia.
Angela WrightSkills Development Coordinator
Angela Wright role at the ECA is to deliver programmes that will boost skills and knowledge in our industry.
Her work experience in the private sector spans across education, tourism, NGOs, and small business. Most recently she has been working in the development of training programmes for Australian businesses focused on international markets, particularly Asia.
Caroline PanNational Manager in Finance and Administration
Caroline has had a varied career after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from China. Firstly, she worked as an instructor of 'English for International Trade' and the liaison officer for the university's international office. She then moved on and worked for two world leading pharmaceutical companies, Astra Zeneca and then GSK in their Greater China headquarters in Shanghai for a few years. In 1999 Caroline decided to take another challenge and started her new career in Australia with two top International freight management companies Geodis Wilson & Ceva Logistics, working in their Corporate Administration & Operational Accounts areas respectively. Caroline got her Diploma in Accounting in 2003 and joined the Australian Institute of Export (NSW). She successfully involved in the wind up of AIEX NSW, QLD, WA, and SA and merged them into one national educational body AIEx National. Caroline became the National Finance & Administration Manager in 2005. Since 2012, on the basis of AIEx, Export Council of Australia has been created and launched and Caroline continues to be in charge of the company’s daily finance and admin work. Caroline has also provided bookkeeping services to a number of non-profit organisations over the years, including European Australian Business Council, Air Freight Council of NSW, Sea Freight Council of NSW. & Freight and Logistics Council of NSW.
Clare PetrovicState Coordinator - WA
Clare joined the Export Council of Australia in late 2015 and will assist in the roll-out of the WA Industry & Export Awards program, the West Australian Agrifood Exporters Alliance and the ECA education program in WA.
Previously, Clare was employed by the National Rugby League where she was involved in the planning and management of numerous events. Clare has worked previously in marketing/administration support roles in a variety of business/corporate environments.
Collins RexHead of Product Development
Collins Rex joined the Export Council of Australia in June 2009 as the Victorian State Manager, with responsibility for managing the Export programs and activities in that State. Collins now heads up the ECA’s product development team, charged with packaging the ECA’s research into programs, applications and publications.
Collins has over 25 years’ general management, marketing and communications experience. She has owned and operated her own businesses on two continents, and has worked as an award-winning radio and television broadcaster. For close on 20 years, Collins has specialized in the management of industry bodies and not-for-profit organizations, and she has coordinated and managed several major events, including the Interact Asia Pacific Multimedia Festival. Passionate about getting more Australian organisations, particularly SMEs, doing better business and onto the global stage, Collins has extensive experience working with Government, industry Clusters, and SMEs.
Collins is a graduate of Johannesburg University (formerly Rand Afrikaans University) in South Africa.
Gemma Kingsford-SmithSkills Development Manager
Gemma’s responsibilities include managing the national skills development programmes and business development.
Since completing her MA in International Studies in Colombia in 2010, she has dedicated her career to bridging cultural gaps and developing international partnerships and programmes, and has ten years’ experience managing commercial, governmental and trade projects across Latin America, Australia and Great Britain. Her career to-date has seen her working within the private sector (communication agencies), with the UK Government off shore within investment attraction and onshore with NSW State Government and is now enjoying the international industry expansion side of Trade and Investment.
Kristen MulliganBusiness Development and Membership Manager
Kristen graduated from Macquarie University in April 2013 with a Bachelors of International Studies. During her degree Kristen participated in exchange programs with the University of Geneva, Switzerland and the University of Strasbourg, France. In 2012 Kristen was accepted into the Australian National Internship Program, an applied public policy research internship in Canberra, at the Australian National University. Kristen completed her internship with the Hon. Senator Ursula Stephens, chair of the Senate Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade where she undertook a research thesis on the potential sale of Uranium to India upon the request of the Senator. Following her Canberra internship Kristen interned as a researcher with the Export Council of Australia in late 2012 and joined the Council as a Project Manager in August 2013.
Kristina KoprivicaMarketing Manager & Executive Officer to the CEO
Kristina graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at Serbia’s University of Novi Sad with a Bachelors honours degree in journalism in 2013.
During her studies Kristina won a full scholarship to participate in a year-long exchange at the University of Maine, United States. The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awarded her the scholarship, allowing Kristina to focus on journalism and new media. Following her graduation, Kristina worked at the Novi Sad School of Journalism, a non-profit organisation that focuses on public advocacy in human rights promotion and democratic reform, as well as educating media professionals. In the beginning of 2015 Kristina moved to Australia to start working for us.
Niels StrazdinsHead Research Manager
Niels graduated from Macquarie University with a Master of International Business as well as a Master of International Relations in 2014. Australia is the seventh country he has called home, moving to Sydney and joining aviation research and analysis firm CAPA Centre for Aviation after two years in corporate banking with HSBC in London. He joined the Export Council of Australia in 2013. A native of Toronto, Niels also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York University. He has studied languages at the Freie Universität Berlin and Goethe-Institut Düsseldorf in Germany, Université de Nice in France, Universidade de Lisboa in Portugal and Dongseo University in South Korea.
Peter MaceSpecial Advisor- Skills Development
Peter has had a long career in international banking, having worked in senior trade roles with Westpac Banking Corporation, Citibank Australia Ltd and Bank of America Australia Ltd. He has also worked with Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) in the credit insurance sales area; as a Director of Infocast Australia Ltd; and owned a business coaching franchise for a period. Peter has been working with the Australian Institute of Export and now the Export Council of Australia for over 7 years. Peter is also a very keen Toastmaster.
Phillip LittonSpecial Projects
Phillip Litton has 35 years experience working as an advisor to businesses across most industry sectors. This includes 24 years advising SME’s and large companies as a Chartered Accountant (19 years as a Partner with Moore Stephens). Philip is currently the Director of Export Solutions a private company established 28 years ago in Perth, Western Australia. Export Solutions has a single focus of assisting exporters develop export markets for their products and services in 2 ways:
Trade Fair Services: Philip is lead manager of the team that secures space for Australian exporters, and delivers the structure and facilities for a successful exhibition of their products at numerous international trade fairs, across many industry sectors, in many countries, particularly Asia and the Middle East.
Funding for exporters: Philip manages a team of professionals who have assisted (in the past 9 years alone) more than 1,919 exporters (or aspiring exporters) access Federal funding of an average of $42,100 each.
Philip is regularly asked to speak at events and seminars on topics relevant to exporters. This includes peak body seminars (across sectors from IT to Life Sciences to food and wine); Chamber of Commerce trade days, and government briefing events. Philip also regularly publishes articles and participates in initiatives to improve support for exporters.
Richelle WardCommunications and Project Manager, Queensland
Richelle joins the Export Council of Australia with more than 10 years’ experience in the field of Corporate Communications. As Special Projects & Media Manager she is the Queensland representative managing the states most prestigious Export recognition program. Richelle also facilitates International Trade Skills education opportunities as part of the Councils key objective.
With a Diploma in Business Marketing and a Degree in Journalism, Richelle has represented one of Australia's leading online insurance providers as the National Media and Communications Manager. She has also worked for Queensland's largest electricity distributor Energex, implementing major infrastructure projects with significant community impact throughout South East Queensland. It’s Richelle’s passion for project management that drew her to the Export Council where she enjoys stakeholder and client engagement opportunities across Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia.
Stacey Mills- SmithTrade Policy and Research Manager
Stacey graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts. Following her graduation, she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Economics and Policy division. Later, her interest in international trade saw her join Trade and Investment Queensland as a business analyst and gain international experience working in Santiago, Chile. Stacey joined the Export Council of Australia in 2013 and is currently the Trade Policy and Research Manager. In this role she works with industry and government to advance the interests of Australian businesses engaged in international trade. Stacey has a special interest in trade and development issues in Latin America and Africa.
Tanya YakovlevState Manager-WA
Tanya has 11 years of experience working with Australian corporate companies and SME’s. Tanya has two current roles: WA State Manager for the Export Council of Australia where she builds ECA brand awareness and identifies opportunities for ECA growth. In 2016, she will also manage the roll-out of the WA Industry & Export Awards program. Her second role is Project Manager at Export Solutions where she assists Australian companies in the food & beverage, wine, mining, oil & gas and ICT sectors participate at world leading international trade shows - predominately in Asia and UAE.
Previously, Tanya was employed for 8 years as a Corporate Foreign Exchange Dealer in Melbourne, providing professional and consultative expertise to clients by offering foreign exchange advice and solutions. Tanya has bachelor degree qualifications in Finance and International Relations, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, and a Diploma of Financial Planning and Financial Services.
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