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 and Content Manager
Angela Wright's 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.
Collins RexHead of Product and Skills 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 and skills development teams.
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.
Heath BakerHead of Trade Policy
Heath joined the Export Council in 2017, as head of trade policy and industry engagement. Before this he spent four years at Austrade, with roles including manager of trade policy, State Director for NSW and the ACT, and Trade Commissioner in Seoul.
Prior to Austrade, Heath spent four years in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Most of this time was in its international policy division, where his focus was medium- to long-term strategic policy advice. Heath also spent 18 months as an intelligence analyst.
Before joining government, Heath spent five years in investment banking, working with Macquarie, JP Morgan Chase and Credit Suisse First Boston.
Heath holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of International Studies, both from the University of Sydney.
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.
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.
Dee-Ann Prather, Down Under Enterprises International
NSW Women in Global Business Award winner
Member of the ECA
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