New Austrade CEO

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Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has announced the appointment of Stephanie Fahey as the next CEO of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission - Austrade.

Dr Fahey will be the first woman to lead Austrade and will take up the role in mid-February.

She is currently the Lead Partner for Education, Oceania at Ernst and Young. Prior to that Dr Fahey was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Monash University in 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.

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

The minster 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," said Mr Ciobo.

Mr Gosper will continue to serve as Australia as High Commissioner to Singapore.