Export Council of Australia Administration - National Office
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.
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.
Honor IosifSpecial Projects & WA State Manager
Honor joined the Export Council of Australia bringing with her extensive local and international experience in events and communications for a variety of government, tertiary education and not-for-profit organisations.
Career highlights include organising large scale community events in Texas, USA and being a member of the Royal Visit Working Group for the 2011 Royal Visit to Perth of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, while with the Protocol Branch of the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Other highlights include writing speeches for officials and dignitaries aimed at audiences as diverse as excited children waiting for Santa, to formal ceremonial occasions.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science, Honor enjoys combining the discipline of science with her more creative side to deliver exceptional communications and event experiences, such as the Western Australian Industry & Export Awards program.
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
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.
Miroslav CaksiranDigital Marketing Manager & Executive Assistant to the CEO
Miroslav graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communication in 2015.
For him, formal education is as important as non-formal and informal learning in which he strongly believes. In 2011 he was a board member of the working group for Vocational Education and Tranining (VET). This group existed within Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) based in Brussels, with an aim to represent vocational students’ rights on European level.
Miroslav participated in short and long-term exchange student programs in Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark and his favourite spot in Europe - Iceland. He worked as a broadcast producer and copywriter. In 2014 he was reporting from the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. He finds inspiration in music, design and cross-media platforms that he’s always exploring. Miroslav moved to Australia in June 2016 to start working for the Export Council of Australia.
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.
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.
Susan SmitSenior Events and Communications Officer
Susan joined the Export Council of Australia to manage the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards program. Before this Susan worked for Austrade for more than 7 years in a senior marketing and communications role, also working on the national export awards program.
Prior to Austrade, Susan worked in marketing roles for PADI Asia Pacific and Classic Blue. Susan also worked in research and policy roles for NSW Parliament and Tourism Council Australia. Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in Business in Tourism and Postgraduate Certificate in Interactive Multimedia.
Dee-Ann Prather, Down Under Enterprises International
NSW Women in Global Business Award winner
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