In his role as Austrade’s Executive Director, International Operations, Laurie Smith is responsible for a network of 82 offices in 48 markets that assists Australian companies to grow their international business, attracts productive foreign direct investment into Australia and promotes Australia’s education sector internationally. Laurie also leads teams in Australia responsible for marketing, advice to Australian exporters and liaison across government in Canberra. He is based in Sydney.
Laurie has 30 years’ experience in international corporate, advisory and government roles, including assignments in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Taipei.
From 2005 to 2011, Laurie was Austrade’s Regional Director, North East Asia, with responsibility for teams in over 20 locations.
Laurie previously held a number of senior roles with a major multinational corporation in Hong Kong and Beijing. He led China business development for multiple divisions of the company, overseeing a range of direct and portfolio investments in China.
As Executive Director of a Sydney-based, Asian markets strategy consultancy, Laurie worked on projects across India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and South Africa for a client base that spanned Australia, Europe, the USA and Asia.
Laurie’s early career was with the Department of Trade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and Taipei.
Laurie has a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University, and undertook post-graduate study at Peking University. He is fluent in Mandarin.