Philippa Dawson is the Chief Operating Officer within Austrade. She has overall responsibility for providing global services for Finance, HR, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Fraud Control, Consular, Security and Property.
Philippa is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in strategic policy development, service delivery and corporate management. She has a proven ability to deliver integrated whole-of-government/commercial programs across Federal and State Governments and private sector organisations and to identify complex problems and implement new, innovative approaches.
Previously, Philippa was General Manager for Trade where she was responsible for Trade Operations, delivering services to Australian companies seeking to develop international markets and providing strategies to promote sectors of Australian comparative advantage.
Philippa led the implementation of the Landing Pad initiative providing startups with an operational base in global innovation hotspots and access to customers, entrepreneurial talent, mentors, investors and a connected network of innovation hubs.
Prior to joining Austrade, Philippa held senior roles in policy development, program and corporate management across Federal Government including both the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Philippa has served overseas in Washington DC and short-term assignments in Barbados, Toronto and an assignment with the United Nations in Italy.
Philippa has a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Japanese), Graduate Diplomas in Foreign Affairs and Trade and Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Marketing Communication.