Stuart Rees - Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner - South Asia

Stuart Rees is Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Austrade, South Asia. He heads the Australian government’s Education promotion, Investment, Defence and Advanced Technology teams across South Asia.

Stuart was appointed to India in August 2019 and managed the Australia India Business Exchange program which was delivered in February 2020. He was previously Trade Commissioner to Thailand and has undertaken short term postings in India and Papua New Guinea. Prior to that Stuart was State Director Victoria and Tasmania. He has led several trade and investment development missions throughout Asia, the USA and EU and considered an expert with deep ASEAN experience in supporting the growth of multinational and SME exporters across a diverse range of sectors.

Stuart joined Austrade in 2005 after an earlier professional career in finance and agribusiness. He was raised in rural Victoria, Australia and in his early youth spent some time as a Jackaroo and is a graduate of Marcus Oldham College – Australia’s leading agricultural tertiary institution.

He is currently ‘marooned in Australia during COVID-19 and hopes to be back in India to take up his posting to Bengaluru, soon.