Executive Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Stephanie Fahey

Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.

Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas.

Previously she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia.

Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Korean Foundation.

Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.

Executive Director – Tourism, Investment, Education and Programs Group

Jane Madden

Jane Madden is the Executive Director for Tourism, Investment, International Education and Programs. She is responsible for strategic leadership of tourism policy and research, winning foreign direct investment, promoting international education, and delivering the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) and other programs.

Jane joined Austrade in 2012 as General Manager – Head of Investment, leading a team responsible for the promotion, attraction, and facilitation of foreign direct investment to Australia. Prior to joining Austrade, Jane was Head of the Tourism Division and an Executive Board member at the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism from 2008-12. She previously held senior diplomatic roles, including Australia’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Paris and postings to Asia and Africa. In the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she was also Lead negotiator for Services, Investment and Intellectual Property in the Office of Trade Negotiations.

Jane holds qualifications in economics, Japanese and law from the University of Tasmania and ANU (Australian National University). She speaks Japanese and French. Jane has also studied at Harvard, INSEAD and the Melbourne Business School. She has worked in business and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She serves as a board member of the Black Dog Institute.

Chief Operating Officer – Corporate Services Group

Philippa Dawson

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.

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