Executive Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Stephanie Fahey

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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, International Education and Programs Group (Acting)

Rob Donelly

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Rob Donelly is the Acting Executive Director for Tourism, Investment, International Education and Programs. He 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) scheme and other programs.

Rob brings to Austrade in-depth knowledge of Australia’s investment environment and deep expertise in working with investors. Rob previously served as the Head of the Foreign Investment and Trade Policy Division, The Treasury and as the Executive Member of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). In this role, he had extensive engagement with a wide range of foreign investors and intermediaries making multi-billion dollar investments into Australia. Prior to this role, Rob worked in a range of senior financial and policy roles, in the ACT and Australian Public Service. He served as Treasury’s Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2012, and led teams working on income tax and superannuation policy. He also served as Chief Financial Officer to the ACT Department of Education and Training from 2003 to 2008. Rob started his career in the private sector, working in the IT and retail sectors before moving to government. Rob holds degrees in Economics and Commerce from the Australian National University and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Chief Operating Officer (Acting)

Nick Nichles

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Nick Nichles is the Chief Operating Officer (Acting). Nick joined Austrade in 2012 as General Manager – Marketing, Online and Business Practice. Prior to joining Austrade, he was the CEO of NSW Lotteries Corporation and led the state-owned corporation through privatisation and its eventual sale to Tatts Group. Nick has also held C-level commercial and marketing roles at McDonalds Australia and Foxtel.

Nick is a committee member of The Buttery Foundation, which raises funds for the renowned The Buttery, a not-for-profit rehabilitation clinic.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Business from QUT, a Graduate Diploma of Marketing from UTS, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and lectured at UTS’ Graduate School of Business in its MBA program.

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