Our Organisation

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.


deputy ceo of business, partnerships and support

David Hazlehurst

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David Hazlehurst joined Austrade as Deputy CEO, Business, Partnerships and Support in January 2018. He is responsible for strategy and business transformation, partnerships, digital and IT, and corporate and ministerial services.

During 27 years in the Australian Public Service, David has held senior appointments in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, and the Education and Family & Community Services portfolios. His roles have spanned policy development, research and analysis, and service delivery. He has led teams advising Prime Ministers on economic and industry policy, the Federal Budget and the Council of Australian Governments. He also drove initial implementation of the Australian Government’s digital transformation agenda and was appointed interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Office.

As a Deputy Secretary in the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio David led AusIndustry, the delivery hub for Australian Government services to business, Digital Strategy and Operations, and implementation of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

David holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Law (Hons), and a Masters of Public Policy from the Australian National University. He is a member of the Council of the Institute of Public Administration (ACT Division).

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

Nick Nichles

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Nick Nichles is the Chief Operating Officer. 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.

Chief Client Officer

Kelly Ralston

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Kelly Ralston is the Chief Client Officer. In this role, Kelly is focused on driving innovation and excellence in Austrade’s client interactions, creating the experiences that clients need and advocating for the client within the organisation. More specifically, she has responsibility for client experience insights and capability, Austrade’s client contact centre and digital services along with brand strategy, marketing and programs such as the Export Market Development Grants scheme.

Kelly has held a number of corporate, strategy and business leadership roles across Austrade since 2001, most recently leading the international marketing and promotion of Australia’s education and training sectors including the creation and implementation of AIE2025 - a long term market development roadmap. From 2011-15, Kelly served as the senior Austrade representative in the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC. As Senior Trade Commissioner, Kelly was responsible for Austrade’s trade and investment activity in the mid-Atlantic and south-eastern regions of the United States and led the promotion of Australia’s international education in North America. During 2015 Kelly established and led the new Australian Consulate in Houston, Texas, through its initial start-up phase.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tasmania and prior to joining Austrade, held a range of other positions within the Australian government.

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