The team

Dr Matthew Durban – a/g Chief Research Officer

Dr Matthew Durban manages Austrade’s Research & Analysis team based in Canberra and Sydney. He has extensive experience in economic research and analysis, international business development, marketing and high level representation initially in London and then in Australia from 1991 working for a variety of multinational and local enterprises. Between 1997 and 2000, Matthew consulted to business and government on direct investment projects between Australia and South Africa. From 2001, he was the Research & Planning Manager for a leading Australian law firm. Matthew joined the Australian Commonwealth Public Service in 2006 and was posted to Indonesia December 2013 – January 2018 as Trade & Investment Commissioner with a team in Jakarta and Surabaya covering agribusiness, food & beverage, education and investment.

Matthew has degrees from Wales, Warwick, Macquarie and La Trobe Universities. He speaks English, Indonesian and French.

Edmund Tang - Economist and Head of Benchmark Research

Edmund Tang is the author of Austrade’s flagship annual publication, Why Australia Benchmark Report. He also produces a series of Data Alerts and Investor updates that are designed to update, revise and support the key messages of the Benchmark Report.

Prior to joining Austrade in 2008, Edmund was Senior Economist at Efic (1998-00) and the Head of Research – financial services team in Invest Australia and Axiss Australia (2001-08). Edmund previously held several key research roles in private sectors: deputy Head of Research/senior regional economist – Fixed Income and Currency Unit – in Chase Securities (now part of JP Morgan Chase, 1993-97, Hong Kong); and research economist in ANZ Banking Group (1985-93, Melbourne).

Edmund’s other achievements include Austrade’s Client Service Award (2010), the Federal Government Financial Services Medallion (2006), Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship (1998), University Medal (top of the first-class Honours student, 1985) and Australian and New Zealand Economics Prize (1984).

Edmund speaks English, Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese, Hainamese and Vietnamese.

Divya Skene - Economist

Divya’s research at Austrade focuses on Australia’s bilateral trade and investment relationship with major trading partners. This includes trends in goods and services trade, two-way investment and the profile and perceptions of Australian companies doing business in key markets.

Divya brings an operational perspective to her analysis having previously worked in international business development with businesses and industry stakeholders. Before joining Austrade, Divya worked in the private sector with IMA Asia and Asean Focus Group, and in economic teams at the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, and the Department of Industry in Canberra. Between 2005 and 2009 Divya was a national executive member of the Australia India Business Council.

Divya holds a degree in Economics (Asian Studies) from the University of NSW, and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.

Matthew Murphy - Senior Information Analyst

Matt joined Austrade’s Research & Analysis team from the EMDG team, where he was the senior information analyst responsible for all data-related tasks from 2010 to 2018, including reporting and data modelling and forecasting.

At EMDG, Matt developed data models that produced automated risk analysis reports on all claims received by the EMDG team (approximately 3,500 per year). He has also produced data, maps and data visualisations for publications such as Austrade’s annual report and the 2015 Lee Review of EMDG (Certainty and Confidence).

Matt joined the Australian Public Service in 1998. He has worked as a quarantine and export inspector for the Australian Quarantine and Export Service, a GIS specialist for Geoscience Australia and an information analyst for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Matt holds degrees from the University of Sydney, University of New England and Charles Sturt University.

Amy Godfrey – Adviser, Research & Analysis

Amy joined Austrade’s Research & Analysis team from the International Education division in 2018. She is responsible for managing international education data reporting and analysis, including the Market Intelligence Package (MIP) Orbis data visualization tool, the data component of the ‘Where to Compete’ market selection tool, and also contributes to other projects under the Australian International Education 2025 strategy. Prior to working in Austrade’s International Education division, Amy spent four and a half years in Tourism Research Australia working on the International Visitor Survey, Destination Visitor Survey and managing the ‘Statsline’ enquiry service; and before that had two and a half years’ in National Accounts at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Amy holds a Diploma in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business.

Alysha Martens – Adviser, Research & Analysis

Alysha joined Austrade in 2018. She is the co-developer of Austrade’s trade model (the Martens-Bateman Trade Model). Alysha responds to trade and investment queries and supports flagship publications such as the Annual Benchmark Report. She specialises in data analysis, data validation and dynamic data visualisations.

Prior to Austrade, Alysha worked as a Senior Data Analyst in the Department of Human Services where she applied various programming languages to analyse ‘big data’ and develop detection methodologies for data anomalies.

Alysha holds degrees in Applied Economics and Politics/International Relations, and a Diploma in Government from the University of Canberra.