Jennifer Mackinlay is the Acting General Manager for Europe and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordics. She was formerly posted to Paris where she was the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Luxembourg from 2015 to 2019. Having lived in France for almost 20 years, Jennifer has a deep knowledge of European markets and doing business in Europe. Jennifer also leads the Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space sector for Europe within Austrade.
Prior to joining Austrade in 2015, Jennifer worked as a lawyer for international law firm Clifford Chance in Paris for 15 years, specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity. From 2010-2015, Jennifer was director for client development, marketing and communications with responsibility for France, Turkey and Africa.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. She was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1994 and admitted as a French 'avocat' to the Paris bar in 2003. She completed the Defence Industry Study Course in 2018. She speaks French, Italian and Spanish.