In January 2018, Mark commenced his role as Trade Commissioner India and
Pakistan, with responsibility for managing Austrade’s staff and posts in
Northern India and Pakistan. In India and Pakistan, Mark also has lead
responsibility for promoting Australian food and agriculture, alongside
Australia’s defence industry.
Prior to India, Mark worked from 2013 to 2017 as Austrade’s Senior Trade
Commissioner to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain based at the Australian
Embassy in Riyadh. With nine staff at two posts, the team covered trade,
investment and education relationships between the Arabian Peninsula and
Prior to his posting in Riyadh, Mark was the Director of Trade Engagement,
Middle East and Europe for the State Government of Victoria, leading
companies – including Super Trade Missions of hundreds of companies – to
the Middle East, and Asia.
Mark has previously held a number of positions over 10 years in the State
Government of Victoria and Telstra Corporation in international engagement,
education and IT. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts (Arabic), and a Bachelor of
Commerce (Economics). Mark also studied in India, gaining a Master of
International Relations in the area of water and agricultural law in
Punjab. Mark has recently completed a Doctorate of Juridical Science degree
at Monash University regarding Islamism in South Asia. Mark brings an
extensive professional and personal interest in the Middle East and South
Asia to Austrade and is competent in Hindi and is fluent in both written
and spoken Arabic.