John Prowse
Senior Trade Commissioner and Consul General 

Sao Paulo, Brazil


John is Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner and Consul-General, based in São Paulo. He manages Australia’s trade, education and investment links with Brazil and leads Austrade’s team in Argentina. As Consul-General, John also has consular responsibility for the welfare of Australians in the state of São Paulo.

This is John’s second diplomatic posting to Brazil, having served as Second Secretary and Vice Consul at the Australian Embassy in Brasilia from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, John was deployed to Cairo, Egypt, with political and economic reporting responsibilities across the Middle-East and North Africa.

Prior to joining Austrade in 2021, John worked for Woodside Energy for nine years. Roles at Woodside included Country Manager Timor-Leste and Government Relations Canberra.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Indonesian), a Bachelor of Economics and an MBA from the University of Western Australia, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education (languages) from Edith Cowan University. He speaks Portuguese and Indonesian well.

Drawing on his government and private sector experience, John is a strong advocate for Australian business in Brazil and Argentina.