Investment specialists, Hong Kong


Shannon Powell, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Hong Kong and Macau


Tel: +852 2588 5300

Shannon Powell commenced as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Hong Kong and Macau in January 2020.

Previously, Shannon was the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Andean Latin America from 2015 to 2019, leading a team of 20 staff across Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru, based in Santiago. Her work focused on the promotion of Australian trade and education exports and managing commercial relationships and issues within a growing bilateral relationship.

Shannon started her career in law, working within large Australian law firms before joining an Australian non-profit organisation, The Global Foundation where she led domestic and global teams facilitating trade and investment and policy development in the areas of mining, renewable energy, financial services, education, agribusiness and manufacturing. Prior to joining Austrade, she was Director of her own consultancy company, with clients across Australia, Brazil and the United States specialising in governance, leadership, community engagement and communications for large organisations. Shannon continues to sit on the Advisory Board of The Global Foundation.

Shannon holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons.) and Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

Gareth Simpson, Trade and Investment Commissioner Hong Kong and Macau

Gareth Simpson

Tel: +85 2 2588 5303

Gareth Simpson is Trade and Investment Commissioner Hong Kong and Macau, where he leads the Austrade team to deliver high quality trade and investment services to clients from Hong Kong, Australia and beyond.

Gareth joined Austrade in April 2016 as Trade and Investment Commissioner and Post Manager New York. In New York he led Austrade’s work in the North Eastern United States and managed teams responsible for investment attraction and trade support in medical technology and life sciences and fintech and blockchain across the Americas.

Prior to joining Austrade, Gareth served as an Adviser to the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, advising on policy, negotiations and legislation in investment, trade, tourism and international education. He advised and liaised with business, government and community stakeholders regarding key policy objectives, including the conclusion of free trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and developing Northern Australia. Gareth was also an Adviser in the Coalition opposition from 2011 to 2013 and was part of the policy unit during the successful 2013 Coalition election campaign. He has worked for the Australian Federal Government, as a Policy Advisor at the Department of Finance, and in the private sector, as an Executive Search Consultant at ANZ and a Recruitment Consultant at Hays.

Gareth holds Bachelors of Arts and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s in Public Policy (Economic) from the Crawford School at the Australian National University. He lives in Hong Kong with his wife Kristina, sons Frederic and Aksel and daughter Camille.

Jenni Kang - Senior Investment Manager

Jenni Kang

Tel: +85 2 2588 5312

Jenni Kang is Senior Investment Manager based in Austrade Hong Kong, facilitating investors to invest in Australia by providing insights into a range of sectors including mining, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism infrastructure and biotechnology.

Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2015, Jenni worked in Logan City Council in Queensland, Westpac Banking Corporation, AFG Investment Management (Aust) Pty Ltd and Invest Australia.

Jeanne Wang - Investment Manager

Jeanne Wang

Tel: +85 2 2588 5310

Jeanne Wang is the Investment Manager based in Austrade Hong Kong, facilitating investors to invest in Australia by providing updated market information and investment opportunities, arranging meetings with the Australian governments and stakeholders, as well as profiling investors of the Australian national priority sectors including tourism infrastructure, major infrastructure, resources and energy, advanced manufacturing, services and technologies.

Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2014, Jeanne worked in Austrade Guangzhou as Business Analyst – Greater China and previously the Office Manager.

Jeanne holds a Master Degree of Business Administration from Jinan University, Guangzhou.

Catherine Dai - Investment Manager


Tel: +85 2 2588 5308

With more than 10 years’ experience with Austrade in Beijing and Hong Kong, Catherine has worked with many Australian exporters to enter Hong Kong and Mainland China markets in technology sectors including health, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics, and aged care. Catherine has extensive experience in developing export and investment opportunities, delivering focused inbound and outbound missions for Australian exporters and overseas investors.

Catherine holds a Master Degree of Gemology from China University of Geosciences (Beijing).

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