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Stuart Rees - Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner - South Asia

Tel: +91 22 6116 7117

Stuart Rees is Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Austrade, South Asia. He heads the Australian government’s Investment, Agribusiness and Food, Defence and Advanced Technology teams across South Asia.

Stuart was appointed to India in August 2019 and managed the Australia India Business Exchange program which was delivered in February 2020. He was previously Trade Commissioner to Thailand and has undertaken short term postings in India and Papua New Guinea. Prior to that Stuart was State Director Victoria and Tasmania. He has led several trade and investment development missions throughout Asia, the USA and EU and considered an expert with deep ASEAN experience in supporting the growth of multinational and SME exporters across a diverse range of sectors.

Stuart joined Austrade in 2005 after an earlier professional career in finance and agribusiness. He was raised in rural Victoria, Australia. In his early youth spent some time as a Jackaroo and is a graduate of Marcus Oldham College – Australia’s leading agricultural tertiary institution.

Tim White - Trade and Investment Commissioner, New Delhi

Tel: +91 11 4575 6211

Tim manages Austrade’s flagship trade and investment promotion program in India the Australia-India Business Exchange (AIBX).  AIBX is a digital-first and partner-driven program that aims to build two-way business literacy and driver commercial outcomes in priority sectors, including agrifood, mining & resources, infrastructure and education.

Tim also leads Austrade’s Marketing and Mining & Resources teams in South Asia and manages Austrade’s New Delhi and Kolkata, and Dhaka posts.

Previously Tim served with Austrade in Greater China where he led Austrade’s Healthcare team and managed the agency’s West China presence.

Tim also worked for more than 10 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade across roles in China and Canberra.

He holds degrees in Law (with Honours) and Asian Studies from the Australian National University.

Rajesh Sharma - Director - Trade and Investments, Mumbai

Rajesh Sharma

Tel: +91 22 6116 7112

Rajesh joined Austrade in 2018 and is responsible for investment facilitation into Australia. He also leads industry strategy for advanced technologies & manufacturing sector across South Asia. He is an experienced professional, with over 20 years of experience in the field of international representation, cross border trade and investment facilitation, consulting, banking and export credit. Prior to Austrade, Rajesh was Senior Manager with Deloitte in Mumbai and was responsible for managing a team of account managers handling strategic clients portfolio. He has also worked with Export Development Canada, Export Import Bank of India and Credit Capital Asset Management. He has lived and worked in New Delhi, Mumbai and Singapore.

Rajesh holds a Masters degree in Business Economics (MBE) from University of Delhi and a Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. He is fluent in English, Hindi & Punjabi.

He is a member of the local Rotary Club and passionate about education, environment and gender equality issues.

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