Investment and Trade specialists, Spain


Elena Laburu, Investment Director, Spain and Portugal

Elena Laburu

Tel: +34 91 427 3767

Elena supports Spanish and Portuguese companies to invest in Australia focusing in the sectors of major infrastructure, circular economy, renewable energy, and hydrogen. Elena has studied and worked in several countries, developing knowledge, and understanding of multiple industries. Previously Elena has worked in the public sector in trade and foreign investment attraction as well as in business development in the private sector in areas such as renewable energy, agri-food and legal services. Elena holds a master’s degree from the IE Business school and is fluent in English, German, French and Portuguese.

Miguel Rios Gonzalez, Investment Director, Spain


Tel: +34 914 273 764

Miguel focuses on promoting Spanish and Portuguese direct investment into Australia with a principle focus on companies working in advanced manufacturing, DigiTech and fintech industries. Miguel has long-standing multi-sectoral expertise in international trade and business development, working for private companies as well as with trade associations and public development agencies. He holds a master’s degree from EAE Business School and speaks Spanish, English and French.

Paula Baena, Business Development Advisor, Spain, Portugal/EU


Tel: +34 914 27 37 70

Paula focuses on helping Australian businesses understand and assess the EU market and provide guidance and advice on market readiness and doing business in the EU. She has worked and lived abroad in Ireland and the UK, and prior to Austrade she has developed her career in China and Spain, working in the public sector in international trade and investment attraction as well as in international business development in the private sector. Her scope of expertise is wide with a deep understanding of cultures and international trade relations. Paula holds an ICEX MBA in International Management, a Masters in Contemporary Culture and Bachelor in Political Science and Humanities. She speaks Spanish, English and French.

Manuel Barbera, senior business development manager, Spain and Portugal


Tel: +34 91 427 37 66

Manuel focuses in supporting Australian exporters accessing the Spanish and Portuguese markets. He has over 15 years of trade facilitation and investment attraction experience. He has developed his career in Australia, Mexico and Spain and prior to Austrade, he has worked in large infrastructure companies and global fashion retailers in business development and international trade positions. Manuel has experience and knowledge in many industries including infrastructure, energy, resources, financial technology, advanced manufacturing, and agribusiness. Manuel holds a Global Executive MBA, a Masters in International Trade and Business and Bachelor in Economics.

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