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Introducing our new staff

By Export Council of Australia · June 02, 2015

The ECA welcomes marketing, research and export specialists to its growing team

ECA recently welcomed three new team members, who are already making strong contributions to the council’s good work.

Latest recruit comes from former Yugoslavian region

Kristina Koprivica has joined ECA from Serbia as our new marketing and events coordinator. She will work closely with Richelle Ward, our special projects and media manager.

Kristina graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at Serbia’s University of Novi Sad with a degree in journalism in 2013.

During her studies Kristina won a full scholarship to participate in a year-long exchange at the University of Maine, United States. The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awarded her the scholarship, allowing Kristina to focus on journalism and new media. Following her graduation, Kristina worked at the Novi Sad School of Journalism, a non-profit organisation that focuses on public advocacy in human rights promotion and democratic reform, as well as educating media professionals. In the beginning of 2015 Kristina moved to Australia to start working for us.

Aviation researcher takes off to ECA

Niels Strazdins has joined ECA as research manager. In this new role, Niels will work on some exciting new projects planned to roll out over the next few months. Niels graduated from Macquarie University with a Master of International Business as well as a Master of International Relations in 2014.

Australia is the seventh country he has called home, having moved to Sydney and joined aviation research and analysis firm CAPA Centre for Aviation. This was after he spent two years in corporate banking with HSBC in London. He first joined ECA in 2013.

A native of Toronto, Niels holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from York University. He has studied languages at the Freie Universität Berlin and Goethe-Institut Düsseldorf in Germany; Université de Nice in France; Universidade de Lisboa in Portugal; and Dongseo University in South Korea.

Highly educated export specialist joins the rank

Tanya Yakovlev has taken on the role of Western Australian state representative for the ECA. Tanya will assist in delivering one and two day short courses to Perth based businesses and small businesses in importing, exporting and payments – and drive growth in ECA membership across WA.

Tanya has worked with Australian corporate export and import clients for 10 years. She began her career in financial markets, and excelled in her role as a corporate foreign exchange dealer in Melbourne.

She moved to Perth two years ago and assists companies in the food and beverage, wine, mining, oil, gas and information technology sectors to participate in international trade shows.

Tanya has bachelor degree qualifications in finance and international relations. She has also completed a graduate diploma of teaching, diploma of financial planning and financial services, plus qualifications in fitness training.

Outside of work, Tanya loves working on her new food truck business venture with her partner, Giuseppe. She loves food, cooking and eating but also likes to stay fit and healthy. She enjoys the laidback, outdoor beach culture WA offers.

To download the entire article, featured in the Winter edition of the 2015 ECA's International Business Today magazine, please click here >

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