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ECA welcomes new staff

By Export Council of Australia · August 27, 2015

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In the latest issue of our International Business Today magazine we introduce two staff members who we are delighted will be joining our talented team.

Gemma Kingsford-Smith has joined us as skills development and business manager. Gemma will work on the skills development side of the business and roll out some exciting projects planned over the next few months.

Since completing her Master of Arts in International Studies with the University of Technology, Sydney in Colombia in 2010, she has dedicated her career to bridging cultural gaps and developing international partnerships and programs. Gemma has ten years’ experience managing commercial, government and trade projects across Latin America, Australia and Great Britain.

Most recently, her experience has focused on investment and export services at NSW Trade and Investment. Prior to this role, she worked as Latin American regional program officer at the British Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Before this she was communication and new partnerships manager at the United Nations Development Programme’s Virtual School, also in Bogota.

She brings with her significant marketing and communication experience having worked in public relations and marketing agencies and on campaigns for organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme, Western Union and the Australian government’s Department of Health and Ageing.

Gemma is looking forward to working with the ECA’s new and existing members and stakeholders and to delivering great skills development programs. Please drop her a line to say g'day, hey or hola! at gemmakingsfordsmith@export.org.au or 02 8243 7430.

Angela Wright has joined us as skills development coordinator and will work together with Gemma Kingsford-Smith to deliver programs that will boost skills and knowledge in import/export industries.

While completing bachelor studies in business and arts, Angela majored in international business and Japanese and was awarded two university exchange scholarships to study in Japan. She was also granted a placement at the National Farmers’ Federation through the Australian National University’s internships program, where she researched Australian agricultural export to China.

Realising the potential for growth in trade opportunities, Angela lived and worked in China after being accepted into the Australia China Young Business Leaders Program by youth leadership organisation AIESEC and the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Beijing. Her work experience also includes supporting the executive director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, facilitating an international leadership program, as well as an international leadership and study abroad program at the University of Newcastle’s international office and working in small businesses in the tourism industry.

In recent years Angela has worked on the federally funded programs Welcoming Chinese Visitors and Servicing Chinese Visitors, aimed at the Australian tourism industry. She also developed Engaging China Seminars for NSW Trade and Investment. She looks forward to bringing her training program experience to the role, and welcomes you to contact her about your skills development and import/export training goals. Contact Angela on angelawright@export.org.au or 02 8243 7490.

 

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