|About the Speakers
Senior Commercial Officer
U.S. CONSULATE - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mark Russell is the Senior Commercial Officer for Australia and New Zealand. He arrived in Australia in October 2019. Mark and his team manage the U.S. government’s trade promotion programs in Australia and New Zealand. Mark’s previous assignments include postings in Karachi, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Cairo, Chennai, and Prague.
A Southern California native, Mr. Russell joined the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service in 1999 after ten years of military and private-sector business experience. Mr. Russell holds a graduate degree in International Relations from the George Washington University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Maryland.
Chief Executive Officer
TOOWOMBA AND SURAT BASIN ENTERPRISE (TSBE)
Ali Davenport is the CEO of TSBE which is an economic development organisation designed to link business with opportunity in the Toowoomba and Surat Basin region. A previous board member of TSBE, Ali’s background is in media where she has managed Radio and Television Stations as well as Newspapers across various parts of Queensland.
Ali loves the Darling Downs and believes the region’s success is due to the diversity of the economy, the resourcefulness of the people and the powerful community spirit. Increasing exports are a high priority for Ali and her team as they look to grow the economy and increase investment in the region.
Chief Executive Officer
TRADE AND INVESTMENT QUEENSLAND (TIQ)
Paul Martyn leads Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency. Paul works with more than 220 staff worldwide to help Queensland firms achieve export success and to encourage global investment in Queensland projects.
Paul has over 20 years’ experience in economic development, working with industries, firms and regions to successfully grow and compete in a global context.
Prior to joining TIQ, Paul led the implementation of the Queensland Government’s flagship $650 million Advance Queensland agenda, working to promote innovation-led economic growth.
Paul has worked to encourage growth and investment in a wide range of Queensland’s key sectors, including resources and energy, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, defence industries and high technology.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Wayne Gerard is a passionate entrepreneur and prominent
mentor in the Brisbane innovation & start-up community. He is
co-founder and CEO of Red Eye, which he launched in 2012, one
of Australia’s fastest growing APP start-ups. Red Eye is a cloud
based platform that has grown into a global leader in managing,
sharing and storing engineering drawings and data in the mining,
oil, gas, utilities and infrastructure industries.
Red Eye’s partners & clients include the likes of Queensland Urban Utilities; Snowy Hydro,
SA Power Networks, Lady Cilento Hospital & BHP Mitsubishi Alliance. Red Eye employs some
40 staff across its HQ in Brisbane, Houston & Singapore & has more than 400 organisations
on its books and manages assets in excess of $50 Billion. Little wonder in 2016, Red Eye was
ranked the seventh (7th) rising star in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Report with a 706%
growth rate over the previous three years. Wayne has also met with APPLE to finalise a
mobile partnership with the global giant. Wayne has been personally (and rightfully)
acknowledged for his commitment to the QLD start-up community. He received the 2015
Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year Pearcy Award. He also sits on the QLD Premier’s
Business Advisory Committee.