MANAGEMENT TEAM

Arnold Jorge

Chief Executive Officer

Arnold is a former senior trade official, diplomat and consultant with over 20 years of experience in international trade, aid, entrepreneurship and marketing.

His previous positions included Principal Adviser with the Washington DC based Center for International Private Enterprise, Director of Aid for Trade in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy in Mexico City.

He represented Australia in global forums and trade negotiations, including in the World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

He is strategic in his approach and is focused on delivering results through innovation, collaboration, data-informed decision-making, and targeted influence of stakeholders.

He has a degree in Master of Business Administration, and is skilled in lean start-up and agile methodologies, and ‘aid for trade’ project design and management.

Angela Wright

Senior Project Manager, ECA Edge

Angela is Senior Project Manager of ECA Edge, the innovation arm of the Export Council of Australia. As part of this role, she works with women led businesses and Indigenous businesses in building their capacity to undertake international trade. She is responsible for advancing issues in relation to inclusive trade, market diversification, supply chain resilience, and environmental sustainability.

Drawing on her firsthand experience in startup firms in the tourism and food and beverage industries, Angela assists entrepreneurs to be export ready and internationally competitive. She also works with officials to develop and implement programs that have led to practical outcomes. For both industry and government, she helps identify risks and opportunities, and facilitates innovative solutions to international trade challenges.

Angela is skilled in project management, international development, opportunity analysis, identification of market entry strategy, and development of business models. She has degrees in international business and languages. Angela has lived and worked extensively overseas including in Japan, China, and Malaysia. She speaks English, Japanese and Mandarin.

Stefanie Harter

National Training Manager

Stefanie is responsible for developing content and interactive training offerings for key Australian businesses, industry bodies, and governments.

Over the past two years, Stefanie has managed trainings for both the public and private sector, having worked closely with NSW Government, Trade and Investment Queensland, Export Finance of Australia, Austrade, and hundreds of Australian exporters.

Stefanie completed her Master of International Business at the University of Sydney in 2019, having specialised in export and risk management.

Karmen Rai

Graphic Designer

Karmen started off as a freelance graphic designer for the Export Council of Australia in 2017. One year later, she happily finds herself officially joining the team with a part time position.

Her role at the ECA sees her working closely with each of the individual departments developing creative solutions for various mediums across digital and print, publications, logo design, various event collateral/branding and more.

Laura Choo

Project Officer, ECA Global

Laura initially joined the Export Council of Australia in 2021 as an intern with the ECA Edge unit. Now, she is responsible for managing the esteemed 2021 Export Awards program in both New South Wales and Western Australia. Through this program, she works with stakeholders in public and private spheres to ensure that exporters receive the recognition they are due.

Prior to joining the team, Laura was actively involved in her university’s student associations, which naturally prompted an interest in not-for-profit organisations in her professional career.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney with a double major in Government & International Relations and Political Economy.

Peter O'Byrne

Chair, National Advisory Board, Export Council of Australia

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University

Member, advisory boards of International Governance and Performance Research Centre (IGAP), Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy, and South Asia Forum.

As a professional Company Director, Peter is widely involved in Australia’s commercial engagement around the world at a policy and service delivery level. His board roles have included the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), the NSW Export and Investment Advisory Council, the Australia India Business Council, Australian Hearing Services and Reckitt & Colman subsidiaries across Asia.

Peter’s executive roles have included Managing Director of Austrade, Chief Executive of Australian Hearing Services (including the National Acoustics Library), Regional Director of Reckitt & Colman Asia as well Strategy Director, Reckitt & Colman PLC. He has worked in London, Jakarta and Singapore, as well as Australia.

Management Team