New NSW Trade Commissioner for North America
22 June 2014
The NSW Government has announced the appointment of experienced senior trade specialist Mr Laki Kondylas as the State's key trade and investment representative in North America.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said Mr Kondylas will take up the position of NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner in the State Government's Trade and Investment Office in San Francisco from June 23.
"Mr Kondylas has a wealth of US market experience across a broad range of industries, and strong networks with business and international development agencies," Mr Stoner said.
"He has extensive international market development and business facilitation experience in particular from his work at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)."
While ICT and Digital will remain a key area of focus for NSW in North America, Mr Kondylas will be working to further develop opportunities in other priority sectors including Professional & Financial Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Technologies and Agribusiness.
Mr Kondylas has led a number of successful clean technology missions to the US and has been instrumental in the establishment of a number of key American-based clean technology companies in Australia.
The prospect of promoting NSW's main investment opportunities to businesses in the US is an exciting one for Mr Kondylas. "I welcome the opportunity to draw from my years of experience in the US to further develop the close business relationships between America and NSW and to help attract productiveforeign direct investment for our State," Mr Kondylas said.
"I will be working to build local partnerships with government, business and industry associations to enhance awareness of NSW's capabilities and the State's attractiveness as a destination for business."
The NSW Government is committed to delivering long-term economic, trade and cultural growth for the State.
NSW currently has a network of international offices in China, India, UAE, Japan, the US and a NSW trade specialist in the Republic of Korea. The 2014-15 Budget also includes $600,000 for NSW to develop an international trade presence in South East Asia.
Laki Kondylas - previous experience and qualifications
- Strategic Development Manager for the National Centre for Groundwater Research & Training, Flinders University, Adelaide.
- Senior Business Development Director – Washington DC World Bank and International Development Liaison USA Water Team Leader, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Embassy of Australia, Washington DC.
- Senior Business Development Director - Phoenix & the Greater Southwest, Energy and Environment Team Leader, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Phoenix, Arizona.
- Holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Marketing.