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Laurie has 25 years experience dealing with Asia in corporate, advisory and government roles and has been based in Asia (Guangzhou, Beijing Taipei and now Shanghai) for over 15 years.
He currently leads Austrade’s network of offices across Korea, Japan, mainland China,
Taiwan and Hong Kong which includes 173 staff in 21 offices (including 12 offices in China). Austrade is the Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency, assisting Australian businesses contribute to national prosperity by succeeding in trade and investment, internationally, and promoting and supporting productive foreign investment into Australia.
Between 1994 and 2002, Laurie worked with News Corporation and its affiliates in a number of capacities and from 1998-2001 was News Corp’s chief representative in China responsible for the company's portfolio investments, joint ventures and wholly owned operations in television, internet and related technologies in China. During this period he also served on the board of Netease, a major NASDAQ-listed internet technology company and other News Corp affiliates.
Laurie started his career working for the Australian Government in policy roles in the former Department of Trade and later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade dealing principally with economic and political relations with greater China.
Before joining News Corporation, Laurie worked in a Sydney-based consultancy practice assisting numerous companies - micro, small, medium and large - with Asian market entry strategies.
Laurie is a graduate of Melbourne University and also undertook post-graduate study at Beijing University. He is one of Australia's leading Chinese linguists and acted as official interpreter for successive Australian Prime Ministers in the 1980s and early 1990s.