Based in Sydney, David Landers is Austrade’s General Manager for East Asian Growth Markets. In this role he has operational responsibility for Austrade’s in-market teams across sixteen markets, 25 offices and 230 employees in East Asia that implement market strategies to assist Australian exporters and educational institutions and attract productive foreign direct investment: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. Previously David was Austrade’s General Manager for Growth and Emerging Markets: South Asia, Central Asia, Russia, Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
David’s career spans most Asian markets, with significant experience operating and living in China, Indonesia and India. Prior to Austrade he held senior roles (CEO, COO, CSO, CFO, M&A) in venture capital (Allen & Buckeridge), start-up management (Asia Foods), multi-national corporate (PepsiCo) and management consulting (Booz Allen & Hamilton). He has deep experience across a range of industries, most notably food and beverage, financial services and technology (energy, water, materials and ICT).
In addition to his executive experience, David is a seasoned board director having made key contributions on strategic, commercial, governance, risk management, compensation and audit thinking across 18 Australian and US companies. He is an experienced institutional fund fiduciary.
David has an MBA in International Business from the New York University Stern School of Management and is an honours graduate of the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the School of Entrepreneurial Management, Babson College. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) since 2003.