The 2018 Developing Northern Australia Conference is on next week at the Alice Springs Convention Centre over Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June. 

Dr Stephanie Fahey, CEO, Austrade joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘True North: changing our lens on the tropics.’


It’s time for a shift in perspective if the full economic potential of Australia’s northern regions is to be realised. Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s CEO, Dr Stephanie Fahey will share the international perspective looking in at Australia’s rich assets and the challenges we face in utilising them. Things we see as obstacles, our international counterparts see as opportunities. We have expertise in areas that can help other nations reach their growth aspirations. We have solutions for problems they are just starting to tackle. This address will step through the lenses that international investors apply, and where the real and sustainable growth opportunities lie.


Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research. Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas. Previously she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific.

Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia. Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Korean Foundation. Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012. Dr Stephanie Fahey Chief Executive Officer Australian Trade and Investment Commission

For more information on the 2018 Developing Northern Australia Conference and to secure your spot, visit the conference website.