Distinguished Fellows

Andrew Robb AO

Andrew Robb AO has had a career in politics since the early 90’s and directed the successful 1996 Liberal Federal election campaign. 

Prior to politics, Mr Robb worked as an animal health officer and then as agricultural economist. In the 80s he was Executive Director of the Cattle Council of Australia, and later, Executive Director of the National Farmers' Federation. 

In 2003 Mr Robb was awarded the Office of the Order of Australia for his service to agriculture, politics and the community. 

In 2004, Andrew was elected to the Federal seat of Goldstein and up until his recent retirement from politics, held a number of positions including Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Vocational and Further Education. 

Following the Coalition victory at the 2013 election, Andrew was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister for Trade and Investment and successfully negotiated the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Japan and China as well as the 12 Country Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement and the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore. 

With an Agricultural Science and First Class Honours Degree in Economics, Mr Robb is currently providing strategic advice to Australian and Asia Pacific companies in trade and investment. 

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