Dr Geoff Raby AO was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. After 27 years in the public service, he completed his Ambassadorial term and resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Associates in 2011, a Beijing-based strategic advisory company.
He currently serves as an Independent Non-executive Director of ASX-listed companies, Yancoal, Oceanagold, and Netlinkz. He was also as an independent director with Fortescue Metals Group, 2011-17.
He is Chair of the Murdoch University’s Vice Chancellors Advisory Board, Western Sydney University’s Australia-China Institute of Arts and Culture, and VisAsia at the Gallery of NSW; he is a member of the Board of the Garvan Foundation.
In 2019, his donation of his personal collection of Chinese Contemporary Art was La Trobe University’s biggest gift of cultural philanthropy.
Trade and Foreign Affairs:Between 2002 and 2006, he was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with responsibilities for north-east Asia and international trade negotiations. He has held a number of other senior positions in DFAT, including APEC Ambassador (2002-2004), First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001), First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD in Paris during 1993-95. He was First Secretary (Economic) and subsequently Counsellor (Economic) in Australia’s Embassy in Beijing, 1986-1991. He joined the Office of National Assessments as its China economic analyst in 1984.
Awards and Accolades:In 2002, he was made a member of Chile’s Order of Bernhard O’Reilly (Chile’s highest medal for citizens) for services to international trade and agricultural liberalization. In 2010, he was made La Trobe University’s Inaugural Distinguished Alumni.
In recognition of his contributions to advancing relations between Australia and China and his contribution to multilateral trade diplomacy, Dr Raby was awarded the Order of Australia in June 2019.