Dr Geoff Raby was appointed a Director of Yancoal in 2012.
Dr Raby was formerly Australia's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China from 2007 to 2011. Before that, he was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Dr Raby has extensive experience in international affairs and trade, having been Australia's Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (1998 to 2001), Australia's APEC Ambassador (2003 to 2005), Head of DFAT's Office of Trade Negotiations and Head of the Trade Policy Issues Division at the OECD, Paris. Between 1986 and 1991 he was Head of the Economic Section at the Australian Embassy, Beijing. He has been the Chair of DFAT's Audit Committee and served as an ex-officio member of the Boards of Austrade and Export Finance and Insurance Corporation.
Dr Raby holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Economics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics.