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Leading Australian economist and diplomat.


Dr Geoff Raby is Chairman and CEO of Geoff Raby & Associates, a Beijing-based business advisory firm.

In 2019 Dr Raby was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to Australia-China relations through senior diplomatic roles, and to multilateral trade policy development.

Current work

In addition to his roles at Geoff Raby & Associates, Dr Raby is Chairman of ASX-listed SmartTrans Ltd, as well as an Independent Director on the boards of Fortescue Mining Group, OceanaGold and Yancoal Australia. He is also Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth's China Business Practice, Senior Advisor to Kreab Gavin Anderson, and Vice Chairman of Macquarie Group China.

Additionally, Dr Raby is a Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at Monash University, and a member of the Advance Global Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Council by the Minister of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Dr Raby is also an honorary citizen of Chengdu City, Sichuan province, an award presented to him in February 2013 in recognition of his contribution to the development of relations between the region and Australia.

Previous experience

Senior: He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001) and First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998).

Ambassador: He was Australia's APEC Ambassador from November 2002 to December 2004.

Head: Between 1993 and 1995, Dr Raby was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division of the OECD, Paris.

In 1991, Dr Raby established in DFAT the Northeast Asia Analytical Unit which subsequently became the East Asia Analytical Unit. He was head of the Unit from 1991 to 1993.

Between 1986 and 1991 he served in Beijing twice as head of the Embassy's Economic Section. He has also held positions as trade policy adviser to the Minister for Trade (1993) and in the Office of National Assessments (1984 to 1986).

Education: Dr Raby was born in Melbourne, Australia, in September 1953. Before joining the Commonwealth Public Service, he was senior tutor in economics at La Trobe University. He has BEc (Hons), MEc and PhD degrees from La Trobe.

Award: In 2007 Dr Raby was a recipient of the La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2010 he was made a guest Professor of Nankai University, Tianjin PRC.

Order: Dr Raby is a Member of the Order of Bernard O'Higgins, Chile, for services to international trade, especially for promoting agricultural trade liberalisation.

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