Geoff is a Senior Advisor to Gresham Partners Limited based in Sydney and Beijing. Dr Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011.
Geoff was the Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from 2002 to 2006. 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), First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998), and APEC Ambassador (2002-2004). He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD in Paris during 1993-95.
Geoff holds non-executive director positions with ASX-listed Yancoal, OceanaGold and Netlinkz. He was previously a director with Fortescue Metals Group and Isentia. Additionally, he is Chairman of VisaAsia, Gallery of NSW, Murdoch University’s Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board and Australia-China Institute of Art and Culture’s Advisory Board. He holds a number of other corporate, advisory and not-for-profit roles.
Geoff is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Asia Society. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics, a Masters in Economics and a PhD from La Trobe University. In 2015, Dr. Raby was part of the consultative committee for the draft of Australia’s National Strategy for International Education. In recognition of his contributions to advancing relations between Australia and China, he was made Friendship Ambassador to Shandong Province and an Honorary Citizen of Chengdu City.
Geoff was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2019.