Australian Trade and Investment Commission – (Austrade) – is the Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency.
Austrade has a network of offices in over 50 countries and assists Australian businesses to succeed in trade and investment internationally. The agency also attracts productive foreign direct investment into Australia and promotes Australia’s education sector.
Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio
Chris Knepler is the Investment Commissioner at the Chicago office.
He manages Midwest operations for the Australian Trade Commission and works to deepen and broaden Australia-U.S. economic relationships in the region. Priority sectors include agribusiness and food, advanced manufacturing, professional services, economic infrastructure, resources technology and education.
Chris joined Austrade New York in 2003 and has since worked on a variety of strategic projects in the United States, Australia and Brazil. These include leading the Latin American Technology Team from Sao Paulo and the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) implementation team in Sydney.
Chris has a decade of marketing, strategy and international business development experience in the telecommunications industry, including with Motorola, Ameritech and Deutsche Telecom. He has also been on the management team of two New York City-based, venture-backed technology start-ups. Chris has lived and worked in Hungary, France, Indonesia, Australia and Brazil.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration (Management of Technology) from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chris Knepler, Investment Commissioner
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