Previously, Dan served as Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner and Deputy Consul-General (Commercial) for Hong Kong and Macau from 2013 to 2015, where he refocused Austrade’s engagement with major international investors and targeted promotion of premium goods and services into one of Australia’s most lucrative export markets.
From 2007 to 2013, Dan served as Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner in Moscow, covering Russia and eight other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Managing offices in Moscow and Vladivostok, Dan led the Austrade CIS team during a time when bilateral trade between Australia and Russia increased four-fold.
Before joining Austrade, Dan worked as a journalist, editor, communications consultant, business analyst and speechwriter. His media career included the BBC, The Times of London and The Australian newspaper. He was the first Australian correspondent in Silicon Valley from 1996 to 1998 working for Australian Consolidated Press.
Dan holds Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degrees from Sydney University.
Dan speaks Russian fluently and continues to develop his basic proficiency in Putonghua Chinese. He also speaks basic Spanish and French. He is married with two young children.