The Hon Andrew Robb AO
Until his recent retirement from politics, Andrew Robb was Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment.
In this role Mr Robb negotiated Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, as well as the 12 country Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement and the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore. Additionally he conducted 85 investment roundtables with 28 countries.
Mr Robb is currently a Board Member of the Kidman cattle enterprise and the Network Ten television station, Chair of Asialink and CNSDose, and strategic advisor to Beef Innovations Australia, as well as a range of national and international businesses.
Mr Robb’s agricultural experience began as an animal health officer, with major involvement in the successful brucellosis and TB evaluation program in Australia’s beef herd.
Subsequently, as an agricultural economist, Mr Robb worked on public policy issues across a wide range of agricultural industries.
Mr Robb then was appointed the Executive Director (CEO) of the Cattle Council of Australia, before his appointment as Executive Director (CEO) of Australia’s peak farmer organisation, the National Farmers’ Federation.
Since that time, Mr Robb was General Secretary of the Liberal Party of Australia, including his role as campaign director of the 1996 federal election which brought former Prime Minister, Hon John Howard, into government with the biggest Liberal Party win in history.
Mr Robb stood for Parliament in 2004 and was elected to the Federal Seat of Goldstein until his move back into the private sector at the time of the recent 2016 election. As a Member of Parliament, Mr Robb held positions as Chairman of the Government’s Workplace Relations Taskforce, Assistant Minister to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and then Minister for Vocational and Further Education.
In Opposition, he held positions as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Climate Change, Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee and Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction.
Following the Coalition victory at the 2013 election, Mr Robb was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister for Trade and Investment. In 2003, Mr Robb was awarded the office of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to agriculture, politics and the community. As well, Mr Robb is the author of “Black Dog Daze: Public Life, Private Demons” (Melbourne University Publishing).