Australia Italy Business Association

ENGAGE. INSPIRE. GROW

Part of the Australia Business in Europe Network (ABIE)

About AIBA

AIBA APS is a non-profit association dedicated to deepening bilateral engagement between Australia and Italy through economic, cultural and social exchange. 

Our participants are Italian and Australian professionals and companies (corporate, SME and start-up) with current or potential market entry in either country. 

AIBA is a platform for the Australian-Italian community to showcase in-market success, leadership and know-how to inspire and compare solutions in a changing world.

Benefits of membership include lateral networking, events, seminars and roundtable discussions that foster opportunities, connections and learning.

Australia-Italy Relationship

The Australia-Italy relationship continues to expand marked by increased foreign investment; Australian investment in Italy is valued at $7.4 billion while Italian investment in Australia at $1.7 billion. Trade and economic ties are set to develop further through the negotiation of the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement and Italy’s contribution to the EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and Global Gateway Initiative. Italian know-how is widely appreciated with evolving opportunities in renewable energy and sustainability, agribusiness, infrastructure, education, health and digital technologies. 

 

Culturally, Australia and Italy share a historic bond that precedes Unification and Federation, when settlers arrived from Sicily in 1847 to settle in Fremantle. 175 years later, Australia owes much of its wealth and cultural diversity to its Italian heritage, with a consolidated shared ethos built on hard work and business acumen. With Brexit, the time is ripe for Australia to re-explore this common heritage as it navigates its way to building a new relationship with Europe, with Italy as one of its most valid European interlocutors. Our role is to assist in this 21st century transition by providing additional opportunities for discourse, exchange and growth.

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Board members

Taylee Lewis

President

Corporate and public affairs professional specialised in assisting multinationals expand commercial presence in Australia and in Italy. Based in Milan, she consults for multiple professional services firms on internationalisation, corporate reputation management and sustainability strategy. Speaker at conferences held by Chambers of Commerce on the political and institutional environment for business. Experienced business journalist in Sydney. Executive MBA (IE University), Master in International Relations (Griffith University), BA of Communications & Journalism (UNSW).

Diana Brock

Vice-President

Experienced international business professional based in Milan for 30 years, leading KPMG Advisory’s International Business Practice; consultant to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise on Italian market entry and capability development; representing Australian companies sourcing from and selling into the Italian market. Sector experience in utilities, ICT, high technology and wool. 

BSc (ANU), Master in International Business (Monash).

Monica Rota

Treasurer

Chartered accountant and Partner at Nexta Partners, leading the firm’s internationalisation division. She is the statutory auditor of companies operating in various fields such as food, retail, flexible wrappings and holding companies. She is a local municipal special company auditor and member of the supervisory board of a leading European company in the field of planning, design, development and manufacture of cosmetic packaging.

Fiona De Jong

Board Member

A leading figure in the international sporting community, she served as CEO and Director of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and holds board positions with Surfing Australia, the Australian Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council and the National Sports Tribunal. She leads the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) European Training Centre in Gavirate, Italy, overseeing the Australian Sports Commission’s operations in Europe ahead of the Paris 2024 and Milano/Cortina 2026 Olympic Games.  Fiona was previously Head of Australia’s Nation Brand and Chief Marketing Officer at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), leading Australia’s international global brand initiative to encourage investment and tourism.
LLB (Hons), BIT, AMP (Harvard)

Franco Bruni

Board Member

Professor Emeritus at Bocconi University, Department of Economics and Vice President of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). He has been a visiting Professor at the University of NSW and has a keen interest in Australia and the development of stronger EU- Australian relations. He is the Vice President of the UniCredit Foundation and has been a member of the Board of Bocconi University and a Member of Advisory Boards and Working Groups of the World Bank and the EU Commission for Financial Services.

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