We are pleased to announce that Angus Armour, Dept Secretary NSW Trade & Investment will be part of the official opening and will speak at SydStart 2014.
NSW T&I have been a major sponsor and supporter of SydStart 2014 and also are promoting our ecosystem on an ongoing basis as part of their normal role and the recently announced international video prize at SydStart to promote our local ecosystem on NSW T&I trade missions nationally and internationally.
Mr Armour is also a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and was appointed as its NSW State President in 2014.
Mr Armour will be joined by 12 senior members of the department as part of what we hope will be an ongoing engagement to strategically deepen relationships between the tech startup ecosystem and the NSW Government.
Please give the NSW T&I team a warm welcome.
Recently joined the NSW Government in a policy role after a long career in international finance, with extensive experience translating knowledge of global markets to the running of a financial institution with a dynamic, largely emerging market portfolio.
From 2003 to 2013 led Australia’s export credit agency through a time of significant corporate change and commercial challenge. The role required the skill to take Shareholder and Board priorities and set strategy accordingly, and then the ability to engage and influence the executive teams of client corporations, Federal Ministers and Departmental Secretaries, industry allies and overseas government agencies to execute that strategy.
Served a 2-year term in 2009-11 as President of the Berne Union, whose global membership provides more than $1.4 trillion in trade credit and investment insurance annually.
From CEDA Website:
Angus Armour started as Deputy Director General – Industry, Innovation, Hospitality and the Arts in the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services in September 2013. His portfolio includes Arts NSW, Innovation and Industry Policy, Investment and Export Services, The Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing and Strategic Policy and Economics.
Angus has a financial services background, and from 2003 was CEO and MD of Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC). He joined EFIC in 1993 in the project finance area working on resources, infrastructure and transportation, before taking on a series of general management positions; prior to joining EFIC he worked with Export Development Canada in project and asset finance in Europe, Latin America and the United States; and the International Finance Corporation’s project advisory team for the South Pacific.
He is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and was appointed as its NSW State President in 2014. He is also a non-executive Board member of the European Australian Business Council. In 2012 he served on the Historic Houses Trust Foundation of New South Wales and the Foundation’s Finance and Legal Committee. From 2009 through to 2011 he served as President of the Berne Union, the international association of export credit and investment insurance companies that supports approximately $1.4 trillion of trade and investment annually, and served on the Management, and Finance and Remuneration Committees from 2009 to 2013.