Austrade is the Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency, and Austrade’s offices in North-East Asia are responsible for advancing Australia's international trade, investment and education interests in Japan, Korea and Mongolia.
Brett Cooper is General Manager, North-East Asia for Austrade, overseeing a team of over 60 Trade Commissioners and Business Development Managers, spanning a network of six offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Ulaanbaatar.
Brett joined Austrade in 2011 and was appointed as Senior Trade Commissioner Korea from 2012 to 2016, after managing Austrade’s International Issues Branch in Canberra. He transferred to Tokyo to take up his current position in August 2016.
Prior to joining Austrade, Brett worked as a Senior Advisor, International Division at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, where he was responsible for policy development and preparing advice to the Prime Minister. Brett also has previous experience working in Japan, the United States and Australia as a management consultant, and has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and on posting to the Australian Embassy in the Netherlands.
Brett was a recipient of the Korean Government scholarship program (1997-2000) and graduated from Seoul National University law faculty with a Masters of International Law, and was a recipient of the Japanese Government scholarship program (1992-1997), completing his Bachelor of Law at Kobe University in Japan. He speaks Japanese and Korean.