Russell is a business development and communications expert with a wealth of public and private sector experience. For many years he has informed and influenced business and government decision making through careers as a senior adviser in Australian government trade and investment agencies; an international business journalist; and a corporate communications consultant.
During 17 years at Austrade (and the former Invest Australia) Russell helped attract significant international investment into Australia’s clean energy, resources and advanced manufacturing sectors and advised Australian companies on expanding their businesses overseas.
As a business journalist Russell worked as a writer, editor and columnist in Australia, the UK and Singapore for leading publications such as The Australian Financial Review, The Australian, London’s Financial Times and Singapore’s The Straits Times and The Business Times newspapers. He specialised in company financing and acquisitions, industry development, international business trends, corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues, and corporate regulation.