Louise McGrath is Head of Industry Development and Policy at the Australian Industry Group. Prior to joining The Ai Group in 2000, Louise worked in wholesale foreign exchange and insurance. Since joining Ai Group she has managed a number of trade related projects including trade missions, both incoming and outgoing, business matching and the development and delivery of export related training programs.
She has had extensive experience in providing advice to manufacturing companies on export related planning and international marketing, government support programs and other trade related issues. She represents Australian industry in several multilateral forums, such as the Global Business Coalition and the B20 Taskforce on Digital Trade and various Free Trade Agreement Industry working groups, including the East Asia Business Council RCEP working group. She advocates for the interests of Ai Group members during free trade negotiations and translates those agreements to support the strategic aims of members.
Louise has studied a Bachelor of Arts (Arabic Language and Culture) at Deakin University and an Advanced Diploma in International Trade at RMIT. She has also studied Arabic at universities in Jordan and Egypt. The Ai Group is a peak industry association which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors which employ more than one million people.