General Manager- Government Relations
Lyall Howard is General Manager Government Relations at Australia Post where he is responsible for managing relations with the Federal Government in Canberra and Australia’s missions in international markets. Lyall has over thirty years’ experience in international trade and public affairs across government, industry associations and private enterprise.
Lyall’s undergraduate training is in agricultural science. He has a M.Sc. (Agric. Econ.) from the University of London, where he specialized in international trade policy, and an MBA where he majored in international business. Lyall commenced his career in London in the 1980s at the agribusiness conglomerate Dalgety plc. Following a period in mergers and acquisitions at Dalgety, Inc. in San Mateo California Lyall returned to Australia in 1989 to the international wool division at Dalgety Farmers. In the early 1990’s Lyall moved to the newly created Australian Horticultural Corporation where he was tasked with designing an ISO 9002 quality certification scheme for Australian horticulture. Lyall then joined McDonalds’ Australia Limited as National Purchasing Manager where he was responsible for paddock-to-plate sourcing and supply chain management for key commodities for McDonalds’ restaurants in Australia and Asia.
Lyall was appointed International Trade Director at Australia’s peak farm organization in Canberra, the National Farmers Federation, in 1996. At NFF Lyall established the Cairns Group Farm Leaders, a coalition of eighteen national farm associations to lobby for the liberalization of trade through the WTO. Lyall made a significant contribution to the pre-Doha debate on the economics of trade in food and agriculture and represented Australian farmers in Geneva, Brussels and Washington DC.
From 2002 to 2012 Lyall worked in Public Affairs and Government Relations for Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton where he was responsible for public policy issues in Australia and North Asia. This was a decade of rapid international growth in demand for steel-making raw materials and provided a natural transition to his next role as Senior Policy Adviser to Australia’s Minister for Trade & Investment, the Hon. Andrew Robb AO. In Minister Robb’s office Lyall was responsible for coordinating policy and strategy for Australia’s bilateral FTAs with Korea, Japan and China. Lyall joined Blackmores Limited as Head of Government Relations in 2016 and moved to Australia Post as General Manager Government Relations in January 2018. Lyall has two sons and spends his weekends on his beef cattle property in West Gippsland in Victoria.
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Ziyaad Ebrahim, GTP
Ziyaad has close to fifteen years of experience in international trade and development.He joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) after serving 12 years in various positions within the Government of Seychelles, where he comes from.
During his time in the Government of Seychelles, he was directly involved in trade, investment and general economic policy formulation and implementation.He also has experience on WTO accession and was involved in FTA negotiations with the European Union and within the Eastern and Southern African region. He has also worked with international organisations such as the IMF, World Bank and the African Development Bank on Structural Adjustment Programmes, private sector and MSME development initiatives including gender empowerment projects.
In his current role with the WTO, he coordinates the work of the WTO LDC Group in the ongoing trade negotiations.He also monitors and assists LDC participation in specific areas of the negotiations which include Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT), fisheries subsidies, trade facilitation and LDC accession negotiations.
He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of French.
Ziyaad was one of the first people globally to be certified as a Global Trade Professional in the area of Trade Management.