Julia HerriesTIQ has welcomed Ms Julia Herries as the new Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Hong Kong.

Ms Herries joins 11 other trade and investment commissioners employed by TIQ, who promote Queensland exports and investment in 16 offices around the world.

Ms Herries is a respected businesswoman with extensive experience in international education and foreign investment, and has lived and worked in Hong Kong for the past decade.

She was previously Director of Executive Education for the University of Chicago in Hong Kong and has held senior investment-promotion roles with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Invest Hong Kong.

Ms Herries also holds a Master’s of Arts in East Asian Studies and speaks Mandarin.

Announcing the appointment, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Ms Herries would lead TIQ’s Hong Kong office across a range of priority sectors.

‘Ms Herries is well placed to represent Queensland interests in promoting trade and investment across all industries and has an extensive knowledge of the Greater Bay Area, including Southern China,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.

‘She is a strategic thinker who will lead our Hong Kong team in promoting Queensland exports and building the state’s investment profile there.

‘She will have a particular focus on growth sectors such as aged care, where Queensland offers world-class innovation – and on consolidating our traditional export strengths in products such as processed and fresh foods.’

Queensland’s merchandise exports to Hong Kong totalled $380.1 million in 2017–18, and there were 72,317 Hong Kong visitors to Queensland over the same period.

There were 3,323 international student enrolments to Queensland from Hong Kong in 2018.

Promoting Queensland globally is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.