Innovative Australian business leader Viki Forrest has been appointed Queensland’s new Trade and Investment Commissioner for North America.

Most recently CEO of the US-based ANZA Technology Network – a leader in launching foreign tech companies in the American market – Ms Forrest has more than 20 years’ international business experience spanning Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA.

Her work commercialising Australian tech innovations overseas has given her extensive networks in North America’s technology and venture-capital communities.

Speaking after the announcement of her appointment, Ms Forrest said she was excited about driving trade and investment for Queensland in the North American market.

‘I really feel it is a privileged position to be in,’ Ms Forrest said.

‘To represent Queensland in North America is going to be very exciting and the opportunities are phenomenal.

‘I’m really focused on moving the needle on commercialisation of Queensland innovation.’

North America is Queensland’s fifth-largest two-way goods trade partner, valued at $8.7 billion in 2018.

As Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for North America, Ms Forrest will oversee Queensland’s trade and investment activities across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

She joins a network of Queensland trade and investment commissioners who operate in 12 markets around the world.

In addition to her work with ANZA, Ms Forrest has also worked with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Bullant Inc., a software platform for internet and wireless applications.

Strengthening TIQ’s presence in North America is one of 22 initiatives in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.