Dalene was recently named the 2018 Advance Food & Agriculture Award winner for her work in the Australian beef industry.
The Advance Awards, which recognise Australians who exhibit talent, vision and ambition in the international arena, were held in Sydney in October. AICD and Advance, the largest network of global Australians, enjoys a collaborative relationship established within the international division of AICD.
“Winning the Advance award is super exciting,” Dalene said. “I do get to travel a lot around the world with my role and I really hope to be able to embrace the opportunities the Advance award has given me, [including] to meet with a fantastic bunch of influential Australians both here and abroad.”
Meet Dalene Wray
Dalene joined OBE – Australia’s oldest organic beef marketing company – in 2003 and spent six years in Asia advancing the company’s Asian and Middle East expansion, as well as boosting the overall profile of Australian beef.
Back in Brisbane since July 2015, she now runs a successful farmer-owned business, as well as driving important innovations to improve the sustainability of beef supply-chains across the industry.
She also invests her time as a member of the Telstra Queensland Regional Advisory Committee, and as Deputy Chair of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Returning to Hong Kong
Dalene worked in Hong Kong and Greater China from 2009 to 2012. She was involved in the mentoring program run by AustCham Hong Kong, where her mentor was fellow AICD member and member of the Hong Kong Advisory Committee, Deirdre Lander GAICD.
Dalene returned to Hong Kong in September 2018, joining Ms Michaela Browning, Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau and international journalist Sarah Clarke, at a Salon event run by Advance. Dalene shared her international journey, views on social media engagement, technology and innovation in the global food industry.
“Being an organic beef exporter is not just about livestock. There are a whole lot of other things that you need to be good at,” said Dalene.
She spoke on the need of collaboration between Australian businesses and governments in overseas market in order to grow trade and business relationships, stressing the role for business leaders to give frank advice to government trade representatives.
Dalene also shared her advice as an international executive and recognised leader in Australian agriculture. As well as productivity tips, she spoke on the importance of existing ‘captains of industry’ being involved in and building a pipeline of women leaders by actively engaging them in significant meetings and events to expose and prepare them for leadership roles.
Dalene learnt her strong work ethic through both her first job and her family.
“Australian’s can achieve anything, and women can achieve anything, but we need to do that by working hard.”
This article contains information that first appeared on Trade & Investment Queensland’s website and on the Advance website.