Griffith’s man on new trade board

Griffith University vice-chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor has been appointed to a key investment and trade board in Queensland.
Queensland treasurer and minister for trade Tim Nicholls announced O’Connor will be one of six members of the newly created Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) board. It is to be chaired by Mark Stockwell, a businessman, property developer and former Olympian.
Honorary trade representative for the state of Texas to Australia and to Queensland Geoffrey Thomas, who conducted the review of TIQ with former Queensland minister and speaker John Mickel, has accepted the position of deputy chairman.
O’Connor was appointed vice-chancellor and president of Griffith University in January 2005. Before his initial appointment to Griffith University in 2002, he completed a Bachelor of Social Work and a PhD at the University of Queensland.
He holds a number of other board positions and visiting fellowships and is a member of the Q20, a peak group of Queensland business leaders set up to ensure the state reaps the maximum benefit from the G20 leaders’ meeting next year.

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