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Investment Attraction Team

Brisbane Marketing is the city's economic development agency. Its Investment Attraction team is experienced, world-class, and plays a strategic role in Brisbane business. We focus on securing investment that will maximise long-term economic growth for Brisbane, whose vibrant economy is taking its place on the global stage.

Our team is here to assist you with your business needs, backed by years of experience within industry.

Steven Silvester

Steven Silvester, General Manager of Investment and Industry Development

Steven Silvester is responsible for leading Brisbane’s foreign direct investment strategies, and developing long term industry development programs that are focussed on growing local industry capabilities.

As the head of Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division, he works with companies from a variety of industry sectors, and supports their investments by providing intelligence, advice, property solutions and partnership support.

Steven is an industry leader in economic development and foreign direct investment, and has secured investment across a range of industry sectors.  He has been active in the Foreign Direct Investment industry for 12 years, working with multinational companies and their investments in infrastructure, energy and resources, tourism, property, information technology and renewables industries.

Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen, Head of Tourism and Property Investment

Mark Olsen’s role in Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division involves supporting domestic and international investors looking for opportunities in the Greater Brisbane region. His focus is on key industries, including aged care and senior living, education, student accommodation, hotels, tourism attractions and retail.  

With connections across these sectors, Marks facilitates introductions and identifies opportunities for growth. 

Having spent 15 years in international consulting and almost ten years in project facilitation with the Queensland Government, Mark assists in developing tailored business cases, supporting business expansion in Australia and the identification of sites and commercial property opportunities. 

Oriana Wyrozebska

Oriana Wyrozebska, Senior Manager, Investment Attraction (Tourism Infrastructure)

Oriana Wyrozebska’s role in Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division involves supporting domestic and international investors looking for opportunities in the Greater Brisbane region. Her focus is on key industries, including hotel investment, entertainment, leisure and tourism projects.

She also facilitates business development programs, liaises with public and private sector allies, and works on strategy development and business planning.

Oriana has specialist skills in hotel valuation, feasibility and brokerage, with a track record of achievements covers investment and advisory projects globally (specifically Europe and Australia) in the private and public sector. She can also execute investments deals that add to the bottom line and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for stakeholders.

Charan Judge

Charan Judge, Manager, Investment Attraction (Industrial)

Charan Judge’s role in Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division involves attracting and facilitating international and domestic investment in the Greater Brisbane region. His focus is on key industries, including food and agribusiness, logistics and distribution, and advanced manufacturing. 

He can assist in preparation of business cases, developing and implementing business development programs, liaising with public and private sector allies and working closely with the State and Federal agencies on market entry, strategy development and business planning. 

Charan also provides insight to prospective businesses relating to property selection, labour analysis, grants & incentives, and facilitate key introductions to local stakeholders.

Nur Sidk Gomez

Nur Sidki Gomez, Senior Investment Manager, Technology & Innovation

Nur Sidki Gomez’s role in Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division involves attracting and facilitating International and domestic investment in the Greater Brisbane region. Her focus is on key industries, including urban development and construction tech, digital and emerging industries, life sciences, sustainable energy and mining technologies. 

She has 10 years of consultancy experience covering foreign direct investment attraction and trade promotion in a wide range of sectors, and previous experience helping international clients to implement their expansion strategies in Australia. 

Terri Cooper

Terri Cooper, Small Business Liaison Manager

Terri Cooper’s role in Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division involves supporting small businesses by connecting them with programs and initiatives available through Brisbane City Council and the city’s wider small business support network.

Her role involves working with chambers of commerce, business groups, state and federal counterparts and individual businesses.

Terri was a former small business owner of 15 years, founder of the Australian Small Business Group and sits on a Small Business Policy Advisory Committee. She has provided policy advice and media commentary on the challenges of small business and continues to advocate for the importance of small business in the wider economy.

Natalie Scalisi

Natalie Scalisi, Small Business Liaison Manager

Natalie Scalisi’s role in Brisbane Marketing's Investment and Industry Development division involves supporting small businesses by connecting them with programs and initiatives available through Brisbane City Council and the city’s wider small business support network.

Her role involves working with chambers of commerce, business groups, state and federal counterparts and individual businesses.

Natalie considers small business to be the heartbeat of Brisbane. She understands the challenges of obtaining good, non-bias advice and support, and is passionate about offering this to enable business to overcome individual challenges and to help them grow.

Grant Flynn

Grant Flynn, Senior Investment Analyst

Grant Flynn’s role in Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division involves providing economic and statistical research relating to key industry sectors, with a focus on assisting with the development and execution of business plans and strategies for prospective investors.  

His role involves promoting Brisbane to prospective investors as an attractive destination across industrial, food and agriculture, technology, commercial property and tourism sectors, utilising market research and analysis.

Grant also helps to attract and facilitate investments through the production of insightful collateral, lead generation and meetings with external stakeholders and key industry representatives.

Bowen Gao

Bowen Gao, Investment Analyst

Bowen Gao’s role in Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division involves providing economic and statistical research relating to key industry sectors, with a focus on assisting with the development and execution of business plans and strategies for prospective investors.

He has experience working with direct foreign investments, industry analysis and financial analysis. He has a Master of Finance from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies from the Australian National University.

Bowen speaks English and Mandarin at bilingual proficiency. 

Lisa Cavallaro

Lisa Cavallaro, Manager Industry Development

Lisa Cavallaro’s role in Brisbane Marketing’s Investment and Industry Development division involves project and stakeholder management, specialising in developing the region’s food and agribusiness sector. 

She offers access to a network of industry stakeholders, and the ability to assist with the implementation of business development programs and creating connections with the sector. 

As part of her role in industry stakeholder management and investment, Lisa heads up Brisbane Marketing’s Future Food Initiative, a platform of industry development programs, which helps food businesses improve their business capability and readiness for the domestic and global market.

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