Investment & Industry Development Team
Brisbane Economic Development Agency is the city's economic development agency. Its Investment & Industry Development 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.
Andy Davison, Acting General Manager Industry Growth & Trade
Andy’s role involves supporting local businesses grow and succeed whilst attracting new business and investment into Brisbane.
A diplomat for over 20 years, Andy has led trade and investment portfolios across the UK, Europe, Africa and South Asia. Prior to joining Brisbane EDA, he worked with cities in the US, Middle East, South America, ASEAN and China to deliver growth and investment programs and campaigns. Andy also worked on both the London and Rio Olympics.
Contact Andy via Email, LinkedIn or 0450 803 219.
Dustin Welch, Head of Property and Tourism
Dustin Welch’s role in Brisbane EDA's Investment and Industry Development division involves driving economic growth by facilitating direct investment in key city-building projects. This involves attracting international and domestic investment and ensuring job-creating developments are delivered.
Dustin has a special focus on precinct scale investments, social infrastructure, education, hotels, tourism infrastructure and commercial development.
Dustin’s transactional background in commercial property and roles in the planning, delivery and investment of major health precincts across Australia’s eastern seaboard provide a specialist skillset in all facets of commercial development.
Contact Dustin via Email or LinkedIn or on 0417 716 526.
Lisa Cavallaro, Industry Development Manager (Food)
Lisa Cavallaro’s role in Brisbane EDA’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 EDA’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.
Contact Lisa via Email or LinkedIn.
Charan Judge, Investment Manager (Industrial)
Charan Judge’s role in Brisbane EDA’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.
Contact Charan via Email or LinkedIn.
Grant Flynn, Senior Investment Analyst
Grant Flynn’s role in Brisbane EDA’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.
Contact Grant via Email or LinkedIn.
Isaac Coonan, Senior Industry Development Manager, Technology
Isaac Coonan’s role in Brisbane EDA’s Industry Growth and Trade division involves supporting the property technology (proptech) industry through bespoke initiatives that drive sector wide growth.
Isaac has 10-plus years’ experience in building innovative, digital and teach communities. Prior to joining Brisbane EDA, he was Australia and South East Director for Second Century Ventures’ REACH venture and scaleup program.
Contact Isaac via Email or LinkedIn or on 0428 655 507.