New CEO Shaun Drabsch


A keen development economist with a passion for public policy and infrastructure development, in-coming CEO Shaun Drabsch says he’s looking forward to helping drive growth for the Territory when he joins the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI) late this month.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead an agency that helps the Territory economy grow and drives job creation for Territorians,” Mr Drabsch said.

“Having worked in regional areas and with small businesses and start-ups, I understand that the 14,000 small and medium enterprises in the Territory will be critical to achieving this.”

“I look forward to engaging broadly across business and industry, as well as with not-for-profit organisations and the community.”

"Over the last few years I have worked on government and private sector projects in the Territory, and believe there is great economic potential here. I'm keen to get started with the DTBI team and the whole Territory Government to deliver a strong future for all Territorians.”

"On a personal note, I’m looking forward to joining the vibrant Territory community and getting back to life in the tropics which I enjoyed as a child growing up in Townsville, Jakarta and Singapore."

Shaun has extensive experience in government and private enterprise, including developing and implementing economic policy, infrastructure and major investment projects.

He brings with him significant knowledge of project development, procurement and stakeholder engagement as well as experience with parliament, cabinet and budget processes, land tenure, and corporate governance. Shaun is also a specialist in project assessment and delivery with a deep knowledge of public-private partnerships.

Shaun’s first day as CEO of the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will be Monday 25 February 2019.

Headshot of Shaun Drabsch

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