Peter Grey

Senior Adviser, International Business Engagement & Co-Chair, Japan Business Group.

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Peter Grey

As Senior Adviser, International Business Engagement and Co-Chair of Corrs' Japan Business Group Peter is in the unique position of having strong experience in analysing broad strategic, economic and commercial developments globally and across Asia, while also understanding what is necessary for international businesses to achieve commercial success in Japan and the broader Asian region.

Peter is also Chairman and Non-Executive Director of MLC Life (owned 80% by Nippon Life and 20% by National Australia Bank).

A high-profile international expert, Peter has had a distinguished and extensive career in foreign policy, trade and commercial issues in the Asian region, including as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) from March 2010 until retirement from government in December 2012.

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As Senior Adviser, International Business Engagement and Co-Chair of Corrs' Japan Business Group Peter is in the unique position of having strong experience in analysing broad strategic, economic and commercial developments globally and across Asia, while also understanding what is necessary for international businesses to achieve commercial success in Japan and the broader Asian region.

Peter is also Chairman and Non-Executive Director of MLC Life (owned 80% by Nippon Life and 20% by National Australia Bank).

A high-profile international expert, Peter has had a distinguished and extensive career in foreign policy, trade and commercial issues in the Asian region, including as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) from March 2010 until retirement from government in December 2012.

Prior to Austrade, he held a number of senior positions with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) where he was appointed Deputy Secretary in 1994. As Deputy Secretary, he was responsible for a wide range of functions with a particular focus on trade and commercial policy and negotiations, and bilateral political and economic relations with Asia, Europe and the Americas. Peter was also Australia’s Chief Trade Negotiator, and had a central role in key trade negotiations for more than 20 years.

In addition to being Ambassador to Japan, Mr Grey was Australia’s first Ambassador for APEC, Ambassador to the European Union, Ambassador to NATO and Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation. Earlier in his career he had worked at the Australian Embassies in Tokyo and Washington on trade and commercial policy issues.

Mr Grey is on the Advisory Council of the Asia Society (Australasia), the Board of the European Australian Business Council and on the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee and the Australia Korea Business Council. He is also a member of the Centre for Strategy and Governance. Peter has held board positions with the Australia China Business Council, the Australia Japan Foundation, the Australia China Council, the Australia Korea Council, the Council of Australia Latin America Relations and the Australia Gulf Council (Advisory Council). He has a Bachelors of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Peter was awarded the "Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Stars" by the Government of Japan in 2017.

“A distinguished and extensive career in foreign policy, trade and commercial issues in the Asian region”
Peter Grey

Peter's Thinking

What others say

  • “Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Stars” Government of Japan, 2017

Peter's Leadership

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Co-Chair, Japan Business Group
  • Asia Society (Australasia) Advisory Council Board Member
  • European Australian Business Council Board Member
  • Australia Korea Business Council Board Member
  • Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee Executive Committee Member
  • Centre for Strategy and Governance Member
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Member