About Geoff


Dr. Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. Following completion of his Ambassadorial term, after 27 years in the public service, mostly with DFAT, he resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Assoicates Ltd.


Dr. Raby also holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies, including OceanaGold , Yancoal and iSentia. Dr. Raby was appointed as the Investment Attraction South Australia Advisory Board and the Chairman of CyberGym® in 2016. In China, Dr. Raby serves as Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China practice. Dr. Raby is a member of the non-for-profit Advance Global Advisory Board, University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre Advisory Board, La Trobe University Asia Advisory Board, and the Foundation of the National Gallery of Victoria. Dr. Raby used to serve as independent director in Fortescue Metal Group (FMG).


In recognition of his contributions to advancing relations between Australia and China, Dr. Raby was made Friendship Ambassador to Shandong Province and an Honorary Citizen of Chengdu City.


Dr. Raby was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from 2002 to 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001), First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998), and APEC Ambassador from November 2002 to December 2004. He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD, Paris, 1993-95.


Dr. Raby is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Asia Society. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics, a Masters in Economics and a PhD from La Trobe University. In 2015, Dr. Raby was part of the consultative committee for the draft of Australia's National Strategy for International Education.