Gönül Serbest is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Global Victoria responsible for leading the Government's global engagement efforts.
As part of this role, she manages the State's international network of 23 trade and investment offices, leads a team that drives economic growth in Victoria by facilitating exports, and promotes the State's world-class industry capabilities and education sector to international audiences. Over her ten years working in international trade, as both Deputy Secretary and Executive Director, Gönül has been instrumental in the development and execution of the largest trade missions to lead Australia into emerging markets and the largest inbound trade delegations to visit Victoria. These programs have resulted in several significant collaborations and have generated billions of dollars worth of additional exports to the economy and put Victoria's world-class companies on a global stage.
Gönül has a passion for international engagement and supporting platforms and initiatives that empower young leaders and women to actively engage in areas of trade and culture. In recent years, she has been selected to participate as a young leader for the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program designed to build long-term, productive linkages with each other and with the region's leading thinkers. Gönül was also chosen as one of 15 young leaders to represent Australia in a similar initiative for the Australia India Youth Dialogue. In March 2018, Gönül made Smart Company's Honour Roll for the Top 100 Australian female business leaders and in August 2018, was awarded in the Top 50 Victorian Women in the Public Service.