Graham Poon

Title
Business Facilitator, Northern Australia
Entrepreneurs' Programme
Contact
e: graham.poon@australianbusiness.com.au
m: 0448 951 454
Graham Poon
As a Business Facilitator in the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurs' Program, Graham Poon assists in the development of connections between tourism-related companies and the formation of strategic alliances and groups to improve their business performance, sustainability and profitability. This programme specifically targets the Northern Australia region and includes North Queensland, all of NT and Northern WA. Services are provided free of charge.
 
With the current emphasis on digital tools in management, marketing and research, Graham is undergoing constant upskilling in the latest trends to properly assist his tourism clients.
 
Graham Poon has extensive Australian and International commercial experience through the work he has done for over 30 years throughout Australia, Sth. East Asia, North Asia, Guam, Micronesia and the Pacific, both in the private sector and government at Local, State and Federal Government levels.
 
His business background includes many years in tourism management and operations in Australia and overseas, retail, management consulting, international aid projects in PNG, Philippines, FSM and South America and finance broking.
 
He is a member of the Qld Govt.’s “Mentoring for Growth” panel in Cairns, and a previous judge for the Telstra Business Awards and Qld Govt. Export Awards. He gives strategic input into various community organisations, is a current management committee member of the local Chinese association, been Vice-President of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, and past member of Cairns Regional Council’s Sister Cities Advisory Committee and Multicultural Advisory Committee.
 
He also brings much knowledge to the Cairns business community from his previous role as Austrade Trade Commissioner specialising in helping Australian companies access projects funded by the Asian Development Bank and other development institutions such as AusAID and the World Bank. He has also held positions as CEO of TropLinks in the field of Tropical Expertise, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce NT, Austrade Regional Trade Commissioner NT and GM of a major tourism operation in Guam. Graham has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Queensland, further qualifications from the Securities Institute of Australia and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
 
Connect with Graham on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/graham-poon-46a7b3b/

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