Scholarship to Encourage Women into International Business

Media release

25 February 2014

A Perth-based mid-career professional with a background in biomedical science and the pharmaceutical industry is the inaugural winner of the Beryl Wilson Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business.

The Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today announced Louise Clunies-Ross as the scholarship winner.

"This scholarship has been named in honor of Beryl Wilson – who became a pioneer of Australian women in international business when posted to Austrade’s Los Angeles office in 1963, and then becoming Australia’s first female Trade Commissioner," Mr Robb said.

"Ms Clunies-Ross will make an excellent ambassador for women in international business and honor the legacy of Ms Wilson. Her passion for different cultures, business excellence and academic achievement impressed the judging panel and I am very pleased to announce her as the winner of this prestigious award."

Ms Clunies-Ross will receive a package valued at $40,000 to help complete her final year of full-time study for a Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia. She also speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay.

Austrade launched the scholarship to recognise the achievements of Ms Wilson and to coincide with the 80th anniversary of Australia’s overseas trade commissioner service, the organisation incorporated into Austrade in 1986.

Beryl Wilson's career included postings in San Francisco, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and London; she also served as Deputy Director within the then Department of Trade and Industry.

Today at Austrade women are responsible for overseeing key offices, including in Washington DC, Toronto, New Delhi, Tokyo, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Guangzhou.

As the winner of the scholarship, Ms Clunies-Ross will also participate in the Women in Global Business Program, a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative which aims to increase the number of women in international business.

Media enquiries

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