Natalie Cope (BA/LLB (Honours)) is Manager, Partnerships and Development at Asialink Business. In this role Natalie is supporting the delivery of the organisation’s Australian Federal Government mandate to create an Asia capable workforce through the delivery of world class capability programs, applied research and advocacy focused on Australia’s engagement with Asia. Natalie was recently named Australia’s Top Emerging Leader receiving the 2015 Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship by the University of Sydney Business School and The Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine. Natalie is Ambassador to the Westpac Bi-Centennial Foundation, Asian Exchange Program and is a founding member and non-executive director of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue.
Prior to her time with Asialink Business, Natalie practised as a litigation lawyer with DLA Piper, before which she worked in Beijing as a trainee lawyer with one of China’s premier law firms. Natalie has lived, travelled and worked in China and the region and is a strong supporter of the benefits of exchange, herself having participated in study programs in China, HK, Malaysia, Italy, Mexico and the U.S. In her spare time you’ll find Natalie surfing her local breaks on Sydney’s northern beaches, swimming with dolphins and trying to maintain her Chinese and Spanish language skills.