Ms Michelle Wade

Michelle Wade is a highly experienced international trade official and has held senior diplomatic postings for the Australian government in Italy, Malaysia and Spain.

Michelle manages Victorian government operations and promotion of trade and investment across South Asia. Her territory includes four of Victoria’s top ten education markets being India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan. She is also responsible for the in-market delivery of Victoria’s India Strategy, a significant program of engagement across business, education, arts, tourism, health, sports and start-ups.

Michelle commenced her current role in Bangalore in September 2017. Immediately prior to this, Michelle managed Queensland’s global network and Business and Skilled Migration program, comprising over 100 staff across 12 international locations.

Michelle’s early career was in classical music management with Sydney Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Until leaving for Bangalore, Michelle was on the board of Musica Viva Australia, one of Australia’s major performing arts organisations and Australia’s leading provider of music education into Australian schools.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Queensland and Postgraduate qualifications in Applied Law (UQ) and Business Communications (QUT) and speaks Spanish and Italian.

Michelle is married with three teenage children. She grew up in the small town of Woolgoolga, home to Australia’s first Sikh community.