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 commenced her role as Commissioner to South Asia for the Victorian government based in Bangalore in September 2017. Immediately prior to this, Michelle managed the global network of offices and the Business and Skilled Migration program for the State Government of Queensland, Australia.

Michelle’s trade and investment career highlights have been around international investment in infrastructure and renewable energy, and also growing and deepening Australia’s education relationship in Spain, Italy and ASEAN region.

Michelle’s early career was in classical music management with Sydney Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestras throughout the 1990s. Until her departure 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.