Ray Nicol is Executive Director, India at the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development. In this role he has a responsibility for trade, investment and whole of government activities between the State of Victoria and South Asia which includes overseeing the operations of the Victorian Government Business Offices located in Bangalore and Mumbai. Victoria’s international business offices network plays a vital role in the delivery of the Victorian Government’s economic development agenda by supporting Victoria’s engagement with global markets for trade in goods and services and for flows of capital and talent. Prior to taking up this role early in 2015, Ray was an investment manager in the Department focusing on investments from India mainly in technology sectors, such as information technology and biotechnology. While India was the primary market he also worked with investors from from US, Europe, and Israel. Ray joined the Victorian Government in 1998 as a consultant to its Government Online program working with a number of departments on strategies and the development of government services using online digital channels.
In 2004, he moved to the investment development role. Since 2005, Ray has visited India many times pursuing investment, and also leading trade missions of Victorian businesses seeking to export to India. He has also accompanied, and provided advice to many Victorian Government Ministers on their visits to India. Prior to joining the Victorian Government, Ray worked in a number of consultancy roles for both public and private sector clients specialising in data capture technologies, such as electronic messaging, electronic data interchange, electronic funds transfer, intelligent character recognition and barcoding. Mostly Ray’s career has been in project management positions leading multi-discipline teams building enterprise-level, computer systems, for both private and government clients. He began his working life at one of Australia’s earliest computer bureaus.