Honorary Consul to South Australia of the Republic of Poland and Director of International Programmes at AuEuConnect. Former Senior Trade Commissioner to Central and South Eastern Europe, Gosia was based at the Australian Embassy in Warsaw between 2004 -2008. Recently Gosia also supported the Asia Pacific Business Council for Women, as its President in 2011.
Gosia’s posting paralleled EU enlargement as she represented Australia’s trade, investment and commercial interests at the highest international levels in Central and South Eastern Europe. Her diplomatic accreditation as a Minister Counsellor Commercial covered Poland and the Baltic States with management responsibility for 17 countries serviced by six other Austrade and Consular Posts (Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Athens, Zagreb, Sofia and Skopje). She worked closely with fellow Senior Commissioners in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and travelled on business to London, Frankfurt, Moscow, Dubai and many other international locations.
Gosia was born and raised in communist Poland and completed her studies at Flinders University in Political Science, Philosophy and Social Administration. Gosia’s CV includes service for the Commonwealth and State Governments, NGOs and voluntary contributions to the management of a number of peak bodies, organisations, committees, projects and local initiatives. She established her own business in early 90s, delivering training and consultancy in small business and enterprise development both in Australia and internationally. Gosia facilitated business development in newly established market economies like India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Poland, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and underdeveloped regions of South Africa.
Gosia served 6 years on the Flinders University Council and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from her Alma Mater. She is also a recipient of Australia’s Centenary Medal and the Cross of Merit from the President of Poland.
H.E. Ruth Pearce, Australian Ambassador to Poland about Gosia:
“During my appointment as Australian Ambassador to Poland and the Czech Republic, Gosia Hill led the Austrade Offices in Warsaw and Prague with great enthusiasm, energy and initiative. She provided clients from a wide range of sectors with strong commercial and political strategic advice and support and helped many to plan and establish commercial operations and links in these markets. She was proactive in identifying potential commercial opportunities in the region and in matching Australian interests to those opportunities. She was a tireless advocate for Australian commercial interests in the region.
Gosia understands well the special needs for doing business in these rapidly growing and evolving markets. A native Polish speaker and very effective networker, she developed influential links with leaders in both the business sectors and in government, including at the national, regional and local levels. She was quick to recognise the rapidly growing importance of the European Union in regional markets and to factor this into assessing commercial opportunities and challenges for Australian companies.
Under Gosia’s leadership, the Austrade Offices in both Warsaw and Prague were amongst the best performing of Austrade’s global operations. Gosia is a great team player and I very much valued her advice and support.”
Gosia specialises in:
- Investment, export promotion and international trade
- Regional economic development
- SME training and capacity building
- Social development, governance and participatory citizenship
- Gender equality and access strategies for disadvantaged group
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