Chief Executive Officer BACK 2 BUSINESS Lino joined BACK 2 BUSINESS in 2019 as Ambassador and Regional Director for the Indo-Pacific. He was responsible for establishing service agreements with key regional governments to expand the reach of B2B’s investment facilitation program.
Lino held a diplomatic posting in Tehran where he was serving as the Australian Trade and Investment Commissioner. He was tasked with re-establishing Australia’s economic relationship with Iran post the UN sanctions resolution in 2015. Prior to Iran he served as the Australian Consul General, Trade and Investment Commissioner in Istanbul. In this role he successfully negotiated for the Australian mining industry to become the lead partner in the modernisation of Turkey’s mining sector. Lino has also served as the Deputy Consul General, Trade and Investment Commissioner in Dubai. He was also responsible for investment attraction activities across MENA and for high level representational duties as part of the ANZAC commemorations in 2015. He also guided Australian security efforts during the border crisis with Syria and attempted military coup in 2016.
Previously he was the Executive Director for International Engagement, Trade, Immigration & International Education with the South Australian Government which he joined in 2017. In the role he established new government trade, tourism and investment offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and the US and led the State’s international engagement. He also delivered immigration reforms to drive business migration through a new investor visa program.
He joined the Australian Trade Commission in 2004 as the Policy Director for Europe, Middle-East and Africa. While there he also completed a secondment to the Australian National University School of Economics teaching Dynamics of European Business.
Lino’s career with the Australian Government has been focused on economic, foreign, trade and investment policy. Working to remove barriers and develop initiatives to expand Australia’s economic footprint across the globe. Highlights include developing new investment facilitation policies to drive business growth across G20 economies and leading negotiations for the digital-economy chapters of the Singapore/Australia Free Trade Agreement. Opening the e-commerce market between the two economies. He has also worked as an advisor on energy privatisation to the Victorian Government. Joining the Australian Department of Industry Science and Technology as a graduate in the mid-1990s he conducted a review of industry tariffs across APEC economies.
He was subsequently appointed Director of International for the National Office for the Information Economy, where he developed programs to support SMEs in adopting e-commerce to access global markets. He was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal for his work in this area. Other responsibilities of note include the position of Manager of Government Affairs for Computer Science Corporation in Brisbane and a position as an analyst for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. He holds an Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.