Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), Australia’s export credit agency, has appointed Brendan Berne as Executive Director of Government and Industry Relations. Brendan Berne joins EFIC from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He most recently served as Deputy Permanent Representative of the Australian Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
While in that role, he also served as the Vice-Chairman to the OECD Export Credit Bureau, a position elected by Bureau members, as well as Australia’s representative to the Paris Club. Before his appointment to Paris, Brendan Berne was director of DFAT’s Trade Finance Section from 2003 to 2004 and was a director in DFAT’s Economic Analytical Unit from 2000 to 2003.
Prior to his DFAT career, Brendan Berne held several positions with the Reserve Bank of Australia. In his new role, Brendan Berne will build on EFIC’s alliances and partnerships with industry associations and with Federal and State Government agencies.
“Brendan’s skills and experience will be a valuable addition to EFIC’s executive team,” said Angus Armour, EFIC’s Managing Director. “His work in building and managing our important industry alliances and government partnerships will help raise awareness of EFIC’s services and enable us to reach out more effectively to Australian companies exporting and investing overseas,” Angus Armour said. Brendan began his new position on 7 July 2008.