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Sydney, Mar 14, 2009 (ABN Newswire) - Christine Gibbs Stewart has had a 20 year career in international business and export development. She is currently General Manager of Australian Business International Trade Services and leads a dynamic team that focuses on helping companies to become more globally competitive.

Over her career Chris has worked across a number of different industries and in a number of diverse overseas markets. This experience has enabled her to develop a wide network of contacts, both in Australia and abroad, and has given her insight into opportunities, global trends and strategies for companies to better compete on a world stage.

Her work has included selling boilers and industrial burners throughout Latin America, negotiating deals with US buyers, introducing heads of state and working with industry groupings to build international capabilities. Along the way, she has developed friendships, learned how to say "cheers" in 20 different languages and improved her dancing skills.

She is inspired everyday by her clients and those she works with, and considers herself fortunate to work in a career where the world is her office and she is connected with diverse peoples, beliefs and cultures.

Chris is passionate about ensuring that women are recognized for their contribution to international trade, and are supported to achieve their business goals. She has recently assisted in developing a new program called 'NSW Women Going Global', aimed at supporting women in international trade.

Chris has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, USA, and an MBA in International Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is an Australian and an American citizen.

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