Denis Gastin (Managing
Director) established INSTATE in 1990 to provide strategic
advisory and marketing services for
Australian and international firms and institutions. He has extensive
in international business, urban and regional development, food and
agricultural industry analysis and planning and media services.
Prior to founding INSTATE, Denis had been Chief Executive of the Multifunction Polis Joint Secretariat, which conducted the Australia/Japan joint feasibility study for a 'city of the future'. The feasibility study drew on the strengths of two national governments, six Australian state Governments and 160 Australian and Japanese firms. It covered the full range of city development challenges, including urban design, industry planning, social planning and the development of an international market for the services of the city through environmental studies, education and training and tourism.
Denis was Chief Economist for the Department of Trade from 1979 to 1982, Assistant Secretary for North Asia from 1982 until 1984 - during which time he conceived and implemented the Federal Government's China Action Plan and Japan Market Strategy - and was Senior Trade Representative and Minister (Commercial) in the Australian Embassy in
Denis is a well-known commentator in Australian and international media. In the early 1990s he wrote the Back Page commentary column for Business Asia and has been a frequent contributor of commentary columns to The Australian.
Denis also has extensive wine-related interests and is a regular contributor to the major international reference books and encyclopedias on the wine industries of
Through all of these activities he has built and maintained and extensive public and private sector network globally, but with particular emphasis on the Asia Pacific region and
Mark Booth (Director)
has held senior executive
positions within public and
private sector organisations and has
extensive experience in business management, corporate restructuring,
economic planning and development, and facilitating the development of
international trade. Through this experience he has gained extensive
of the political processes at local, state and federal levels and has
involved in the implementation of a major organisational change
Mark has undertaken consulting assignments for private and public sector organisations, specialising in local government, regional economic development, business planning, waste management, outsourcing and facilitating the development of international trade.
Manager) has an academic and professional experience background
in agribusiness research and analysis and regional economic
completed a Masters degree specialising in regional planning and in
received her PhD from
Bridget joined INSTATE in early 2003 and has worked on a number of
Armando is an agronomist by training and has worked in primary production, agronomy, technical research, trade development and product marketing. He has worked with clients from
In the food and agribusiness sector, he has represented or assisted clients with market entry and distribution of a wide range of processed food and beverages for retail and food service as well as intermediate products for the food manufacturing sector.
In the environmental sector, he has assisted clients with market entry strategies for products and services including clean power generation, waste recycling, environmentally friendly fuel, and exhaust systems.
Armando holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara,
Armando is a native speaker of Spanish and is fluent in Japanese and English.
Andre Granda Bueno
Luis is a lawyer by training and has worked in tax litigation and consulting in
Luis holds a Bachelor Degree in Law (
Luis is now working on a range of consulting and business development projects seeking to link Australian and Brazilian business and institutional interests – principally in the areas of agribusiness and resource management, as well as regional economic development strategy.
Luis is a native speaker of Portuguese, is fluent in English and has intermediate level Spanish.
Vandermeer (Partner) has
over 30 years business experience in
Frank joined Wormald
In 1994, Frank was a founding partner of the Asian operations of the Guardfire Group based in
Since returning to
(Associate) has had a long and varied career in international trade
and facilitation with Austrade and its antecedent organisations. He
served as a
Senior Trade Commissioner in posts in North America, Africa and Europe
the Executive Manager of Austrade's ground-breaking Business Club
has subsequently consulted to Austrade and other organisations
specialising in projects which involved developing best practice in
international trade facilitation, domestically and overseas, and
his Sydney Olympics experience by joining a team assisting the Utah
Government to run its business club at the time of the 2002 Winter
Andrew Campion (Consultant) is a futures consultant with an interest in new technology and youth markets. He was formerly a Director at Global Business Network Australia where his work involved research, scenario facilitation, developing seminar programs, writing book reviews and he was editor of the Network e-zine PRETEXT. More recently, he has worked with clients on areas such as mobile, broadband and online movements, the future of healthcare and new medicine, and power industry futures, the environment and clean energy.
began his professional career as a trade economist. He lived in
Stewart Fitzgerald (Financial Analyst) has a background in administration and finance gained through experience with the ANZ group and positions with companies operating in the food & beverage and other primary industries. He has extensive experience in export facilitation and support, to Asian markets in particular