Melanie is Managing Director of Melanie Brock Advisory. With over two decades of commercial experience in Japan, Melanie has developed an excellent network of contacts in Japan’s corporate, political and diplomatic sectors. She has played a pivotal role in strengthening Japan- Australia relations, most recently in the conclusion of the Japan- Australia Economic Partnership Agreement. Melanie also serves as the Chair Emeritus of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, having served as the Chair for six years previously. She was also the former Chair of the Australian Business Asia (ABA), a group of 16 Australian Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils from across the Asia region that represent Australian business interests in their respective host countries. Her previous roles include Regional Manager (Japan) for Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) in 2010, Director of the Japan office for La Trobe University, as a Board Member for the Australia-Japan Foundation and as a member of the Steering Committee for the Australia-Japan Business Co-operation Committee. She has also been nominated for the Telstra women’s business award and the NAB women’s agenda leadership award in 2013.