Leigh Howard has over two decades of experience representing Australian businesses in Asia, across corporate, government, startup, and for purpose sectors.
Leigh is currently the CEO of Asialink Business, Australia’s National Centre for Asia Capability. Asialink Business provides tailored research & advisory services, training programs, and events to help organisations seize the potential of Asian markets. Asialink Business is part of Asialink, Australia's leading centre for creative engagement with Asia, and is hosted by the University of Melbourne.
Leigh was previously Deputy Commissioner to Southeast Asia for the State Government of Victoria, where he led a network of Trade & Investment offices assisting exporter s and investors to access opportunities across the region. Leigh was a board member and Executive Director for TradingPost.com.au, one of Australia’s biggest online classified portals, as well as the Director, South Asia for Talent2 International Ltd, one of Australia’s largest staffing companies. Leigh is a Foundation Board Director of AustCham ASEAN, the peak body for all officially registered Australian chambers and business councils in Southeast Asia. He is also a longstanding committee member and form Chairperson of the Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC).