Associate Director, Asia-Pacific for the Trusted Trade Alliance, Geoff Short is a specialist international trade lawyer. A highly acclaimed trade advocacy consultant, Geoff is based in Sydney, Australia. Geoff has over 30 years experience in his areas of expertise, including senior positions in government and private enterprise, dealing with legal aspects of international trade.
His career has included positions as Director, Legal Branch, Australian Customs Service; Senior Consultant in indirect tax with global accounting firm Touche Ross (now Deloitte); and Partner with international law firm, Baker & McKenzie - experience which has enabled him to develop a comprehensive knowledge of international trade regulation along with expert government relations skills.
Geoff maintains extensive business and government networks within Asia through regular client assignments in the region and through his active membership of key regional and international business councils. He advises numerous multinational corporations on their market access and trade compliance strategies across a range of industry sectors including agriculture, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, construction and industrial goods.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of Canberra, a Senior Research Fellow at Charles Sturt University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce, is Deputy Chairman of the Chamber’s Trade and Government Committee and a member of its Trade Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Government’s National Committee on Trade Facilitation and the Australian Border Force’s Industry Advisory Group on the Trusted Trader Programme.
Geoff holds Bachelors degrees in Law and Economics from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney. He is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court, a Solicitor of the New South Wales Supreme Court and as a Barrister of the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.