ITDF Leadership

The Australian International Trade and Transport Industry Development Fund, trading as ITDF, is a not for profit organisation whose objective is to provide grants to Australian international trade and transport industry participants

Objectives of ITDF

The Australian International Trade and Transport Industry Development Fund, trading as ITDF, is a not for profit organisation whose objective is to provide grants to Australian international trade and transport industry participants to promote, support, advance or enhance:

E-commerce projects in Australia which benefit the commercial, operational, legislative and regulatory processes supporting Australia’s International Trade and Transport Industry.

Projects in Australia to assist Australian industry to facilitate international trade with its trading partners.

Projects in Australia that encourage more efficient international supply chain solutions for Australian industry.

Projects in Australia aimed at measurably increasing the level of skills and training in the international trade and transport industry, including participants in that industry.

The Funding for the ITDF came from Tradegate Australia Limited, now in liquidation.

For further information refer to the Pro Forma for project applications and the Funding Rules.

ITDF Members & Directors

The five members of the AITTIDF are the nominated representatives of the following organisations:

  • Australian Federation of International Forwarders
  • Conference of Asia Pacific Express Carriers
  • Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia
  • Export Council of Australia
  • Shipping Australia

The members make up the Board of the AITTIDF.

Current Directors are:

Brian Lovell

Chairman ITDF

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) & Executive Director (part-time) to the Federation of Asia Pacific Air Cargo Associations (FAPAA).

Held various freight forwarding management positions since 1981 and in 1990 took an active voluntary role with the Australian Federation of Airfreight Forwarders (AFAFF), assisting the development of education and training programs, whilst holding the honorary positions of President NSW and National Director Education Services. In 1994, Brian became CEO of AFAFF and in 1996, following a merger with the sea cargo Forwarders representative body (IFAA), was appointed CEO of AFIF.

AFIF is a national Association member of the Global freight forwarder representative body – FIATA. Brian is an honorary member of the FIATA Advisory Body, Safety and Security (ABSS).

Brian sits on the following National representative Boards and Committees:

  • Dept. Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) Biosecurity Div., Cargo Consultative (DCCC) & Import Industry Finance Consultative (IIFCC) Committees;
  • Australian Industry Training Group Biosecurity (AITGB)
  • Office of Transport Security (OTS) Aviation & Air Cargo Security Advisory Forums (ASAF/ACSIAF).
  • Dept. of Home Affairs National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF).
  • Dept. of Home Affairs Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG)
  • IATA Australia Cargo Executive Council (CEC)

Paul Damkjaer

Director ITDF,

Chief Executive Officer, Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia.

As Chief Executive Officer of the CBFCA, Paul brings over 35 years of experience in International Trade facilitation and International Logistics activities. He has worked with government regulators, the aviation/marine industry and the International Trade Consulting industry. His involvement in non-for profit Industry affairs, includes support at a regional, national and international level, as well as providing services to international trade logistics and supply chain management. With this experience he brings many benefits to Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) members. He holds an Advanced Diploma in International Trade, Advanced Diploma of Management as well as recognized Management Studies with Monash and New England universities. As a result of Paul's academia and Industry related skills, he became a facilitator with the Department of Tertiary and Further Education, and Perth University. Both roles were connected with disciplines of Customs formalities and International Logistics procedures. Paul originally started his career at the entry level of the Customs Brokerage Industry, which eventually led him into becoming a Licensed Customs Broker. Earlier on in his career, Paul was transferred to all major Australian capital cities, where his management roles grew. As a result, he was requested to use his management skills overseas with a Global Logistics Provider. On his return to Australia he worked as a trade consultant and then National Manager of an Australian based Customs/Logistics Organisation. Paul is a director of several private sector and industry related entities, a member of key Australian regulatory consultative committees and a regular at speaker international forums under the auspices of the CBFCA.

Bryan Sharkey

Director ITDF, Shipping Australia.

Bryan Sharkey is a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA) and have an MBA from the Southern Cross University (SCU) and a JP.

Employment history and experience 14 Years as General Motors Holden Plant Accountant in Sydney and Fishermen’s Bend Victoria between 1970 and 1984. Initially employed in Property Records and later working with the engineering department on the upgrade of Fishermen’s Bend Plant and the installation of robots. 2 years working as investment and property records Accountant Sunbeam Australia - employed as an asset Accountant and became involved in Company money market investments and loans. Joined Shipping Conferences Services in 1987 which was later to became Shipping Australia Ltd during the 30 years in the Shipping Industry as Company Secretary Financial Controller involved in many different aspects of the Shipping Industry in the main representing SAL with Customs and the development and implementation of the PRA system and acting (on behalf of the Industry) to the ATO on various matters that have direct impact on the industry such as GST on Export and Imports.

Dianne Tipping

Director of ITDF, Chairman Export Council of Australia.

Dianne has had a long and varied career in international trade promotion and facilitation. Dianne Tipping is the founder and Managing Director of Excon International Pty Ltd. a Global Management Consultancy business that focuses on the teaching/training and management of Exports/Imports and International Projects on behalf of International Businesses. Dianne has spent over 38 years handling export/import transactions and during the early years worked for 2 large multi-nationals and later after opening her own company in 1982 worked with the same multi-nationals and others handling their global matters. Dianne is currently Chair of the ECA (Export Council of Australia) and is also involved in the following organisations:

  • Chair IATTO (International Association of Trade Training Organizations)
  • Director: ITDF (Australian International Trade and Transport Industry Development Fund)
  • Chairman of the Education Committee for the Australian Institute of Export
    Honorary Associate University of Sydney – Discipline School of Business
  • Councilor – NSW State Council – NSW Business Chamber
  • Director: CADF Pty. Ltd.
  • Director: ASL Aerospace Australia Pty. Ltd.
  • Director: Trade IT (PVT)
  • Managing Director: Ruby Roze Pty. Ltd.
  • Numerous Government and Non-Government Committees including the Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia and the Dept. of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia.
    Independent Consultant to ITC (The
  • International Trade Centre/Geneva)

Stephen Stroner

Director ITDF, Managing Director UPS, Conference of Asia Pacific Express Carriers.

Stephen Stroner is the managing director of UPS Australia and New Zealand.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Stephen is responsible for the strategic management of the UPS business including growing the small package, freight forwarding and contract logistics operations in these two markets.

Stephen started his career with UPS Australia in 1991 as an operations supervisor and was promoted to Industrial Engineering Manager in 1996. In 2000, with UPS as an official sponsor of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Stephen was appointed as the main project manager to coordinate personnel, logistics and transportation needs for the International Olympic Committee and played an instrumental role in delivering a successful logistics experience for the Games.

In 2004, Stephen’s industrial engineering manager role was expanded to include Asia strategy and planning. A year later, he took on the role of Senior Marketing Manager to support the 2008 Beijing Olympics project, where UPS was nominated the Official Logistics and Express Delivery Sponsor. Stephen was appointed as the national operations manager for UPS Australia in 2007 before expanding his geographical scope as operations manager for the UPS South Asia District in 2011. In this role, he was part of the team that drove UPS’s growth and expansion strategy in the Southeast Asian markets.

Prior to his current appointment, Stephen was the Industrial Engineering Manager for Supply Chain and Healthcare Logistics in the Asia Pacific region from 2011 to 2013. He played an instrumental role in expanding UPS’s healthcare distribution network in Asia Pacific region and oversaw the opening of three new healthcare facilities in Hangzhou and Shanghai, China, and Sydney, Australia respectively.

Stephen was born in London and holds a Master’s degree in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

The History of the Fund

During the days of industry interface with regulatory agencies through a single reference point, Tradegate Australia Limited represented information technology interests of service providers in international trade logistics and supply chain management. With changing circumstances in relation to how business interfaced with government and regulatory agencies, Tradegate no longer perceived the need for the function which it had carried out for over 25 years. In being aware of the change, the Board of Tradegate resolved at that time to dissolve the entity and transfer any available funds to an entity which represented the interests of industry in terms of project management and other tangible deliverables. That fund was the Australian International Trade and Transport Industry Development Fund with a Board made up of representatives from not-for-profit industry Associations linked to the key areas of trade and transport, these being:

  • Australian Federation of International Forwarders Ltd
  • Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc
  • Shipping Australia Limited
  • Conference of Asia Pacific Express Carriers
  • Export Council of Australia