Sandra Diethelm Appointed As Queensland Trade Commissioner To India

Sandra Diethelm Appointed As Queensland Trade Commissioner To India

Queensland Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad

New Members Join Trade And Investment Queensland

Victor P Taffa

The Palaszczuk Government is continuing to support Queensland exporters with two new members joining the board of Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) and the appointment of a new Trade Commissioner to India.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad have welcomed Michele Fleming and Kate Hynes to the governing board of the Government’s global business agency TIQ.

“It is my pleasure to appoint Michele Fleming, a member of the Asia Pacific management team for Populous Design and Kate Hynes, who is currently the Chief Legal Officer for Halfbrick Studios, makers of the incredibly successful app Fruit Ninja.” Deputy Premier Trad said.

“Together they bring a wide-range of skills and experience to further advance trade and investment opportunities for Queensland on the international stage.”

“Importantly, having another two female members on the board of my agency reflects a push by the Palaszczuk Government to have gender equity on boards for all Queensland Government bodies by 2020.”

Deputy Premier Trad also announced the appointment of Sandra Diethelm as Queensland’s new Trade Commissioner to India.

“Sandra Diethelm’s experience has provided her with a solid understanding of the challenges facing businesses trying to strategically establish themselves in India.” Deputy Premier Trad said.

“Those insights will be invaluable to Queensland businesses, large and small wanting to export products and services to India or establish relationships that assist their business.”


Michele Fleming is a member of the Asia Pacific management team for Populous Design, a global architecture firm which specialises in designing sports facilities, arenas and convention centres. They have worked on major projects including ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Emirates Stadium in the UK and the London Olympic Stadium. She has 17 years’ experience in strategic government relations in Asia and Australia.

Kate Hynes is the Chief Legal Officer of Halfbrick Studios, the makers of the successful Fruit Ninja app. She has worked as a legal advisor in Brisbane, Melbourne, Dubai and Jakarta and has particular interests in international law and trade and is Deputy Chair of the International Law & Relations Committee of the Queensland Law Society.

Sandra Diethelm has worked in senior roles across public and private organisations in Switzerland, Australia and India. She has managed complex projects for Ergon Energy and Energex while based in Australia and has experience in setting up a start-up business in India.