General Manager, Policy & Advocacy
Amanda has a passion for, and proven experience in public policy development, regulatory analysis and advocacy on matters affecting small and medium businesses in Queensland.
Having gained experience in senior positions within government, private and not-for-profit sectors Amanda enjoys the dynamics of public policy making and providing advice to government on complex regulatory proposals to ensure government policy is effective, efficient and delivers clear benefits for Queensland businesses. With a collaborate approach Amanda aims to ensure the interests of business owners at a local and regional level are heard in all relevant policy forums.
Amanda has held previous board and committee roles, developed and delivered training to government agencies and was a guest lecturer on policy issues facing the tourism industry.
Dr. Marcus Smith
Originally from Townsville, after school I was a touring international squash player based in Holland and then for a little while in Malaysia. When I finished up I studied Commerce at Griffith Uni and taught Economics and Finance there until I completed my doctorate. After graduating I worked as a Senior Economist for Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries undertaking economic research for the sugarcane industry and reef related issues. Following this I took an appointment with James Cook University as the Lecturer and Subjects Coordinator of Finance while at the same time doing some consulting work for NFP Natural Resource Management groups. And now here I am!
Senior Policy Advisor
Gus Mandigora is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. Before moving to Queensland, he was the Trading and Market Development Advisor at Oxfam Australia and then Business Development Manager at Scope Global in Adelaide, South Australia.
Early in his career, Gus worked in research, policy-making and advisory roles for a leading think-tank and the British High Commission in South Africa. He then served as Executive Director for Trade Policy at South Africa’s peak business association, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), where he led private sector input into international trade negotiations, led outgoing business delegations and welcomed foreign business delegations on behalf of South Africa’s private sector. He then served as Partner Engagement Director for Africa for the global education movement, Teach for All, before migrating to Australia in 2016.
Gus holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Western Cape and a Master of Laws (International Trade Law) from University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
As a policy advisor with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Isabella is an enthusiastic advocate for the state business community. Prior to her current role, Isabella completed a Master of Governance and Public Policy in 2018 from the University of Queensland.
Before returning to university to pursue her academic ambitions, Isabella held various roles with state political offices and campaigns. Isabella also has experience with both the theoretical and practical sides of policymaking, having worked in a diversity of roles ranging from a Queensland State Parliamentary researcher to case manager in a domestic violence shelter.
Given her previous experience, Isabella advocates for empirically based, best-practice policies that should transcend the political cycle and support all businesses’ needs regardless of their size.
Isabella also holders a Bachelor of Arts degree also from the University of Queensland, majoring in political science and theatrical studies.