Peter Verwer AO
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction
Peter Verwer AO was appointed Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction in late August 2020.
Peter leads the
Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce which is driving a whole-of-government effort to attract high-value enterprises and exceptionally talented individuals to Australia to help turbocharge our economic recovery from COVID-19, boost our national resilience and drive competitiveness.
The Taskforce has been established in the Department of Home Affairs and in partnership with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, and comprises officers from APS agencies including the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Employment, Skills and Education, Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Defence and the Treasury. The Taskforce is working closely with States and Territories.
Peter is a respected and experienced business leader with extensive commercial, academic and cultural networks across international markets.
Peter’s previous roles included Executive Chairman of Fractal IQ, CEO of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association and CEO of the Property Council of Australia.
His most recent focus has been working in Asia with governments and industry to help open-up capital market platforms that help activate sustainable urban and nation-building programs.
Peter has chaired several leadership groups, including the joint Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee’s Business Advisory Group on Mass Gathering Places, Liveable Housing Australia, Australia’s Construction Forecasting Council, the nine-government Development Assessment Forum, and the Kirribilli Dialogue on Universal Design (as co-chair).
Peter has also served on several Australian ministerial advisory councils, including, the Urban Policy Forum and the Australian Statistical Advisory Council prior to moving to Singapore, where he has lived since 2014.
The Australian Government appointed Peter one of six Disability Community Ambassadors in 2011. Peter was also special advisor to CareerTrackers, Australia’s leading Indigenous internship program.
Peter is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies.
Peter was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2019 for 'distinguished service to the property sector, to sustainable development and construction and to professional bodies'.