Celebrating & Awarding the State's most accomplished exporters

On 29 October 2021, the 42nd Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA) acknowledged and celebrated the State's most accomplished and outstanding exporters.

Master of Ceremonies for the Awards, Gönül Serbest, CEO of Global Victoria joined with our guests and speakers:

  • Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria
  • The Hon. Martin Pakula, Minister for Trade
  • Rebecca Hall, Commissioner for Victoria to South East Asia – Singapore based
  • Tim Piper, Executive Director, AiGroup
  • Steph Lysaght, Consul-General of the United Kingdom (he/him)
  • Andreas Knaack, President, Invetech (Exporter of Year recipient)

And the winners are...

Victorian Exporter of the Year

The Victorian Exporter of the Year Award is selected by the state judges from the winners of the 13 national categories.


Andreas Knaack - President Invetech

For over 30 years, Invetech has partnered with global health and life science leaders to co-create breakthrough solutions that millions of people rely on  daily.

They assist therapeutic and diagnostic companies to commercialise diagnostic devices and cell and gene therapy manufacturing by providing design and development consulting, engineering, manufacturing services, and cell and gene therapy platforms.

Their mission is to expand the reach of next-generation healthcare by accelerating the design, engineering and manufacture of commercial-scale diagnostic products and vital therapies.

As an end-to-end partner, Invetech combines agile development, proven technology platforms and expert insights to bring clarity and speed to commercialisation. Their integrated approach resolves complexity and informs better decisions, ensuring high-quality products and therapies get
to market with greater certainty, reliability and efficiency.

With development,and manufacturing centres in Australia and North America, Invetech exports to over 14 countries, including the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

[Pictured: Andreas Knaack - President of Invetech]

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Victorian Women in International Business

For outstanding success by a Victorian woman involved in international business.

Gabriela Safrankova - Coolon Pty Ltd

Gabriela Safrankova

Coolon, an advanced electronics manufacturer, established a Chilean entity in 2013. After four unsuccessful years of enormous challenges and losses due to lack of appropriate local representation, Coolon appointed Gabriela Safrankova to manage their Chilean efforts.

Fluent in Spanish, Gabriela travelled to Chile and participated in numerous government trade missions, establishing a solid network within Chile and Australia. For three months, Gabriela lived in Antofagasta and visited sites including BHP Escondida and Chuquicamata.

Within the male-dominated mining industry, Gabriela challenged gender norms by visiting hazardous plant facilities, demonstrating heavy industrial light fittings and providing technical product training to mine engineers.

With Coolon’s internal team, Gabriela diligently managed projects end-to-end, liaising with Coolon’s engineers and support to provide fast responsiveness to customers.

Gabriela took enormous personal initiative, passion and drive, and paid off in significant sales growth. Her insurmountable efforts resulted in establishing the Coolon brand in Chile.

[Pictured: Gabriela Safrankova]

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Video: Governor of Victoria Export Awards 2021 Winners

Previous GOVEA Winners

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For more information about Victoria's most prestigious export awards,contact Darrin Vouch.