AustCham Korea Secretariat

Rowan Petz
Rowan PetzExecutive Director
Rowan Petz is the Executive Director at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Korea. Rowan brings a wealth of diverse experience and knowledge into his role having initially studied as a fraud investigator before moving into the currency management sector for six years.

Rowan’s passion for international trade and politics led him to a degree in International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne prior to moving to South Korea. Having received the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong and the Victorian Government’s Hamer scholarship awards, Rowan studied International Relations and Korean language at Yonsei University.

With a strong passion for wanting to further strengthen the Australian-Korean relationship, Rowan commenced work at Chamber in 2016.

Sok Hee Yoon
Sok Hee YoonMarketing & Administration Manager
Sok Hee Yoon is the Administration and Marketing Manager at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Korea. Fluent in English and Korean, Sok Hee was born in Busan and grew up in Sydney, having moved there when he was two years old. He has extensive experience in sales and business development roles in both Australia and Korea, having worked across event management and hospitality sectors.

Before joining AustCham, Sok Hee worked as Coca-Cola’s Senior Operations Manager for the Coastal Cluster during the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympics. In this role he planned and supported a team of six venue managers and over 80 staff who delivered a successful and safe beverage operation service across all of the commercial and In-kind consumer groups. Outside of work, he currently managers and is a committee member of the local Seoul expat rugby football club, Seoul Survivors. Having lived in both Australia and Korea, Sok Hee’s background has given him a strong appreciation of the importance of serving the community and his team members. He is particularly passionate about creating value for the Chambers stakeholders by developing strong relationships between the Australian and Korean communities.    

Kate Kalinova
Kate KalinovaProject Officer
Kate Kalinova is a Project Officer at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Korea. With a strong background in research, community-building and social media marketing, Kate has been an active advocate for Australia-Asia engagement. In addition to her work with the Chamber, she is currently a Korea Correspondent for Asia Options and a Honorary Reporter for TalkTalkKorea (

Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Honours) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a Master’s degree from the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Alongside her studies, Kate has completed numerous internships in Australia, China and South Korea. She is passionate about community engagement and is always keen to get involved in projects that strengthen and enrich the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship.