Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Director GDP Global Australia and Australasia

About Michael Anderson

Michael is a strategically-driven, outcome-focused business development professional with a deep understanding of policy development, project management, place management, relationship/stakeholder management, business innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Michael initiated, designed, operated, and reviewed the City of Melbourne’s Small Business Grants Program, an initiative aimed at enabling innovative business start-ups to expand and export unique products and services.  Grants of $3.5m have been provided to 200 businesses which, in turn, have invested $58m into the City of Melbourne via equity, turned over $71m in revenue, and created 940 jobs.

Michael also developed frameworks such as the ‘Building Prosperity Together’ economic development programme for City of Melbourne, and a social enterprise strategy to enhance Melbourne’s reputation as an investment destination in key sectors of its business economy.

Other career highlights:

  • Attracted a major UK aerospace design organisation to Melbourne, which created 250 jobs and turnover of $20m.
  • Facilitated the approvals and re-zoning process for the head office and engine manufacturing plant for an automotive manufacturer with an investment in excess of $500m, and creation of 400 jobs.
  • Directed City of Melbourne Tourism Action Plan through to the approval process of Council.

By developing the Enterprise Melbourne brand – the voice by which Council communicates with Melbourne’s business community – Michael enhanced the Council’s reputation as a business facilitator and made it easier for businesses to transact with city authorities.

Education: Master of Business Administration (Deakin University); Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning (University of Melbourne); Diploma of Human Resources (Monash University).

Languages: English (native); French (basic).