IOES Study Abroad Experts

Brett Farmer

A strong record of securing desired outcomes within cross-cultural contexts. Brett has worked extensively as a diplomat for the Australian Government across Asia, Australia and in the Middle East. A history of effective leadership and team management, combined with high level  communication and strategic policy skills. Proven capacity to influence through building networks of strong personal relationships. Extensive experience with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade inother high level diplomatic positions across Asia. A well-developed knowledge of South and Southeast Asia, with a total of ten years spent in South Asia and a further twelve years in South East Asia.

Varun Gupta

Has 19 years of work experience, 11 years with Australian High commission, New Delhi including 6 years as Team Leader in the visa office. 5 years in the education industry with Australian universities (Deakin and Western Sydney University). Knowledge of overseas education including recruitment of students to various universities/colleges across the world. Varun has extensive knowledge of Australian Immigration laws and passport procedures with a good understanding of audit, risk analysis and quality assurance. Contributes Liaison (internal and external stakeholders) including Government, stakeholders.
Peter Linford

Prior to joining the RP Group of companies in 2012 as CEO of OGM, Peter held senior positions as an Australian Diplomat for fifteen years including as Minister Commercial in the Australian High Commission in New Delhi India covering trade and investment strategy across South Asia, as Australian Consul General Dubai and Senior Trade Commissioner Middle East and North Africa, and as Minister Commercial in the Australian Embassy in Seoul Korea, as well as multiple senior trade and investment roles in Japan.


Peter is passionate about global linkages of people and through his extensive business expertise has focused this into the area of skills and people development in both developed and developing markets.


Peter sees his role as identifying and nurturing opportunities amongst different countries, cultures and languages through business to deliver win-win outcomes for workers as well as for industry.


Peter holds a Masters of International Trade & Diplomacy (High Distinction) from Monash University and is a fluent Japanese language speaker.