Philip Dalidakis is the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade in the Andrews Labor Government in Victoria, Australia. Mr Dalidakis was elected as a member of the Victorian Parliament in November 2014 and was appointed to Cabinet in July 2015. Philip's vision is for Victoria to be the number tech and startup destination in the Asia Pacific region - and since his appointment to Cabinet, he has worked hard to strengthen Victoria's global reputation as a regional innovation hub. In the past year alone, we have seen global tech leaders Slack, Square, Zendesk and GoPro all choose Victoria to set up their regional headquarters. They join many locally-grown success stories such as Nitro PDF, Seek, carsales.com, 99Designs, Catapult, Red Bubble, Culture Amp, and Appster to name a few. As a tech an innovation hub, Philip also believes Victoria is well placed to be a leader in cyber security commercialisation, education, research, policy and entrepreneurship. As such, he recently announced the development of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) to be located in Melbourne and will bring together eight Victorian universities, the Melbourne-based Defence Science Institute, the Commonwealth Government's Cyber Growth Node, major private sector partners and Oxford University’s world leading Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) to create a cyber security powerhouse in Victoria. An additional partnership, brokered between the Labor Government and the digital research arm of the CSIRO, Data61, will see them co-locate their lead national cyber security centre with the OCSC. Another important part of his portfolio is the delivery of the Labor Government's $60 million startup initiative, LaunchVic, which was created to accelerate startups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria. This new body will help provide a better environment for entrepreneurs to develop, incubate and grow early-stage innovative businesses ideas, invest in core infrastructure, improve access to capital for local startups, advocate on legislation and regulation, as well as engage in local sector events. In his capacity as Trade Minister, Philip is also be responsible for strengthening and expanding Victoria’s network of international trade and investment offices across the world, growing our network from 18 to 21 offices. This will provide the best possible opportunities for Victorian businesses to foster relationships with key markets across the globe to grow trade relationships, expand businesses and create more jobs into the future. Prior to entering Parliament Philip had a vast array of experience with business and in government to prepare him for his current role. He started his commercial/finance career at Deloitte, operated his own small business, was CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries and Deputy Chief of Staff to Federal Senator Stephen Conroy, (frm) Leader of the Government and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Philip has a Master of Commerce from UNSW as well as a double degree in Arts (Politics and Thai Language) and Business (Management) from Monash University. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.