Australia in the Pacific: Foreign Policy Priorities

20 May 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Lecture Theatre 1, Old Government Buildings (Law Faculty), Victoria University 55 Lambton Quay, Pipitea Wellington, 6011

The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs invites you to an address by Mr Andrew Cumpston, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to New Zealand.

Andrew joined the Wellington post in October 2015 as Deputy High Commissioner and took over the Acting role in August 2017.

Prior to that, he was Assistant Secretary of the Banks and Funds Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), where he was responsible for Australia relationship with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the formation of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. He was also a board member of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Previously he has been Assistant Secretary to Budget Branch and also Senior Advisor to the Foreign Minister on development and economic policy. He has worked in DFAT/AusAID since 2005 as an economics and PFM specialist on the PNG, Philippines and Solomon Islands programs. Andrew was in Budget Group of the Department of Finance between 2002-2005 and began his Public Service career as a Graduate Economist in the Department of Education in 2000.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics from Australian National University, a Graduate Certificate of Public Administration and a Masters of Science (Finance: Economic Policy) from the University of London.


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