Dr King is a career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was until recently Director, Afghanistan Domestic Section, a position he held since July 2010. Overseas, Dr King served as Australian Ambassador to Kuwait from 2004 until 2007 and Deputy Head of Mission in Hanoi from 2002 until 2004, with earlier postings to Beirut and Damascus. Prior to joining the Department, Dr King was Middle East Analyst at the Office of National Assessments.
Dr King holds a BA (Hons) degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Melbourne, an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University. He and his wife Jennifer have two children. He speaks Arabic.