Ms Stokes is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently the Department’s First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division. She has previously served as Australia’s Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, and as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. Ms Stokes earlier held positions at the Australian Embassy in Rangoon and with the United Nations Development Programme in New York. She has also held senior positions in AusAID.
Ms Stokes holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. She is married.