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Biography of Ms Clare Walsh

Ms Clare Walsh is the Deputy Secretary for the Global Cooperation, Development and Partnerships Group with Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Ms Walsh has a wide range of international and domestic policy experience from her 20 years working in the Australian Public Service. Prior to her current role, she was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Japan.

Ms Walsh led DFAT's development work of the G20 throughout Australia's Presidency in 2014. She was responsible for Australia's engagement in international efforts to design the post-2015 development agenda and the related global discussions on development finance. She managed DFAT's relationships with key multilateral organisations, including the Multilateral Development Banks and global health, education and environment funds as well as DFAT's bilateral relationships with other donor countries. Ms Walsh also managed Australia's strategic engagement with development focused non-government organisations and the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.

Ms Walsh was head of the International Division of the Department of Climate Change, and formerly held positions in the Department of Environment and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources.

Ms Walsh's academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies, and a Master of Management.

Last Updated: 1 August 2019
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