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Biography of Ms Kathy Klugman

Kathy Klugman is Deputy Secretary, Development and Multilateral Group.

The Group covers multilateral policy and strategy, human rights, climate change negotiations and finance, Australia’s international development program and policy and global health issues. Ms Klugman oversees Australia’s Centre for Regional Health Security and chairs the department’s Aid Governance Board.

Before assuming her current role, Ms Klugman led the Pacific Division of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and oversaw the establishment of the expanded Office of the Pacific in DFAT, charged with advancing Australia’s Pacific Step-up. Before that, Ms Klugman led a range of DFAT’s geographical divisions focused on the Indo-Pacific, including South East Asia Regional Division and South and West Asia Division, where she was also Australia’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and Australia’s senior official to the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

Ms Klugman has held a number of previous roles including, from 2011 to 2013, in charge of the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, supporting the Prime Minister and the Departmental Executive with policy advice across the full range of international policy issues. Ms Klugman supported the then Prime Minister in international engagements, including overseas visits, leader-level meetings, regional and multilateral summits, and visits to Australia by heads of government and state.

Ms Klugman was previously Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and has held a range of positions within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as Assistant Secretary of the South and West Asia Branch and the Mainland South-East Asia and South Asia Branch. Overseas, she served as Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore, Deputy High Commissioner in Colombo and Third Secretary in Vientiane. She has previously worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, serving as Senior Adviser (Asia) in International Division and on the taskforce supporting the 2004 Flood Inquiry into Australia’s Intelligence Agencies.

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