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Australian Ambassadors and other representatives

Deputy Head of Mission, Philippines

Mr Richard Sisson


Richard Sisson is a senior career officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He commenced as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Manila in July 2019. Prior to taking up this position, he was Assistant Secretary of the New Zealand, Polynesia and Micronesia Branch in the Office of the Pacific, DFAT.

Mr Sisson previously worked at the former Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the former Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), the former Australian Customs Service and the Department of Defence.

Overseas, he has served in the Australian Permanent Mission to the OECD in Paris (2002-2005), with responsibility for agriculture and fisheries, and related trade and environment issues, and as an Alternate Executive Director on the Board of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila (2013-2016), representing Australia; Azerbaijan; Cambodia; Georgia; Hong Kong, China; Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia; Nauru; Palau; Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Mr Sisson has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University.

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