Overseas counsellors

We have counsellors located in China, Europe, India, Japan and North America. Counsellors work to strengthen our international networks and advise us about key initiatives in their host countries.

China

Our Counsellors are based in the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

China is a key partner for Australian industry, resources and science. It is Australia’s largest export destination, mainly due to resources exports. Australia is China’s third highest research co-publication partner behind the US and UK.

Key priorities

  • Supporting trade and investment under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
  • Promoting collaboration through forums such as the Australia China Bilateral Dialogue on Resources and Energy Cooperation and the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology.
  • Supporting bilateral engagement through the Australia-China Science and Research Fund and establishing an Australia-China dialogue on innovation.
Counsellor (Industry, Science and Resources), China
Esther is based at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. She facilitates the key partnership between Australia and China.
Counsellor (Industry, Science and Resources), China
Jess is based at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. She facilitates the key partnership between Australia and China.

Europe

Our Counsellors are based in the Australian Embassy and Mission to the European Union in Brussels and in the Australian Embassy in Paris.

Australia’s relationship with Europe is deep-rooted, vast and profound. The European Union (EU) is Australia's:

  • second largest two-way trading partner
  • largest source of foreign investment
  • largest science and innovation collaboration partner.

Australia and the EU also have a convergence of views on many global economic issues. We cooperate in promoting international prosperity in a range of forums, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Key priorities

  • Increasing economic and policy connections in the areas of science, technology, innovation, energy and resources.
  • Collaborating in areas such as low emissions technologies, hydrogen, critical minerals, artificial intelligence, digital economy, space and astronomy.
  • Representing Australia at OECD Committees on energy, climate, science, innovation, entrepreneurship and digital economy.
Counsellor (Industry, Science and Resources), Europe
Sarah is based at the Australian Embassy in Brussels. She facilitates the deep-rooted relationship between Australia and Europe.
Counsellor (Industry, Science and Resources), Europe
Kris is based at the Australian Embassy in Paris. She facilitates the relationship between Australia and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

India

Our Counsellor is based in the Australia High Commission in New Delhi.

India is an important strategic partner to Australia in science, critical technology, space, critical minerals, resources and energy. India is Australia’s eighth largest trading partner and a critical market for our coal, copper, natural gas and mining services. Export opportunities for Australia are growing as India looks to:

  • increase uptake of renewable energy and natural gas
  • become a global manufacturer of batteries
  • increase its steel production and lower emissions from the sector
  • increase innovation by supporting its space sector
  • facilitate deeper engagement in science and innovation, including on technology, digital and emerging technologies.

Key priorities

  • Supporting an update of Australia’s India Economic Strategy to 2035, which will set short term action for our economic relationship with India.
  • Supporting the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, our largest bilateral partnership for innovation, science and research.
  • Furthering the science, energy, resources and industry ambitions of the Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
  • Supporting the ministerial Australia-India Energy Dialogue, covering energy and resources trade, policy development and research collaboration.
Counsellor (Industry, Science and Resources), India
Sanjiva is based at the Australia High Commission in New Delhi, India. He facilitates the important strategic partnership between India and Australia.

Japan

Our Counsellor is based in the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

Japan is Australia’s largest export destination for energy resources. They are the largest Asian investor in Australian resources projects. Japan is also a key partner for Australian industry and science.

Key priorities

  • Engaging with Japanese investors and customers in Australia’s resources sector. This includes liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and minerals.
  • Promoting technology collaboration in resources sectors. This includes clean coal, carbon capture and storage (CCS), HELE coal fired power stations, and hydrogen.
Counsellor (Industry, Science and Resources), Japan
Charles is based at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. He strengthens our relationship with Japan and promotes Australia’s capabilities.

North America

Our Minister-Counsellor is based in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Australia and North America have a long history of close cooperation and collaboration. This has been embodied in the United States (US) through the 100 years of Mateship Campaign. The US, Canada and Australia share many similar policy challenges and are important partners.

Key priorities

  • Facilitate policy dialogue between the Australian, US and Canadian Governments and the community about science, technology, innovation, energy and resources. Aiming to share best practices and lessons learnt and explore collaboration opportunities.
  • Monitor key issues in the region that relate to innovation, space policy, energy, resources, digital economy and the future of work.
  • Engaging with the education sector to promote policy dialogue and share lessons learnt. Also encouraging collaboration and mobility between Australia, the US and Canada.
Minister-Counsellor (Industry, Science and Resources), USA and Canada
Ann is based at the Australian Embassy, USA. She facilitates our important partnership with the USA and Canada.