Annmaree O’Keeffe has worked in international relations and development for the past three decades. She was Deputy Director General at AusAID from 2002 to 2009. During much of this time, she was also Australia’s first Ambassador dedicated to working on HIV/AIDS. She was Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal in the mid 1990s before taking up AusAID’s Minister-Counsellor position in PNG where she headed AusAID’s operations.
Originally trained as a journalist, she has worked in the media in Zimbabwe and London and has also worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross inThailand and at their headquarters in Geneva. She was made a member in the Order of Australia in 2007 in recognition of her services to international relations particularly in the area of development and HIV/AIDS.
She now divides her time between Sydney where she is a fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and north America where she works on indigenous peoples issues.