Ambassador to Myanmar

  • Media release
28 November 2018

Today I announce the appointment of Ms Andrea Faulkner asAustralia's next Ambassador to Myanmar.

Australia and Myanmar share a longstanding relationship,extending back to 1952. As a member of ASEAN and the East Asia Summit, Myanmaris an important partner for Australia in the Indo-Pacific region.

Myanmar faces formidable political, economic and developmentchallenges following decades of military rule. Australia is supportingMyanmar's democratic transition through our development program, focusing oneducation.

Australia remains deeply concerned about human rights inMyanmar, including in Rakhine State. We will continue to support thehumanitarian needs of those affected, and work with Myanmar and our partners inthe region towards a long term and durable solution to the crisis.

Ms Faulkner is a senior career officer with the Departmentof Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Assistant Secretary,Sustainability and Climate Change Branch. She has previously served overseas asHead of Mission, Australian Embassy, Tel Aviv; Deputy Head of Mission,Australian Embassy, Hanoi and First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Paris. InCanberra, she has served in various positions covering the United States, theMiddle East, and Africa.

Ms Faulkner holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Bachelor of Music and aDiploma in Education from the University of Adelaide.

I thank outgoing Ambassador Nicholas Coppel for hiscontributions to advancing Australia's interests in Myanmar since 2015.

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