MS DEBORAH STOKES will be Australia's next High Commissioner in Papua New Guinea. She will take up her appointment next month, replacing Ian Kemish AM who has served with distinction during his four years in PNG.
Ms Stokes is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was most recently head of the international organisations and legal division.
She has previously served as Australia's Ambassador to Austria and as deputy head at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.
Ms Stokes has also held senior positions in AusAID.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.
In her most recent post, Ms Stokes advises on Australia’s involvement in the United Nations, Commonwealth and other international organisations, with a focus on peacekeeping, human rights and international environment issues.