Biographical Note

1 July 2003


VIENNA, 1 July (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations (Vienna), Deborah Stokes, presented her credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Stokes served as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo from January 2000.  From January 1998 to December 1999, she was First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in Canberra.  From January 1995 to December 1997, she served as Deputy Director General, Corporate Development Division, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). In 1994, she was Assistant Director-General, Development Issues and Corporate Policy Branch, AusAID.

Ms. Stokes joined the Australian Development Assistance Bureau (ADAB) in 1983 as a Desk Officer for South Pacific aid programmes. During the decade 1984-1994, she held the following appointments: Third Secretary, Australian Embassy, Rangoon (1984-1986); Programme Manager, Indo-China programmes, ADAB, Canberra (1987-1988); Programme Manager, Indo-China, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York and then Executive Officer to the Associate Administrator of UNDP (1989-1991); and Director, Policy Development Section, AusAID, Canberra (1992-1994).

Born on 15 August 1957 in Adelaide, South Australia, Ms. Stokes received a BA Honours from the University of Adelaide and an M Phil. from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

She is married.

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