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Annmaree O’Keeffe

Annmaree O’Keeffe AM is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. She is also a Research Associate with the ANU's Development Policy Centre.

Previously with Australia's former foreign aid agency, AusAID, from 1986 to 2009, her various positions included Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Deputy Director General. She has served as Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal and was Minister-Counsellor for Development Assistance in Papua New Guinea. Before joining AusAID, Annmaree worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Annmaree is chair of Australia's national commission for UNESCO, a founding board member of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition for AIDS and the Chair of the Foundation for Development Cooperation. She is also a member of the advisory panel of the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Regional Rights Resource Team based in the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. She has an MA in Asian Studies from Griffith University and an undergraduate degree from University of Queensland in journalism and economics.


Articles by Annmaree O’Keeffe (24)

  • UNESCO: On the front line against ISIS

    UNESCO is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, so it's no surprise that this is the leitmotif running through its biennial General Conference currently underway in Paris. But this birthday celebration is sharing the podium with two other themes which are dominating this assembly and which go to the heart of what UNESCO should be about: the protection of culture and the promotion of education.
  • MH17: A long shadow over AIDS 2014

    The spectre of the MH17 outrage is casting a long shadow across AIDS 2014, the 20th international AIDS conference, which opened yesterday in Melbourne. Six of its delegates, including one of the world's leading HIV/AIDS scientists, Dutchman Jeop Lange, were among the flight's 298 passengers. The mood at last night's opening was sombre and the six were well missed.
  • Australia's foreign aid policy: New paradigm or more of the same?

        Yesterday's dense fog in Canberra was the perfect backdrop for the launch of Australia's new foreign aid policy by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the National Press Club. Just as the fog started to lift, Minister Bishop was attempting to lift the fog on what has been a slow reveal of the full extent of the Government's radical ambitions for the $5 billion aid program.
  • Foreign aid: Parliamentary committees at 50 paces

    In the wake of the Abbott Government's unforeseen but momentous decision last year to integrate the Australia's foreign aid agency, AusAID, into DFAT, the federal parliamentary committee system seems to have been enlisted by government and opposition to debate the aid policy gap. In early December, the Senate's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee started an inquiry into Australia's aid program with particular reference to the aid program's ability to deliver against stated po
  • In visa stoush, PNG only hurts itself

    Australia is PNG's biggest trading partner. It's our largest recipient of aid and unwanted asylum seekers. To get there, we can catch any of the four or more daily flights that link the two countries. Or at low tide, we can simply walk across the border. But come Saturday, getting there will be a whole lot harder. That's when PNG will invoke its ban on providing Australians with visas on arrival.