Education and Research Counsellor Profiles

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Education and Research Counsellors at post are our in-country experts. They work to maintain and further develop the strong government-to-government relationships between Australia and our priority partner countries, both through bilateral (direct engagement between Australia and one other country) and multilateral forums (engagement where Australia is just one of multiple countries working together). This engagement is fundamental to maintaining our close ties with partner countries, and also in supporting mobility opportunities for students, workers, and researchers, for mutual economic benefit, growth and prosperity.

Ms Karen Welsh

Contact

Email: Karen.Welsh@dfat.gov.au

Australian Embassy China
21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Sanlitun
Beijing 100600
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Locally Engaged Staff in China

Ms Xiaofeng Lei
Senior Manager
Email: Xiaofeng.Lei@dfat.gov.au

Ms Haipei (Felicia) Cui
Office Manager
Email: Haipei.Cui@dfat.gov.au

Ms Huayi (Rachel) Jin
Media and Research
Email: Huayi.Jin@dfat.gov.au

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Adam Coin is Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, covering Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Mr Adam Coin

Adam Coin is Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, covering Japan and the Republic of Korea. 

Adam is an experienced foreign and trade policy officer, with previous assignments in Beijing, Shanghai, Santiago de Chile, and Tokyo. In Canberra, he helped to negotiate and implement Australia’s free trade agreements with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. He holds an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australian National University and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, and completed undergraduate studies in economics and public policy at the University of Melbourne. He has also studied at Keio University in Tokyo and the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. He speaks Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. 

Adam is serving on secondment to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Contact

Email: Adam.Coin@dfat.gov.au

Australian Embassy Japan
2-1-14 Mita
Minato-ku
Tokyo 108-8361
JAPAN

Locally Engaged Staff in Japan

Ms Kumiko Tsukamoto
Senior Education Manager
Email: Kumiko.Tsukamoto@dfat.gov.au

Locally Engaged Staff in Korea

Ms Juhee Hong
Education Director
Email: Juhee.Hong@dfat.gov.au

Ms Keumjo Shim
Education Officer
Email: Keumjo.Shim@dfat.gov.au

Australian Embassy Korea
19th Floor, Kyobo Building
1 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu
Seoul 03154
SOUTH KOREA

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Brett Galt-Smith is the Counsellor (Education and Research) for South Asia covering India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and is based at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi.

Mr Brett Galt-Smith

Brett Galt-Smith is the Counsellor (Education and Research) for South Asia covering India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and is based at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi.

Prior to this appointment, Brett was the Director of Policy and Legislation in the International Division of the department. He managed the implementation of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018, the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Standards 2018, the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2019 and legislative changes to the ESOS Act 2000. Brett was instrumental in policy development and new approaches to the management of education agents, including the recent agent transparency approach.

Brett has extensive experience in a diverse range of areas including international education policy and regulation, the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, repatriation of Indigenous Australian human remains from overseas collecting institutions, and previously served as Research Director of the Strehlow Research Centre.

Contact

Email: Brett.Galt-Smith@dfat.gov.au

Australian High Commission India
1/50 G Shantipath
Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021
INDIA

Locally Engaged Staff in India

Ms Priya Raja
Senior Advisor (Education)
Email: Priya.Raja@dfat.gov.au

Ms Anu Jain
Senior Advisor (Education)
Email: Anu.Jain@dfat.gov.au

Mrs Shazia Naqvi
Senior Advisor (Education)
Email: Shazia.Naqvi@dfat.gov.au

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Elizabeth Campbell-Dorning is Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ms Elizabeth Campbell-Dorning

Elizabeth Campbell-Dorning is Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Liz was previously the Director of Qualifications Recognition Policy in the International Mobility Branch of the department where she was responsible for enhancing student and labour mobility through qualifications recognition. Liz has expertise in qualifications frameworks, including the Australian Qualifications Framework, the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework, and has facilitated the approval and support of Australian skilled migration assessing authorities.
 
Liz routinely represents Australia in international and multilateral forums to minimise barriers to mobility and promote the recognition of Australian educational and professional qualifications. From 2014 to 2017, she led the development of the first global treaty-level agreement concerning higher education, the UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education. Liz holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Arabic) and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from the Australian National University.

Contact

Email: Elizabeth.Campbell-Dorning@dfat.gov.au

Australian Embassy Indonesia
Jalan Patra Kuningan Raya Kav 1-4
Jakarta Selatan 12950
INDONESIA

Locally Engaged Staff in Indonesia

Ms Claudina Milawati
Deputy Director (Education and Research)
Email: Claudina.Milawati@dfat.gov.au

Ms Christina Aryanti
Senior Policy Officer (Education and Research)
Email: Christina.Aryanti@dfat.gov.au

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Fiona Morris is the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian High Commission in Malaysia

Ms Fiona Morris

Fiona Morris is the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian High Commission in Malaysia with responsibility for furthering Australia's bilateral education, training and research relationships with Malaysia.

Fiona has had a diverse career in the government and education sectors, with a focus on higher education, research and science policy. Fiona has previously served as the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Mexico City and the Consul (Education, Science and Training) with the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles. From 2009-2017, Fiona also worked at one of Australia's premier research-intensive universities, the University of Sydney, as the General Manager of the Faculty of Pharmacy​.

Contact

Email: Fiona.Morris@dfat.gov.au

Australian High Commission Malaysia
6 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIA

Locally Engaged Staff in Malaysia

Ms Azra Elia
Senior Policy Officer (Education and Research)
Email: Azra.Elia@dfat.gov.au

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Jen Bahen is the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam with responsibility for Vietnam and Thailand.

Ms Jen Bahen

Jen Bahen is the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam with responsibility for Vietnam and Thailand. Prior to commencing this role, Jen was the Director for International Education at TAFE Directors Australia. In this role, Jen was responsible for supporting Australian TAFEs to further their international engagement and facilitated a number of agreements and programs that supported TAFEs to expand globally. Jen also led Australia’s engagement with the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics providing invaluable experienced into global skilling systems.

Jen has extensive government and private sector experience in the schools, vocational education and youth engagement areas from previous departmental roles, and considerable international experience from previous postings to Beijing and Bangkok, managing Australia’s broad bilateral relationship with China and Thailand. Jen has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne​.

Contact

Email: Jennifer.Bahen@dfat.gov.au

Australian Embassy Vietnam
8 Dao Tan Street
Ba Dinh District
Hanoi
VIETNAM

Locally Engaged Staff in Vietnam

Ms Tran Le Ha
Deputy Director
Email: Le-Ha.Tran@dfat.gov.au

Ms Tran Thi Thanh Van
Project and Administration Officer
Email: Van.Tran5@dfat.gov.au

Locally Engaged Staff in Thailand

Ms Watinee Kharnwong
Education Director
Email: Watinee.Kharnwong@dfat.gov.au

Australian Embassy Thailand
181 Wireless Rd
Bangkok 10330
THAILAND

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Mathew Johnston is the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Brazil.

Mr Mathew Johnston

Mathew Johnston is the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Brazil. Working closely with his counterpart in Mexico City, Mathew has responsibility for Australia’s education, training and science relationships with Latin American countries outside of the Pacific Alliance, with a primary focus on Brazil and Argentina.

Mathew has extensive government experience, with a focus on international policy and innovative policy projects centred on improving outcomes for vulnerable families, children, and communities. Prior to his work in Brazil, Mathew led significant government policy reform agendas at the Australian Government Department of Social Services, in particular the development of the Cashless Debit Card trials and the design of the Commonwealth Redress Scheme (in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses on Child Sexual Abuse).

Contact

Email: Mathew.Johnston@dfat.gov.au
Australian Embassy Brazil
SES Quadra 801
Conjunto K, Lote 7
Brasilia-DF-CEP70200-010
BRAZIL

Locally Engaged Staff in Brazil

Dr Christina Elsner
Manager (Education and Research)
Email: Cristina.Elsner@dfat.gov.au                       

Ms Luisa Feldman Neves
Education Policy Officer
Email: Luisa.Neves@dfat.gov.au

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Barbara Klompenhouwer is the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Mexico.

Ms Barbara Klompenhouwer

Barbara Klompenhouwer is the Counsellor (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Mexico. Working closely with her counterpart in Brazil, Barbara has responsibility for Australia’s education, training and research relationships with Mexico and other Pacific Alliance countries (Colombia, Peru and Chile).

Barbara has extensive strategic policy experience across a range areas within the International Division of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, including managing bilateral engagement with Latin America, multilateral engagement through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and supporting the development of a new Australian Strategy for International Education. Prior to joining the department, Barbara had a diverse career in the not-for-profit sector in range of education-related roles within Australia and offshore.

Barbara holds a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Media/Bachelor of International Studies (Hons) from the University of Adelaide.

Contact

Email: Barbara.Klompenhouwer@dfat.gov.au

Australian Embassy Mexico
Ruben Dario 55
Col. Bosque de Chapultepaec
Mexico City 11580
MEXICO

Locally Engaged Staff in Mexico

Ms Andrea Valencia Montes de Oca
Senior Policy Manager (Education and Research)
E-mail: Andrea.Valencia@dfat.gov.au

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Moya Drayton is part of the Australian Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris

Ms Moya Drayton

Moya Drayton is part of the Australian Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As Minister-Counsellor (Employment), Moya represents the department to ensure Australian interests and views are reflected effectively in OECD discussions, instruments and policy recommendations.

Moya also holds the position of Australian Representative to the International Labour Organization (ILO), which is headquartered in Geneva. Moya works with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department in this role. The principal objective of the Australia’s engagement with the ILO is to advance, protect and promote Australia’s broader national interests, by ensuring Australia’s views are reflected in the ILO’s deliberations and outcomes.

Moya has had several Senior Executive roles within the department, including responsibility for the management and performance of the national employment services program and the department’s people, communications and audit functions. Moya has an Arts and Social Work degree from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Contact

Email: Moya.Drayton@dfat.gov.au

Australian Embassy France
4, rue Jean Rey 
​75724 Paris Cedex 15 
FRANCE