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Peter Varghese

Peter Varghese AO

Chancellor, University of Queensland

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Peter Varghese AO began as Chancellor of The University of Queensland on 11 July 2016. 

Prior to this appointment, Mr Varghese’s extensive career in public service spanned 38 years and included senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. Most recently, he served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2015). Previous senior appointments include High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia (2003-2004).

Mr Varghese was educated at The University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and received a University Medal in the area of history in 1978. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration, particularly for leading reform in the Australian intelligence community and as an adviser in the areas of foreign policy and international security. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Queensland in 2013.

Mr Varghese sits on the boards of AMP Pty Limited and AMP Capital Holdings.