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Stephen Brady AO CVO

ASPI Council member

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Stephen Brady completed his 36 year career with the Australian Government as Ambassador to France, coinciding with the series of terrorist attacks and the government’s decision to buy 12 French designed submarines.  He was also accredited to Morocco, Algeria and Monaco.

Before then he was Official Secretary to two Governors-General of Australia.  He has also served as Ambassador to The Netherlands (2004-07) where he was responsible for handling Australia’s political cooperation with the Netherlands in Afghanistan. He was also Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

He has been Australia's Ambassador to Sweden, where he was accredited to Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. On two occasions he served as a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister John Howard.

In 2013 The Queen made him a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and in 2015 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to successive governments in the area of international affairs” At the conclusion of his posting in Paris the French government awarded him a Commander of the Legion d'honneur, the only Australian civilian currently to hold this honour.

He now serves as Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Bond University and is a director on the boards of the European Australian Business Council, The Ethics Centre, Bangarra, and is Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and a member of the NGA Council.