Mr Blair Exell
Blair Exell is a senior career officer with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is currently First Assistant Secretary of the Development Policy Division and leads on Australia’s development policy to guide Australia’s aid program. This includes priority sectors of health, education, governance and cross-cutting themes (e.g. disability). Blair is also Australia’s first Ambassador for Regional Health Security with the role to focus global attention on the needs of our region, strengthening national health systems and preparing the Indo-Pacific to respond to emerging health threats. Blair graduated in Economics in 1991 from the Australian National University and began his career in the not for profit development sector in Cambodia and Vietnam in 1993 before joining the Australian Government’s aid department (formerly AusAID) in 1997. Blair has been the senior aid representative based in Cambodia, Solomon Islands and Indonesia and was the Development Coordinator for Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands in 2006-07.