Mr Gerald Thomson
Mr Thomson is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He commenced as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in China on 8 November 2016. Previously, he served as Australia’s Ambassador to Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia (Jan 2013 to Sept 2016), Counsellor (Political/Economic) at the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea (2005-2008) and as Third Secretary (subsequently First Secretary) at the Australian Embassy in China (1995-1999). In Canberra, he was most recently Assistant Secretary, North East Asia Branch 2010-2012). Mr Thomson joined the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Graduate in 1993.
Mr Thomson holds a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University, and a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia. He speaks Mandarin and Swedish.