Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking for Australia

Mr Andrew Goledzinowski AM

Andrew Goledzinowski is Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking. Mr Goledzinowski works closely with the Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) Joint Agency Task Force, to ensure that international elements of OSB, including deterrence and resettlement, are effectively coordinated across government. He also leads Australia’s international engagement to help address human trafficking and slavery, and is Co-chair of the 45-country regional grouping known as the Bali Process.

Mr Goledzinowski is a career diplomat with over 30 years’ experience in the Australian foreign service and various international organisations. He has previously serving in Wellington, Pretoria, Port Vila, Geneva, Baghdad and New York.

Career highlights have included working as Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and, a decade earlier, as Adviser to Foreign Minister Gareth Evans.

Mr Goledzinowski has also held a number of international appointments.

He was Head of International Coordination in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003-4. He also worked with the World Bank as Head of the World Bank Office in Baghdad.

Mr Goledzinowski spent several years in the United Nations, including as Chief of Staff to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.

In 2014 Mr Goledzinowski was selected to oversee the Multinational Observer Group monitoring Fiji’s return to democracy elections.

Mr Goledzinowski is a holder of the Order of Australia (AM), the Australian Overseas Service Medal, the Australian Defence Force Medal and the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Last Updated: 18 April 2016
Angela Macdonald

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