Mr Neil Hawkins
Mr Hawkins is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and most recently served as Australia’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. In Canberra he headed the Department’s Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe Branch and the Middle East Branch. Mr Hawkins was a Senior Analyst with the Office of National Assessments, and was previously an AusAID Director working on Papua New Guinea and humanitarian and emergency responses. Mr Hawkins has also worked for CARE Australia, the United Nations and the Norwegian Institute for International Research in South East Asia and the Middle East.
Mr Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in Arabic and Islamic Studies and a Master of International Business. He was awarded a Humanitarian Overseas medal in 2004 and speaks Arabic.