Dr Ralph King
Dr King is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Until recently, he was Australia’s Ambassador to Egypt. He has served overseas as Australia’s Ambassador to Kuwait, and has been posted also in Hanoi, Beirut and Damascus. In Canberra, Dr King has worked as Speechwriter, and Director of the Security Policy and Operations, and the Recruitment, Performance and Forecasting Sections. Before joining DFAT, Dr King was a Middle East Analyst in the Office of National Assessments. Dr King holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, and an MPhil and a PhD in International Relations. He speaks Arabic and is married with two children.
Dr King is expected to take up his appointment in April 2015. I thank outgoing Ambassador Neil Hawkins for his work in strengthening Australia’s relations with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen since 2011.