Mr Derek Brown is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He took up the position of State Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Queensland on 9 October 2017.
Mr Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Modern Asian Studies) from Griffith University and a Master of Literary Studies in Japanese from the University of Queensland.
Overseas, Mr Brown has served as Counsellor at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo; Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Ankara; Deputy Consul-General at the Australian Consulate-General in Osaka, and; Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. In Canberra, his assignments have included Director of Europe Trade Section, Director of Locally Engaged Staff Management Section and Director of Consular Information Section.