Mr Griffin is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Assistant Secretary in the Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe Branch. He was Australia’s Ambassador to Hungary and Romania from 2011-2013. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, and was First Secretary then Counsellor at the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York, with earlier postings to Laos and France.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours and University Medal from James Cook University. He also studied at the French National School of Administration in Paris.