Mr Patrick Suckling
High Commissioner to India
Mr Suckling has been High Commissioner to India since January 2013. Previous overseas assignments include Washington (2003-2007) and New Delhi (1997-1999). Between 2009-2011 he managed international issues for two Prime Ministers of Australia, encompassing foreign, economic and international aid policy. This included Australia's active participation in the establishment of the G20 as the world's premier global economic forum and expansion of the East Asia Summit to strengthen regional architecture. In 2007, Mr Suckling was an adviser to the Australian Foreign Minister.
Mr Suckling has combined foreign policy with trade and economic policy throughout his career, including serving as Australia's senior official to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2008 and as a senior official to the Paris Club for international debt negotiations in 2003. This extended to his oversight of the partial privatisation of Australia's export credit agency, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), in 2000.
Between 2011-12, Mr Suckling was head of the Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), including management of media for portfolio ministers and oversight of around 1600 Australian consular cases on any given day.
Mr Suckling joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1994. He holds a Master of International Relations from Monash University and honours degrees in economics and English literature from the University of Sydney. He also holds a graduate diploma in Hindi from Sydney University. He is married with three children.