Ryan Neelam, A/g State Director, New South Wales, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ryan Neelam commenced at the NSW State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in December 2016. He has been the Acting Director since September 2018. In this role, he manages DFAT’s relationships with the State Government, business, academia, community groups and the Consular Corps, one of the largest in the world. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ NSW Chapter and is a Trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.
Prior to this, Mr Neelam acted as Director of DFAT’s United Nations Political and Commonwealth Section. From 2012 to 2015, he served as a diplomat in the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he represented Australia on economic, human rights, and environmental issues, including climate change. During this time, he was a key Australian negotiator of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and represented Australia in the UN Security Council on counter-piracy and African peace and security matters.
Mr Neelam joined DFAT in 2009 and has worked on several of Australia’s bilateral relationships in North Asia as well as on free trade agreement negotiations with Southeast Asian countries. He was previously employed by the University of Sydney’s then Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences (Honours) from the University of Sydney.