On 21 July 2016, Mr Paul Foley was appointed as Australia's Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. The Ambassador is responsible for leading Australia's international engagement on counter-terrorism and represents Australia at bilateral, regional and multilateral forums. He also sits on Australian Government domestic counter-terrorism forums.
Mr Foley is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and prior to his current role served as Ambassador to Iran. He has also served as Ambassador to Afghanistan and to Timor-Leste as well as undertaking postings in Riyadh and Kingston.
In Canberra, Mr Foley has led the Counter Terrorism; Middle East and Africa; and Information Management branches within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mr Foley holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies from the Joint Services Staff College. Mr Foley received the Public Service Medal in June 2013 for his role as Ambassador to Afghanistan.