Australia announces new High Commissioner to Kenya

Alison Chartres
Alison Chartres. Photo: Facebook

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have announced the appointment of Ms Alison Chartres as Australia’s next High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, with non-resident accreditation to Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.

Ms Chartres will also be Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). She will be accredited to the East African Community and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region.

Alison Chartres
Alison Chartres

Alison is moving from her current position as a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) where she was most recently Assistant Secretary, Development Policy and Education Branch. Previous overseas positions include Counsellor, Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York; Deputy Development Coordinator, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI); Adviser, Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council; and as Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Port Moresby.

In a statement, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: “Australia enjoys warm relations with East African countries through our shared membership of the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

“We collaborate closely with Kenya on education, agriculture and counter-terrorism. Our commercial relationship is strong with Australian companies investing in Kenya’s mineral, oil and gas sectors.”

Ms Chartres will replace current High Commissioner John Feakes who has been in post since 2015.