Australia: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD



Brian Pontifex, Ambassador of Australia to the OECD

Ambassador Brian PONTIFEX took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD on 1 June 2015.


Prior to his appointment to the post of Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD  Mr. Pontifex held the position of Chief of Staff at the Office of the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett, MLA.


From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Pontifex occupied the post of General Manager, Corporate Affairs, for the Browse LNG Development, Woodside Energy Limited.


Between 2004 and 2007 he worked as a Legal Adviser specialising in anti-corruption in the OECD Secretariat in Paris (2005-07) and as a consultant for the Australian Attorney-General’s Department to the OECD Working Group on Combating Bribery in International Business Transactions (2004-05).


Mr. Pontifex has also served as Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison (2003-04), and as Senator Ellison’s Ministerial Adviser (2002-03).


Mr. Pontifex worked for a number of years as a Barrister and Solicitor with Freehills in Perth, Western Australia (1995-2002).


Mr. Pontifex holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Law with Honours from the Australian National University. He also holds a Masters in International Law from the University of Edinburgh. Mr. Pontifex has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia as a Barrister and Solicitor.


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