Australian Permanent Mission to the UN
Deputy Permanent Representative
Ms Philippa King
Philippa King joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1995, initially working on World Trade Organisation negotiations. In 1998, she was posted to the Australian Mission to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (until the end of 2001), working primarily on conventional disarmament issues and biological weapons negotiations.
In 2002, Ms King returned to Canberra, working on legal and counter-terrorism issues, and was subsequently appointed Director of the Department’s UN and Commonwealth Section. In late 2002, she was asked to join the office of then Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, as an advisor on Middle East, UN and disarmament issues.
The following year she was posted to the High Commission in London as Counsellor (Political-Military issues), working mainly on Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. From 2008 until mid-2011, Ms King served as the head of the Department’s Sydney office, before her appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN at the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.
Ms King has an Economics/Law degree from Sydney University, and a Masters in International Relations from Monash University. She is married with two children.