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Andrew Barnes


Andrew Barnes is Director of the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Section in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). As well as managing Australia’s bilateral relationships with the countries of Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, Andrew’s section has responsibility for the management of DFAT’s Extractives Program in Africa. 

Prior to joining the Africa Branch, Andrew was Director of DFAT’s Counter Terrorism Cooperation Section managing CT capacity building programs in Indonesia and the Philippines. During his career in DFAT, Andrew has had postings in Canada and Stockholm and also worked in the Department’s Western Australia State Office.  In 1995-96 he worked for the World Food Program and then with an NGO in southern Sudan, managing emergency food relief operations and IDP camps.

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