Today I announce 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.
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 is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Assistant Secretary, Development Policy and Education Branch. She has served overseas as 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.
I thank outgoing High Commissioner John Feakes for his contributions to advancing Australia's interests in Kenya since 2015.
Source: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.