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YPFP Brussels: Ambassador Series - Australian Ambassador to the European Union, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg
What: YPFP Ambassador Series with His Excellency Duncan Lewis AO, DSC, CSC, Ambassador of Australia to the EU, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg
When: Thursday 18 July, 18:30-20:30.
Where: Australian Embassy to the EU, Avenue des Arts 56, 1000 Brussels
Who: Paying YPFP members
Waiting list places available: http://goo.gl/gkZ90
NB: For security reasons, the Embassy will only be open from 18.30 to 18.45. Participants arriving after this time will not be able to access the building.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels invites you to join us on Thursday 18 July at the Embassy of Australia to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the EU and NATO for an evening discussion with His Excellency Ambassador Duncan Lewis. Ambassador Lewis will be sharing his thoughts on the 'Australia in the Asian Century' White Paper. Australia has built deep and broad relationships within the Asian region, across economic, political, educational, cultural and social dimensions. Australia’s successful response to the Global Financial Crisis has laid the foundation for Australians to benefit from the opportunities stemming from Asia. But success in Asia will be based on choice, not chance.
Ambassador Lewis started his career in the Australian Army after graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1975. A 33 year career in the military followed, including serving as defence attaché in Jakarta. He served with the United Nations during the 1982 Lebanon War and on operations in East Timor. His last military appointment was as Major General, Special Operations Commander Australia, where his forces were engaged in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2005, Ambassador Lewis joined the Australian Public Service. His initial appointment was as First Assistant Secretary of the National Security Division within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. From December 2008, he served as Australia's inaugural National Security Adviser with responsibility for the strategic leadership of the Australian security community, as well as the coordination of Australia's security policy development and crisis response. Before his diplomatic appointment to Brussels, Ambassador Lewis served as Secretary of the Department of Defence. He was appointed as Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his service as the inaugural Special Operations Commander Australia.
About the Ambassador Series:
Set up in early 2011, this is the flagship programme of YPFP Brussels and offers young and aspiring professionals in foreign policy the chance to engage first-hand with experts in the field of International Diplomacy. Previous speakers include, the South Korean, Japanese, Australian, British, Turkish, US,
Canadian, Afghan, Council of Europe and Croatian Ambassadors to the EU. The most recent Ambassador to speak as part of this series was the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the EU, His Excellency Mr Igor