Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Ms Jane Hardy as Australia's next Ambassador to Spain, with non-resident accreditation to Andorra and Equatorial Guinea.
Ms Hardy is expected to take up her appointment in January 2013, replacing Ms Zorica McCarthy.
Ms Hardy is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was until recently Assistant Secretary, Strategic Issues and Intelligence Branch. Previous positions include Assistant Secretary, United States Branch (2010-2011); Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Washington (2005-2009); Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Seoul (1999-2002) and Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur (1993-1996).
Ms Hardy holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University; Bachelor of Arts degrees from Flinders University and the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the ANU. She has published articles and a book on Australian Aboriginal art. She speaks Spanish.
Australia has strong trade links with Spain, including nearly $13 billion in shipbuilding and aircraft materiel projects. HMAS Canberra, the first of Australia's Spanish-built Landing Helicopter Dock ships, arrives later this year, and the Spanish Armada ship, SPS Cantabria, will deploy in Australia for a series of exercises with the Royal Australian Navy in 2013. Australia is a partner with Spain in multilateral stabilisation and reconstruction efforts in Libya, Afghanistan and Timor Leste.
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