Diplomatic Appointment: High Comissioner
I have today announced the appointment of
Mr Franz Johann Ingruber as Australian High Commissioner to the
Republic of Cyprus.
Mr Ingruber replaces Howard Craig Brown, who
has been High Commissioner since January 1998.
Australia's relationship with Cyprus is warm
and friendly, based upon the strong human ties between the two
countries and common institutional inheritances such as parliament,
the legal and business systems and membership of the Commonwealth.
Over the years Australia has strongly supported
international efforts to find a just, negotiated settlement to
the Cyprus problem, most recently through its appointment of
a Special Cyprus Envoy. Australia also contributes to confidence
building and stability on the island by its continuing contribution
of civilian police to the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
Mr Ingruber joined the Public Service Board
as an Administrative Trainee in 1976. He worked in the International
Policy Division, Department of Defence in 1977 and joined the
Department of Foreign Affairs in 1979. He has worked as Third
Secretary, The Hague (1979-82); Charge d'Affaires and then Second
Secretary, Caracas (1985-87); First Secretary, Counsellor and
Deputy Head of Mission, Manila (1989-92) and Deputy Head of Mission,
In Canberra, Mr Ingruber has been Deputy Director
of Indonesia Section and the Thailand, Philippines and Burma
Section. He has also been the Director of Korea Section. His
latest position was Director, Business Liaison and Economic and
Technical Cooperation, APEC Branch.
Mr Ingruber was born in Austria in 1953 and
has an Honours degree in Political Science from the Australian
National University. He is married with two children.