Ambassador to World Trade Organization

Media release

25 June 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Minister for Trade and Competitiveness Craig Emerson today announced Mr Hamish McCormick as Australia’s next Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

Mr McCormick is expected to take up his appointment in August 2013, replacing Mr Tim Yeend.

Mr McCormick is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Recent positions include Acting Deputy Secretary, and First Assistant Secretary of the Office of Trade Negotiations. Mr McCormick has previously served as Counsellor at the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva and as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen.

From 2005-2007, Mr McCormick was Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Austrade.

Mr McCormick holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), a Graduate Diploma in Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University (ANU). Mr McCormick is married with four children.

The WTO is the pre-eminent institution for global trade reform. Australia advances its trade interests in the WTO through trade negotiations focused on continuing the process of reform and through systems to resolve trade disputes within existing rules. Seeking new pathways towards completion of the Doha Development Round remains a priority for the Australian Government.

Mr McCormick will take up his position in August at a challenging time for the multilateral trading system. Recent increases in WTO membership have added to the complexity of the negotiating environment, as have changes to the nature and balance of the global economy. The arrival of a new WTO Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, who will take up his position in September, heralds a new period for the organisation.

Mr McCormick will continue the significant efforts Australia has made over recent years to ensure the WTO continues to evolve and adapt to its changing global economic surrounds.

Mr McCormick will also represent Australia’s interests in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Economic Forum.

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