Today I announce the appointment of Mr Peter Versegi as Australia’s next Ambassador for Regional Health Security.

The Ambassador for Regional Health Security champions Australia’s commitment to build our region's resilience to health security challenges. The role will promote Australia’s contribution to address infectious diseases with the potential to cause harm on a regional or global scale.

The Indo-Pacific is a key focus for the Australian Ambassador. The Ambassador will advance Australia’s interests in focusing global attention on the health security of the region to support robust health systems respond to existing and emerging health threats.

As the lead for the Australian Government’s $300 million Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region the Ambassador will deepen partnerships with other governments and promote Australian expertise and investment in medical innovation for new drugs and diagnostics. This work contributes to strengthening of health systems and cooperation to ensure a safe and prosperous region.

Mr Versegi is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) where he is currently First Assistant Secretary, Development Policy Division. He has previously served overseas as Minister-Counsellor, Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York; and Assistant, Executive Director’s Office, Western Pacific Constituency, World Bank, Washington. In Canberra, he has served as First Assistant Secretary, Office of Development Effectiveness, DFAT; and Assistant Secretary, Office of Development Effectiveness, DFAT.

Mr Versegi holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

I thank outgoing Ambassador Blair Exell for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in regional health security since 2017.

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