Meet the Ambassador of Australia to Austria: H.E. Mr. Brendon Hammer

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: November 5, 2018; 08:08 ♦ (Vindobona)

Dr. Brendon Hammer is the Australian Ambassador to Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia.

Dr. Brendon Hammer is the Australian Ambassador to Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia. / Picture: © DFAT Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [CC BY 3.0 AU licence]

Dr. Brendon Hammer is a senior career officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

He commenced his appointment in Vienna in October 2016.

Dr. Hammer is Australia’s Resident Representative and Governor on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, as well as Australia’s Permanent Representative to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission. 

He has served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo with an earlier posting to Washington.

At the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he was most recently First Assistant Secretary, Americas Division.

He has also served as Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch and Head of the Iraq Taskforce.

Dr. Hammer was also Deputy Director-General at the Office of National Assessments from 2004 to 2009 and Assistant Secretary, Defence, Intelligence and Security Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Dr. Hammer holds a PhD in chemistry from the Australian National University.

Curriculum Vitae:
Education: Chemistry Studies (PhD) Australian National University
Career History:
1989 ‐ 1993 Analyst, Office of National Assessments
1993 - 1995 Deputy Director, Chemical and Biological Weapons Arms Control Section, DFAT
1995 - 1998 First Secretary, later Counsellor (Political), Washington D.C.
1998 ‐ 1999 Director, Nuclear Trade and Security Division, DFAT
1999 ‐ 2003 Assistant Secretary, Defence, Security and Intelligence Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
2002 - 2003 Assistant Secretary, Americas Branch, DFAT
2003 Assistant Secretary, Iraq Taskforce, DFAT
2003 - 2004 Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary & Media Liaison Branch, DFAT
2004 - 2009 Deputy Director-General, Office of National Assessments
2009 - 2010
First Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia Division, DFAT
2010 - 2013
Deputy Head of Mission, Tokyo
2013 - 2016
First Assistant Secretary, Americas Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Since Oct. 2016
Australian Ambassador to Vienna, Austria 
Languages: English, German

Source: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: 
https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-people/homs/Pages/ambassador-to-austria.aspx