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Mr Kelly was most recently Director, Counter-Proliferation Section in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previous positions have included Director, APEC Trade and Investment Liberalisation Section and Executive Officer, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan Affairs Section. He has also worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Austrade, as well as the private sector as a trade consultant in Asia.
Overseas Mr Kelly has served in the Australian Embassy in Beijing (2002-2006), the Australian Commerce and Industry Office, Taipei (1996-1999), and the Australian Embassy Hanoi (1986-88).
Mr Kelly was born in Brisbane in 1959. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Modern Asian Studies from Griffith University, a Graduate Diploma (Strategic Studies) from the Joint Services Staff College and a Master of International Law degree from ANU. He was an East West Center Fellow in 1982. Mr Kelly speaks Mandarin and Vietnamese and is married and has two children.