Mr Varghese is one of Australia’s most esteemed public servants and diplomats, having served as Secretary since 2012, High Commissioner to India from 2009-2012 and Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from 2004-2009.
He has served in a number of positions overseas and within DFAT during his 38 year career.
Mr Varghese has been a driving force behind the Government’s reform and innovation program.
His management of the complex task of merging the former AusAID development agency with DFAT was exemplary and he has been a strong supporter of innovation including through the establishment of the ‘innovationXchange’.
Importantly, Mr Varghese has been a constant source of sage advice during a time of significant international challenges. I have personally benefited from his calm, competent and insightful counsel.
I wish Mr Varghese every success in his new career as Chancellor of the University of Queensland.