Ms Claire Ireland has over 25 years of experience working in international development and foreign policy. She has worked in over 20 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. Most recently, she served overseas as the Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Abu Dhabi (2018) and as Country Director AusAID at the Australian Embassy Hanoi (2014-2017). In Hanoi she was responsible for Australia’s AUD 110 million annual aid program.

She joined AusAID in 2009 as a technical adviser (2009-13) and then as Director, South and West Asia Regional Program (2013-14). Prior to joining AusAID Ms Ireland was a Senior International Development Consultant at a
Private Sector company in the UK (2003-2009). From 1999-2003 she worked for the UK Department for International Development where she was posted to Uganda. In her early career she worked in Kenya for an indigenous CSO (1995-96) and undertook her MSc research in Limpopo Province in South Africa (1998).