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H.E. Allan McKinnon

Australian Ambassador to Thailand​

Business Forum: Thailand

Mr McKinnon is a senior career public servant having held positions within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  Before arriving in Thailand, Mr Mckinnon was Deputy Secretary at PMC.  

He has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Tokyo and before this, Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Tokyo.

In Australia, Mr McKinnon has served as Deputy National Security Adviser, PMC, Deputy Commander, Joint Agency Task Force – Operation Sovereign Borders. He had earlier served in a range of security, managerial and trade negotiations related positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

From 2017 to 2018 Mr McKinnon was responsible for the establishment of the Department of Home Affairs and the Office of National Intelligence.

From 2016 to 2018 Allan was chair of the board of the National Security College at the Australian National University. 

In 2018 Mr McKinnon was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the field of national security. 

Mr McKinnon has a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University (ANU), and Diploma (Law), NSW Legal Practitioners Admission Board.  He speaks Japanese and Thai.

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