Profile of the Chairperson of the
Preparatory Process of the Conference
on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
7 September 2005
Her Excellency Ambassador Deborah Stokes is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia and was formerly Minister and Deputy Head of the Australian Mission to Tokyo, Japan, from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, Ms Stokes served as First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1998 to 1999.
Ms Stokes served with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as Deputy Director-General of the Corporate Development Division from 1995 to 1998 and as Assistant Director-General of the Development Issues and Corporate Policy Branch from 1994 to 1995.
Her previous oversees experience includes three years in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York from 1989 to 1992. She was also Third Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Rangoon, Myanmar, from 1984 to 1986.
Ms Stokes holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours from the University of Adelaide, Australia.