Richard Woolcott has held positions as Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia and The Philippines, as well as High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ghana and Singapore. He was the Australian Ambassador to the United Nations from 1982 to 1988, and served as the President of the United Nations Security Council for Australia’s term in 1985-86. He also served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from 1988 to 1992. He was a founding director of the Asia Society in Australia in 1997. He is the author of The Hot Seat: Reflections on Diplomacy from Stalin’s Death to the Bali Bombings (2003) and Undiplomatic Activities (2007).