Biography

Natalie Barnes

Natalie Barnes

MPP student, Australian

I come to the Blavatnik School as an Australian foreign service officer with 12 years’ experience and a graduate of the University of Sydney and Australian National University with degrees in Commerce and Arts. I speak Korean and Japanese and love to snowboard, play tennis and netball. As a diplomat I have lobbied for human rights and non-proliferation in Pyongyang, built a green growth partnership in Seoul and supported Australia to open an Embassy in Ulaanbaatar. I have negotiated trade in services and investment treaty commitments with Pacific Island Countries. I served most recently in The Hague as Australian Deputy Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, tackling diplomatic and security challenges on the OPCW Executive Council amidst a re-emergence of chemical attacks in Syria, the UK and Malaysia. My policy interests extend to climate change, economics and power, and the role of women and digital diplomacy in agile, purposeful and high impact foreign policy.