The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Head of Mission Profile

H.E. Graeme Wilson Australian High Commissioner to South Africa

H.E. Graeme Wilson Australian High Commissioner to South Africa   No easy walk to freedom

 

DS: Last country where you were based before coming to South Africa.
HE:  I was in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia as Head of the Americas and Africa Division covering about 80 countries.  Before that, I was in charge of a 600-strong peacekeeping mission in the Solomon Islands called the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

DS: Most interesting place in South Africa.
HE:  I have many more to discover but so far I would say Cape Town for its stunning beauty, rich history and cultural dynamism.

DS: Your impression about South Africa in three words.
HE:  Diverse, challenging, captivating.

DS: One place you would like to be posted to or visit
HE:  Spain.

DS: Most memorable appointment thus far.
HE:  All great but probably Mexico where I was also accredited as Ambassador to Cuba and all of Central America.

DS: Most challenging situation that you had to handle thus far.
HE:   As head of RAMSI, contributing to peaceful elections in 2010 in Solomon Islands despite the logistical and security challenges, and in the context of the 2006 elections having resulted in parts of the capital, Honiara, being burnt to the ground, especially in Chinatown.

DS: Favourite part of your own country.
HE:  Melbourne, my home town

DS: Favourite place to visit elsewhere.
HE:  Paris, where I was married while on posting and where our first child was born.

DS: Favourite dish of your country
HE:  Roast lamb and vegetables, accompanied by an Australian shiraz.

DS: Favourite dish of another country.
HE:  Magret de canard et gratin dauphinois.

DS: Favourite book.
HE:  The Stranger by Albert Camus.

DSAt the moment I am reading…..
HE:  Nelson Mandela, No Easy Walk To  Freedom.

DS: I spend my leisure time…
HE:  Being with my family; playing and watching sport; reading; and listening to music.

DS: One sentence describing a lesson that you have learnt from being a diplomat.
HE:  That there is always so much to learn and that trust and friendship are built from being thoughtful, courteous and genuinely interested in others.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

June 2017 Edition

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

119th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence 12 June 2017 Ambassador Joseph Gerard B. Angeles of the Philippines in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the 119th... <|> Launching ties between Kakheti and Cape Winelands On 14 June 2017, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province town of Stellenbosch, Mrs. Helena Von Schlicht, the Executive Mayor of Cape Winelands... <|> Madagascar turns to SA for investment 15 June 2017 Malagasy President Henry Rajaonarimampianina has urged South African businesses to invest in Madagascar. President Rajaonarimampianina said his... <|> Welcome to South Africa 8 June 2017 President Jacob Zuma of South Africa received Letters of Credence from new Heads of Mission accredited to South Africa. Photo: Standing (l-r) Mr Eric Franck... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Good neighbours, France and South Africa On Monday 12 June 2017, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception in honour of Brigadier General Franck... <|> Lack of education and mismatched skills Brussels, Belguim- 7th June 2017: The African Union Commission cautions that the future of Africa’s economic growth and the future of millions of Africans,... <|> BRICS ministers meeting Pretoria - Trade, climate change, reforms of the United Nations and terrorism were high on the agenda when the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Beijing on 19 June... <|> <|> The French Barbarians in Soweto 24 June 2017 June is rugby month in South Africa. While the Springboks and the XV de France met for three test matches (Pretoria 10 June, Durban 17 June and... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.