Dr. Geoff Raby, Australia's ambassador to China, describes the changes he has seen in China over the last twenty years, explaining that while there have been great strides in terms of personal freedoms, the Communist Party remains strong- Lowy Institute for International Policy
Dr. Geoff Raby
Dr Raby was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from November 2002 to November 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001) and First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). He was Australiaâ€™s APEC Ambassador from Nov 2002 to Dec 2004.
Between 1993 and 1995, Dr Raby was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division of the OECD, Paris.
In 1991, Dr Raby established in DFAT the Northeast Asia Analytical Unit which subsequently became the East Asia Analytical Unit. He was head of the Unit from 1991 to 1993.
Between 1986 and 1991 he served in Beijing twice as head of the Embassy's Economic Section. He has also held positions as trade policy adviser to the Minister for Trade (1993) and in the Office of National Assessments (1984 to 1986).
Dr Raby was born in Melbourne, Australia, in September 1953. Before joining the Commonwealth Public Service, he was senior tutor in economics at La Trobe University. He has BEc (Hons), MEc and PhD degrees from La Trobe.
Dr Raby arrived in Beijing on 3 February 2007, and presented his Credentials to the President of the People's Republic of China, HE Mr Hu Jintao, on 11 May 2007. He is resident in Beijing.