Jamie Isbister

Ambassador for the Environment, First Assistant Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Mr Jamie Isbister was appointed Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment in November 2019. He is responsible for promoting and protecting Australia’s national interests on global environmental issues, including through leading Australia’s negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is also the head of the Economic Growth and Sustainability Division in DFAT. Prior to this he headed DFAT’s Humanitarian, NGOs and Partnerships Division for five years and was the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Coordinator. He has previously served overseas as Minister Counsellor Development for Africa based in Pretoria, and was Assistant Director General for the Africa and Middle East Branch of AusAID. Jamie has over 25 years’ experience working in the humanitarian and development field. Before entering Government, he worked for a range of international development and human rights organisations including Amnesty International and the Caritas International network. Jamie is also DFAT’s mental health champion.