H.E Heidi Venamore
Hon Marise Payne announced the appointment of Ms Heidi Venamore as Australia's next Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates on 16 December 2019.
At the time noting the UAE is Australia's largest trading partner in the Middle East. Click here for the official statement.
On 22nd January 2020, HE Shihab Al Faheem, Assistant Under-Secretary for Protocol Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation received a copy of the credentials of HE Heidi Venamore making the appointment official.
Ambassador Heidi Venamore is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Assistant Secretary, Counter-Terrorism Branch. She has previously served overseas as Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Amman; Head of Political/Trade Branch, Australian High Commission, London; and Deputy Head of Mission Australian Embassy, Baghdad. In Canberra, Ms. Venamore has served as Director, Sea law Section, Legal Branch; Director, Iraq Task Force