Catherine Raper is First Assistant Secretary, Europe and Latin America Division. She is a senior career officer in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) with over 25 years’ experience.
In her current position, Ms Raper is responsible for promoting and protecting Australia’s prosperity, security and values through DFAT’s engagement with Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Previously, Ms Raper served as Australian Representative (Head of Post) in Taipei, Taiwan from 2014-2017. Her overseas experience has also included Minister-Counsellor (Trade) in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC (2010-2012), Counsellor to Australia’s Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva (2003-2006) (working principally on WTO dispute settlement) and Third Secretary in the Australian Embassy in The Hague (1995-1998).
In Canberra, Ms Raper’s previous positions have included Assistant Secretary, Trade Commitments Branch and Deputy Chief Negotiator for Australia at the commencement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations; Director, Free Trade Agreements Section and Legal Counsel on the Australia-Chile FTA negotiations; and Director, Canada, Latin America and Caribbean Section
Ms Raper holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (first class honours) degrees from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. She is admitted as a legal practitioner in the Australian Capital Territory. Ms Raper is married with two children.