Interview with H.E. Catherine Raper, Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
April 14, 2021 ㅡ Asia Society Korea invited H.E. Catherine Raper, the Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to discuss a range of issues impacting Seoul and Canberra. As the former head of the COVID-19 Coordination Unit and the first female head of the mission in Korea, she sat down with Asia Society Korea executive director Yvonne Kim to discuss everything from gender to coronavirus resilience to how best to support bilateral relations.
About H.E. Catherine Raper, Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
H.E. Catherine Raper was appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, as Australia’s first female Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (ROK) on December 16, 2020.
Ms. Raper is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and most recently headed the COVID-19 Coordination Unit. Prior to that she was First Assistant Secretary, Europe and Latin America Division. She has previously served overseas as Head of Post in Taipei, and earlier in Washington, The Hague and at the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization, Geneva.
Ms. Raper replaced outgoing Ambassador James Choi, who has made a significant contribution to the bilateral relationship since his term began in 2016.