Adam McCarthy is Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa with non-resident accreditation to Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Until March 2015, he was Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch. Prior to that Mr McCarthy served as Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Deputy Australian Governor to the Commonwealth from April 2009 until December 2012. A senior career DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) officer, Mr McCarthy has previously served overseas as First Secretary (Political) at the Australian High Commission in Wellington (1996-99) and Counsellor (Trade Policy) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC (2002-2006). In Canberra, Mr McCarthy has worked in a range of positions primarily in the multilateral, trade, legal and arms control fields, including from 2006-2009 as Assistant Secretary, International Legal Branch. After graduating from the University of Sydney with honours degrees in economics and law Mr McCarthy practiced as a solicitor before joining DFAT in 1993. He also holds Graduate Diplomas in Legal Practice (UT) and Foreign Affairs and Trade (Monash).
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