Colin Heseltine is a Nautilus Institute Senior Associate working in Canberra, Australia. He has had a forty year career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade focused on Asia including many postings in the Asian region and senior policy advisory positions in Canberra. In 2006 he was appointed by the Australian Government to head the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore during Australias host APEC year in 2007. He served as Australian ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2001-2005, head of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office (Australias unofficial mission in Taiwan) from 1992-1997 and deputy head of mission in the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 1982-85 and 1988-1992. He has also had diplomatic appointments in Chile and Spain.
Having worked on major strategic, economic and trade policy issues involving Australias interests in the Asia Pacific region during more than 30 years with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Colin Heseltine brings a clear understanding of the region along with skills in developing economic, trade and political strategies for private and public sector organizations. He has extensive high level government links and has worked closely with Australian companies doing business in the Asia Pacific.