Jane Hardy

Visiting Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy and Defence Program, United States Studies Centre

Jane Hardy is a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre. She is a senior career diplomat from Australia with three decades of service in multiple embassies, predominantly in the Indo-Pacific region. She is a published author and speaker on cultural and strategic matters of key interest to Australia, the United States and regional partners, with a current focus on the evolution of the Australia-US alliance.

As Australia’s Ambassador to Spain, Consul-General in Honolulu and as a senior diplomat in Washington, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, Jane has worked in-depth on advancing Australia’s strategic aims, shaping regional architecture and achieving results in multilateral organisations. She has also served as Assistant Secretary in various posts within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra, including the Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation Branch, the Strategic Issues and Intelligence Branch, and the United States Branch.

Prior to joining DFAT, Jane worked in the NGO, business and university sectors, and published on Australian indigenous art and analysis of overseas aid programs.

Jane holds a Masters of Arts from Monash University, a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Australia, and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University.