HE. Jan Adams
Monash University alumna
Ms Jan Adams is Australia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and took up her appointment in February 2016. As Ambassador, she has the privilege of overseeing the very broad and fast-growing relationship between Australia and China.
Ms Adams is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was appointed Deputy Secretary in April 2013 with responsibility for trade and economic issues. In this role she was chief negotiator overseeing conclusion of Free Trade Agreements with China, Korea and Japan. Previously, Ms Adams was First Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division.
Ms Adams served as Ambassador for the Environment and Ambassador for Climate Change between 2005 and 2008, and as Minister Counsellor (Trade) in Washington from 2000 to 2004.
From 1993 to 1996, Ms Adams worked as an Adviser to the Minister for Trade and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Senator Peter Cook. She also previously worked in the OECD Environment and Trade Directorates in Paris.
Ms Adams joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1999 as Assistant Secretary, APEC Branch.
Ms Adams was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2007 for outstanding public service in pursuing Australia's international objectives on trade and the environment. In 2016 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to international relations through the advancement of Australia's diplomatic and free trade relationships, particularly with the United States of America, South Korea, Japan and China.
Raised in country Victoria (Wodonga), Ms Adams enjoyed water-skiing and snow-skiing. More recently she now enjoys discovering Beijing, reading books and travelling. What she enjoys the most about living and working in China is that she meets many interesting people and promotes closer ties. She sees a lot of great entrepreneurs and remarkable people involved in cultural, scientific, educational and other activities.
Ms Adams holds Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from Monash University, and is married with one child. She says she loved her time at Monash University as it set the path for her professional career in international policy and feels her greatest achievement to date has been overseeing Australia’s trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea.
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