Richard Maude is the current Director of the Crawford Leadership Forum at the ANU. In addition to this role, Richard serves as the inaugural Executive Director, Policy, and Senior Fellow, at Asia Society Policy Institute – the first senior executive role in the Institute outside the United States. Richard most recently served as Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Richard’s portfolio covered Australia’s bilateral relations with Australia’s partners in Asia and North America, as well as Australia’s regional political, security, economic and development assistance interests.
In 2017, Richard was head of the whole-of-government taskforce which supported the preparation of the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. He was also Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from May 2013 until November 2016. ONA reports directly to the Prime Minister and provides all-source assessments on international political, strategic and economic developments affecting Australia’s national interests.
Before taking up the position of Director-General ONA, Richard was the senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues in the Office of the Prime Minister. He has worked extensively on international security and Indo Pacific affairs as a career foreign service officer in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas in Malaysia, where he was Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore and as the Liaison Officer for the Office of National Assessments in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.
Richard holds a first class honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University.