Annmaree O’Keeffe AM is a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. She is also a research associate with the ANU's Development Policy Centre. Previously with Australia's foreign aid agency, AusAID, from 1986 to 2009, her various positions included Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Deputy Director General. She has served as Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal and was Minister-Counsellor for Development Assistance in Papua New Guinea. Before joining AusAID, Annmaree worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross as their international editor based initially in Bangkok and then Geneva.
Annmaree is chair of Australia's national commission for UNESCO, a founding board member of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition for AIDS and a board member of the Foundation for Development Cooperation. She is also a member of the advisory panel of the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and is a member of the international coordinating committee organising AIDS 2014. She has a Masters in Asian Studies from Griffith University and an undergraduate degree from University of Queensland in journalism and economics.