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Ann Harrap

Ann Harrap, now an independent consultant, was formerly the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, based in Pretoria. An experienced diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she was also accredited to Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland. Previously she was the Deputy High Commissioner in Port Moresby, and also served overseas as the ONA liaison officer in London (2000-03), Second Secretary in Cape Town (1995-97) and Second Secretary in Pretoria (1994-95)

Articles by Ann Harrap (2)

  • Inside a consular crisis

    There will be many people in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) right now who are not getting enough sleep. The conflict in the Middle East involving Israel and Hamas, the war in Syria with its added dimension of foreign (including Australian) fighters, elections in Indonesia and the rise in sectarian violence in Iraq will be occupying policy makers.
  • Mandela, father of the rainbow nation

    I first shook Nelson Mandela's hand in December 1996. Like a kid around a rock star, I vowed I would never wash my hand again. It was just after the promulgation of South Africa's first ever democratic constitution and then-President Mandela was hosting a function for diplomats to thank them for the support their countries had provided during the anti-apartheid struggle.