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Mr Rocco Weglarz


Former Executive Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Rocco Weglarz is a senior policy expert with extensive experience in the Asia Pacific. As an experienced senior executive officer with the Australian government, Rocco Weglarz contributed to a wide range of security, diplomatic, trade, development, social policy and economic issues. He has recent expertise in international trade in services, the digital economy and Asian Pacific economies. Most recently he was responsible for Australia’s policy interests in services trade with the Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC) and the G20. A key achievement in that role was preparation of and gaining endorsement by all APEC Leaders to the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap. He has also represented Australia at a number of high-level forums and ran a number of high profile workshops and symposia on the digital economy and reform of government regulation across the Asia Pacific. Taking an innovative approach to policy reform and development, Rocco was able to contribute across a number of portfolios including the Prime Minister’s Department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Education Department. He has directly briefed Australian Prime Ministers and Cabinet Ministers on economic and social policy issues. Mr Weglarz often chaired cross-portfolio committees, ran taskforces and represented the Australian government in stakeholder engagements/consultations (from industry groups to members of the community). Other key international contributions include working as a consultant on regulatory reform in the provision of education services to the Chinese government, and (with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank) various reviews, including an on-site evaluation of the Samoan Education system. Rocco has high level cross-cultural communication skills, having worked in a number of countries (including Australia, Peru, Japan, Samoa, Thailand, Germany, China, Indonesia and Switzerland). He has also been an active member of (including numerous positions on the boards/national executives) of non-governmental organizations (including Oxfam and the ALP). Academic experience includes a Masters of Public Policy from the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo (focusing on security, development and international relations issues) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Economics from the Australian National University (ANU). He was also an ANU Research Fellow (on the economics of education reform). Lecturing and tutoring at various academic institutions (e.g. ANU, GRIPS Japan), experience in providing English language/sports training in various countries and wide mentoring experience display his love of sharing knowledge. Publications he has authored include: Australian Government evaluations/reviews; Budget papers; and position papers on indigenous, multicultural, trade, education and development issues. He is currently a Government Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.