Australia's Ambassador to the Netherlands
The Ambassador's Biography
The Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands is H.E. Matthew EK Neuhaus. The Ambassador presented his credentials in the Netherlands on 29 August 2018.
Mr Matthew Neuhaus has been acting as First Assistant Secretary and Head of the Middle East and Africa Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) since May 2017. He was Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch from July 2015 to April 2017. Prior to this, he was the Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe from January 2011 to March 2015 (accredited also to DRC, Malawi and Zambia).
He has served in several senior positions in the DFAT in Canberra, including as Head of the Pacific Engagement Taskforce and Head of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Policy Task Force in 2010.
Mr Neuhaus was Director of the Political Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London 2002-2008.
His previous postings with DFAT include Kenya (1983-1985), Papua New Guinea (1988-1989), New York (1991-94) and Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria – accredited also to Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal and The Gambia (1997-2000). He was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Senior Adviser, International Division) from 2001-2002.
Mr Neuhaus has a B.A. (Hons) LLB from the University of Sydney and a Master of Philosophy (International Relations) from the University of Cambridge. He also attended the Harvard University Kennedy School Leaders in Development Program in June 2006, and was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University in 2015.