Alumni Profile

Christopher Barrett
Executive Director for Finance & Economics, European Climate Foundation; former Ambassador of Australia to the OECD
MPP, Class of 2003

Chris Barrett is the Executive Director for Finance and Economics, and the Chair of the Finance Dialogue Steering Group. In these roles, he leads the international strategy on the potential and logic of the low-carbon transition from economic and finance perspectives.

Before joining the European Climate Foundation, Chris Barrett was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for three years. Prior to this, he was Chief of Staff to the Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan from 2007 to 2010, and served in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2003 to 2007, culminating in the position of Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Cabinet Group. He began his career as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Melbourne in 1992, and has degrees in economics and public policy from the University of Melbourne and Princeton University.Ambassador Chris Barrett took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD on 23 August 2011.
Mr Barrett was born in 1969 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Mr Barrett began his career with the Boston Consulting Group in Melbourne, where he worked from 1992 to 1996. From 1996 to 2002, he served as a senior adviser to then Opposition Leader the Honourable Kim Beazley MP. Between 2003 and 2007, Mr Barrett held several positions with the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the State Government of Victoria, culminating as Deputy Secretary and Head of Cabinet Office. In 2007, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Treasurer of Australia, the Honourable Wayne Swan MP, where he served until 2010.
In 2011, Mr Barrett was Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.
Ambassador Barrett and his partner Angela Buckingham have two children.