Penny Williams was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in February 2017. Her responsibilities include: the Australian Passport Office, Contracting and Aid Management, the Corporate Management Group, the Diplomatic Academy, Information Management and Technology and the Overseas Property Office and Services. Penny chairs the Workplace Relations Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Information and Communications Technology Steering Committee, the Business Continuity Taskforce and the Indigenous Taskforce. From 2011 to 2013, Penny was Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls. She was also the Executive Director of the Australian Passport Office. She served as Australia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia (2007-2010) and undertook earlier postings to Chile and Syria. In Canberra Penny has held a number of senior positions. Penny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (Hons) and a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University. Penny is the Department’s Women in Leadership Band 3 Advocate. Penny will address Driving organisational change: promoting women in leadership in Australian foreign policy on Monday in Session 3.