The Alaska World Affairs Council Presents

Mr. Christopher (Chris) Paul De Cure, OAM


Australian Consul General
“Australia and Alaska: Is China’s demand for resources shifting the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region?”

Friday, 26th August, 2011 – Hilton Hotel
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. – Program begins at 12:00 p.m.
For Reservations
RSVP by Wednesday, 24th August
to the Alaska World Affairs Council
by telephone 276-8038 or
by email to .
Lunch Program $25 for Members – $30 for Non-Members – $15 for Coffee and Dessert


Mr Chris De Cure will take up his appointment as Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles in March 2009.

He is a career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with extensive experience across the range of departmental functions, including our bilateral relationship with the United States.

Mr De Cure, a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has held diverse senior roles in the Department covering bilateral and regional relations, trade policy, public affairs and corporate programs. He has developed a close familiarity with Australia’s relations with the United States, having headed the Department’s Americas Division in 2008 and previously serving in the Australian Embassy, Washington as First Secretary (Commercial) from 1987-1990.

Mr De Cure was head of the APEC Task Force (2005-07) in the lead-up to Australia’s hosting of the APEC Leaders Meeting in 2007 and Assistant Secretary, APEC Branch (2003-05) and chair of APEC’s Committee on Trade and Investment (2006-07).

Mr De Cure previously held a range of senior appointments in Canberra including Senior Media Spokesman and Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary Media Branch (2001-02) and Assistant Secretary, Images of Australia Branch (1999-2000). In the latter role, he had oversight of the Department’s international public affairs and cultural programs and its involvement in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

He has also played an active role in many Australian consular crises, including as head of the DFAT Crisis Centre for the Bali Bombing in 2002. He was awarded an Order of Australia medal for this contribution to Australians travelling overseas.

Mr De Cure holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University. He is married and has four adult daughters.