Belinda McNamara is currently the acting First Assistant Secretary Pacific Strategy Division. Belinda is on secondment from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) as the Assistant Secretary Pacific Security, Maritime and Climate Change in the Office of the Pacific.
Belinda was posted to the Australian Embassy in Paris from August 2017 to March 2019, where she was the inaugural Defence Policy Counsellor. Prior to this, Belinda led the DoD’s France Policy Unit in Canberra to support Australia’s Future Submarine Program and drive treaty negotiations with France.
Belinda had director-level policy responsibility for Australia’s alliance with the United States (2015-16) and detainee management in Afghanistan (2009-12). While working in the International Policy Division, Belinda undertook duties as Assistant Secretary Middle East and Operations Policy (2012), Assistant Secretary Pacific and Timor-Leste (2017), as well as advancing Australia’s defence relationships with PNG, Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Malaysia.
Belinda has also served overseas in civilian roles as a Policy Adviser to the Australian Military Commander in Afghanistan (2011), First Secretary Defence at the Australian Embassy in the Philippines (2005-07), and as a Senior Peace Monitor in Bougainville, PNG (2001).