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Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea

Michael Smith (Australia)

Mike Smith is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism at Macquarie University in New South Wales, Australia.  Until July 2013, he was an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York and Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, a position he assumed in November 2007. 

Mr Smith served as Australian Permanent Representative to the UN at Geneva and Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament between 2002 and May 2006.  In 2004 he was Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Between 1998 and 2002 Mr Smith was Chief of Staff to Alexander Downer MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.  

Overseas, in addition to Geneva, Mr Smith has served as Australian Ambassador to Egypt and Sudan, Minister (Political) in the Australian Embassy, Washington and Ambassador to Algeria and Tunisia. Earlier in his career he had postings in Lebanon, Egypt and Syria.

In addition to his responsibilities at Macquarie University, Mike Smith pursues his continuing interest in international issues through his membership of the Board of Advisors of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in the Hague and of the Advisory Council of the Global Center on Cooperative Security (GCCS) in Washington DC.