Sari Sutton joined the National Security College in February 2016, on secondment from the Department of Defence, as a manager of the Executive and Professional Development team. Her career focus has been on international policy, in particular Defence engagement with Australia’s partners in the Asia-Pacific, capacity-building, inter-agency crisis response and multinational operations. She has worked directly on a broad range of bilateral and multilateral policy issues, including peacekeeping and arms control policy and the anti-personnel landmines treaty. She has managed bilateral defence relationships with a number of ASEAN nations, the Pacific Patrol Boat Program, and the coordination of Pacific defence cooperation assistance with New Zealand, France and the US.
Sari served as a civilian peace monitor in 1997 in the inaugural deployment to Bougainville with the regional Truce Monitoring Group. In 2001, she deployed to the Solomon Islands with the International Peace Monitoring Team. During 2003-04, Sari was posted to East Timor as the strategic policy and planning adviser to the East Timorese Defense Secretariat, working with a team of multinational advisers and UN officers. She returned to that country again in May 2006 on operations as the inaugural Defence policy adviser to the Operation ASTUTE Force Commander (International Stabilisation Force).
In 2008 Sari deployed to Iraq as the senior Defence adviser responsible for implementing the government’s policy to offer humanitarian visas to Iraqi interpreters working for the ADF, for which she was awarded a Chief of the Defence Force Commendation. On this mission, she worked jointly with officers from the Department of Immigration & Citizenship, and the International Organization for Migration.
Most recently she worked on personnel security policy development, governance, strategy and reform at the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency, and on South-East Asia and the Pacific at the Defence Intelligence Organisation. Sari has degrees in Arts (Politics) and Law from Monash University.
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