The Honorable Julie Bishop served as Australia’s 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs from September 2013 to August 2018, the first woman appointed to that role. She was previously Minister for Ageing, (Cabinet level) Minister for Education, Science and Training and Minister for Women’s Issues. Bishop was the first woman to be elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, a position she held from 2007 to 2018.
Bishop established the Innovation Xchange (iXc), an ideas hub within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with a mandate to find solutions to some of the most intractable global development and health challenges. The iXc worked with numerous international organizations including XPRIZE, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and The Global Fund. She served on the board of the End Malaria Council, co-chaired by Bill Gates. One of Bishop’s roles as Foreign Minister was to provide policy direction to DFAT and to have oversight of its operations. DFAT has more than 6,200 staff (approximately 3,300 at 115 overseas posts), with an annual budget of almost USD4 billion.
Since leaving Parliament, Bishop has been appointed as Chair of the Telethon Kid’s Institute and a Trustee and Board member of The Prince’s Trust Australia. Prior to her election to Parliament in 1998, Bishop was Managing Partner of the Perth office of national law firm Clayton Utz.