Senior Adviser

Tiffany is a Senior Adviser at Global Counsel. She has twenty years of experience as a diplomat, serving in the UK, Indonesia, Korea, and most recently as Australia's High Commissioner to Brunei during its high-profile ASEAN Chair year. She has led multilateral negotiations and cross-government projects, successfully navigated governments and businesses to secure strategic outcomes, from regulatory reforms, removal of market access impediments, to providing high-level advice on managing geopolitical and strategic risk.

Tiffany has delivered diplomatic tradecraft training across numerous government agencies to build internal capabilities and effectiveness in negotiations and representational activities. In addition to her extensive diplomatic experience, she practised in the private sector in a top-tier law firm and worked for the United Nations. She speaks conversational Bahasa Indonesian and Melayu.

Recent examples of her work include:

  • Advising clients on multilateral and free trade agreement negotiations which may impact intellectual property rights and developing advocacy options to mitigate risks.
  • Providing advice on the risks and opportunities in the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific, including free trade agreement negotiations such as CPTPP.
  • Developing expert training on diplomatic tradecraft for various government agencies and corporations with a particular focus on achieving objectives in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.

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Success or failure? Unpacking the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference

Trade & Manufacturing

From 12-17 June, trade ministers gathered in Geneva for the long-awaited 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) and achieved agreement on a series of reforms after several years of deadlock. These include an intellectual property waiver for covid-19 vaccines, the WTO response to the pandemic, a moratorium on e-commerce duties, and the partial elimination of fisheries…

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Australian elections: the international implications

General Politics

After almost a decade of centre-right leadership, Anthony Albanese emerged as Australia’s new Prime Minister following this week's elections. Yet uncertainty remains; Albanese's Labor Party ran on few policy specifics beyond a repudiation of incumbent Scott Morrison's guarded approach to climate, and surging turnout for the Greens prevented them from securing an outright…

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