Colin Heseltine


  • Former Australian ambassador to the Republic of Korea.
  • Associate Director of TFG International.

Colin Heseltine is a Nautilus Institute Associate working in Canberra, Australia. He has had a forty year career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1969-2008), which included many postings in the Asian region and senior policy advisory positions in Australia.

In 2006 he was appointed by the Australian Government to head the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore during Australia’s host APEC year in 2007. He served as Australian ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2001-2005; director of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taiwan (Australia’s unofficial mission in Taiwan) from 1992-1997; deputy head of mission in the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 1982-85 and 1988-1992,.  He has also had diplomatic appointments in Chile (1970-1973) and Spain (1975-78). From 1998-2001 he was First Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division, Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra.

Since leaving the Australian Government in July 2008, he has provided consultancy services to business organizations.  He is a board director of Sino Gas and Energy Holdings and vice chairman of the Australia Korea Business Council.  He is also Adjunct Professor of the RMIT University (Melbourne). He has a Bachelor of Economics with honours from Monash University.  He is married with two daughters.