Bridie Rushton took up the role of Deputy Head of Centre in 2019. She is currently based in Amman, Jordan.
Bridie is a career DFAT officer with significant experience in aid and development. She has worked on Australian aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan and humanitarian policy. She has also served as an Executive Officer to Deputy Director Generals of the former AusAID.
Bridie served in Jakarta as Counsellor Economic Governance and Infrastructure including responsibility for nutrition programs. In addition, Bridie has served in Bangkok with oversight of regional human security programs. Recently Bridie has been engaged as a consultant on health issues in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bridie was a corporate lawyer advising government and commercial clients on administrative, industrial and commercial law matters.
Bridie holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney, and a Masters of Public Health (International Development) from the University of New South Wales.