UN Representative,
Independent Diplomat


Areas of Expertise
Climate Change, Diplomacy, Genocide, Refugees and Displacement, Secretaries-General, Small Island States

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific, Oceania

Thom Woodroofe is a UN Representative with Independent Diplomat. In this role, Thom helped the Marshall Islands play a key role in securing the Paris Agreement on climate change and is now leading a project working with the Rohingya.

Alongside this, Thom is finishing a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University where he is writing a book on new models of diplomatic activism by analysing the diplomatic experiences of island microstates. He has previously held an Associate Fellowship with the Asia Society and remains a regular opinion writer and commentator.

As the founder of two non-profit organisations in Australia, Thom was recognised as the 2009 Young Victorian of the Year. He has also been included in The Age’s Melbourne 100 power index and Diplomatic Courier’s Top99Under33 list, awarded a NATO Transatlantic Award, and is an alumnus of the US State Department’s Visitor Leadership Program. He is also a longstanding participant in the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue.

Thom holds a BA Global (Honours) from Monash University where he graduated with the Sir John Monash Medal, a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne where he was recently recognised as a Rising Star Alumni, and a Master of Diplomacy from Oxford. He has previously written a thesis on campaigns for membership of the UN Security Council.

Updated May, 2019