Australian Consul-General in New York
Alastair J.M. Walton is the Consul-General of Australia to New York, effective August 2017.
Alastair is a career investment banker who was most recently the Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner in Houston, Texas. In Houston, Alastair served on the Board of Trustees of both the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet, the latter as a member of the Investment Committee.
Prior to his diplomatic appointments, Alastair was Chairman of BKK Partners, an independent corporate advisory firm which provides financial, corporate and regulatory advice to companies, governments and institutions in the Asia Pacific region.
Alastair is a former Co-Chairman and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Australia. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Alastair worked with the Credit Suisse group for 14 years in Tokyo, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, London, and lastly in Hong Kong as Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking for Non-Japan Asia.
From 2007 to 2015, Alastair served as President and Chairman of the Board of the European Australian Business Council, a peak business association of major companies working closely with Australian and European governments to promote two-way trade and investment and a free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union. In this capacity he has led high-level Business Missions to Brussels and other European capitals with the Australian Governor-General, Minister for Trade and Investment and the Minister for Finance.
Alastair is a former Director of the Film Finance Corporation, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Australian Business Community Network. He has also served as a member of the Australian Financial Services Advisory Council (FSAC), reporting to the Federal Treasurer. He was a Commissioned Officer (Lieutenant) in the Royal Australian Army Reserve, graduating from the Officer Cadet Training Unit in Melbourne.
Alastair has a Master of Business Administration from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he was a Dean's Scholar, a Bachelor of Economics (with specialisation in Accounting) from the Australian National University, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Alastair was inducted into the ANU College of Business and Economics Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.