Dave Sharma Biography
Dave Sharma Bio
|Devanand “Dave” Sharma was born in 1975. He is an Australian businessman and former public servant. Sharma held some senior positions in the Australian public service, including from 2010 to 2012 as the head of the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. From June 2013 to June 2017 he served as Ambassador to Israel. His appointment, at the age of 37, made him the youngest person to be appointed as an Australian Ambassador and the second Australian Ambassador of Indian heritage. On Thursday, 13th September 2018, Dave Sharma won the Liberal preselection to stand in the seat vacated by Malcolm Turnbull.|
|Dave Sharma Personal details|
|Born||1975 (age 42) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Dave Sharma Age||42 Years old as of 2018|
|Dave Sharma Nationality||Australian|
|Dave Sharma Wife||Rachel Lord|
|Dave Sharma Children||Three Daughters|
|Dave Sharma Education||
|Dave Sharma Occupation||Former Australian Ambassador, Politician|
|Profession||Businessman and former diplomat|
|Dave Sharma Net Worth||$ 755,000 Est.|
|Former Ambassador of Australia to Israel|
16 May 2013 – 19 June 2017
|Nominated by||Bob Carr|
|Preceded by||Andrea Faulkner|
|Succeeded by||Chris Cannan|
Dave Sharma Early Life and Education
Sharma is of Indian heritage and was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1975. His family moved to Turramurra, New South Wales, in 1979. Reflecting on his initial years in Australia Sharma told the Australian Indian Herald in May 2013, “we were the only Sharmas’ in the whole of white pages of Sydney”.
Sharma went to school at Turramurra High School in Sydney. He graduated in 1993 topping the state in the Higher School Certificate, with the highest possible Tertiary Entrance Rank of 100.
Sharma studied a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at Cambridge University between 1994 and 1997. He initially studied natural sciences but transferred to law in 1995 (his second year) and graduated in law with first class honours. Sharma then returned to Sydney and studied medicine at Sydney Medical School. Following a year of studying medicine, he began working as a public servant for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and completed a Masters in International Relations through Deakin University. He is fluent in English and speaks some Hebrew, Spanish and Tok Pisin.
Dave Sharma Career in the Government sector
- 1999 – Sharma began working for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and held posts both in Australia and overseas.
- 2004 – 2006 – He served in parliament as the legal adviser to Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer and was then appointed to the Australian Embassy in Washington from 2006 until 2009.
- 2010 – 2012 – Sharma was the head of the International Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He advised Prime Minister Julia Gillard during G-20 summits (including as the Prime Minister’s sous-sherpa) and East Asia summits and was involved in international diplomatic events which occurred in Australia including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2011 and during US President Barack Obama’s visit to Australia in November 2011.
- 2012-2013- Sharma served as the Assistant Secretary, responsible for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Africa Branch.
- 16th May 2013 – 19th June 2017 -Sharma was appointed the Ambassador to Israel by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, replacing Andrea Faulkner. Sharma presented his credentials to Israeli President Shimon Peres on 8 August 2013.
- April 2017 – Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, announced that Chris Cannan would succeed Sharma as Ambassador to Israel in mid-2017. Cannan began his appointment as Ambassador on 19 June 2017.
Dave Sharma Career in the Private sector
In January 2018, Sharma joined Kelly+Partners Chartered Accountants to lead the Government, Incentives & Innovation team in their Sydney CBD office.
Dave Sharma Federal politics
Following the August 2018 resignation of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, Sharma was named as a Liberal Party preselection candidate for the resulting Wentworth by-election.
Dave Sharma selected as Liberal Party candidate
On Thursday, 13th September 2018, Dave Sharma won the Liberal preselection to stand in the seat vacated by Malcolm Turnbull. Sharma defeated the former MP for Wentworth Peter King and the former Liberal party deputy state director Richard Shields in the final rounds.
Malcolm Turnbull, the Former Prime Minister of Australia, tweeted his congratulations to Sharma saying “if elected” he would make a “great contribution to our national parliament.”
Congratulations from Lucy and me to @DaveSharma – new Liberal candidate for Wentworth. As a diplomat Dave has represented Australia magnificently overseas, and now if elected will make a great contribution in our national parliament.
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) September 13, 2018
Congrats to @DaveSharma on preselection as @LiberalAus candidate for #WentworthVotes. His immense capabilities were recognised when named (by a Labor Govt) Australia’s youngest ever ambassador. An exceptionally high calibre candidate who would again serve 🇦🇺 with distinction.
— Simon Birmingham (@Birmo) September 13, 2018
Dave Sharma Family
Sharma is married to Rachel Lord, a trained lawyer, and diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 2014 she was the president of the Diplomatic Spouses Club in Israel. Sharma and his spouse, Lord, have three daughters aged 11, 9 and 5 years as of 2018.