Colin Wrafter retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2016. He has served as Director, Human RIghts Unit at DFAT Headquarters, as Ambassador to South Africa and Zimbabwe, and as Counsellor (Development) at the Irish mission to the UN in New York. Foreign postings included press officer in the Irish Embassy in London and at the Irish representation to the EU. He was deputy head of mission in Buenos Aires. Home postings included deputy government press secretary, Department of the Taoiseach, at DFAT: Eastern Europe, the EU common foreign and security policy, UN affairs, Irish Aid multilateral affairs, Northern Ireland and Latin America.