Dr Richard Johnson is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council. He has a broad range of policy and program delivery experience as a senior executive in the Commonwealth Government, spanning both domestic and international fields. Prior to taking up the position with the ARC, Richard was First Assistant Secretary, Social Cohesion and Multicultural Affairs, in the Department of Home Affairs. He has also represented the Australian Government, as Minister Counsellor (Home Affairs) at Australia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and provided foreign policy advice to the Prime Minister, while working in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Richard has a PhD in the history of political philosophy.