National Security Advisor

With over thirty years’ experience in law, international relations and national security, Mark Watson is leading Bondi Partners national security practice. 

Following a period in legal practice with a major law firm in Sydney, Mark’s career as a diplomat and national security official has included postings in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and, most recently, as Australia’s senior national security executive at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. In that role, Mark was responsible for developing a range of key partnerships with US national security agencies and worked with US companies looking for opportunities to engage with the Australian national security and defense communities.   

Mark has led cross-agency innovation, business process restructuring and change management programs, as well as providing ‘hands on’ leadership in high risk, high tempo environments. His effectiveness as a risk manager, negotiator and thought leader have been recognized by awards from both the US and Australian governments.

A trained Chinese linguist, Mark holds degrees in law and strategic studies, as well as a Masters degree in Public Policy.  Mark also completed post-graduate studies in China’s Economic and Civil Law at the University of Hong Kong, and is a graduate of the Senior Executives Leadership program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.