Anne Anderson was born in 1952 in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. She graduated from UCD in 1972 with a BA degree (Hons: History and Politics) and immediately entered the Department of Foreign Affairs – at the time, the youngest Third Secretary in the history of the Department. Subsequent evening studies led to a Diploma in Legal Studies from the Kings Inns.
Her thirty nine years in the Department have included a wide range of posts at headquarters and abroad. Since 1991, she has served at Assistant Secretary and subsequently Deputy Secretary level. Her assignments as Ambassador have been to the United Nations, Geneva (95-2001), Permanent Representative to the European Union (2001-2005), Ambassador to France (2005-2009) and Ambassador Anne Anderson is the current Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations. From 2001 to 2005, she served as Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. Prior to that she was Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and was the Vice-Preside of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1997.
Source: Permanent Mission of Ireland, February 2013