David J. Murphy

Commercial Counselor
For Australia and New Zealand

David J. Murphy was born in Boston and grew up in Waltham MA. He attended St. Mary’s HS and graduated from the Browne & Nichols School in 1972 and from Trinity College in 1977.

After developing an interest in East Asian studies as an undergraduate, he studied Mandarin Chinese at Middlebury College (1978) and Harvard University (1979).

Mr. Murphy continued studying Chinese in Taiwan and began his professional career in 1983 at the American Institute in Taiwan where he was the Deputy Chief of the Agricultural Section until 1991.

From 1991-1995 he was the Principal Commercial Officer at the American Consulate General in Shanghai; from 1995–1998 he served in Manila as Commercial Attaché; from 1998-2003 he served as Commercial Consul at the American Consulate General in Hong Kong; and from 2003-2007 he served as First Secretary at the American Embassy in Beijing. He now serves as Senior Commercial Officer and Commercial Counselor for Australia and New Zealand, based at the American Consulate General in Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Murphy has received numerous awards for his work, in particular the Undersecretary’s Award in 2006.

He is married to Hsiung Mao Hwa and is the father of John Patrick Murphy.

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