CANBERRA, AAP – Former Minerals Council boss Brendan Pearson has been appointed Australia’s ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

Mr Pearson was most recently a senior trade adviser in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office and has held a number of roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He has also worked with global coal giant Peabody Energy.

Former finance minister Mathias Cormann took on the role of OECD secretary-general in June.

The body provides advice, analysis and research on a range of issues including trade, health, employment, agriculture, aid, energy, education, the digital economy and environment policy.

Alexander Robson has served in the ambassadorial role since 2019.