Pera Wells was an Australian career diplomat from 1973 - 1998. She served overseas in Africa, in the Australian mission to the United Nations, New York, in the Commonwealth Secretariat, London and as Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi, India. While in Canberra she served on the staff of the Governor General, Sir Ninian Stephen, for 18 months.
She developed a strong interest in working on multilateral issues, and in 2000 joined the World Federation of United Nations Associations in New York, where she was elected to be the Secretary-General from 2006 – 2009. She is currently the Vice-President of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education, a Fellow of Ormond College, University of Melbourne, on the Committee for Australians for War Powers Reform and a member of the Australian Institute for International Affairs.