Speaker Series - Simon Draper

Wednesday 7 March


Simon Draper is the Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation, the leading non-profit, non-partisan organisation in the country focussed on New Zealand-Asia relations.

Previously, Simon was with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) where he worked in various roles from 1991until joining the Foundation in 2016. While at MFAT, he managed New Zealand’s engagement and policy with the United Nations in New York, the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and the Commonwealth in London as director of United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division. A highlight for him in this role was steering New Zealand's successful campaign for a United Nation's Security Council seat.

Simon has held several other leadership positions within MFAT including Consul-General to French Pacific Territories (2008-2011), director of the chief executive's office (2005-2008), and foreign policy adviser to Right Honourable Simon Upton. Before joining the foreign ministry, he worked in the banking and consultancy sectors. He speaks working level Korean, French and Italian. Simon also writes a fortnightly business column for The Dominion Post/Stuff.

Level 5, Dress: Business Casual

Presentation and drink only $10.00

Dinner and presentation $50.00


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