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Chris Seed
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Chris Seed

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere

Secretary of foreign affairs and trade and chief executive

  • Appointed February 2019.
  • Spent five years (2013-2018) as High Commissioner to Australia and was deputy secretary for the Australia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa Group from 2008-2013.
  • Earlier career included assignments in Tehran, Canberra, London and Papua New Guinea, where he was High Commissioner.
  • Has worked at the Ministry of Defence, and was seconded to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Joined MFAT in 1985.
  • Holds a Master’s in history and a BA (first class Hons) from Massey University.

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