Deborah Geels
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Deborah Geels

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere

Deputy secretary, multilateral and legal affairs

  • Appointed to current role in January 2020.
  • Career diplomat who joined MFAT in 1986.
  • Previously roles included head of the North Asia Division, permanent representative to the UN in Vienna, director of the consular division, three years in Beijing, and co-ordinator of the inter-agency China strategy.
  • Was deputy director of the North Asia division from 2002-2004, served at the NZ permanent mission to the UN in Geneva, the ILO and WHO, and Vanuatu in 1993-95.
  • Graduate in economics and political science from Canterbury University.


NZ Embassy Beijing
Deputy Head of Mission
Jan 2006 - Dec 2008
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Director Consular Division
Feb 2009 - Sep 2012
New Zealand Embassy Vienna
Feb 2013 - Dec 2017
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Deputy Secretary Multilateral and Legal, Division Manager North Asia
Jun 2017 - Present

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