Michael Swain
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Michael Swain

Ministry of Defence / Manatū Kaupapa Waonga

Deputy secretary, defence policy and planning

  • Appointed January 2020.
  • Previously chief of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Career diplomat for 25 years with postings to Beijing, New Delhi, and Shanghai as consul-general and Madrid as ambassador.
  • Formerly deputy director for international security and disarmament, and served in the intelligence community.
  • A Freyberg Scholar, and holds a Master's in Strategic and Defence Studies from the Australian National University and an Honours degree in international politics from Victoria University.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Deputy High Commissioner, Senior Policy Officer, North Asia Division
Jan 2000 - Apr 2005
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Deputy Director, International Security and Disarmament
Jul 2005 - Jul 2008
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Jan 2009 - Apr 2012
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Chief of Protocol, Ambassador
Mar 2013 - Dec 2020
Ministry of Defence / Manatū Kaupapa Waonga
Deputy Secretary
Jan 2020 - Present

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