Simon Draper
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Simon Draper

Asia New Zealand Foundation / Te Whītau Tūhono

Executive director

  • Appointed September 2015.
  • Formerly at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Most recently director of the United Nations, human rights and Commonwealth division, managing engagement and policy with the UN in New York, the Human Rights Council in Geneva and the Commonwealth in London.
  • Other leadership positions with MFAT included NZ consul-general to French Pacific territories, director of the chief executive' s office and foreign policy adviser.
  • Previously worked in the banking and consultancy sectors.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Director of Chief Executives Office, Strategic Policy Manager
Jan 2005 - Aug 2008
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
New Zealand Consul General to the French Pacific Territories
Aug 2008 - Dec 2011
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Director United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division
Jan 2012 - Aug 2015
Asia New Zealand Foundation / Te Whītau Tūhono
Executive Director
Aug 2015 - Present

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