David Walker

Permanent Representative to the WTO

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As Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Dr Walker is responsible for representing New Zealand at the World Trade Organisation and is currently Chair of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. This is his third time in Geneva.  From 2009 to April 2011 Dr Walker also served as New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the WTO.  In April 2009 Dr Walker was appointed Chair of the Doha Round negotiations on agriculture.

On returning to New Zealand from Geneva Dr Walker was Deputy Secretary of the Americas, Asia and Middle East and Africa Group at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade responsible for New Zealand’s bilateral relationships in these geographies together with New Zealand’s participation in regional processes in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific.

From 2012 to 2016 Dr Walker was Deputy Secretary of the Ministry’s Trade and Economic Group responsible for the negotiation and implementation of New Zealand’s trade agreements, including as New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Before 2009, David was MFAT’s Principal Economic Adviser. He served as New Zealand’s APEC Senior Official in 2004 and 1999.  From August 2000 to April 2004 he was Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States, based in Washington DC.

Prior to 1999, David served as head of MFAT’s Trade and Economic Analysis Division and had postings in London and Geneva.  He also spent a period as Strategic Issues Manager at Telecom.

Dr Walker was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list for services to the State.