Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade chief executive Chris Seed has announced the appointment of Kay Harrison to the role of Climate Change Ambassador.

“I am delighted to welcome someone of Kay’s calibre to this demanding and critically important role. Kay combines public policy expertise with deep subject knowledge that will be a huge asset in an area that is both a government and global priority,” Mr Seed said.

Ms Harrison has been working as Lead Negotiator, International Carbon Markets at the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). She formerly headed MfE’s Climate Change Directorate, which leads New Zealand’s climate change policy and delivers the monitoring and reporting of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Previously, she held roles with Sport and Recreation New Zealand, the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa) and the Office of Treaty Settlements. 

Ms Harrison attended Victoria University of Wellington where she gained a Master of Arts and a Master of Public Policy. She was also a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University at the Kennedy School of Government 1997-8.

Ms Harrison will take up her new role on 29 April 2019. She replaces Jo Tyndall who is now New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Singapore (external link).