New Zealand Embassy & Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

Mrs Paula Wilson

Paula Wilson took up her position in Brussels in early August 2012.  She is Deputy in the NZ Mission to the EU, New Zealand’s bilateral Ambassador to Belgium, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Romania.

Her most recent experience in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was as Director of the Chief Executive’s Office, and his key policy adviser.  From 2008 to 2011 she worked in the Ministry’s Trade Negotiations Division, covering a range of trade issues including Rules, Intellectual Property and, more recently, Services and Investment. In the latter capacity she was involved in the telecommunications and electronic commerce aspects of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. 

From 2003 to 2007 Paula was first Secretary and then Counsellor in the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra, with responsibility for fostering and maintaining New Zealand’s most important trade and economic relationship.

Prior to that she dealt with European trade and economic issues, and was posted in Bonn, during which she was involved in the move of the NZ Embassy to Berlin. Her earlier experience in the Ministry covered both development issues and environmental matters.

Paula is married to Karl Strode-Penny, and has twin boys, Tomas & Luka.

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