New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Ambassador's Curriculum Vitae

David Taylor - Curriculum Vitae

David Taylor is Ambassador to Indonesia and to ASEAN. He was previously Director of Americas Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and before that Director of Asia Division. He served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to South Korea (2002-06), with accreditation to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He has been New Zealand's chief negotiator for climate change and a range of other environment issues and has also had diplomatic assignments in Kuala Lumpur, Washington DC and Suva. He has degrees in law and history.

Education Qualifications

  • 1984 Bachelor of Laws, University of Otago
  • 1981 Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), University of Otago
  • 1973-1977 Otago Boys’ High School

     

Work History - 1983 to present:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)

  • Ambassador to Indonesia and Asean ( 2010 -)
  • Director, Americas Division (2008 - 2010)
  • Board Member for Fulbright New Zealand and New Zealand/United States Council (2008 – 2010)
  • Director, Asia Division (2007 - 2008)
  • Director, North Asia Division (2006 - 2007)
  • Ambassador, Seoul (2002 – 06) accredited also to North Korea
  • Deputy Director, Personnel Division (1999 - 2002)
  • Deputy High Commissioner, Kuala Lumpur (1995 - 1998)
  • Deputy Director, Environment Division (1991 – 1995)
  • First Secretary, Washington DC (1987 – 1991)
  • Policy Officer, Economic Division (1987)
  • Second Secretary, Fiji (1985-87)
  • Policy Officer, External Aid Division (1984 – 85)
  • Policy Officer, South Pacific Division (1983 – 84)

     

Previous work history

  • Prime Minister’s Department (1982-83)

     

Interests

  • Golf
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Film
  • Squash
  • Skiing
     

 

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