New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

New Zealand Ambassador to Russia

New Zealand Ambassador to Russia

Hamish Cooper has been New Zealand Ambassador to the Russian Federation since January 2013.  He is also accredited as Ambassador to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Armenia and Tajikistan.  Immediately prior to his Moscow appointment he served in the head office of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Director of the Ministry’s International Security and Disarmament Division, and Coordinator for Counter-terrorism.

Born in 1959, Mr Cooper is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, and University of Pennsylvania.  He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985, and worked in the Americas and Economic Divisions of the Ministry.  He studied Japanese at the US State Department Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama before a posting as Second Secretary at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo, from 1989-91.  Mr Cooper then worked in the North Asia and Australia Divisions of the Ministry before being posted as First Secretary (later Counsellor) at the New Zealand High Commission in London, from 1994-98.  He was Consul-General in Osaka from 1998-1999, and Deputy Head of Mission in Tokyo from 2000-2003.  He was Deputy Director of the Ministry’s Security Policy Division from 2003-04, and Private Secretary and then Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2004-06.  From 2006-09 Mr Cooper was Ambassador to Turkey, accredited also to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

Mr Cooper is married to Charlotte Handy, who is an artist.  They have one daughter (Claudia Cooper) and one son (St John Cooper). 

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