WELLINGTON: Countdown to APEC 2021
Tuesday, 3 November 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm
RHLT2, Rutherford House, Victoria University, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

SPEAKER: Ms Andrea Smith, Deputy Secretary of APEC New Zealand

Andrea Smith became the Deputy Secretary of APEC New Zealand in May 2017. Before this she was Deputy Secretary for the Americas and Asia Group for 5 years.

Andrea has held a range of positions on and offshore during her time at MFAT, including Director of the Pacific Division (2011-12), Ambassador to Turkey, Israel and Jordan and as a Representative to the Palestinian Authority (2009-11). She was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a Foreign Policy Advisor (2006-08) and was Head of the Trade and Economic Section at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, D.C. (2004-05). From 2001 until 2003 Andrea was the Deputy Head of Mission in Jakarta.

Andrea's areas of work when based in Wellington have included multilateral trade policy, Pacific, South East Asia and Australia.

In her address she will give an update on preparations for APEC 2021 in the world of COVID-19, including the challenges and opportunities of using virtual digital platforms to conduct international diplomacy.