Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic Group
David Walker returned to the Ministry in June 2011 from being New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), based in Geneva. During his time with the WTO, David represented New Zealand at the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations, and in April 2009 was appointed Chair of the Doha Round negotiations on agriculture.
Prior to his WTO role, David was Principal Economic Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has twice served as New Zealand’s APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Senior Official – in 2004 and 1999. From August 2000 through April 2004 he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy to the United States in Washington DC.
Prior to 1999, David spent a period as Strategic Issues Manager in Telecom’s New Zealand’s corporate strategy group. He has also served as head of the Ministry’s Trade and Economic Analysis Division and has had previous postings in London and Geneva.