Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Reflections on the Indo‑Pacific region

Guest Speaker: Ben King
Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Event Date: Thursday 21st February 2019
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, HP Tower, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington, 6011.

Please note no building access after 6pm.

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Thank you for your support during 2018 and we wish you a happy and relaxing break over Christmas and New Year.

Asia Forum will commence 2019 activity on Thursday 21 February with a discussion led by Ben King, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Ben King will provide insights into developments in the Indo‑Pacific region, drawing on his visit to a number of regional capitals in the first half of February 2019.
Ben King

Ben King is Deputy Secretary of the Americas and Asia Group at New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a role he commenced in September 2017.

Prior to this role, Ben was New Zealand’s Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic. Ben was also the Foreign Policy Advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ben has had postings at the New Zealand Embassies in Washington DC and in Riyadh, and at the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra. Earlier in his career, Ben was Private Secretary and Press Secretary to the Minister for International Trade.

Ben is a graduate of the University of Waikato, and of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Bell Gully

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