NZ Ambassador to the United States Rt. Hon. Michael Moore is a past Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) where he oversaw the launch of the Doha Development Round.
His period in office saw the successful accession to the WTO of China and Chinese Taipei along with Estonia, Jordan, Georgia, Albania, Oman, Croatia, Lithuania, and Moldova.
The Ambassador is a former Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. He has held portfolios in a wide range of areas and served in a number of senior political positions including Trade Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Tourism, Minister for the America’s Cup and Deputy Minister of Finance.
Prior to entering government service, Ambassador Moore worked as a meat and construction worker and a printer where he became an active Trade Unionist. He became a social worker in a hospital for the criminally insane – an experience he claims “prepared him well for a life in politics.”
He also has held numerous appointments and board memberships with global policy and commercial organizations. These included Membership of the United Nations Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor; Commissioner for the UN Global Commission on International Migration; and a number of private sector boards.
He served on the Economic Development Board of South Australia, and was an advisor to other Governments. Additionally, he is a Trilateral Commission member and a member of the Privy Council.
Ambassador Moore was an Adjunct Professor at Adelaide University, Australia, and La Trobe University, Australia. He is an Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, Honorary Professor at the Chinese University for Political Science and International Law in Beijing, and Honorary Professor at Shanghai Customs College.
The Ambassador is the recipient of numerous honors from governments in Africa, Europe and South America. He has been awarded New Zealand’s highest honor, the Order of New Zealand.
He holds honorary doctorates in commerce from Lincoln University, New Zealand; in economics from the People’s University of China, Beijing; in commerce from Auckland University of Technology and Canterbury University; and in law from La Trobe University in Australia.
He is the author of ten books including “A Pacific Parliament”; “Hard Labour, Fighting For New Zealand”; “Children of the Poor”; “A Brief History of the Future and A World Without Walls”; and “Saving Globalisation.”
Ambassador Moore established a NZ charity called “School Aid,” which allows high school students to manage investment funds, the profits of which are donated to schools in developing countries.