Tim Groser

Minister of Trade, Minister for Climate Change Issues and Associate Minister Foreign Affairs, New Zealand

Tim Groser was born in Perth, Scotland and came to New Zealand with his parents in 1958. He served in a number of key departments including the New Zealand Treasury, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group. Minister Groser has extensive international trade experience and has served New Zealand in a number of capacities, including being New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator in the GATT Uruguay Round, the Round that brought agriculture into the system of world trade rules for the first time, and has been instrumental in helping to develop the Global Research Alliance on greenhouse gas emissions. Before being elected to Parliament in 2005, Minister Groser was New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Chair of Agricultural Negotiations for the WTO. He is currently engaged in a suite of FTA negotiations across the Asia-Pacific including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In addition to his trade role, Minister Groser has been deeply involved in facilitating international climate change negotiations since 2010, having participated in his first Ministerial Climate Change Meeting in Poland in 2008. Tim is a special guest of the Major Economies Forum, which is dedicated to climate change. He has represented New Zealand at numerous UN, UNCTAD, OECD, World Bank, UNFCCC and APEC Conferences. He was chief adviser to the NZ ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) delegation 2000-2002. Minister Groser has written extensively on international economic issues, climate change and in particular, international trade issues. He has participated in, or chaired, a number of GATT and WTO dispute settlement cases since 1986. He is a member of the Asia Society of New York’s Global Council. Languages: French, Bahasa Indonesia