Michael Kenneth Moore became Ambassador of New Zealand to the United States on Aug. 5, having formerly served as 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 (Taiwan), along with Estonia, Jordan, Georgia, Albania, Oman, Croatia, Lithuania and Moldova. Ambassador Moore is also a former Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. In addition, he has 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.
Ambassador Moore has also worked as a meat and construction worker, as well as a printer, which is when 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.”
Ambassador Moore held numerous appointments and board memberships with global policy and commercial organizations, including membership to the U.N. Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor; commissioner for the U.N. Global Commission on International Migration; senior counselor for Fonterra; and board member for SGS and the Economic Development Board of South Australia.
He is the founder of a New Zealand charity, School Aid, which creates investment funds managed by high school students, the profits of which go to schools in developing countries. He was also an adjunct professor at Adelaide University and at La Trobe University, both in Australia, as well as an honorary professor at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, at Shanghai Customs College, and at the Chinese University for Political Science and International Law in Beijing. Ambassador Moore — who has been awarded New Zealand’s highest honor, the Order of New Zealand — 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 10 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.” His latest book published in 2009 is called “Saving Globalisation.” For more information, visit his website at www.mike-moore.info.
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Last Edited on April 2, 2011