ABOUT PAUL FOSTER-BELL
With whakapapa links to the Far North, Paul represented New Zealand overseas as a diplomat until becoming a Member of Parliament in 2013. He has a solid track record of working closely with exporters and service providers to promote their offerings overseas - as well partnering with other ‘NZ Inc’ agencies and negotiating with foreign counterparts - to advance New Zealand’s interests. Paul is a committed and passionate supporter of education as not only the key enabler for Kiwis to gain opportunities, but also as an important and burgeoning export sector.
POINTS OF EXCELLENCE
Paul’s key strengths include being:
A SKILLED PROMOTER OF NEW ZEALAND’S SUCCESS OFFSHORE. Paul relished championing our exports, defending our highly ethical stances on important issues such as disarmament and human rights, and showcasing our efficient regulatory settings abroad, including in multilateral fora.
A STRONG MANAGER. Paul has managed multi-million dollar budgets, complex projects, contracts in foreign jurisdictions, multi-cultural teams, high-value building portfolios, top-level security and ICT, and the overall setup of NZ posts abroad, plus quality controlled policy output in Wellington-based units. Receiving several rare performance commendations, Paul had lengthy periods as Acting Head of Mission.
A THOUGHT LEADER. Through his service as Deputy Chair of the Government Administration, Education and Science and Local Government and Environment Select Committees - plus as Chair of the Government Education Caucus - Paul has worked closely with ministers and across parties to develop policy, and to implement it in legislation.
A PROVEN OPERATER IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS. Paul’s diplomatic career included serving in the world’s most hostile countries during times of conflict. He delivered great results, on time, within budget - while remaining good humoured despite pressures.
AN OUTSTANDING NETWORKER AND CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATOR. Paul’s network and communication skills across diverse cultures, and his political nous, enable him to engage stakeholders and leverage off New Zealand’s positive reputation to further build on the NZ export success story.
Anzac Day, Tehran, 2008
Representing the Pacific Region at the Commonwealth, London 2016