Breakfast with Chris Liddell & NZ Ambassador Rosemary Banks at NZ Embassy

Breakfast with Chris Liddell & NZ Ambassador Rosemary Banks at NZ Embassy

Join the Kiwi Leadership Network USA for a unique breakfast speaking and network event at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington with one of New Zealand's most accomplished businessmen and politicians, Chris Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination.

Opening remarks will be given by Rosemary Banks, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States.

Chris Liddell

Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination

Chris Liddell is Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination. Prior to assuming this role, he served as Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives, overseeing the Administration’s efforts to streamline the Federal Government’s regulatory process and modernize its technology systems. Before joining the Trump Administration, Liddell served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer at General Motors, where he led global finance operations and managed the company’s $23 billion IPO in November 2010, which, at that time, was the largest public offering in history. Liddell has more than three decades of experience in corporate leadership, including Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Microsoft Corporation and Chief Financial Officer of International Paper. In 2012, Liddell was the executive director of the Romney Presidential Transition Planning team. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University.

Rosemary Banks

New Zealand Ambassador to the United States

Rosemary Banks has had a forty-year career in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including six overseas assignments. She was Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Ambassador to France and Portugal and New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the OECD. Rosemary also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Honiara and Canberra.

As Deputy Secretary in New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), Rosemary was responsible for multilateral, legal and consular affairs. She coordinated the emergency responses to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bali bombings, and the Asian tsunami. Drawing on these experiences, she led the development of a new emergency response system and guidance manual.

Earlier Wellington-based positions included Director of Development Assistance, Director of North Asia Division, Director of Public Affairs and foreign policy adviser to the Minister.

Rosemary has a Master of Arts degree in Russian with First Class Honours from Canterbury University and a Master of Science from London School of Economics. She has recently served as a Crown negotiator for the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process; as a member of the Council of the University of Canterbury, and a Senior Adjunct Fellow in the Department of Political Science.

Event Acknowledgements

We are extremely grateful to the New Zealand Embassy for hosting and supporting this event and to KEA, North America for their support.


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Time & Date

Friday, 6 September 2019, 07:30 AM - Friday, 6 September 2019, 10:00 AM


New Zealand Embassy, Washington D.C.
37 Observatory Circle Northwest
Washington, DC 20008

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Free - Suggested Donation $20*

*This event is free. We appreciate your donations which help cover the costs for hosting this event, any excess funds will go towards our scholarship fund to help New Zealanders in the United States.