Carl Worker

New Zealand Consul-General, Hong Kong and Macau

Carl Worker is a veteran New Zealand diplomat with specialist expertise in China and South America.

Carl recently concluded an extended term as New Zealand Ambassador to China where he led 300 staff from 10 government agencies based at 5 locations across China.  During his term in Beijing, the NZ China Strategy target of doubling two-way trade with China was achieved, annual Chinese visitors to New Zealand more than doubled, and China became a significant source of FDI for the first time.

A fluent Mandarin speaker, Carl had earlier postings at New Zealand’s Beijing Embassy in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and was New Zealand Consul-General in Hong Kong from 1994-98 spanning Hong Kong’s return to China.

Also a fluent Spanish speaker, Carl served as Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay from 2001-2006.

As Director of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Americas Division from 2006-08, Carl worked to strengthen relations with the United States, promote US participation in TPP, and develop closer ties with Latin America.

In March 2015, Carl took up the newly created role of Principal Business Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, based in Auckland, with a significant focus on supporting development of trade and investment between New Zealand and China. Carl will resume that role later in the year following a temporary assignment as Acting Head of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC.