Wilson Chau

Section Head Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Wilson’s current role covers Greater China which includes the key markets of Hong Kong, Guangdong Province and Taiwan. Wilson has a strong interest in international relations, particularly in how New Zealand should be positioned internationally in the Twenty First Century.

Before joining the Ministry, Wilson was in the ANZ Bank graduate programme and was a policy and economic researcher for the British High Commission in Wellington. He interned for the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney and completed a summer research project at the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. He has published research on China’s participation in international military exercises and on the role of international law in establishing safe areas to protect civilians in armed conflict.

Wilson graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours majored in Political Studies. He is also a member of the Asia NZ Foundation Leadership Network and was the Co-Secretary General of the 2013 Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference in Wellington, attended by over 400 university students from across the region.