Rosemary Banks has had a forty year career in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including six previous overseas assignments. She was Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2005–2009) and Ambassador to France and Portugal and New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the OECD (2010-2014). Rosemary earlier 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. 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 of Foreign Affairs.
Prior to her appointment as Ambassador to the United States, Rosemary served as a Crown negotiator for the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process. She was also a member of the Council of the University of Canterbury and a Senior Adjunct Fellow in the Department of Political Science.
Rosemary has provided diplomatic trade craft training for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Treasury, the New Zealand Defence Force and the Papua New Guinea Department of Foreign Affairs.
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.