Ambassador Groser was born in Perth, Scotland and moved to New Zealand with his parents in 1958. From 2002-2005 Ambassador Groser was New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Chair of Agriculture Negotiations for the WTO. He also served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia from 1994-1997.
Ambassador Groser was elected to Parliament in 2005. He was cabinet minister from 2008 to 2015, most recently as Minister of Trade and Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues. Ambassador Groser is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on international trade. He has served New Zealand with distinction in a number of capacities, including being New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator in the GATT Uruguay Round, the Round that brought agriculture into the system of the world trade rules for the first time, and has been instrumental in helping to develop the Global Research Alliance on greenhouse gas emissions. Ambassador Groser is also a Special Adviser on climate change to IEA and an Honorary Adviser to the New York Asia Society. He speaks French and Indonesian.