Presenters – Exporter Breakfast
European Union & New Zealand FTA

Barney Riley: Lead Negotiator, Trade Negotiations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Barney is currently a Lead Negotiator in the MFAT’s Trade and Economic Group, responsible for New Zealand’s trade negotiations with China and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Since 2001 Barney has worked on a wide range of issues at MFAT, from trade negotiations to climate change and international law.  Previous appointments include postings to the New Zealand embassies in Tehran and Geneva, and Ambassador to Egypt in 2014-2018 (where he was also non-resident Ambassador to Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, and Tunisia, and New Zealand Representative to Palestine).

John Riley – Unit Manager, Trade Policy Engagement Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

John heads the newly-established Trade Policy Engagement Unit tasked with helping the government respond to New Zealanders’ concerns and interests on trade agreements.  Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2000, John’s assignments have included a four-year stint within the Trade Negotiations Division where he worked on tariff negotiations both in the context of Non-agricultural Market Access in the WTO Doha Round and several of New Zealand’s FTAs.  He has also completed a diplomatic posting in London and two postings in Seoul.  John speaks Te Reo Māori and Korean fluently.