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Tony Browne

Executive Chair

Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre

Faculty: Expert contributors

New Zealand

Areas of expertise

  • Crisis management
  • Public policy

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Tony Browne has been the New Zealand Director of the China Advanced Leadership Program since 2014.

He is Executive Chair of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and Chair of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a member of the Executive Board of the New Zealand China Council and chair of the Council’s Education Working Group. He is also a Senior Consultant to Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, one of only two such appointees from Australia and New Zealand.

In 2011, Mr Browne retired from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade after nearly 39 years as a New Zealand diplomat. He filled senior roles in the management of New Zealand’s relations with China from 1994 to 2011. He was New Zealand Ambassador to China from 2004-2009 and Deputy Secretary of MFAT, with oversight of New Zealand’s relations with Asia, from 2009-2011. Prior to that he had been the Director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei from 1994 to 1997 and Director of the North Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from January 2000 to November 2004. He was Chief of Protocol from 1998-2000.

His time as Ambassador in Beijing covered the full period of the negotiation of the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement.

From 1990 to 1994 he was Director of the Domestic and External Security Secretariat in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, coordinating inter-agency policy on counter terrorism, disaster management, intelligence and security.

He graduated from the University of Canterbury with an MA (1st class honours) in History and joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1973, later that year being posted to Hong Kong to undertake Chinese language studies. He served in Beijing from 1976-78 and in the Asia Division of the Foreign Ministry from 1978-1979.

ANZSOG programs

Mr Browne teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

China Advanced Leadership Program (New Zealand Director)