Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Feb 25, 2020
Caroline Bilkey - Director, MFAT
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Caroline Bilkey took up the role of Director Auckland Office in June 2018.
She was New Zealand’s Ambassador to Brazil and Suriname from 2015 until May 2018
and High Commissioner to Samoa from 2007-2010.
Caroline has also had postings in Bangkok and Geneva and has worked for the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Rwanda and Tanzania. She also worked at
the New Zealand Embassy in Washington as Director of Congressional Relations.
Early in her career, Caroline spent a year seconded to the Australian Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. She has been Chief of Protocol and has worked on
a range of international legal issues in the course of her career as well as on political and
economic relations with a number of New Zealand’s bilateral partners. 
Caroline has bachelor degrees in law and political science from the University of
Auckland and a Master of Management degree from the Sasin Graduate Institute at
Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.