NCRE’s “Europe & New Zealand – bilateral and multilateral relations in a time of change” Public Seminar Series:

Speaker:              Peter Ryan, Irish Ambassador to New Zealand

Title:                     Building Ireland’s global footprint against a backdrop of Brexit

At a time of uncertainty in the European Union, one of its smallest members, Ireland is undertaking an ambitious programme of expanding its global reach, beginning with the establishment of its first resident Mission in New Zealand. Ambassador Ryan will brief on Ireland’s vision for its new Embassy, its plan to double its global footprint over the coming years and on Ireland’s preparations for Brexit.

Date:                     Friday 28th September

Time:                     2-3pm

Location:             Undercroft 101, University of Canterbury


If you are unable to attend the seminar, you are encouraged to follow it live on your computer via our live stream.

Important: Please send me a short message if you intend to join us online so we can set up accordingly and send you the joining instructions.

Note to all NCRE graduate students – you are expected to attend these seminars if you are in Christchurch.



Born in Dublin, Peter studied at St Louis National School, Synge Street CBS, Belvedere College & University College Dublin (BA and MA degrees). He worked with Bank of Ireland in Dublin for three years and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1994.

His first assignment was to work on reconciliation-focussed projects with the International Fund for Ireland. From 1997-2000, he served in Tokyo and then in Seoul from 2000-2002 as Deputy Head of Mission, before returning to Dublin to work on Ireland’s business relations with the Asian Region.

In 2004 he was assigned to the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources as a specialist in technology matters and served for two years in Singapore, with responsibility for the Asia-Pacific Region.



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