Vangelis Vitalis

Deputy Secretary Trade & Economic

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFaT).

Vangelis returned to Wellington in 2017 having been New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva since August 2015. While in Geneva, Vangelis was elected in a personal capacity to chair the WTO agriculture negotiations, including to the Nairobi WTO Ministerial Conference during which he helped draft the historic Ministerial Decision on Export Competition which eliminated agricultural export subsidies and established new disciplines on export credits. In his role as chair Vangelis also helped draft the Ministerial Decision on Cotton which eliminated export subsidies for cotton.‎

Before his posting in Geneva, Vangelis was Ambassador to the European Union, NATO and Sweden based in Brussels and has had postings to Canberra as Deputy High Commissioner and before that in Moscow. From 2008-2011 Vangelis was the Chief Negotiator who led the conclusion of the regional ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the separate FTA with Malaysia. He was also part of the negotiating teams for the FTA with China and the precursor to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Pacific-Four FTA. Vangelis is also the Chief Negotiator for the (currently suspended) FTA negotiations with the Customs Union of Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.‎

Vangelis has worked outside the Ministry, including at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2001-2004. Vangelis speaks Greek, German and Russian.

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