Rt Hon Sir John Key GNZM, AC

Garran Oration: Former Prime Minister, New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Sir John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand’s second-biggest city. When he retired from office, New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy.

Sir John was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016. Among his portfolio’s he was Minister for Tourism and has a strong interest in the best that New Zealand has to offer both local and international tourists. He was the instigator of the great New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Since retiring from politics Sir John has been an ambassador for philanthropic Japanese billionaire, Dr Haruhisa Handa, his International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS HANDA) and other agencies. He also has a keen passion for golf.

In September 2017 Sir John will become a director and join the Board of Air New Zealand. He is excited about this role and looking forward to contributing to their vision and continued success.

Sir John worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore, London and Sydney. Sir John’s positions included heading Merrill Lynch’s global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce.

He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1999-2001).

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