Lead Adviser for South and South East Asia, MFAT A career diplomat, Michael has had offshore assignments in Timor-Leste, USA and India, where he served as New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Prior to joining the New Zealand foreign service in 2005, Michael worked in communications and journalism. He holds a Master of Philosophy in international relations from University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and philosophy.