Roger Smith, Chief Operations Officer and Head of Biosecurity New Zealand
Roger leads the Operations branch of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), with responsibility for delivering border clearance services, incursion diagnostics, surveillance, response management, compliance, intelligence, operational planning and national coordination.
He joined the organisation in 2011 as Deputy Director-General Verification and Systems. In 2014, he was appointed as MPI’s Deputy Director-General China Relations based in Beijing. He took up his current role in January 2017.
With over 30 years’ experience in trade and border management, Roger has also previously served in both Brussels and Washington DC.