His Excellency Roy Ferguson, a career diplomat, began his assignment as New Zealand"s ambassador to the United States in 2006. He was director of the Americas Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2002 to 2005, and was on the boards of the New Zealand-United States Council, Fulbright New Zealand, the Ian Axford Fellowships in Public Policy and the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies. Ferguson previously served in Washington, D.C., as deputy chief of mission between 1991 and 1995. From 1999 to 2002, he served as New Zealand"s ambassador to the Republic of Korea, and, in 2002, he concurrently became New Zealand"s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Korea. He has also served in Manila and Canberra.
In Wellington, Ferguson has served in the Information, United Nations, Asian and Australia Divisions. He has been director of the Management Audit Unit, the U.N. and Commonwealth Division, the Environment Division and the Personnel Division.
Ferguson received an M.A. in history and political science from the University of Canterbury. He also was awarded the Canterbury Fellowship and a Fulbright Travel Grant, which enabled him to study at the University of Pennsylvania and graduate with an M.A. in international relations. In 1998, he completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.