The role of the interpreter in revolutionary times
Keynote Speaker: Stuart Prior
Stuart Prior is one of New Zealand’s leading experts on Russia. A graduate (BA Hons 1) of Otago University in Russian, Stuart taught in the Russian Department at Victoria University for three years before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976. In his thirty year career in the Ministry, the Soviet Union and Russia were specialist areas of interest. He served at the New Zealand Embassy in Moscow twice (1978-1980; 2003-2006), the second time as Ambassador. He has also served in Canberra (1977) and London (1985-1989).
Stuart Prior was responsible for the development of New Zealand’s Antarctic policy between 1992 and 1999. In this role he chaired the review of New Zealand’s Antarctic policy which produced a new structure centred around the New Zealand Antarctic Institute (Antarctica New Zealand) based in Christchurch. He represented New Zealand at Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) between 1993 and 1999. He oversaw a significant expansion of New Zealand’s bilateral Antarctic links through formal Statements on scientific and other cooperation.
On the conclusion of his assignment as Ambassador in Moscow, Stuart Prior left the Foreign Ministry and remained in Moscow in business on his own account before relocating to Wellington in 2009. Establishing a consultancy company, Prior Group, Stuart Prior has promoted two-way trade and investment links between New Zealand and Russia and former Soviet states. Currently he is Honorary Consul for the Republic of Belarus in Wellington.