Adrian was until recently Vice-Chair (then Chair) of the UN Climate Change negotiations (Kyoto Protocol track). Prior to that (2006 to 2010) he was New Zealand’s first Climate Change Ambassador, responsible for co-ordinating New Zealand's international negotiations on climate change. From 2002-2006 he was New Zealand’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to the OECD. Before that he was New Zealand’s principal trade negotiator, responsible for WTO and other trade negotiations. He has also served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Bangkok, Counsellor (economic) and Consul-General at New Zealand’s Permanent Mission in Geneva, and New Zealand’s deputy permanent delegate to UNESCO in Paris. He has an MA in French from the University of Canterbury, a Maitrise de Lettres from the University of Tours, and a Ph.D. in French from the University of Otago. He is an alumnus of the École Nationale d’Administration,Paris.