After his graduation as doctor of law, Thomas Hajnoczi joined the Austrian foreign service.
Over the past four decades his posts abroad included Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Specialized Organisations in Geneva.
At the ministry in Vienna he has served i.a. as Director for Security Policy and Head of Department for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. To the latter position he returned in 2017 with the rank of Ambassador.
H.E. Dell Higgie (Former Chair)
Dell Higgie is a career diplomat with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. Her academic qualifications are in English Literature and in Law – including a Masters degree in international law.
Her Wellington-based appointments have included being New Zealand’s International Trade Law Adviser (responsible for New Zealand’s WTO litigation) and 6 years as New Zealand’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism and Director of MFAT’s International Security and Disarmament Division.
Her overseas-based positions have included Political Counsellor, Washington; Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and Denmark; and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva.
Currently, she is again a Wellington-based Ambassador-at-large – this time for Disarmament – and continues on in the role of Permanent Representative to the CD in Geneva.