Leading New Zealand's involvement in Expo 2020 are Clayton Kimpton, Commissioner-General to Expo 2020, a steering group and design team. Learn more about our team.

Steering group

The Government has appointed a steering group with private sector expertise to oversee New Zealand’s involvement in Expo 2020. The steering group is comprised of business leaders Dame Julie Christie, Christopher Luxon and leading Māori creative Bailey Mackey along with representatives from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020, Clayton Kimpton. 

The steering group is chaired by NZTE Chief Executive Peter Chrisp and meets every two months. 

New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020

Clayton Kimpton is New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020. Clayton has lived and worked in the Middle East and has a sound understanding of doing business in the region.

Previously, Clayton served as New Zealand’s Consul-General to Dubai and Regional Director for India, Middle East and Africa with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

A lawyer by background, Clayton was a partner at Kensington Swan lawyers and Chair of the firm for eight years.

Design team

The design and visitor experience for the New Zealand Pavilion at Expo 2020 is created by a team led by New Zealand architecture firm Jasmax, along with creative story-tellers Special Group and Mott MacDonald providing engineering services. 


New Zealand announced its decision to participate in Expo 2020 in April 2017, and was one of the first countries to do so.

A proactive release of information supporting Cabinet's decision to participate can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Frequently asked questions

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