The Centre’s Board
is advised by two groups

The Centre’s Board is advised by two groups: the International Advisory Panel and the Young Global Scholars Group.

The International Advisory Panel is a grouping of eminent individuals from around the world, who have extensive experience, in the United Nations, national governments, universities or think-tanks.

The Young Global Scholars Group is composed of young university graduates who are NZ citizens or have worked in New Zealand, have recorded outstanding academic achievement, and exhibited an evident interest in global studies.

The International Advisory Panel

  • Angela Kane
  • Dr Chris Williams
  • Dr Deborah Ruiz Verduzco
  • Dr Fraser Cameron
  • Dr Lyndon Burford
  • Dr Tapio Kanninen
  • Prof Azza Karam
  • Prof Inge Kaul
  • Prof Roger Clark
  • Angela Kane
  • Dr Chris Williams
  • Dr Deborah Ruiz Verduzco
  • Dr Fraser Cameron
  • Dr Lyndon Burford
  • Dr Tapio Kanninen
  • Prof Azza Karam
  • Prof Inge Kaul
  • Prof Roger Clark
  • Angela Kane

    Angela was UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs from 2012 to ’15, following other UN positions in management, political affairs and public information.  Since retirement from the UN, she teaches disarmament at the Paris School of International Affairs, is Senior Fellow at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Vice-President of the International Institute for Peace in Vienna, and (since 2019) Chair of the Council of the UN University. 

    Angela is a recipient of the Dag Hammarksjöld medal.

  • Dr Chris Williams

    Chris has held academic posts at the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cairo and London, and at the UN University Leadership Academy (Jordan). He was an ESRC Fellow on environmental victims at the Global Security Programme (Cambridge University) and Rowntree Fellow on disability rights at the Norah Fry Research Centre (Bristol).

    His practical research includes: street-working children in South Africa, Turkey, Lebanon and Afghanistan; disability rights in Egypt, China, Thailand and Japan; environmental victims in India; and educational inclusion in Palestine, Liberia and Kazakhstan.

    His books include: Terminus Brain: the environmental threats to human intelligence (1997); Environmental victims: new risks, new injustice (1998); Leaders of integrity: ethics and a code for global leadership (2001); Leadership accountability in a globalising world (2006); Researching power, elites and leadership (2011); and Doing international and global research (2015).

    Chris has served as a magistrate, and was originally a professional musician.

  • Dr Deborah Ruiz Verduzco

    Head, Civil Society Initiatives, ICMP (The Hague); former Special Assistant to President, Assembly of States Parties, ICC (New York); former researcher, PGA and Senate of Mexico.

  • Dr Fraser Cameron

    Dr Fraser Cameron is Director of the EU-Asia Centre, a Brussels based think tank. A graduate of Cambridge University, he is a former British diplomat and EU official, and served in numerous overseas postings including Washington DC and Berlin. He is a senior adviser to the European Policy Centre (EPC), the German Institute of Global Area Studies (GIGA), and a visiting professor at the universities of Auckland and St Andrews. He is the author of several books and articles on the external relations of the EU and is a frequent commentator in the international media.

  • Dr Lyndon Burford

    Post-doctoral Research Associate, Centre for Science and Security Studies, King’s College London. Former research fellow, Centre for Strategic Studies, VUW, and Research consultant, Dept. of Political Studies, Auckland University.

  • Dr Tapio Kanninen

    Co-Director, Project on Sustainable Global Governance, CUNY; Board Chairman, Global Crisis Information Network Inc., New York; former Chief, Policy Planning Unit, Dept. of Political Affairs, United Nations, New York

  • Prof Azza Karam

    Azza is Professor of Religion & Development at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

    Previous positions have been with International Institute for Democracy & Electoral Assistance (Stockholm), Queens University (Belfast), UNDP and UNFPA (New York). 

    Her books include Religion and Development Post 2015 (2014; UNFPA); Religion, Development and the United Nations (NY: SSRC; 2012), Transnational Political Islam (Pluto; 2004), Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers (IIDEA; 2004); A Woman’s Place: Religious Women as Public Actors (WCRP; 2002); and Women, Islamisms and the State: Contemporary Feminisms in Egypt (Macmillan/Palgrave; 1998).

    Azza founded the first Global Women of Faith Network  while also advising on inter-faith development work in Muslim-majority countries. During this time, she served also as President of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations.

    In 2019, Azza was appointed Secretary-General of Religions for Peace, at its 10th World Assembly.

  • Prof Inge Kaul

    Inge Kaul is an independent consultant on global policy studies, adjunct professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and the former Director of the Offices of the Human Development Report and Development Studies at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York. She has published widely on issues of global governance and international cooperation and is the lead editor of Providing Global Public Goods; Managing Globalization and The New Public Finance; Responding to Global Challenges (OUP: New York, 2003 and 2006, respectively), co-author of the Governance Report 2013 (OUP: Oxford, 2013) and editor/co-author of Global Public Goods (EE: Cheltenham, 2016). Her current research focuses on the future of multilateralism, the role of the G20 and innovative sustainable development finance. See also www.ingekaul.net .

  • Prof Roger Clark

    Roger is Board of Governors Professor of Law at Rutgers University, Camden.  He is an internationally-recognised expert on a range of global issues, including nuclear disarmament, human rights and international criminal law. Qualifying from and teaching at Victoria University of Wellington, Roger then worked in the NZ Dept. of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, before spending most of his career in the US.  He has taught also in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Miami, Austria (Graz) and Fiji.

    Roger served on the UN Committee on Crime Prevention & Control, and represented both Samoa and the Marshall Islands before the International Court of Justice.  He has served on editorial boards of various publications, including the Criminal Law Forum: An International Journal.

    In 2015, 42 of Roger's professional colleagues from around the world published a Festschrift: For the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger S. Clark (S. Linton et al, Eds., Brill Nijhoff; Leiden, Boston).

The Young Global Scholars Group

  • Abbas Nazari
  • Annika Naumann
  • Bokyong Mun
  • Elise Antoine
  • Isabella Lenihan-Ikin
  • Jayden van Leeuwen
  • Renee Moorjani
  • Abbas Nazari
  • Annika Naumann
  • Bokyong Mun
  • Elise Antoine
  • Isabella Lenihan-Ikin
  • Jayden van Leeuwen
  • Renee Moorjani
  • Abbas Nazari

    Abbas is an Afghan Kiwi currently studying towards a Masters of International Relations at Columbia University, New York, on a Fulbright Scholarship. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Canterbury (Politics and Diplomacy), and was recently a NZ Treasury analyst. Abbas is fluent in English and Farsi.

  • Annika Naumann

    Annika is from Germany, where she has studied at universities in Frankfurt and Heidelberg. In 2016, she was interned with the NZ Centre for Global Studies, completing a research paper, Climate Change and the Global Economy, as part of her MA in International Relations at Heidelberg University.

    Her paper can found be found elsewhere in the website (Research: Interns). Annika’s degrees are in political science (with economics as a minor). Upon her return to Germany, Annika received a master’s degree in 2018. She has since gained experience in political consulting and in the public sector through further internships, and added further training in project management. Her main interest lies in the area of global sustainability.

  • Bokyong Mun

    Bokyong is in her final year of a Law and Science degree at Otago University in her hometown, Dunedin. Her interest in global studies stems from an involvement with United Nations Youth, having served as UN Youth’s National President (2018).

    She is interested in the engagement of youth in global citizenship, and in 2017 received a New Zealand Youth Award for her contributions in that area. Other interests lie in environmental sustainability and technology; Bokyong having recently taken part in the Plastic Bottle Kayak Expedition, as well as being a Blake Ambassadorship with Sir Peter Blake Trust.

  • Elise Antoine

    Elise graduated with a double-bachelor in Economics and Political Science (2016), followed by an MA in Political Science, with merit (2018) at the Panthéon University Sorbonne, Paris. She specialised in European Public Affairs, with a particular focus on the EU and its role in global governance. Previous internships in France included France Industrie and Euro-Informationen, a communication agency fostering dialogue between European institutions and citizens.

    Elise has French as her native tongue, and also speaks English and German. In 2019 Elise had an internship in the UN Association of New Zealand (UNANZ), undertaking research on big data and human rights issues in New Zealand. She aims to strengthen her expertise in new technologies. Her recent study for UNANZ on ‘Privacy in the era of big Data: Meaning and implications for Aotearoa New Zealand’, can be found on this website (Research & Networks: Associated Publications). Elise is now in the PhD Programme at the department of Political Economy at King's College in London. 

  • Isabella Lenihan-Ikin

    Isabella is in her fifth year of study at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), where she is currently completing an LLB/BSc (Hons). Her Honours research focuses on the health impacts of climate change in Oceania – analysing how the health impacts of climate change have been represented in alternative discourses, and how this has affected climate (and health) action.

    Alongside her study, Isabella has been active in student politics with the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA), the NZ Union of Students’ Association (NZUSA) and the VUW Feminist Law Society. She is currently an elected member of the VUW University Council.

    Isabella is a 2020 Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford where she will study climate and health issues starting September. 

  • Jayden van Leeuwen

    Jayden is in his fifth year of a conjoint LLB (Hons) / BA (History and Political Science) at Victoria University of Wellington. New Plymouth born but Christchurch raised, Jayden currently serves as the National President of United Nations Youth, as well as tutoring Criminal Law at university.

    Much of his studies and research have focused on international law, human rights and the United Nations system, as he has a keen interest in international affairs. Jayden is excited to be taking up this role with the Centre, and working to grow awareness of the importance of global studies.

  • Renee Moorjani

    Renee is Secretary for the NZ Centre for Global Studies, maintaining administrative functions and helping to manage the Centre’s projects. In that capacity she will act as coordinator for the Young Global Scholars Advisory Group. Renee is in her final year at Auckland University pursuing an LLB, following the completion of her BSc (Biomedical Sciences).

    Her main areas of work and interest are influenced by being a first-generation immigrant from India; these include the global ‘rules-based order’ and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ principle; and also how the developing world can achieve sustainable development while complying with international trade obligations (under the WTO). She has prior experience in Immigration and family law; with management experience in those areas.


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