Board of Trustees

Libby Giles

Libby Giles

Libby Giles is the current Board Chair, Education Director for the Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence, Programme Coordinator of the Global Citizenship and Education Programme for NZCGS, and a co-founder of Global Citizenship New Zealand.

She is a specialist global citizenship education practitioner and consultant, with considerable experience in the field of transformative education. Her approach to global citizenship education is centred in philosophical enquiry and responsibility.

Libby seeks to empower and equip young people with the knowledge and skills to think critically, act responsibly, and live well. Libby is committed to meeting local and international requirements and goals, and helping others do the same by sharing practical experience.

Prof Chris Gallavin

Prof Chris Gallavin

Prof Chris Gallavin is the current Director of NZCGS. He is the Chief Executive of Sisters of Compassion Group Ltd and the former Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University.

Chris is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in the area of criminal justice. He has presented at more than 35 conferences, and has in excess of 1000 media citations.

His contribution to Independent Research Solutions is highly valuable and ensures complex legal policy concerns are considered. Chris offers legal consultancy services of the highest standard.

Dr Kennedy Graham

Dr Kennedy Graham

Dr Kennedy Graham is the Founding Director of NZCGS (2013-20); a Board member; and the Programme Coordinator of its Global Security and Disarmament Programme. He has been a diplomat, UN official, university teacher and Member of Parliament. He has a B.Com. (accounting / economics) and MA & PhD in International Relations. He taught at College of Europe, Bruges, (2005-7); Canterbury University, Christchurch, NZ (2006-8); Victoria University, Wellington, NZ (1985-6; 2006-7), and has had fellowships at Cambridge University, UK; Rockefeller Centre (Bellagio, Italy) and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (Dhaka).

Dr Graham’s current affiliations outside NZCGS are: member, Global Studies Advisory Council (University of Auckland); and Senior Associate, Institute of Governance & Policy Studies (VUW).   Read more

Assoc Prof Jamie Gillen

Assoc Prof Jamie Gillen

Jamie is director and senior lecturer in Global Studies at the University of Auckland. He trained as a geographer at the University of Colorado (PhD 2008) and the University of Kentucky (MA 2003), and in business at Virginia Tech (BS 1999).

Jamie’s research interests centre on societies and everyday life in mainland Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam. He has written extensively about tourism, with a concentration on the politics of tourism, and maintains active research on urbanization, rural-urban relations, agrarian change, and culture. Jamie’s academic website is here: https://profiles.auckland.ac.nz/jamie-gillen.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Auckland Jamie worked at the National University of Singapore (2011-2019), Auburn University (2010-2011), and Miami University-Ohio (2007-2010).

Claire Waghorn

Claire Waghorn

Claire is a Barrister & Solicitor of the NZ High Court with a focus on International Law. She has a MSc in International Relations (LSE, London); and an LLB and BA (Hons) in Diplomacy & International Relations (Canterbury University). She is currently working as a Sustainability / Climate Advisor to accelerate the transition within the aviation sector towards zero carbon.

A member of the NZ Institute of Directors, NZ Institute of International Affairs, Board Member for Ōtautahi/Kaikoura Lottery Community Board, Director of Hollin Consulting NZ.

Previous roles include International Secretary for the Asia Pacific Green Federation, Parliamentary Researcher and Issues Assistant for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign Policy Officer.

Prof Kevin Clements

Prof Kevin Clements

Professor Kevin  P Clements, Foundation Chair and Emeritus Professor the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Current Director of the Toda Peace Institute, Tokyo Japan is a NZCGS Board Member. Kevin’s academic interests lie in Peace and Conflict Research with a specific focus on  Development and Peacebuilding and Building Stable Peace  in North East Asia. His main affiliations include his role as Emeritus Professor, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies; Director the Toda Peace Institute; Chair of the Peninsula Branch of the Labour Party and Former Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association.

Kevin is currently working on  “The Decline of the West  and the Unravelling of the democratic Project“;  Japan-Korea Relations; Building Trust in North Est Asia. Read more.

Assoc Prof Guy Fiti Sinclair

Assoc Prof Guy Fiti Sinclair

Guy Fiti Sinclair BA/LLB(Hons) (Auck), LLM(Hons) (Auck), JSD (NYU) is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Pasifika) at Auckland Law School, and a Senior Research Fellow of the NZ Centre for Public Law (NZCPL). He was previously Ass. Prof. at VUW’s Faculty of Law.

Guy’s principal areas of teaching and research are public international law, the law of international organisations, and international economic law. He was recipient in 2018 of the European Society of International Law Book Prize for “To Reform the World: International Organizations and the Making of Modern States” (OUP, 2017).

He currently has a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship of the NZ Royal Society – Te Aparāngi and was recently accorded a Student Choice Teaching Excellence Award by Auckland University. Guy is also the Programme Coordinator of the NZCGS Global Law and Governance Programme.

Dr Ria Shibata

Dr Ria Shibata

Dr Ria Shibata earned her Masters degree in global studies from Sophia University, and Ph.D. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

She is the Centre’s first Senior Research Fellow, with the support of Toda Peace Institute (Tokyo). She is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Auckland.

Her primary research interest is in conflict resolution and reconciliation in Northeast Asia with particular focus on the intricate aspects of national identity, historical memory, and competitive victimhood. One of her interests lies in understanding the way collective memories of historical traumas shape a group’s identity, often acting as impediments in restoring damaged relationships between the aggrieved and the aggressor. Read more

Assoc Prof Anna Hood

Assoc Prof Anna Hood

Anna is an associate professor at the Auckland Faculty of Law. She is a public international law academic whose research focuses primarily on international disarmament law, international law and security and international law in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Outside of her international legal work, Anna also has a keen research interest in the role of law schools and universities in 21st century democracies as well as gender issues in the legal profession.

In addition to her academic teaching and research activities, Anna provides pro bono international legal advice to a range of civil society organisations and governments. In August 2022, she was the civil society participant in the New Zealand delegation to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York and from 2018-2022 she was the Vice President of the Australia New Zealand Society of International Law.

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Jeremy Webb

Jeremy Webb

Jeremy Webb has over 20 years experience on issues of climate change, water, energy, minerals, environmental accounting and development, both in New Zealand and with the United Nations.

Jeremy also has a PhD in Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy from University College London where he was “Exploring Preconditions for Effective Global Responses to Climate Change” and recently established the Tiaki Institute including its flagship programme on green growth.

Klaus Bosselmann

Klaus Bosselmann

Klaus’ academic and policy expertise lies in the conceptual, international and comparative issues of environmental law and governance from an ecological (ecocentric) perspective (e.g. sustainability, Earth system approach, Earth trusteeship).

Outside the Centre, his affiliations include the roles of Director, New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL), Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, Chair, Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA), Chair, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law Ethics Specialist Group, Co-Chair, Global Ecological Integrity Group, Co-Chair, Scientific Committee, Common Home of Humanity (CHH), Chair, Earth Trusteeship Initiative (ETI), Knowledge Network Expert, UN General Assembly Dialogue “Harmony with Nature”, Legal Expert, Global Pact for the Environment. Read more