New South Wales Executive Committee 2016-17
President Patricia Jenkings
Vice President Alexander Maron
Treasurer and VP Programs Paul Malliate
Secretary Geoffrey Usher
Executive Member Peter Airey Executive Member Daryl Le Cornu
Executive Member Carmen Leung
Executive Member Ramzy Mansour
Executive Member Judy Macgregor
Executive Member Lindsay Mell
Executive Member Peter Nadin
Executive Member Hugo Rojas
Executive Member Gemma Saunders
Executive Member Thich Minh Tam
Executive Member Valerie Weekes Executive Member Geoffrey Bernard William Little
Past President Kel Gleeson
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New South Wales Executive Committee Profiles 2016-17
The patron of the UNAA NSW Division is His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales.
Dr Patricia Jenkings PRESIDENT
Dr. Jenkings grew up in Bondi where many European post war migrants settled. These displaced persons with their tragic wartime experiences influenced her life-long commitment to social justice, human rights and UN principles. Patricia also appreciates the importance of quality education and, like Eleanor Roosevelt, sees it as essential for good citizenship. Patricia was awarded her PhD and BA with Honours from the University of Sydney.
Patricia is President UNAA NSW. She serves on the UNAA National Board and is a Member of the UNAA Academic Network. In 2014, she was also a representative at the UNA European meeting in Geneva. She has served as Vice Chair UN Women Sydney, is a Member of the Academic Council on the UN System and, at the Council’s Annual Meeting in New York, presented on UN principles.
Patricia is an experienced Ministerial Policy and Research Analyst who has assisted disadvantaged globally. For women and struggling communities throughout Africa, she has developed strategic programs, contributed towards educational and workplace reform, combatting child trafficking and improving life chances for disadvantaged youth in Pakistan. Patricia also led a UN Local Governance Project for Uzbekistan to increase local participation. At home, Patricia initiated a surf awareness program at Bondi Surf Club for new settlers to Australian shores, for which she received international recognition. She is passionate about advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a UN initiative to transform our world by 2030, to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
Mr Alexander Maron VICE PRESIDENT – Strategy & Operations
Alexander was elected to the UNAA (NSW Branch) Co-Vice President of Strategy and Operations in 2015, after serving on the Executive Committee since 2014. He brings extensive consulting experience in both the public and private sectors. Currently, Alexander is a Associate Director in the PwC Risk and Asia Consulting practice, specialising in Asian market entry and expansion strategies, stakeholder engagement, risk and governance and international development. Prior to this role, Alexander provided consulting services to listed companies on their climate change and sustainability strategies.
He has also held previous roles with KPMG, the South Korean Government’s Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, Korea Local Government Centre and Samsung Cheil Industries. He holds a Masters of International Business from The University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and is currently a Business Advisory Board Member to Enactus Macquarie University.
Mr Paul Malliate TREASURER and VICE PRESIDENT – Programs
Paul Malliate was born on the beautiful island of Mauritius in 1959 and immigrated to Australia with his parents at the age of 7. He is married with two adult sons and he lives in Sydney, NSW. Paul has travelled extensively (visiting over 100 countries) and he has worked in various parts of the world, primarily in Asia.Paul is a qualified lawyer and certified accountant (FCPA), and he also holds an MBA with a major in international business. He has over 35 years of business experience, including 25 years leading and managing law firms.Prior to his recent retirement, he was the National Managing Partner and subsequently the Asia Pacific Executive Officer for Baker & McKenzie, a leading global law firm with over 70 offices in 35 countries.Paul is an Executive member of the Law Council of Australia’s Legal Practice Section. He is also the founding Chair of LawAsia’s Legal Management Section and the current chair of the Australian Law Management Group.
Rev Geoffrey Usher JP SECRETARY
A long time contributor to the UNAA (NSW), Geoff first joined the Executive Committee in the late 1970s, a position he maintained during the 1980’s whiles Minister at Sydney Unitarian Church. He went to England in 1991 as Minister of upper Chapel, Sheffield, until 2010. Whilst in England he was involved in its UNA. Now retired and back in Sydney; he was elected Vice President of UNAA(NSW), but soon stood down to fill the vacant position of Secretary. Geoff is a Justice of the Peace and active in other not-for-profit organizations.
Dr Peter Airey EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Born in Brisbane, Peter studied science at the University of Queensland, the University of Leeds (UK) and at the Hahn Meitner Institute (Berlin, Germany). He worked for 36 years at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation focusing on environmental research. Between 1986 and 1990, he was attached to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna coordinating regional technical cooperation programs for Asia and the Pacific. This led to an interest in the UN and he joined the UNAA(NSW) in the early 1990’s, where he have served in a number of roles including State President and National Vice-president (2007-2010).
Dr Daryl Le Cornu EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Born in Adelaide, Daryl has had many years teaching history and legal studies in the NSW Department of Education and is the author of a number of textbooks. In 2011-2012 he was the Curriculum Officer (HSIE) for the NSW Department of Education. In 1998 Daryl completed his honours thesis on the ‘Papal Peace Note of 1917’ and in 2005 completed his doctoral thesis on ‘American intervention in the First World War and the prospects of the negotiated peace.’ In 2001 he was awarded the Premier’s Scholarship to undertake research on British and American peace activists in the First World War. Currently he is a curriculum consultant and a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University. Daryl has a strong interest in teaching human rights, international law, nuclear disarmament, global governance and United Nations history in the school curriculum. He strongly supports student-led human rights groups in schools.
Ms Carmen Leung EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Carmen Leung is an experienced sustainability executive who has worked in the banking and aviation industry. She has been a member of the Executive Committee since August 2015 where she has led the UNAA NSW Volunteering Program. She has a passion for sustainability in particular volunteering and community engagement. She is currently Group Sustainability Manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. In this role she has been involved in developing and executing the Bank’s sustainability strategy and communications. Carmen has previously advised the Board of Directors and Senior Executives of the St John Ambulance Australia on their first aid training market strategy and positioning. She has previously held roles at Qantas Airways in Sustainability and Corporate Finance. Carmen has a Master of Business Administration (Sustainability and Governance) and a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting. She is also a Certified Practising Accountant.
Mr Lindsay Mell EXECUTIVE MEMBER
With an academic background in sociology, Lindsay writes and presents broadly in this field. He has achieved a Masters in Applied Social Research, and Honours Masters thesis research in Social Psychology, along with an Arts degree, two Post-graduate Diplomas (Conflict Resolution and Public Administration), and a certificate in Human Resource Management. Lindsay’s career has thus far spanned teaching, journalism, and community development. Throughout his life, Lindsay has contributed to the coordination of many projects and programs through extensive inter-agency representation, including the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, Amnesty International Australia, and the Safety House scheme nationally. Lindsay is a former UNAA (NSW) President (2003-2007) and Vice-President. Since 1994 he has managed the organizations’ ‘Community’ portfolio.
Dr Peter Nadin EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Peter Nadin is a researcher, policy analyst and consultant based in Sydney, Australia. His research interests include UN peace operations, armed groups, leadership in UN missions and the UN Security Council. He has previously worked as a project associate at the United Nations University in Tokyo. Peter Nadin is a co-author of “Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping,” published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Routledge in 2015. Nadin has also published more than a dozen UN-related articles for the United Nations University, Lowy Institute for International Policy, and Pass Blue (a project of the Ralph Bunche Institute). He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Peace and Humanitarian Studies), a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a PhD from the Western Sydney University. His doctoral thesis was a study of the UN Security Council.
Mr Hugo Rojas EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Sydney, Australian born, with a Bolivian background, Hugo is fluent in Spanish & Advanced in speaking Portuguese. He has several years experience in the banking, finance, superannuation & real estate sectors. He is also a qualified mortgage broker and entrepreneur which lead him to his current role as the Founder and Executive Director of Libertus Mortgage Corporation Pty Ltd. Hugo currently holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership (PGDip), Diploma of Financial Services (Finance/ Mortgage Broking Management (DFS), Diploma in Financial Planning (DFP-RG146) and Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning (ADFP). In 2014 Hugo was elected to the UNAA NSW Division Executive Committee.
Ms Gemma Saunders EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Gemma has had 11 years’ experience working for financial and legal professional services firms in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney. She is a communications specialist, focusing on competitive tendering and pursuit strategy. Her role within the UNAA(NSW) Transformation Committee to date has been supporting communications and to raise community engagement. She was elected at the August 2016 AGM to the position of the Executive Committee.
Venerable Dr Thich Minh Tam EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Born in Vietnam in 1944, Dr Tam has established, led and worked with faith-based and hamanitarian NGO’s around the world for many years. He is the current Co-Vice President of the Institute for Global Peace and Sustainable Governance in Sydney and Rector of Hwa Yen Buddhist Institute Sydney. He also currently teaches Buddha Vinaya (Law of Buddha) and Buddhist doctrines in the Hue Nghiem Buddhist Academy since 2007, has taught Peaceful Conflict Resolution at the University of Sydney (2012-2013), has taught and trained Healing Meditation of Mind at Sydney University (2011-2013) and has taught NGO Management at the University of Hanoi in Vietnam 2007-2009.
Valerie Weekes EXECUTIVE MEMBER
The immediate past president of the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW), Valerie joined the Association in 1971 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 1992. She has held several interests in the UNAA(NSW) including: president, office manager, vice-president, acting treasurer, editor of “News and Notes”, and a leading event organizer. In the 1980s she was awarded a Peace Messenger Award by the United Nation’s Secretary-General. She received UNAA(Federal) Peace Award in 1996 jointly with husband (former UNAA(NSW) President Kenneth Weekes Esquire). Valerie’s career included being the long-time head of the english department of a New South Wales government high school. Her altruistic journey originally began at Sydney University when was she was elected by fellow students to the Students’ Representative Council to represent Arts (Women). Valerie has been honoured with Life Membership of the UNAA(NSW).
Mr Geoffrey Bernard William Little JP – EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Mr Kel Gleeson PAST PRESIDENT
Born in Sydney in 1955, Kel Gleeson served with the Australian Army for 20 years, retiring in 1992 as a Major. In that year he joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations as an international civilian, serving in Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, East Timor and Sudan, during which time he was awarded the Australian Overseas Humanitarian Medal for his services. He retired in 2006 and now is the Academic Manager for Williams Business College in North Sydney. He previously served for three years as President up until August 2016.on a Board in Nigeria and is a Member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.