The UNAA has teams situated across Australia. With a small core staff and over 150 titled volunteers we work together to inform, inspire and engage all Australians regarding the work, goals and values of the UN to create a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.
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UNAA National Board
Major General (Retd) Michael G Smith AO – National President
Michael Smith is the National President of the United Nations Association of Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University, and a former Adjunct Professor at the Key Centre for Ethics, Governance, Law and Justice at Griffith University. Michael consults on peace and security issues and maintains a strong commitment to human rights. He has had a long association with the United Nations, including field experience in Cambodia, Kashmir, Libya, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor-Leste, and Yemen.
From 2008-2011, Michael was the founding Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, a multi-agency organisation established by the Australian Government in 2008 to support the development of national civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for, and respond more effectively to conflicts and disasters overseas. The Centre worked particularly closely with the United Nations, and contributed to Australia’s successful bid for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council.
From 2002-2008, Michael was CEO of Austcare (now Action Aid Australia), an international humanitarian and development agency committed to supporting under-privileged communities, including refugees and internally displaced persons affected by conflict, explosive remnants of war, violence and natural disaster. Under his leadership, Austcare significantly increased its funding and pioneered a ‘protection of civilians’ program with UN humanitarian agencies.
Major General Smith served for 34 years as an Army Officer in the Australian Defence Force. He graduated with the ‘sword of honour’ from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1971, and had a distinguished military career as an infantry officer. He was a member of the Defence Organisation’s Strategic Review writing team in 1993, served as Australia’s Defence Adviser to the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1994, and throughout 1999 was Director-General for East Timor. He was appointed as the Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 2000-2001, in recognition for which he was promoted from a Member to an Officer in the Order of Australia.
Michael has been active in international fora on issues relating to international security including security sector reform; peacekeeping and complex peace operations; R2P and the protection of civilians; ceasefire and arms monitoring; human security; and disaster relief. He has published articles and chapters on these issues, including a book Peacekeeping in East Timor: the Path to Independence (Lynne Rienner, London and Boulder, 2004).
Michael holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New South Wales, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Cranlana leadership programme, and the Company Directors Course at the University of New England.
Michael is married to Margaret Bain-Smith. They live in Sydney, Australia, and have three adult sons. Golf is their passion, and Michael’s downfall!
Michael Smith was elected as National President of the UNAA in September 2016.
Lidia Moretti – Co-Vice National President (Divisions / SA Division)
Teacher Educator at the University of South Australia for over 25 years. Taught English in the Foreign Language Department of Huizhou University, China for 6 years. Co-ordinator of Food and Wine Study Tour of South Australia for the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy. Led delegations to the Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre, held in Turin Italy, which included members of Govt, Australian Ambassadors to Rome, Business Leaders, SBS Broadcasting Network, Iconic Australian Chefs and members of UN Youth since 2006.
A member of the Australian Slow Food Communications Group. Hosts a weekly Information and Interview Radio Food Program on 5RPH (Vision Australia) since 2005. A Board Member of 5RPH and now on the Advisory Board of 5RPH(Vision Australia). An Honorary Member of Cittaslow Goolwa (Australia). A Delegate to the International Assembly of Cittaslow International Italy and the Netherlands since 2008. Co-ordinator of a Music Cultural exchange between Adelaide and the headquarters of Cittaslow, Orvieto, Italy. Member of the co-ordinating Committee for the Cittaslow International Assembly in Australia in 2017. A Member of Australian Institute of International Affairs. Ambassador for OZ Harvest Food Rescue Program since 2011. A member of UNAA(SA) since 2004, Vice President since 2010, National Vice President on the Federal Council since 2010. Represented Australia at the Meeting of the European Meeting of UNAA in Geneva. Committee Member of the Australian Committee for UN Women Adelaide Breakfast (SA). An active member of the Italian Community(SA). A Justice of the Peace.
Kathleen Turner – Co-Vice National President (Independent Directors)
Kathleen has a PhD in Politics and International Studies focusing on nationalism, ethnic conflict and conflict resolution frameworks in Southeast Asia. She has demonstrated a keen commitment to the UN Charter, its ideals and objectives through a 14 year career, which has seen her responsible for driving effective economic and social development through foreign aid investments and incorporating environmental, social and governance issues into the mainstream investment decision-making of Australian and international companies.
Currently, General Manager of a leading health and consultancy firm servicing global clients in the international aid sector and extractive industries, Kathleen is also President of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council in Queensland, an Independent Board Member of the Griffith Asia Institute and Chair of the G20 Joint International Business Chamber Initiative.
Dr Russell Trood (1948 – 2017) – Immediate Past National President
Russell Trood was Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University. He was also a member of the Board of the Australian-American Fulbright Association.
Previously to that, Professor Trood was a Liberal Senator for Queensland in the Australian Parliament, serving as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and as a member of the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and the Joint Committee of Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade, among other positions. In 2012 he completed an appointment as the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Australia for Eastern Europe.
From 2011 to 2014, Prof Trood was Adjunct Professor in the Defence and Security Program in the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has been a member of the Councils of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the National Library of Australia, the Foreign Affairs Council, the Board of the Australian Indonesia Institute, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Professor Trood published extensively on international relations, Australian foreign and defence policy and Asian security and taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses on many different aspects of international relations. He gave a large number of lectures, addresses and papers on Australian foreign policy and international security in Australia and abroad.
Dr Trood served as National President of the UNAA from in August 2012 to August 2016 when he had to stand down due ill-helath.
The UNAA National President prior to Dr Trood was The Hon Robert Hill AC from 2009-2012.
Matthew Kronborg – National Executive Director
Matthew Kronborg commenced as the Executive Director of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) in 2014. Prior to this he sat as Vice-President of the UNAA NSW Division for two years. Until mid-2014 Matthew worked as the senior advisor for environmental and community strategy at the Qantas Group. In this role he improved the airlines performance with outstanding success that ultimately won the company numerous prestigious awards including the world’s top award for airline sustainability, the ATW Eco-Pioneer Airline of the Year Award 2013. Over several years at Qantas starting via their graduate program he also worked in other roles covering commercial strategy, finance, project management, government affairs, public relations and marketing.
Born in Melbourne, Matthew has a graduate academic background in law, sustainability, commerce, and aerospace engineering. In 2010 he was awarded a Fellowship Scholarship at the Centre of Sustainability Leadership and in 2014 named a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper’. He is often regarded as a polymath with expertise stretching from law, international relations, environmental sustainability, climate change, global systems, business management, aviation, renewable energy technologies to public policy, geopolitics and history. An exciting emerging leader, he also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards and committees. As some fun facts, he holds an active Commercial Pilots Licence, is an enthusiastic global traveller and during his university days worked as a ski instructor in both Australia and Japan.
Harold Wilkinson – National Secretary
Harold Wilkinson comes to the UNAA with a particular focus on development issues having started out his professional career with a PhD in agricultural science. He spent three years working for the Quaker United Nations Office at the UN in New York on youth related issues, one of which was the start of United Nations Volunteer Program. Harold was subsequently on the board of the Freedom From Hunger campaign and the Christian World Service arm of the National Council of Churches.
Harold has been involved with the UNAA since 1978 and has served on the Federal Executive in several different positions including President and Vice President. Currently, Harold is the Vice President of UNAA (ACT) and is the UNAA National Treasurer.
Tony Dobson – National Treasurer
Tony is a CPA qualified accountant and Registered Tax Agent who has a wealth of experience and expertise working in both the commercial and not for profit sectors, assisting a wide variety of small to medium sized organisations. Skilled in compliance, reporting and business strategy, Tony has a proven track record dealing with a diverse range of people and business situations. Tony’s qualifications include Master of Business Administration, CPA Professional Status and Bachelor of Business in Finance & Accounting.
Donnell Davis – Board Member (QLD Division)
Donnell Davis, from rural Queensland, gained 25 years diverse experience in government, followed by 16 years working locally and internationally with private sector and charities. She studied and practiced accounting, audit, evaluation, public policy, ethics, sustainable development, urban and regional planning, environmental law, urban design, climate governance, women’s policy and interdisciplinary innovation. She now consults, teaches and writes.
Donnell was UNAA Queensland auditor before becoming a member, treasurer, secretary and vice president over the past 2 decades. She co-authored in 2008 ‘Australia: Re-engaging with the UN’. Her active involvement includes UN Habitat (elected governing council 22 NGO spokesperson), CHOGM (2001-2015), UNEP Foresight Project, UNESCAP, EAROPH (Asia Pacific Planning and Human Settlements), and Commonwealth Human Ecology Council country representative since 2001, and recently with ICAT (joint initiative of UNDP, World Resource Institute and UNEP DTU partnership for transformational change). However, she believes we also have to “do it in our own backyard” and co-founded Friends of SEQ in 2000.
Jonathan Curtis – Board Member (ACT Division)
He currently leads the Research Branch in the Australian Parliament. His previous roles have included positions in the criminal justice and national security areas of Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, Senate Committees and the Department of Defence. Jonathan has also been a member of several Australian government delegations to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
Jonathan has a Bachelor of Laws (University of Tasmania), Master of International Law (ANU), and a Master of Public Policy (ANU) and is a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the ACT.
Stephen John Lennon – Board Member (WA Division)
Steve is a qualified scientist and engineer, with a primary degree in Chemistry and a Masters and Doctorate degree in Materials engineering. He is an experienced company director, having held Board positions on state and private companies in South Africa and the USA, as well as numerous not for profit entities. His independent, non-executive experience has been strongly supported by a rich executive career in Eskom, which is South Africa’s State Owned power company.
He is widely recognised for his expertise in the sustainability area and he has held numerous international leadership roles in this area. He is also recognised as an international expert in the energy sector, with specialist knowledge in sustainability, energy technology (fossil, nuclear, renewables and delivery systems), climate change and renewable energy.
Steve has a strong local and global network through advisory roles and various executive and non-executive leadership roles. For several years, he was Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Innovation – an advisory body to South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology – as well as Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Environment Commission. In the latter role, he engaged extensively with the United nations as the voice of International Business. These engagements included climate change negotiations, water and energy, as well as input to the formulation of the Sustainable Development goals in Johannes-burg in 2002 and Rio in 2012. He has worked with UNEP, UNDP and UNIDO. In particular, he was part of the advisory team in the formulation of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) programme which was a programme run by UNIDO and supported by the office of the Secretary General.
Steve is regarded as an effective business leader with a reputation for constructive input to various global forums such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the United Nations Global Compact and the International Chamber of Commerce.
He is currently Managing Director of Shanduvan (Pty) Ltd, a specialist energy, sustainability and strategy advisory service and investment holdings company, based in Perth, providing high-level advisory services in Southern Africa, Australia and the USA. He is also Chief Executive of SolaJoule Pty Ltd, an efficient lighting, electrical services and point of use solar technology company.
Steve was elected President of the United Nations of Australia – Western Australia Division, in October 2016.
Brian Gleeson – Board Member (Independent Director)
Brian has over 40 years experience working in Government and International Organisations. He served a twelve-year term at the UN as Resident Coordinator in Libya, UNDP Senior Advisor in the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery and Director of the Office of Human Resources in New York. Brian was also Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women, a member of Kofi Annan’s Management Reform Group and has worked for, and with, the WHO, UNICEF, OCHA, UNESCO and WFP.
A strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, in 2009 Brian was appointed to the statutory position of Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Affairs. Brian has also held SES positions in the Departments of Treasury and Finance and the Public Service Commission.
Brad McManus – Board Member (Independent Director)
Brad is an experienced director and a professional coach specialising in high performance. He brings to the UNAA Board more than 20 years of experience leading organisations, coaching high performing individuals and building high-performance environments. A 40under40 alumnus and the recipient of a Davos Australian Leadership Award, he is listed in the Who’s Who in Business in Australia.
Brad is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Company Director Course Diploma with Order of Merit. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Human Resources Institute. In additional, he is a member of the Governing Council at Edith Cowan University, Chairman of the ECU Foundation Board and an Advisory Group member with the internationally renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Patricia Jenkings – Board Member (NSW Division)
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 Ph.D. 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.
Clarissa Adriel – Board Member (Tas Division)
Clarissa Adriel is a registered occupational therapist based in Hobart currently coordinating settlement services for migrants and refugees. She chairs of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists International Advisory Group on Human Displacement, and founded the Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (OOFRAS) network. After 15 years practice experience and volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers, Clarissa became increasingly passionate about the United Nations (UN) and the role of civil society in recognition that humanitarian responses alone can’t solve political problems.
Invited to speak at a United Nations Association Australia (UNAA) event in 2013, she drew on experiences of coordinating the visit program of Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support in Pontville Immigration Detention Centre, and her experience from the documentary “Mary Meets Mohammad” in a UN Refugee Convention themed UN Day. Enthused to discover UNAA she bought herself a ticket so she could join as a member at the same time! Since then she’s used the UNAA Report Card on the UN in local presentations, and has been invited to speak also at a UNHCR sponsored panel in New Zealand, and at the 2nd World Intercultural Dialogue Forum in Azerbaijan. Clarissa Adriel was elected as Tasmanian Division President August 2016.
Michael Henry AM – Board Member (Vic Division)
Michael was an intern at the UN in New York in the early 1970s and went on to work for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), based in New York. He was responsible for education and research programs in South East Asia, as well as programs in the Philippines and South Pacific. On returning to Australia, Michael undertook UNFPA needs assessments in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Tonga and renewed a long-standing interest in NGO development issues.
Michael has served substantial terms as Chair for Oxfam Australia and Deputy Chair of Oxfam International, retiring in 2012. He is currently a member of the Council of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (Victoria) and is Managing Director of the Strategy Shop, in Melbourne.
Ron Mitchell – Board Member (NT Division)
For over a decade Ron Mitchell has been working with the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory (MCNT), a NGO based in Darwin that works with migrants and refugees, and is currently its Program Manager. He has also worked with the Northern Territory Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Darwin.
Ron has expertise in providing services for the local multicultural community and through his membership of local human rights and social justice networks works to identify and address needs in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. He has extensive networks within all ethnic communities on the Northern Territory and across Australia.
Ron is sensitive to the intrinsic settlement and integration challenges for people from non-English speaking backgrounds. As a dedicated community advocate and volunteer, Ron is passionate about promoting social harmony and interfaith dialogue through programs and activities that facilitate social inclusion and bring communities closer together.
Ron also has experience as a qualified environmental scientist, trained horticulturalist and teacher.
Jonty Katz – Board Member (UN Youth Australia)
Jonty started on the UNAA Board in 2017, and is also the National President of UN Youth Australia. Jonty has been involved in UN Youth Australia in a variety of roles since 2012. Across that time period, Jonty served as the President of NSW Division, as well as working on the National Executive for a year as Chief International Operations Officer. Jonty has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) and is currently finishing his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney.
Since discovering the Sydney Morning Herald at a young age, Amelia has been interested in human rights, politics and the growth of the social sector. She provides overall communications management and is responsible for the UNity newsletter, managing the UNAA’s presence on social media as well as growing the UNAA brand.
Amelia has a Master of Arts in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Sydney. Her dissertation was on human rights communication and the challenges faced by international organisations like the United Nations. After completing her undergraduate degree, Amelia moved to Spain where she lived for two years. She currently lives in London and is the Head of Communications and Marketing for Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue. She is also on the Board of Directors for two non-profit organisations.
Candice Woods – Online Communications Advisor
Candice is a Ph.D. candidate, undertaking her 3rd year of doctoral research in Behavioural Science (in Relation to Medicine) at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Passionate about the celerity and dynamics of social marketing and the non-profit industry, Candice has a strong interest in the reduction of global non-communicable diseases (NCD), in particular, preventable cancers, human rights and access to healthcare across differing cultures and socio-demographics.
Candice has previously completed both her Bachelor and Master (with Distinction) degrees at the University of Newcastle and comes with a professional background in health and marketing. Candice is expected to complete her Ph.D. in 2017.
Phoebe Frederick – Pacific Project Facilitator
Since 2012 Phoebe Frederick has been interested in international relations after becoming involved with UN Youth Queensland. That interest developed into a passion as she went on to hold the role of Queensland Education Director and Cairns Conference Convenor. She is currently the convenor for the Aotearoa Leadership Tour which brings together the best and brightest young Australians to discuss indigenous issues.
She is studying a Bachelor of Law/Arts (Public Policy/International Relations) at the University of Queensland and is a volunteer at human rights law firm, Boe Williams Anderson. Over the past year she has also volunteered with 180 Degrees Consulting, the world’s largest pro bono consultancy for non-profits and social enterprises. Her clients have included the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and 2016 Young Australians of the Year, Orange Sky Laundry. Phoebe currently works as a business analyst for a boutique software development company. She hopes to one day enter the legal or consulting sector to make a difference about the issues she cares about including youth education, gender equality, indigenous reconciliation, and human security.
Alexander Weilsmann – United Nations Day Campaign Advisor
Alexander’s expertise is in government and international relations, diplomatic and ceremonial protocol, and policy analysis and development. Alexander’s has held senior positions in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Office of Veterans’ Affairs, NSW Centenary of ANZAC Advisory Council, Executive Officer to Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC as Chair of the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council; Inaugural Registrar of NSW War Memorials; and Principal Adviser to the Consul General (then Special Attaché to now Ambassador) of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to Australia.
Alexander is engaged by governments, institutions, corporate sector and individuals. His current role includes being: Special Adviser on Timor-Leste to the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch); Protocol Manager for the Remembrance Driveway Committee linking Sydney to Canberra (Roads and Maritime Services), Attaché to His Excellency Dr Jose Ramos-Horta GCL AC, Special Attaché to His Excellency Xanana Gusmão of Timor-Leste GCL CNZM (on Australian visits); and Her Excellency Estela Ferreira, Goodwill Ambassador for Timor-Leste.
Alexander’s voluntary roles include being: a Director of the Australia Timor-Leste Business Council; and National Chair of the Government Relations and Protocol Committee; Liaison ufficiale principale between the ANZAC Memorial Returned and Services League of Australia Corps of Guards (NSW), and St Mary’s Cathedral; and a member of the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW).
Alexander is a Master of Public Policy (The University of Sydney), a Master of Arts (International Relations) (The University of New South Wales) and holds tertiary qualifications in public sector management.
Monica Lillas – VIC Co-Convenor
Monica is a co-convener of the UNAA Young Professionals in Victoria and is passionate about engaging with and inspiring young people to contribute positively to the world and effect change. By day, Monica Lillas is an intellectual property lawyer at international law firm K&L Gates. Her work focuses on enforcing and defending intellectual property rights, including trademarks, copyright, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese language major) from the University of Melbourne. She studied international law in Switzerland and worked at the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne.
Monica is a strong advocate for social justice and was previously a volunteer and chairperson of the board of the community legal centre, Youthlaw, Young People’s Legal Rights Centre, from 2012 – 2016. She is a member of Victorian Women Lawyers and participates annually as a mentor in their mentoring program.
Rebecca Jinks – VIC Co-Convenor
Rebecca is a Senior Consultant with ACCSR. Her work focuses on embedding sustainability and CSR concepts and practices into business operations. In this capacity, she has extensive experience working with companies to embed sustainability principles, consistent with business objectives, including workforce engagement opportunities into business operations. Rebecca’s experience is in the property and construction, insurance, finance and government sectors. Her record of accomplishment includes working with executive management teams of global clients to achieve meaningful behaviour change to realise sustainable outcomes. Projects include transitioning employees to flexible working arrangements and developing programs to improve workforce sustainability and staff engagement. She has been instrumental in driving change from conception to implementation including resource efficiency, sustainable supply chain management, sustainability & CSR risk management and workforce sustainability projects.
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental) from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Environmental Management and Sustainability at Monash University. She is also the Co-Convenor of the United Nations Association of Australia Young Professionals in Victoria. Engaging, empowering and educating professionals to make positive social and environmental change through their work and day-to-day lives. Similarly, she sits on the committee of management for the Welcome Group, working to integrate and home refugees across Victoria.
Laure Fournier – Co-Chair, Event Manager
Laure has always had a great interest in international law and international relations. After having graduated from a Bachelor of Laws in France specialized in International and European Law, she joined a 1 month- Human Rights internship program in Argentina. She then undertook an exchange year, studying International Law, at the University of Queensland, Australia. After that, she graduated from a Master of International Relations at Griffith University. During her time in Griffith, she also interned for the Australian Institute of International Affairs, for which she was writing Human Rights-related columns in the organisation’s regional magazine. In addition, she undertook an internship in the National Transport Insurance, as a legal intern. Today, she is a Juris Doctor candidate at Bond University.
In February 2016, she joined the United Nations Association of Australia – Queensland and, in March, she co-launched the UNAA Young Professionals network in Queensland, which pursuits the following mission: bridging the voice of youth to drive and engage meaningful global change.
Maryanne Crooks – Co-Chair, Event Manager
Having worked in both the finance and recruitment sectors for a number of years, Maryanne left the corporate world last year to pursue her true passions in International Affairs. She is currently studying a Masters of International Relations at the University of Queensland and has been a Research Assistant for the University of Sydney’s Centre of International Security Studies working on James Der Derian’s Project Q. The purpose of the Q Symposium was to explore how the future of quantum computing will impact global peace and security. In addition, she has also worked with The Hunger Project Australia as a Monitoring and Evaluation intern where she edited investor reports for epicenter projects in Malawi, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh while providing updates on the progress made towards a range of maternal health, education, and community empowerment goals.
After relocating to Brisbane, Maryanne co-launched the UNAA Young Professionals Network in Queensland with the aim of seeing more young people engaged in the work of the UN and its ideals. Maryanne has a Bachelor of Business where she majored in Marketing and minored in Applied Economics and has also completed a Graduate Certificate in International Relations at the University of Sydney. During her down time she likes to be with friends and explore new cafes or enjoy some of Queensland’s finest beaches and hinterland.
UNAA Social Media
Candice Woods – Online Communications Advisor (UNAA National and UNAA YPN social media accounts)
Candice is a Ph.D. candidate, undertaking her 3rd year of doctoral research in Behavioural Science (in Relation to Medicine) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Passionate about the celerity and dynamics of social marketing and the non-profit industry, Candice has a strong interest in the reduction of global non-communicable diseases (NCD), in particular, preventable cancers, human rights and access to healthcare across differing cultures and socio-demographics.
Candice has previously completed both her Bachelor and Master (with Distinction) degrees at the University of Newcastle and comes with a professional background in health and marketing. Candice is expected to complete her Ph.D. in 2017.
She is currently a Ph.D. Scholar with an ARC grant in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Newcastle in Australia, where she has taken one year of absence to work as a Ph.D. Researcher with the UNWTO’s Sustainable Tourism Programme in Madrid. Her passion is to work in wildlife and cultural conservation through sustainable tourism development and practices.
UNAA Goodwill Ambassadors
Professor Ramesh Thakur
Professor Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance. He was formerly Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University (and UN Assistant Secretary-General). Educated in India and Canada, he has held full-time academic appointments at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, the University of Otago in New Zealand, and the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has also served as a consultant/adviser to the Australian, New Zealand and Norwegian governments on arms control, disarmament and international peace and security issues.
Ramesh was a Commissioner and a principal author of The Responsibility to Protect, and Principal Writer of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s second reform report. He was a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Foundation Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario. He is presently Co-Convenor of the Asia–Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (www.a-pln.org).
Ramesh’s recent books include Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey; The Responsibility to Protect: Norms, Laws and the Use of Force in International Politics; The Group of Twenty (G20); The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy; Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015; Nuclear Weapons and International Security: Selected Essays; and The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect.