Her Excellency The Right Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO
Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO

The Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand is a New Zealander with family linkages to Fiji and India.  Born, raised and schooled in Auckland, and graduating from the University of Auckland, he pursued careers as a lawyer, judge and ombudsman before serving as the country’s 19th Governor-General from 2006 to 2011. He and his wife Susan have been long term supporters and members of the Institute in Auckland and Wellington.  Sir Anand served on the Standing Committee in the early 2000s standing aside from this when he became Governor-General and taking up the position of patron. He returned to the Standing Committee in 2016 and was elected President at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.
External to this, he has maintained a long association with the Commonwealth, having helped deliver a training programme for newly appointed Ombudsmen from 1998 onward. In 2013, he began a four year association as Chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation, the civil society counterpart of the Commonwealth Secretariat. In this capacity he played roles in Commonwealth Peoples Forums alongside the CHOGM meetings in Sri Lanka in 2014 and Malta in 2016. He led the Commonwealth Observation Group into the 2017 National Elections in Papua New Guinea. He has also maintained a long term interest in Transparency International becoming a member of the Transparency International’s Advisory Committee and a member of the International Anti-Corruption Council, based in Berlin. At present he is chairing a New Zealand Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care which is expected to function until 2020. He lives in Wellington with his wife Susan. They have three adult children and grandchildren.


vice president
Emeritus Professor Rob Rabel
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) (VUW)

Emeritus Professor Roberto Rabel is a Professorial Fellow at the Centre of Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). He is a Senior International Adviser for VUW, having recently retired as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement) after 10 years overseeing the University’s internationalisation strategies and activities. He holds a BA Honours degree in History and International Politics from VUW and a PhD in History from Duke University, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1986 to 2006, Professor Rabel taught in the History Department and then held management roles at the University of Otago. He is the author or editor of over 40 books and articles, including an official history, New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy (2005). He is National Vice-President of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Professor Rabel has previously chaired the Advisory Boards for the Centre for Strategic Studies-New Zealand and for the Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America. He was also a member of the Advisory Board for the New Zealand Centre at Peking University and held management responsibility for Victoria’s Confucius Institute. Professor Rabel holds a Medal “For the Advancement of Vietnam’s Education Cause” from the Vietnamese Government and the “Bene Merito” Medal for services to Poland abroad from the Polish Government.

Executive Director
Mrs Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien

Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Her mission is to stimulate curiosity in world affairs in New Zealanders of all stripes. Since joining the NZIIA in August 2015, Maty has focused on reaching out to new more diverse audience through dozens of initiatives: panel discussions, seminars, books and articles. This has led to a marked uptick in attendances, media coverage, conversations, and connections. Maty is the first woman leader of the Institute in its 82 year history. Prior to the NZIIA, Maty founded and directed Diplosphere, a successful and innovative think-tank. Maty has also led EU-funded projects in Paris and negotiated international trade deals between French and Middle Eastern businesses. Maty’s main interests are the international relations of the Middle-East, conflict resolution, economic diplomacy, Iran and US foreign policy. She is the author of various articles and a French book on Maoritanga and speaks French, English, German and Persian and has some knowledge of classical Greek and Maori. Maty holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and degrees in Languages and Political and Socio-Economic Studies from the Sorbonne and in Iranian Studies and Philology from the French Institute for Oriental Studies.

Dr Ian McGibbon ONZM

Dr Ian McGibbon has been managing editor of the NZ International Review since 1981, as well as a member of the NZIIA's standing and research committees. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, he was an historian with, successively, the Ministry of Defence, Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage from 1971 to 2013. His published works include the 2-volume official history of New Zealand's involvement in the Korean War, the official history of New Zealand's combat and other operations in Vietnam, a history of New Zealand's involvement in the Second World War and the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History. He has also edited several volumes of diplomatic correspondence and published guidebooks to Gallipoli and the Western Front. Since 2009 he has been New Zealand's representative on the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Anzac Battlefield at Gallipoli. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to historical research.

Mrs Tina van Erpers Roijaards

Tina is a versatile person with a background in political science from Victoria University of Wellington and previous experience in the voluntary service (education and event coordination) and in administration at the Bank of New Zealand. Tina values working in an environment with high work ethics and has a great interest in other cultures.


Chairman of Research & Publication Committee

Dr James Kember


Standing Committee

The Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO KStJ
Mr Don MacKay
Hon Dr Wayne Mapp QSO
Ms Tricia Walbridge
Dr Negar Partow
Ms Suse Reynolds
Mr Calvin Pleydell
Mr Simon Murdoch CNZM
Mr Stuart McMillan
Mr Andrew Wierzbicki
Dr Anna Powles

Dr James Kember - Chair of Research and Publications Committee
Mr Luke Qin JP - Treasurer
Ms Lisa Marrinier, Wellington Branch Chair
Mr Reuben Levermore - MFAT representative
Dr David Capie - VUW representative



By Invitation

Dr David Capie - Director, Centre for Strategic Studies, VUW