The Governor-General HE Rt 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.

Mr Luke Qin JP

Luke Qin is the Treasurer of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and has been a member of the Institute since 2011. Luke is originally from Sichuan, the "Land of Abundance", home to world famous spicy cuisine and pandas.

He first arrived in Christchurch as a teenager and was selected to play 1st XV rugby for Linwood College in his first year in New Zealand, despite not knowing the rules of game previously. Aside from accidentally taking players out without the ball on a couple of occasions and pretending he did not speak English while playing rugby, he was a school prefect and received many academic and contribution awards. After graduating from Canterbury University, he worked as a journalist for a bilingual community newspaper and in B2B sales in Christchurch before relocating to Wellington to join the banking industry and complete his Masters degree in Applied Finance at Victoria University. He currently works as an International Trade Manager, looking after established exporters and importers for a leading bank in the central region.

Luke also serves as an Executive Committee member of the New Zealand China Trade Association, Chair of the New Zealand Chinese Association Wellington Branch, National Vice President of the New Zealand China Friendship Society, Board Advisor for Sister Cities New Zealand, Committee member of Hutt Multicultural Council, and leads the Affiliations, Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Integrity System Assessment programmes for Transparency International New Zealand. He is also a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network, British High Commission Successor Generation Initiative, Friends of Waiwhetu Stream, Hutt City Council Eastern Ward Community Panel, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace at the age of 27.

Luke has been serving as a volunteer firefighter in Lower Hutt. He received his long service medal and successfully participated in the Sky Tower Stair Challenge in 2018.

Acting Executive Director
Dr James Kember

Dr James Kember has recently been elected to the position of Chair of the Research and Publications Committee of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, an institution with which he worked prior to joining the New Zealand diplomatic service.

From 2014-2017, Dr Kember was New Zealand’s Ambassador to France, with cross-accreditations to Portugal and Senegal.   Immediately prior, he was New Zealand’s first full-time ambassador to the African Union and to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in September 2011, and was also responsible for Djibouti, Rwanda, Seychelles and Uganda.   From 2009-2011, he was the Director of the United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.   

Dr Kember served as New Zealand Ambassador to Viet Nam from 2006-2009.  Previously he was Director of Information and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade between 2004-2006.  His earlier foreign service career has included postings in Beijing, twice in Hong Kong (the more recent as Consul-General from 1998-2001), at the United Nations in New York, and as Private Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1994-1997).  He has also served as Consul in Nouméa, New Caledonia and as High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.  

Between 2001-2004, Dr Kember was the Director of the New Zealand Asia Institute at The University of Auckland.   During that period, and until 2006, he was a member of the board of the New Zealand Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council.    

Dr Kember is a member of the Advisory Board of The Journal of Comparative Asian Development, City University of Hong Kong. He co-edited China and New Zealand: A Thriving Relationship Thirty Years On, a series of lectures marking three decades of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the People's Republic of China.

In 2005, he participated in a Waseda University conference on the Institute of Pacific Relations, which has appeared as 'Walter Nash and the Institute of Pacific Relations: A Chapter in New Zealand's International Relations" in M. Yamaoka and G. Oshiro (eds), Towards the Construction of a New Discipline: International Conference Proceedings on the Re-evaluation of the Institute of Pacific Relations, Tokyo, Ronsosha, 2005, pp 37-52.

He also contributed to another NZAI initiative on corruption in Asia, published as "Corruption and Anti-­Corruption: An Afterword" in Nicholas Tarling (ed.), Corruption and Good Governance in Asia, London, Routledge, 2005, “New Zealand Diplomatic Representation in Southeast Asia: the 1950s and 1960s”, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 11,1 (June 2009), pp 385-401, “Vietnam-New Zealand Cooperation at Multilateral Forums: ASEAN, East Asian Summit and the United Nations” in International Studies (Nghien cu’u Quoc Te), No 2 (73), June 2008, pp 11-18 (in Vietnamese) and p. 123 (English summary).

Dr Ian McGibbon

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 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.

Yvonne Palmer

Chair of Research & Publication Committee

Dr James Kember

Standing Committee


Mr Don MacKay

Hon Dr Wayne Mapp QSO

Ms Tricia Walbridge

Dr Negar Partow

Ms Suse Reynolds

Mr Calvin Pleydell

Dr Anna Powles

Mr Stuart McMillan

Mr Simon Murdoch CNZM

Mr Andrew Wierzbicki

Mr Luke Qin JP

Dr James Kember - Chair of Research and Publications Committee

Dr James Waite - MFAT representative

Ms Lisa Marriner - Wellington Branch Chair

Dr David Capie - VUW representative


By Invitation

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