Diplosphere works with a network of high profile experts across the world.
Terence O'Brien is a former New Zealand Diplomat. Served as Ambassador to the UN (including on the Security Council), to the European Union (EU), and as Ambassador to WTO-GATT and European Office of UN. Earlier assignments were in Southeast Asia, South Pacific and Europe and as Assistant Secretary for Political-Security affairs as well as Head of the Economic Directorate of the Foreign Ministry. Founding Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand (CSS:NZ). He has written and lectured widely on international and regional relations, security affairs and New Zealand foreign policy.
Gerald McGhie (QSO)
Gerald McGhie (QSO) is a former diplomat who served in Samoa, New York, Moscow (twice), Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and Korea. He has been involved in aid and peacekeeping missions to the Pacific as well as international conferences in New York, Washington Belgrade, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Lisbon. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Wellington he was involved in Divisions ranging from Middle East and African Affairs to the Pacific. Since retiring in 2003 Gerald McGhie has been the Director of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and for three years chaired the New Zealand Chapter of Transparency International (the anti-corruption agency). He has written extensively on international affairs for publications in New Zealand and Australia.
Richard Fletcher, BA, LLB (Auckland 1979); LLM (Public Law) (Auckland 2009), is the principal of Woods Fletcher & Associates with a specialist focus on dispute resolution, public, employment and entertainment law. Prior to entering the profession 17 years ago, Richard spent two decades working in the media – including for Radio New Zealand and in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for the “National Business Review”. Richard contributes regularly to a range of publications on legal issues. He has appeared in a range of courts and tribunals over the years, including the Court of Appeal, High Court, and Employment and Environment Courts. He has negotiated settlements in major commercial, public and employment disputes, in some cases involving millions of dollars. In his spare time, Richard indulges his wide range of musical tastes with a bit of guitar playing and sound system restoration. He also enjoys collecting furniture and having a quiet drink with friends and family.
Ugo Guarnacci works at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. Ugo's main research areas are: resilience, disasters, climate change adaptation, gender, sustainable development. In addition, Ugo is a researcher in Economics, Department of Economics, at the University of Reading (UK). He received a MSc in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna and a BA degree in Development Economics from the University of Rome La Sapienza. Ugo is also a member of the research team of The Climate Food and Farming Research Network (CLIFF), an initiative launched by the CGIAR Challenge Programme, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Ecology, University of Copenhagen. Last but not least, Ugo Guarnacci is a research analyst for “Mapping the World”, a joint-project by the University of Bologna and Le Monde Diplomatique.