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                               11 March 1999

Appointment of new UNU/ILA Director announced

United Nations University Rector Hans van Ginkel has announced the appointment of Dr. Kennedy Graham as Director of the UNU International Leadership Academy (UNU/ILA). Located in Amman, Jordan, the UNU/ILA aims to train potential leaders through direct interaction with present leaders and a series of seminars and group training activities related to pressing global issues.

The post, which was advertized internationally in September 1998, drew more than 160 applicants. From a short-list of six top candidates, Rector van Ginkel appointed Dr. Graham, a New Zealand national. Dr. Graham takes over as UNU/ILA Director from Professor Hideo Sato, Special Adviser to the Rector, who acted as interim director and chair of the search committee during the candidate search. Dr. Graham served from 1972 to 1988 in the New Zealand foreign service, specializing in foreign aid, UN, and disarmament issues. From 1989 to 1995 he was Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action, a New York-based worldwide network of legislators committed to transnational cooperation on global problems. He most recently served as Director of Planning and Coordination of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm.

Dr. Graham holds degrees from the Universities of Auckland and Victoria (Wellington) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston). He has been awarded Fulbright, Fletcher, and McCarthy scholarships, and in 1995 was the Quartercentary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, UK. Dr. Graham has authored several books and published numerous articles on the subjects of global security and democracy.

This spring, the UNU/ILA will hold an Extended Leadership Programme on “Leadership in Multicultural Settings” from 6 to 20 April for a select group of former participants. UNU/ILA’s 3rd International Leadership Programme will be held from 28 July to 31 August. The theme of this year’s programme is “Leadership in Conflict Resolution and Peace-keeping.”

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