Institute Officers

Management Committee
Chairperson A/Prof Chris Hamer
Vice-Chairpersons Thich Minh Tam,Michael de Mol
Secretary Dr Daryl John Le Cornu
Treasurer Dr Wali Islam
Asset Custodial Committee
Head Robert Chong
Deputy Head Michelle Cavanagh

Advisory Board

Andreas Bummel, Director of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

Dr Bob Brown, former leader of the Greens Party

Prof Stephanie Lawson, Director, Research Cluster on Global, Regional and Transnational Governance, Macquarie University

A/Prof Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

Prof John Keane, Director, Sydney Democracy Network

Dr. Keith Suter, awarded the Australian Government’s Peace Medal in 1986.

Pera Wells, former diplomat, Director of the Model Global Parliament program.


Associate Professor Chris Hamer

Chris Hamer is a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Physics, University of New South Wales. He was formerly active in Scientists Against Nuclear Arms (SANA), now Scientists for Global Responsibility. He is the founder and President of the World Citizens Association of Australia. He teaches a general studies course on “Nuclear Arms and Common Security”, and has written a book on the topic of ‘A Global Parliament: Principles of World Federation’ (available through Amazon).


Venerable Dr Thich Minh Tam

Ven Dr Thich Minh Tam is a graduate of both the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. He is currently Chairman of the International Buddhist Organization for Culture, Education, and Social Development; Chairman of the International Peace Foundation; an Executive Director of DBM Global (a consultancy with the World Bank), and Vice-President of the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW), among many other positions.


Michael de Mol

Michael de Mol is a Senior Technical Officer in the School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences at the University of New South Wales. He is also a member of the Bahaí faith, and a long-term campaigner for peace and better global governance.


Dr Abul Wali Islam

Abul Wali Islam obtained a PhD in Health Science from the University of New South Wales in 1997.. He is the Founder and Director of Study Support Australia where he mentors and supports tertiary students with special interest in his PhD programs in health science and education. He is also Vice-President of the World Citizens Association of Australia, and Director of their Aid Project in Bangladesh.


Dr Daryl Le Cornu

Daryl Le Cornu is currently a history curriculum lecturer at the Australian Catholic University. He has had many years experience teaching history and legal studies in state schools in New South Wales. His last position in the NSW Department of Education was as the Senior Curriculum Officer for History at the Curriculum Directorate (2011-2102). As a high school teacher Daryl was a passionate support of student-led human rights groups. Daryl is an author of the Cambridge Legal Studies textbooks for the Preliminary and the HSC courses. His main areas of interest are peace groups in WW1, contemporary history, human rights, international law, world order, global governance and geopolitics. He is committed to teaching high school students about the United Nations and assisting them to understand current global issues.


Michelle Cavanagh

Michelle Cavanagh is a graduate of Macquarie University, a retired businesswoman and President of the NSW Dickens Society. She is a member of various organisations including Sydney Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and has been a member of World Citizens Association since its inception when she became the Society’s Treasurer. Michelle is the author of a biography of the Australian Peace Campaigner Margaret Holmes.

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Robert Chong

Robert Chong is Managing Director of Samco Australia P/L, and former General Manager, Samsung Corp. Australia.


Dr Bob Brown

Bob Brown is a public figure as politician, medical doctor, environmentalist, former Senator and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. As a Senator, Bob called for the Australian parliament to endorse the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly in 2010. He retired from the Australian Senate in June 2012, and has produced a new book entitled “Optimism”, where he includes several chapters on his call for a global parliament,.


Andreas Bummel

Andreas Bummel is chairperson of the Committee for a Democratic U.N. in Berlin and co-founder and director of the international Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly (CEUNPA) whose Secretariat is hosted by the Committee. He was trained in business administration and worked for a management consultancy firm before becoming a full time activist campaigning for global democracy and world federalism.


Professor Stephanie Lawson

Stephanie Lawson is a Professor in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, and Director of the Research Cluster on Global, Regional and Transnational Governance, and was formerly employed at the Peace Research Centre, Australian National University. Her research interests lie in the area of postcolonial approaches to history and politics in the Pacific Islands; postcolonialism in International Relations theory; indigenous nationalism in Fiji; and theories of culture in politics with a particular focus on the tensions between anthropological and humanist approaches; the politics of past and present; time, politics and ethics; contextual methodology and normative theory.


Associate Professor Jake Lynch

Jake Lynch is Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney; an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation and Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association, having organized and hosted its Sydney conference in July 2010. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg. He was an on-air presenter, anchoring over a thousand half-hour news bulletins for BBC World TV. Before that, he was the Sydney Correspondent for the London Independent newspaper, and a Political Correspondent for Sky News. Jake’s professional and research interests converge in the field of Peace Journalism, which is based on a set of distinctions in the media representation of conflicts. His book, A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict, was published by Routledge – the main output of his three-year research project of the same name, funded by the Australian Research Council.


Professor John Keane

John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). In 1989 he founded the world’s first Centre for the Study of Democracy in London. During his many years in Europe, The Times ranked him one of Britain’s leading political thinkers and a writer whose work has ‘world-wide importance’. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) recently described him as “one of Australia’s great intellectual exports”. His Life and Death of Democracy was short-listed for the2010 Non-Fiction Prime Minister’s Literary Award. He is the founder and Director of the Sydney Democracy Network.


Dr Keith Suter

Keith Suter is a futurist, thought leader and media personality in the areas of social policy and foreign affairs. He is.Consultant on Social Policy, Wesley Mission, Sydney, and Vice-President of the International Commission of Jurists (NSW). He was awarded the Australian Government’s Peace Medal in 1986, the International Year of Peace. He is the author of “A New International Order” (1981), and “Reshaping the Global Agenda” (1986), and was flagbearer for the world federalist movement in Australia for many years. He is also a member of the Club of Rome, a very prestigious global think-tank which includes people like Mikhail Gorbachev.


Pera Wells

Pera Wells is a former Australian diplomat whose postings to Africa, the United Nations in New York, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and to India inspired her to think deeply about how people in Australia, living in a multicultural, ethnically diversified, essentially egalitarian, democratic country on one continent, could help to start a conversation about the possibility of creating a global parliament. Her last appointment was as the Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations, so she brings to the IGPSG the hands-on experience of running a global civil society organization as well as a sense of pragmatic idealism about the future possibilities for democratic and inclusive global governance. She is the founder and Director of the Model Global Parliament program.