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Returning from London: New executive director for NZIIA

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Dr Hamish McDougall is to be the Institute’s next Executive Director.

Welcoming the appointment, President Sir Anand Satyanand said that Hamish would bring considerable academic and communications skills to the position.

His most recent academic studies, for a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, addressed the effects of Britain’s entry into the European Community on New Zealand and vice versa. Additionally at the LSE, Hamish has been involved in course design and teaching, and in publications on the history of the New Zealand foreign service (a chapter on the role New Zealand played in the negotiations for European Community enlargement in 1970-1971) and on the international implications of the 1981 Springbok tour.

Sir Anand also noted Dr McDougall’s extensive career in corporate and marketing communications, working in public and private sector leadership roles in New Zealand and the UK. This recently included his leading communications for the launch of He Tohu, the award-winning exhibition of New Zealand’s iconic documents at the National Library.

Dr McDougall holds academic qualifications from Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, University of Oxford, as well as from LSE. He will take up his role as Executive Director in Wellington in January.