Dr Pedram Pirnia

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Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999

Email: pedram.pirnia@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University
Room MB217
South Campus
640 Great South Rd
Manukau
Auckland 2025
New Zealand

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • MA (Hons), Concordia University, Canada
  • BA, Concordia University, Canada
  • Results based Management (RBM) - Intensive training provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) - Ottawa, Canada

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • President of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) (Northern Branch)
  • Special Advisor for Sustainable Development Goals (UNA NZ)
  • Board Member of The Peace Foundation
  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development
  • Emergency interpreter and freelance translator for Interpreting New Zealand (fluent in four languages)

Biography:

Pedram has over twelve years of experience in humanitarian and international development arena having served the Canadian and the New Zealand Governments as well as civil society. Pedram has worked in different parts of the world including post-conflict settings such as Afghanistan and with vulnerable populations in remote Islands of the Pacific.

Over the last 10 years Pedram has travelled extensively in the Pacific region researching the mechanics of human rights and development aid. He is fascinated by the Pacific Islands, and the captivating ways of life and indigenous traditions. Pedram has a longstanding involvement in global human development challenges tackling varied human rights issues in different cultural settings as well as a proven track record of success in delivering international aid and design of international development projects. Pedram is currently the President of the Northern Branch of the United Nations Association of New Zealand and Board Member at the Peace Foundation.

Photographer
Pedram uses his camera as a political tool to highlight human rights issues. His photographic coverage includes five continents and features work on poverty, war, climate change, homelessness around the world and issues surrounding sustainable development.

Research Areas:

Pedram’s current research interests revolve around:

  • Human Rights with a Focus on Gender Equality
  • Communication in the Context of Development Aid, Emergency, and Disaster Management
  • Aid & Development Effectiveness
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030
  • Quantitative Tools for Measurement of the SDGs
  • Quantitative Tools for Measurement of the Principles of Ownership and Accountability
  • Cultural Awareness Studies
  • The Role of Civil Society in the Pacific
  • Art as a Development Tool
  • Refugees and Immigration Policies and Issues

Publications:

Conferences, seminars and presentations

Pirnia, P. Participated as the Marsden researcher at the Pacific Islands Forums Secretariat Conference on aid and development effectiveness in Suva, Fiji 2013.

Pirnia, P. Engaged at the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisation (PIANGO) Conference in Suva, Fiji 2011.

Pirnia, P. Represented the New Zealand Council for International Development at the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness OECD, Busan, South Korea 2011 on the occasion of the
signing of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation by ministers of developed and developing nations.

Pirnia, P. Represented New Zealand Council for International Development at the Open Forum Conference on Aid and Development Effectiveness: an international aid and development strategy conference. Ownership of development aid, accountability, and development effectiveness policy, 2010.

Pirnia, P. Represented the New Zealand Council for International Development at the Reality of Aid Conference; Towards formulation of Development Effectiveness Principles, Mexico City, 2010.

Pirnia, P. Represented the New Zealand Council for International Development at the Reality of Aid Conference; Towards Development Effectiveness, and identification of the Principles of Development Effectiveness, Mexico City, 2010.

Pirnia P. Represented New Zealand Council for International Development at the Reality of Aid Conference; Towards Development Effectiveness, Manila, Philippines, 2009.

Treaties and International Agreements

  • Assisted the Open Forum at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in identifying and drafting of the Principles of Development Effectiveness, 2011.

  • Assisted the Crown with the Treaty negotiations and drafting of cultural and financial redress of Māori claimant groups (Ngāti Manawa and Ngāti Porou, 2008). Provided policy and development advice and engaged in mediation and drafting of the Settlement Act while participating in Ngāti Manawa River and Waterways Treaty negotiations.

Awards:

  • Recipient of the Victoria University’s 2014 Top Scholar Award
  • Recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand scholarship administered by Marsden 2013
  • As the Special Envoy to Afghanistan in 2010, Pedram received The Key to the City of Bamyan from Governor Sarabi on behalf of the people of New Zealand