Executive Director
Math Noortmann
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Professor Math Noortmann serves as the Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). Math is Professor in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, which he joined in November 2014. Before that he held teaching and research positions at Universities in the Netherlands, Singapore, Germany, and the UK. Holding a PhD in International Law and a MSc in Political Science, his research is informed by a transdisciplinary understanding of the function of politics and law in global governance. He is particularly interested in the delicate balance between the need for societal security and order and the protection of human dignity. His current research focuses on the roles, rights and responsibilities of non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, the role of private security companies in the organization of (global) security governance, human dignity, and transnational (organised) crime. Math has worked with and within non-governmental organizations in the fields of environment, development and humanitarian aid, and managed academic and societal projects in Romania, Indonesia and South-Africa. He is affiliated with the Security Institute for Governance and leadership in Africa of Stellenbosch University and is the editor-in-chief of the Routledge Series on Non-State Actors in International Law, Politics and Governance. His most recent research projects investigate maritime crimes, and illegal fishing in Indonesia and ‘imaginative scenario planning for law enforcement organizations, and his most recent and forthcoming publications address, transnational law, NGOs, and private security in South Africa.


IMG_0030Secretariat Manager
Gwenith Cross
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Dr. Gwenith Cross is the Secretariat Manager for the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). She joined ACUNS in 2012 when it was based at Wilfrid Laurier University, working first as a PhD intern and Book Review Editor (2012–2015) and then as Program and Technical Support Administrator (2015–2018). When the Secretariat offices transitioned to the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University Gwenith started a new role as the ACUNS Secretariat Manager. Gwenith works with ACUNS members at events and throughout the year; is the editor for ACUNS publications; and co-hosts and edits the ACUNS podcasts. Gwenith holds a PhD in History from Wilfrid Laurier University (2018), a MA in History from Dalhousie University (2009), a BA Honours in the History of Science and Technology from the University of King’s College (2007), and a BA from the University of Auckland (2005).