Executive Director
Alistair Edgar

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Dr. Alistair D. Edgar serves as the Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). He is Associate Dean of the School of International Policy and Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, where he has worked since 1993. Outside of the university, Dr. Edgar is president of the New Delhi, India-based International Jurist Organization;  a former National Board member of the United Nations Association in Canada; and Chair of the  Board of the Canadian Landmines Foundation. Dr. Edgar holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University, Canada (1993). He was the John M. Olin Doctoral Fellow in Economics and National Security at the Olin Institute, Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University in 1992-93, and completed a Certificate in Russian Studies at Moscow State University in 1995.


Brenda Burns
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Brenda Burns joined the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) as the Co-ordinator in 2008. ACUNS members and others will see her regularly representing ACUNS at events such as the UN DPI-NGO conference and the ISA Annual Meeting, and of course at all of the core Academic Council events. Prior to this, Brenda worked in a variety of positions at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2001, in the Development Office and the Special Events Office. Between 1996-2001, Brenda worked in public relations and special events roles in the not-for-profit sector (Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, KidsLink, Canadian Institute of Child Health). Brenda received her Diploma in Public Relations from Algonquin College in 1996, and her BA in Sociology from Carleton University, Ottawa in 1994. She also holds a   French Language Certificate from the University of Nantes, France (1990).


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Gwenith Cross
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Dr. Gwenith Cross joined the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) in 2012 as a PhD intern and Book Review Editor. In 2015 she became the Program and Technical Support Administrator. Gwenith is the online editor for the ACUNS website and all social media. She co-hosts podcasts and is the editor for the ACUNS podcasts. Gwenith also writes and designs communication materials and provides general administrative support. Gwenith completed her PhD in history at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is interested in issues relating to maternal and infant health and the history of medicine. Gwenith holds 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).


AnastasiaUfimtseva-photo Book Review Editor
Anastasia Ufimtseva
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Anastasia is the Book Review Editor at the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). She is pursuing a PhD at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (Wilfrid Laurier University). Her research focuses on China’s economic engagement with resource rich countries. Anastasia holds a MA in Political Science, specializing in International Political Economy, from the University of Waterloo (2014), and a BA (Honours) in Political Science with International Relations from the University of British Columbia (2013).

New Team
In July 2018, the Secretariat will transition to its new location at the Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University where Professor Math Noortmann will be Executive Director and the Secretariat will be led by a new team.