ACUNS is proud to announce the appointment of Mary Farrell, Stephen Browne, Eunsook Chung, and Cristián Gimenez Corte to the Board of Directors for three-year terms, effective June 2015.


mary 120 x 145Board Member: Mary Farrell

Mary Farrell is a Professor in International Relations at the University of Plymouth. She was previously Reader in European and International Politics, and Jean Monnet Chair in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich (London, UK), where she was programme leader for the MA International Relations. She was educated in Ireland, and received her PhD from London School of Economics. She has extensive experience of teaching in universities in Europe, Africa, and Asia, with a particular focus on global governance, development studies, comparative regionalism, and the role of the United Nations in peace and security. Professor Farrell is an international expert on the inter-connection between global and regional governance systems, and is currently working on a research project addressing the place of Africa in the international system. She has published widely on issues relating to international development policy, the role of international organizations in global governance, inter-regional cooperation and Africa-EU relations, and the European Union in the United Nations. She is a participant in several international research projects and networks, and acts as a consultant to the European Commission and national scientific bodies on research funding evaluation and project reviews.

stephen-browneBoard Member: Stephen Browne

Stephen Browne is co-founder, Future UN Development System (FUNDS) Project and Senior Fellow, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Graduate Center, City of New York.

He worked for more than 30 years in different organisations of the UN development system, sharing his time almost equally between agency headquarters and country assignments in three different developing regions. In the 1970s he worked as an economic researcher in Thailand. In the 1980s, he was the humanitarian coordinator in Somalia. In the 1990s, he was the UN Representative, first in newly-independent Ukraine during its early transition, and then in Rwanda during a period of post-conflict reconstruction.

More recently he was convenor of the UN system poverty task-force, and focal point in UNDP, New York, for poverty and social policy, finance for development and capacity development. His last UN job was Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre in Geneva, the city where he now resides.

He was trained as an economist at Cambridge and Paris Universities and worked as an economic consultant in London before joining the UN. He has researched, written and published books and articles on aid and development throughout his career. His books include The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Routledge, 2012), The UN Development Programme and System (Routledge, 2011), The International Trade Centre (Routledge, 2011), Aid and Influence (2006, London, Earthscan), Developing Capacity through Technical Cooperation: country experiences (2002, London, Earthscan) (Editor); Beyond Aid: from Patronage to Partnership (1999, London, Ashgate Publishing); Development Challenges in Asia and the Pacific in the 1980s, (1991, Honolulu, East-West Center) (Co-editor), and Foreign Aid in Practice (1990, London, Pinter Publishers & New York, NY University Press).

eunsookBoard Member: Eunsook Chung

Eunsook Chung is Senior Research Fellow at the Sejong Institute, Korea. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Ohio State University (1991) and BA & MA, Korea University, South Korea. Previously she served as Vice-President of the Sejong Institute (2011-2012) and Director of Research (2009-2011). Chung was a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Visiting Fellow at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs and the Austrian Institute for International Affairs. Her areas of study include International Security, International Organization, Global Governance and UN, Korea’s Foreign and Security Policy and Russia’s Foreign and Security Policy. She is a member of the Policy Advisory Committees in the Republic of Korea (Ministry of Unification and ROK Navy). Her books and monographs include Global Governance and International Security: Issues and Actors (Seoul: Hanul, 2012) ; Policy-Making of USA, China, Japan, and Russia toward the Korean Peninsula (The Sejong Institute, 2010); Korea’s Foreign Policy toward the Developing World since 1948 (Seoul: Haul, 2009)

cristianBoard Member: Cristián Gimenez Corte

Cristián Giménez Corte joined the United Nations, Office of Legal Affairs, General Legal Division in 2010 where he is currently serving as Legal Officer. In this role he provides legal advice, assistance and support concerning the day-to-day activities of the United Nations, including its regional commissions and peacekeeping missions. During his UN career he has held several positions including, Legal Officer, Office for Outer Space Affairs; Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Office on Drugs and Crime; Drug Control Officer, International Narcotics Control Board.

Previously he was partner at Alemandi, Alessio and Gimenez Corte law firm in Sante Fe, Argentina. He received his PhD in Law from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina in 2007 and completed Post-Doctoral Studies at Columbia University, Law School, New York (2012-2013).

His books include Usos Comerciales, Costumbre Jurídica y Nueva Lex Mercatoria en América Latina [Commercial Usages, Customary Law and Lex Mercatoria in Latin America], ( Ábaco Editorial, Buenos Aires, 2010) and The International Drug Control Conventions, Compilation of Drug Control Treaties (United Nations, New York, 2009)