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Bryan Gould chairs first UNESCO meeting

Bryan Gould chairs first UNESCO meeting

Former Waikato University vice chancellor Dr Bryan Gould (CNZM) will chair his first meeting of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO this
week after his appointment in October.

Media expert, Paul Smith has also been appointed to the National Commission as its Communications and Information specialist.

"The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO welcomes Dr Gould and Mr Smith's appointments. They bring a wealth of experience and exceptional
leadership skills to our organisation and our team looks forward to working with them," says former acting Chair and National Commissioner, Dr Andrew

Dr Gould replaces former Chair, Dame Silvia Cartwright, who resigned due to commitments as a trial judge on the United Nations Tribunal investigating war crimes in Cambodia. Mr Smith replaces retiring communications specialist, Laurence Zwimpfer, as chair of the Communications Sub Committee.

After a career in the British Parliament, Dr Gould held the position of Vice Chancellor of Waikato University for ten years until he stood down in 2004. A director of Television New Zealand, he also chairs the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology and the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. In 2005 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and in 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Waikato.

Communications and media law specialist, Paul Smith has written several best-selling social histories. He recently chaired the National Council of the Society of Authors and is a board member of NZ On Air.

UNESCO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that was set up in the wake of WWII. The organisation promotes international co-operation among
its 193 Member States and six Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.


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