Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāi Tahu
Professor Christine Kenney (Te Āti Awa (Kāpiti), Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāi Tahu), is the Kaiwhakahaere of Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa, EQC Māori Disaster Research Centre, Professor of Disaster Risk Reduction and Executive Director of External Relations for the School of Psychology, at Massey University. Her research explores disasters in relation to risk reduction, collaborative governance, emergency management, Indigenous Peoples, gender, climate change, health, cascading hazards, resilience, terrorism, and humanitarian issues.
Christine has global expertise in implementing research and policy projects with UN agencies, WHO national and local authorities as well as communities, and her work with Indigenous Peoples has been internationally recognised as best practice. The inaugural Chair of the UNDRR/ISC Indigenous Disaster Science caucus, she is also a contributing author to the United Nation's 2022 GAR Global Assessment Report, appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Emergency Management and represents New Zealand on the non-economic losses committee of the UNFCCC's Warsaw Mechanism.