Program Faculty


Brett Berquist is Director International at the University of Auckland where he leads a team of 35 staff to support internationalization efforts at the university.  He has a demonstrated history of success across the industry and is a skilled professional in international relations, enrolment management, fundraising, student development, policy analysis and research.  Previously, he served as the Executive Director, Office of Study Abroad at Michigan State University and Executive Director, International Programs at Western Michigan University.


Trudie McNaughton is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity) at the University of Auckland. She leads the Equity Office and is a member of the University Senior Leadership Team. Trudie advises the Vice-Chancellor and Council on fulfilling the university’s commitment to equity in employment and education. Her previous roles and experience include Executive Director of the New Zealand Equal Employment Opportunities Trust, membership of the Human Rights Review Tribunal, Career Services Board, ministerial advisory groups including on gender and immigration, and international think-tanks about work life balance.


Pamela Roy has over 14 years of experience in international higher education and constituent relations. She completed her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in 2014. She was recently invited as a guest speaker at the 2016 annual NAFSA Association for International Educators conference to discuss her research on best practices and ethical considerations for engaging with host communities in the Global South. A list of her publications and scholarly presentations can be accessed at: http://www.pamelaroy.net/cv.html. In 2017, she led Diversity Abroad’s inaugural Global Institute for Inclusive Leadership to Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Roy presently serves as the Manager of Learning & Assessment at Diversity Abroad, a leading voice on access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education.


Damon Salesa is the Director of Pacific Strategy & Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland. His 2012 award winning book Racial Crossings: Race, Intermarriage, and the Victorian British Empire won him the coveted International Ernest Scott Prize; it sheds light on the discourse of racial amalgamation and ideology of New Zealand, and how race preserves inequality. As a historian, he is committed to researching cases brought against the Samoan and New Zealand governments. His current work in progress focuses on Samoans and how they tell their own histories. Damon is the first person of Pacific Island descent to become a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.


Tracey McIntoshTracey McIntosh is Professor in Indigenous Studies and Co-Head of Wānanga o Waipapa at the University of Auckland. She has served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and was formerly the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Equity) and Joint-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga: Māori Centre for Research Excellence. She has lived and taught in Tonga, France, Burundi and Fiji; her doctoral work focused on the Rwandan genocide and systemic violence. Her current research expertise includes process marginalization and identity issues with Māori, and systematic suffering and state crimes internationally.


Bianca RansonNgapuhi, Ngati Kahu ki Whaingaroa

Bianca Ranson is the Founder and Director of Potiki Adventures. In 2003, Bianca founded the organization as a way to incorporate her Maori beliefs and value into the workplace so that she may share the passion she has for her culture with visitors in a way that is tangible – on the land and through marae experiences. Bianca says, “Sharing our culture with people through first-hand experience of our community is not a product designed for tourists, instead it is a real life glimpse into our people and culture of Waiheke Island. People witness how we exist as Maori today through an understanding of our history of colonization, resilience and resistance. Our culture gives us the traditional knowledge to build the wellness of our people and protection of our natural environment.”