Focused on ensuring the association is on the right path

The Artificial Intelligence Researchers Association is a society driven by our vision, purpose and objectives. We look to our volunteer Governance Board and Executive Committee to ensure that the association is on the right path. 

The Governance Board operates in accordance with a Constitution and works collaboratively to set strategic direction, procure necessary resources, and make key decisions aligned with the Association’s vision, purpose and objectives.

Subject to the Constitution the Executive Committee with support from an Executive Director works with the Board to deliver on the Association's vision.


Albert Bifet
University of Waikato

Richard Green
University of Canterbury

Deputy Co-Chairs

Mengjie Zhang
Victoria University of Wellington

Julian Maclaren
Nelson AI Institute



Bing Xue
Victoria University of Wellington

Phil Morout
University of Waikato

Tangata Whenua representatives

Karaitiana Taiuru
Taiuru & Associates

Kirita-Rose Escott
Victoria University of Wellington

Post-Doc member representative
and Diversity Chair

Fangfang Zhang
Victoria University of Wellington


Student member representative

Nuwan Gunasekara
University of Waikato


Conference Chair

Gillian Dobbie
University of Auckland



Paul Geertsema
University of Auckland

Yun Sing Koh
University of Auckland

Amanda J Williamson
University of Waikato

Diana Benavides Prado
University of Auckland

Reza Shahamiri
University of Auckland

Thomas Li
University of Canterbury

Sandhya Samarasinghe
Lincoln University

Ruili Wang
Massey University

Jesse Wood
Victoria University of Wellington

Ji Ruan
Auckland University of Technology

Stephen Cranefield
University of Otago

Heitor Gomes
Victoria University of Wellington

Brent Martin
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Varvara Vetrova
University of Canterbury


Executive Director - Jannat Maqbool

What we offer

  • Annual conference
  • Networking
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Promotion
  • Information

Past board members


Rory Clifford - University of Canterbury

Daniel Wilson - University of Auckland

Joerg Wicker - University of Auckland

Vithya Yogarajan - University of Auckland

Kourosh Neshatian - University of Canterbury

Ho Seok - University of Auckland


Pat Riddle - University of Auckland

Albert (Wai) Yeap - Auckland University of Technology

Jiamou Liu - University of Auckland

Jack Copeland - University of Canterbury

Rodelyn Jaksons

Researchers and students

We encourage all individuals who are actively researching Artificial Intelligence (AI) or in an area related to or using AI to apply for membership and contribute to a thriving AI research ecosystem in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Interested in becoming a member?