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

Co-Deputy Chairs
Mengjie Zhang
Victoria University of Wellington
Julian Maclaren
Nelson AI Institute

Paul Geertsema
University of Auckland
Phil Morout
University of Waikato

Tangata Whenua representatives
Rory Clifford
HIT Lab NZ University of Canterbury

Daniel Wilson
University of Auckland

Diversity ChairGillian Dobbie
University of Auckland

Post-Doc member representativeFangfang Zhang
Victoria University of Wellington

Student member representativeKirita-Rose Escott
Victoria University of Wellington

Bing Xue
Victoria University of Wellington

Joerg Wicker
University of Auckland
Amanda J Williamson
University of Waikato

Diana Benavides Prado
University of Auckland
Reza Shahamiri
University of Auckland

Vithya Yogarajan
University of Auckland
Sandhya Samarasinghe
Lincoln University

Ruili Wang
Massey University
Kourosh Neshatian
University of Canterbury

Ji Ruan
Auckland University of Technology
Stephen Cranefield
University of Otago

Ho Seok
University of Auckland
Brent Martin
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research


Executive Director - Jannat Maqbool

What we offer

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

Past board members


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?