Athena Nguyen is the Gender Advisor within the Office of the Rector. She advises on the University’s implementation of its Policy on Gender Equality and Action Plan, including gender mainstreaming and gender parity, and aligning UNU’s efforts with gender equality initiatives within the wider UN system.
Athena holds a Doctor of Juridical Science from the Monash University Faculty of Law in Melbourne, Australia. Her doctoral thesis examined legal accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse during peacekeeping operations.
Her previous professional experience includes working in advocacy and campaigning with Amnesty International; capacity building with civil society across the Asia-Pacific with Oxfam; providing support in human rights court case interventions with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission; and working as a consultant for UN Women. She has published in the areas of gender and human rights.