Major General Dave Gawn served two years as Head of Mission to the UN Truce Supervision Organization; since 1948, the organisation has worked between Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The military observers monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements and work to prevent incidents from escalating. He will speak about the day-to-day realities of peace-keeping in one of the most complex and enduring areas of conflict. Anna Gawn was able to accompany her husband to cities where few outsiders go; her photographs show how ordinary people try to just keep on living as usual.
Thomas Nash is one of the founders of New Zealand Alternative – an organisation that is keen for the country to develop an independent foreign policy, including building up a role in peace mediation. Previously, Thomas was a leading strategist within the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He led the global campaign to ban cluster bombs, resulting in an international treaty in 2008, and in 2011
co-founded London-based disarmament organisation Article 36. Thomas is Adjunct Lecturer in Politics and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Massey University.