Dr. Nassrine Azimi
Senior Advisor, UNITAR; Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Law, Hiroshima Shudo University
Nassrine Azimi co-founded and currently coordinates the Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative (http:www.unitar.org/greenlegacyhiroshima), a global campaign to disseminate and plant worldwide seeds and saplings of trees that survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
At the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Azimi established the Hiroshima Office for Asia and the Pacific in 2003, and was its first director until 2009. Prior to her work in Hiroshima she had been UNITAR’s coordinator of environmental training programs, deputy to the executive director, and chief of the Institute’s New York Office, which she reopened in 1996 and directed for five years. She is currently a senior advisor at the Institute.
Azimi has published extensively on UN peacekeeping and peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction, environmental and cultural governance, and Asia. Her latest book, released in French, Japanese and English, is about Beate Sirota Gordon and her father Leo, both prominent artistic and cultural figures in Japan and the United States.
Azimi has a doctorate in cultural studies from the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, University of Hiroshima, a post-graduate degree in urban studies from the School of Architecture, University of Geneva, an MA in international relations from Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International Studies, and a BA in political science from the University of Lausanne. She is currently Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Law at Hiroshima Shudo University.