A half-time Director and full-time Manager are responsible for the Challenge's operations.
Director: Prof. Shane Cronin
Shane has a background in volcanology, and has published over 150 international works and supervised over 20 PhD students to completion. He is a three-time successful Marsden Fund Principal Investigator, was awarded a ~$1 million international research exchange with South Korea and led the >$8 million Living with Volcanic Risk Programme, from its inception in 2003 until 2015. With research leadership and experience in Germany, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the South West Pacific, Shane has worked on a wide spectrum of resilience areas, spanning: community engagement, emergency management, hazard, health-impacts and risk assessment as well as the fundamental underpinning processes of volcanic eruptions.
Manager: Anne-Marie Rowe
Anne-Marie has around 20 years of experience in university research management, more recently at Victoria University of Wellington, with previous research management roles at Massey University and University of Otago's Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has also worked in diverse health-related portfolio and project management and funding roles at the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards, the Medical Council of New Zealand, Ministry of Health, and some time spent as a funder of ESOL education services at the Tertiary Education Commission.