John R. Mathiason, Board Chair

Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

John R. Mathiason is the Board Chair of AIMS and is Adjunct Professor at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) of Cornell University since May 2012. He teaches graduate courses in International Public and NGO Management and Evaluation of International Programs and Projects.  He is also Adjunct Professor at the College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry of the State University of New York since May 2012 where he participates in doctoral panels.
Dr. Mathiason has over forty years experience in improving the workings of the international public sector. Drawing on a 30-year career with the U.N. including as Deputy Director of the Division for the Advancement of Women where he had a major role in planning the Fourth World Conference on Women he has worked extensively in program and project planning and evaluation both within international organizations and through technical assistance. He teaches strategic planning and evaluation at the graduate level as Visiting Lecturer at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs of Cornell University and he was previously Professor of International Relations at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Administration at New York University. He works in English, Spanish and French, and has a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T.

He was Professor of International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University from 1999 through May 2012.  He was also Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Administration of New York University from 1994-2003.

At the Maxwell School he taught distance collaboration and in-person courses in International Public and NGO Managements, Evaluation of International Programs and Projects and Qualitative Skills in International Relations. He was Program Manager for International Education and Distance Learning in the Executive Education Program of the Maxwell School, where he facilitated courses in results-based management.   He was the Director of the Geneva Practicum, a summer graduate internship program of Syracuse University Abroad from 2005-2011, and was a research associate of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict (PARC) and the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA). He was previously Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and Assistant Professor of Communications at the University of Washington.


He was a career staff member of the United Nations Secretariat for over twenty-five years, having started with the United Nations as a technical assistance expert in evaluation of social aspects of agrarian reform in Venezuela in 1966. Joining the United Nations Secretariat in 1971, after three years on the faculty of the School of Communications of the University of Washington, he held posts dealing with rural and community development, program planning and coordination and spent two years in Pakistan as a development assistance administrator for UNDP.

His last nine years in the United Nations were as Deputy Director of the Division for the Advancement of Women. In that capacity he was responsible for managing substantive preparations for and support to the negotiation process during the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. He was the principal drafter of many United Nations publications including the 1994 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development, Women in Politics and Decision-making in the Late Twentieth Century (1992), Popular Participation in Decision-Making for Development (1975) and Systematic Monitoring and Evaluation for Integrated Development Programmes (1978) as well as many reports of the Secretary-General.


As Managing Director of Associates for International Management Services, he has provided management training and advisory assistance to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Provisional Technical Secretariat of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, the United Nations International Institute for Training and Research for the Advancement of Women, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the Research Cooperation Program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, the Club of Madrid, the International Labour Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development. He directed the Independent External Evaluation of the ILO’s Evaluation Function. He was the team leader in the evaluation of the UNODC Global Programme against Money-Laundering, of the review of the Management and Accountability System of the United Nations Development System and was the lead consultant to the Intersessional Working Group of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification for the mid-term evaluation of the UNCCD’s ten-year strategy. He has directed or participated in training in Internet accessibility, policy research and advocacy for the United Nations, the ASEAN Secretariat, Disabled People’s International, the World Blind Union, the Economic Opportunities Commission of Hong Kong and UNDP-Ecuador. He has directed evaluations for the SSM Foundation of the Dominican Republic and done policy analysis and advocacy planning for AARP and Disabled People’s International.  He is the team leader for external evaluation quality assessments for the United Nations Population Fund and for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.  He is a member of the External Evaluation Advisory Panel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.


Professor Mathiason’s research interests are focused on means of improving the management of the international public sector. He has published on United Nations reform (including articles in the journal Public Administration and Development  on program planning in the reform process entitled “Who Controls the Machine“). He organized, moderated and read a paper in a panel on UN reform at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in Toronto in 1997. His article “What Kind of International Public Service Do We Need in the Twenty-first Century” was published in Global Governance in April-June 2008. He organized a panel at the 2009 International Studies Association annual meeting on The United States and the United Nations: Looking Forward to a Post-Westphalian World where he read a paper entitled “The United States and UN Managment: Ideology, Politics and Money since 1945 to the Future.” He has also done research and published on international governance of the Internet including papers to the International Studies Association and the International Telecommunications Society and he moderated a panel at the Harvard Conference on the Impact of the Internet on Communications Policy. He is a member of the Internet Governance Project and with his colleagues Profs. Milton Mueller, Jeanette Hoffman, Hans Klein, Derrick Cogburn and Lee McKnight, has prepared papers on Internet governance in preparation for the World Summit on an Information Society and on its follow-up. He has done research on disarmament and read a paper on one element, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, at the annual meeting of the Northeastern International Studies Association in 2001. A book entitled Eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction: Prospects for Effective International Verification, written with Berhanykun Andemicael was published by Palgrave/Macmillan in March 2005 in the United Kingdom and the United States. A second book, Invisible Governance: International secretariats in global politics, was published by Kumarian Press in January 2007. His third book entitled Internet Governance: the New Frontier of Global Institutions was published in the Routledge series on international institutions in August 2008. He edited a special edition of the Journal for International Organizations Studies on the management of climate change for Spring 2013 and prepared a concept paper that was originally presented at a Colloquium on Global Governance at the University of Delaware.  He currently provides comment on the United Nations General Assembly for the Annual Review of United Nations Activities published by Oxford University Press.

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