Queens honour for CSU honorary doctor

1 JANUARY 2003

An alumna of CSU in Bathurst and recipient of a CSU honorary doctorate has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday honours list announced today.

Dr Emma LeslieAn alumna of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst and recipient of a CSU honorary doctorate has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday honours list announced today.

Dr Emma Leslie has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 'For significant service to international relations through the facilitation of a network of conflict transformation and peace practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region'.

Dr Leslie and her husband live in Siem Reap City, Cambodia, where she is Executive Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS).

In December 2014 the CSU Council conferred the award of Doctor of Education (honoris causa) on Dr Leslie in recognition of her outstanding contribution as a respected and sought-after international leader in conflict resolution in the Asia-Pacific.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said "Congratulations are certainly in order for Dr Leslie. Her commitment to international conflict resolution in Cambodia and the Asia-Pacific region deserves to be commended.

"Dr Leslie's contribution to the 'public good' through her work as a teacher, internationally recognised peace-builder and global citizen is extraordinary and we are very pleased to celebrate her success in receiving a Queens Birthday honour."

Dr Leslie was raised in Bathurst and attended primary and high school in Kelso. She is the daughter of Michael and Annette Leslie, both of whom worked for many years at CSU in Bathurst. Emma is also the granddaughter of the former Bishop of Bathurst, Dr Ernest Kenneth Leslie.

Reflecting on her Member of the Order of Australia, Dr Leslie said, "This honour is affirming, not just for me, but all the peace builders I have had the privilege to work alongside in in the Asia pacific region; most especially my husband Ngarm whose home country Cambodia has shown such resilience in recovering from over 30 years of bombing, genocide and civil war."

She says of the CPCS's work, "We apply a conflict transformation perspective to all activities, rooted in the belief that conflict is natural and presents opportunities for change and growth.

"Conflicts are not something to be 'resolved' but rather to be transformed.  Through this approach, transformation at the personal, institutional and societal levels, particularly the transformation of how the conflict is understood, translates into new approaches."

More information about the CPCS and Dr Leslie can be found here.

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Dr Leslie has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics (Australian National University), a Graduate Diploma in Education (CSU in Bathurst), and a Master in Development Studies (Deakin University).

Dr Leslie's service includes:

Founding Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cambodia, since 2007

Director, Master of Arts in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies Course, Pannasastra University since 2004

Honorary Doctorate in Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia (2014)

Consultant, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden (2012-Present)

Teaching on the United Nations mediation and dialogue course for political affairs officers

Nominee for Nobel Peace Prize, 1000 Women for Peace Nomination (2005)

Co-founder and Core Group Member, ACTION International Network (1999 – present)

Member, Board of Directors, Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association

(ADHOC) (2005 –2006)

Vice Moderator, Justice, Peace and Creation Advisory Group, World Council of

Churches (WCC) (1999 – 2003)

Moderator, Christian Conference of Asia Youth Program Committee (1995 to 2000)

Co-Founder and Coordinator, Action Asia Network, 1999-2013.

Observer of the peace talks between the Myanmar Government and the Karen National Union, since 2012.

Member, Advocacy Programs in Burma, East Timor and Indonesia, National Council of Churches in Australia, 2000.

Researcher and Advocate, Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines, Cambodia, 1997-1999.

Field Officer, Anglican Board of Mission Australia, 1993-1996.

Board Member, Youth Resource Development Program, current.

Board Member, Cambodian Youth for Peace, current.

Consultant, Conciliation Resources and Member, International Contact Group for the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Kuala Lumpur, 2011.

Consultant, Responding to Conflict, United Kingdom, 2000-2008

Researcher, Strengthening Partnerships for Peace Project, 2001-2002

Visiting Tutor, Working with Conflict Course, 2000-2001

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