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Matariki Network Administration Team

Matariki Network Administration Team

Secretariat Team

 Contact: [email protected]

Lucy Turzynski – Matariki Network Manager (away until September 2024)

Lucy is the Matariki Network Manager, it’s her responsibility to develop, coordinate, monitor and report on all activities across the Network. She works closely with the Executive Board to define strategic priorities for the Network and also liaises with individual members to design and implement activities to help us achieve these priorities. It’s a challenging role at times, but she really enjoys interacting with Network colleagues to reach our objectives and develop new international opportunities for staff and students alike!

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys travelling to new places and running –  sometimes even combining the two!

Contact: [email protected]


Megan Olshefski – Matariki Network Manager (cover)

Megan began working for the Matarik Network by providing administrative support for the Secretariat team since 2022. As of September 2023, she is the current acting Matariki Network Manager covering for Lucy’s leave until September 2024. Alongside her work with the Matariki Network, she is a PhD researcher and filmmaker at Durham University’s Department of Archaeology, and a competitive swimmer for the Durham masters’ swim team.

Contact: [email protected]


Gayatri Iyer – Matariki Network Administrative Assistant

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Gayatri is a final year undergraduate student at Durham University studying International Relations and the Matariki Network Administrative Assitant.

Matariki Network Coordinators

Each member institution nominates a central MNU Co-ordinator to serve as the main contact point for network initiatives in their respective institutions and to act as a liaison point between their institution and the secretariat.  Enquiries relating to individual member institutions should be sent to MNU Co-ordinators.

Durham University

Joe Mulhern – Matariki Coordinator

Joe Mulhern is an International Partnerships Manager in Durham’s International Office. His geographic remit for partnership development includes North America and Japan, as well as a number of global networks including Matariki, RENKEI, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

In addition to his role in the International Office, Joe is also an Hon. Fellow of Durham’s Department of History, where he completed his PhD with a thesis entitled ‘After 1833: British Entanglement with Brazilian Slavery’. His first book project, informed by his thesis, is under contract and due for publication in early 2024.

Contact: [email protected]

Dartmouth University

Courtney Milo– Matariki Coordinator

Contact: [email protected]

Queen’s University

Heather Kincaide – Matariki Coordinator

Contact: [email protected]

Heather is Director, Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Vice-Provost, Global Engagement.

Csilla Volford – Matariki Coordinator

Contact: [email protected]

Csilla is the Global Partnerships Officer in the Office of the Vice-Provost, Global Engagement, with responsibility for the regions of Europe and the Americas.

University of Otago

Chriss Hamilton International Partnerships Coordinator for the University of Otago

In addition to overseeing our International Partnerships Policy, Chriss provides advice and support to staff, on any matter relating to Otago’s international partnership agreements. 

Additional role responsibilities include:

  • Matariki Network of Universities Coordinator;
  • Ambassador for the Association of Commonwealth Universities;
  • Manager of the Otago Office of the Confucius Institute of Auckland;
  • Liaison with New Zealand Centre at Peking University

Contact: [email protected]

Universität Tübingen

Dr. Karin Moser von Filseck – Matariki Coordinator

Karin is a staff member at the Research Division, unit for International Research Cooperation, of the University of Tübingen with main regional responsibility – beside Matariki – for research collaborations and strategic partnerships with East Asia, esp. Japan. She has worked as the Tübingen Coordinator since 2012.

Contact: [email protected]

University of Western Australia

Broderick Moncrieff – Matariki Coordinator

Contact: [email protected]

Broderick is the Global Engagement Manager for South Asia and the Americas at the University of Western Australia, responsible for partnership development and engagement activities in these regions.

Jacqui Dubbini – Matariki Research Seed Fund Coordinator

Contact: [email protected]

Uppsala University

Ellen Sjöholm – Matariki Coordinator

Ellen works as a Coordinator at the Unit for Strategic Research Support at Uppsala University where she serves as the Matariki Coordinator.

Contact: [email protected]