Who we are

Executive Director:

Todd Nachowitz, PhD

Dr Todd Nachowitz is the Executive Director for EarthDiverse.

Previously, Todd received a BA (1984) in South Asian Studies, minoring in Religious Studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), and an MA (1991) in Development Anthropology from Syracuse University (New York, USA) on indigenous resistance to large-scale development projects in India and Northern Québec. More recently (2015), Todd completed his PhD in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Waikato, entitled “Towards a framework of deep diversity: identity and invisibility in the Indian diaspora in New Zealand.” Drawing on the Indian diaspora in New Zealand as a case study, and utilising anthropological and demographic methodologies and policy assessment, his thesis views diversity and multicultural policy in both historical and contemporary contexts, and proposes a new framework for diversity governance.

Since 1980, Todd has spent over a decade living, studying and researching in South Asia, working in the fields of religious studies, anthropology, language teaching (Hindi and Urdu), cross-cultural education, demography, conservation and development. He has lived and worked in the United States, India, Pakistan and Nepal. Since December 1995, has lived and worked in New Zealand, first as Academic Director for a US-based undergraduate study-abroad programme in both indigenous studies and environmental conservation. More recently, Todd has been a part-time Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in the Studies in Religion programme at the University of Waikato, has been teaching Adult Education classes on religious diversity, and was the Centre Coordinator and a founding member of the Board of Trustees for the Religious Diversity Centre, based in Auckland (2016-2019). Todd is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO). His recent research publications have focused on the Indian Diaspora in New Zealand (2015, 2018 and 2019), and he is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Deeply Diverse: A Multicultural History of Aotearoa New Zealand.”

Board of Trustees:

Our Board of Trustees is currently being established so stay tuned!