Executive Director

Mervin Singham

Mervin Singham is Executive Director for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in New Zealand.  He came to the role from the Department of Internal Affairs in which he was Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Governance and then Deputy Chief Executive for Stewardship and Organisational Sustainability for nearly six years. Prior to this role in 2013 he was the Director of the office of Ethnic Affairs for nine years.

Mervin has a particular interest in conflict resolution, public policy and inter-cultural issues. He has extensive experience in the field of human rights and was Chief Mediator at the Human Rights Commission. His achievements include several United Nations consultancy projects in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific.

Mervin has an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and a Masters Degree in Law with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland.  He has also attended executive management programmes at the London Business School and Harvard Business School in Boston.