Jane Nielson


Jane Nielson

 

Senior Analyst, Policy Branch, Ministry of Defence

 

Jane Neilson is a Senior Analyst in the Policy Branch of the New Zealand Ministry of Defence.

Her primary policy focus is on the security and defence impacts of climate change in the South Pacific. Jane officially joined the Ministry in December 2018 after completing 14 months in the role on secondment from
the New Zealand Defence Force.

Before focusing on climate change, Jane was an Asia-Pacific strategic analyst with the New Zealand Defence Force, a role she started in February 2014. Prior to her appointments with Defence, she was an intern at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium in 2012.
Jane holds a Master of Arts with First Class Honours in Political Studies and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Political Studies and French from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

In her free time, Jane enjoys swimming and is an international Brevet judge for New Zealand in rhythmic gymnastics – she volunteers at a gymnastics club in Wellington.