Professor Giselle Byrnes is Provost at Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, where she is responsible for providing strategic leadership to supporting learning and teaching, academic innovation, and quality assurance, in addition to advancing research and research commercialization across the University. A former Fulbright Scholar, Giselle is an internationally recognized historian and her major research contributions have centered on the dynamics and politics of settler-indigenous histories, public histories, and the politics of national history-writing.

An experienced leader in the higher education sector, Giselle has senior management experience serving universities in both New Zealand and Australia. She has a strong commitment to driving initiatives that enhance equity and access in higher education and sees teaching excellence and innovation as key mechanisms in improving student outcomes and addressing social inequities. Giselle is an advocate for the role played by universities in creating social, cultural, and intellectual benefits to the diverse communities that public universities serve.