Professor Hayes is a professor of International Relations in the Global Studies School at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and executive director of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability in San Francisco and of Nautilus at RMIT. Previously, he worked at many international organizations including the UN Development Programme, Asian Development Bank, and Global Environment Facility. He was founding director of the Environment Liaison Centre in Kenya in 1975. He has traveled, lived, and worked in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa and has visited North Korea seven times. He works at the nexus of security, environment and energy policy problems. Best known for innovative cooperative engagement strategies in North Korea, he has developed techniques at Nautilus Institute for seeking near-term solutions to global security and sustainability problems and applied them in East Asia, Australia, and South Asia. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.