Senator Douglas Roche, O.C. - Chair
Former Canadian Disarmament Ambassador
The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., is an author, parliamentarian and diplomat, who has specialized throughout his 35-year public career in peace and human security issues.
Mr. Roche was a Senator, Member of Parliament, Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. He was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988.
Mr. Roche holds seven honourary doctorates from Canadian and American universities and has received numerous awards for his work for peace and non-violence, including the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation for World Peace Award (Canada) and the United Nations Association's Medal of Honour. In 1995, Pope John Paul II presented him with the Papal Medal for his service as Special Adviser on disarmament and security matters, and in 1998 the Holy See named him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He received the 2003 Peace Award of the Canadian Islamic Congress and the 2005 Luminosa Award for Unity from the Focolare Movement, North America. In 2005, he was given Lifetime Achievement awards from both the Canadian Pugwash Group and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In addition to being Chairman of MPI, he is a member of the Pugwash Council, which won the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for its work for nuclear disarmament.
He is a member of the Order of Canada and a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great at the Holy See.
Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, P.C.
Former Prime Minister, Canada
Kim Campbell served as Canada's nineteenth and first female Prime Minister and previously held cabinet portfolios as Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and Minister of National Defence and Veterans Affairs. A champion of women's rights, Ms. Campbell is the current Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders - women who have been president or prime minister of their countries. She is a Senior Fellow of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America in Boston and serves on advisory committees for the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, Northeastern University and the School of Public Policy at UCLA.
Executive Director, IPPNW
Michael joined the IPPNW organization in 1988 with a background in environmental economics and political activism. He describes his visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1989, and to the downwind community of Karaul near the former Soviet nuclear test site in Kazakhstan in 1990, as "life changing." Michael led IPPNW's World Court Project to persuade the World Health Organization and the United Nations to challenge the legality of nuclear weapons at the International Court of Justice. As Director of Programs from 1996 to 1998, he was responsible for numerous projects and campaigns on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and helped to launch IPPNW's landmines campaign. Michael was appointed Executive Director in January 1998.
Nicholas Dunlop is co-founder and Executive Director of the e-Parliament, an initiative to link up the world's democratic members of parliament and congress into a global forum based partly on the internet. He was previously Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action, an international network of legislators. In 1984, he coordinated the launching of the Six Nation Peace Initiative, bringing together a group of heads of government to work on nuclear weapons issues. In 1987 he was a co-recipient of the first Indira Gandhi Peace Prize. More recently, he was Executive Director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 citizen groups in 160 countries. Nicholas Dunlop is a citizen of Ireland and New Zealand, and divides his time between Wye, England and Brussels, Belgium.
Dr. Scilla Elworthy
Oxford Research Group
Dr. Scilla Elworthy holds a PhD in political science and is the former Director of the Oxford Research Group, which she founded in 1982 to analyze how and by whom nuclear weapons decisions are made worldwide. She has been a consultant to UNESCO as well as research director for Minority Rights Group, before she managed a self-help organization in Africa. She is the author of many books and reports on defence and security issues and a gifted public lecturer in Europe, the United States, Russia, China and Japan. Her most recent book is "Power and Sex. A Book About Women" that shows how to replace distorted notions of 'male' power and domination with an inner power, developed through body, mind and spirit.
In 2002 Dr. Elworthy received the Japanese equivalent to the Nobel Peace Prize, the Niwano Peace Prize
President, Global Security Institute
JJonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, is also Senior Advisor of the American Bar Association's Committee on Arms Control and National Security. He is Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the UN, and serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the Lawyers Alliance for World Security, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Bipartisan Security Group, and the Middle Powers Initiative. Mr. Granoff has lectured worldwide emphasizing the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is an award-winning screenwriter, and has been featured in more than 30 publications. He has practiced law in Philadelphia as an individual practitioner, in several medium sized firms, and as in-house counsel in a public company. He chaired the special session on Terrorism and Threats to Humanity at the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome in 2004 where he represented the International Peace Bureau, a Nobel Peace Laureate organization.
Project on European Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Dr. Karel Koster (1951) is a sociologist, specialised in the relation between war, diplomacy and political change. He runs the Netherlands section of the Project on European Nuclear Non-Proliferation (PENN-Nl) in Utrecht, is a member of the executive of the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI) and European coordinator of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). He has specialised in nuclear weapons issues since 1996, with emphasis on political advocacy and co-ordination of anti-nuclear campaigning, nationally and internationally. He is the co-author of books and papers on NATO, Dutch security policy, post Cold War order, the Gulf War and Turkey and developments in NATO nuclear weapons policy and various op/eds on nuclear arms issues published in Dutch newspapers and periodicals.
Dr. David Krieger
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Dr. David Krieger is founder and president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. NAPF is a non-profit, non-partisan international educational organization. He holds a PhD in political science and is a graduate (cum laude) of the Santa Barbara College of Law. NAPF has initiated several important peace projects such as a World Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and a Magna Carta for the Nuclear Age calling for individual accountability for crimes under international law. Krieger who has made the abolition of nuclear weapons a life-time commitment, is the author and editor of numerous books on global issues: disarmament, technology, earth citizenship, and editor of the Waging Peace Series. He also serves as adviser to a number of foundations including the Foundation for the Establishment of an International Criminal Court and the Committee of 100 for Tibet.
Ron S. McCoy, M.D.
Ronald McCoy retired in 1996 as an obstetrician and gynecologist in order to devote more time to the work of nuclear disarmament, in the hope that the 20,000 babies he delivered over 40 years could live in a safer, nuclear-free world. In 1988, he founded the Malaysian affiliate, Malaysian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, of which he is still chair. He became Vice-President of the Asia-Pacific Region of IPPNW in 1993, and served as federation Co-President in 1996 and in 1998. He was a member of the Malaysian government's delegation when it made its oral submission on the legal status of nuclear weapons to the International Court of Justice in 1995 and of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in 1996. Dr McCoy is married and has three children.
Ambassador Miguel Marín-Bosch
Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Mexico
Miguel Marín Bosch is the former the Deputy Foreign Minister of Mexico for Africa, Asia, Europe and the United Nations. A career diplomat, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1969 and one year later obtained first place in the Mexican Foreign Service entrance exams. In 1976 he reached the rank of Minister and was designated Ambassador in 1979. From 1994 to 2002 he was an Eminent Ambassador. Foreign postings included the Permanent Mission to the United Nations (1975-1976 and 1983-1988 as Deputy Permanent Representative) and the Permanent Mission to the International Organisations based in Geneva (1971-1975, Deputy Representative to the Disarmament Conference 1977-1979 and Permanent Representative 1989-1995). From 1995 to November 2000 he served as Consul-General in Barcelona. He devoted his attention mostly to multilateral affairs, especially disarmament matters. Since 1999 he has been a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which he presided over in 2000. He studied history at Yale University (obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in 1964) and at Columbia University (Master’s degree in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1996). He has been professor at Mexico’s National University (UNAM); the University of the Americas; the Mexico Institute of Technology (ITAM); and at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is author of some 40 articles and five books on disarmament, international relations and history.
Krishna Ahooja Patel
President, WILPF International
Dr. Ahooja-Patel was educated at the University of Bombay (Political Science), is a Barrister-at-Law from Inner Temple, London, and obtained a Doctorate in International Economic Relations from the University of Geneva. She had researched and published several articles on Women and Employment, International Migration and Development Issues. She has
served for 25 years in the United Nations, including 10 years in the International Labour Office, Geneva, when she was editor of an ILO journal, Women and Work during the UN Decade for Women (1977-1986). From 1986 to 1990, she served as the Deputy Director of UN International Institute of Research and Training for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 1990, she was appointed to a prestigious Chair on Women's Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1992, after working as a research scholar at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, she joined the International Development Studies Program at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia where she is currently a Professor. She is also a Director of the newly established Institute on Equity and Development at the Gujarat Vidyapith (India University of Learning) founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1922, Ahmedabad.
Jean du Preez
Director, International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Jean P. du Preez is Director of the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His program conducts research and provides policy analysis on the new roles and activities of international nonproliferation and disarmament organizations, treaties and regimes as they deal with emerging proliferation concerns.
He has served as a former South African diplomat with 17 years' service in international peace- and security-related matters and has extensive experience in multilateral nonproliferation, disarmament, and arms control negotiations. He was also a member of the South African Council for the Nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (the South African national authority for implementing the country's international nonproliferation obligations, including export controls) and their technical advisory committees on export controls.
As a political officer at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC, he promoted South African/U.S. bilateral political and trade relations.
ALICE SLATER is President of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) working to form links between the research, policy, and grassroots communities in order to promote solutions to preserve the future of the planet and protect the quality of the environment. She is a founder of Abolition 2000, aglobal network working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons and is the Co-Convenor of the Abolition 2000 Working Group for Sustainable Energy. Ms. Slater serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and on the Executive Committees of the Middle Powers Initiative, formed to influence the nuclear weapons states to move more swiftly to nuclear abolition. She serves on the NYC Bar Association's Committee on International Security Affairs and United Nations Working Group, and is a board member of the Lawyers Committee for Nuclear Policy. She is a UN NGO Representative and has organized numerous conferences, panels, and roundtables at the UN on nuclear and environmental issues and has spoken frequently at meetings and conferences in the US and internationally. Ms. Slater has written numerous articles, interviews, and op-eds, and has appeared frequently on local and national media.
Prof. Dr. Armin Tenner
Dr. Armin Tenner obtained his education at the University of Amsterdam, completing his Doctor's degree in experimental physics in 1963 and becoming a full Professor in 1965. He has completed research in elementary particle physics (high-energy physics) in cosmic rays and in experiments at accelerators in Berkeley in 1960, in Geneva between 1959 and 1986, and in Hamburg between 196 and 1992. He is a member of CERN Scientific Advisory Committee and the Advisor Committee of Dutch National Institute for Nuclear and High-Energy Physics. He served as chair of the European Physical Society conference in computational physics in 1990 and the Dutch National Computer Board. He has been a member of INES since 1991, serving as chair from 1998 to 2003. Currently, Dr. Tenner is the treasure of INES, and has served as the editor of the INES Newsletter since 1996.
Dr. Maj-Britt Theorin
Member of the European Parliament
Maj Britt Theorin is a member of the European Parliament, she is the Chairperson of the Committee on Women's Rights, and Equal Opportunity since 1999, Deputy Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs , Security and Defence Policy since 1999,
NPT Project Director
NGO Committee for Disarmament, Geneva
With over two decades of experience, Aaron Tovish is one of the world’s foremost disarmament activists. The Euro-American has worked for numerous non-governmental organizations, among them Parliamentarians for Global Action, Earth Action, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and the Middle Powers Initiative. Aaron Tovish made significant contributions to a number of successful disarmament campaigns, including the Six Nation Initiative for Peace and Disarmament, the indefinite extension of the NPT in 1995 and the adoption of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in 1996. He currently serves as Director of the NPT Project of the NGO Committee for Disarmament in Geneva and as Geneva Representative of the Middle Powers Initiative.
Dr. Hiromichi Umebayashi
International Coordinator, PCDS
President, Peace Depot, Japan
Global Coordinator, PNND
Alyn Ware is the International Coordinator of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament ( PNND ), a program of the Global Security Institute. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy and the UN Coordinator for the World Court Project, which led the effort to achieve a ruling from the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. In addition to his numerous leadership positions within the peace and security field, he is co-author with Merav Datan of "Security and Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention", and with Annie Doherty of "Our Planet in Every Classroom", and has written numerous articles.
Vice President, IALANA
Peter Weiss is the president of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and its US affiliate, the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy. Mr. Weiss is a graduate of Yale Law School and has lectured and written widely on the international law of war and peace, nuclear weapons and human rights. He was the principal author of the draft brief on the illegality of threat or use of nuclear weapons used by many countries in making written submissions to the International Court of Justice in the 1996 nuclear weapons advisory opinion, and served as counsel to Malaysia at the hearings. He has published several articles on the ICJ opinion, including in the fall 1997 issue of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems. Mr. Weiss is also a leading human rights lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and litigated the seminal case establishing the right of victims of torture to sue their torturers in US courts (Filartiga v. Pena-Irala). Since his retirement in 1996 from Weiss Dawid Fross Zelnick & Lehrman, a leading trademark firm, he has been Senior Intellectual Property Counsel to The Chanel Company Limited. He is also a founder and former President of the American Committee on Africa and former Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. He has also long been an activist for peace in the Middle East and is currently a member of the Arab-Jewish Peace Group in New York and of the Executive Committee of Americans for Peace Now, which supports the Peace Now movement in Israel.
Australia: Sue Wareham, M.D.
President, MAPW Australia (IPPNW)
Dr. Sue Wareham is President of MAPW Australia, an affiliate of IPPNW. She first became involved in MAPW over 20 years ago out of a "horror at the destructive capacity of a single nuclear weapon." Sue says, "Millions of innocent people are still threatened by these weapons." Sue believes that her work through MAPW is fundamental to her commitment to the protection of human life and the improvement of human well-being. She holds an MBBS, and currently lives and works in Canberra, Australia.
Egypt: Bahig Nassar
Coordinator, Arab Coordination Center of NGOs
Germany: Xanthe Hall
Ireland: Tony D'Costa
General Secretary, Pax Christi (Irish Section)
Norway: Terje Stokstad
Former Chair, Nei til Atomvapen
Sweden: Lars G. Lindskog
Vice President, Svenska Läkare mot Kärnvapen
Switzerland: Dr. Arthur Muhl
Board Member, IPPNW Switzerland
H.E. Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala
Ambassador Dhanapala is a former Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs, a position he held between 1998 and 2003. Mr. Dhanapala is on the Advisory Boards of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the Centre for Non-proliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, on the Governing Board of SIPRI and is the Chairman of the UN University Council. He is also Honorary President of the International Peace Bureau, and served on the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission launched by the Government of Sweden under the Chairmanship of Dr. Hans Blix.
Amb. Dhanapala was president of the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference. Between 1965 and 1983, he held diplomatic appointments in London, Beijing, Washington, D.C., and New Delhi, in addition to being Director of the NAM Division of the Foreign Ministry. He has held numerous positions with the UN, and in 1997, he joined the Centre for Non-proliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in the USA as Diplomat-in-Residence. Following his role of Under-Secretary-General of the UNDDA, Mr. Dhanapala assumed duties as Secretary-General of the Secretariat for the Coordinating of the Peace Process and Senior Adviser to the President of Sri Lanka. Mr. Dhanapala has published four books and several articles in international journals and lectured in many countries.
Dr. Rebecca E. Johnson Executive Director, Acronym Institute
Rebecca Johnson is the founding Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy. She is a former Vice Chair of the Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and from 2004 to 2006 was senior advisor to the WMD Commission. Dr Johnson co-founded the Aldermaston Women’s Campaign in 1985, and has had extensive experience as a grassroots activist and organizer. She is a member of Women in Black, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Faslane 365 Steering Group, and currently serves on the advisory councils of several organizations, including the Centre for Policy Studies (PIR, Moscow) and the Oxford Research Group (UK). Dr Johnson has edited Disarmament Diplomacy since 2004, and has published and lectured extensively on security policy, nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation developments, space security, and multilateral diplomacy. Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, as well as an M.A. from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Bristol.