Dr. Tadoshi Akiba assumed the office as Mayor of the City of Hiroshima in February 1999, and is a widely recognized advocate for peace and the global elimination of nuclear weapons. From 1990-1999, he served as a member of Japan's House of Representatives, and has also served as President of the World Conference of Mayor's for Peace through Inter-city Solidarity.
Dr. John Burroughs
Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
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.
President, Global Security Institute
Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, is also Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Senior Advisor to National Security Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association. He serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including the Global Dialogue Institute, Middle Powers Initiative, Jane Goodall Institute, and the Bipartisan Security Group. Mr. Granoff is both a Member of the World Wisdom Council and a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has represented the International Peace Bureau at the Nobel Peace Laureate Summits in Rome every year since 2002. He received his Baccalaureate degree, Cum Laude, from Vassar College and Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law.
Xanthe Hall has worked as the nuclear disarmament campaigner at the German branch of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War for over 18 years and is based at their office in Berlin, Germany.
Xanthe was born in Scotland, grew up in England, and studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University. In the early eighties, she was a member of the West Midlands CND executive committee responsible for Non-violent Direct Action and worked as a staff member for CND before leaving for West Berlin in 1985. Xanthe co-founded the Abolition 2000 Global Network for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in 1995. She also helped found the German Abolition national network - Traegerkreis "Atomwaffen abschaffen". Xanthe is a member of the Abolition Global Council, and serves as European Coordinator of the Parliamentarians for Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament and German 2020 Vision Campaigner for Mayors for Peace.
David Ives Executive Director
David is currently the Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University in the state of Connecticut in the United States. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International Business, Political Science, Philosophy, and Latin American Studies at Quinnipiac University. He is an Emmy Award winning Executive Producer of a documentary on the life of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Albert Schweitzer and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Albert Schweitzer Association. He is also a member of the International Steering Committee for the Arms Trade Treaty, a member of the Advisory Board for Betty William’s Centers of Compassion for Children, a member of the International Steering Committee for the Middle Powers Initiative to combat nuclear weapons, and an Election Monitor for the Carter Center founded by the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Jimmy Carter. The Albert Schweitzer Institute has consultative status with the United Nations and is also a member organization of the Middle Powers Initiative. He has edited a book entitled Reverence for Life Revisited about the ideas of Albert Schweitzer. David was also the Executive Director of the Jonas Foundation dedicated to teaching young people to resolve conflicts peacefully, the Executive Director of the Rotary Peace Forum, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica teaching agriculture.
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 Michael Powles
Michael Powles has headed New Zealand diplomatic posts in the Pacific (Fiji) and Asia (Indonesia and China) and more recently he was Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibilities including oversight of the Ministry’s Disarmament and Arms Control role. He served as New Zealand’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1996 to 2000 and was involved in many aspects of multilateral disarmament and arms control negotiations. He was later appointed a Human Rights Commissioner and then a member of the government’s principal disarmament and arms control advisory committee. In 2002 he became Founding Chairman of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation. Currently he writes and lectures on international issues and relations, particularly relating to the United Nations, Pacific and Asian affairs and international law and human rights.
Dr. Jürgen Scheffran is professor at the Institute for Geography and head of the Research Group Climate Change and Security at the KlimaCampus of Hamburg University.
After his physics PhD at Marburg University he worked in the Interdisciplinary Research Group IANUS of the Technical University of
Darmstadt, at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and as
Visiting Professor at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). Before he came
to Hamburg in August 2009 he spent five years at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching interests
include: energy security and climate change; arms control, disarmament
and international security; complex systems analysis.
Jürgen Scheffran is co-founder of the International Network of Engineers
and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP), one of the principal
drafters of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention and co-author of the
book "Securing Our Survival." He served as advisor to the United
Nations, the Technology Assessment Bureau of the German Parliament, the Federal Environmental Agency, and he took part in NPT conferences and climate negotiations.
Director, 2020 Vision Campaign
Mayors for Peace
With almost three decades of experience, Aaron Tovish is one of the world’s foremost disarmament activists. The Euro-American has worked for numerous non-governmental organizations. During 17 years with Parliamentarians for Global Action, he was responsible for its peace and security programs. He has consulted for Greenpeace, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the Swedish Foriegn Policy Institute, NGO Committee for Disarmament in Geneva, 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 convening of the Partial Test Ban Treaty Amendment Conference in 1991, and the strengthening of the NPT review process in 1995. He has served as Director of the 2020 Vision Campaign of Mayors for Peace since 2004.
Dr. Hiromichi Umebayashi
Special Advisor, Former President & Founder of Peace Depot Inc., Japan.
Dr. Umebayashi is a PhD holder in the field of Applied Solid State Physics from Tokyo University. After resigning from teaching in a university in 1980, he became a fulltime campaigner and researcher for peace, disarmament and human rights issues. He is the Editor in Chief of bi-weekly periodical “Nuclear Weapon & Test Monitor” (in Japanese) and the Supervising Editor of the Year Book “Nuclear Disarmament & Peace -- for Citizens and Local Authorities” (in Japanese). He won the Peace Prize of Peace Studies Association of Japan in 2008.
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.
International Peace Bureau
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
Ireland: Tony D'Costa
General Secretary, Pax Christi (Irish Section)
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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. Trevor Findlay
Trevor Findlay is a professor and Director of the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where he holds the William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs. A former Australian diplomat, he has a doctorate in international affairs from the Australian National University. He is currently also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada. From 2006-2010 he directed a joint CIGI/CCTC research project on the future of nuclear energy and global governance and is currently directing a follow-on joint project on strengthening and reform of the International Atomic Energy Agency. In September he is taking up a fellowship at the Managing the Atom Program at the Belfer Center at Harvard University. Dr Findlay’s most recent book is Nuclear Energy and Global Governance: Ensuring Safety, Security and Nonproliferation (London: Routledge, 2011).
Ambassador Henrik Salander Past Chairman
Prior to serving as MPI Chairman from 2009-2010, Ambassador Salander served as the Deputy Director-General in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including roles as the Secretary-General of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, chaired by Dr. Hans Blix, Sweden’s Ambassador to the Geneva Conference on Disarmament (1999-2003) where he authored the 2002 “five ambassadors” compromise proposal, was instrumental as a leading voice of the New Agenda Coalition, and chaired the 2002 session of the NPT Preparatory Committee.
Douglas Roche, O.C. Chairman Emeritus
The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., Chairman Emeritus of the Middle Powers Initiative, is an author, parliamentarian and diplomat, who
has specialized throughout his 40-year public career in peace and human
security issues. He lectures widely on peace and nuclear disarmament themes. As Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, he was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988. His forthcoming book, How We Stopped Loving the Bomb, will be published early in 2011.
The Middle Powers Initiative, an international network of eight non-governmental organizations specializing in nuclear disarmament issues, works primarily with middle power governments to encourage and educate the nuclear weapons states to take immediate practical steps that reduce nuclear dangers and commence negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons.