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- Conflict, peace and security
- Peace and development
Ambassador Jan Eliasson is a Swedish diplomat and, as of 1 June 2017, the Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board. He was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations from July 2012 to December 2016 and Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2006. Furthermore, he was President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly in 2005–06; the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur in 2007–08; the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, 1992–94; and participated, 1980–86, in the UN mission mediating in the Iran–Iraq War, which was headed by former Prime Minister Olof Palme of Sweden.
Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas is a Ghanaian politician, lawyer, diplomat and academic. He served previously as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWAS) from 2014 to 2021. Dr Chambas was the Joint Special representative (JSR) of the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and Joint Chief Mediator (JCM) in charge of the Darfur peace negotiations between 2013–14. From 2010–13, he was the Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP). Prior to his leadership of the ACP, Dr Chambas served as President of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2007–2010. He also served as the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS starting in February 2002, when ECOWAS was a Secretariat. From 2010–13, he was the Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP). Prior to his leadership of the ACP, Dr Chambas served as President of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2007–2010.
Ambassador Chan Heng Chee is a Singaporean academic and diplomat currently serving as Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and Chair of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies–Yusof Ishak Institute. Previously, Ambassador Chan Heng Chee was Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States and Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Currently she is Deputy Chairman of the Social Science Research Council, a member of the Science of Cities Committee, National Research Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data, Ministry of Communications and Information. She is also a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights.
Jean-Marie Guéhenno is a French diplomat, currently a Senior Advisor at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and a member of the UN Secretary General High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation. He is a member of the team of senior advisors of the President of the General Assembly of the UN and since 2014, Jean-Marie has been a Distinguished Fellow with Brookings Institute. He was the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the funding of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and from 2014–17, he was the President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. From 2000–08 he was Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the UN. Jean-Marie Guéhenno is an expert in peacekeeping, global governance and transnational security threats.
Radha Kumar is Chair of United Nations University Council. Previously, she was Director General of the Delhi Policy Group, the first independent think tank in India. She is a specialist in ethnic conflicts, peacemaking and peacebuilding, often from a feminist perspective. She has written five books and numerous journal articles on the topic and holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and an MA and BA from Cambridge University, UK. Previously, she has been on the Board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Foundation for Communal Harmony (India, Ministry of Home Affairs).
Dr Patricia Lewis is the Research Director for International Security at Chatham House. Previously she was Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and Director of VERTIC (Verification Research, Training and Information Centre). Dr Lewis served on the 2004–06 Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMD), the 2010–11 Advisory Panel on Future Priorities of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and was an Advisor to the 2008–10 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND). She was a Commissioner on the 2014–16 Global Commission on Internet Governance and is on the EEAS Space Advisory Board (SAB) as a Senior Space Advisor to the EU Special Envoy for Space.
Dr Jessica Tuchman Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served as Carnegie’s President from 1997 until 2005. She was director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program and a senior fellow from 1994 to 1997. From 1982 to 1993, she was founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute, an internationally known center for policy research on environmental and natural resource management issues. From 1977 to 1979, she was director of the Office of Global Issues at the National Security Council, covering nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales, and human rights. She has served in the U.S. State Department and on the National Security Council staff in the White House.
Dr Feodor Voitolovsky is the Director of the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences. Voitolovsky has worked for IMEMO as a research fellow since 2003 undertaking various steps of an academic career. In 2014 he became Deputy Director of IMEMO for international politics and in 2017 was elected as Director of IMEMO. He has been an advisory board member of the National Security Council of the Russian Federation since 2015. His research interests are mainly focused on international security, US foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, US foreign and security policy in Asia Pacific, and US–Russia and US–China relations. He has published more than 70 publications including monographs. He has also taught at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) since 2008.