International Verification Consultants Network
Ms. Nomi Bar-Yaacov
Nomi Bar-Yaacov is an international lawyer and Foreign Policy Adviser on Middle Eastern affairs, with extensive expertise in arbitration, mediation, and international organisations.
She advises governments, intergovernmental organisations and NGO’s on political and security issues in the Middle East. She also advises a number of investment banks and law firms on issues relating to her field of expertise. For the past six years she has testified before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the UK House of Commons in its investigations on Middle East security, including the latest hearing in February 2009 on the war in Gaza. She is a regular participant in Track II Diplomacy meetings on the Middle East peace process and the wider region. She is also a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs for the BBC World Service, BBC World TV, SKY News, CNN and Al-Jazeera (Arabic and English).
Bar-Yaacov is the former head of the Middle East Conflict Management Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Earlier in her career, she worked as a political adviser at the United Nations both in the Executive Office of the Secretary General, and in the Department of Political Affairs in the Organisation’s Headquarters in New York. She was also legal adviser to the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, and political adviser to the UN mission in Guatemala. In the late 1990’s she worked as legal adviser for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and as a war crimes investigator in the Bosnian-Serb Republic.
At the turn of the millennium Bar-Yaacov worked as AFP’s diplomatic correspondent covering the Balkans and Middle East. Bar-Yaacov has won numerous awards and grants for her work, most notably from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the United States Institute of Peace, the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She has published extensively on issues relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, UN peacekeeping operations, international law and human rights in policy journals including the IISS’ quarterly Survival. She lectures on a regular basis in the NATO Defence College in Rome and a number of universities in the UK and Italy. She holds degrees in law from the University of Cambridge, the European University Institute and Columbia University in NY. She was also a Junior Research Fellow in the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
Ambassador Richard Butler
Ambassador Butler is currently Global Diplomat in Residence, Professor, at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University; and Distinguished Scholar of International Peace and Security at the School of International Affairs at Penn State University.
He is the former Executive Chairman of the United Nations Special Commission to Disarm Iraq (UNSCOM). Before that appointment he had been Australian Ambassador to the United Nations New York; Australian Ambassador for Disarmament, Geneva, and chaired the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
In 1996 he tabled the CTBT in the UN General Assembly and managed the campaign for its adoption. He also served, previously, as Diplomat in Residence at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York; and, as Governor of Tasmania, Australia. In 1998 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia “for services to international peace and disarmament”, and in 2003 he was made a Companion of the Order.
Mr. John Carlson
John Carlson held the statutory position of Director General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office from 1989 to 2010. He was Chairman of SAGSI (IAEA’s Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation) from 2001 to 2006. He was a Member of the Advisory Board of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, which reported in 2009.
Ms. Joy Hyvarinen
Joy was the Executive Director of the Foundation of International Law and Development (FIELD). Before joining FIELD in November 2007, Joy was International Treaties Adviser to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, focusing on biodiversity. She was also a FIELD Associate and an Associate Fellow with Chatham House for many years. Her areas of interest include biodiversity, marine issues, international environmental governance and its relationship to development issues, and climate change.
Joy has worked for the Institute for European Environmental Policy, WWF International, Greenpeace International and the International Maritime Organization. From 2000-2003 she served on VERTIC's Board of Trustees.
Dr. Edward Ifft
Dr. Ifft, a retired member of the Senior Executive Service, is a Foreign Affairs Officer at the State Department and an Adjunct Professor with Georgetown University’s Security Studies Programme.
He has served on the U.S. delegations to the SALT, TTBT, START and CTBT negotiations, was the Senior State Representative to both the START and CTBT negotiations, and served as Deputy U.S. Negotiator to START. Dr. Ifft has served as Deputy Director of the On-Site Inspection Agency and Senior Advisor to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He served for three years as Executive Secretary of the U.S.-USSR Space Cooperation Agreement and was U.S. Acting Commissioner for the ABM Treaty for two years. He has authored numerous journal articles and chapters in two books published by the United Nations.
Mr. Robert Kelley
Robert Kelley is a recently retired Director of the IAEA. He is a nuclear engineer from the United States who has worked in the US Department of Energy Complex for over 30 years. He has worked in nuclear nonproliferation efforts at Livermore, Los Alamos and was Director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bob has field experience as the Chief Inspector for IAEA in Iraq on several occasions including four years inspecting Iraq’s clandestine nuclear weapons program in the 1992 and 2002 time periods. He also participated in the evaluation of South Africa’s nuclear weapons program in 1993, and the inspections of the vestiges of Libya’s nuclear weapons program in 2004. At IAEA headquarters he also served as a Senior Inspector for countries in South and Southeast Asia and Africa. He has carried out weapons inspections in Libya, Iraq, and South Africa, and normal inspections in Egypt, Turkey, South Korea, Taiwan, Syria, Tanzania, Pakistan, India, and DR Congo, among others.
Bob’s practical laboratory experience includes plutonium metallurgy, gas centrifuge design, weapons engineering, nuclear emergency response and remote sensing. He lives in the Vienna Woods suburb of Klosterneuburg, with his wife Kathy, who is a technical translator for the IAEA.
Dr. Patricia Lewis
Dr. Lewis is the Research Director for International Security at Chatham House. She previously served as Deputy Director at the Centre for Nonproliferation Studies in California, for ten years as Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and was also formerly the Director of VERTIC. She holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Nuclear Structure Physics from the University of Birmingham.
Dr. Lewis’s area of expertise concerns aspects of science, verification, arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. She is well-published in these fields and has consulted for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the CFE Treaty. She has also been a reviewer for the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a Member of the Tokyo Forum for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and a Commissioner on the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (Blix Commission), as well as others.
Dr. Robert J. Mathews
Robert J. Mathews is a principal research scientist in the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and a senior fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
He is also scientific advisor to the Australian delegations to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Netherlands, and to the Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva. Additionally, he is a member of the Australian Red Cross National Advisory Committee on International Humanitarian Law.
Professor Colin McInnes
Professor McInnes holds a personal chair in International Politics at Aberystwyth University. He is the University’s Dean of Graduate Studies and was formerly Head of the Department. He has lectured at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the centre for Defence Studies, University of London.
He was also a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Committee as well as Chair of the British International Studies Association. His primary research interest concerns the relationship between global health, particularly HIV/AIDS, and foreign and security policy. Professor McInnes also lectures on war, strategy and intelligence, and is well published on topics concerning modern warfare, military strategy, and international security.
Professor Graham Pearson
Professor Graham Pearson is Visiting Professor of International Security at the University of Bradford. His primary areas of research concern the BTWC (Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention) and WMD inspection, verification and destruction regimes.
He was formerly the Director General and Chief Executive of the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment with the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Professor Pearson works extensively on the strengthening of the international treaties totally prohibiting biological and chemical weapons, and has been involved in education, outreach and codes of conduct for chemists as a means of strengthening the safeguards against CBW production and proliferation. He has published extensively and has presented numerous papers and testimonies to international conferences and national committees.
Dr. Arian L. Pregenzer
Dr. Arian L. Pregenzer is Senior Scientist at the Cooperative Monitor Center (CMC) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She spearheaded the establishment of the CMC in 1994 in order to enable international technical cooperation on security problems.
She works on how sharable technology can contribute to achieving non-proliferation, arms control and other international security objectives through international technical cooperation. Dr. Pregenzer has worked on a diverse range of topics, including crisis prevention in Northeast Asia and nuclear material security in India and Pakistan.
She has recently worked closely with U.S. government officials as well with officials in Jordan to establish a CMC in Amman. She has also worked on revitalising the Iraq science and technology community. Dr. Pregenzer formerly served as a technical advisor to the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Arms Control. During this period she represented the DoE at the multilateral chemical weapons negotiations at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
Dr. Rosalind Reeve
Dr. Reeve is an associate fellow with the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House in London as well as Senior Legal and Policy Adviser for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
She has worked extensively as a consultant legal advisor and field investigator with organisations such as Defenders of Wildlife, Global Witness, IFAW, INECE, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, UNEP, and the Zambian Ministry of Tourism. She also served as Campaign Director for the Environmental Investigation Agency between 1989 and 1993. Dr. Reeve’s primary areas of expertise are CITES (international wildlife trade, ivory trade), environmental crime, environmental compliance and enforcement, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and other areas of African environmental studies.
Dr. Neil Selby
neil.selby [at] vertic.org
Neil is principal seismologist in the Forensic Seismology team at AWE Blacknest. He joined AWE in 1999 after completing a B.Sc. in geophysics at the University of Durham and a D.Phil in seismology at the University of Oxford. The forensic seismology team at Blacknest provides technical advice to the UK government on the monitoring of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Neil regularly publishes papers in learned journals on treaty monitoring topics, and is a frequent member of international expert groups and workshops on technical issues related to the CTBT. Neil's current research interests include signal detection, and the use of seismological techniques to distinguish earthquakes and explosions.
Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Victor S. Slipchenko
Mr. Victor Slipchenko entered Soviet Union and later Russian Federation diplomatic service in 1968 upon graduation from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. With more than 40 years of diplomatic service, Mr. Slipchenko has acquired vast experience in negotiation and implementation of arms control and disarmament agreements as well as in building both international and domestic consensus on these issues.
In particular, Mr. Slipchenko was an active participant in the trilateral negotiations on a comprehensive nuclear test ban in the late 70s and bilateral talks with the United States on the TTBT Verification Protocol in the 80s. During his diplomatic service, in particular in his capacity as Russian Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Director for Disarmament Affairs, Mr. Slipchenko had been actively involved in the formation and day-to-day implementation of the Russian arms control and non-proliferation policy, inter alia, by co-ordinating his country’s review and decision making processes on withdrawal and dismantlement of nuclear weapons as well as on the safe disposal of HEU and plutonium released as a result of Russia’s nuclear disarmament program.
In 1993, Mr. Slipchenko was appointed by the Russian Government as Deputy Chief Negotiator for CTBT in Geneva. In that capacity he had contributed to the elaboration in the Conference on Disarmament of a draft treaty on the subject, inter alia, while serving as Friend of the Chair on on-site inspections. Through his eleven-year service in the United Nations Secretariat, in particular in the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs, Mr. Slipchenko had acquired experience in arms control administration and management in an international organization. From 2005 to 2009, he had served as an expert of the UN Security Council’s 1540 Committee on non-proliferation.
Mr. Slipchenko has participated in many international seminars and conferences on arms control and security issues and published numerous articles on these subjects both in Russia and abroad. In 2009, he authored a book entitled "One Life of a Disarmament Diplomat". Mr. Slipchenko retired from his country’s foreign service with a diplomatic rank of Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
He is married and has two children.
Professor David Wolfe
Professor David Wolfe is Emeritus Professor in physics and astronomy from the University of New Mexico. He retired from the faculty in 2001. He started his academic career as a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Enrico Fermi Institute. In 1999, he founded the Oppenheimer Institute for Science and International Cooperation, a small organization devoted to cooperative threat reduction in the Former Soviet Union. He still maintains extensive ties with staff at Russia’s nuclear cities.
One of Professor Wolfe’s main passions is teaching, for which he is the recipent of several awards. He is about to take up a position in South Africa, in an effort to bring students from disadvantaged background into physics careers.