Staff & Interns

Angela Woodward

Acting Executive Director | Deputy Executive Director | Programme Director for Special Projects

International law | Verification | Implementation | Enforcement

Angela Woodward was appointed Deputy Executive Director in October 2014. She is currently Acting Executive Director. She joined VERTIC in April 1999 and held a succession of posts, including Executive Director from 2007-2009 when she stepped down to return to live in New Zealand, from where she managed the NIM Programme from 2009-2014.

Angela has worked on a wide range of issues at VERTIC including landmines, biological and chemical weapons law and verification, nuclear disarmament verification, and currently United Nations sanctions. In 2005 she initiated VERTIC’s programme to provide legislative assistance for national implementation of the BTWC.

In addition to her VERTIC work, she is a member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (APLN) and a Council Member at the Disarmament and Security Centre (New Zealand). She previously served on New Zealand’s Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control (PACDAC) (2011-2018) and was an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the School of Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2014-2019). Angela was an adviser to the chair of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Verification in All its Aspects in 2006, and she was the Legal Coordinator for the EU Joint Action on the BTWC (2006/184/CFSP) (2006-2007). She has taught public international law and international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Angela holds an LLM in Public International Law (Merit) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, a BA (Honours) in Political Science and an LLB from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a university diploma in international nuclear law (Très Bien) from the University of Montpellier 1/OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, France.

Based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Dr Sonia Drobysz

Programme Director for National Implementation

International law | Verification | Implementation

Sonia has been with VERTIC since 2013 where she became Programme Director for VERTIC’s National Implementation Measures programme in 2018. She oversees the development and implementation of global projects on the legislative implementation of obligations arising from international instruments for the non-proliferation of CBRN weapons and the security of related materials. She also publishes and lectures on related topics.

Sonia holds a PhD in international law from University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. Her thesis examined the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the nuclear non-proliferation regime. She also holds a master degree in international law and international organisations from University Paris I, and a university diploma in international nuclear law from University Montpellier 1/ OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Sonia attended the public international law session of The Hague Academy of International Law in 2009.

Sonia was formerly a teaching assistant in public law at the Sorbonne University. She was also an associate research fellow at the French Centre for International Security and Arms Control Studies (CESIM) where she worked and published on the IAEA safeguards system.

She speaks English, French and Spanish.

Based in Paris, France.

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Larry MacFaul

Acting Deputy Executive Director | Programme Director for Verification and Monitoring

International Relations | Verification

Laurence MacFaul is the Programme Director for Verification and Monitoring at VERTIC. He is also currently Acting Deputy Executive Director. His work at the Centre, since 2003, has covered a range of issues including trafficking in radioactive materials, nuclear safeguards, nuclear disarmament verification, conventional arms controls, Open Skies Treaty, chemical and biological weapons investigations, the UN climate change treaty, and illegal trade in natural resources.

Larry holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a BA Hons from Oxford University.

Based in London, United Kingdom.

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Nataliya Izedinova

Finance Director

Finance | Administration

Nataliya joined VERTIC in September 2019 as Finance Director.

With over 15 years’ experience in the charitable sector, she also gained experience in HR, fundraising, IT and Office Administration and is practically and technically proficient in sourcing and developing financial systems. Nataliya’s previous roles included experience at the Chabad Lubavitch Foundations, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and even a technology start-up where she picked up stock market analytical and trading skills, useful in the monitoring of currency exchange rates and international budgetary considerations.

As a fully qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as well as a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (FMAAT), Nataliya also holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and is currently studying for a Masters in Professional Accountancy at the University of London.

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Yasemin Balci

Senior Legal Officer

International law | Implementation

Yasemin Balci is a Senior Legal Officer for VERTIC’s National Implementation Measures Programme. She provides legal advice on the legislative implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Biological Weapons Convention, UN Security Council Resolution 1540 and agreements related to nuclear security.

Yasemin holds an LLM in international law from the University of Cambridge, where she studied on a Huygens Scholarship. She finished her honours undergraduate degree at University College Utrecht and obtained her law degree from the University of Amsterdam. She has a university diploma in international nuclear law from University Montpellier 1/OECD Nuclear Energy Agency.

Yasemin formerly worked as a Legal Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the private legal sector in London, and as a policy officer at Cordaid, an international development NGO in The Hague.

She speaks Dutch, English, (intermediate) French and Turkish.

Based in London, United Kingdom.

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Dr Grant Christopher

Senior Researcher

Science & Technology | Verification

Grant is a senior researcher in VERTIC’s Verification and Monitoring Programme. He researches nuclear disarmament verification using software modelling, non-proliferation in East Asia and the role of emerging technologies in nuclear proliferation.

Grant holds a PhD in experimental astroparticle physics from New York University. He also holds a Master’s degree in physics and a BA in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.

In the past Grant was a research scientist at CERN, as a member of Brown University, where he conducted searches for exotic physics and supersymmetry and was a member of the CMS collaboration when they discovered the Higgs boson. For five years Grant was a Research Fellow at King’s College London and the spinout company Ridgeway Information where he worked on nuclear non-proliferation verification through open sources and the impact of emerging technologies on proliferation.

Grant is based in VERTIC’s London office.

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Alberto Muti

Senior Researcher

International Relations | Verification

Alberto Muti is a Senior Researcher for VERTIC’s Verification and Monitoring Programme. He leads the programme’s work on IAEA Safeguards and Nuclear Security, and carries out research and analysis on DPRK, nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear verification. He has also contributed to projects on other issues, including chemical security, biological weapons verification, and conventional and cyber security.

Alberto’s work and expertise encompass planning and delivering capacity-building programmes, conducting workshops, designing tabletop simulations and “serious games” for research and training purposes, and developing innovative tools to facilitate and enhance research and analytical work.

Alberto holds a Master’s Degree in Non-Proliferation and International Security for King’s College London. In the past, he has worked for King’s College London’s Center for Science and Security Studies, focusing on Nuclear Security training and education.

Based in London, United Kingdom.

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Noel Stott

Senior Researcher

International Relations | Verification

Noel Stott joined VERTIC in November 2016 after more than 14 years as a Senior Researcher and then Senior Research Fellow at the South African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He has extensive experience in all aspects of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation having worked on the challenges facing African states by the proliferation of conventional weapons. In particular, Mr Stott has knowledge of small arms and light weapons. In 2007, he established and led ISS’ programme on ‘Africa’s Development and the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction’. This programme aimed to enhance Africa’s role in international efforts to strengthen weapons of mass destruction disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives in the context of Africa’s developmental imperatives through the provision of primary research, policy recommendations and training activities.

Recent publications include: Amelia Broodryk and Noël Stott, ‘Progress towards securing Africa’s nuclear resources’, ISS Research Report, March 2012; Noël Stott, ‘The Treaty of Pelindaba: Towards the full implementation of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaty’, ISS Research Report, March 2011; Nicolas Kasprzyk, Mothepa Shadung and Noël Stott (eds), ‘Towards the 2016 Comprehensive Review: former experts assess UNSC Resolution 1540’, ISS Monograph No. 19, October 2015; Nicolas Kasprzyk, Emmanuelle Maitre, Xavier Pasco and Noël Stott, ‘The Hague Code of Conduct regulates ballistic missiles. How will African states benefit from subscribing?’, ISS Policy Brief, 29 September 2016; Annie DuPre, Nicolas Kasprzyk and Noël Stott, ‘Cooperation between African states and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’, ISS Research Report, November 2016; Sarah Parker, Nelson Alusala, Mothepa Shadung and Noël Stott, ‘National implementation of selected arms control instruments: a legislative guide for African states’, ISS Research Report, December 2016.

Based in London, United Kingdom, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Elena Gai

Researcher

International Relations | Verification

Elena is a Researcher in the Verification and Monitoring Programme, where she conducts research and analysis on non-proliferation, disarmament, and arms control with a particular focus on nuclear issues.

Before joining VERTIC, Elena served in the Office of disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Italian G7 Presidency. She was also a delegation member during the sessions of the Group of Governmental Experts on Fissile Material for Nuclear Weapons or Other Nuclear Explosive Devices and the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations.

In the past, she had the opportunity to sharpen her knowledge of nuclear non-proliferation related topics at the NATO Nuclear Policy Directorate, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, the Arms Control Association and the United Nations First Committee on Disarmament.

Elena graduated cum laude both in International Relations and European Studies (MA) and in International Studies (BA) at the University of Florence. She also holds a Master’s Diploma in Diplomatic Studies from The Italian Society for the International Organisation (SIOI) and is a member of the ‘Réseau Nucléaire et Stratégie – Nouvelle Génération’ (Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique).

She is fluent in Italian, English and French and has an upper-intermediate level of Russian and Spanish.

Elena’s based at VERTIC’s London office.

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Cristina Rotaru

Researcher

International Relations | Enforcement

Cristina joined VERTIC in July 2018 as a Researcher in the Special Projects team.

Her last role was with Content Enablers, a U.S.-based compliance training company for which she provided expertise to industry, predominantly in the aerospace and defence sector, on international trade regulations, with a specific focus on export controls, sanctions and embargoes, and import restrictions.

Previously, Cristina worked as a Research Associate for Project Alpha at King’s College London to understand and counter illicit nuclear proliferation-related trade and activities, and as Principal Researcher for the World Export Controls Review (WorldECR), a London-based publication covering global issues around export controls and sanctions. Her academic background is in international conflict regulation and security, for which she obtained an MA in Conflict Resolution from King’s College London. She also holds two Bachelor degrees, in Journalism and Political Science, from the University of Vienna (Austria), as well as a certification in Middle Eastern Studies from Bilgi University Istanbul (Turkey).

She is fluent in Romanian, German, and English, and has working proficiency in Spanish, and French.

Cristina is based in London.

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Thomas Brown

Associate Legal Officer

International Law | Implementation

Thomas joined VERTIC in April 2019 and works as an Associate Legal Officer for VERTIC’s National Implementation Measures Programme. He advises states on the implementation of their international legal obligations concerning biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and materials.

Thomas holds an Advanced LLM in Public International Law from the University of Leiden. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Law and Criminology from the University of Sheffield, and completed the International and European Legal Studies Programme at the University of Antwerp.

He has previous experience working as a Research Fellow for the international law NGO Adalah, in the private legal sector in London, and has volunteered as a writer for a number of legal organisations.

Based in London, United Kingdom

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Anuradha Damale

Research Assistant

International Relations | Science & Technology

Anuradha joined VERTIC in July 2019 and is a Research Assistant on the Verification and Monitoring Programme at VERTIC. Anu’s interests are in inclusive approaches to disarmament, in nuclear and space policy, and in applying systems theories to international security.

She holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics from Durham University and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, where she wrote her dissertation on challenging state dependencies on nuclear technologies.

Anu is currently the UK Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security. She is currently on the board of British Pugwash and a member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network. She was previously the Chair of UKSEDS, the national space charity.

She in fluent in Hindi and Gujarati, as well as English.

Based in London, United Kingdom.

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