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Board of Directors

Sharon Dolev

Sharon Dolev is a peace and human rights activist with a focus on eradicating nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East through innovative policy, education, advocacy and activism. She is the founder and director of the Israeli Disarmament Movement (IDM), the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) and Israeli representative of the 2017 Noble Peace Prize laureate International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Sharon has been a social and political activist for over 35 years. These include serving as the Director of Greenpeace in Israel, leading the organization’s peace and disarmament campaigns. She was also active in the Meretz Party, a left-wing, social-democratic, and green political party, also called the Movement for Civil Rights; Geneva Initiative; and Women in Black, a worldwide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. In recent years, she presented a radio show called ‘According to Foreign Sources’, an outlet discussing the state of democracy in Israel.

Emad Kiyaei

Emad Kiyaei works at the intersection of political risk, diplomacy and disarmament. He is a director at the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO), which seeks to eradicate all weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East through innovative policy, advocacy and educational programs. He is also a principal at the international consulting firm IGD Group, where he leads the peace and security sector. He is the co-author of Weapons of Mass Destruction: A new approach to non-proliferation, published by Routledge.

He lectures on security and disarmament issues at various academic and policy institutions. Formerly, he was a researcher for Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and an associate at Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR). Emad served as executive director of the American Iranian Council (AIC), an educational organization that focuses on US-Iran relations. Emad holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Paul Ingram

Paul Ingram is a co-founder of METO and Associate Director. He is Senior Research Associate and Academic Programme Manager at the University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. He was the Executive Director of the transatlantic British American Security Information Council (BASIC) 2007-19, focusing on nuclear deterrence and disarmament issues in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Since 2019 he has worked closely with the Swedish Foreign Ministry crafting the Stepping Stones Approach. The associated 16-nation Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament has become a widely-acknowledged glimmer of hope for the NPT Review process.

During this time he also taught leadership and systems thinking on the UK National School of Government’s flagship Top Management Programme for senior civil servants (2007-12) and hosted the weekly peak-time political talk show programme ’60 minutes’ on Iranian domestic TV (2007-12). He has also served as an elected City Councillor (1996-2002) and was leader of the Green Group and co-leader of Oxford City Council (2000-02). Paul has authored numerous reports and articles related to nuclear disarmament and broader security and disarmament issues, defence economics and green politics. He is committed to curiosity in seeking and developing innovative means to changing dysfunctional behaviours and developing a more cooperative approach to managing global governance more sensitive to diverse cultures and legacy experiences.

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson has been an activist for peace and nonviolence since his student days at Cambridge University, where he met the Humanist Movement. In 2009, he joined World without Wars and Violence and took part in the first World March for Peace and Nonviolence which campaigned for the elimination of nuclear arsenals and all forms of violence. Since 2017 he has been on the coordinating committee of the Abolition 2000 – Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons.

Since his participation in the World March, Tony has been first a writer, then an editor and finally a co-director for Pressenza, International Press Agency, specialising in matters of peace and disarmament, closely following all the developments that led to the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and its subsequent entry into force. In 2019, he produced the award-winning documentary film, “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” with director Álvaro Orús.

Programme Associates

Leonardo Bandarra

Leonardo Bandarra is a scholar working on WMD nonproliferation and disarmament, mostly of nuclear weapons. He joined METO in 2021, while finishing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Goettingen, Germany. He is also an associate at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), a think-tank in Hamburg, and an alumni of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Leonardo has lectured on nuclear politics, Latin American international relations, political theory, foreign policy and diplomatic history at German and Brazilian universities. He holds a MSc and a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a University Diploma (Diplôme d’ Université – DU) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier, France, in cooperation with the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. All his degrees were achieved with honours, and both his master and bachelor theses were awarded prizes.

Anahita Parsa

Anahita is currently pursuing an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS in London, and is focussing her research on gender, intersectionality and armed conflict. Over the last two years, she has been a peace and disarmament activist working with the #UN75 campaign to discuss nuclear and complete disarmament, demilitarisation and relating issues of intersectionality. At the UN75 Conference in Estonia, she presented on peacebuilding and intercultural dialogues, and remained involved in the continuing work which followed on. A year spent as the lead in campaign and outreach efforts for SCRAPWeapons as Advocacy Manager, Anahita was a civil society delegate at the Fifth Conference of State Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty. 

She has continued on her involvement working freelance with NGOs in campaign efforts surrounding disarmament, and is now Programme Associate at METO, where she is keen to focus her work further on her existing interest in the MENA region, and the possibilities of establishing a WMD-free zone. She co-hosts the bi-weekly METO podcast, ‘In the Zone’.

Jacob Allard

Jacob is currently pursuing a BA in International Relations at Durham University in the UK. He is particularly interested in security and area studies, and hopes to work in international affairs in the future. Alongside his degree, he has worked towards peacebuilding and conflict resolution in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is a contributor to the Chatham House Common Futures Conversations initiative.

Jacob has experience volunteering for media organisations, with a focus on increasing the accessibility of political information for young people. In METO, he has been fundamental in developing the METO University Network and getting us up and running on linkedin.

Isobel Cowey

Isobel is currently pursuing an LLB in Scots Law at the University of Glasgow, with a particular focus in human rights and jurisprudence. Previously, she has studied both History and Middle Eastern Studies and is especially interested in the intersectionality of politics and human rights in the WMD-free Zone.

During previous roles within NGOs in Amman and the Golan Heights, Isobel has focused on topics relating to the safeguarding of human rights, questions of security and feminism. In METO she is involved in the “Re-mapping the Middle East” project which looks beyond state security at human security. She is keen to develop her interest in human rights and how the question of security affects all people in the zone.