People

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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.

Advisors

Wael Al Assad

During Wael’s extensive and distinguished diplomatic career he worked for over 45 years within the system of the League of Arab States. In 2002, he established the Department of Disarmament & Arms Control within the Arab League General Secretariat. Since 2002 he was responsible for coordinating Arab positions on arms control and disarmament issues at different international forums and proposing policies to the Arab League’s decision-taking bodies. He has worked extensively on cooperation with the UN system and on developing the Arab League’s tool box for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

In addition, Wael was the Permanent Observer and Ambassador to Austria and to the international organizations in Vienna; the High Representative of the Secretary-General of the Arab League for Disarmament and Regional Security in Vienna; and a member of the Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs.

Currently Wael is a Non-resident Senior Fellow on the Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone project at UNIDIR and a council member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

Wael’s areas of expertise include disarmament and non-proliferation, the WMDFZ in the Middle East, and regional security.

Tarja Cronberg

Tarja Cronberg has long exercised political leadership in Europe’s networked society. Currently at SIPRI, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, she is a former member of the European Parliament, as well as of the Finnish Parliament and a former Minister of Labour.

The focal point in Cronberg´s work has been peace and security. After the Cold War she did comparative research in Russia and in the US studying the conversion of military industries into civilian uses. In the European Parlaiment she was the chair of the Parliament´s Iran delegation in support of the Iran nuclear negotiations. At SIPRI she has continued her work on Iran expanding it to research on security arhchitectures for the Middle East.

Her latest book “Renegotiating the Nuclear Order: A Sociological Approach”, deals with the distribution of rights and responsibilities between the nuclear and the non-nuclear states. Published by Routledge.

Marc Finaud

Marc Finaud is a former French diplomat who currently works with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy where he leads activities related to Arms Proliferation.

In 1977-1978, he was Vice-Consul at the French Consulate-General in Leningrad (USSR). Back in Paris, he worked at the Directorate for Europe (Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe -CSCE-) from 1979 to 1982. He was a member of the French Delegation to the CSCE Meeting in Madrid (1980-1982). In 1982-1983 he served as Chief of Staff of the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before being appointed First Secretary at the French Embassy in Warsaw. In 1987-1988, he was the Secretary-General of the French Delegation to the CSCE Meeting in Vienna.

In 1989-1993 he served as Second Counsellor at the French Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and a member of the French Delegation to the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. From 1993 to 1996 he was the Head of the Information Department (and alternate spokesman) of the Foreign Ministry in Paris. In 1995-1996, he was a lecturer on arms control and disarmament for a post-graduate course at the Marne-la-Vallée University. In 1996 he was appointed Deputy Head of Mission at the French Embassy in Tel Aviv (Israel) where he joined the Team of Negotiators of the EU Special Envoy to the Middle East. He was transferred to Sydney as Consul-General for France in January, 2001, with jurisdiction over the whole of Australia. In addition, from August 2013 to May 2015, Marc was Senior Resident Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).

Tariq Rauf

Tariq Rauf is an internationally recognized expert on matters such as: nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, nuclear security, international and regional security, nuclear-weapon-free zones, multilateral treaties on controlling weapons of mass destruction; multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle including the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Reserve at Angarsk (Russia), the IAEA LEU Bank (Kazakhstan) and assurances of supply of nuclear fuel; the nuclear programmes of India, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Pakistan, Syria; nuclear-weapons testing; the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT); as well as other related areas.

More specifically, Tariq has been a member of the Group of Eminent Persons for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament established by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan; Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination, Office reporting to the Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Alternate Head of the IAEA Delegation to NPT Conferences; IAEA Liaison and Point-of-Contact for Nuclear Suppliers Group, Committee UNSCR 1540, Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force; Coordinator of IAEA Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle; and responsible for the IAEA Forum on Experience of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones Relevant for the Middle East; and a Non-Proliferation Expert/Advisor with Canada’s delegations to NPT Conferences.

Associates

Leonardo Bandarra

Senior Research Associate

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

Programme Associate

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

Programme Associate

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

Programme Associate

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.

Giada Del Russo

Programme Associate

Giada is currently pursuing a War Studies & History BA at King’s College London, where she focuses on statecraft & diplomacy, intelligence, and immigration to Britain. She joined METO in 2021 as a Student Representative, and then went on to become a Programme Associate leading “The Bright Side” project, a news bulletin that publishes good news from the Middle East and North Africa in various fields, including disarmament and human rights.

Previously, Giada was a Young Ambassador for UNICEF France and a volunteer for UNICEF Italy. Alongside her passion for diplomacy and international security, she is involved in various NGOs. One of her current roles includes being the New Volunteers Coordinator for Charity Begins at Home, a charity that supports vulnerable people in London who are facing food and housing insecurity.

Alice Filiberto

Programme Associate

Alice is currently pursuing a BA in International Relations and Arabic at SOAS, University of London with a focus on decolonisation related to diplomacy and security of the Arab World. She joined METO in the summer of 2021 through the Education Course and heads up our ‘Roadshows and University Outreach Project’, which aims to organise events in collaboration with universities in order to build relations with academics who specialise in topics relevant to METO’s activities.

Alice has a deep interest for foreign languages, the Arab World and human rights, indeed she has been involved in many political associations as an activist and she is going to start soon her job as an intern at the Euro-Arab Mediterranean Association