The SCRAP Committee

The SCRAP Committee includes eminent individuals who actively support the SCRAP project

H.E. Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty (retired) was the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Deputy Director General South African Department of International Affairs. He was Honorary Secretary – British Anti-Apartheid Movement, London: 1962 -1995. As an Activist, Abdul Minty was a leading figure in the Anti Apartheid Movement from the 1960s to the 1990s. As a government official he has played a leading role in South Africa’s emergence as a global player – particularly in nuclear disarmament.  Ambassador Minty has written extensively for the United Nations and various anti-apartheid and solidarity movements on topics related to the fight against apartheid, human rights, disarmament and the arms embargo against South Africa.

H.E Ambassador Sergey Batsanov is the Director of the Geneva Office of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. From 1976 till 1989 he worked on the whole range of arms control and disarmament issues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR; then, in 1989-1993 was the Soviet, then Russian Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament. During 1993 – 2004 worked in the Hague in the OPCW PrepCom, and then in the OPCW, as the Director for Special Projects.

Robert L. Gallucci is a Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Georgetown University former president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Prior to that he served in a variety of government positions, focusing on international security including Chief US negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs and Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq following the first Gulf War

Andrew Futter is a Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester, UK, and is currently working on his European Research Council-funded “Nuclear Revolution” project. Andrew is the author of “Ballistic missile defence and US national security policy” (2013/5); “The politics of nuclear weapons” (2015); “Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs” (2015) and “The United Kingdom and the future of nuclear weapons” (2016).

Angela Kane is Senior Fellow at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Prolifeation and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Prior to taking up her role in Disarmament Affairs, she served as Under-Secretary-General for Management. She also served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and as Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. Her assignments in the field were as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), and postings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Thailand.

Born in London in 1942, Anthony Rudolf is a writer, translator and publisher. In the early 1980s his Menard Press, hitherto devoted to poetry, became well known for its series of pamphlets on nuclear issues. The authors included Lord Zuckerman, Sir Martin Ryle and Donald MacKinnon. All the pamphlets have been reprinted digitally and can be found at the link Menard Press – Ilan Kelman.

Dan Plesch is the Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS,  University of London.

Felicity Ruby  is the ThoughtWorks Director of Global Internet Policy. From 2008-2013 she was Senior Advisor to Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam. Prior to this she headed the UN Office for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and was a policy adviser at the UN Development Fund for Women and at Greenpeace International.

Grace is a young Kenyan, born and raised in Kisumu County. She is passionate about women, peace and security and is a graduate from The University of Nairobi-Kisumu Campus with Bachelors of Art in Project planning and Management. She is the Executive Director of WOMEN VOLUNTEERS FOR PEACE (WOVOP), a young women led-community-based organization focusing on building resilience and the capacity of young Women and Girls through Peace education, conflict prevention and resolution, Trauma Healing Informed perspective, Disaster Risk Reduction, Sexual Reproductive Health and Community Support Volunteerism within the Lake Region of Western Kenya.
She is also a Task force member for the African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development, Kenyan chapter and was named among the top 25 under 25 young women creative feminists in Africa and Diaspora by the Africa Union, office of youth envoy 2020.
Grace is currently a member of the steering committee localising KNAP in Kisumu County to contribute towards a better National implementation on UNSCR 1325 and other supporting resolutions on women, peace and security, as well as UNOY’s Regional Coordinator for East and Southern Africa.

Hector Guerra is the Director of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC). He is also a specialist on diplomatic processes related to disarmament, non-proliferation and arms regulation instruments, including the Arms Trade Treaty, the Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the humanitarian initiative for nuclear disarmament (among others). Guerra previously worked on human rights multilateralism, covering the Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies and other meetings organized by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Henrietta Wilson

combines policy-relevant research with university teaching and academic-related contracts. Her research explores technical and political challenges associated with arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction, and has resulted in diverse outputs which have impacted on real-world policy-making. Current teaching commitments are at the University of Bristol, delivering content on politics and international relations to undergraduate politics and sociology students.

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James E. Goodby has worked with former Secretary of State George Shultz at Hoover since 2007 and is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has also served in the US Foreign Service, achieving the rank of Career Minister, and was appointed to five ambassadorial-rank positions by Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Clinton, including ambassador to Finland. He taught at Georgetown, Syracuse, and Carnegie Mellon Universities and is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon.

Jayantha Dhanapala is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA and to the UN Office in Geneva. Dhanapala is Deputy Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board, and the 11th President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

Kevin Miletic served as Project Manager at SCRAP Weapons. He earned a PhD at SOAS University of London. 

Kennette Benedict is a senior advisor to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Prior to that, she was Director of International Peace and Security at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Executive Director and Publisher of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Lucy Tiller was a founding member of Youth for TPNW and served as the movement’s Chair from 2021-22. She is a co-convenor of the Youth and Student Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Matthew Bolton is an associate professor of political science at Pace University in New York City. He has worked as an academic, aid worker and a freelance journalist in 15 countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Iraq and South Sudan. Matthew has published widely on issues of conflict, disarmament, humanitarianism and social justice. He also worked on the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning nuclear disarmament advocacy campaign.

Marc Finaud is the Head of Arms Proliferation cluster at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). He is a former French diplomat who was seconded to the GCSP in 2004 to 2013, before becoming a staff member. During 2013-2015 Marc Finaud was Senior Resident Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).

Martin Butcher is currently the Policy Adviser on Arms and the Arms Trade Treaty for Oxfam.

Nick Ritchie researches and teaches in the areas of international relations and international security at the University of York, UK. His particular focus is on nuclear disarmament, proliferation and arms control and US and UK national security.

Olamide Samuel is a research associate in Nuclear Politics at the University of Leicester. He is an expert and researcher in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Nuclear Security and Safety, Arms Control, and International Security.

Oliver Sprague is the Military, Security and Police Programme Director at Amnesty International UK.

Paul Meyer is Adjunct Professor of International Studies and Fellow in International Security at Simon Fraser University and Senior Fellow, the Simons Foundation.  A former Canadian diplomat, Meyer’s research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security, conflict prevention and cyber security.

Paul Schulte is a non-resident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on the future of deterrence, nuclear strategy, nuclear non-proliferation, cyber security, and their political implications. Schulte is a Research Associate in the Disarmament and Globalisation Program at theUniversity ofLondon’sSchool ofOriental and African Studies

Peter Herby is the coordinator of the Mines-Arms Unit in the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Legal Division.

Pierce Corden is an adviser to the Holy See Mission to the UN on disarmament, nuclear and space issues. From 2002-2007 he served as the Director of Administration with the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation. Before that, he was director of the International Security Negotiations Office in the US State Department’s Arms Control Bureau, and in 1993 was Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission (for Iraq).

Randy Rydell is a former Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Office of Ms. Angela Kane, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations.  He served from January 2005 to June 2006 as Senior Counsellor and Report Director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (Blix Commission) and Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C.  He joined the UN secretariat in 1998, where he has served as an adviser to Under-Secretary-General Jayantha Dhanapala and his successors, Ambassadors Nobuyasu Abe and Nobuaki Tanaka.

Richard Jolly is Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Prior to that, he was Deputy Executive Director for Programmes of UNICEF, with the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General; and Special Adviser to the Administrator of UNDP and Principal Coordinator of the widely acclaimed Human Development Report.

Tariq Rauf is the Director of SIPRI’s Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme. He was Senior Advisor to the Chair of the 2014 Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. From 2012 to 2011 he was Head of the Verification and Security Policy Coordination Office at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The organisational affiliations of the committee members, are given for identification purposes only and does not imply that these organisations necessarily endorse the SCRAP project.

How can you become involved in SCRAP?

SCRAP Weapons proposes timetables and a draft treaty for consideration at the United Nations General Assembly, which takes place in September every year. Support our efforts to have SCRAP Weapons introduced at the UN General Assembly by sending a letter of support to your government.

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