Meet our team

Our dedicated and professional team brings a diversity of expertise, approaches and perspectives. Meet its members below.

Marion Messmer

Co-Director

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Sebastian Brixey-Williams

Co-Director

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Dr Rishi Paul

Policy Fellow and Programme Manager, Programme on Nuclear Responsibilities

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Dr Gry Thomasen

Senior Policy Fellow and Programme Manager, Nuclear Disarmament & Risk Reduction

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Chris Spedding

Policy Fellow and Programme Manager, Technological Risk Programme

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Alice Spilman

Policy Fellow

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Chiara Cervasio

Policy Fellow

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Laura Rose Brown

Policy Fellow

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Timothy Choi

Consultant, Emerging Technologies Programme

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Eva-Nour Repussard

Programme Assistant

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Nicholas J. Wheeler

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

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Anuradha Damale

Policy Fellow and Programme Manager, Inclusive International Security

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Meet our Board

Our dedicated and professional team brings a diversity of expertise, approaches and perspectives. Meet its members below.

Dr Andrew Cottey

Chair

Andrew Cottey is Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration at University College, Cork. He previously worked at the Dept of Peace Studies, University of Bradford; the EastWest Institute; Saferworld; and BASIC. 

Peter Jones

Treasurer

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and Vice President for Corporate Strategy at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

David Pritchard

Board Member

David Pritchard advises nonprofit, private, and public sector organizations on how to assess and increase their social impact. He supports effective change-makers by helping them plan and evaluate what they do. 

James Madeley

Board Member

James is an experienced Human Resources professional and currently is HR Director for Portland, a communications company. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Melissa Hanham

Board Member

Melissa is an expert on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery devices. She uses open source information to analyse capabilities, verify treaties, and make policy recommendations. 

Anita Friedt

Board Member

Anita is an internationally-recognized arms control expert; advanced U.S. national security priorities during highly successful career serving seven U.S. presidents. She has cabinet-level arms control negotiation and diplomatic expertise. She was formerly Senior Advisor, Under Secretary for Arms Control & Intl Security at U.S. Department of State.

Helena Harding

Board Member

Helena is a Non-Executive Director with executive and board level experience and a specialist in organisational development and programme leadership. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management. She has worked within both blue chip PLCs and the public sector, including Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Laicie Heeley

Board Member

Laicie is the founder and editor of Inkstick and the host and executive producer of the PRX- and Inkstick-produced podcast, Things That Go Boom. She is also a Partner with the Truman National Security Project.

Dr Togzhan Kassenova

Board Member

Togzhan is an expert on nuclear politics, WMD nonproliferation, strategic trade controls, sanctions implementation, and financial crime prevention. From 2011 to 2015 Kassenova served on the UN secretary general’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

Ambassador Thomas Hajnoczi

Board Member

Thomas is the Former Head of Disarmament Department in Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Former Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva.

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