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Governing Board

Ambassador Sven-Olof Petersson is a Swedish diplomat and, as of 1 September 2014, the Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board. His previous positions in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) include Director of the Minister's Office and Director-General for Political Affairs. He has served at the Swedish embassies in Algiers, Beirut, Dar es Salaam, Strasbourg and Washington, DC. He was Director General for Political Affairs when the late Anna Lindh was Sweden's Foreign Minister. He also held the post of Swedish ambassador to the European Union between 2002 and 2008, and was Sweden's ambassador in Canberra, Australia, until early 2014.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

SIPRI Director

Dan Smith is the Director of SIPRI. He has a long record of research and publication on a wide range of conflict and peace issues such as nationalism, identity politics, armed conflicts, ethics of intervention, gender aspects of conflict and peace building. In recent years, his work has broadened to encompass other contemporary issues such as the relationship between climate change and insecurity, peace and security issues in the Middle East and global conflict trends. Smith has served four years in the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory group, two of which (2010–2011) were as Chair.

Smith has an intimate knowledge of how peacebuilding works (or doesn’t) in a wide variety of countries and regions. He is also a renowned scholar and analyst on and is Professor of Peace & Conflict, University of Manchester, attached to Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (0.2 FTE) since January 2014. He is the author of successive editions of atlases of politics, war and peace, with a special focus on the Middle East and blogs on international politics at

He has lived most of his adult life in the UK with a 10-year spell in Norway. He has travelled professionally to more than 60 countries.

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Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia

Professor Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar is currently Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. She is a Research Professor and held the position of the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) from 2001–10. She is also the Chair of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the Habibie Center, and a member of the Board of Advisors, the Institute for Peace and Democracy, the Bali Democracy Forum. Anwar was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2008–12), a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), based in Stockholm, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU, Australia.

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Dr Vladimir Baranovsky

Deputy Director, IMEMO

Dr Baranovsky is the Deputy Director of the premier Russian research institute, IMEMO, in Moscow, Chair of the Dissertation Council of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Vice President of the Association for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, and a board member of the Russian Political Science Association. He has been a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations since 1998 and is the author of more than 200 scientific works. He led SIPRI's Russia's Security Agenda Project from 1992 to 1996.

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Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi

Member of the Elders; Former UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General

Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi is a former Algerian Foreign Minister and Ambassador and was the chair of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations which produced the influential Brahimi Report. Brahimi has done extensive work in the field of conflict resolution, peacemaking, peacekeeping and has worked more generally on peace and security issues. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.

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Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference; Global Head of Government Relations, Allianz SE

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger is the Chairman of the Munich Conference on Security Policy. He is also Head of Government Relations at Allianz SE, Munich. Ischinger is one of the most senior German diplomats and in 2007 he was the EU Representative in the Troika negotiations on Kosovo. He has published widely on foreign policy as well as on European and transatlantic issues.

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Professor Mary Kaldor

Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. She writes on globalisation, international relations and humanitarian intervention, global civil society and global governance. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament, editing its European Nuclear Disarmament Journal. Kaldor was the founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Dr Radha Kumar

Director General, Delhi Policy Group

Radha Kumar is Director General of the Delhi Policy Group, the first independent think tank in India. She is a specialist in ethnic conflicts, peacemaking and peacebuilding, often from a feminist perspective. She has written five books and numerous journal articles on the topic and holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and an MA and BA from Cambridge University, UK. Previously, she has been on the Board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Foundation for Communal Harmony (India, Ministry of Home Affairs).