- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict, peace and security
- Peace and development
Ambassador Jan Eliasson is a Swedish diplomat and, as of 1 June 2017, the Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board. He was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations from July 2012 to December 2016 and Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2006. Furthermore, he was President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly in 2005–06; the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur in 2007–08; the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, 1992–94; and participated, 1980–86, in the UN mission mediating in the Iran–Iraq War, which was headed by former Prime Minister Olof Palme of Sweden.
Dan Smith is the Director of SIPRI. The Director participates in Governing Board meetings without voting rights. He has a long record of research and publication on a wide range of conflict and peace issues including such as the relationship between climate change and insecurity, peace and security issues in the Middle East, peacebuilding, the ethics of forcible intervention in conflicts, gender aspects of conflict and peacebuilding, and global conflict trends. Smith 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. He was part-time Professor of Peace and Conflict at the University of Manchester, attached to the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute from January 2014 to mid-2017 and continues with an Honorary Professorship today. He is the author of successive editions of atlases of politics, war and peace, and the Middle East and blogs on international politics at www.dansmithsblog.com.
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.
Dr Baranovsky is Director of the Center for Situation Analysis (CSA) and member of the Directorate 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.
Espen Barth Eide is a Norwegian politician and academic, currently Member of the Norwegian Parliament for 2017-2020. He was United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, chairing the negotiations aimed at reunifying the divided island. From 2014–2016, he was Managing Director of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva and until October 2013 he was Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. As well as his posts in government, Mr Eide has pursued an academic career in political science. From 1993–2000, he was a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and from 2002–2005, he directed the institute's Department of International Politics. Mr Eide is also a Vice Chair of the Humanitarian Dialogue Centre in Geneva, a Board Member of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo, as well as a Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C.
Jean-Marie Guéhenno is a French diplomat, currently a Senior Advisor at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and a member of the UN Secretary General High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation. He is a member of the team of senior advisors of the President of the General Assembly of the UN and since 2014, Jean-Marie has been a Distinguished Fellow with Brookings Institute. He was the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the funding of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and from 2014–17, he was the President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. From 2000–08 he was Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the UN. Jean-Marie Guéhenno is an expert in peacekeeping, global governance and transnational security threats.
Radha Kumar is Chair of United Nations University Council. Previously, she was 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).
Dr Patricia Lewis is the Research Director for International Security at Chatham House. Previously she was Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and Director of VERTIC (Verification Research, Training and Information Centre). Dr Lewis served on the 2004–06 Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMD), the 2010–11 Advisory Panel on Future Priorities of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and was an Advisor to the 2008–10 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND). She was a Commissioner on the 2014–16 Global Commission on Internet Governance and is on the EEAS Space Advisory Board (SAB) as a Senior Space Advisor to the EU Special Envoy for Space.
Dr Jessica Tuchman Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served as Carnegie’s President from 1997 until 2005. She was director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program and a senior fellow from 1994 to 1997. From 1982 to 1993, she was founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute, an internationally known center for policy research on environmental and natural resource management issues. From 1977 to 1979, she was director of the Office of Global Issues at the National Security Council, covering nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales, and human rights. She has served in the U.S. State Department and on the National Security Council staff in the White House.