- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict and peace
- 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. 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 Dewi Fortuna Anwar is a Research Professor at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and was the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities from 2001–10. She was Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs from 2010-2015 and from 2015 to 2017 as Deputy for Government Policy Support to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. 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.
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.
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. He served as the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria from 2012 to 2014. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.