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SIPRI welcomes Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra to the Governing Board

SIPRI welcomes Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra to the Governing Board

(Stockholm, 23 April) The Swedish Government has formally appointed Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra as a member of the SIPRI Governing Board.

Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra is an Algerian politician and diplomat who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria from 2013 until 2017.

‘Nowadays the international community faces, more than ever before, the demanding intellectual challenge of promoting a generous shared vision for an all-inclusive human security agenda. SIPRI is well prepared and equipped to contribute to this timely endeavour. I am honoured and happy to be part of such a team,’ commented Ambassador Lamamra.

From 2008 until 2013, Ambassador Lamamra was the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union. During his career, Ambassador Lamamra has served as Algeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and in other senior roles at organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Industrial Development Organization. Additionally, he was the Permanent Secretary of the Algerian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and served as the Ambassador of Algeria to Austria, Portugal and the United States. Moreover, Ambassador Lamamra has held leading roles in mediation efforts in several conflicts in Africa, including those in Liberia and Mali.

Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board, welcomed the appointment: ‘We are extremely honoured that Ambassador Lamamra has accepted our invitation to join the SIPRI Governing Board. He brings deep knowledge and expertise from his long and distinguished career, in particular in key issues of peace and security such as mediation and conflict prevention.’

Currently, Ambassador Lamamra is the AU High Representative for Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020 and serves as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Board on Mediation.

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The SIPRI Governing Board takes the strategic decisions on SIPRI’s research agenda, activities, organization and financial administration. Ambassador Lamamra joins a board of individuals with profound and broad-ranging expertise in diplomacy, policy formation, academia and research.

The current members of the SIPRI Governing Board are:

Ambassador Jan Eliasson (Sweden), Chair

Dr Vladimir Baranovsky (Russia)

Espen Barth Eide (Norway)

Jean Marie Guéhenno (France)

Dr Radha Kumar (India)

Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra (Algeria)

Dr Patricia Lewis (Ireland/United Kingdom)

Dr Jessica Tuchman Mathews (United States)

More information on SIPRI’s Governing Board members can be found here, and on SIPRI’s organizational structure here.


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