Gareth EVANS

Foreign Minister of Australia (1988-1996), Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993-1996), previously Attorney General, Minister for Resources & Energy and Transport & Communications. After leaving Parliament, President of the International Crisis Group (2000-2009); Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne since 2009, Chancellor of the Australian National University since 2010.

Kevin Rudd

Kevin RUDD

Prime Minister 2007-10, 2013, Foreign Minister 2010-12

Robert HILL

Defence Minister of Australia (2001-2006), Leader of the Government in the Senate (1996-2006); Minister for the Environment and Heritage (1996-2001). After leaving Parliament, Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2006-2009); Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and head of the Carbon Trust. Chancellor of the University of South Australia from 2010.


Chen Dongxiao

CHEN Dongxiao

President, Shanghai Institutes International Studies (2013-present), where he previously has served as Vice President and Director. Dr. CHEN (PhD Fudan University 1993) specializes in the studies of China foreign policy, Sino-U.S. relations and UN collective security.

CUI Liru

Currently President of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations [CICIR] (2005-); Director General and Research Professor at the Institute of World Information at the State Information Center in Beijing (1996-2004); Counselor for China’s Representation to the United Nations, New York (1992-1994); Director and Associate Research Professor of the Division of International Exchanges (1990-1991).

LI Bin

Currently Professor of International Relations and Director of the Arms Control Program, Tsinghua University (2000-). Founder of the Institute of Science and Public Affairs (1999); Director of the Arms Control Division and Executive Deputy Director of Program for Science and National Security Studies at the Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, Beijing (1996-1999); Post-Doctoral Fellow at the MacArthur Foundation (1994-1996).

MA Zhengang

President of China Arms Control and Disarmament Association. President of the China Institute of International Studies (2004-09).Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1997-2002), Vice-Minister of the Foreign Office of the State Council (1995-1996), and Director-General of the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1985-1990).

PAN Zhenqiang

Major General (Retired). Research fellow, deputy director, and director, Institute of Strategic Studies, National Defense University (1986-2001). Research fellow at U.S. National Defense University (1987), Stanford University (1988-1989), and Harvard University (1999, 2000). Current positions include Senior Adviser to China Reform Forum (CRF) and Member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

SHA Zukang

Sha Zukang is a Chinese diplomat who served as the United Nations Under Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, from 2007 to 2012. In 2010, he was nominated as the Secretary General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) . Before that, from 2001 to 2007 he served as Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland. He established the Department of Arms Control in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he headed from 1997 to 2001.



C. Raja Mohan heads the Strategic Studies Programme at the Observer Research Foundation. He is a foreign affairs columnist for The Indian Express, a non-resident senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington and a Visiting Research Professor at the National University of Singapore. He has published widely on nuclear arms control, non-proliferation and Asian security issues.

Jaswant SINGH

Minister of External Affairs (1998-2002), Minister of Defence (2001), Minister of Finance (2002-2004). Eight term member of Parliament: Previously Leader of the Opposition, currently MP for Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha (Lower House).


Foreign Secretary (1999-2001). Ambassador to the United States (2001-2004) and UAE; High Commissioner to UK (1998-1999) and Nigeria; also served in Geneva, Kabul and Brussels. Currently on Board of Trustees of International Crisis Group, Executive Committee of the Institute of Peace and Conflict, and Professor Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute of India.

P.R. Chari


P.R. Chari is a former member of the Indian Administrative Service. During the course of his official career he served two spells (1971-75 & 1985-88) in the Ministry of Defence. His last position there was Additional Secretary. In addition he was Director, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses New Delhi (1975-80) and Co-Director and Director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) New Delhi (1996-2003) where currently he is Research Professor. He has worked extensively on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and Indian security issues.


Emeritus Professor of Physics at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently Co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (2006- ), Vice-President of the Indian National Science Academy (2009- ), Member of Science and Security Board, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Member of Permanent Monitoring Panel on Mitigating Terrorism, Member of the Ottawa Dialogue. PhD (Cornell University 1963). Teaching/research in theoretical physics at Cornell, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Indian Institute of Science, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and CERN, (1962-2001).

Rakesh Sood

Rakesh SOOD

Rakesh Sood served in India’s Foreign Service and was India’s Ambassador to Nepal, Afghanistan and France and the country’s first Ambassador in charge of Disarmament in Geneva. He was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (2013–14) before retirement. He was Joint Secretary Disarmament and International Security Affairs, a division that he set up and headed from 1992 to 2000.

Shashi TYAGI

Air Chief Marshal Tyagi joined the Indian Air Force in 1963 and has extensive flying, combat and field experience and has held several senior staff appointments. He was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of three Operational Commands – the Central, South-Western and the Western Air Command. He took over as the Chief of the Indian Air Force in January 2005 and as the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee in October 2006. He retired from the IAF in 2007. He has been a member of the National Security Advisory Board since November 2007.


Kusmayanto KADIMAN

State Minister for Research and Technology (2004-2009). Previously Director of the Bandung Institute (2001-2004), and corporate director in science, engineering, and technology areas. He is a prominent expert on Indonesia’s proposed nuclear energy programmes, and active in BATAN, Indonesia’s atomic energy agency.


Marty Natalegawa was sworn in by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the Indonesian Ambassador to the United Kingdom on November 11, 2005.
Prior to this assignment, he was Chief of Staff of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as the Director General for ASEAN Cooperation in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He subsequently became Permanent Representative to the United Nations on September 5, 2007.


Minister for Foreign Affairs (2001-2009). Previously Director-General of Political Affairs (2000-2001), Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (1998-2000), and widely published on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.


Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia (1996-1999), France (1993-1996), Director General for Political Affairs (1990-1993). Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna (1988-1989). Member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.



Ms Aiko DODEN is a Senior Commentator with NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation and concurrently Presenter of NHK’s Asian Voices. She is also a Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a Fellow with Salzburg Global Seminar.

Hidehiko YUZAKI, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture

Hidehiko YUZAKI

April 1990: Ministry of International Trade and Industry, March 2000: Founder and Representative Director, ACCA Networks Co., Ltd., December 2000: Executive Vice President & Representative Director, ACCA Networks Co., Ltd., March 2008: Office Y. Executive Partner
November 29, 2009: Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture

March 1990: Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, June 1995: Stanford University, Master of Business Administration

Katsuya OKADA

Minister for Foreign Affairs (2009-2010), Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Japan (2010-2011 & 2009-2010), President of Democratic Party of Japan (2004-2005) and Vice-President (2006-2009). Elected to the Diet since 1990.

Kuniko Inoguchi


Diet Member (2005-present), Former Minister (2005-2006), Ambassador to Geneva Conference on Disarmament (2002-2004), Professor Sophia University Tokyo (1981-2006)

Nobuyasu ABE

Commissioner of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission; former UN Under-Secretary- General for Disarmament Affairs (2003-2006) and Director of the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-proliferation, JIIA (2008-2014); Japanese Ambassador in Vienna (1999-2001), Saudi Arabia (2001-2003) and Switzerland (2006-2008).

Yohei KONO

Minister for Foreign Affairs (1994-1996) and (1999-2001), Speaker of the House (2003-2009). Previously President of the Liberal Democratic Party (1993-1995), Chief Cabinet Secretary (1991-1992), and Secretary of the Science and Technology Agency 1985.

Yoichi Funabashi


Former Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun, chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation


Minister for Foreign Affairs (2002-2004), Minister for the Environment (2000-2002). Special adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (2004-05), and since 2005 Member of the House of Councillors for the Liberal Democratic Party. Previously, senior positions at Suntory Ltd, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and World Bank. Co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.


Tan Sri Hasmy AGAM

Ambassador to the United Nations (1998-2003), serving as President of the Security Council in 1999 and 2000. Previously served as Ambassador to France, Portugal, Libya and Malta. Currently Chairman of the Malaysian Commission of Human Rights (SUHAKAM).


Nyamosor TUYA

Minister for External Relations (1998-2000) and Minister-Counsellor to the United Nations (2010-11). Lecturer, Academy of Political Education (2007) and Part-Time Fellow (2003-2005); Director of Policy Planning, Foreign Ministry (1996-1998).

New Zealand

Geoffrey PALMER

Prime Minister of New Zealand (1989-1990), Deputy Prime-Minister (1984-1989). Professor of Law at Victoria, and Iowa Universities, co-founder of Chen Palmer & Partners, and current barrister for Harbour Chambers law firm. In 2010 appointed head of the United Nations Panel investigating the Israeli Flotilla Incident.


Prime Minister of New Zealand (1990-1997); Ambassador to the United States (1998-2001). Chairman of Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy; Chairman International Board of World Agricultural Forum; Chancellor of University of Waikato; Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Chair of various Boards. Privy Councillor (1991), Order of New Zealand (1998).


Jehangir KARAMAT

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Army Staff (1995-1998); Ambassador to the United States (2004-06). Visiting Fellow at Stanford 1999 and Brookings Institution 2000. Currently Director of Spearhead Research. Member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

Mushahid HUSSAIN

Minister for Information (1997-1999). Current Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Pakistani Senate. Previously editor of “The Muslim” newspaper; lectured at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, Harvard University, MIT, the Middle East Institute, the Stimson Centre, Oxford University and Georgetown University’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Understanding.


Current Professor of Nuclear and High-Energy Physics and Head of Physics Department at Quaid-e-Azam University; Current Chairman of Mashal Books, a publication on feminism, education, and environmental issues. Pervez Hoodboy holds a PhD in Particle Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



• Director-General, Foreign Service Institute
• Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs (2012-2014)
• Philippine Sherpa/Sous Sherpa, Nuclear Security Summit (2012-2014)
• Deputy Permanent Representative, Philippine Mission to the United Nations, New York (2009-2012)
• Deputy Chief of Mission, Philippine Embassy, Washington DC (2006-2009)
• Philippine Legal Counsel, International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons (1996)

Republic of Korea

CHUN Yungwoo

Chun Yungwoo is currently the chairman of "The Korean Peninsula Future Forum (KPFF)" which he established in June 2013 as a think tank with a particular focus on the promotion of positive changes in North Korea, denuclearization and a strategy to deal with a situation of instability leading to unification. Formerly Senior Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs & National Security 2010-13.

HAN Sung-joo

Ambassador to the United States (2003-2005), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-1994). UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus (1996-1997), and member of the UN Inquiry Commission on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide 1999. Former academic: PhD University of California Berkeley, professor at City University of New York (1970-1979), Columbia (1986-1987) and Stanford (1992 & 1995), and Korea University (1995-2002). Signatory of Korean ‘Group of Statesmen’ statement on nuclear disarmament, June 2010.

LEE Hong-Koo

Prime Minister (1994-1995); Deputy Prime Minister for Reunification (1988-1991), Ambassador to the United States (1998-2000), and United Kingdom (1991-1993). Former academic: PhD Yale and professor at Seoul National University serving as president of the Korean Political Science Association, and member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association. Member of the Commission on Global Governance, 1995. Signatory of Korean ‘Group of Statesmen’ statement on nuclear disarmament, June 2010.

MOON Chung-in

Chung-in Moon is a professor of political science at Yonsei University and Editor-in-Chief of Global Asia, a quarterly magazine in English. He is also Executive Director of the Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library and Museum. He served as Dean of Yonsei’s Graduate School of International Studies. He was also Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative, a cabinet-level post, and Ambassador for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Republic of Korea.

SONG Minsoon

Minsoon Song previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the administration of President Roh Moo-Hyun from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that his National Security Advisor. Song was chief negotiator in the Six Party Talks dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue when the September 19 Joint Statement was adopted in 2005.



Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Permanent Representative to UN, serving as President of Security Council (January 2001 and May 2002), Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry (1993-1998). Previously served in Cambodia, Malaysia, and the United States.

Sri Lanka


United Nations Under-Secretary General for Disarmament (1998-2003); Ambassador to the United States (1995-1997), and UN, Geneva (1984-1987). President of the 1995 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review and Extension Conference; Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (1987-1992). Member of Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (1996), and Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (2006). Currently, President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.



Foreign Minister of Thailand from 2008 to 2011. A career diplomat, Mr Piromya served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand from 1968 to 2005. Between 1991 and 2005, he was ambassador to Russia, Indonesia, Germany, Japan, and the United States and was a Member of Parliament from 2011 to 2013.


Surin Pitsuwan was elected Member of Parliament from Nakhon Si Thammarat for the first time in 1986 and became Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Representatives the same year.

In 1988, he was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Minister of Interior. From 1992 until 1995, he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs before becoming Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1997, serving in this capacity until 2001.

He was Chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum from 1999 until 2000.


Ton Nu Thi NINH

Ambassador to European Union (2000-2003); Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs (1996-2000), Director General for International Organizations (1993-1996). Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, 11th National Assembly of Viet Nam (2002-2007). Currently President of Tri Viet International University, due to open 2013.