Co-founder of the Centre and a faculty member at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Philip Alpers has been accredited to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action (UNPoA) since 2001, and participates in this UN process and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as an NGO member of the Australian government delegation. He is recognised among the ‘Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction’ compiled by a peak international NGO in this field. Philip has published extensively on armed violence reduction and injury prevention. As Programme Director, he is responsible for the Centre’s direction and operations.
As co-founder of the Centre, Alistair has been involved in armed violence prevention and reduction since 2005. Prior to this, his work focused on refugees and responding to armed violence, as well as practising as a lawyer. Alistair has been CEO and held senior executive positions in a range of leading peace and violence organisations, including Act for Peace and the Institute for Economics and Peace. He has been Chairman of five organisations responding to armed violence, including the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and The Border Consortium. Alistair has enabled and supported programs in over 20 high risk countries.
Deepayan Basu Ray
Director of Arms Control
Deepayan has more than 15 years’ experience in arms control research, policy, legislation and international law, as well as in the fields of human security, aid effectiveness and sustainable development. Before joining the Centre, Deepayan worked as Coordinator of the Arms Trade Treaty ATT Monitor project at Control Arms, where he established and edited this influential annual report. As the Centre’s Director of Arms Control, Deepayan helps governments to adopt and implement arms control instruments around the world, providing capacity building, analysis of current legislation and the support of civil society to reduce and prevent armed violence. He is also Pacific Regional Coordinator for Control Arms, a global alliance advocating for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty.
Gender and Arms Control Coordinator
In addition to research and analysis for CAVR publications, Erly leads the Centre’s efforts on gender and arms control. She has an MA in Public Policy and seven years of experience coordinating sustainable development, conflict prevention, and peace building programmes. Erly has coordinated international World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) programmes such as the Responsibility to Protect and Freedom From Violence Venezuela, and is a member of the WFUNA Youth Advisory Council as well as the UN Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding. She has worked extensively on multilateral policies to tackle armed violence, as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Erly is Secretary of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG).
Mike brings to the Centre several years of experience in research and analysis on small arms and light weapons. He has researched extensively with the Small Arms Survey on projects ranging from international arms control initiatives to UN peacekeeping and illicit arms trafficking. Mike has worked for civil society organisations and NGOs in Tunisia, Israel, Palestine, Switzerland, and with indigenous communities in the United States. His initial focus at the Centre is to collect data related to Sustainable Development Goal 16, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. Parallel to Mike’s work in arms control, he is also an officer in the Swiss Military, serving in a leadership role.
Dr John Stevens is a health sociologist and Associate Professor with Southern Cross University’s School of Health and Human Sciences. He co-founded the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), works closely with the world’s leading scientists in Lifestyle Medicine and is one of Australia’s foremost experts on illness prevention and chronic disease management. With over 30 years of experience in health practice, teaching and research, John now specialises in translating complex scientific information into easy to understand knowledge and skills. As armed violence has a significant lifestyle and behaviour component, its prevention fits his work in Lifestyle Medicine.
Executive Director, Center for Peace Education
Jasmin Nario-Galace is Executive Director at the Center for Peace Education at Miriam College and Professor in its Department of International Studies. Jasmin is President of Pax Christi-Pilipinas and Justice and Peace Education Chair of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines. A Board member of both the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), she is also Co-coordinator of the IANSA Women’s Network, represents her Centre at Nobel Peace Prize winner ICAN and at Control Arms, and is on the Experts Panel at Forum on the Arms Trade. Jasmin works for a world where nonviolent initiatives, rather than arms, proliferate to prevent and resolve conflicts and to build a culture of justice and peace.
Natalie J Goldring
Professor, Georgetown University
Natalie has worked on efforts to control the international weapons trade and on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament for several decades. A Senior Fellow in the Center for Security Studies and an Adjunct Full Professor in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Natalie is also a Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. At the United Nations she represents the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy (UK) on conventional weapons issues and is on the leadership team of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA).
Managing Director, Stimson Center
Rachel Stohl directs the Conventional Defense Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC and the Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project (ATT-BAP), which helps States fulfil their ATT obligations. Stohl served as consultant to the United Nations ATT process from 2010-2013, as consultant to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on the ATT in 2008 and to the UN Register for Conventional Arms in 2009. She is co-author of two books, The International Arms Trade (Polity Press, 2009) and The Beginners Guide to the Small Arms Trade (Oneworld Publishing, 2009).
Rebecca Peters AO
Asociación Transiciones para Personas con Discapacidad
Rebecca Peters AO is an international expert on firearm regulation and violence prevention. A lawyer and journalist, she was the first Director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), the global movement against gun violence. During the 1990s she led the grassroots campaign in Australia which secured comprehensive reform of gun laws and a 50% reduction in gun violence. Rebecca has been a consultant to the World Bank, Amnesty International and the UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children. She now works in Guatemala with Asociación Transiciones and the Surviving Gun Violence Project, and is part of the leadership team of IANSA. Rebecca has been awarded two of Australia’s highest honours: the Australian Human Rights Medal and the Order of Australia.