Board of Advisors

Hafsat Abiola
Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)

Hafsat Abiola is a human rights and democracy activist from Nigeria. She comes from a family of dedicated Pan-Africanists and courageous fighters for freedom and justice. Her father, M.K.O. Abiola, won the Presidential election held in Nigeria in 1993 but served out his term in solitary confinement, incarcerated by the military. He died in prison, on the eve of his release. Her mother, Kudirat, was a democracy leader who organized major strikes, marches and fought assiduously against the military. In 1996, she was assassinated in the streets of Lagos.

To continue the legacy left by her parents, Hafsat founded and directs the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND). With the end of military rule, KIND offers organizational support and training opportunities to women and youths to strengthen Nigeria’s civil society so as to secure lasting democracy for its peoples.

Oscar Arias
Nobel Peace Laureate
President, Costa Rica

Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, President of Costa Rica, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to establish a peace treaty with Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, four neighbors torn by civil war. The product of a country that abolished its army in 1948, Dr. Arias has persistently worked for peace in the region, convinced that negotiation, not war, is the best means for achieving it.

Tadatoshi Akiba
Former Mayor of Hiroshima City, Japan

Dr. Tadoshi Akiba assumed the office as Mayor of the City of Hiroshima in February 1999, and is a widely recognized advocate for peace and the global elimination of nuclear weapons. From 1990-1999, he served as a member of Japan’s House of Representatives, and has also served as President of the World Conference of Mayor’s for Peace through Inter-city Solidarity

Kim Campbell
Former Prime Minister, Canada

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, the Secretary General of the Club of Madrid served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister in 1993.  She previously held cabinet portfolios as Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios, and the first woman to be Defence Minister of a NATO country. Ms. Campbell participated in major international meetings including the Commonwealth, NATO, the G-7 Summit and the United Nations General Assembly. Ms. Campbell is a Senior Fellow of The Gorbachev Foundation of North America, a member of the International Council of the Asia Society of New York, and serves on advisory boards of numerous other international organizations such as the Global Security Institute (GSI), the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), and the Forum of Federations.

Ingvar Carlsson
Co-Chair, Commission on Global Governance
Former Prime Minister, Sweden

Ingvar Carlsson served as Sweden’s Prime Minister from 1986-91. He studied at Lund University and Northwestern University, and in 1964 was elected to the Riksdag (parliament). He is Chair of the Foundation for Strategic Research, Chair of Olof Palme International Center, and co-chair of the Commission on Global Governance, which was established in 1992 with the goal of strengthening global cooperation.

Jonathan Dean
International Security Advisor, Union of Concerned Scientists
Former US Ambassador for Arms Control

Ambassador Jonathan Dean, now Adviser on International Security Issues for the Union of Concerned Scientists, is a long-time foreign service officer with assignments in peacekeeping (Congo), arms control, and East-West negotiations on Germany. He has written several books on European security, including Ending Europe’s Wars (1994), and chairs the Working Group on Deep Cuts in Washington, D.C.. He is president of the D.C. regional chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA.

Jayantha Dhanapala
Former UN Under-Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs

Ambassador Dhanapala was UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs in 1998-2003 and the President of the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference. Ambassador Dhanapala joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1965 and has served in London, Beijing, Washington, DC, and New Delhi. In 1984 he was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and in 1987 left the Foreign Service to head the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). In 1992 he returned to the Foreign Service as Additional Foreign Secretary before taking up the position of Ambassador to the United States. He has also served as Commissioner in UNSCOM, the Head of the Special Group visiting the Presidential Sites in Iraq, and a member of the 1996 Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Ambassador Dhanapala has published four books and several articles and is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and several international awards.

Jane Goodall
Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute
UN Messenger of Peace

In the summer of 1960, Dr. Jane Goodall ventured into Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, East Africa. Although it was unheard of for a woman to travel into the African forest, this was the fulfillment of her childhood dream. Today, Goodall and her staff continue to contribute to significant findings on chimpanzee behavior and social relations. Over the years her studies have shown the many striking similarities between humans and chimpanzees. Goodall earned her Ph.D. in Ethology from Cambridge University in 1965. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research Education and Conservation. Her honors include the Kyoto Prize in Bai Science and the Animal Welfare Institute’s Albert Schweitzer Award.

Mikhail Gorbachev
Nobel Peace Laureate
Former President, Soviet Union

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is currently President of the Moscow-based International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (Gorbachev Foundation). He is also President of Green Cross International. Mr. Gorbachev served as President of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

David Hamburg
President Emeritus, Carnegie Corporation of New York

David Hamburg is President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has made significant contributions in science policy, in international security and arms control, and in research on biological and behavioral roots of human aggression and psychiatric problems. He serves on the boards of a number of distinguished academic, government, medical, and financial institution

James Martin
British Information Technology consultant and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author

James Martin is an expert in the field of systems design, software development methodology, information engineering and computer-aided software engineering. He was one of the first to promote fourth-generation programming languages, and is the main developer of the Rapid Application Development methodology.

In 2005, Martin donated $100 million to help establish The James Martin 21st Century School at the University of Oxford. This school aims to “formulate new concepts, policies and technologies that will make the future a better place to be”. In 2009 Martin pledged up to an additional $50 million if it could be matched by other donors. This condition was met in April 2010.

Martin has written over a hundred books, many of which were best sellers in the information technology industry. His book, The Wired Society: A Challenge for Tomorrow (1977) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Founder, Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Rigoberta Menchú was awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples. Today, Rigoberta Menchú stands out as a vivid symbol of peace and reconciliation across ethnic, cultural and social dividing lines, in her own country, on the American continent, and in the world.

Frank Von Hippel2
Professor, Political and International Affairs, Princeton Co-Chair, International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM)

Frank von Hippel has a PhD in nuclear physics (1962). He is co-Director of Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security.

In the 1980s, as chairman of the Federation of American Scientists, he partnered with Evgenyi Velikhov in advising Mikhail Gorbachev on the technical basis for steps to end the nuclear arms race. In 1994-5, he served as Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Von Hippel and his colleagues have worked on fissile material policy issues for the past 30 years, including contributions to: ending the U.S. program to foster the commercialization of plutonium breeder reactors, convincing President Gorbachev to embrace the idea of a Fissile Material Production Cutoff Treaty, launching the U.S.-Russian cooperative nuclear materials protection, control and accounting program, and broadening efforts to eliminate the use of high-enriched uranium in civilian reactors worldwide.