ISYP Board

Functions and composition of the Executive Board

The Executive Board is the organ responsible for the projects of International Student/Young Pugwash, and is comprised by individuals who represent both different areas of expertise as well as different geo-political regions of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America. The first Executive Board of ISYP started operations in 2001, when it took over the roles of a previously existing Interim Committee. Over time, the nature of the Executive Board has changed, according to the needs and possibilities of International Student/Young Pugwash.
Today, members of the Executive Board have a direct bearing on the following areas:

  • The organization of annual conferences and other international events;
  • The promotion and co-organization of regional events, such as workshops, consultations and meetings;
  • The editorial policies and decisions of the ISYP Journal on Science and World Affairs;
  • The relations of ISYP with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs;
  • The future of International Student/Young Pugwash.

To contact the Executive Board, please send an email to: board (at) isyp (dot) org

Current Executive Board

ISYP Board, Nagasaki Conference, November 2015
ISYP Board, Nagasaki Conference, November 2015

The following are members of the Executive Board of ISYP:

Anna Péczeli (Hungary), Chair of the Board

Anna Péczeli has been a member of the ISYP Executive Board since November, 2013. She has attended Pugwash conferences in Berlin (2011), Paris (2012), and Istanbul (2013). She is currently working as an assistant lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest, and as a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies at the National University of Public Service (Hungary). She finished her PhD studies in March, 2015 at the International Relations Doctoral School of Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary). Her thesis focused on the Obama administration’s nuclear strategy and examined to what extent the legacies of the Cold War still define U.S. nuclear posture and planning.  During her PhD studies, she was an adjunct fellow at the former Hungarian Institute of International Affairs for over two years, she spent a 3-month visiting research fellowship at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (Germany), and she has also held a 7-month Fulbright fellowship at the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, DC. Besides, she has participated in several workshops, trainings and research projects on nuclear arms control, and she is a member of the G7 Berlin Group – International Coalition for CBRN Security Culture; the European Defence and Security Network (sponsored by the European Parliament); the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI); and the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium.

Poul-Erik Christiansen (UK)

Poul-Erik Christiansen is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is currently also a programmes assistant at the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, particularly working on the Greater Middle East project. Previously he worked at the Ottawa Dialogue track 2 project between India and Pakistan (2012-15) and before that at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, managing a programme on WMD disarmament and non-proliferation in the Middle East (2007-11). He has attended the ISYP conferences in The Hague, Berlin, Istanbul, and Nagasaki, and has been a member of the ISYP board since 2011.

Cameron Harrington (Canada)

Cameron Harrington holds a PhD in political science from Western University in London, Canada and was appointed to the executive board of ISYP in 2013. He joined Canadian Student/Young Pugwash in 2006 and was Chair of that organization from 2009-2013. During that time, he helped organize numerous workshops, lectures, and conferences in London, Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa, and Pugwash, Nova Scotia. He also attended and presented at the ISYP and Pugwash Conferences in Berlin in 2011 and Nagasaki in 2015. Cameron is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Global Risk Governance Programme at the University of Cape Town, where he researches environmental security and water governance.

Kentaro Ide (Japan)

Kentaro Ide is a Manager in the Global Export Controls & Sanctions team at Deloitte LLP, where he works with companies in sectors such as aerospace and defense, energy, and technology across Europe, Asia and North America. Previously, he spent several years working with policy think tanks in Canada and Japan, where he focused on issues related to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. He earned his MA in International Studies and Diplomacy with distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and holds a BA in Political Science and English literature from the University of British Columbia.

Petr Korzun (Russia)

Petr Korzun holds a PhD degree in Political Science and Strategic International Relations from the University of Strasbourg (France) and a post-graduate degree in political science from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). He has been a responsible secretary of the Russian Student / Young Pugwash Group since 2010. Attended ISODARCO winter school in 2011 and ISYP conferences in The Hague, The Netherlands (2009) and Berlin, Germany (2011) and Nagasaki, Japan (2015). Petr currently works as a chief expert in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (Department of Europe).

Moritz Kütt (Germany)

Moritz Kütt is a PhD candidate in the Physics Department at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group Science, Technology and Security (IANUS). For his PhD, he develops Open Source simulation tools for verification tasks in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Besides developing software, he is researching how Open Source software influences trust among states, how it can increase participation in software development and how “hacker culture” could help nuclear disarmament. He holds a Master of Science in Physics and a Bachelor Of Arts in Political Science. From autumn 2015 onwards, he will be a Visiting Student Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. Moritz has attended the ISODARCO winter school in 2011 and ISYP conferences in Berlin, Germany, Paris, France, Istanbul, Turkey and Nagasaki, Japan. He has been a member of the ISYP Executive Board since November, 2013.

Roberta Mulas (Italy)

Roberta Mulas is a PhD Candidate in the GEM Erasmus Mundus program working on a double degree at the University of Warwick (UK) and LUISS University (Italy). Her research deals with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the role of civil society and she has attended the 2015 NPT Review Conferences as a researcher and the one in 2010 as a diplomatic assistant. At LUISS University, in Rome, she is also a teaching assistant in international relations theory. Previously she worked at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) on a track 2 diplomacy project on the Middle East. She has attended three ISYP and Pugwash conferences – Berlin, Istanbul, Nagasaki – as well as three ISODARCO winter courses. She also participated in and reported for Pugwash workshops on the Middle East and on the NPT.

Mahsa Rouhi (Iran)

Mahsa Rouhi is a research associate at MIT, Center for International Studies where she has worked on various research projects since 2009. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Miami. She received her PhD from King’s College, University of Cambridge, UK in Politics and International Relations. She received her B.A. in Economics from Shahid Beheshty University in Tehran, Iran and her Masters Degree in Political Theory from University of Sheffield, UK. She was a Nuclear Security fellow and a research associate at the Managing the Atom program at Belfer Center, Harvard University. Her teaching and research focuses on International Relations, International Security, Disarmament and Nuclear Security, Conflict Resolution, Religion and Politics and Foreign Policy with special focus on the Middle East and Iran in particular. She has published Op-Eds in National Interest and the Christian Science Monitor and serves as a consultant to national and international organizations. She conducts policy relevant research as well as academic projects. She attended Pugwash conferences in The Hague, Berlin, Istanbul and Nagasaki.

Tong Zhao (China)

Tong Zhao is an associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. His research focuses on strategic security issues, including nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, missile defense, strategic stability, and China’s security and foreign policy. Tong was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow with the Managing the Atom Project and the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He has held a number of other positions, including as a nonresident WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS and working for the Office of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Student/Young Pugwash. He has attended ISODARCO winter school in 2010 and ISYP conferences in The Hague, The Netherlands, Berlin, Germany and Nagasaki, Japan.

Sandra Ionno Butcher (USA), Liaison with the Pugwash Conferences

Sandra Ionna Butcher is the Executive Director of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and a former Director of Student Pugwash USA from 1994-2002.


Previous Executive Boards

2014

Karim Kadry (Chair)
Ranieri Argentini
Sandra Ionno-Butcher (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Poul-Erik Christiansen
Kentaro Ide
Maryam Javan Shahraki
Moritz Kütt
Petr Korzun
Anna Peczeli
Tong Zhao

2013

Karim Kadry (Chair)
Ranieri Argentini
Sandra Ionno-Butcher (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Poul-Erik Christiansen
Kentaro Ide
Maryam Javan Shahraki
Moritz Kütt
Petr Korzun
Anna Peczeli
Benjamin Rusek
Tong Zhao

2012

Benjamin Rusek (Chair)
Ranieri Argentini
Sandra Ionno-Butcher (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Poul-Erik Christiansen
Maryam Javan Shahraki
Karim Kadry
Petr Korzun
Rian Leith
Kate Marvel
Tong Zhao

2011

Benjamin Rusek (Chair)
Ranieri Argentini
Sandra Ionno-Butcher (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Poul-Erik Christiansen
Maryam Javan Shahraki
Karim Kadry
Petr Korzun
Rian Leith
Kate Marvel
Tong Zhao

2010

Benjamin Rusek (Chair)
Ranieri Argentini
Jeffrey Boutwell (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Maryam Javan Shahraki
Karim Kadry
Rian Leith
Kate Marvel
Wakana Mukai

2009

Benjamin Rusek (Chair)
Ranieri Argentini
Jeffrey Boutwell (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Maryam Javan Shahraki
Karim Kadry
Rian Leith
Kate Marvel
Wakana Mukai
Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra

2008

Benjamin Rusek (Chair)
Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra
Jeffrey Boutwell (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Karim Kadry
Rian Leith
Kate Marvel
Irna van der Molen
Wakana Mukai

2007

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (Chair)
Benjamin Rusek (Secretary)
Jeffrey Boutwell (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Karim Kadry
Rian Leith
Kate Marvel
Irna van der Molen
Wakana Mukai

2006

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (Chair)
Benjamin Rusek (Secretary)
Jeffrey Boutwell (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Jessy Cowan-Sharp
Rian Leith
Irna van der Molen
Wakana Mukai
Nagappan Parasuraman

2005

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (Chair)
Benjamin Rusek (Secretary)
Arthur Petersen (Treasurer)
Jeffrey Boutwell (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Moira Goodfellow
Magdalena Kropiwnicka
Rian Leith
Nagappan Parasuraman

2004

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (Chair)
Joseph Rotblat (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Moira Goodfellow
Magdalena Kropiwnicka
Nagappan Parasuraman
Arthur Petersen (Treasurer)
Pablo Suarez
Youssouf Salami

2003

Hugo Estrella (Chair)
Joseph Rotblat (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Tom Borsen Hansen
Magdalena Kropiwnicka
Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra
Pablo Suarez
Youssouf Salami

2002

Hugo Estrella (Chair)
Joseph Rotblat (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Tom Borsen Hansen
Magdalena Kropiwnicka
Clayton Nall
Alberto Salazar
Youssouf Salami
Joe Wemin

2001

Hugo Estrella (Chair)
Joseph Rotblat (Liaison with the Pugwash Council)
Tom Borsen Hansen
Magdalena Kropiwnicka
Clayton Nall
Alberto Salazar
Gina van Schalkwyk
Joe Wemin

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