ISYP Leadership Team

The International Student/Young Pugwash Leadership Team represents a range of geo-political regions and areas of expertise. Members of the Leadership Team are responsible for:

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

Members

Ezra Friedman (Director)
Ezra Friedman is the strategic adviser covering foreign policy, MENA, energy, climate, and counter-terrorism at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has been particularly active in building the ISYP network across the MENA region and Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Governmental Studies from Reichman University (2014-2017) and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics & Political Science (2018-2019). Professionally, Ezra has spent several years working on Israeli, US, and UK foreign policies, the nexus of climate change and national security, great power competition, and nuclear non-proliferation in the Middle East. Ezra has attended the ISYP conferences in Nagasaki (2015) and Astana (2017) as well as various track II dialogues throughout the MENA region and Europe. He has been a member of the ISYP leadership team since August 2017.

Alice Spilman (Deputy Director)
Alice is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham and a Policy Fellow at the British American Security Information Council (BASIC). Her thesis research focuses on normative ideas and discourse around nuclear weapons, and in particular looks at the concept of nuclear responsibility. At BASIC, Alice has been a part of the Programme on Nuclear Responsibilities since 2019. She has co-facilitated a number of Track 2 and Track 1.5 dialogues and co-authored the recently published Nuclear Responsibilities Toolkit.

Talia Weiss (Deputy Director)
Talia Weiss is a PhD student in experimental particle physics at Yale University. She leads the Yale Kimball Smith Series on science, ethics and international affairs, and she previously developed a similar program for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Talia received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Physics from MIT. She has written and spoken on the history of scientific self-regulation, lessons learned from the case of Nazi nuclear physicists, and how scientists who invented gene editing technologies viewed the ethics of their research.

Elisabeth I-Mi Suh (Secretary)
Betty is a PhD fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) and a Research Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin. Her dissertation discusses North Korea’s nuclear signaling vis-à-vis the United States. Her work focuses in particular on military and security developments in the Asia Pacific. Betty is generally interested in issues of nuclear arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation. She previously worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK).

Daniel Ajudeonu
Daniel Ajudeonu is the Deputy Partnerships Coordinator at Youth for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. He was a member of the organising team for the first Youth Meeting of State Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons held in Vienna in June 2022. Previously, he was a contributing researcher at The Effective Institutions Project, and a research assistant at CoronaNet Research Project. In 2021, Daniel was an African representative at the Africa-Europe Partnership Summit hosted by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. He was also an Expert at Common Purpose Global Leadership Experience’21. Daniel is a member of Common Futures Conversations at Chatham House, a Fellow and Honorary Global Advisor at the American Academy of Project Management (AAPM), and an active member of the Effective Altruism movement. He is an Honorary Doctorate Degree candidate at Commonwealth University, and an alumnus of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

Nicolas Alejandro Ayala Arboleda
Nicolas is a research assistant and graduate student of Politics and Technology (M.Sc.) at the Technical University of Munich. His experience includes working in research and programme management at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and being co-founder and the head of partnerships for the Responsible Technology Hub. Nicolas focuses on the impact of technologies, such as space-enabled capabilities and neurotechnology, on peace and war.

Jasmine Auda
Jasmine Auda is the Co-Founder and COO of Ambit Advisory, a non-governmental organization working on security and development issues across the Middle East. Previously, she was the Deputy Managing Director at the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS), an NGO based in Jordan, and associated with the Royal Scientific Society. In this capacity, Jasmine led the design and development of programs that addressed Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) risks to security in the region. Jasmine received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from New York University and a Master’s Degree in Political Economy from King’s College London.

Rebecca Brindza
Rebecca Brindza is an organizational strategist passionate about design, health, and helping businesses improve efficiency and productivity through internal process automation, user-centric product development, and quality creativity. Currently, she works in marketing and product at Medcase to provide flexible and remote gig opportunities for healthcare professionals across the globe. Rebecca hails from a 6+ year career in the social impact sector where she built communications between the maker movement and the disability community, consulted for Jewish institutions, conducted OSINT research for private clients, and ran peacebuilding initiatives for young adults from the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a MPH in Emergency Management from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and a BA in Global Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Business Management from Reichman University. She has been part of various Track 2 forums across the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia and was published by the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2018.

Shira Cohen
Shira graduated with a B.A. from the Honors Track in Security, Strategy, and Decision-Making and from the M.A. thesis track in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy (both with Highest Honors) at the Reichman University (IDC Herzliya). She is the academic director of the B.A. Honor’s Track, which she graduated from, and a research assistant in strategy, religion, and emerging technologies. Previously, she was a research assistant at five research institutes, including the Institute for the Study of Intelligence Methodology, the Israel National Cyber Directorate, and the Strategic Planning Department at the IDF Planning Directorate. Among her publications, she published an article on the first international crisis of AI in the West Point Journal of Politics and Security. Furthermore, she presented her dissertation on the decision-making processes of the Prophet Muhammad at various international conferences, including MPSA, EPSA, and ISPP.

Elif Erginyavuz (PR Co-Officer)
Elif is a MA Student at Hacettepe University studying International Relations. Her research focuses mainly on nuclear disarmament. She is currently a CTBTO Youth Group (CYG) Member. Her interest in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation further increased with her attendance to the 4th Edition of the OSCE-United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Scholarship for Peace and Security training programme and the International Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis-Intensive Summer Course 2021 organized by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

Pia Hecher (Advisory Board Coordinator)
Pia is a Sustainability & Energy Analyst at Longevity Partners. She received her MA in Middle East Studies as a Fulbright Scholar (University of Chicago). Researching Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) during her MA studies fostered Pia’s interest in creative conflict solutions. Pia has published pieces on US-Iran relations with the IISS and the Atlantic Council. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

Amnah Ibraheem
Amnah Ibraheem is a PhD Candidate at the University of Tennessee. Her dissertation research examines the role of civil society, domestic institutions, and political systems in the energy sector across the Arab Gulf states and the effects on nuclear energy development. She previously worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, also attending trainings at multiple US National labs including Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico. She is a member of the Middle East Next Generation of Arms Control Specialists (MENACS), a programme of the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Haneen Khalid
Haneen is a PhD student at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, focusing on nuclear non-proliferation and arms control. She is a Board Fellow at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and connected with the Centre for International Strategic Studies and Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton. She completed her Masters as an Obama Foundation Scholar at the University of Chicago, and has led both policy and grassroots initiatives to advance the goals of arms control and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in South Asia, the United States and beyond, winning the Audience Choice Award at King’s College London’s inaugural “Arms Control Idol” event. She is committed to bringing science and diplomacy closer together to advance peace and security for all, and building a networked approach for connecting leaders and professionals from these fields around the world.

Darya Kheyrie
Darya Kheyrie is a graduate student at the Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy and WMD Nonproliferation sponsored by MGIMO University (Moscow, Russia), Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Monterey, USA), and PIR Center (Moscow, Russia). In 2021, Darya became a fellow of the IAEA Marie-Sklodowska Curie Scholarship program which supports women in the nuclear non-proliferation and security field. In 2021, she acquired a bachelor’s degree at MGIMO University with a specialization in regional studies of the Middle East and Central Asia. From February to October 2021, Darya was an intern at PIR Center, a leading Russian research center on the issues of nuclear nonproliferation and global security. In 2020, she participated in the International School on Global Security organized by PIR Center in Zvenigorod, Russia. As a young scholar, Darya has engaged in research and published several papers on the Iranian nuclear program, sanctions related to the Iranian nuclear program, and the Russian perspective on nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East. Darya is fluent in Farsi, English, and Tajik. She is also a member of the Russian Student/Youth Pugwash.

Dylan Land
Dylan recently received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, with a concentration in Nuclear Deterrence and Technological Innovation. Dylan’s continued research explores emerging technologies’ impact on strategic nuclear deterrence, with particular focus on multi-domain deterrence, novel weapons delivery systems, and U.S. grand strategy. Before attending the Fletcher School, Dylan received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College.

Haruka Noishiki
Haruka Noishiki has worked as Program Officer for The Congressional Study Groups at Former Members of Congress since October 2021. She graduated from Tufts University in Boston, USA with a B.S. in Psychology and International Relations with a concentration in Security. She received High Honors for her Senior Honors Thesis on cartographic influences on threat perception in East Asian territorial disputes. She previously interned at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, Eurasia Group, U.S.-Asia Institute, Beyond the Bomb, and The Asia Foundation. At Tufts, she founded and advised Women in International Relations and served as Editor-in-Chief for Hemispheres, Tufts’ journal of international affairs. She was born and brought up in Japan, and has since spent a few months or years in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Paris before settling in DC where she is based out of currently. She joined the ISYP Leadership Team in the summer of 2022.

Laura Rose O’Connor
Laura Rose is a Senior Project Officer at Ottawa Dialogue, where she has been for the past three years. She is also a Research Associate at the Council for Strategic and Defense Research, New Delhi, India. Her work focuses on Track Two, non-proliferation, environmental security, and gendered elements of conflict. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Ottawa.

Kseniia Pirnavskaia
Kseniia Pirnavskaia is doing her master’s degree in Science and Technology Policy at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST, South Korea), ​completing her minor track in nuclear policy together with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Education & Research Center (NEREC). Currently she is working as a research intern at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-proliferation (VCDNP). Prior to joining the VCDNP, she worked as an intern at the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the PIR Center, as well as a research assistant at the Korea Policy Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She holds a BA in International Scientific and Technological Cooperation from National Research Nuclear University Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI). Kseniia is also a graduate of the Peace and Security Scholarship funded through the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as a member of BASIC’s Emerging Voices Network and a member of Russian Young Pugwash. She is an educational coordinator for the CTBTO Youth Group; and NEREC Summer Fellowship and Stanford-MEPhI Young Professionals Nuclear Forum alumna. Kseniia is also a founder and a host of the YouTube non-proliferation and disarmament videocast “Nuclear Pep Tak” and the founder of the Moscow Science Diplomacy School. Kseniia is currently doing her research on the ways nuclear justice for the survivors of nuclear testing have been addressed in the cases of Marshall Islands and Kazakhstan.

Natalya Samoylovskaya
Natalya is an associate editor of the Journal of International Analytics and junior researcher at the Center of Euro-Atlantic Security of the Institute for International Studies, MGIMO-University, Russia. She is also a chair of the Russian Student / Young Pugwash Group under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Shane Ward (PR Officer)
Alongside his role with ISYP, Shane is the Coordinator of Student Young Pugwash UK and sits on the board of Student Pugwash USA. His research focuses principally on transatlantic extended nuclear deterrence and nuclear modernization in the United Kingdom, his home country. Shane works as a transatlantic business development consultant with the European-American Business Organization, and formerly interned with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, DC. He has been published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Nukes of Hazard and presented research at the 2021 CSIS PONI fall conference. He holds a BA in Politics with a Security concentration from Bates College.

Lihao Yan
Lihao Yan is a PhD student at Yale University studying theoretical condensed matter physics. He grew up in Beijing, China and he received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame where he double majored in physics and philosophy. He is particularly interested in the moral and political issues in the current society. His personal experience as an international student provides insights into the ethical and political issues surrounding the international science community. His experience also motivates him to actively engage in activities and conversations at the boundary of science and society.


Previous Leadership Teams

The ISYP Leadership Team was previously known as the Executive Board.

2018-20

Anna Péczeli (Chair)
Poul-Erik Christiansen
Koji Enomoto
Kentaro Ide
Moritz Kütt
Roberta Mulas
Mahsa Rouhi
Ezra Friedman
Natalya Samoylovskaya

2015-17

Anna Péczeli (Chair)
Poul-Erik Christiansen
Cameron Harrington
Kentaro Ide
Petr Korzun
Moritz Kütt
Roberta Mulas
Mahsa Rouhi
Tong Zhao

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