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Philip Alpers

Philip Alpers

is a policy analyst and adjunct associate Professor at the “Sydney School of Public Health”, at the University of Sydney. His web site www.gunpolicy.org compares armed violence and gun laws across more than 200 jurisdictions, and promotes the public health model of firearm injury prevention. Accredited to the “United Nations small arms Programme of Action” since 2001, Mr. Alpers participates in the UN process as a member of the Australian government delegation. Relevant work includes a 20-nation regional study (“Small Arms in the Pacific”), field work with users and traffickers (“Gunrunning in Papua New Guinea: From Arrows to Assault Weapons in the Southern Highlands”), a 10-year impact analysis of the world's largest firearm buyback (“Australia's 1996 Gun Law Reforms: Faster Falls in Firearm Deaths, Firearm Suicides, and a Decade without Mass Shootings”) and the disposal of surplus military small arms (“Papua New Guinea: Small Numbers, Big Fuss, Real Results”).

Anna Alvazzi del Frate, PhD

Anna Alvazzi, UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

is the Research Director at “Small Arms Survey”, an independent research project located at the “Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva”, Switzerland. It serves as the principal international source of public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence and as a resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and activists. Dr. Alvazzi holds a degree in Psychology, a post-graduate diploma in Sociology and Research Methodology and a Doctorate in Criminology (University of Bologna, Italy). She worked as a Research Officer at the “United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute” (UNICRI), and at the “United Nations Office for Drug and Crime Control” (UNODC). Her main areas of research include crime prevention, crime statistics, corruption, transnational organized crime and illegal markets, comparative criminal justice systems, and gender-related issues. 

Alexander Butchart, PhD

Alexander Butchart

is the coordinator of the “Prevention of Violence Team ” (PVL) at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. He focuses on research and the development of policies and guidelines for the prevention of interpersonal and other specific types of violence. He holds a master's degree in clinical psychology and neuropsychology and was awarded a doctoral degree for his research on the history and sociology of western medicine and public health in southern Africa. Prior to joining the WHO he worked mainly in Southern and East Africa, where he was lead scientist in the “South African Violence and Injury Surveillance Consortium”. In collaboration with the Uganda-based “Injury Prevention Initiative” Mr. Butchart trained workers from a number of African countries.

Global Campaign for Violence Prevention

Andrew Feinstein

Andrew Feinstein

born in Cape Town in 1964, is an author, researcher and political campaigner. He studied in Cambridge, Berkeley/California, USA and Cape Town/South Africa. In 1994 he was elected to be a Member of Parliament for the ANC, but resigned in protest due to acts of bribery during an investigation into the South African Arms Deal (Strategic Defense Package) in 2001. Mr. Feinstein then moved to London with his family and started working as an independent writer and researcher. He campaigns against corruption and is widely published. His current book is “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade”. He appears regularly on BBC, Sky, Al Jazeera and CNN and writes for The Guardian, the New York Times and Profil, amongst others.

"The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade" (2012);
"Where is Gaddafi's vast arms stockpile?" The Guardian, 26 October 2011

Jasmine N. Galace, PhD

Jasmin Galace, Foto: Seikyo Shimbun

is a Professor at the “College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies” and the “College of Education” at Miriam College in the Philippines where she teaches “Peace Studies, Nonviolence, International Security, Educational Psychology and Education for Peace”. She serves on the Steering Committee of the “Sulong CARHRIHL” (a third party network that monitors the compliance of the Government and the “National Democratic Front” to their agreement to respect human rights and international humanitarian law) and the “Philippine Action Network to Control Arms”. She is a member of the “Global Network of Women Peacebuilders”, the “Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education”, the “Peace Educators Network” of the Philippines, the “Philippine Council for Peace and Global Education”, the “Mindanao Solidarity Network”, the “Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan”, and the “Sowing Peace for Mindanao Network”. She also acted as Coordinator of a Prep Com that led to the formulation of a National Action Plan in the Philippines to implement UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. She often represented IANSA (“International Action Network on Small Arms”) on gender-based issues. 

Susanne Grabenhorst

Susanne Grabenhorst

is a physician specializing in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy and lives in Mönchengladbach. In April 2013 she was elected Chairperson of IPPNW Germany. She was active firstly in the One-World-Movement and then in the peace movement since the 1990s. She is one of the spokespersons for the national network “Kooperation für den Frieden” (Cooperation for Peace). Her focus is on psychological factors of war and civil conflict management in areas of crisis and war, e.g. Afghanistan.


Jürgen Grässlin

Jürgen Grässlin

born in Lörrach in 1957, is one of the best known German activists against the arms industry. He studied education and has been actively promoting a total end to arms exports for many years. In 1992 he co-founded the “Arms Information Office” (RüstungsInformationsBüro, RIB e.V.). Since 1999, Grässlin is the national Spokesperson for the “German Peace Society” DFG-VK (Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft – Vereinigte KriegsgegnerInnen) and among other things, the German campaign “Aktion Aufschrei – Stoppt den Waffenhandel!”. In 2011, he was awarded the Aachen Peace Prize. Grässlin has published numerous books about the arms industry, focusing on arms exports and its victims. His book “The Black Book of the Arms Trade – How Germany Profits from War” (Schwarzbuch Waffenhandel - Wie Deutschland am Krieg verdient) was published this month.

Claudia Haydt

Claudia Haydt

is theologian and lecturer in sociology (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences). She is a board member of the “Informationsstelle Militarisierung” IMI (Information Center on Militarization) in Tübingen, and a member of the European Left (EL). She focuses on German and European security policy, peace- and conflict studies, the Middle East and Afghanistan, and works internationally as an activist, consultant and author.



Christine Hoffmann

Christine Hoffmann

is a peace activist and Secretary-General of the German affiliate of the international Catholic peace organisation “pax christi” since 2008. She studied German philology, journalism and sociology and was consultant to the “Federal Office of the Association of German Catholic Youth” (BDKJ) from 1990 till 2008. In 2002, she set up the Berlin office of the BDKJ national executive board. She is also spokesperson for the German campaign against arms exports “Aktion Aufschrei – Stoppt den Waffenhandel!


Mathias John, PhD

Mathias John

born in 1957, he has been working since 1980 voluntarily for “amnesty international”. He is spokesperson for the working group on “Economics, Armament and Human Rights” of the German amnesty affiliate and a member of the working group on civil conflict management. Dr. John focuses on the negative effects of arms transfers on human rights, particularly of small arms, munition, police and security equipment, the privatization of military and policing services and companies’ responsibility to human rights. Between 2003 and 2011 he was involved in the coordination and running of the amnesty international campaign “Weapons under Control” together with partners, such as Oxfam and the “International Action Network on Small Arms” (IANSA). Since 2012 Dr. Mathias John has been involved in the international amnesty campaign “No weapons for atrocities – hands up for arms control”.

Shahriar Khateri, MD

Shahriar Khateri

is a physician and Vice-President of the IPPNW affiliate “Iranian Physicians for Social Responsibility” (IPSR). He is co-founder of the Iranian NGO “Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support” (SCWVS) and the “Tehran Peace Museum”. He has been working in the field of health care for war victims for about 15 years, with a particular focus on the implications of chemical weapons use. His main research interest is on the health impacts of war. Dr. Khateri has published widely on war and public health, health impacts of chemical warfare agents, landmines and explosive remnants of war, as well as the role of physicians in the peace and disarmament movement.

"Blisters and sanctions", by Shahriar Khateri and Narges Bajoghli, Middle East Research and Information Project

Christoph Krämer

Christoph Krämer

is a surgeon and former Vice-Chair of the Board of IPPNW Germany. He was co-founder and longstanding coordinator of the IPPNW South-North working group. Mr. Kraemer advocates the examination of globalization as a peace issue and promotes the inclusion of this in the agenda of IPPNW. He considers preventive work on the root causes of conflicts as an imperative of the physician’s professional ethics, requiring intervention in our own countries.



Rupert Kubon, PhD

Rupert Kubon

born in Friedrichshafen in 1957, is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and Lord Mayor of the city of Villingen-Schwenningen since 2003. Dr. Kubon is a member of “Mayors for Peace” since February 2005. He is a member of “pax christi” and was Chairman of the pax christi Commission for Non-violence from 1990-1996.




Helmut Lohrer, MD

Helmut Lohrer

is a member of the international IPPNW Board of Directors and International Councillor of the German affiliate. After working as a teacher in Cameroon he studied medicine at Heidelberg University. He carried out part of his clinical training in Great Britain. Since 1986 he was involved in establishing student membership for IPPNW. He is a founding member of the South-North working group of IPPNW Germany which studies the interface between economic globalization and war since 1992. In the 1990s, Dr. Lohrer was active in building the anti-landmines campaign. Apart from the issue of small arms, the concept of the “Responsibility to Protect” is one of his main topics of interest. Dr. Lohrer works as a GP in Villingen-Schwenningen and is a part-time lecturer at Furtwangen University.

Nicholas Marsh

Nicholas March

has worked and published extensively on the trade in small arms and light weapons, armed violence and ways of governing the trade and use of weapons (at both the national and international levels). Since 2001 he has worked at the “Peace Research Institute” in Oslo (PRI). He is the leader of the PRI project “Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers” (NISAT) which has at its core a database of the global small arms trade. He has also worked for Small Arms Survey and is a co-author of its recent series which examined in detail the small arms trade over four successive yearbooks. Marsh has worked closely on the development of international policy on the arms trade, particularly the Arms Trade Treaty, UN Programme of Action on the illicit trade in small arms, and the development of laws and regulations concerning arms brokering. 

Luigi De Martino

Luigi de Martino

is the coordinator of the Secretariat of the “Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development”, a diplomatic initiative signed by 112 states aiming at reducing armed violence in a measurable way by 2015. He has worked for more than ten years as independent researcher, trainer and consultant on conflict and violence in Central Asia and Palestine. He previously worked for the “Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation” (SDC) and for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. He holds a Master in Cultural Anthropology and a B.A. in Political Science.

Arun Mitra, MD

Arun Mitra

is an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon by profession and works as a consultant in the city of Ludhiana in Punjab, India. Presently, he is a member of the IPPNW international Board of Directors. In 2008, Dr. Mitra was one of the key persons organizing the 18th World Congress of IPPNW in New Delhi and has been involved in organizing South Asian regional meetings of IPPNW affiliates. Dr. Mitra currently holds a number of positions: he is National General Secretary of “Indian Doctors for Peace and Development” (IDPD), an elected member of the “Punjab State Medical Council” (PMC) and a member of the “Central Working Committee of the Indian Medical Association” (IMA). He was Senior Vice President of IMA Punjab in 2009 and President of IMA Ludhiana in 2007/2008. As a student, he was the National President of “All India Medicos Federation” and was actively involved in the “All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation” (AIPSO). 

Robert Mtonga, MD

Robert Mtonga

works as a GP in Lusaka, Zambia and is IPPNW Co-President. He has been campaigning for many years for the prevention and banning of landmines and other ordnances in Africa and strengthening the control of small arms. In 1996 he co-founded the “Zambia Campaign to Ban Landmines”. He is a member of the “Zambian National Committee Against Landmines” and provides research on Zambia for the Landmine Monitor, the “International Campaign to Ban Landmines’” (ICBL) global monitoring initiative. He has worked as a consultant for many international organizations, documenting injuries from violence, and has collaborated with the “Center for Conflict Resolution of South Africa” and other initiatives such as “Gun-Free South Africa” and the “Small Arms Survey” in Geneva, Switzerland, profiling the costs of small arms injuries to the health system in Zambia. He is a member of the Steering Board of the “Control Arms Campaign” and was directly involved in the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations at the UN Conference in July 2012 in New York. 

Walter Odhiambo, MD

Walter Odhiambo

is President of IPPNW Kenya. He is the founder of the international IPPNW campaign “One Bullet Story” (OBS) which aims to give a human face to the movement against armed violence by telling the personal stories of people injured by guns and bullets. He helped to spread the campaign to various countries such as Uganda, Zambia, El Salvador and India. As a researcher at the “College of Health Sciences” at the University of Nairobi he focuses on the medical implications of small arms. Dr. Odhiambo is senior lecturer and consultant in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Nairobi and he has published several papers on firearm injuries.

Omolade Oladejo, MD

Omolade Oladejo, Foto: IPPNW

is an active member of the Nigerian affiliate of IPPNW and the “Society of Nigerian Doctors for the  Welfare of Mankind”. She has participated in a number of UN meetings on the Arms Trade Treaty where she spoke to the General Assembly about her experiences on the front line of victim assistance. Dr. Oladejo was one of the first responders to the bombing of the UN embassy in Nigeria. She now works with the Nigerian Ministry of Defense where she provides medical services to both civilians and military personnel. Dr. Oladejo has developed a strong passion for the service to humanity and she believes in promoting prevention first in medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Ignacio Paniagua, MD

Ignacio Paniagua

is the founder and General Coordinator of the programme “Problem Solving for Better Health” at the “Dreyfus Health Foundation” in New York. He was a Professor at the Department for Medicine at Rosales Hospital and President of FESPAD, a highly valued human rights organization. Since 1995 he has been the Deputy Councillor of the Salvadorian IPPNW Affiliate and was twice Vice-President of IPPNW. He was also intermittently Head of the Primary Health Care Department at the “Salvadorian Social Security Institute”.


Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, PhD

Thomas Reifer

is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of San Diego and an affiliated “Faculty in Ethnic Studies, Women & Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, and Latin American Studies”. He is an Associate Fellow at the “Transnational Institute”, a worldwide fellowship of committed scholar-activists. Dr. Reifer formerly worked at “Focus on the Global South” in Asia and was Associate Director of the “Institute for Research on World-Systems” (IROWS) and the Program on Global Studies at UC Riverside. He was formerly on the Advisory Committee of “USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice”. He is currently a Research Associate at the “Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems & Civilizations” at Binghamton University – where he received his MA & PhD – and IROWS. His specialty is the study of large-scale, long-term social change and world-systems analysis.

Alex Rosen, MD

Alex Rosen

is a pediatrician in Berlin, Germany. A member of IPPNW Germany since he began his medical studies, he ran the local group and founded a medical service for migrants without documents in Düsseldorf, Germany. He served IPPNW as European and International Student Representative and sat on the International Board of Directors for four years. During this time, he helped promote the “One Bullet Stories” project and helped organize the IPPNW African Student Congress in Jos, Nigeria, amongst other things. He has organized five IPPNW Bike Tours through ten countries and was recently elected Vice-President of the German IPPNW Board. In order to get to the congress “Human Target”, he and more than 30 fellow activists cycled along the Danube river to spread the word about the health effects of the small arms trade.

Paul Schäfer

Paul Schäfer

is a sociologist and Member of the German Federal Parliament since 2005. He represents the Left Party in the Defense Committee and is its spokesperson for defense policy. Additionally, Mr. Schäfer is a member of the oversight committee for the “Center for International Peace Operations”, sits on the advisory board of the “Initiative of Scientists – Responsibility for Peace and Sustainability” and supervisory board of the “Commission on European Security and Future of the Federal Armed Forces”. As editor of the journal “Science and Peace” he played a decisive role in its development.


Christine Schweitzer, PhD

Christine Schweitzer

born in 1959 in Hamburg, is executive director of the “Federation for Social Defence”, research aide for the “Institute for Peacework and Nonviolent Conflict Transformation”, board member of “War Resisters’ International” and editor of “Friedensforum” (Peace Forum), a journal published by the “Netzwerk Friedenskooperative”. Dr. Schweitzer has frequently published work on civil conflict management, non-violent alternatives to armament and military as well as on various conflict regions.


Maria Valenti

Maria Valenti, Foto: IPPNW

Since 2004, Maria Valenti has served as the coordinator and is now director of IPPNW’s campaign “Aiming for Prevention”. She helps to develop, implement and monitor programs, publishes, presents and educates on related issues. She provides a wide range of support to IPPNW affiliates which address public health consequences and human suffering caused by armed violence, particularly in the Global South. She represents IPPNW in international coalitions and networks including the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Alliance and at UN meetings on arms control issues including the Arms Trade Treaty and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms.

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