Composition of the Scientific Advisory Board

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

Members (as of October 2017):

  • Chairperson: Dr. Christopher TIMPERLEY
  • Vice-chairperson: Mr Cheng TANG

Dr Pål Aas (of Norway) is a Chief Scientist at The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. His professional fields are neurophysiology, pharmacology and toxicology with focus on medical countermeasures to chemical warfare agents. He has been appointed as associate professor of toxicology at the University of Bergen, Norway for 15 years. In 1991 he was appointed by The UN Secretary General as a member of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM). He has been the Norwegian representative on several international scientific panels.

Professor Mohammad Abdollahi (of the Islamic Republic of Iran) of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences holds both a PharmD and a PhD, he is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of Toxicology and Pharmacology. His relevant areas of expertise include Toxicant-Induced Diseases, Mechanistic/Environmental Toxicology, Evidence-Based Medicine, and Pharmacology.

Professor Isel Pascual Alonso (of Cuba) is the Titular Professor at the Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, Cuba. Her fields of expertise are on enzymes and their inhibitors with biomedical relevance. In particular her research projects are focused in the development of new natural inhibitors of aminopeptidases involved in human pathologies like cancer, diabetes, CNS disorders and parasitic diseases like malaria mainly from Cuban Biodiversity sources.

Dr. Khaldoun Bachari (of Algeria) is the Director- General of the Algerian Public Scientific and Technical Research Centre in The Physico-Chemical-CRAPC, where he also serves as Research Director. Dr Bachari is a member of several national and international panels, inlcuding the Permanent Sectorial Committee (PSC) and Inter-Sectorial Committee (ISC)-Sciences Fundamentals-of Scientific Research and High Education Ministry (MESRS) of Algeria, and the labeling National Committee instituted by the Minister for Agriculture; he also chairs the Inter-Sectoral Commission for the Training, Programming and Evaluation of Scientific and Technical Research at the Thematic Research Agency for Nature and Life Sciences of Algeria. Dr Bachari holds 3 Patents and is co-author on more than 100 peer-reviewed international scientific publications and book chapters. Dr. Bachari's research is currently focused on analytical development, organic and inorganic chemistry and the environment. His work has received several national and international awards, including the "Algerian Early Career Researcher Award in Chemistry" in 2012.

Dr Augustin Baulig (of France) comes from the counter proliferation unit at the Secrétariat général de la défense et de la sécurité nationale.  His areas of expertise are on chemical weapons, industrial chemicals, toxicology, risk analysis, counter-proliferation, and databases.

Dr Renate Becker-Arnold (of Germany) is currently head of Global Trade Controls in BASF, Germany, and provides governance and expertise to BASF entities globally on Trade Controls regulations. She is a BASF authorized representative to German authorities for the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Narcotics and Drug Precursors Convention. Her area of expertise is in chemistry, chemical and trade control regulatory frameworks and chemical industry processes.  She holds membership in export control groups in the German and European Chemicals associations and in the inter-ministerial CWC working group in the German Department of Foreign Affairs.

Dr Veronica Borrett (of Australia) has been the General Manager of the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Australia’s top research University) since July 2008. Her areas of expertise are analysis of chemical warfare agents with extensive experience in developing methods relevant to the verification of alleged use of CW agents. Dr. Borrett has been the principal research Scientist responsible for leading the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) scientific programs relevant to chemical, biological and radiological national security and counter terrorism. She has also worked with Australia’s National Institute of Forensic Science as manager of operational programs and research.

Ms Chua Hoe Chee (of Singapore) is Principal Member of Technical Staff at the DSO National Laboratories. She holds a concurrent appointment with Singapore Accreditation Council as a Technical Assessor. Her areas of expertise include verification-relevant science and technology relating to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Dr Christophe Curty (of Switzerland) is in charge of the Organic Chemistry, Detection, Decontamination branch at Spiez Laboratory, the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection. He is a member of the Swiss National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention and the NBC Emergency Response Team. He manages the Swiss Schedule 1 facility. His special areas of expertise are chemical warfare agent synthesis, hand-held detection systems, decontamination methods, threat assessments and incident response.

Professor Carlos David Gonzalez (of Uruguay) of the department of Chemistry of the University of the Republic of UruguayHis areas of expertise are on organic synthesis and biocatalysis, performing research in greener alternatives to current chemical transformations and hazardous compounds by enzymatic means.

Dr Zrinka Kovarik (of Croatia) is Research Adviser at the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb. Her professional fields are biochemistry and toxicology with a focus on enzymes reacting with organophosphates, and antidotes for pesticide and chemical nerve agent poisoning.

Professor Roberto Martinez-Álvarez (of Spain) is the head of the department of Organic Chemistry at the Complutense University in Madrid.  His areas of expertise include organic synthesis of heterocyclic systems, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance.

Dr. Robert Mikulak (of the United States of America) is currently an expert advisor on chemical and biological weapons issues at the United States Department of State.  From November 2010 until his retirement in July 2015, he was the United States Permanent Representative to the OPCW.  During the negotiation of the CWC, he was the deputy U.S. negotiator and senior U.S. technical expert.  His areas of expertise are the negotiating history and implementation of the CWC, chemical and biological weapons arms control and non-proliferation measures, and convergence of chemical and biological sciences.  He holds a doctorate in physical organic chemistry.

Dr. Evandro De Souza Nogueira (of Brazil) is currently an expert advisor on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence and Chemistry Technology issues at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), he is also expert adviser to the Brazilian National Authority , Professor at the Graduation Programme in Chemistry of the Military Institute of Engineering, and member of the National Committee for Capacity Building Activities under the CWC. From November 1998 until December 2013, he has also worked as researcher at the Brazilian Army Technological Center (CTEx). His areas of expertise are Chemical and Biological Weapons,  Chemical Reactors Design,  Polymer Technology, Computational Modelling and Simulation, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Chemical Safety and Security, CWC Implementation issues, Education on peaceful use of Chemicals, and Control on the transference of dual use items. He holds a Doctorate Grade in Chemistry (Chemical Technology ) and Master in Chemical Engineering ( Modelling and Simulation of Chemical Process).

Professor Ponnadurai Ramasami (of Mauritius), FRSC CSci CChem, (of the Republic of Mauritius) leads the computational chemistry group at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Mauritius.  His areas of expertise are on the use of computational methods to solve chemistry and interdisciplinary problems.

Dr S K Raza (of India) is the Director of the Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology (IPFT), an autonomous Institute under the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India.  Earlier, he served in the Defence R & D Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, India for 26 years. He has been actively participating in various CWC related activities at National and International level from DRDE and IPFT. Dr. Raza is Lead Assessor for ISO/IEC–17025 for Testing and Calibration Laboratories. His areas of expertise are on the development of Mass Spectrometric Techniques for the detection of various CWC related Chemicals in environmental and biological matrices.

Mr Valentin Rubaylo (of the Russian Federation) is in charge of the management of CWC-related issues at the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology”. His areas of expertise are enzymology, kinetics and mechanism of the liquid-phase oxidation of organic compounds, homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis, oxidative processes for industrial applications, biotechnology and CW destruction technologies.

Professor Ahmed E. M. Saeed (of Sudan) is a member of the department of Chemistry, College of Science, Sudan University of Science and Technology; where he leads research groups in computational chemistry and MCRs. He is also the vice-editor of J. Science and Technology in Natural and Medical Sciences.  His areas of expertise include organic synthesis, organic spectroscopy, QSAR with molecular modeling and analytical method validation of pharmaceuticals.

Dr Maciej Sliwakowski (of Poland) is Head of the Analytical Department at the Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry, Warsaw, Poland. Dr Sliwakowski was a Coordinator of the gas chromatography retention index (GC-RI) Group in the Validation Group for updating the OPCW Analytical Database and co-author and member of the editing group for VERIFIN “Blue-Book”. He is a former member of United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and a former OPCW Senior Analytical Chemist, where he was responsible for coordinating OPCW Proficiency Testing. Dr Sliwakowski has served as technical expert to Polish Delegation at the OPCW, and is a member of the Polish National Escort Team for OPCW Inspections. His areas of expertise are chemical warfare agents (CWA) and Chemical Weapons Convention related chemicals, specifically in areas of: synthesis, sampling and identification, detection systems and laboratory analysis employing spectral techniques.

Dr Koji Takeuchi (of Japan) is the Principal Reviewer of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan, which accommodates more than 2,000 professional researchers to develop science and technology applicable in the area of industry. His areas of expertise are related to environmental protection technology such as monitoring, removal or decomposition of hazardous pollutants and chemicals based on adsorption, catalysis, photo-catalysis and other techniques.

Mr Cheng Tang (of China) is currently an adviser to the Chinese National Authority with regard to the CW related issues and disposal of Japanese Abandoned Chemical Weapons. He has provided various technical advise to the Chinese Delegations during the CWC text negotiations in Geneva and the Expert Group meetings of the PrepCom of the PTS of the OPCW. His relevant areas of expertise are CW/Munitions specialist (qualified OPCW group A inspector), chemical protection, chemical demilitarisation and verification.

Dr Chris Timperley (of the United Kingdom) is a fellow at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Porton Down, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  He has participated in the OPCW proficiency tests and is a former member of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM). His areas of expertise are on poisons, chemical warfare agents and toxins; organic fluorine and phosphorus chemistry; chemical biology, toxicology and pharmacology.

Professor Ferruccio Trifiró (of Italy) is professor emeritus at the Faculty of industrial chemistry of the University of Bologna.  He is currently the vice director of La Chimica e l'Industria journal of the Italian chemical society, the president of Accademia delle Scienze di Bologna and serves as a member of various scientific committees. His areas of expertise are catalytic industrial processes, safety considerations in chemical industry, development of green chemistry, characterization of solids, and catalytic cleanup of air pollution. His responsibilities have included oversight of a masters programme in safety for firemen and industrial technicians.

Mr Francois Mauritz van Straten (of South Africa) is a senior scientist at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Ltd. Mr van Straten was a committee member representing Protechnik Laboratories on the Chemical Weapons Working committee (CWWC) and Biological Weapons Working Committee (BWWC) for several years. His areas of expertise are the CWC and related National legislation in South Africa, Single Small Scale Facility (SSSF), analytical chemistry and decontamination of chemical warfare agents as well as the analytical chemistry of fluorine and fluorine based compounds.

Ms Farhat Waqar (of Pakistan) is Chief Scientist, Head of the Central Analytical Facility Division, and Convener for Chemical Weapons Convention Activities at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.  She is a multidisciplinary analytical chemist with vast experience in advanced analytical techniques and the chemical analysis of diverse materials.  Her work includes managing the provision of analytical services to large number of public and private sector, industry and research organizations, as well as university students.  She has been a member of the WIN Global (an International Organization for Women in Nuclear) since 2001 and was elected as General Secretary of the Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS) in January 2016.