The Advisory Board on Education and Outreach (ABEO) provides specialised advice in areas of education and outreach relevant to the OPCW’s mandate.
Its goal is to ensure that the Organisation’s education and outreach activities, and those of States Parties, are effective, sustainable, cost-effective, and benefit from the latest advances in education and outreach theory or practice. Such advice may be provided to the Director-General, to the policy-making organs and, at their request, to States Parties.
The ABEO provides advice on the development of education and outreach strategies, key messages and partnerships that support the implementation of the Convention. The board also identifies global education and outreach activities relevant to the Convention and those related to disarmament and non-proliferation. The specialised advice that the board provides is with the goal of making education materials accessible to audiences in order to benefit the broadest range of target stakeholders.
A Group of Independent Experts
ABEO members serve in a personal capacity (not as representatives of their respective governments) and serve no more than two three-year terms, which may be consecutive. The chair and vice-chair are elected by the members of the ABEO.
The Board is made up of 15 independent experts in subjects including education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other relevant disciplines, science communication, the chemical industry, dual/multiple-use issues related to chemistry and the life sciences, ethics and the Convention, and related international measures.
- Chairperson: Dr Jo Husbands
- Vice-chairperson: Dr Adriana Bernacchi
Dr Adriana Bernacchi (Argentina) is an expert adviser on biological and chemical weapons issues for regional organisations in the GRULAC region. From 2002 until her retirement in March 2018, she worked at the Department of International Agreements at the Scientific and Technical Research Institute for Defense (Argentina) as an adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense on export control of dual-use commodities as well as on different issues related to non-proliferation measures and the convergence of chemical and biological sciences. In 2013, she contributed to the launch of the Argentine National Authority’s development of the “National Project on Education on the Responsible and Secure Use of the Chemical Sciences and Technologies”. Dr Bernacchi provides courses and seminars for raising awareness regarding chemical and biological non-proliferation measures. She holds a degree in biology and a PhD in toxicology.
Dr Craig Cormick (Australia) is the former President of the Australian Science Communicators, and has worked in science communication and education for more than 30 years. He has managed education and outreach programmes for agencies including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. He specialises in the drivers of public attitudes towards science and technologies, innovative methods of engagement, and his research has been published in journals of Nature and Cell. He is also the author of the book, The Science of Communicating Science: the Ultimate Guide (2019).
Dr Jean Pascal Zanders (Belgium) is an independent researcher/consultant on disarmament and security questions. He heads The Trench, a research initiative dedicated to the future of disarmament. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Paris). He was Project Leader of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (1996–2003), Director of the Geneva-based BioWeapons Prevention Project (2003–08), and Senior Research Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (2008–13). He has participated as an expert to the Belgian and EU Delegations in the BWC and CWC meetings since 2009. Dr Zanders holds master’s degrees in Germanic Philology-Linguistics and Political Sciences, and a PhD in Political Sciences from the Free University of Brussels. From January 2016 until December 2019, he chaired the Advisory Board on Education and Outreach of the OPCW.
Dr Johannes Georg Weinig (Germany) is Director of Education, Career & Science at the German Chemical Society (GDCh). His tasks include international affairs, chemistry education and advanced training, organisation of multilateral scientific conferences, scientific consulting of policy makers, public and media, promoting science, and exchange of young scientists. He is a member of the expert panel “Innovations Dialogue between the Federal Government, Economy and Science” at Acatech – German National Academy of Science and Engineering, a member of the EuChemS working party “Ethics in Chemistry,” and a member of the German working group “Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Biological and Chemical Weapons.” He holds a doctorate in organic and bio-organic chemistry from Humboldt University in Berlin, and he performed post-doctoral research in industrial organic chemistry at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Prof. Rocael Hernández Rizzardini (Guatemala) is Director of Galileo Educational System at Galileo University, which works with worldwide partners in the development of educational e-learning projects, technology, and research in virtual education. He is a research scientist and through the GES Research Center works on issues of computer science such as system interoperability, web technologies, Semantic Web, accessibility, and virtual education. He has worked as a consultant and director of international projects for e-learning and web technologies, with extensive experience in projects in several countries in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. He serves as the Telescopio project director, a MOOC courses initiative in Latin America and works towards future growth strategies. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology, Austria.
Prof. Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan (India) was appointed Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India in March 2018. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Secretary of the Indian Government Department of Biotechnology. He was the Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and the interim head of The Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) a new autonomous institute of the Department of Biotechnology. His fields of specialisation are developmental biology, genetics and neurogenetics. He has received numerous national and international honors recognising contributions in science. He is a fellow of The Indian National Science Academy and The Indian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), and a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He completed his doctoral research in the field of molecular biology and holds a PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He carried out his post-doctoral research at the California Institute of Technology.
Prof. Tatsuya Abe (Japan) is Professor of International Law at the School of International Politics, Economics and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. He his Doctor of Laws from Kyoto University and has published several books and articles on disarmament and arms control issues. His recent works include “International actions against the threats of chemical weapons use: A Japanese perspective,” in F. Su and I. Anthony (ed.), Reassessing CBRN Threats in a Changing Global Environment (SIPRI, 2019), and “Challenge inspections under the Chemical Weapons Convention: between ideal and reality,” The Nonproliferation Review, Vol.24 (2017). He has been deeply involved in the activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in various capacities.
Ms Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova (Kazakhstan) is Director of the International Organizations and Non-Proliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), and is based at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. She was previously Senior Research Associate and NPT Project Manager at CNS. Ms Mukhatzhanova served as an expert on the delegation of Kazakhstan to the 2010 NPT Review Conference and the delegation of Chile to the 2015 NPT Review Conference. She has taught workshops and courses on Iran’s nuclear programme and on nuclear proliferation trends and trigger events at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. Prior to joining CNS, she was a Media and Outreach Specialist at the UN Development Programme in Kazakhstan. Her research interests include multilateral non-proliferation regimes, international non-proliferation and disarmament negotiations and the role of coalitions, nuclear politics of the Non-Aligned Movement, nuclear-weapon-free zones, Iran’s nuclear program, and proliferation theory. Ms Mukhatzhanova received her Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Mass Communication, from the American University in Bulgaria.
Dr Austin Ochieng Aluoch (Kenya) is currently a Senior Lecturer of chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Material Science at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) with research interests in analytical and electrochemistry. He is also an OPCW Associate, an IUPAC Associate, and National Secretary of the Kenya Chemical Society. He is a chemical security expert and has implemented several projects in Africa on chemical security and chemical biological radiological and nuclear (CBRN) in the framework of the Chemical Security Program and the European Union CBRN Risk Mitigation Centers of Excellence respectively. He served as the vice-chairperson of the ABEO in 2018.
Prof. Dr Mohd Jamil Maah (Malaysia) is a professor of chemistry Director, Centre for Foundation Studies in Science at the University of Malaya (UM). His field of specialisation is in the field of inorganic chemistry particularly in the coordination chemistry of organophosphorus compounds. He is a permanent member of National Committee on Chemical Weapons Convention, Malaysia. He is also a committee member, facilitator, and subject-matter expert for the Development of a National Code of Conduct for Biosecurity, Malaysia. He is actively involved in chemical education and has been a consultant to several ministries and industries in Malaysia. Prof Mohd Jamil is a Fellow of the Malaysia Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and a Member of the Malaysia Institute of Chemistry. He has held several academic administrative positions at UM, including Head of Department, Directors and Dean of several establishments in UM and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International). He was Chairman of the Malaysia Chemistry Olympiad Committee and headed several scientific committees involving government ministries and societies. During 2013-2014, he was seconded to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) as Undersecretary of the BIOTECH Division.
Prof. Fatima Lamchouri (Morocco) is a Professor at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Taza, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez. She has held numerous pedagogical, scientific, and administrative responsibilities, including Elected Member of the Board of the Taza Polydisciplinary Faculty, Coordinator of the Pedagogical & Academic Affairs Commission, Head of the Life Sciences Department since 2009, Director of the Materials, Natural Substances, Environment & Modelling Laboratory since 2014, and Member of the Executive Board of the Moroccan Biosafety Association (2009-2017). She currently serves as the Vice President of the Moroccan Society of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Taza. Her research interests include medicinal plants, natural substances, phytochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and environment and sustainable development. Dr Lamchouri has published several papers in international peer-reviewed journals, participated in scientific conference committees, and has reviewed scientific journals. She has also been involved in many national and international conferences, seminars, and training programmes in the fields of biosafety, biosecurity, bioethics, dual-use in life sciences research, chemical safety, chemical security, dual-use chemicals, responsible science, and active learning. She has facilitated training and educational activities for Moroccan Biological Safety Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and has actively participated and promoted the education and awareness of these topics in Moroccan universities.
Mr Shahabuddin (Pakistan) has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director General and Director of Disarmament. He has participated in various bilateral and multilateral forums including national and international seminars on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and arms control issues. He has extensive experience in national and international legislative measures in chemical trade monitoring. He regularly produces articles for magazines and journals. He also is involved in training at the national and international level in assistance and protection against chemical weapons. He has been involved in CWC implementation in the country since 2006, and has monitored industrial outreach for OPCW inspections and declarations, safety and security audit and inspections of industrial facilities, and preparation and updating of legislative frameworks. He is also engaged with awareness programmes regarding CWC and its implementation with both industry and academia. He was instrumental in the inclusion of a one-credit chemical safety and security course in master’s level in chemical engineering and chemistry programmes at the national level. He has organised a number of seminars and workshops on CWC implementation, Chemical Safety and Security and education outreach. He holds an MSc degree in Defence & Strategic Studies as well as master’s degrees in English and political science.
Prof. Anna Izabella Zalewska (Poland) is Professor of Archaeology and History at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Her specialties include methodology, public history, critical heritage studies, memory studies, landscape studies, and the archaeology of contemporary times. Her work promotes the social and scientific value of all types of traces and carriers of memories about past uses of chemical weapons, including “gas-scapes” – landscapes marked by the use of chemical weapons – as material warnings of their danger. Prof. Zalewska provides lectures and interactive workshops for raising awareness regarding chemical warfare agents and chemical substances used for war crimes in the past. Based on her achievements in public history and research on the history and archaeology of chemical weapons, she was invited to be the first archaeologist and historian to cooperate with the OPCW. She has published several books and over 100 articles on uses and abuses of history, memory, and heritage. Her recent works include “Conflict Gas-scape. Chemical weapons on the Eastern Front in January 1915” in N. Sauders and P. Cornish (ed.), Curating the Great War (Routledge, 2020) and “The ‘Gas-scape’ on the Eastern Front, Poland (1914–2014)” in B. Stichelbaut and D. Cowley (ed.) Conflict landscapes and archaeology from above (Routledge, 2016). Her archeological work on the use of chemical weapons on the Eastern Front in the First World War is the subject of the Fires video, “Buried Memories.”
Prof. Alastair Hay (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds, where he also held positions in the departments of Animal Physiology and Chemical Pathology, as well as the Molecular Epidemiology Unit. His research interests have included pharmacokinetics, biomarkers and regulatory toxicology. He advised the UK Health and Safety Executive (1989-2016) and the European Union (2005-14) on occupational exposure standards for chemicals in the workplace. Prof. Hay has been concerned about the control of chemical and biological weapons for nearly 40 years, and his work has included six investigations of actual and alleged chemical weapons use. He chairs the UK CWC Advisory Committee, a broad group comprising government officials, academics, industry, and trade organisations involved with the implementation of the Convention. He has a long-standing interest in teaching and active-learning approaches, is the co-creator of the “Multiple Uses of Chemicals” website, and was a member of the OPCW Technical Working Group on Education and Outreach. In 2015, he shared the Hague Award with Dr. Mahdi Balali-Mood. Prof. Hay holds BSc in Chemistry and PhD in Biochemistry from London University and worked for five years as a postdoctoral fellow at one of the London Zoo’s research institutes.
Dr Jo Husbands (United States of America) is a Senior Scholar at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where her work focuses on issues related to science, technology, and security. She represents the Academies on the Biosecurity Working Group of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), a network of over 140 national and regional academies of sciences and health. She was Staff Director of the Academies’ Committee on International Security and Arms Control and its Working Group on Biological Weapons Control from 1991 to 2005. Dr Husbands was also an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Before joining the National Academies, she worked for several Washington, DC-based nongovernmental organisations focused on international security. She is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and through the Academies’ ties to IUPAC, she supported IUPAC’s continuing activities to inform the reports of the OPCW Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) on developments in science and technology for all four CWC Review Conferences. She served on the OPCW Technical Working Group on Education and Outreach and participated in the development of The Hague Ethical Guidelines. She holds a PhD in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy (International Economics).
Dr Mark Cesa (IUPAC) is the 2014-2015 President of IUPAC. He is a retired industrial chemist with expertise in physical organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and reaction kinetics and mechanisms. His research focused on new catalytic reactions, chemical process optimisation, and safety and environmental protection in chemical manufacture and use. Dr Cesa was Chair of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry, where he supervised the Safety Training Program, a capacity-building programme for chemists in the developing world. He has served on numerous other committees and task groups in IUPAC, and he was a member of the U.S. National Academies Committee on Promoting Safe and Secure Chemical Management in Developing Countries. He has served on the American Chemical Society’s International Activities Committee, Committee on Science, and Committee on Chemical Safety. Dr Cesa contributed to The Hague Ethical Guidelines, and he was a member of the organising committee of the OPCW-IUPAC Workshop on Innovative Technologies for Chemical Security in 2017, as part of IUPAC’s continuing contributions to inform the reports of the OPCW Scientific Advisory Board on developments in science and technology to the CWC Review Conferences. Dr Cesa earned an AB in chemistry from Princeton University and MS and PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mr. William Garcia (Cefic) is Executive Director, HSE, Responsible Care, and Supply Chain at The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). With a longstanding manufacturing background that started 20 years ago with LyondellBasell and its predecessor companies, Mr Garcia is an experienced director with a wide range of managerial abilities from managing large size manufacturing sites to leading corporate staff organisation. Before joining Cefic he was Staff Director in charge of Global Operational Excellence with LyondellBasell, leading the manufacturing management processes integration and auditing initiative. Former assignments include various manufacturing management positions as Site Director of one of the LBI manufacturing facilities located in Europoort, The Netherlands, as a Member of the Board of Directors of LCNBV (a Lyondell Dutch entity), and as Lead Operational Excellence Auditor (at Lyondell Headquarters in Houston, Texas) in charge of the new business operational excellence integration effort. His earlier career history with LyondellBasell predecessor companies (Arco Chem-Lyondell) includes proven reviews in due diligence, M&A. His former responsibilities also include Site HSE Manager, EPC/start-up and Operation Manager. Mr. Garcia received his degree in mechanical and civil engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines d’Alès.