Samran ALI (Pakistan)

Research Officer, Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS)


Samran Ali is a Research Officer at the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), Islamabad. He has studied at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. His areas of interest include global nuclear and strategic issues, arms control, emerging technologies, strategic capabilities, as well as conventional arms in South Asia. He has extensively written on these issues in national and international publications.

Afra Abdelrahman Mohammed BAKHIT (Sudan)

Master’s Student, Safe and Reliable Nuclear Applications, LUT University, Finland


Afra is an Erasmus Mundus joint master’s degree student (EMJMD) studying under program of Safe And Reliable Nuclear Application (SARENA) (2021–2023). She holds a BSc of Engineering (Honours) in Nuclear Engineering from Sudan university of science and technology. She worked as a Teaching Assistant in the department of Nuclear engineer giving tutorials in (Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Radioactive Protection and Shielding), and National service at Sudanese Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (SNARRA).

Sweta BASAK (India)

Doctoral Fellow, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Ms. Sweta Basak is pursuing her Ph.D. from the School of International Studies at  Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research interests include arms control and disarmament, environmental security, Indian Foreign Policy, and Middle Eastern Politics. At present she also works as a research associate with the government of NCT of Delhi. She has been associated with the CTBT Youth Group initiative since 2017 and is an active member of the CYG Coordination team. She is a Political Science graduate from Presidency University and holds her Master’s in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

Ahmed ELSABAGH (Egypt)
Regional Focal Point at United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth

Ahmed is the Middle East and North Africa Regional Focal Point for Governance, Peace, and Security at the Major Group for Children and Youth at the United Nations. He assisted in the consultations and drafting of the UN Security Council Resolution 2535 on the vital role of youth in building peace and the S/2020/167 first Secretary-General’s report on the issue of youth, peace, and security. His research interests include the geopolitics of the middle east, complex negotiations, and arms control. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from Boston University and a dual degree M.S./LL.M. in Law and Economics from Hamburg University. He also pursued a one-year program on negotiation at Harvard University. Previously, Ahmed was a national security and strategy fellow of the National Defense College in Cairo, Egypt.

Elif ERGINYAVUZ (Turkey)

Master’s Student, International Relations, Hacettepe University


Elif is a Master’s Student at Hacettepe University, where she is studying International Relations. Previously, she worked as an intern at both the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs in Turkey. She is currently a Leadership Team Member at International Student/Young Pugwash and a mentee within the Young Women in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Mentorship Programme. She is a graduate of the OSCE-UNODA Scholarship for Peace and Security training programme and member of the Women in Nuclear Global Young Generation. Her research interests are nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and gender related issues in the nuclear field.

Ian FLEMING-ZHOU (Zimbabwe)


Board Member, Emerging Voices Network, BASIC


Ian Fleming Zhou is on the board of BASIC's Emerging Voices Network. He is a contributing editor for The Geopolitics & chaired a Peaceful Uses working group at the 10th NPT Review Conference. He holds a Master of Arts in International Politics from the University of South Africa. His areas of specialization are nuclear diplomacy, peaceful uses, disarmament, and foreign policy.

Shinichi HIRAO (Japan)


Operation and Training Officer, The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF)


Shinichi is an Operation and Training Officer of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) where he is responsible for maintaining readiness and enhancing tactical excellence of his infantry regiment by organizing training and communication with other regiments and U.S. Forces in Japan. Before assigned to the current position, he interned at two think tanks in the U.S.: Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and Hudson Institute where he conducted research about U.S. extended deterrence and missile defense in East Asia as well as NATO’s defense policy. He earned his Master of Public Policy from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the University of Virginia. He received his B.A. in Law from the University of Tokyo. His main research interests include U.S. extended nuclear deterrence, North Korea’s nuclear strategy, Japan-U.S.-Korea trilateral security cooperation, and nuclear nonproliferation.

Youssef Hosny (Egypt)

Undergraduate student, Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Department, Alexandria University


Youssef is a junior year student at Alexandria University, where he studies nuclear and radiation engineering. Focusing in his studies on radiation detection, radiation protection and reactors safety. Before entering the faculty of engineering, he was a student in Victoria college school where he had an interest in nuclear engineering. His research interests include nuclear reactors safety, nuclear protection, radiation detection, nuclear nonproliferation issues and nuclear disarmament.

Mahmoud JAVADI (Iran)

Postgraduate Researcher, European University Institute (EUI)

Mahmoud is a Postgraduate Researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, where he studies transnational security governance in Europe and the Middle East. Before joining the EUI, he worked with various research think tanks in Iran where he produced policy papers and briefs on European foreign, security and defence policies in the Middle East. He was also a Research Assistant at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) where he conducted background research on EU policies in the Middle East. He received his master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Tehran, Iran in 2015 and his B.A. from Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran, in 2013. His main research interests include arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, and transatlantic security strategy in the Middle East.