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Dr. Neville Alexander

Neville Alexander is the Director of PRAESA. He has done much pioneering work in the field of language policy and planning in South Africa since the early 1980s via organisations such as the National Language Project, PRAESA, as well as the LANGTAG process. He has been influential in respect of language policy development with various government departments, including Education. His most recent work has focused on the tension between multilingualism and the hegemony of English in the public sphere. He is currently a member of the Interim Governing Board of the African Academy of Languages.

Ines Jil Al-Ameery

Ines Jil Al-Ameery studies medicine and psychology in Hamburg. In 1997 she participated in the IPPNW West Bank Refugee Camp Project.

Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford

As a mother and already with a career as a teacher, Mary-Wynne Ashford started medical school at 38. Her intent was to be a family doctor, but after hearing a speech on nuclear disarmament, she found a way to combine that cause with her career. As president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Ashford trotted the globe, lecturing and working for global survival, and delivered a keynote address at Mikhail Gorbachev’s Forum for a Nuclear Free World in 1987. Ashford recently retired from medical practice, but not from all her work: she wrote Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War, released in May 2006.

Dr. Peter Becker

Dr. Peter Becker is a lawyer and the president of the German section of Ialana (International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms), an independent international organization engaged in the promotion of nonviolent conflict solutions.

Inga Blum

Inga Blum, born 1979, studied medicine in Hamburg. 2004-2006 she supervised the IPPNW Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project. Presently she works for the Carl-Friedrich von Weizsäcker Institute.

Dr. Hans-Joachim Both

Dr. Joachim Both, born in 1944, studied medicine in Freiburg and Grenoble. He is an IPPNW member since the 1980s. Since 2007 he actively engages in the IPPNW working group criticizing the pharmaceutical industry and is a member of MEZIS, an association of physicians consiously avoiding the influence of pharmaceutical firms.

Daniela Dahn

Born 1949 in Berlin. Grew up and finished high school in Kleinmachnow, near Berlin. Intern with DEFA Film Co. and television. Journalism studies in Leipzig until 1973. T.V. journalist until 1981 when dismissed. Withdrew from journalistic activities altogether. Freelance writer in Berlin since 1982. In the fall of 1989 founding member of 'Democratic Resurgence'.

Her Lecture Activities: Writer in Residence at several universities in the USA and in the United Kingdom. Presentations, lectures, and participations in conferences in Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Austria, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Venezuela.

Dr. Dieter Deiseroth

Dr. Dieter Deisenroth is a judge at the German Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig and a member of IALANA (International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms) supporting a worldwide abolition of nuclear arms.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr, born in 1929, studied physics. With his political commitment he crossed the borders of disciplines and became engaged in social studies. His interdisciplinary work resulted in numerous books dealing with socio-political problems, philosophy, epistemology and gravity. For his work he was awarded with the alternative nobel price in 1987. Prof. Dr. Dürr is a founding and executive board member of “Global Challenges Network”. In 2004, he received the “Bundesverdienstorden” (German Honorary Order).

Dr. Eyad Rajab El Sarraj

Dr. Eyad Rajab El Sarraj, is the founder and Medical Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, an independent health service which provides urgently needed support, such as rehabilitation for torture victims, to the large number of people affected by the upheaval of the Intifada and the organised violence of the Israeli occupation.

Prof. Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung was born in October 24, 1930 in Norway. He is a sociologist and a principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies.

In 1959, he founded the international peace research institute PRIO in Oslo. Prof. Galtung  worked as mediator in more than 40 conflicts worldwide and is the president of the international TRANSCEND-network for peace and development. He received several awards for his work.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

Dr. Rolf Gössner is president of the "International League for Human Rights" in Berlin. He lives in Bremen working as lawyer, journalist and parliamentary adviser.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gottstein

Ulrich Gottstein studied medicine in Berlin, Göttingen and Heidelberg. He is a founding member of the German section of the IPPNW and honorary member of the IPPNW Executive Board.

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Graßl

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Graßl studied physics and meteorology in Munich. He was director at the Max-Planck-Institute of Meteorology in Hamburg and Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).  Already in the 1080s, Prof. Graßl warned against the consequences of climate changes.


Regina Hagen

Regina Hagen works as a freelance interpreter and engages actively in initiatives against the abolition of nuclear arms at national and international level. Among many other projects she works as coordinator at International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP).

Xanthe Hall

Xanthe Hall is a disarmament expert working for the office of the German section of IPPNW.

Claudia Haydt

Claudia Haydt studied theology and sociology. Her work focuses on topics such as Israel/Palestine, European militarization, Isalm and peace and conflict studies in general.  She is a member of the directory board of IMI (Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V.).


Dr. Ira Helfand

Dr. Ira Helfand works as emergency medicine physician in Springfield, Massachusetts. He deals with the topics of nuclear war and nuclear terrorism. In 2007 he published a study to the topic of possible nuclear consequences of a regional nuclear war. Furthermore, Dr. Helfand is the vice-president of the north american section of IPPNW, PSR (Physicians for Social REsponsibility).

Florian Hugenberg

Florian Hugenberg works in a hospital in Osnabrück. He was the first German participant  of the IPPNW program "famulieren und engagieren" in Kenya. During his stay he made - in cooperation with Walter Odhiambo - a firearm study.

Dr. Nicola Kaatsch

Dr. Nicola Kaatsch is a paediatrician. With "Doctors without Borders" she worked in Somalia and Kenya. She is a former member of the IPPNW Executive Board.

Noara Kebir

Noara Kebir is the CEO of MicroEnergy International. Her activities focus on suffcient energy supply for socially and structurally weak regions. She participated in a research project in cooperation with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. She received the alternative nobel price for her work in the energy sector.

Dr. Fakhri Khalik

Dr. Fakhri Khalik works as paediatrician and therapist. He is a co-founder of "Children of Bagdad", an association that helps children traumatized by the Iraqi war.

Christoph Krämer

Christoph Krämer is a member of the IPPNW Executive Board and coordinator of the IPPNW working group North-South. He actively engages in topics referring to globalization as threat to peace and therefore promotes to include this topic into the IPPNW agenda.

Dieter Lehmkuhl

Dieter Lehmkuhl is a member of IPPNW since 1983. He actively engages for the regional IPPNW group in Berlin. His main concerns focus on medicine and on the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. phil. nat. Wolfgang Liebert

Wolfgang Liebert, born in Düsseldorf, studied physics and philosophy in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt/M. His key activities concern nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, preventive arms control, the evaluation of scientific and technological consequences and scientific philosophy.

Barbara Lochbihler

Barbara Lochbihler, born in 1959 studied social pedagogy, political science, political economy and international law in Munich. She is Secretary General of the German section of Amnesty International. Before becoming Secretary General in 1999 she worked as personal parliamentary consultant for Prof. Eleonore Romberg (Member of the Bavarian State Parliament in Munich, 1987-1991) and was Secretary General of the Women's League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in Geneva (1991-1999).
Barbara Lochbihler is Secretary General of the German section of Amnesty International.

Patricia Lorenz

Particia Lorenz, born 1970 started her anti-nuclear activities at "Global 2000" in 1993. Working for "Friends of the Earth Europe" she founded the European Nuclear Power Campaign and organized the "Euratom Conference".

Presently she lives in Vienna and engages in several projects such as Euratom or Nuclear-Waste-Watch.

Jose Dionicio Machoa

Jose Dionicio Machoa represents a small village in Equador. The indigene population fights against imminent environmental destruction and disappropriation caused by a governmental decision to produce oil in rainforest areas.

Mohssen Massarat

Dr. Mohssen Massarrat works at the university in Osnabrück as professor for politics and economy. His main research interests are the Middle East, energy, peace and conflict studies and the north-south-conflict

Juliano Mer-Khamis

In the early 1990s, Juliano Mer-Khamis and his mother founded a theatre group to help children to work up their Intifada experiences. The project experienced set-backs such as the loss of his mother, the death of many participants and the destruction of the building. In 2006, Mer-Khamis reopened the theatre, now called "Freedom Theatre".

David McCoy

David McCoy is a medical doctor currently based at the Institute for Child Health at University College London. He worked as a clinician in the UK for two and a half years before working in a rural government hospital in South Africa for a further two and half years.

He has subsequently worked in the field of public health and health
systems development. He was policy research fellow at the Child Health Unit of
the University of Cape Town for 18 months, and then spent six years with the
Health Systems Trust, a non-government organisation established in South
Africa to develop a research and evidence base to inform the transformation of the apartheid health care system.

Much of his work was in the field of policy implementation at the district
level, mainly in rural areas; supporting the country's decentralisation policy; and addressing the systemic constraints to the implementation of
programmatic policy.

He has an M.Phil in maternal and child health from the University of Cape
Town, a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has completed specialist training in public health with the UK Royal
College of Physicians.

He is a member of the Steering Council for the Peoples' Health Movement and
is a Co-Managing Editor of the Global Health Watch.

Bernd Mesovic

Bernd Mesovic, born in 1954, is a social worker presently working for PRO ASYL. His activities concern refugees and related topics. 

Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner

Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner is  director of the German Development Institute and a Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Present projects concern the fields of 'Globalisation and Global Governance', 'Global Environmental Policy', 'Development Policy as Global Structural Policy' and 'Socio-economic Development in Latin America'.

Karin Modloch

Karin Modloch is psychologist and has been working for 14 years in the field of development cooperation. From 1991 to 1996 she worked for medico international with the victims of political and social violence in Northern Iraq. In 1995 Karin Modloch co-founded the association HAUKARI e.V., which assists women projects and projects for the victims of violence in Iraq. From 2001 to 2005 she represented the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Afghanistan. In 2002/03 she was working as a project consultant for Oxfam Germany. Since January 2008 she is research fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. Field of research: “Violence, memory and dealing with the past in Iraq: The example of the survivors of  the Anfal operations in Kurdistan.”

Katharina Mouratidi

Kathariina Mouratidi, born in 1971, studied Fine Arts at the Art College Berlin-Weissensee and has a Master's Degree in Fine Arts and Postgraduate Studies of Visual Communication. Since 2001 she lives and works as a freelance photographer in Berlin, Germany.


Esther Mujawayo

Esther Mujawayo, born in Rwanda, escaped the genocide in 1994. Presently, she lives and works in Germany as author, sociologist and psychotherapist. She dedicates her commitment to the Center for Refugees in Düsseldorf and AVEGA, an association that supports widows in Rwanda.



Prof. Dr. Oskar Negt

Oskar Negt, born in 1934, studied law and philosophy in Göttingen as well as sociology in Frankfurt/M.  He taught at the university in Hannover until his retirement in 2002.

Götz Neuneck

Götz Neuneck is physicist and earned his Dr. rer. nat. at the University of Hamburg in the faculty of mathematics.

From 1984 to 1987, he worked at the Afheldt Working Group of the Max Planck Society in Starnberg near Munich on questions of strategy, military technologies and armament control. Since 1989, he has acted as research advisor at the IFSH and manager of IFAR. Since 2001, he has been teaching in the Master’s programme "Peace and Security Studies". He is member of the Board of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) / German Physical Society, chairman of the working group "Physik und Abrüstung" / Physics and Disarmament of the DPG and Pugwash representative of the Verband Deutscher Wissenschaftler (VDW) / Association of German Scientists as well as member of the Council of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. 

His research interests are: disarmament, armament control and technologies, non-proliferation of WMD, missile defense, missile proliferation, outer space technologies.

Dr. Walter Odhiambo

Dr. Walter Odhiambo is physician and president of the IPPNW in Kenya. He works as a researcher for the Institute of Development Studies at the university in Nairobi. His work focuses on the medical implications of small guns. He is a member of the "Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis" (KIPPRA).

Dr. Niko Paech

Dr. Niko Peach teaches business management and operational environmental policy at the university in Oldenburg. His scientific work focuses on sustainability research and innovation management. 

Prof. Dr. Norman Paech

Norman Paech, is a retired professsor for federal and international law. He is actively engaged in various organizations such as IALANA, IPPNW or ATTAC. Since 2007 he is a member of the German Bundestag.

Daniel Philipp

Daniel Philipp and his colleage Noara Kebir are the founders and CEOs of "MicroEnergy International" offering advice for better energy supply in less developed countries. He participated in projects in Bangladesh, South Africa and Tanzania.

Dr. Lars Pohlmeier

Lars Pohlmeier, born in 1969, studied medicine in Hamburg, Paris, Boston and St. Petersburg. He is an Executive Board member of IPPNW and works as physician and freelance journalist.


Prof. Dr. Dr. Horst-Eberhard Richter

Prof. Dr. Dr. Horst-Eberhard Richter, born in 1923, studied medicine, psychology and philosophy. He is well know for his active engagement in the German peace movement. Prof. Richter is founding member of the German section of IPPNW and a honorary member to the Executive Board of IPPNW.

Jürgen Rose

Jürgen Rose had a long military career when demanding to be released from official duties in 2007 due to moral concerns in regard to the German intervention in Afghanistan. Since 2006 he is a member of the working group "Darmstädter Signal".


Dr. Joachim Spangenberg

 Dr. Joachim Spangenberg has been Vice President of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) since 1999. From 1992-1999 he was program director for "Sustainable Societies" at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy. Spangenberg has been on the Executive Committee of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) since 2000. From 1989-1996 he was Chairman of the Friends of the Earth Europe. He has a PhD in Macroeconomics and diplomas in Biology and Studies of Environmental Science.

Spangenberg is Co-coordinator of Sustainability Strategies, a European research network funded by the EU's 5th framework programme. The network aims to evaluate and integrate the different ways of understanding sustainable development and its institutionalization by organizing discourses of scientists and other stakeholders. Sustainability Science and Sustainability Governance are the two foci of the work process. He is also Coordinator for the socio-economic module of ALARM, an integrated project under the EU's 6th framework programme. The overall program deals with the threats to biodiversity in Europe, and its socioeconomic causes and impacts with a perspective to suggest indicators to guide policy action decreasing the pressures, and to monitor their effectiveness.

Jochen Stay

Jochen Stay, born 1965, is a peace activist. His special interest are initiatives of civil disobedience. Presently he works for the "Bewegungsstiftung".




Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth

Prof. Rita Süssmuth is former President of the German Federal Parliament and former Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Women, Youth and Health.

Prof. Süssmuth has a long distinguished political and academic career. She held several senior positions including Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Member of the German Federal Parliament. She has also been Director of the Research Institute "Woman and Society" and Professor of International Comparative Educational Science at the Universities of Bochum and Dortmund.

In 2006 Prof. Süssmuth become the Chair of the EU High Level Group on 'Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities and their full Participation in the Labor Market'. She also joined the OECD Development Center Project 'Gaining from Migration' Advisory Board in Jan 2006. She was member of the Global Commission on International Migration, which presented a report to Kofi Annan in October 2005 called 'Migration in and interconnected World: New Directions for Action'. She is the President of the OTA-University in Berlin.

Prof. Vappu Taipale

Vappu Taipale is Director General of the National REsearch and Development Center for Welfare and Health (STAKES) in Finland.

Prof. Taipale has a wide range of professional experience in social welfare and health care. She has chaired or acted as a member or adviser in numerous state committees and councils concerned with such topics as gender equality, mental health, aging population, rehabilitation, disability, refugees, state employer and personnel policy, prostitution, violence against women, and sexual exploitation of children.

She participated in the foundation of the finnish section of IPPNW, PSR.

Dr. Ahmed Abu Tawahina

Dr. Achmad Abu Tawahina is the director of Gaza Community Menal Health Programms (GCMHP), a non-governmental organization founded in 1990 offering psychological aid for the local people.

Ulrich Tilgner

Ulrich Tilgner, born in 1948,  is a foreign correspondent specialized in Middle East Affairs. He worked for German TV channels such as ARD and ZDF. Currently he is employed by a Swiss TV station.

Dr. Dorothea Wagner-Kolb

Dr. Dorothea Wagner-Kolb is a IPPNW member. She regularly gives presentations about peace relevant topics. Another interest is her engagement for children suffering from long-term consequences of the nuclear desaster in Tschernobyl.

Miri Weingarten

Miri Weingarten works for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and other human rights organizations. The main topics of her work concern the freedom of movement, health rights and the discrimination of minorities. She is a foundation member of the jewish-arabic movement Taayyush.

Dr. Andreas Wulf

Dr. Andreas Wulf, born in 1965 in Hannover, studied medicine in Berlin. He wrote his final thesis on Ludwig Teleky and the history of occupational medicine in times of the Weimarer Republic. From 1995 to 1998 he worked for the 'Office of the Medical Refugee Aid' in Berlin. Since 1998 Wulf is the medical project coordinator at 'medico international' in Franfurt/Main.



Andreas Zumach

Andreas Zumach is a journalist. He works for the German newspaper "tageszeitung" (taz) in Geneva. Zumach has collected excellent expertise in the field of international law, security policies, arms control and international organizations.