Staff

Mr Ian Stewart

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Mr Ian J. Stewart is a Senior Researcher in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London where he heads Project Alpha. He is also the training advisor for the consortium implementing the European Union’s Peer-2-Peer program on dual-use goods. He is a specialist on issues related to export controls, sanctions, and non-proliferation more generally. Ian, an engineer by training, has many years of experience in government working for the Ministry of Defence and working with companies and international organisations in relation to non-proliferation matters. He was also a research fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Contact Information

Email: ian.stewart@kcl.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7848 1342

Dr. Andrea Viski

Dr. Andrea Viski joined the Project Alpha team in 2017 as Senior Research Associate, focusing mainly on strategic trade controls and capacity-building. She previously worked for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, contributing to the Nuclear Security Unit’s work on strategic trade controls as well as the EU CBRN Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative. She previously worked in the Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control, as well as the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Programs at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). She is the current editor-in-chief of the Strategic Trade Review, a peer reviewed journal dedicated to arms and dual-use trade control, and has published numerous articles and book chapters specifically in the area of strategic trade controls and international law.

Dr Viski received her PhD from the European University Institute, her M.A in Georgetown University’s Institute for Law, Science and Global Security, and her B.A in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Contact Information

Email: andrea.viski@kcl.ac.uk

Dr. Jonathan Brewer

Dr. Jonathan Brewer lives in New York. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies since 2010, and is one of the founders of the Alpha Project. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security, Washington DC, and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Service’s Institute, London. From 2010-2015 he was financial expert of the UN Panel on Iran created pursuant to resolution 1929 (2010). From 1983-2010 he served in the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), including postings to British Embassies in Luanda, Mexico City and Moscow. He was Head of Counter-Proliferation (2005-2010).

Research interests include proliferation of WMD, implementation and circumvention of UN, US and EU financial sanctions, private sector compliance good practices, typologies of financing of proliferation, Financial Action Task Force Recommendations and the role of the private sector in supporting governments to combat proliferation, Iran.

Dr. Brewer holds a PhD in geophysics from Cornell University (1981).

Contact Information

Email:mailto:jonathan.brewer@kcl.ac.uk

Mr John Druce

Mr John Druce is a Senior Associate, with a focus on procurement networks, North Korean and Pakistani WMD and proliferation related activity. For nearly 40 years Mr John Druce worked for the Ministry of Defence in the UK. He is a mechanical engineer by trade but throughout his career he has worked on a variety of areas including procurement, information systems, and support to research and military equipment. The last thirteen years of his service with the UK Government was working on proliferation and related procurement, providing support to UK policies and input to relevant UNSCR’s, EU Regulations and associated sanctions. Since leaving Government service Mr Druce has continued working in the Counter (Non) Proliferation area with King’s College London.

During his time with the Ministry of Defence he gained a wide range of skills. In particular past duties included project management, information acquisition and analysis, and strategic assessments. Mr Druce holds academic qualifications in engineering at Higher National Certificate level and a First Class Honours BSc Degree with the Open University.

Contact Information

Email: john.druce@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Nick Mitchell

Mr Nick Mitchell is a Senior Associate at Project Alpha, King’s College London, working here since 2012, focusing mainly on outreach to UK exporters of proliferation sensitive equipment and technologies. Before that, he worked in the Department of Trade and Investment in the UK for 33 years, and exclusively on non-proliferation, counter proliferation and export control work since 1989. Mr Mitchell chaired the Government’s main committee which co-ordinated the enforcement of export controls, having firsthand experience of implementing UN Sanctions against Iraq, collaboration with international partners, working with Customs to enforce controls, but also with business to help them avoid becoming unwitting suppliers to WMD programmes. After 18 months on counter-proliferation awareness, Nick spent 3 years on nuclear non-proliferation work, co-ordinating the UK’s policies and support in respect of the IAEA, such as nuclear safeguards and nuclear security. He also negotiated for the UK at the NPT in New York and Geneva and at meetings of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. More recently he ran one of the Export Control Organisation’s Licensing Units, where he worked with various parts of Government, international partners and large numbers of exporters to administer the UK’s export control responsibilities.

Contact Information

Email: nick.mitchell@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Glenn Anderson

Mr Glenn Anderson is a Research Associate with a focus on illicit and illegal procurement, trade and trafficking. Prior to this Mr Anderson worked as a senior analyst in the Ministry of Defence, examining trafficking in explosives, pre-cursors, arms and related materiel to insurgent and terrorist groups in south and central Asia. He has also worked as a senior analyst and investigator in various fields, including counter-proliferation, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency.

During the Iraq War, Mr Anderson was assigned initially to the Iraq Survey Group as an investigator based in Baghdad, and subsequently re-deployed as a senior analyst to the headquarters of the Multi-National Force. He later worked at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. His government service experience also includes several years of research and investigation into illicit procurement of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related equipment and materials, and related intangible technology transfer.

Contact Information

Email: glenn.anderson@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Ian Bolton

Mr Ian K. Bolton is a Research Associate on Interdictions and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), with a focus on sanctions implementation, proliferation networks and state programmes. Mr Bolton served in the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for a decade, and is currently on sabbatical from the FCO. He worked on a variety of topics for the FCO, including climate change policy with regards to climate vulnerable countries, and assisting in post conflict policy in the Western Balkans. Most recently he was the policy lead on interdictions and the PSI for the UK. Mr Bolton also served on postings overseas to British Embassies in Vilnius and Oslo.  Forthcoming publications for Project Alpha include an in-depth study of the PSI, its successes, challenges and possible future direction. Other professional focus areas include; intangible technology transfers, proliferation finance and counter-terrorism related sanctions.

Mr Bolton holds a BA Hons and MA in History from the University of Hertfordshire, and is a First World War historian by background. He is also in the process of completing a City and Guild Diploma in UK Foreign Policy and Diplomacy.

Contact Information

Email: ian.bolton@kcl.ac.uk

Ms Alexandra Dzero

Ms Dzero is a Sanctions and Illicit Trade Associate, with a focus on Russian sanctions regimes, procurement and illicit trade. Prior to this she worked as a private sector consultant on Russian anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance and geopolitical risk issues. Ms Dzero has a background in government, and prior to 2016 worked as a Senior Analyst in the public sector. She has worked in support of the ISAF/NATO mission to Afghanistan, military-civilian engagement, and international security matters. Her forthcoming publications for Project Alpha include a baseline study of Russia’ strategic industries, including CBRN and defence capabilities. Other professional focus areas include bio-technological proliferation, illicit financial flows and Russian nuclear policy.

Ms Dzero holds a BA with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, and graduated with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Masters of International Relations. She has also completed Red Team Analysis training with the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (Department of U.S Army) and is a fluent Russian speaker.

Contact Information

Email: alexandra.dzero@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Alexander Lee

Mr. Alexander Lee is a Research Intern at Project Alpha. His research interests are in applying open source intelligence methods to monitoring nuclear and missile proliferation, and dual-use chemical/biological technologies. Mr. Lee graduated from SOAS, University of London in Politics in 2016 and is currently a Masters student in the Department of War Studies, expecting to graduate in 2018. He has previously worked on monitoring chemical weapons use, and ran a co-curricular student-policy engagement think tank at SOAS.

Contact Information

Email: alexander.3.lee@kcl.ac.uk

Dr. Stephan Blancke

Dr Stephan Blancke is a political scientist and analyst, whose research focus is about international state and non-state intelligence structures. Dr. Blancke’s areas of expertise are North Korean and Chinese espionage activities, their intelligence agencies, these countries international clandestine networks, and their use of front companies, especially regarding to proliferation. His other research interest is the current development of organised crime groups, where he looked – beside others – into North Korean interests and the involvement of their elite structures. Therefore he uses various methods for research and data processing as Social Network Analysis and other methods.

Dr. Blancke holds a diploma in administrative law as well as a diploma in political science. His doctoral dissertation examined counterintelligence and espionage activities of non-state actors, such as terrorist groups, religious cults and outlaw motorcycle gangs. He is the editor of “East Asian Intelligence and Organised Crime“.

Beside other journals and newspapers he writes sporadically for Janes Intelligence Review and published last year a series about North Korean intelligence activities for the NK Pro website.

Contact Information

Email: stephan.blancke@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Stephen Osborne

Mr Steve Osborne joined King’s College in 2017 as a Research Associate, having worked for many years in the UK civil service on counter-proliferation and other national security topics. Areas of expertise include WMD counter-procurement, export control, grey arms and the implementation and enforcement of sanctions. Mr Osborne also has foreign language skills (German, Russian).

Contact Information

Email: stephen.osborne@kcl.ac.uk

Dr. Geoffrey Smith

Dr. Geoffrey Smith provides technical support to Project Alpha in the preparation of manufacturing base reports for proliferation sensitive technologies. Dr. Smith retired in 2012, having spent 19 years working for the UK Government in the Ministry of Defence. The last 15 years of this time was spent assessing technologies for export from non/counter proliferation and export control perspectives.  He was an active member of various technical expert groups attached to the export control regimes, primarily the Missile Technology Control Regime, which included the formulation of regime controls.

Dr. Smith is trained as an electrical engineer, gaining Masters and a PhD in Control Engineering.  He is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).  He has significant engineering, software, and project experience gained with major industrial organisations including Smiths Industries, Ferranti, ICL, Vickers Design & Projects (later Halliburton/Brown & Root).

Contact Information

Email: geoffrey.smith@kcl.ac.uk

Ms Christina Krawec

Ms Christina Krawec is a Research Associate at Project Alpha with experience in the fields of open-source intelligence, satellite imagery analysis, and illicit trafficking of nuclear materials. Prior to joining the Centre for Science & Security Studies at KCL, she analysed Iran’s illicit nuclear and missile trade as a researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She has also worked for Google’s satellite imagery department, Terra Bella, as a geointelligence analyst. Through Terra Bella, she published imagery analysis articles on both security- and humanitarian-related subjects such as airport bombings and refugee camp development. In addition, she has published work on US nuclear modernisation through the UK Project on Nuclear Issues and presented at the UK PONI annual conference.

Ms Krawec holds a BA with Honors from Stanford University, having double-majored in International Relations and Music. She is also a recent graduate of the King’s College London War Studies Department and earned her MA in Non-proliferation & International Security.

Contact Information

Email: christina.1.krawec@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Daniel Liu

Mr Daniel Liu has been a Sanctions and Illicit Trade Associate with Project Alpha since Sept 2017. Mr Liu was a senior policy officer and an analyst in the public sector, where he supported strategic policy formulation, humanitarian operations planning, international engagement and military exercises.

A biochemist by trade, Mr Liu holds a BS/BA with Honours from the University of Sydney, and is currently completing a Masters of Arts in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. He has also completed Peace and Humanitarian Operations training through the Australian Defence Force Warfighting Centre.

Contact Information

Email: daniel.liu@kcl.ac.uk

Mr. Ahmed ElGebaly

Mr. Ahmed ElGebaly is a nonproliferation expert with more than 18 years of expertise with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He was part of the experts contributing to the inspection team in Iraq. He was also part of the Safeguards task force that tracked and monitored the activities of the AQK proliferation network. He is a specialist in monitoring movement of commodities of potential use in WMD programmes. At the IAEA, He also developed and implemented the its SG concept for performing industrial infrastructure studies to identify industries supporting nuclear activities in different States. He managed several cooperation projects between the IAEA and member states as well as international organisations such as the EU. Ahmed is a chemist by education and holds a MSC in knowledge Management. He has extensive experience in data collection and management. He is also experienced in development and implementation of web based applications for different purposes in the nuclear domain.

Contact Information

Email: ahmed_f_el.gebaly@kcl.ac.uk

Ms Laura Salakari

Ms Laura Salakari is a Research Intern at Project Alpha starting from October 2017. Her research interests focus on East Asian Security, particularly on the stability of the Korean Peninsula, and consequently on the North Korean nuclear programme and its nuclear stand-off with the rest of the world.  Her background is in general international relations and political science theory by virtue of her previous studies.

Ms Salakari holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Non-Proliferation and International Security at King’s College London, projected to graduate in 2019. Besides English, she also speaks Finnish and Korean.

Contact Information

Email: laura.salakari@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Felix Ruechardt

Mr Felix Ruechardt is an Intern with Project Alpha with a focus on foreign direct investment control schemes. Previously, he worked as a research assistant for the Chair for International Relations at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, and the Institute for Social Science Research Munich (ISF). There, his focus lay on the development of defence-industrial policies as well as the transformation of work through the forces of digitization. His article on arms diplomacy in France and Germany will be published in 2018.

Mr Ruechardt holds a BA in Political Science from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, during which he also spent a year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is now also a part-time Master’s student in International Relations at the King’s College London War Studies Department.

Contact Information

Email:  felix.1.ruechardt@kcl.ac.uk

Ms Maila Beneira

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Email: maila.beneira@kcl.ac.uk

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