30 September - 1 OctoberCentre International de Conférences Genève

The Global Challenges Foundation and the Geneva Disarmament Platform, in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation and Chatham House, are pleased to announce the 2019 New Shape Forum on Weapons Governance, which will take place in Geneva from 30 September to 1 October 2019. 

Weapons governance – in the form of arms control, disarmament, non-proliferation, international humanitarian law, and related efforts – is a key component of global governance and historically has made a significant contribution to strengthening international peace and security, managing global risks, and reducing the harmful consequences of armed conflict. But traditional arms control and disarmament regimes are under stress, agreements and treaties are unravelling, and progress on new agreements is increasingly blocked. Moreover, new risks, many driven by technologies, are emerging.

The 2019 New Shape Forum will convene a wide range of actors to tackle these challenges, drawing on perspectives from other areas of global governance and exploring how different stakeholders imagine their respective roles as agents of weapons governance. 

To access the detailed programme, including session descriptions, speaker biographies and suggested literature, please download the forum's mobile app. Instructions on how to download the app has been sent to registered participants. 



Floor 1 - 30min

Welcome remarks

  • Richard Lennane, Executive Director, Geneva Disarmament Platform
  • Jens Orback, Executive Director, Global Challenges Foundation
Room 1, Level 1 - 15min

Opening panel

Surveying the landscape: Weapons governance achievements, challenges and opportunities


  • Angela Kane, Senior Fellow, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
  • Gilles Carbonnier, Vice President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Eric Borremans, Head of Environmental, Social & Governance, Pictet Asset Management


    • Richard Lennane, Executive Director, Geneva Disarmament Platform
    • Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
    Room 1, Level 1 - 75min

    Coffee break

    Zone restauration 2, Level 1 - 30min

    Lightning pitches: Governance Stories (Part I)

    • Harjeet Singh (ActionAid), Role of civic and private sector stakeholders at various levels in Climate Governance
    • Sulzhan Bali, Lessons from global health governance for health security
    • Niek Savelkoul (iGEM), Safeguarding the future of biotechnology: the iGEM approach
    • Robert Trafford (Forensic Architecture), Applications of machine learning in monitoring, verification and identification
      Room 1, Level 1 - 70min


      Zone restauration 2, Level 1 - 60min

      Lightning Pitches: Governance Stories (Part II)

      • Moriba Jah (University of Texas), Space Situational Awareness: Scientia In Absentia
      • Alejandra Quevedo (Financial Action Task Force of Latin America), The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Standard: How peer reviews build capacity, enhance accountability and distribute compliance monitoring
      • Dan Faggella (Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research), Weaponised Artifical Intelligence – Critical dual-use applications and trends
      Room 1, Level 1 - 60min

      Coffee break

      Level 1 - 30min

      Small group discussions (Part I)

      Group A: Delegation, distribution and coordination 

      Room 14, Level 2

        Group B: Inclusion and agency of non-state actors  

        Room 18, Level -1

          Group C: Data and monitoring 

          Room 17, Level -1

            Group D: Soft law, standards and codes 

            Room 16, Level -1

              Group E: Forecasting and adaptation  

              Room 15, Level -1

                Different locations - 100min

                Keynote - Driving change through inclusion and collaboration: A peacebuilder's perspective on weapons governance


                Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Laureate and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

                  Room 1, Level 1 - 30min

                  Reception and dinner


                  Framing and logistics guidance for Day 2

                  Room 1, Level 1 - 15min

                  Small group discussions (Part II)

                  Continue with your group:

                  Group A: Delegation, distribution and coordination 

                  Room 14, Level 2

                    Group B: Inclusion and agency of non-state actors  

                    Room 18, Level -1

                      Group C: Data and monitoring 

                      Room 17, Level -1

                        Group D: Soft law, standards and codes 

                        Room 16, Level -1

                          Group E: Forecasting and adaptation  

                          Room 15, Level -1

                          Different locations - 120min

                          Coffee break

                          Zone restauration 2, Level 1 - 30min

                          Closing plenary: Review, synthesis and direction: Toward an integrated approach to weapons governance

                          Group reporting, synthesis and conclusions


                          • Rakesh Sood, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
                          • Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
                          Room 1, Level 1 - 75min


                          Zone restauration 2, Level 1 - 60min

                          SIDE EVENT - Conflict, weapons and human rights: How the human rights pillar is contributing to arms control


                          • Katrin Geyer, Disarmament Programme Associate - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) 
                          • Carlos Garcia, Permanent Mission of Peru
                          • Patrick Wilcken, Researcher – Arms Control and Human Rights - Amnesty International


                          • Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)
                          • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
                          • Permanent Mission of Peru
                          Room 7/8, Level 2 - 90min

                          “Extra” Brainstorming session

                          Goal-setting and next steps for weapons governance



                          Dr. Patricia Lewis
                          Research Director, International Security, Chatham House

                          Dr Patricia Lewis is Research Director for International Security at Chatham House. Previously she served as Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the former Monterey Institute of International Studies; Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research; and Director of the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre in London. She was on Hans Blix’s 2004–06 WMD Commission; the 2010–11 Advisory Panel on the future priorities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; and was an adviser to the 2008–10 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. She received the American Physical Society’s 2009 Joseph A Burton Forum Award for ‘outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society’. She has a PhD in Nuclear Physics from Birmingham University and graduated in Physics from Manchester University.

                          Renata Dwan
                          Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

                          Dr. Renata Dwan is the Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Affairs (UNIDIR). Dr. Dwan joined UNIDIR after 13 years working on peace and security issues at the United Nations, most recently as Chief of Policy and Best Practices in the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support. She has also worked on peace operations and complex emergencies at UN Headquarters and in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Mali and Syria.

                          Before joining the United Nations, Dr. Dwan was head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Programme on Armed Conflict and Conflict Management (1999-2005) and Deputy Director of the EastWest Institute’s European Security Programme in Budapest (1997-1999). She has also served as Special Adviser to the European Union Council Secretariat for the first European Union crisis management operation and as a member of EU High Representative Javier Solana’s 2004 Task Force on a Human Security Doctrine for Europe. Dr. Dwan has published widely on international security matters and holds a M. Phil and D. Phil from the University of Oxford. Renata is an Irish national.

                          Rakesh Sood
                          Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

                          Ambassador Rakesh Sood is a Distinguished Fellow at ORF. He has over 38 years of experience in the field of foreign affairs, economic diplomacy and international security issues.

                          Ambassador Sood is a post graduate in physics and in economics and defence studies.

                          Before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1976, he worked for a couple of years in the private sector. He initially served in the Indian missions in Brussels, Dakar, Geneva and Islamabad in different capacities and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, later in his career. He set up the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division in the Foreign Ministry, which he led for eight years till the end of 2000.

                          During this period, Ambassador Sood was in charge of multilateral disarmament negotiations, bilateral dialogues with Pakistan, strategic dialogues with other countries, including the US, UK, France and Israel (especially after the nuclear tests in 1998), and dealt with India’s role in the ASEAN Regional Forum, as part of the 'Look East' policy.

                          He then served as India’s first Ambassador — Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva. He also chaired a number of international working groups, including those relating to negotiations on landmines and cluster munitions and was a member of UN Secretary General’s Disarmament Advisory Board from 2002 to 2003.

                          Since his retirement, he has been writing and commenting regularly in both print and audio visual media on India’s foreign policy, its economic dimensions and regional and international security issues. He is a frequent speaker and contributor at various policy planning groups and reputed think tanks in India and overseas.

                          Daniel Feakes
                          Chief, Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit, UNODA

                          Daniel Feakes is the Chief of the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Biological Weapons Convention within the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva. He manages the activities of the ISU and the implementation of an EU Council Decision in support of the BWC. He was also the Secretary-General of the Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016. 

                          Daniel has experience both in the field of multilateral disarmament and in working with international organisations. Until November 2014 he was the Strategy and Policy Adviser in the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. From 2009 to 2013 he was a Senior Policy Officer in the OPCW’s Verification Division. At the OPCW, Daniel oversaw education and outreach activities, was involved in the preparation and conduct of the Third Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention and worked closely with partners in other international organizations, the scientific community and civil society. 

                          Prior to joining the OPCW in 2009, Daniel spent 12 years as a Research Fellow with the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons where he worked on chemical and biological weapons issues and published widely on these topics.

                          Monica Herz
                          Associate Professor, Institute of International Relations and Associate Dean for Research at the Social Science Center, PUC-Rio

                          Mônica Herz is an associate professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She has a PHD degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has written three books, listed hereafter, as well as several works on Latin American security, global governance and Brazilian foreign policy.

                          Herz, M., Ribeiro Hoffmann, A. and J. Takak. Organizações Internacionais: histórias e práticas, Rio de Janeiro: Elsevier, 2004.

                          Ecuador vs. Peru: Peacemaking Amid Rivalry (co author, João Pontes Nogueira ) Boulder Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002.

                          Global Governance Away From the Media, Routledge, 2010.

                          Sharifah Sekalala
                          Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick

                          Sharifah Sekalala is an Associate Professor on Global Health Law in the School of Law at the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on global health institutions as legal actors. She is also interested in the legal and ethical issues relating to the health impacts of migration, climate change, rapid urbanisation and the use of new technologies in delivering health outcomes in resource-constrained settings. Sharifah has consulted on health and human rights in several developing countries and worked with several international organisations such as UNAIDS, WHO and the ILO.

                          Richard Lennane
                          Executive Director, the Geneva Disarmament Platform

                          Richard Lennane is Executive Director of the Geneva Disarmament Platform. He has long experience in multilateral disarmament and arms control, as an Australian diplomat, a United Nations official, and an NGO activist. Richard worked in the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs from 2001-2013, and was head of the Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit from its creation in 2007. From 2014-2016 he headed the provocative and controversial nuclear disarmament NGO ‘Wildfire’.

                          Nabila Jamshed
                          Global governance and international security specialist

                          Nabila Jamshed is an international security and global governance professional currently working with the United Nations. She has previously served as a political analyst with multilateral agencies and the UN in The Hague, in India, and with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan. 

                          Nabila’s career in the United Nations system began with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, where she worked as a Political Affairs Specialist. With a Master’s degree in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, Nabila joined the OPCW during the organisation’s work on chemical disarmament in Syria, for which it was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

                          She has also worked for the United Nations Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organisation, on peace and sustainability through education, and with the Asian Development Bank on regional cooperation in South Asia. While with the UN, she co-authored the UN Environment Programme and UNU’s Inclusive Wealth Report for 2014. 

                          In her most recent assignment with UN Peacekeeping, Nabila was posted to Juba, South Sudan, where she worked with the Joint Mission Analysis Centre during the conflict of 2016, on security and crisis reporting and analysis. 

                          She has delivered multiple TEDx and Hague Talks on the business of war, written columns for newspapers and specialises in the UN’s work on preventing conflicts, crisis response, and outlawing weapons of mass destruction.

                          Richard Ponzio
                          Director, Just Security 2020 and Senior Fellow, the Stimson Center

                          Dr. Richard Ponzio is Director of Just Security 2020 at The Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. and a member of the coordination team for the Together First campaign and UN2020 Initiative. Previously, he led the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, where he directed the Albright-Gambari Commission with the Stimson Center. Earlier, Dr. Ponzio served as Senior Adviser in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he conceptualized and coordinated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s and later John Kerry’s New Silk Road initiative. He has served in senior peacebuilding roles with the United Nations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, New York, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and the Solomon Islands. Dr. Ponzio has published widely, including Democratic Peacebuilding: Aiding Afghanistan and other Fragile States (OUP, 2011) andHuman Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform with Dr. Arunabha Ghosh (Routledge, 2016). Most recently, he co-edited the volume Just Security in an Undergoverned World (OUP, 2018) and co-authored and directed research for “An Innovation Agenda for UN 75: The Albright-Gambari Commission Report and the Road to 2020” (2019).

                          Jean-Marc Rickli
                          Head of Global Risk and Resilience, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

                          Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli is the head of global risk and resilience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a research fellow at King’s College London and a non-resident fellow in modern warfare and security at TRENDS Research and Advisory in Abu Dhabi. He is a senior advisor for the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Initiative at the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School and an expert on autonomous weapons systems for the United Nations in the framework of the Governmental Group of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). He is also a member of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the co-chair of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium on Emerging Security Challenges Working Group.

                          Prior to these appointments, Dr. Rickli was an assistant professor at the Department of Defence Studies of King’s College London and at the Joint Command and Staff College in Doha. He was also an assistant professor at the Institute for International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Rickli received his PhD and MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, UK, where he was also a Berrow scholar at Lincoln College.

                          His latest book, published by Georgetown University Press in June 2019, and co-written with Dr. Andreas Krieg is entitled Surrogate Warfare: The Transformation of War in the Twenty-first Century.

                          Hilary Sutcliffe
                          Director, SocietyInside and TIGTech

                          Hilary Sutcliffe is the Director of SocietyInside and TIGTecha CSO, Business, Academic partnership exploring the earning of trust in technology governance. 

                          Hilary is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on Values, Ethics and Innovation and previously sat on the council on Human Rights, prior to that the Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnologies.   

                          She serves on the Governance Sub-Group of the UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council; the External Advisory Board of the Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and the Advisory Board of SynbioChem, the Centre for Synbio & speciality fine chemicals. 

                          She was previously a Non-Exec Director of EIRIS (the Ethical Investment Research Service),  the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Risk Science Centre in the USA; chaired the Advisory Board of ResAgora a research project which explored a Responsible Innovation Framework for Europe;  the advisory board of the Public Dialogue on applications of Nanotechnologies; a member of Amnesty International UK Business Group and was involved in the Royal Society of Arts Inquiry into Tomorrow’s Company. 

                          She has a MSc in Responsibility in Business Practice from the University of Bath and a BA in History of Art from the University of Manchester. 

                          Dr. Sibylle Bauer
                          Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament, SIPRI


                          Daniel Faggella
                          CEO and Founder, Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research

                          Leymah R. Gbowee
                          2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA)

                          2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian Peace Activist, Trained Social Worker and Women’s Rights Advocate. She is the Founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA); a foundation that provides educational and leadership opportunities to girls, women and youth in West Africa and around the World. She also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York, USA. She is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a Founding Member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET). 

                          Madam Gbowee currently serves as a Member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development. She serves as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocate for the United Nations (UN) and in 2017, she was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to serve as a Member of his High Level Advisory Board on Mediation. She is a Member of the World Refugee Council (WRC) and serves on the Board of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Board of Directors of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa-USA and the PeaceJam Foundation, and she is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She has been an Oxfam Global Ambassador since 2013. She is also a member of the International Honorary Committee of the Global Biosphere Institute and a member of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee and the Business for Peace Awards Committee. She was recently appointed by Canadian Prime Minister to serve as a member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council of the G7.

                          Gilles Carbonnier
                          Vice President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

                          Dr. Gilles Carbonnier is the vice-president of the ICRC and, since 2007, has been a professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), where he previously served as director of studies and president of the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. His expertise is in international cooperation, the economic dynamics of armed conflict, and the nexus between natural resources and development. His latest book, published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2016, is entitled Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market.

                          Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, Dr Carbonnier worked with the ICRC in Iraq, Ethiopia, El Salvador and Sri Lanka (1989–1991), and served as an economic adviser at the ICRC’s headquarters (1999–2006). Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international trade negotiations (GATT/WTO) and development cooperation programmes for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

                          Eric Borremans
                          Head of Environmental, Social & Governance, Pictet Asset Management

                          Eric Borremans is in charge of integrating Environmental, Social and Governance issues across all investment strategies at Pictet Asset Management.

                          Before joining Pictet Asset Management in 2013, he spent eleven years with BNP Paribas Investment Partners in Paris where he was successively in charge of ESG research and proxy voting, SRI product development, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).  He was previously Head of Research Services with Sustainable Asset Management (Zurich) until 2002. 

                          He started his career in corporate sustainability in 1992 and worked during eight years for Environmental Resources Management (ERM) as Consultant in Brussels and Technical Director in Oxford advising multinational companies and public sector entities on environmental, health and safety issues.

                          Eric holds a degree in Finance from Solvay Business School (Brussels University) and an MBA in environmental management from Columbia Business School (New York).  He was Vice-Chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) from 2010 to 2017.  He is member of FTSE’s Environmental Markets Advisory Committee and sits on the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) Standards Board.

                          Harjeet Singh
                          Global Lead on Climate Change, ActionAid International

                          Harjeet Singh is the global lead on climate change for ActionAid. Based in New Delhi, India he supports countries across the world on climate change policy and advocacy. He is a global expert on the issues of climate impacts, migration and adaptation. 

                          Previously, he managed disaster resilience programme globally and coordinated emergency response and preparedness work in Asia and the Americas. Until 2007, he led the tsunami response programme in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for ActionAid India. 

                          Harjeet is a member of Technical Expert Group on Comprehensive Risk Management (TEG-CRM) under Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage of United Nations Climate Change. He also serves as a board member of Climate Action Network (CAN) International. He writes regularly on climate change and disaster resilience issues.

                          Angela Kane
                          Senior Fellow, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

                          Angela Kane is a well-known expert in political relations and negotiations, operating in a complex multilateral environment.

                          Ms. Kane is a Senior Fellow at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Vice President of the International Institute for Peace, and Visiting Professor and Member of the Strategic Committee of the Paris School for International Affairs SciencesPo.  She serves on a number of NGO boards in Europe, the United States and Asia, and chairs the United Nations University Council. She participates in the work of the High-Level Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European AI Alliance, and serves as Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on the Korean Peninsula of the World Economic Forum.

                          Until 2015, Ms. Kane had a distinguished career at the United Nations; her functions included High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Under-Secretary-General for Management, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. She served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), and had postings in the Democratic Republic in the Congo, Indonesia, and Thailand.

                          Moriba Jah
                          Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin

                          Dr. Moriba Jah is an Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics as well as the director for Computational Astronautical Sciences and Technologies (CAST), a group within the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. 

                          Dr. Jah came to UT Austin by way of the Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to that, where he was a Spacecraft Navigator on a handful of Mars missions. He is a Fellow of multiple organizations: TED, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Astronautical Society (AAS), International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Dr. Jah has served on the US delegation to the United Nations Committee On Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (IUN-COPUOS), is an elected Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and has testified to congress on his work as related to SSA and Space Traffic Management. He’s an Associate Editor of the Elsevier Advances in Space Research journal, and serves on multiple committees: IAA Space Debris, AIAA Astrodynamics, IAF Astrodynamics, and IAF Space Security.

                          Sulzhan Bali
                          Health Security Consultant

                          Sulzhan Bali is a public health consultant with nearly a decade of research and work experience in a variety of public health contexts – including health security, emergency response financing, and disease surveillance and response programs. Sulzhan has a track record of publications in top journals, and extensive experience working on low income and fragile countries across West and Central Africa. Sulzhan has worked as a technical Consultant with the World Bank and has also worked with the University of Maryland - University College, the ‘No More Epidemics’ Campaign, and the Public Health Foundation of India. In the realm of global health governance, Sulzhan has participated in multi-lateral dialogues to discuss global health futures for the next decade as a Bosch Global Governance Futures Fellow. She also served as the Director of Production and HR for This Week in Global Health (TWiGH) – an online video and audio podcast on global health. For her work with TWiGH, Sulzhan was featured in the “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” campaign by The Lancet and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva. Sulzhan completed her Ph.D. with the Medical Research Council (MRC) in UK. She also holds degrees from Duke University (M.Sc. Global Health), the University of Manchester (M.Sc. Medical and Diagnostic Virology), and the University of Delhi (B.Sc. Microbiology Honors).

                          Alejandra Quevedo
                          Deputy Executive Secretary, the Financial Action Task Force Latin America (GAFILAT)

                          Alejandra Quevedo has been part of the team of the Executive Secretariat of the Latin American Financial Action Task Force (GAFILAT by its acronym in Spanish) since the beginning of 2014. As of 2016 she is the Deputy Executive Secretary. In GAFILAT, her work focuses on the coordination of the mutual evaluation processes of GAFILAT member countries. In addition, it works with the working groups related to risk analysis and financial inclusion, against terrorist financing and mutual evaluations. She represents GAFILAT in meetings with the FATF, other international organizations and in official missions to countries.

                          Before joining the GAFILAT Secretariat team, she was a consultant to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank on issues of national ML/FT risk analysis and AML/CFT supervision of financial and non-financial institutions. She has been legal advisor to the Secretariat of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force - CFATF and has served as legal and strategic planning director of the Latin American Federation of Banks - FELABAN.

                          Alejandra Quevedo is a Colombian national, a lawyer from the Universidad de los Andes and with master's studies in Law and Economics from the University of Buenos Aires. She has been a professor in law faculties in universities in Colombia and Argentina, and has worked as a lecturer and instructor in various international conferences and seminars.

                          Robert Trafford
                          Open source investigator and researcher

                          Robert’s role at Forensic Architecture involves OSINT research and reporting, data mining, and analysis, as well as writing and editing for scripts and exhibitions, and project coordination. Recent investigative projects have focused on the export of US-made tear gas and ammunition around the world.

                          Before joining Forensic Architecture, Robert was a freelance journalist, including reporting on the refugee crisis from France and Greece. His work has appeared in The Intercept, The Times, the Independent, and elsewhere. He holds an MA in Investigative Journalism, and previously studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford, graduating with first class honours. 

                          Niek Savelkoul
                          iGEM Ambassador for Europe

                          Niek Savelkoul is the iGEM Ambassador to Europe, where he works on the development of the iGEM Alumni network, as well as to widen the public knowledge of biotech & synthetic biology. Furthermore, he is the cofounder of a CRISPR-Cas startup.

                          Niek holds a Master's in Medical Biotechnology from Wageningen University & Research. During his studies, he participated in the 2017 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, in which his team was awarded the safety and security commendation. He continued in the bio-safety field with an internship at the Dutch National Institute of Health and the Environment where he gained experience in policy advising and contributed to the development of bio-safety & security tools applicable to the iGEM competition. Furthermore, with a great affection for science communication, he helped re-introduce TEDx to his alma mater.

                          Next to his passion in biotech, entrepreneurship, and science communication, he is an avid Maker, and can mainly be found in his workshop.



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                          Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in writing by the organisers. If you are unable to attend the Forum without travel support, you may state your case to the organisers by sending an email to Sponsorship resources are limited and requests will be assessed on a rolling basis according to need. Participants from the Global South will be given priority. Please note that we have, however, negotiated special rates with the following hotels. If you would like to benefit from these rates, follow the indications below.

                          • Hôtel Auteuil - 220 CHF/night + city taxes. Click here to book and see conditions. Last day to book: August 30.
                          • Ramada Encore Geneva - 151 CHF/night + city taxes. Contact to book and see conditions. Last day to book: August 20.  
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                          The 2019 New Shape Forum does not cover life or medical insurance for participants. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the participants or of their institutions to obtain any required insurance prior to travel to Switzerland.

                          Local transportation and security

                          Once in Geneva, reaching the conference centre is simple. The international airport (Geneva Cointrin) is about 5 kilometres from the conference centre, a journey of approximately 10 minutes by taxi. The main railway station (Geneva Cornavin) is 2 kilometres from the conference centre and the two are linked by public transport (tramway and bus) and by taxi.

                          Public transport in Geneva is fast, frequent, safe and clean. Bus number 10 links the airport with downtown Geneva, with connections approximately every eight minutes, and train services are also available. The Unireso ticket, offered by the Geneva airport authority, allows the free use of public transport in the city for a period of 80 minutes. Unireso tickets can be obtained from the machine in the baggage collection area on the arrivals level of the airport.

                          The conference centre can be reached from the main railway station by taking bus number 5 (alight at either the Vermont stop or the Varembé stop), bus number 8 (alight at the International Telecommunications Union stop) or tram number 15 in the direction of Nations (alight at Sismondi).

                          Taxis are easily available and safe, but comparatively expensive. If you need a taxi, call 022 320 22 02 or 022 331 41 33.33. 


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                          Voltage: 230 volts Frequency: 50 Hz Plug/socket: C (CEE 7/16) 


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