Information for media

ICAN is a global campaign coalition working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Our experts and campaigners are available for media comment.

Please direct any media inquiries to:

Daniela Varano
Communications Coordinator
Email: daniela@icanw.org
Phone: +41 787 262 645 (Geneva)


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We are happy to arrange interviews with ICAN campaigners around the world, including medical experts, political scientists, international lawyers, grassroots campaigners, and survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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ICAN spokespeople

+ Dr Tilman Ruff AM

Dr Tilman Ruff is Co-Chair of ICAN and Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. From 2008 to 2010, he served as one of two NGO advisers to the co-chairs of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. He is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne and an international medical adviser to Australian Red Cross. He provides technical advice on immunization to the WHO, UNICEF, AusAID and vaccine manufacturers.

Areas of expertise: health effects, Asia Pacific, nuclear energy
Language: English
Contact: +61 438 099 231; tar@unimelb.edu.au
+ Dr Rebecca Johnson

Dr Rebecca Johnson is Co-Chair of ICAN and Executive Director of the London-based Acronym Institute for Disarmament and Diplomacy. A former senior adviser to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission and vice-chair of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, she is also Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the United Kingdom and a special adviser to the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Areas of expertise: disarmament diplomacy, Europe, Trident, CTBT
Language: English
Contact: +44 7733360955; rej@acronym.org.uk
+ Thomas Nash

Thomas Nash is Director of Article 36, a UK-based non-government organization doing research, policy and advocacy on the humanitarian impact of different types of weapons. He is joint Coordinator of the International Network on Explosive Weapons and serves on the leadership bodies of ICAN and the International Action Network on Small Arms. As Coordinator of the Cluster Munition Coalition from 2004 to 2011, Mr Nash led the global campaign resulting in the Convention on Cluster Munitions. He previously worked for the New Zealand and Canadian foreign ministries in Geneva and Ottawa.

Areas of expertise: humanitarian effects, disarmament processes, civil society engagement
Language: English
Contact: thomas@article36.org
+ Beatrice Fihn

Beatrice Fihn is Project Manager for the Reaching Critical Will project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, designed to increase the quality and quantity of civil society preparation and participation in UN disarmament processes. Ms Fihn monitors and analyses the Non-Proliferation Treaty review meetings, the Conference on Disarmament, the UN General Assembly First Committee, and the Arms Trade Treaty. She has written extensively on disarmament processes, civil society engagement and the relevance of a gender perspective in the area of disarmament.

Areas of expertise: Europe, disarmament fora, UN, gender
Languages: Swedish and English
Contact: +41 78 613 0472; beatrice@reachingcriticalwill.org
+ Susi Snyder

Susi Snyder is the Nuclear Disarmament Programme Leader for IKV Pax Christi in the Netherlands. Previously, she served as the Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, where she monitored various issues under the aegis of the United Nations, including sustainable development, human rights and disarmament. She has spoken at more than 40 US governmental hearings regarding nuclear weapons, power and waste. Since 2011, she has co-authored two publications on NATO nuclear policy, Withdrawal Issues and Exit Strategies.

Areas of expertise: NATO nuclear sharing, disarmament processes, divestment
Language: English
Contact: +31 648 981 492  or +31 30 232 0593; snyder@ikvpaxchristi.nl
+ Dr Robert Mtonga

Dr Robert Mtonga serves as an expert adviser on numerous international boards and is a member of organizations involved in the areas of the prevention and banning of landmines and other ordnances in Africa, as well as the control of small arms and weaponry. Since he founded the Zambia Campaign to Ban Landmines in 1996, Dr Mtonga has extensively engaged with governments throughout Africa on the landmine issue. He has been a consultant to many international organizations documenting injuries from violence and speaks and writes widely on health, development, violence and war prevention issues from a public health perspective.

Areas of expertise: Africa, health impact of nuclear weapons, disarmament
Language: English
Contact: +260 977842922; robertmtonga@yahoo.co.uk
+ Tim Wright

Tim Wright is the Australian Director of ICAN. He coordinated the campaign’s activities leading up to and during the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 2010. His recent publications include Catastrophic Humanitarian Harm, Towards a Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons, Don’t Bank on the Bomb and Learn Peace (an activity book for school students). He formerly worked as an adviser to Australian Democrats leader Senator Lyn Allison and interned for US Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He has degrees in arts and law from the University of Melbourne.

Areas of expertise: disarmament education, divestment, Australia
Language: English
Contact: +61 400 967 233; tim@icanw.org
+ Akira Kawasaki

Akira Kawasaki is Co-Chair of ICAN, an Executive Committee member of the Japanese NGO Peace Boat, and a Global Council member of Abolition 2000. From 2008 to 2010, he served as an NGO adviser to the co-chairs of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. He works closely with survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Areas of expertise: Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, inter-cultural dialogue, Japan
Languages: Japanese and English
Contact: +81 90 8310 5370 or +81 3 3363 7561; kawasaki@peaceboat.gr.jp


Photos for media

  • ICAN UK on Twitter

    • Supporters

    • sheen

      “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

      Martin Sheen Actor and activist

    • bankimoon

      “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

      Ban Ki-moon UN chief

    • yokoono

      “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

      Yoko Ono Artist

    • jodywilliams

      “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

      Jody Williams Nobel laureate

    • desmondtutu

      “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

      Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

    • herbiehancock

      “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

      Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

    • hansblix

      “I am proud to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”

      Hans Blix Weapons inspector

    • dalailama

      “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

      Dalai Lama Nobel laureate