The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) has ninety-three members from sixteen countries across Asia and the Pacific, consisting of former political, diplomatic and military leaders, senior government officials, and scholars and opinion leaders. The APLN aims to inform and energize public opinion, especially high-level policymakers, to take seriously the very real threats posed by nuclear weapons, and to do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and eventually eliminated.


  • Abdul Hameed Nayyar

    Abdul Hameed Nayyar

    Abdul Hameed Nayyar is a founding member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials and a physicist who retired from the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad.

  • Aiko Doden

    Aiko Doden

    Aiko Doden is a Senior Commentator for the NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation and the Senior Producer of the NHK World “Newsroom Tokyo”. She is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

  • Angela Woodward

    Angela Woodward

    Angela Woodward is a member of the New Zealand Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control.

  • Anne Marie L. Corominas

    Anne Marie L. Corominas

    Anne Marie L. Corominas is the Head of Public Policy at Government & Corporate Affairs and Communications of PepsiCo Philippines & Asia, Former Assistant Secretary and Head of Legal and International Affairs Office, and ATC-PMC at the Office of the President.

  • Arun Vishwanathan

    Arun Vishwanathan

    Arun Vishwanathan was the former Assistant Director of the National Security Council Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India between 2008 and 2011.

  • Bin Li

    Bin Li

    Bin Li is a Former Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

  • Bong-geun Jun

    Bong-geun Jun

    Bong-geun Jun is a professor at the Department of National Security and Unification Studies at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security.

  • C. Raja Mohan

    C. Raja Mohan

    C. Raja Mohan is Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore and a former Nonresident Senior Fellow at Carnegie India.

  • Carlos Sorreta

    Carlos Sorreta

    Carlos D. Sorreta is a former Director-General of Foreign Service Institute and has served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN.

  • Chung-in Moon

    Chung-in Moon

    Chung-in Moon is the Chairman of the Sejong Institute and the former Special Advisor of National Security and Foreign Affairs to the ROK President. He is also a Distinguished University Professor at Yonsei University.

  • David Pine

    David Pine

    David Pine is a former High Commissioner of New Zealand to Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. He is currently serving as a private advisor to a range of companies and individuals including San Miguel Corporation, KYS Aventura, ZICO Holdings and SourceWorld.

  • Dewi Fortuna Anwar

    Dewi Fortuna Anwar

    Dewi Fortuna Anwar served as Deputy for Government Policy Support to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia and held the position of the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

  • Dingli Shen

    Dingli Shen

    Dingli Shen is a professor and the former Associate Dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor of Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Dinusha Panditaratne

    Dinusha Panditaratne

    Dinusha Panditaratne is currently serving on the executive committee of the Centre for Rights and Justice in Hong Kong and on the International Advisory Board of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. She is a former Executive Director of the LKI.

  • Dongxiao Chen

    Dongxiao Chen

    Dongxiao Chen currently serves as the President of the Shanghai Institute of International Studies and specializes in China foreign policy, Sino-U.S. relations, and UN collective security. In the past he has served as the Director of the Department of International Organizations and International Law.

  • Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan

    Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan

    Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan is an international lawyer and diplomat who has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia as Mongolia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

  • Gareth Evans

    Gareth Evans

    Gareth Evans is a Distinguished Honorary Professor and former Chancellor of the Australian National University, Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, former Australian Foreign Minister, and former President and CEO of the International Crisis Group.

  • Geoffrey Palmer

    Geoffrey Palmer

    Sir Geoffrey Winston Russell Palmer has served as the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was created a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George in 1991.

  • Hee-ryong Won

    Hee-ryong Won

    Hee-ryong Won has served as Chairman of the Low Carbon Green Growth National Forum as well as the Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification in the National Assembly.

  • Helen Clark

    Helen Clark

    Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999–2008. In July 2020, she was appointed by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation as a Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, called for by the World Health Assembly, which reported in May this year.

  • Hewa Matara Gamage Siripala Palihakkara

    Hewa Matara Gamage Siripala Palihakkara

    HMGS Palihakkara has served as the Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka as well as the Chairman and member of the UN Secretary General.

  • Hidehiko Yuzaki

    Hidehiko Yuzaki

    Hidehiko Yuzaki is the governor of the Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan and a long-time champion of eliminating nuclear weapons.

  • Hiromichi Umebayashi

    Hiromichi Umebayashi

    Hiromichi Umebayashi was former Director of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University. He is also Special Advisor, the former President and Founder of Peace Depot Inc., Japan.

  • Hong-koo Lee

    Hong-koo Lee

    Hong-koo Lee is the Chairman of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs and the East Asia Institute. He has served as the Deputy Prime Minister for Reunification and Ambassador to the UK.

  • Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury

    Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury

    Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, and has served as the Foreign Minister of the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh.

  • Jayantha Dhanapala

    Jayantha Dhanapala

    Jayantha Dhanapala is widely known for his Presidency of the 1995 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review and Extension Conference. He served as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Disarmament and Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the U.S.

  • Jehangir Karamat

    Jehangir Karamat

    Jehangir Karamat is a retired four-star rank army general and military academic. He served as Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army and a former Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institute.

  • Jim Bolger

    Jim Bolger

    Jim Bolger has served as the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Ambassador to the U.S.

  • Jishe Fan

    Jishe Fan

    Jishe Fan is a Senior Fellow, Director for Global Governance and International Organizations Studies at the Institute for International Strategic Studies, Party School of the Central Committee of CPC.

  • John Carlson

    John Carlson

    John Carlson is a former Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office and founding Chair of the Asia-Pacific Safeguards Network.

  • John McCarthy

    John McCarthy

    John McCarthy is a former Australian career diplomat

  • John Tilemann

    John Tilemann

    John Tilemann served as Chief of Staff to two Directors General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Hans Blix and Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei. As a career diplomat he has also served in Australian Embassies in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

  • Joo-ho Whang

    Joo-ho Whang

    Joo-ho Whang is the Vice President and a professor of nuclear engineering at Kyung Hee University. He was previously the President of the Korea Institute of Energy Research.

  • Jusuf Wanandi

    Jusuf Wanandi

    Jusuf Wanandi is Senior Fellow and co-founder of CSIS. He also currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for CSIS Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • Kanti Bajpai

    Kanti Bajpai

    Kanti Bajpai is an awardee of the K. Subrahmanyam Award for Excellence in Research in Strategic and Security Studies and has been teaching international politics for nearly three decades.

  • Kasit Piromya

    Kasit Piromya

    Kaist Piromya has served as an Ambassador to a number of countries such as Russia, Malaysia, Germany, Japan, and the U.S. He has also served as a member of Parliament in Thailand.

  • Kate Dewes

    Kate Dewes

    Kate Dewes was a Director of the Disarmament and Security Centre, the New Zealand expert on the UN Study on Disarmament and Non Proliferation Education and a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

  • Katsuya Okada

    Katsuya Okada

    Katsuya Okada is a Diet member and a former Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Japan.

  • Kevin Rudd

    Kevin Rudd

    Kevin Rudd has served as former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia.

  • Kiichi Fujiwara

    Kiichi Fujiwara

    Kiichi Fujiwara is a Professor of International Politics and Southeast Asian Studies in the Graduate Schools of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo. He has also taught at the University of the Philippines, the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Bristol. He is also currently a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center at Washington D.C.

  • Kishore Mahbubani

    Kishore Mahbubani

    Kishore Mahbubani served in the Singapore Foreign Service for more than three decades. He has also held positions as Ambassador to the United Nations and President of the UN Security Council.

  • Kuniko Inoguchi

    Kuniko Inoguchi

    Kuniko Inoguchi is a member of the House of Councillors of Japan and former Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament. She also served as the President of the Conference on Disarmament in 2003.

  • Kusmayanto Kadiman

    Kusmayanto Kadiman

    Kusmayanto Kadiman is a former Director of the Bandung Institute. He has been active in the Europe-Southeast Asia University Network since 1999.

  • Lalit Mansingh

    Lalit Mansingh

    Lalit Mansingh has served as Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, High Commissioner of India to the UK, and the Ambassador of India to USA.

  • Liru Cui

    Liru Cui

    Cui Liru is currently a Senior Researcher of the Taihe Institute and the Former President of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations.

  • Manpreet Sethi

    Manpreet Sethi

    Manpreet Sethi is a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi and recipient of the 2014 K Subrahmanyam award.

  • Marianne Hanson

    Marianne Hanson

    Marianne Hanson is the Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland, Australia. She teaches and researches in the field of international security focusing on arms control, disarmament, international organizations, and international law.

  • Marty Natalegawa

    Marty Natalegawa

    Marty Natalegawa has served as Ambassador to the United Kingdom and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

  • Masakatsu Ota

    Masakatsu Ota

    Masakatsu Ota is a Senior and Editorial writer at Kyodo News, Visiting Professor of Waseda University and Nagasaki University, and Regular Commentator of Hodo Station of the TV Asahi.

  • Masako Ikegami

    Masako Ikegami

    Professor Masako Ikegami works at the Department of Innovation Science, School of Environment & Society of Tokyo Institute of Technology.

  • Melissa Parke

    Melissa Parke

    The Hon Melissa Parke from Perth, Western Australia, is a former Minister for International Development and former federal member for Fremantle (2007-2016).

  • Mely Caballero-Anthony

    Mely Caballero-Anthony

    Mely Caballero-Anthony is Professor of International Relations, President's Chair in International Relations and Security Studies, and Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

  • Michael Kirby

    Michael Kirby

    He is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law & Justice at Victoria University and the Former Chair of the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry of DPRK

  • Min-soon Song

    Min-soon Song

    Minsoon Song is the former President of the University of North Korean Studies and chair professor at Kyungnam University. He was head of Korean Delegation to the Six Party Talks in 2005.

  • Minh Tuan Ta

    Minh Tuan Ta

    Dr. Ta Minh Tuan is an Associate Professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. He was Director of Department of Research Projects Management and Deputy Director of the Center for Regional and Foreign Policy Studies at DAV.

  • Mushahid Hussain Sayed

    Mushahid Hussain Sayed

    Mushahid Hussain served as the Minister for Information and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Pakistani Senate and now serves as Chairman of the Defense Committee.

  • Myung-bok Bae

    Myung-bok Bae

    Myung-bok Bae is journalist who has covered the U.S. and Paris as a foreign correspondent and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a staff writer. He was also a Foreign News Editor.

  • Nobuyasu Abe

    Nobuyasu Abe

    Nobuyasu Abe is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and former Director-General for Arms Control and Science Affairs at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Nur Hassan Wirajuda

    Nur Hassan Wirajuda

    Nur Hassan Wirajuda has served as Foreign Minister of Indonesia for nine years. He has also held the position of Permanent Representative to the UN.

  • Pervez Hoodbhoy

    Pervez Hoodbhoy

    Pervez Hoodbhoy was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament and taught at the Quaid-e-Azam University physics department for 40 years.

  • Peter Hayes

    Peter Hayes

    Peter Hayes works at the nexus of security, environment, and energy policy problem. He is best known for innovative cooperative engagement strategies in North Korea.

  • Phillip Clark

    Phillip Clark

    Philip Clark is a well-known broadcaster in Australian radio and television. He presents the breakfast show on ABC 666 Canberra.

  • Rajmah Hussain

    Rajmah Hussain

    Dr. Rajmah Hussain has served as Ambassador of Malaysia to USA, France and Austria, and as Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations.

  • Rakesh Sood

    Rakesh Sood

    Rakesh Sood has served as Ambassador to Nepal, Afghanistan, France and the Conference on Disarmament, and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Nuclear Non-Proliferation.

  • Ramamurti Rajaraman

    Ramamurti Rajaraman

    Ramamurti Rajaraman is a prolific expert in theoretical physics and public policy in areas of nuclear energy and disarmament. He holds membership in various organizations such as International Panel on Fissile materials.

  • Ramesh Thakur

    Ramesh Thakur

    Ramesh Thakur is an Emeritus Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University and the Toda Peace Institute, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He is also Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at the ANU and former Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations).

  • Riaz Mohammad Khan

    Riaz Mohammad Khan

    Riaz Mohammad Khan is a retired diplomat who served for forty years in the Pakistan Foreign Service. He was Ambassador to China and the EU. He has been a member of the NTI Board of Directors since 2014.

  • Robert Hill

    Robert Hill

    Robert Murray Hill is a retired Australian politician. He currently teaches at the United States Centre at the University of Sydney.

  • Ruth Dyson

    Ruth Dyson

    Hon Ruth Dyson QSO was a Labour Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2020 before her retirement from that position.

  • Sadia Tasleem

    Sadia Tasleem

    Sadia Tasleem previously worked as a Robin Copeland Memorial Fellow for Nonproliferation and has done extensive research as a core member of the Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE).

  • Sang-Hyun Lee

    Sang-Hyun Lee

    Dr. Sang Hyun Lee is the President and Senior Research Fellow at the Sejong Institute in Korea. He also serves as President of the Korea Nuclear Policy Society (KNPS).

  • Sawanit Kongsiri

    Sawanit Kongsiri

    Mr. Sawanit Kongsiri is a retired diplomat of the Thai Government. He also worked as Governor from Thailand to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

  • Shashi Tyagi

    Shashi Tyagi

    Retired Air Chief Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi served as the chief of the air staff of the Indian Air Force from 2004 to 2007.

  • Siddharth Varadarajan

    Siddharth Varadarajan

    Siddharth Varadarajan is a journalist and well-known commentator on foreign affairs and nuclear issues. The founding editor of The Wire, he also held position of editor at The Hindu.

  • Simon Chesterman

    Simon Chesterman

    Simon Chesterman is a recognized authority on international law, whose work has opened up new areas of research on conceptions of public authority.

  • Sung-Hwan Kim

    Sung-Hwan Kim

    Sunghwan Kim is Chairman of the East Asia Foundation and former ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • Sung-joo Han

    Sung-joo Han

    Sung-joo Han previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the United States, and Chairman of the East Asia Vision Group. He is now professor emeritus at Korea University.

  • Tan Sri Hasmy Agam

    Tan Sri Hasmy Agam

    Hasmy Agam served as the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations, President of the Security Council of the UN, and Secretary-General of the Association of South-East Asian Nations Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Tan Sri Jawhar Hassan

    Tan Sri Jawhar Hassan

    Tan Sri Jawhar was the Former Chairman of Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia

  • Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa

    Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa

    Tan Sri Rastam is a former Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia. He served in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in Malaysian diplomatic missions abroad.

  • Tanya Plibersek

    Tanya Plibersek

    Tanya Plibersek is the Shadow Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Women, and the Federal Member for Sydney.

  • Tatsujiro Suzuki

    Tatsujiro Suzuki

    Tatsujiro Suzuki is the former Vice Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission and is currently a member of the Executive Committee and Council of Pugwash Conferences on Science and International Affairs.

  • Ton Nu Thi Ninh

    Ton Nu Thi Ninh

    Ton-nu-thi Ninh is a member of the National Assembly who has served Viet Nam as a diplomat for more than two decades, specializing in global issues and multilateral institutions.

  • Tong Zhao

    Tong Zhao

    Tong Zhao is a Senior Fellow at the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based in Beijing at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

  • Toshio Sano

    Toshio Sano

    Ambassador Sano was Japanese Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament(2013-2018) in Geneva, and has led the Japanese delegation to 2015 NPT Review Conference, UN First Committee and other conferences on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferations.

  • Trevor Findlay

    Trevor Findlay

    Trevor Findlay was the former Former Chair of UN Secretary-General Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs. He served for thirteen years in the Australian diplomatic service followed by academic appointments in various organizations.

  • Tuya Nyamosor

    Tuya Nyamosor

    Tuya Nyamosor is the former Foreign Minister of Mongolia and is affiliated with the School of International Relations and Public Administration at the Mongolian National University.

  • Vo Van Thuan

    Vo Van Thuan

    Dr. Vo Van Thuan is a senior expert (Emeritus) at the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) in addition to the Permanent Office of the State Steering Committee for Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Projects.

  • Wiryono Sastrohandoyo

    Wiryono Sastrohandoyo

    Wiryono Sastrohandoyo has served as Ambassador to Austria, France, and Australia, and Permanent Representative to the UN. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for International and Strategic Studies.

  • Won-soo Kim

    Won-soo Kim

    Distinguished Professor at GSIS, Yonsei University.

  • Yohei Kono

    Yohei Kono

    Yohei Kono is a Japanese politician and a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009.

  • Yoichi Funabashi

    Yoichi Funabashi

    Yoichi Funabashi is a former journalist and editor-in-chief of the Asahi Shimbun, and a correspondent to Beijing and Washington DC. He has written extensively on foreign affairs, the US-Japan Alliance, economics and historical issues in the Asia Pacific.

  • Yong-soo Hwang

    Yong-soo Hwang

    Dr. Yongsoo Hwang was Director General of the Korea Institute of Nuclear Non-proliferation and Control. He has worked in the field of spent fuel management for more than 25 years.

  • Yong-Sup Han

    Yong-Sup Han

    Yong-Sup Han was a President of Korea Nuclear Policy Society and Vice President of KNDU.

  • Yoriko Kawaguchi

    Yoriko Kawaguchi

    Yoriko Kawaguchi is a former Foreign Minister and Environment Minister of Japan. She also co-chaired the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

  • Zhengang Ma

    Zhengang Ma

    Ma Zhengang was formerly Chinese Ambassador to the U.K., and is now Chairman of the National Committee at the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. He is also the Chairman of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association.

  • Zhenqiang Pan

    Zhenqiang Pan

    Pan Zhenqiang served as Major General to the Chinese Army and now holds the position of deputy chairman of the China Foundation for International Studies. He is also the senior adviser to the China Reform Forum.

  • Zorigt Dashdorj

    Zorigt Dashdorj

    Dashdorj Zorigt is Executive Director of Mongolia Development Strategy Institute and served as Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Ministry and member of Parliament.

  • Zukang Sha

    Zukang Sha

    Zukang Sha is a Chinese diplomat who served as the former head of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs from 2007 to 2012. He previously served as the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations Office at Geneva.