Baffour, a Ghanaian by birth, was for many years President of the West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA). He is also the President of the Africa Forum on Small Arms (AFoNSA). He has more than 10 years of experience in fighting small arms proliferation as a very active member of IANSA.
International Advisory Council
The International Advisory Council (IAC) develops strategies and prioritises activities in operational plans. It does so through expression of, and debate between, the diversity of ‘voices’ of IANSA members. It aims for decision by consensus, but votes on recommendations when necessary. The IAC develops means for resolution of difference between members on matters of importance to IANSA.
To find a list of previous IAC members, please go to:
Baffour Dokyi Amoa, Ghana
Balkrishna Kurvey, India
Dr Kurvey is a founder Member of Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection (IIPDEP) and established the “No More Hiroshima: No More Nagasaki: Peace Museum” in Nagpur India in 1996. Dr Kurvey is the full time voluntary President of IIPDEP. For the last eight years IIPDEP has been an active member of IANSA and has established a national network of IIPDEP for IANSA related work. IIPDEP has held SALW seminars and conferences in volatile Jammu & Kashmir, India Pakistan Border States of Rajasthan, Punjab, North East India and Maoist Central India. Dr Kurvey has travelled widely in the world as well as in India, and has received many commendations for his work on disarmament as well as SALW control.
Camlus Omogo, Kenya
Camlus holds a Masters Degree in International Peace Studies, (Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA). He has 10 years experience in the field of peace and security. Between 2005-2007 he coordinated Kenya Action Network on Small Arms (KANSA) and has also served as a Board member of Eastern Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA). Currently, (since January 2008), he is working for IKV Pax Christi Horn of Africa Programme as a Programme Advisor, Peace and Security.
Celsius Barahinduka, Burundi
Celsius is the National Coordinator of the Burundian Action Network on Small Arms (REBAL-BUANSA) and Executive member and Small arms focal point of League ITEKA. He participates in the development and implementation of projects related to the problem of SALW in Burundi in collaboration with other partners. He attends meetings and conferences organized at national, regional and international levels, in a regular basis.
Cesar Marin, Venezuela
Cesar has been involved in Amnesty International Venezuela since his youth, and was head of AI’s global youth committee. Educated in social sciences, he worked as part of advisory think thanks on strategy, management and business intelligence. He was part of the Americas Trade Union Staff on Labour Human Rights, and has worked on EU funded projects that strengthen the capacity of local NGOs in Venezuela. Cesar has been an IANSA member since 2005, he founded the Latin America coalition, and worked for a year as Control Arms Coordinator and as a resource person for IANSA in the Americas.
David Kirshbaum, USA
David Kirshbaum is a staff member of Nonviolence International, where he directs the Palestine Media Project. David’s professional training is as a psychotherapist for the severely and chronically mentally ill and the elderly. A longtime activist, David has worked in the fields of environmental sustainability, human rights, and peace.
Ema Golea Tagicakibau, Fiji
Ema is a campaigner for Gender, Peace & Disarmament in the Pacific also now pursuing Doctoral study at the University of Auckland and is a consultant on disarmament issues in the Pacific region including small arms and cluster munitions. Her research interest is gender and militarisation in Fiji and human security in the Pacific. A former Member of Parliament, Ema is an advocate and activist in women’s human rights, disarmament, demilitarisation and arms control. She is a trained school teacher by profession. Ema is a member of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG); Regional Representative to the International Peace Bureau, IANSA, CMC-ICBL; Asia-Pacific Peace-Women’s Network.
Jasmin Nario Galace, The Philippines
Jasmin is Associate Director of the Center for Peace Education based in Miriam College. She is also Professor at the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies and College of Education of the same college. She is in the Steering Committee of the Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA), the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 and the Sulong CARHRIHL, a third party network that monitors the observance of the government and the National Democratic Front to their agreement to respect human rights and the international humanitarian law. She is a member of the IANSA Women’s Network and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.
Kokou Hodenou Aklavon, Togo
Kokou has an MA in Management and Accountancy and in 2003 became the director of his own audit company based in Lome, Togo. In addition to his successful career in accountancy, he is an active member of civil society, involved in campaigns and partnership with organisations including the Red Cross and WANEP. He is currently the president of Togolese section of WAANSA, the West Africa Action Network on Small Arms, and Vice Chair of West Africa Network on Peace building (WANEP-TOGO). He has participated in many international trainings and conferences around the word in peace building, advanced DDR, the Arms Trade Treaty, and in negotiations, including BMS4 in 2010.
Marren Akatsa-Bukachi, Uganda/Kenya
Marren is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA Hons) Sociology. University of Delhi, India, and possesses a Certificate in International Policy advocacy, School of International Training, Vermont, and The Advocacy Institute, Washington DC, USA. She is an expert in Gender and Development, Democracy, Human Rights, Peace and Conflict Resolution. She is currently the Executive Director of the Eastern African sub Regional Support Initiative for Advancement of Women (EASSI), an organisation that is spearheading advocacy on the gender dimensions on small arms and light weapons in Eastern Africa. Among her achievements is leading her resource team in developing the Gender Policy for the Nairobi based Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA). Marren has worked with a number of regional and global organisations including Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi (RNE) as the National Programme Officer, Good Governance, Human Rights and Gender; Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) as the National Programme Secretary. Marren is currently studying for a Master's degree in public health at the Uganda Christian University.
Richard Mugisha, Uganda
Richard is Director of People With Disabilities Uganda; Executive Secretary of the Eastern Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA), headquartered in Kampala; and a founding member of IANSA. He was born in South Western Uganda, and trained both in Uganda and overseas. He is a graduate of disability studies and human rights, and also pursuing an executive MBA of Robert Kennedy College. Since 1997 he has worked in the field of small arms control and is an international campaigner for the UN Convention on Disability, an Arms Trade Treaty and Cluster Munitions Treaty. He has served on various boards including the Federation of Uganda Employers, and Chairman Board of Directors, Uganda Action Network on Small Arms. He has represented civil society organisations in various capacities in international and regional fora including the bi-annual UN Review Conferences and Prep Com on small arms in New York.
Tatiana Gonçalves Moura, Portugal/Brazil
Tatiana is the Executive Director of Instituto Promundo, a Brazilian NGO that seeks to promote gender equality and end violence against women, children and youth. She coordinated the Observatory on Women and Armed Violence and the Peace Studies Group at the Centre for Social Studies at the Centre for Social Studies, in Coimbra (Portugal). She has a PhD in Peace, Conflicts and Democracy, by the University Jaume I (Spain), a Master’s degree in Sociology, by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and a first degree in International Relations, by the same Faculty. Her research interests include feminism and International Relations, new wars and urban violence, and gender and armed violence. In the last years, she has coordinated several projects on the involvement of women and girls in contexts of armed violence, particularly in Latin America.
Wendy Cukier, Canada
Dr Cukier co-founded the Coalition for Gun Control (CGC) in 1991. For more than 20 years, she has acted as the organisation’s volunteer president to promote strong and effective domestic gun control. Dr Cukier is one of the founding members of IANSA and she has been actively involved in international efforts to curb the misuse and illicit trade in small arms. Her expertise on legislation development, gendered analysis of crime and conflict and illicit trafficking has been recognised internationally. She was recently selected as one of 25 Transformational Canadians and the CGC received the Canadian Labour Congress Making a Difference in People's Lives Award (2011). In 2000 she received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross (MSC), one of Canada's highest civilian honours. Dr Cukier is co-author of the book, The Global Gun Epidemic with Dr. Vic Sidel, Past President of the American Public Health Association.