International Scientific and Technology Advisory Board (ISTAB)
on Underwater Munitions (UWM’s), The Hague, The Netherlands
The ISTAB was originally appointed to IDUM at the request of the Foreign Minister of Lithuania during the 2010 Conference of States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The ISTAB consists of diplomats, scientists, academics, and munitions experts representing more than 10 nationalities. ISTAB members work in their personal capacity and meet twice annually in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The ISTAB provides independent advice on scientific, technical, and organizational aspects in response to sea-dumped munitions and to promote dialogue and multilateral contacts among interested governments and international organizations. The ISTAB seeks new members annually, in particular from regions especially effected by underwater munitions, as well as relevant international and regional organizations.
IDUM received the Special Editor award from the Maritime Technology Society (MTS)
The board consists of members who are scientists, academics, and officials representing ten nationalities and who act in their personal capacities. The ISTAB, officially provides independent advice to International Dialogues on Underwater Munitions (IDUM), United Nations, commissions, international bodies and organizations, universities and colleges, and the international community and public as a whole.
Mr. Terrance P. Long CPSM. SSM. CD. Chairman
Retired Canadian Military Combat Engineer, Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME); Master’s Project Management, St. Mary’s University; Commissioned United Nations Officer (OUN); Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; Improvised Explosive Disposal (IED), Canadian Forces School of Aerospace and Ordnance Engineering (CFSAOE); NATO Advance Improvised Explosive Disposal (IED), United Kingdom British Army School of Ammunition, Felix Centre; Hazardous Materials Technician, Maritime Environmental Training Institute (METI); Advance Combat Intelligences, Maritime Command Atlantic; EOD Centre Chief Toronto; Program Director for Military Munitions Response Programs; Nuclear, Biological, Chemical “Warfare and Defense”, Special Services Forces (SSF); United Nations Indigenous (First Nations) Capacity-Building for Mine Actions in Mozambique, Egypt, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo; International Commissions, Scientific and Technology Boards; Chaired International Panel Center for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta Georgia on Human Health and Environment for Sea Dumped Weapons; Partner, Co-Director and Work Package Leader for “three” long-term European Union and NATO Scientific Programs to investigate Chemical and Conventional Weapons at Sea; Delegate High- Level United Nations Youth Summit, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 13 Climate Action Summit, UN Indigenous Leader Summit, and UN Oceans of Communities for SDG 14 Life Below Sea.
Dr. Thomas Stock, DYNSAFE Germany, Co-Chairman
PhD, Chemistry, University Leipzig, 1982; Graduated Chemist, University Leipzig, 1977; Author of several books and more than 120 publications; Dr. Thomas Stock was Managing Director at Dynasafe Environmental Systems since 2002. He performs business development and sales management for munitions destruction systems and containment chambers for chemical and conventional weapons. Dr. Stock has a PhD in chemistry and is trained as analytical chemist. Dr. Stock has been working as an expert in chemical disarmament and arms control from 1987 to 1996. Between 1988 and 1996 he was researcher and project leader for the Chemical and Biological Warfare Project at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden.
Dr. Stock has been working as an expert in chemical disarmament and arms control from 1987 – 1996. Between 1988 and 1996 he was Researcher and Project Leader for the Chemical and Biological Warfare Project at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Here Dr. Stock conducted research in the following areas: old and abandoned chemical weapons (CW), toxic armament wastes, destruction of CW, alternative CW destruction technologies, toxicology of CW agents, industry verification, analytical verification techniques, national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, developments with respect to the strengthening of the Biological Weapons Convention and chemical terrorism.
He is in deep familiarized with the OPCW requirements for CW destruction, OCW and ACW, etc. Dr. Stock has extensively published on various issues of analytical chemistry, arms control and disarmament, old and abandoned CW and CW destruction. Besides his analytical background is has knowledge in toxicology questions and decontamination of CW.
Dr. Andrzej Jagusiewicz, Co-Chairman
Former Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection in Poland, Co-Chairman, International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM), International treaties and relations. A Polish representative in various negotiating and political bodies at United Nations and European Commission; CAFE Steering Committee; Air Quality Committee and Advisory Council of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Executive Body UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution and Vice-Chair. Moreover, an expert of United Nations and European Commission (TAIEX), a member of Scientific Committee of the French periodical “Pollution Atmospherique”; Numerous publications on various aspects of environmental protection in the era of globalization and regionalization, including the European integration in UN publications.
Retired, Col. Peter Courtney-Green, Consultant in the field of ammunition and explosives
•MBE (Member of the British Empire) (1983)
•OBE (Officer of the British Empire) (1987)
•NATO Meritorious Service Medal (2005)
Former UK Officer with first-hand experience dumping of conventional munitions in North Sea and Master Theses for Military War College on Dumping of Sea Dumped Weapons in the North Sea. Peter was an officer in the British Navy responsible for dumping munitions in the North Sea. Commanding Officer of battalion responsible for EOD/IEDD operations in Great Britain in support of the civil police and special forces. Chief Ammunition Technical Officer, United Kingdom Land Forces. Ministry of Defence: in-service manager of guided missiles, rockets and conventional artillery ammunition. Head of Ammunition Branch, Royal Military College of Science design and teaching munitions technology.
- 1993–2009: NATO employee based in Luxembourg responsible for procurement and demilitarization of munitions for NATO countries; planning and execution of NATO outreach projects for demilitarization and security of munitions in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Jordan, Mauritania, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
- 1963–1992: British Army service including operational tours in Aden, Northern Ireland, Oman and Falkland Islands.
- Commanding Officer of battalion responsible for EOD/IEDD operations in Great Britain in support of the civil police and special forces.
- Chief Ammunition Technical Officer, United Kingdom Land Forces.
- Ministry of Defence: in-service manager of guided missiles, rockets and conventional artillery ammunition.
- Head of Ammunition Branch, Royal Military College of Science responsible for course design and teaching munitions technology.
- Commanded specialist unit responsible for battle area clearance in Falkland Islands.
- Ammunition for the Land Battle, Brassey's, 1991.
(revised and expanded edition in preparation).
- The Politics of Destroying Surplus Small Arms: Inconspicuous Disarmament,
- Routledge, 2010, ed Aaron Karp, (with others).
- MSc (Explosive Ordnance Engineering); included research into deterioration of sea-dumped munitions.
Dr. Jacek Beldowski, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Marine Chemistry & Ecology
Jacek Bełdowski obtained his masters degree in Marine Biology from the University of Gdańsk in 1998. Since 2000, he has been employed as a researcher in the Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Oceanography. In 2004, he was awarded his PhD in Earth Sciences, specializing in mercury pollution of marine ecosystems. He has led several Baltic and Artic expeditions and participated in international research projects with the Institute of Oceanology and the Leibnitz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemuende. He has been a coordinator since 2011 of the European Union- funded Chemical Munitions Search & Assessment Project (CHEMSEA), dealing with chemical munitions in the Baltic. In 2013 he became the director of NATO SPS project Towards the Monitoring of Dumped Munitions Threat (MODUM), and in 2016 coordinator of EU project Decision Aid for Marine Munitions (DAIMON). Currently he coordinates another EU Project DAIMON2 – Practical Applications.
Dr. Kela Weber, Associate Professor, Royal Military College of Canada
Dr. Weber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and Director of the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG), at the Royal Military College of Canada. Kela is a practicing professional engineer and actively engaged in several scientific organizations including the International Water Association, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, the American Chemical Society, and the Society of Wetland Scientists. Dr. Weber serves as a Board member for the Beaty Water Research Centre in Canada, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. As ESG Director Kela serves as a scientific resource and advisor to the Government of Canada through the Department of National Defence, and oversees a team of scientists and engineers tackling contaminated sites challenges across the country.
- Dr. Weber serves as a Board member for the Beaty Water Research Centre in Canada, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. Kela is the Canadian representative and observer for projects in the NATO Science for Peace and Security, and the European Cooperation in Science and Technology programs. Dr. Weber also serves as a scientific resource and advisor to the Government of Canada through the Department of National Defence.
- As a teacher Dr. Weber shows students how to apply fundamentals to engineering problems with a focus on chemical processes, process design, and methods of data and statistical analysis. As a researcher Kela focuses on the multi-physical aspects of environmental pollution, the role of microbial communities in water treatment and remediation, and quantifying the dynamic response of ecosystems to chemical or environmental stressors. As an applied researcher Dr. Weber’s multidisciplinary research group has contributed to the management and clean-up of over 150 contaminated sites across Canada, with a focus on emerging contaminants, remote locations, and sustainable cost effective solutions. Kela has published over 400 scientific journal articles, conference proceedings, and government reports.
Ms. Elisa Perpignan MSc., ISTAB Member
Elisa Perpignan is a Brazilian biologist with a great interest in everything related to conservation. During her Masters programme at the University of São Paulo, she studied animal behavior in a context of vulnerable habitat. She recently specialized in sustainability by the University of Cambridge, and she is now developing a research at TU Delft in this area. She has been working with science divulgation in zoos, science fairs, and NGOs for more than ten years because she believes increasing public awareness about underwater munitions.
Ms. Cherylynn Hunt BSc., MES.
Cherylynn Hunt graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor in Applied Science and earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Planning from the University of Waterloo (ON). She served over 27 years as a Canadian Military Engineer as a senior officer and supervised the many trades, professions and consultants required to effect sound asset and environmental management with numerous large-scale projects. She also worked for Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) as a Regional Manager of Engineering Assets and as a Senior Project Manager. Cherylynn is IDUM’s Project Manager for IDUM’s contribution to DAIMON (Decision Aids for Marine Munitions) and continues to assist IDUM in its tasks to collaborate on international projects.
Dr. James W. Porter, Josiah Meigs Professor of Ecology, Emeritus Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
Dr. James Porter is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Emeritus at the University of Georgia. Dr. Porter received both his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from Yale. He has testified before Congress three times about the effects of (1) climate change on coral reefs, (2) global biodiversity loss, and (3) munitions contamination on Puerto Rican coral reefs. In 2005 he received the Eugene P. Odum Award for environmental education from the Ecological Society of America, and in 2006, he was elected President of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Society.
In 2020 in Bremen, Germany he will receive the Coral Reef Society’s top Eminence in Research Award. His work has been featured on the ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. His documentary film, Chasing Coral, to which he contributed as the Chief Scientific Advisor and a Principal Cast Member, won the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and then went on to win a 2017 Peabody Award and the 2017 Emmy for Best Nature Documentary.
Institute of Ecology of Nature Research Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; Education: M.Sc. – Vilnius University, Department of Botany & Genetics, 1973; PhD – Institute of Cytology, Sankt Peterburg; 1979 Dr. habilitatus – Institute of Ecology, Vilnius, 1993; 2010 – present – Leading Scientist of the Institute of Ecology of Nature Research Center; 1993–2009 – Leading Scientist of the Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University; 1989 – 1993 – Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Ecology; 1984 – 1989 – Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Zoology & Parasitology. Janina has been a member of IDUM’s ISTAB from its conception. She has conducted detailed studies that identified impact in the cells of fish from chemical warfare agents, including the resuspension of warfare agents during the laying of oil and gas pipelines on the seabed of the Baltic Sea.
Dr. Valentine Nzengung, Founder, CEO & CTO of MuniRem Environmental
Dr. Nzengung is an inventor of multiple patented technologies for neutralization and destruction of explosives and chemical warfare agents and their precursors to non-hazardous end products. He pioneered the development of multiple high-end environmental green sustainable remediation technologies that are applied at the full scale.
Dr. Nzengung graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Geology. Subsequently he earned both his Ph.D. in Environmental Geochemistry and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He is Professor of Environmental Geochemistry at the University of Georgia and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (FNAI).
Dr. Nzengung’s research focuses on phytoremediation, bioremediation, chemical neutralization of conventional and homemade explosives, development of specialty biochars for nutrient removal from wastewaters and environmental remediation of various contaminants in soil and water. He has authored and co-authored over 120 publications, including peer reviewed professional journal papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and monographs.
Full details of his academic activities are on his page at UGA.
He combines his academic work with running MuniRem Environmental which he founded. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, he has addressed a variety of international and United States governmental agencies, including the congressional committee looking into alternatives to Open Burn/Open Detonation for destruction of munitions.
Mr. Dominique Anelli
Mr. Anelli was a Military officer, specialised in the Nuclear, Radiological, Biological and Chemical fields. He has been involved in the field of disarmament and chemical defence since 1992:
- Four years experiences in Iraq, 1992 twice, 1996 and 1998 as Chief Inspector,
- Adviser in CBRN protection for Singaporean forces, 1997 and 1998,
- Responsible for Human factors studies in Djibouti and Guyana.
Mr Anelli has also worked in an international environment from 1996 to 2003 as Secretary of the NATO Working group on Decontamination and as French Representative to the NATO Challenge Sub-group. Then, he has been working three years from 2003 till 2006, as deputy permanent representative, to the French permanent Representation to the OPCW enabled his skills in diplomacy and international relations.
In February 2007 he joined the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW, as head of Chemical Demilitarisation Branch. During this time, he verified the destruction of Chemical Weapons (CWs), CW production equipment and CW production facilities (CWPFs), in numerous countries as Libya, Iraq, Syria and others. For Syria he participated actively to its disarmament when advising the Director General Syrian core group, on the CWs destruction, or leading the CWPFs destruction on field. He left OPCW on 29 April 2016 due to the implementation of tenure policy.
In August 2016, he started to work for a CBRN/Fire company so called Cristanini and he worked on firefighting equipment. Recently (end of 2017) and based on common agreement, he stopped working on fire equipment and started to work for MAM/STRAGER. This company employs him as CBRN consultant on specific and sensitive files.
Dr. Alex Souchen, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Souchen is a military historian who specializes in warfare, society, and the environment, and has been a member of the ISTAB since 2015. He is the author of War Junk: Munitions Disposal and Postwar Reconstruction in Canada (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2020) and several peer reviewed articles on underwater munitions, including one in an open access journal, available here. Several other articles are currently under peer review, including: “Drowned at Sea: Underwater and the Environmental Legacies of War”; “An Exceptional Mortality: Dumped Munitions, Inconclusive Science, and the Mass Death of Oysters in the Thames Estuary after the First World War”; and “Old Dusty Records? The Challenges of Archival and Historical Research on Underwater Munitions.” His latest blog post is available here.
Dr. Souchen received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 2016 and held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. He currently holds an Associated Medical Services Postdoctoral Fellowship at Trent University and resides in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Mr. James Barton, President, Underwater Ordnance Recovery
Former US Navy Diver and research and development for Underwater Munitions Recovery Technology and independent defence waste policy advisor at Underwater Ordnance Recovery. Jim has over forty-years experiences working on underwater munitions sites and has developed underwater recovery and non- destructive process that includes water-jet technology to remediate sea dumped weapons. Jim has first-hand experience on the impacts from underwater munitions from providing underwater UXO Responses for the US Navy.
Dr. Vadim Paka, Russian Academy of Sciences, Shirshov Institute, Institute of Oceanography, Head of Laboratory
Researcher in Meso- and microscale processes in deep and shallow water, direct measurements; fate of sea dumped chemical weapons. Dr. Paka is a Co-Director for CHSEA (Search and Assessment for Chemical Weapons) in the Baltic Sea; and NATO Science for peace and Security (SPS) MODUM; and DAIMON (Decision Aids for Marine Munitions) in the North and Baltic Seas. 1984 Doctor on Sciences (Physics and Mathematics), Shirshov Institute of Oceanology; 1967 PhD Thesis (Physics and Mathematics), Moscow State University; 1959 Diploma of High School Education (Physics), Moscow State University; Experimental hydrophysics and development of instruments for study of water structure and mixing processes in seas and in the ocean. Management of projects in fields of meso- and microscales dynamics of water; fundamental and environmental application of experimental hydrophysics.
Dr. Tijn van der Zant, Vice President, IDUM
Dr. van der Zant is an expert in Artificial Intelligence and Social Robotics. During his BSc and Msc in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence at Utrecht University he reprogrammed the Philips soccer robots the first real-time learning soccer robots. Former head of the Robotics Laboratory of Fraunhofer in Sankt Augustin in 2004/5, Germany, for one year before starting a PhD at the Artificial Intelligence department of Groningen University.
During his PhD he pioneered the Deep Learning field using the IBM 12000+ cores supercomputer for his computations. He founded RoboCup@Home in 2006, which became the largest benchmark in Domestic Service Robots and Robot Cognition Nowadays more than 300 laboratories. In 2010 he became the head of the Cognitive Robotics Laboratory at INSERM in Lyon, France. In 2012 he became a professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Windesheim.
Mr. Noah Ameer Al-Malt, Legal Consultant
Mr. Noah Al-Malt holds an LL.M. in Advanced Studies in Public International Law from Leiden University with a specialty in Peace, Justice, and Development. Since 2013, he has worked in international tribunals in Europe and Asia, including the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Noah has been engaged with IDUM since 2013. His research has been used as the basis for IDUM’s roadmap to establishing an international framework to address underwater munitions and to formulate guidelines for coastguards, marines, and other maritime authorities as part of the MODUM project.