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Former Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen and Nathalie Tocci, Director of
the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Italy, have joined the Board of Directors
of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), an organization working to prevent
catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption
(WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber.
In addition, Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate, former U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the
United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, has joined NTI as
Vice President, Material Security and Minimization.
“We are delighted to
welcome these new members to the NTI team,” said NTI CEO and Co-Chair Ernest J.
Moniz. “Admiral Mullen brought bold and original thinking to his work as
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and I’m confident he’ll do the same at
NTI. Nathalie Tocci is an esteemed expert in security and defense policy and
will add European perspective to NTI’s mission of building a safer world.”
excited to welcome Laura back to NTI,” NTI Co-Chair and former Senator Sam Nunn
added. “Laura’s deep knowledge and impressive experience in reducing global
dangers make her a leading global expert on nuclear threats and preventing
terrorism. I am particularly
proud of her important roles in the groundbreaking Nuclear Security Summits,
which made significant progress in securing nuclear materials globally.”
four years as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military advisor
to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He oversaw the end of the combat
mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan,
while promoting international partnerships, new technologies and new
counter-terrorism tactics culminating in the killing of Osama bin Laden. Since
retiring from the Navy, Mullen has joined the boards of General Motors, Sprint
and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School of
International and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Tocci is Director of the
Istituto Affari Internazionali, Honorary Professor at the University of
Tübingen, and Special Adviser to European Union High Representative for Foreign
Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. As Special Adviser, she wrote
the European Global Strategy and is now working on its implementation in the
security and defense arenas. Previously, Tocci held research positions at the
Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, the Transatlantic Academy in
Washington and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence.
Holgate, who served as
NTI’s Vice President for Russia/New Independent States from 2001 to 2009, left
government after serving as the U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the
United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Before being named
ambassador, she was the Special Assistant to the
President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and
Threat Reduction at the National Security Council. In this role, she oversaw
and coordinated the development of national policies and programs to reduce
global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, among other
The Nuclear Threat
Initiative works to protect our lives, environment, and quality of life now and
for future generations. We work to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of
mass destruction and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological,
chemical, and cyber. Founded in 2001 by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and
philanthropist Ted Turner, who continue to serve as co-chairs, NTI is guided by
a prestigious, international board of directors. Ernest J. Moniz serves as
chief executive officer and co-chair; Des Browne is vice chair; and Joan
Rohlfing serves as president.
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