NTI Announces Three New Board Members

Leaders from Israel, United Arab Emirates & United States Join Board

WASHINGTON – Today, NTI Co-Chairmen Sam Nunn and Ted Turner announced the addition of three prominent international voices to its prestigious, international board of directors: Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the IAEA and the UAE Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation; Gideon Frank, former Director General of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission; and Paul S. Otellini, former President and CEO of Intel Corporation.

“NTI is delighted to have these three dynamic and experienced leaders join our Board,” said Turner. “As a leader on nuclear policy in the UAE, Ambassador Alkaabi helps guide his country's nuclear energy program, the model for any country seeking a peaceful approach that doesn’t contribute to proliferation. NTI will benefit from his expertise, as we consider how to tap the opportunities of nuclear energy while minimizing risks.”

“Each of these leaders will bring a unique and fresh perspective to NTI, which is critical as we develop new strategies to build a safer world,” said Joan Rohlfing, NTI president.  “Gideon Frank has a breadth of experience in nuclear policy, in technical areas and in operations. We look forward to his insights on the industry as well as regional issues.”

“These three outstanding leaders can help us expand to new areas of focus to reflect today’s most pressing threats,” said Nunn. “Paul Otellini, backed by his experience and leadership at Intel, will help NTI boost its capacity in innovation to address emerging threats, particularly as we navigate the intersection of cyber and nuclear security and explore new solutions to difficult verification challenges.”

Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the IAEA and UAE Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation
Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi is the permanent representative of the United Arab Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as the UAE's Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation. Since 2006, the UAE has been assessing the possibility of developing a peaceful nuclear energy program, making commitments to pursue complete operational transparency and the highest standards of safety, security and nonproliferation. Its process and commitments have been lauded as a global model. Alkaabi helped lead the initial assessment of nuclear power in the UAE, and has since served as a primary interlocutor on matters relating to nuclear energy and non-proliferation between the UAE government and other governments and international organizations, including the IAEA.

Gideon Frank, former Director General of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission
Gideon Frank has been involved for decades with research and development for both the government and private sector, as well as with international nuclear policy and non-proliferation issues. After joining the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, Frank served in various posts, including as director of the research reactor in the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, deputy general manager for engineering and technology at the Soreq Center and general manager of the Center.  He served at the Israel Atomic Energy Commission’s headquarters since 1990, first as deputy director general and then as director general from 1993 to 2007. He was designated as a safeguards inspector at the IAEA from 1973 to 1975.  He also served as scientific counselor in the Israel Embassy in Washington from 1979 to 1982.  Frank has headed numerous delegations representing Israel at international meetings and participated in various expert forums.

Paul S. Otellini, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Intel Corporation
Paul S. Otellini retired as president and chief executive officer of Intel Corporation in 2013. He became the company's fifth CEO in 2005, having previously served as Intel's president and chief operating officer. In an Intel career that spanned nearly 40 years, Otellini managed several Intel businesses, including the company's PC and server microprocessor division and its global sales and marketing organization. As CEO, Otellini focused on driving the company's growth and mission to deliver innovative, energy-efficient products. Under Otellini's leadership, Intel helped usher in a new era in which portable wireless computing has become available anytime, anywhere.  He serves on the board of directors of Google Inc.  He also serves on the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

The Nuclear Threat Initiative is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to reduce threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. NTI is governed by a prestigious, international board of directors with members from ten countries (China, France, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States) and is co-chaired by founders Nunn and Turner. NTI’s activities are directed by Nunn and Rohlfing.  For more information and a full list of NTI’s board of directors, please visit


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