“Since our founding, NTI has been committed to addressing biological threats,” said Nunn. “We are very pleased that Beth will be joining NTI to oversee this important work. She has outstanding credentials and has the experience, leadership and drive to expand and advance NTI’s work in this arena.”
Among other duties, Dr. Cameron will oversee the development of a Global Health Security Index, as well as work related to national security risks associated with emerging biotechnologies. The Index was announced by NTI earlier this month in partnership with the Open Philanthropy Project, the Robertson Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
Dr. Cameron most recently served as the Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense on the White House National Security Council staff, where she was instrumental in developing, launching, and implementing the Global Health Security Agenda. In this role, she reported to the National Security Advisor and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism in addressing homeland and national security issues surrounding biosecurity and biosafety, biodefense, emerging infectious disease threats, biological select agents and toxins, dual‐use research, and bioterrorism.
From 2010‐2013, Dr. Cameron served at the U.S. Department of Defense as office director for Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) and senior advisor for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs. In this role, she oversaw implementation of the geographic expansion of the Nunn‐Lugar CTR program.
From 2003‐2010, Cameron oversaw expansion of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Threat Reduction programs and supported the expansion and extension of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, a multilateral framework to improve global chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear security.
About the Nuclear Threat InitiativeThe 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, NTI is guided by a prestigious, international board of directors. Sam Nunn serves as chief executive officer; Des Browne is vice chairman; and Joan Rohlfing serves as president. Former Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will become CEO and join Nunn and Turner as co-chairmen on June 1. More about NTI’s biosecurity program can be found here. Find out more about the development of the new index here.