Board of Directors

Major General (Retd.) Tim Ford, AO

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Tim Ford is based in Sydney as an international peace and security consultant. He retired from the Australian Army in 2003, following an extensive career in the Australian Defence Force and the United Nations.

During his military career, General Ford served in a wide variety of command, staff, and training appointments in Australia and overseas, including operational service in South Vietnam. He was promoted to Major General in l996 to assume command of the 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters.

From 1998 until 2002, Major General Ford served in a number of high ranking United Nations peacekeeping appointments including as the Head of Mission of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East, and as the Chief Military Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at UN Headquarters, New York.

Over the last six years, Tim Ford has undertaken a wide range of projects for the Australian Government, the United Nations, the African Union, and other International Organisations as a mentor, adviser and consultant on international peace and security issues. He has travelled widely to conflict areas, and contributed to a broad range of international investigations, seminars, peace operations training courses and conferences as a “keynote” speaker, subject matter expert and presenter. Tim is a thesis adviser for the UN Peace Operations Training Institute programme and author of their Commanding United Nations Peacekeeping Operations course. He assisted the UN to develop the strategic leadership module of the UN Senior Mission Leadership (SML) Course and has been a mentor for this international course since its inception in 2004. He has presented to a wide number of international organisations on peacekeeping and strategic leadership.

Tim was educated at North Sydney Boy’s High School, the Royal Military College Duntroon, and Sydney University. He is a graduate of the UK Royal School of Artillery, the Indian Defence Services Staff College, the Australian Joint Services Staff College, the US Army War College, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Lt General Randhir Kumar Mehta, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM (Retd.), MSc (Def Studies), M Phil (Business and Defence Studies)

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Retired on 31 May 2007 as the Military Advisor in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), United Nations. He was commissioned in the Parachute Regiment in June 1968. The officer has commanded a Parachute Battalion, a Mountain Brigade and an Infantry Division. During the Army Service of 39 years, he has held important command, staff and instructional appointments in operational and peace areas and in premier training establishments including the Army War College. An alumni of the Defence Services Staff College and the National Defence College.

As Sector Commander in Sierra Leone he successfully conducted Robust Peacekeeping Operations to include Op KHUKRI which forced the RUF to come to the peace table. He has had the privilege of serving with two Secretary Generals of UN; HE Kofi Annan and HE Ban Ki-Moon. As the Military Advisor he made major contributions in formulating the Capstone Doctrine, Re-organisation of DPKO, Command and Control, Gender Issues, Conduct and Discipline, Cooperation with AU, EU, NATO, SHIBRIG and others as also in streamlining Military Strategic Direction.

He has engaged as a consultant in evaluation assignments by UNHQ and some countries. The officer is on the UN Roster for Security Sector Reforms. Gen Mehta is a member on the Board of Management of Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), India.

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General Robert Gordon

General Robert Gordon served a full career in the Army of the United Kingdom until his retirement in 2005. During his military career, he was actively involved in UN peacekeeping operations, first serving with the UN in Cyprus. In 1994, he commanded UN Sector South West Bosnia (UNPROFOR) and the British Forces in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. He also served as the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) from 2002 to 2004. Upon forming his own consulting company in 2005, he has worked on numerous contracts for UN DPKO, the World Bank, the British Government, and others as a consultant on peacekeeping operations. He is a Senior Adviser to the Folke Bernadotte Academy of Sweden in support of the Challenges Forum Secretariat and was Special Adviser to the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre of Canada in support of their African peacekeeping training programmes. In 2005, he helped develop UN DPKO's senior mission leadership (SML) training programme and since then has served as senior mentor on UN SML courses and facilitator of DPKO's Senior Leadership Induction Programme. He has also been the Director of Studies for AU SML and Regional SML courses. He has been the senior mentor for the training and development of the African Standby Force's capability in East Africa (EASBRICOM). He was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and Cambridge University.

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Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff

Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff serves as a Senior Policy Adviser on UN issues, Bureau for Regional Policy, Délégation aux Affaires stratégiques (Policy and Strategic Affairs), at the French Ministry of Defense. She has many responsibilities, including analyzing political-military issues in the UN Security Council in close coordination with the Ministry of Defense's personal staff.

Dr. Novosseloff has earned a number of degrees, including a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations, University Paris II- Panthéon-Assas., an M.A. in Diplomacy, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom, an M.Phil. ('D.E.A'), History of International Relations, University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, and an M.A. ('Maîtrise'), Political Science, minor International Relations, University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne.

She has written approximately 40 articles on the United Nations, the Security Council, peacekeeping and the cooperation with regional organisations (in French and in English). The following is a list of her books:

  • Jocelyn Coulon / Alexandra Novosseloff, La paix par la force ? Pour une approche réaliste du maintien de la paix « robuste », 2011, Montréal, Athéna, 224 p.
  • Alexandra Novosseloff, Le Comité d’état-major : histoire d’un organe en sommeil, 2008, Centre Thucydide / Sociological association of the UAE, 114 p.
  • Alexandra Novosseloff / Frank Neisse, Des murs entre les hommes, pictures and texts, 2007, Paris, La Documentation française, 211 p. Spanish version: Muros Entre Los Hombres, 2011, Bogota, Red Alma Mater / El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 238 p.
  • Paul Quilès / Alexandra Novosseloff, Face aux désordres du monde, 2005, Paris, Les portes du monde, 386p.
  • Alexandra Novosseloff, Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies et la maîtrise de la force armée – Dialectique du politique et du militaire en matière de paix et de sécurité internationales, 2003, Brussels: Bruylant, collection "Organisation internationale et relations internationales", 660 p.
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Commissioner Ann-Marie Orler

Commissioner Ann-Marie Orler is the Head of Division of International Affairs of the Swedish Police. Prior to her current office she was the Police Adviser in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Prior to joining the United Nations Ms. Orler was a Police Commissioner with the Swedish National Police for almost 20 years.

Apart from her extensive senior level policing experience, Ms. Orler served from 2001 to 2003 at the Council of Europe as the Programme Manager for the "Police and Human Rights Beyond 2000" programme. She was the Secretary General of Amnesty International in Sweden for a brief period in 1998 and worked in the private sector as a Leadership Consultant specializing in leadership on a strategic level in 1999.

She has traveled extensively as part of her international policing career and has been a member of the Committee for prevention of Torture and degrading treatment of the Council of Europe between 2004 and 2008.

She studied journalism, is a graduate of the Swedish Police Training Academy and holds a Law degree from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

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Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Thomas Pickering is widely known for his service as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992. This was only one assignment out of a diplomatic career that spanned four decades, during which he also served as the US Ambassador to Jordan (1974–78), Nigeria (1981–83), El Salvador (1983–85), Israel (1985–88), India (1992–93), and Russia (1993–96). Additionally, he served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1997 to 2000. He holds the distinction of being promoted to the Senior Foreign Service rank of Career Ambassador, a rank awarded only to career diplomats with extensive and distinguished service. Prior to his State Department Service he served in the US Navy (1956–59) where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Following his career with the State Department he served as Senior Vice President for International Relations at Boeing (2001–06).

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Ms. Julie Gwangmwa Sanda

Ms. Julie Gwangmwa Sanda is a Principal Research Fellow for the National Defence College of Nigeria. Among her many current responsibilities, Ms. Sanda manages the Strategic Level Peace Support Operations (PSO) Training and Activities of the College (CSRS and NDC) for the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC)/African Peace Support Trainers’ Association (APSTA) and serves as an Editor of the Africa Peace Review Journal. She was formerly the Head of the Department of Conflict, Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian Studies (DCPHS) at the African Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (ACSRS) where she managed its Peace Support Operations training programmes and activities. A researcher, trainer and facilitator, she served at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) and also at the defunct National Council for Inter-governmental Relations before joining the services of National Defence College (NDC) in November 1987.

Ms. Sanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Jos (1983) and a Masters in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (1987). From 1990-1991, she was a Fulbright scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Ms. Sanda is also a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science and Defence Studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. She has attended several courses and programmes relevant to peace and security, foreign policy, gender and conflict management. Ms Sanda has various academic publications to her credit.

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Colonel Jose Ricardo Vendramin Nunes

Jose Ricardo Vendramin Nunes is an active duty officer in the Brazilian Army with solid experience in UN peace operations. He served as Military Observer and Military Staff Officer in the UN peacekeeping operation in Angola and later as Chief Military Training Officer in the mission in Syria. He also was exchange international instructor at the Argentine Joint Peace Operations Training Center and UN Training Officer in DPKO, where he had the opportunity to plan and deliver training to a number of field missions and troop contributing countries. He was also the Commander of the Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Center and planner and organizer of the 21st IAPTC. He holds certificates of post degree studies in International Humanitarian Law, defense and international relations in Brazilian and foreign universities such as the Argentine Catholic University and the New York University.

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Dr. Harvey Langholtz

Harvey Langholtz is the founding director of the Peace Operations Training Institute. He served a full career in the US Coast Guard and retired in 1993 with the rank of Commander. He was on loan from the Coast Guard to the US State Department, where he served on the US Delegation to the United Nations 1991-93 and represented the US in the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. In 1993 he joined the Faculty at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he teaches Decision Theory and holds the academic rank of Professor. He has authored several books and articles, among them The Psychology of Peacekeeping and The Psychology of Diplomacy and he is also a Co-Editor of the Journal of International Peacekeeping. He holds an MA from the New School for Social Research in NY, an MS from the US Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

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Board Officers

Secretary: Vanessa Anderson

Treasurer: Susan Terrien