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.
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 Operaions to include Op KHUKRI which forced the RUF to come to the peace table. He has had the privilege of serving with two Secretary General's 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.
Dr. William J. Durch
Dr. Durch is Senior Associate and Director of the Future Peace Operations Program of the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.. Prior to joining the Center in 1990, Dr. Durch served as a foreign affairs officer with the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Research Fellow at the Harvard Center for Science and International Affairs, and Assistant Director of the Defense and Arms Control Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Since joining Stimson, he has focused on analysis of peace support operations and on tools and strategic direction for US foreign policy. He has been seconded from Stimson as a Scientific Advisor to the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency and to the United Nations as Project Director for the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (the Brahimi Report). He has lectured extensively on peace operations and has taught at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown, and the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington.
Recent publications include Improving Criminal Accountability in United Nations Peace Operations , co-authored with Katherine N. Andrews and Madeline L. England. Stimson Report No. 65, rev.1 (Stimson Center, 2009), and Enhancing United Nations Capacity to Support Post-Conflict Policing and Rule of Law , co-authored with Joshua G. Smith and Victoria K. Holt. Report No. 63 (Stimson Center, 2007).
Dr. Durch holds a PhD from MIT and a BSFS from Georgetown.
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.
Colonel Jose Ricardo Vendramin Nunes
Colonel Jose Ricardo Vendramin Nunes is a Commander at the Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Center (CCOPAB). He previously served as a senior military training officer and team leader of the Member States Support Team at the Integrated Training Service (ITS – DPKO) at UN HQ in New York from 2010 to 2013. In 1997, he served as a Military Observer and SHQ Operations officer at the United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM III and MONUA). His experience with training peacekeepers also includes his time as an instructor at the Argentine Joint Peacekeeping Training Center from 2006 to 2007, during which time he also represented Brazil at the IAPTC. Colonel Vendramin also served as the Chief of Military Training for the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) in 2012.
Colonel Vendramin holds Masters degrees in Military Operations from the Brazilian Army Officers Advanced Course (EsAO)(1994) and in Military Science from the Army Staff College (ECEME) in Brazil (2002). He completed the Armor Captains Career Course in 1999 in the US and a Jungle Warfare course in 2003 in Brazil. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Military Science at the Army Military Academy (AMAN) in Brazil (1987). In addition to his military education, Colonel Vendramin holds a graduate certificate in International Relations from New York University (2012), a Masters of Business Administration from the Universidade Católica de Brasilia (2009), and a certificate in International Humanitarian Law from the Universidad Católica Argentina (2006).
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).
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.
Colonel Valentín Segura
Valentín Segura is an expert in planning, directing and leading international operations.
He served at the United Nations as Military Observer, Commander of the Observer Group “Egypt” and Deputy Chief of the Integrated Training Service at DPKO-NY. As Head of the “Training Cell Project” he led various operational teams through various Peace Missions in Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe.
In 1980 he was the Commander of the Scouting Group for the Polar Expedition called “Skua Polar I” in the Antarctica. He is professor in various international topics and holds diplomas in defense managing, human resources, sociology and a master’s degree in military sciences. He also complemented his studies with international courses abroad in institutions such as; Germany’s Army War College, US Naval Post Graduates School, Canada’s Pearson Center and the Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
He was designated as Director of the Peacekeeping Directorate at the Chile National Defense Staff and Director of The Chilean Joint Training Centre for Peace Operations (CECOPAC). His contribution to the peace education has been awarded by the International Association of Peace Training Centres (IAPTC) as the Head of the Military Committee and later was appointed as President of the Latin American Associations of Peacekeeping Centres (ALCOPAZ).
Valentín Segura is married to Roxana Farías. They have three daughters: Roxana, Francisca and Paula.
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.
Secretary: Vanessa Anderson
Treasurer: Susan Terrien