SOAS University of London

SU officer selected as young leader on disarmament by FAS

22 May 2013
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The Federation of American Scientists think-tank has named Keiko Ono, Students’ Union Co-President Sports and Societies Officer at SOAS, University of London, as one of the 2013 - 2014 Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament.

FAS is an independent think tank focusing on national and international security issues. Founded in 1945 by many of the scientists who built the first atomic bombs, FAS believes scientists, engineers, and other technically trained people have the ethical obligation to ensure technology and labour are applied to the benefit of humankind.

Keiko, along with Calvin Ziru from Durham University and Charity Anna Porotesano from Grinnell College, will be responsible for drafting a short series of blog posts on contemporary counter-proliferation and disarmament issues.

The blogs will provide each of the leader’s personal views and will be designed to better familiarise the young leaders with opportunities and challenges currently facing the Conference on Disarmament.

After publishing these statements on the FAS Blog, think-tank staff heading up this project, including SOAS doctoral student Eddie Walsh, Ajunct Fellow for Emerging Threats and High-end Technologies, will deliver the collection of statements to various Geneva-based diplomatic missions to coincide with the start of the 2014 Conference on Disarmament session.

Keiko, who graduated from SOAS with a BA in Politics and Development Studies, is of Papua New Guinean and Japanese descent.  

She commented: “Being appointed the 2013 – 2014 Pacific Young Leader is an absolute privilege and a great opportunity that I wasn't at all expecting! I’m very much looking forward to working with FAS.”