Reiner Braun

Reiner Braun is the former Executive Director and Co-President of IPB. He studied German Literature, History and Journalism. Since 1982, he has been actively involved in the Peace Movement, working in the office of the “Krefelder Appeal” against new nuclear weapons in Europe. He was the Executive Director for Scientists for Peace and Sustainability for several years starting in 1983 (Germany).

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Binalakshmi Nepram – Board Member

Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram born in Manipur Nation currently located in India’s Northeast region next to Myanmar is an indigenous scholar, published author and civil rights activist spearheading work on making women-led peace, and disarmament meaningful to our lives. She is an author of five books, her two most recent being “Where are our Women in Decision Making on UNSCR 1325” (2016) & “Deepening Democracy, Diversity, Racial and Gender Violence in India” (2019). She currently serves her second term as board member of the IPB.

In 2004, Bina co-founded India’s first civil society organization for conventional disarmament issues, Control Arms Foundation of India. In 2007, Binalakshmi to help over 20,000 women widowed in Manipur due to the armed conflict, Bina launched the Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network. Bina has represented Indian civil society in many peace and disarmament meetings of the United Nations in both Geneva and New York. In 2019, Bina launched the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice and Peace.

Bina is a recipient of Ashoka Fellowship (2010), Dalai Lama Foundation’s WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Award (2008), the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (2010), and the CNN IBN Real Heroes Award (2011), “Women Have Wings” Award from the USA in 2016, Telegraph Newspaper Excellence Awards 2017. Forbes (India) listed Binalakshmi in 24 “Young Minds of India that Matter”. Bina was named in October 2018 along with the 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate from Belarus, Svetlana Alexievich as the winner of Anna Politskovaya Award 2018. Bina was awarded recently with the “International Humanity Award” by Northeast India Biographers Forum in 2019.

Bina joined Columbia University, New York City in August 2017 as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and in 2018 she moved to join Connecticut College’s Gender and Women Studies Department & Centre for International Studies and Liberal Arts CISLA as IIE-SRF Scholar-In-Residence. Bina is also currently a fellow of New University in Exile Consortium and lectured widely in several universities in India as well as in the United States including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Amherst, Duke, Georgetown Law, New School for Social Research, Swarthmore amongst many.

You can follow Bina’s work on twitter @BinaNepram where she has half a million followers. To learn more of her work, have a look on her website

Aslak Storaker- Board Member

Aslak Storaker has been elected as IPB board member in October 2022. He workes as a librarian in Tvedestrand, Norway and has been involved in the Norwegian peace movement since 2001.

Aslak has a bachelor’s degree in Histor and was a member of the International Committee of The Red Party from 2014 to 2021.

He further has experience in editing books and magazines, writing, translating, proofreading, fact-checking articles as well as organizing and speaking at events. His main political interests are in the field of environmentalism, nuclear disarmament and common security.

Annette Brownlie- Board Member

Annette Brownlie has been elected as board member of IPB in October 2022.

She has been very actively involved in the peace movement for over 40 years. She participated in the People for Nuclear Disarmament (PND), a movement which developed during the last nuclear threat peak in early 1980, as well as in the climate movement in the early 1990’s-1995. She has further been co-convener of Just Peace Qld from 2001-2015.

She serves as the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network Chairperson of IPAN since 2013, and on the coordinating committee of Just Peace Queensland. Annette is further a co-founder of the Pacific Peace Network.

In these roles she raises public awareness about alternatives to war and the necessity of justice in achieving lasting peace; speaks at public forums, advocates to governments, contributes to consultations and liaises with a large number of peace organisations. Recently Annette has overseen the IPAN-led People’s Inquiry: Exploring the costs and consequences of Australians involved in the US alliance and US-led wars.

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