Jean du Preez

Senior Program Manager
for Education and Training

[email protected]
Monterey, CA

Jean du Preez recently rejoined CNS as Senior Program Manager for Education and Training, where manages the Visiting Fellows Program and various other nonproliferation education and outreach activities, including internships at international non-proliferation organizations. He is also a member of the International Panel of Fissile Material (IPFM). His current research interest lies in the future of the CTBT, the yet to be negotiated FMCT, and the role of the Non-Aligned Movement in non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.


Jean du Preez has more than 30 years’ experience in diplomacy, international security, arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament. After a long diplomatic career in the South African Foreign Service, he joined CNS in 2002 where he led the International Organization and Nonproliferation program, and served as Non-proliferation Professor on the MIIS faculty. In 2009 he was recruited by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna where he led the external relations and international cooperation section until August 2016. Upon his return from Vienna, he worked as an independent consultant specializing in public diplomacy, and multilateral nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament.

He participated in negotiations on several nonproliferation, disarmament and arms control agreements and conferences, including in the context of the:

  • Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty
  • General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament
  • Biological Weapons Convention
  • Chemical Weapons Convention
  • Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

He has a strong background in controlling delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction, and also in small arms and light weapons control. He served on the South African Council for the Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and has specialized knowledge on counter-proliferation mechanisms and non-proliferation export controls.

He has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, conference papers and web-based reports related to non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.


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