Jean du Preez

Program Director for Education and Training

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Monterey, CA

Jean du Preez has more than 35 years’ experience in diplomacy, multilateral arms control and disarmament diplomacy ranging from weapons of mass destructions to small arms and light weapons. In his current position as CNS Program Director for Education and Training he oversees education and training activities at CNS in Monterey, including the Center’s long standing Visiting Fellows program, regional courses for diplomats, and internships at international nonproliferation organizations.

He joined CNS in 2002 following a long diplomatic career in the South African Foreign Service. In 2009 he was recruited by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna as a senior official in charge external relations and international cooperation where he played a leading role in promoting entry into force and universalization of the Treaty. Upon his return from Vienna in late 2016, he first worked as an independent consultant, and later rejoined CNS.

He participated in negotiations on several nonproliferation, disarmament and arms control agreements and conferences, including at the 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty review conferences, conferences of parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, as well as the General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). He was one of the original members of the statutory South African Council for the Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction where he gained practical experience in counter-proliferation, non-proliferation export controls and national implementation of international treaty obligations.

He has significant graduate level teaching experience, including short and semester long simulation courses, as well as courses on the United Nations and other international organizations and negotiation strategies and tactics. He published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, conference papers and web-based reports related to the NPT, the CTBT, a future Fissile Material Treaty, Iran, North Korea, South Africa, etc. He is also a member of the International Panel of Fissile Material (IPFM).


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