Irma Arguello, Founder and Chairwoman, NPSGlobal – Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation
Irma Arguello is committed to public service as the Founder and Chair of the NPSGlobal Foundation (Non-proliferation for Global Security), oriented to help reduce risks to global security.
She is working now on creating links among different international fields to carry forward the ideas that inspired the organization, especially the vision of a more secure world, without Weapons of Mass Destruction. In this sense, she lead the Foundation to the development and design of several strategies, proposals and actions devoted to fulfill its institutional objectives. Under her pioneer leadership, the NPSGlobal Foundation became a non-governmental voice in this field, from Latin America to the world.
Irma has a degree in Phyisics Science from the University of Buenos Aires. Her education includes a Master degree in Business Administration from IDEA/Wharton School. She completed Defense and Security studies (Master level) at the Escuela de Defensa Nacional, Argentina.
She has got a broad knowledge of nuclear issues related with her vast working experience. After her graduation, she worked as a scientist at the CNEA (National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina) for the LPR (Laboratory of Radio-chemical Processes Project) and worked on the design of a the Argentine reprocessing plant located in Ezeiza, outside Buenos Aires City.
In the private sector, she held managerial positions in multinational companies such as in and the Latin American Petrochemical Association and in ExxonMobil Corporation, where she was involved on strategic planning, business analysis, communications and human resources.
Currently, and in addition to her activities in NPSGlobal (Institution where she is the Chief of the postgraduate course in internatonal security, disarmament and Non-proliferation), she is the Head of the Secretariat of the LALN (Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Network for Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation)an organization which congregates prominent high-level former state-persons and leaders in the region in order to positively influence in the definition of state policies and to propose measures to reduce global/regional nuclear risks.
She is also a member of the Steering Committee of Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), a non-governmental coalition of over 70 organizations from around the world which are committed to improving fissile material security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism.
Since 2010, she organized and participated as a speaker at all official no-governmental events that were held as part of the Nuclear Security Summits that congregated more than 50 heads of state: In 2010, Washington: 2012, Seoul; 2014, The Nertherlans and 2016, Washington.
She is also a member of the Nuclear Security Governance Expert Group (NSEGEG) -integrated by globally diverse experts devoted to propose improvements in the global nuclear security regime.
Among other affiliations, she is also member of the Chatham House as an Associate Fellow, world famous think-tanl localizated in London, there she is involved in nuclear disarmament and cyber security projects. She also forms part of the Consultative Committee of the PIR Center International Expert Group.
She participated in the World Economic Forum’s Council in Nuclear Security in the period 2014-2016, the Forum seeked for a better understanding and the catalyzation of the global, regional and industry transformation.
Irma is usually appointed to speak before different audiences and has written many articles, papers and Op-Eds relating to her fields of expertise and is usually called to speak at international events and communication media.
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