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The Nautilus Senior Associates

David Von Hippel, Ph.D.: Senior Associate

David's diverse career in energy development and environmental sciences complements and contributes extensively to the Institute's work on East Asia Energy Futures, Northeast Asia Electricity Grid project, alternative energy, and energy security and environmental impact analysis. David's Ph.D. and M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley builds on undergraduate and master's work in biology and general science.

Richard Tanter, Ph.D.: Senior Associate

Richard Tanter was Professor of International Relations at Kyoto Seika University from 1989 until 2003. He has written widely on security issues in Southeast and East Asia, and his most recent books are Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers: East Timor, Indonesia and the World Community (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) co-edited with Mark Selden and Stephen Shalom) and Masters of Terror: Indonesia's Military in East Timor in 1999, (Australian National University, Strategic and Defenceš Studies Centre; 2002; expanded US edition, Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming), (co-edited with Gerry Van Klinken and Desmond Ball). He is currently working on Japanese security and missile defence.

Chris Greacen: Senior Associate

An engineer with expertise in home and community renewable energy systems (solar electricity, wind, and micro-hydroelectricity) Chris has worked in Ladakh India, Guatemala, Tibet, Nepal, the Yurok and Zuni Native American Reservations, and North Korea on solar and wind power installations and resource evaluations under a variety of challenging social and cultural contexts. His doctoral work at the University of California Berkeley focused on decentralized planning issues in community-scale and household-scale renewable electricity.

Alexandre Y. Mansourov: Senior Associate

Alexandre is a specialist in Northeast Asian security, politics, and economics, focusing primarily on the Korean peninsula. He joined the faculty of the Department of Regional Studies at the College of Security Studies in October 2001. Dr. Mansourov received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York, B.A. in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow, Russia, and Advanced Diploma in Korean studies from the Kim Il Sung National University in Pyongyang, DPRK. He has broad research interests ranging from the defense, foreign and domestic policies of two Korean states, to comparative political and economic development in Northeast Asia, proliferation of WMD, military build-ups and downs, IT revolution, and the impact of RMA on security dynamics in Northeast Asia. Dr. Mansourov has done consultancy work related to Korean affairs for corporate and government clients in the United States, Republic of Korea, Australia, and Japan.

Simon SC Tay: Senior Associate

Simon SC Tay teaches international law at the National University of Singapore. He is concurrently chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, a non-governmental think tank. Since July 2002, he has been chairman of the National Environment Agency, the country’s major agency for environmental protection and public health. In Fall 2003, he was a visiting professor, teaching at the Harvard Law School and Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy.

Mark J. Valencia: Senior Associate

Dr. Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He was a Senior Fellow with the East-West Center for 26 years where he originated, developed and managed international, interdisciplinary projects on maritime policy and international relations in Asia. He has a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii. Before joining the East-West Center, Dr. Valencia was a Lecturer at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Technical Expert with the UNDP Regional Project on Offshore Prospecting based in Bangkok.

G. Pascal Zachary: Senior Associate

G. Pascal Zachary is a writer and researcher with expertise in migration, new forms of national and sub-national identities and the role of immigration in social and political change. He is the author of “The Diversity Advantage: Multicultural Identity in the New World Economy” (Westview, 2003). His current research includes studies of African diaspora groups in the U.S. and their role in their countries of origin. Zachary also has written and lectured widely on technology and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa and the role of technological elites in the emergence of the national-security state during and after World War II. His book “Endless Frontier,” a biography of Vannevar Bush, organizer of the Manhattan Project and architect of the U.S. military’s alliance with the scientific community, was called “the standard work” on the subject by The New Scientist. Zachary lives in Berkeley, Calif.

Stephen Noerper, Ph.D.: Senior Associate

Dr. Stephen Noerper is a global affairs innovator, educator and executive. He is widely known as a dynamic leader and advocate on Asian initiatives -- from Tibet to Mongolia, China to North Korea. He served with New York University as an associate professor and this most recent academic year as senior fellow and director at the EastWest Institute. Dr. Noerper has been a corporate vice president, State Department analyst and foundation/NGO representative. He served in Hawaii with the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and East West Center and earlier with the Nautilus Institute and Edward R. Murrow Center. Noerper is a frequent media contributor, the author of some 70 articles and publications, and recipient of several international awards.

Francis Pisani: Senior Associate

Francis Pisani is the Bay Area based technology correspondent for international newspapers El País (Spain), Le Monde (France) and Reforma (Mexico). He covers IT development in the Silicon Valley as well as the rest of the US. He has covered Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for several European media companies between 1979 and 1996. Francis was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1992. He has published several books related to his activities as a journalist.

Jim Williams, Ph.D.: Senior Associate

Nautilus Senior Associate Dr. Jim Williams is an energy specialist who in 1998, managed the Nautilus program that successfully constructed a wind electric system in a North Korean village. From 1995 to 1997, Jim was director of the Native American Renewable Energy Education Project (NAREEP), a technical assistance program for American Indian communities. Prior to receiving his PhD from U.C. Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group in 1994, Jim worked as a petroleum exploration field engineer, and also on the design of fuel cell-powered vehicles, the modeling of atmospheric pollutant transport, field studies of acid rain, and integrated circuit design and production.

Zulfiqar Ahmad: Senior Associate

A native of Pakistan, Zulfiqar has a long history of political activism, beginning with his active involvement in the student movement against General Zia's military regime in 1981-82. He came to the U.S. as an undergraduate student at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His multi-disciplinary undergraduate thesis combined the study of literature, history and politics to understand the development of the modern world since the French Revolution. After working with a publisher in New York for a year, Zulfiqar joined the political science department of the University of Chicago as a doctoral candidate and completed his Master's degree in Comparative Politics in 1992. The primary focus of Zulfiqar's academic and professional career has been the history and politics of South Asia.

Lyuba Zarsky: Co-Founder; Senior Associate

As co-founder of the Institute, Lyuba's research and projects promote environmental sustainability and social justice within the marketplace. With a focus on trade, economic globalization, investment and human rights, her extensive research and publications complement active engagement with diverse international partners including academic, government and other NGO colleagues. Lyuba earned her undergraduate degree in Social Psychology from the University Without Walls Berkeley and a Masters in Economics from the New School of Social Research in New York.