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The Governing Board is the primary ISTC decision making body, and sets the policy for the ISTC in all areas. The Governing Board is made up of representatives from Canada, the European Union, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United States, with one rotating seat for representation of one of the other CIS countries which has acceded to the ISTC Agreement. The Governing Board meets three times a year to develop policies for the Center, approve new members, ratify the annual budget, set funding criteria and levels and decide which project proposals to fund.

The Chairperson
Dr. Ronald F. Lehman II
Mr. Troy Lulashnyk
European Union
Mr. Zoran Stancic
Ms. Natia Jokhadze
Takeshi Hikihara
Mr. Kozo Honsei
Russian Federation
Mr. Lev Ryabev
United States of America
Dr. Victor E. Alessi

Dr. Ronald F. Lehman II

The Chairperson of the Governing Board of the International Science and Technology Center, is Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Previously, he was the Director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Chief START Negotiator, and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States. In 1995, he was named to the President's Advisory Board on Arms Proliferation Policy.

Dr. Victor E. Alessi

Has been the United States representative on the Governing Board of the ISTC since its founding in 1992. He has been CEO of the United States Industry Coalition, Inc., since October 1999. He has enjoyed a distinguished career as a highly regarded expert in national security, arms control and nuclear nonproliferation. Earlier, Dr. Alessi was President of DynMeridian, a subsidiary of DynCorp, a company specializing in arms control, nonproliferation, and international security affairs. From 1994 to 1996, he served as Executive Assistant to the Director at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), where he oversaw day-to-day operations, budget preparation, and advised the Director on arms control and nonproliferation issues. Earlier, Dr. Alessi served as Director of the Office of Arms Control and Nonproliferation in the Department of Energy (DOE) where he oversaw all arms control and nonproliferation activities. He supervised an R&D program involving hundreds of scientists and engineers at DOE national laboratories. Dr. Alessi held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, in which he negotiated several key arms control and nonproliferation treaties and agreements. Before joining DOE in 1987, he was the Chief of the Strategic Affairs Division of ACDA. In that capacity, he was responsible for START, Antisatellite Arms Control, Defense and Space negotiations, and the Standing Consultative Commission (SCC). He has also served on the SALT II, START, and INF delegations. Dr. Alessi is a 1963 graduate of Fordham University, where he also earned a licentiate in Philosophy (Ph.L.) in 1964. He studied nuclear physics at Georgetown University, receiving his M.S. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1969.