Patricia Lewis - Moderator

Patricia M. Lewis is the Research Director, International Security at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. Her former posts include Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR); and Director of the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) in London.

Dr Lewis served on the 2004–2006 Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, chaired by Hans Blix, and the 2010–2011 Advisory Panel on Future Priorities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), chaired by Rolf Ekéus. She was an advisor to the 2008–2010 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND), chaired by Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi. She is currently a Commissioner on the 2014–2016 Global Commission on Internet Governance, chaired by Carl Bildt.

She holds a BSc (Hons) in physics from the University of Manchester, a PhD in nuclear physics from the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Warwick. She is a dual national of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Dr Lewis is the recipient of the American Physical Society’s 2009 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of physics”.