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Cesar Jaramillo +1 519 888-6541 ext. 24302ExpertsCesar

  • Non-weaponization of space
  • Canadian and international laws and policies on outer space
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Conventional weapons

Cesar Jaramillo is Executive Director of Project Ploughshares. Prior to his appointment as ED in July 2015, Cesar spent six years as Program Officer at Project Ploughshares, working on such program areas as nuclear disarmament, outer space security, and conventional weapons control. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MA in global governance and has bachelor’s degrees in honours political science and in journalism. Prior to joining Project Ploughshares, Cesar held a fellowship at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an international think-tank that addresses international governance challenges.


Branka Marijan +1519-888-6541

Branka is a doctoral candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her dissertation, entitled “Neither War, Nor Peace: Everyday Politics, Peacebuilding and the Liminal Condition of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland” is concerned with the uncertain peace that persists in post-conflict societies long after peace agreements have been signed. Her broader research interests include state-building, police reform, and civil-military relations.

Branka has received research support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2010-2011, she received the John Peters Humphrey Fellowship in International Human Rights or International Law. From 2012-2014, Branka was a project member of the CIGI-funded project on the European Union and State Building in Fragile States (the Western Balkans).

Branka holds an MA in Globalization Studies, and an honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and German from McMaster University. Branka has also completed the Geneva International Students Program at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

She was born in Livno, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Branka is currently on leave.


Sonal Marwah +1519-888-6541 ext. 24308

Sonal has worked with multiple humanitarian organizations focused on issues including armed conflict, violence prevention, forced migration and global health, and has published several articles and reports on these thematic topics.

Most recently, she worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Delhi. Prior to this, Sonal worked with Small Arms Survey in Geneva. Her role with them involved leading an evidence-based study to map and assess the impacts of armed conflict across India. “My biggest achievement is that the study continues to be a key tool for policy-makers working on security and armed violence prevention in India and globally,” she says.

Sonal holds a Master of Science in Global Health from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jessica West +1519-888-6541 ext. 24311

Jessica serves as managing editor for the Space Security Index project as part of a larger research and policy focus on technology, security, and governance. She is a PhD candidate in global governance and international security studies at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research is focused on the emergence and evolution of resilience-based policies for national security in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada.


Kenneth Epps +1 519 888-6541 ExpertsKen

  • Arms Trade Treaty

Kenneth Epps is Policy Advisor on the Arms Trade Treaty at Project Ploughshares. He worked for Ploughshares from 1986 to 2014, and conducted research and policy analysis on issues related to small arms and light weapons, the international arms trade, and Canada’s military industry and he maintains a unique database on Canadian military production and exports. For 20 years he also was the contributing editor of Project Ploughshares’ Armed Conflicts Report. Kenneth has participated as NGO advisor on Canadian delegations to United Nations conferences on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and since 1999 he has been the Project Ploughshares representative on the international NGO Steering Committee promoting a global Arms Trade Treaty.