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Speakers’ Biographies

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 13, 2008

Speakers’ Biographies:

Vijay Mehta is an author and global activist for peace, development, human rights and the environment. Some of his notable books are The Fortune Forum Summit: For a Sustainable Future, Arms No More, and The United Nations and Its Future in the 21st Century. He is president of VM Centre for Peace (,co-founder of Fortune Forum Charity,  Chair of Action for UN Renewal, and co-Chair of World Disarmament Campaign.

He along with his daughter Renu Mehta founder of Fortune Forum ( held two summits in London in 2006 and 2007. The summits attracted a worldwide audience of 1.3 billion people (one fifth of humanity) including print and media coverage. The keynote speakers for the first and second summit were Bill Clinton, former US President and Al Gore, former US vice-President, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007.

Vijay Mehta has appeared in various TV programmes including BBC World , Ajtak-24 hour Indian news channel, Iranian national TV, and Think Peace documentary, Canada, among others. The Independent, Observer and Guardian newspapers, among other journals have written about him. His life is devoted to the service of peace, humanity and our planet. He is at present writing a book on climate change jointly with, Renu Mehta.

Prof. Bhupendra Jasani:

He will focus on the verification techniques that assist confidence building and facilitate disarmament.

Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Areas of Interest

  • Military application of outer space
  • Peace keeping

Educational and Professional Background
Professor Bhupendra Jasani BSc (Southampton), MSc PhD (London) joined the Department in 1990 to continue his work on the military applications of outer space and to develop the concept of the use of commercial observation satellites for the monitoring of arms control treaties, confidence building and peace keeping operations as well as monitoring environmental treaties. Professor Jasani was actively involved in the establishment of the European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC), and was also the major driving force in persuading the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to use commercially available space-based remote sensing data to monitor nuclear activities of the Member States.

Select Publications

  • Prospects for British and European Space Programmes (London: Brassey’s, 1991)
  • Peaceful and Non-Peaceful Uses of Space (New York: Taylor & Francis, 1991)

Moeen Yaseen, Founder, Director Global Vision 2000:  ‘The Military Influence on our Global Economy and the Need for a Paradigm Shift’.

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