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Jerry White

Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

Affiliation:
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Partnerships and Learning in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the Department of State

Jerry White serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Partnerships and Learning in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the Department of State. In 1995, Mr. White co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network (LSN) and pioneered techniques in victim assistance strategies. Based on LSN programs, Mr. White founded the Survivor Corps in 2008. As Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, he co-founded and edited the Risk Report, the first open-source electronic publication tracking dual-use technology sales contributing to the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Mr. White has led civil society efforts to develop three major international treaties: the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Cluster Munitions Treaty, and the Landmine Ban Treaty. In 1997, Mr. White shared the Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Most recently, he chaired the successful Campaign for a Mine-Free Israel, passing historic legislation unanimously in the Knesset that obliges Israel to clear all non-operational minefields to UN humanitarian standards. Mr. White earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, an Honorary Doctorate from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York and in 2011, Mr. White began graduate studies in theology at Cambridge University.

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