Deputy Head of the Implementation Support Unit, Biological Weapons Convention,
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
Piers Millett is Deputy Head of the Implementation Support Unit for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) housed in the UN Office for Disarmament affairs in Geneva, Switzerland. His duties there include acting as Deputy Secretary to meetings of the BWC, liaising with international, regional and expert bodies as well as developments in science and technology relevant to the treaty regime. Piers has served as a member of the Secretariat for all meetings of the BWC since 2001.
He trained originally as a microbiologist and is a Chartered Biologist in the UK. He has a doctorate from the University of Bradford (UK) on the past present and future of anti-animal biological warfare which focused heavily on the impact of developments in the life sciences on biological weapons.
Piers also holds post-graduate degrees in International Politics and Security Studies, as well as Research Methodology. He is widely published on issues related to preventing the acquisition and use of biological weapons and is a regular speaker at conferences around the world. His efforts have seen him collaborate with a range of other intergovernmental organisations, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), INTERPOL, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). Piers is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Virtual Biosecurity Center, and a founder member of the Safety Committee of the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition.