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Non-resident Senior Fellow

Kerstin Vignard Vignard

Ms. Vignard is an international security policy professional with over 25 years’ experience at the United Nations, with interests at the nexus of international security policy and technology. Her areas of expertise include AI, autonomous technologies, cyber, technological innovations and international security. 
From 2019 to 2021, Vignard was on special assignment leading the UNIDIR team supporting the Chairmen of the latest Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Cyber Security and the Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs. She has led UNIDIR’s team supporting four previous cyber GGEs. Prior to her special assignment, Vignard was Deputy to the Director at UNIDIR (2012-2019), and UNIDIR’s Chief, Projects and publications (2005-2012).
In addition to her institutional responsibilities, during this time Vignard established UNIDIR’s workstream on increasing autonomy in weapon systems and AI-enabled weapon systems. In 2021 Vignard was named to the list “100 brilliant women in AI ethics”.
She founded and served as editor in chief of the quarterly journal Disarmament Form/Forum du désarmement from 1998 to 2012. 
Vignard holds a master's degree in International Relations with concentrations in Conflict Resolution and Development from Syracuse University, USA and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from Hamline University, USA.