Beatrice Fihn is the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-awarded campaign coalition that works to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.
Fihn has over a decade of experience in disarmament, diplomacy and civil society mobilisation, through her work with ICAN, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She has written and delivered lectures on weapons law, humanitarian law, civil society engagement in diplomacy and multilateral institutions, as well as the gender perspective on disarmament work.
Fihn has led the campaign since 2013, and has worked to mobilise civil society throughout the development of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This includes developing and executing ICAN’s political strategy and fundraising efforts as well as representing the campaign in relation to media and key stakeholders such as governments, the United Nations and other international organisations. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Atlantic, Le Monde and many others.
Fihn holds a masters in law from the University of London and a bachelors degree in International Relations from Stockholm University. She was recently listed as one of the 50 innovators who changed the global landscape in 2017 by Bloomberg Media. She is also executive producer of the film ‘The Day the World Changed’, the first-ever interactive virtual reality memorial experience to pay tribute to those effected directly by nuclear warfare spanning back to 1945.
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