In this quarter, VERTIC received £30,000 (NOK 300,000) from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs towards VERTIC’s 25th Anniversary Conference to be held at Wilton Park next summer. The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted the BioWeapons Prevention Project (BWPP) approximately £13,000 (SEK 150, 000) towards providing daily reports on BWC treaty meetings. VERTIC will act as fiscal sponsor for this grant on behalf of the BWPP, whose board includes Angela Woodward, NIM Programme Director.
During the VERTIC Trustees meeting held 1 September 2010, two new trustees joined the Board of Directors: Edwina Moreton, former Diplomatic Editor of The Economist and Ronald Nelson, Director of Administration, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Dr Moreton and Dr Nelson bring a wealth of experience, and VERTIC welcomes them to the Board. Sadly, this meeting also saw the resignation of Molly Anderson from the Board. VERTIC thanks her for long and valuable service to the organization. In July 2010, Yasemin Balci joined the NIM team as the new Programme Assistant. Yasemin provides administrative and legal research support to the Programme. She holds a BA from University College Utrecht and an LLM degree in public international law from the University of Cambridge. Before joining VERTIC, Yasemin worked as a policy officer at Cordaid in The Hague and was a fellow at the United States House of Representatives.
Two interns are currently working at VERTIC. Kara Allen is assisting the NIM Programme while Laurent Rathborn assists the Arms Control and Disarmament and Environment Programmes.