Irma Argüello is committed to public service as Founder and Chair of the Non-proliferation for Global Security –NPSGlobal– Foundation, a private and non-profit initiative oriented to reduce global security risks.
She is working now on creating links in different international fields to carry forward the ideas that inspired the organization, specially the vision of a World without Weapons of Mass Destruction. In this sense, she has lead the Foundation to the development and design of several strategies and actions that could fulfill the institutional objectives proposed by NPSGlobal.
Irma pursued Defense and Security studies (Master level) at the Escuela de Defensa Nacional, Argentina. Her education also includes a master degree in Business Administration from IDEA/Wharton School, and a degree (bachelor level) in Physics Science from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
After her graduation, she became a scientist at the LPR Project – backed by the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA)–, the Argentine reprocessing plant project located in Ezeiza, outside Buenos Aires City.
She developed a managerial career at several international organizations such as Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Latin American Petrochemical Association, where she held several local and international positions. After she left the company, she became a consultant, specialized in, business analysis, communications, and human resources management.
She is a member and Head of the Secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Network for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation – LALN – that gathers high-level former state-persons and leaders in the region to propose measures to reduce global/regional nuclear risks.
She is currently a member of the Fissile Materials Working Group Steering Committee, and Regional Representative of Latin America and the Caribbean of such group. She has been a speaker at several events related to the Nuclear Security Summit political process, such as the Next Generation Nuclear Security: Meeting the Global Challenge, Washington DC April 2010 or The Conference on 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit. In this sense, she has performed a research on an optimum design for a Nuclear Security Brand-new Global Architecture and Governance.
She is also a member of the Nuclear Security Governance Expert group -integrated by globally diverse experts devoted to propose improvements in the global nuclear security regime. In addition, she is an Associate Fellow of the Chatham House, Executive Director of Argentine Branch of WIIS – Women in International Security – and a member of the PIR Center International Expert Group.
As part of her academic activities, she is currently Director of the Regional Postgraduate Course on Global Security, Disarmament and Non-proliferation, organized by the NPSGlobal Foundation. This course is the first of its kind worldwide, delivered in Spanish/Portuguese.
She is usually appointed to lecture different audiences and has written many articles, papers and Op-eds relating to her fields of expertise, specifically about disarmament and non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
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