The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) has over one hundred members from eighteen countries across Asia and the Pacific, consisting of former political, diplomatic and military leaders, senior government officials, and scholars and opinion leaders. APLN aims to inform and energize public opinion, especially high-level policymakers, to take seriously the very real threats posed by nuclear weapons, and to do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and eventually eliminated.


  • Amit SHARMA

    Amit SHARMA

    Lt Gen Amit Sharma is a former Commander in Chief of India's Strategic Forces Command. He is presently a Fellow in the Office of The Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.



    Arun Vishwanathan was the former Assistant Director of the National Security Council Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India between 2008 and 2011.

  • C Uday BHASKAR

    C Uday BHASKAR

    Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Ret.) is the Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), New Delhi.

  • C. Raja MOHAN

    C. Raja MOHAN

    C. Raja MOHAN is Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute and Visiting Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

  • Kanti BAJPAI

    Kanti BAJPAI

    Kanti Bajpai is an awardee of the K. Subrahmanyam Award for Excellence in Research in Strategic and Security Studies and has been teaching international politics for nearly three decades.

  • Lalit MANSINGH

    Lalit MANSINGH

    Lalit Mansingh has served as Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, High Commissioner of India to the UK, and the Ambassador of India to USA.

  • Manpreet SETHI

    Manpreet SETHI

    Senior Research Adviser at APLN and Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi.


  • Meenakshi GOPINATH

    Meenakshi GOPINATH

    Meenakshi Gopinath is currently Founder and Director of WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), an initiative that seeks to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, security and regional cooperation.

  • Neelam DEO

    Neelam DEO

    Neelam Deo is former Indian Foreign Service Officer and Co-founder of Gateway House India.

  • Rajaram PANDA

    Rajaram PANDA

    Senior Fellow, IDSA, ICCR Chair Professor at Reitaku University, and Lok Sabha Research Fellow, Parliament of India

  • Rajeswari Pillai RAJAGOPALAN

    Rajeswari Pillai RAJAGOPALAN

    Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan is Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation

  • Rakesh SOOD

    Rakesh SOOD

    Rakesh Sood has served as Ambassador to Nepal, Afghanistan, France and the Conference on Disarmament, and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Nuclear Non-Proliferation.

  • Ramamurti RAJARAMAN

    Ramamurti RAJARAMAN

    Ramamurti Rajaraman is a prolific expert in theoretical physics and public policy in areas of nuclear energy and disarmament. He holds membership in various organizations such as International Panel on Fissile materials.

  • Shashi TYAGI

    Shashi TYAGI

    Retired Air Chief Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi served as the chief of the air staff of the Indian Air Force from 2004 to 2007.

  • Shyam SARAN

    Shyam SARAN

    Shyam Saran is a former Indian Foreign Secretary and was ambassador of India to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and High Commissioner to Mauritius.

  • Siddharth VARADARAJAN

    Siddharth VARADARAJAN

    Siddharth Varadarajan is a journalist and well-known commentator on foreign affairs and nuclear issues. The founding editor of The Wire, he also held position of editor at The Hindu.

  • Sujata MEHTA

    Sujata MEHTA

    Sujata Mehta has served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament.