Asha Asokan is an international peace and security expert focusing on nuclear weapons policy, human rights, conflict prevention, technology, and international security. Her work and research focus on Asia, Africa, and U.S. foreign policy. Asha started her career as a maritime lawyer in India. Later she moved to Sudan and South Sudan and worked with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan on Children and Armed Conflict issues and with Nonviolent Paeceforce on peacebuilding and civilian protection programs. She also worked with the U.N. Office on Children and Armed Conflict in NY and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
Most recently, Asha led NuclearBan.US as its Director, a role in which she provided expert and policy testimony during legislative hearings on nuclear weapons. Asha co-chairs the Working Group on Conflict Prevention, Peacekeeping, and Peacemaking with Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) in Washington, DC. She is on the Board of Directors of Rotary E-Club of World Peace and is actively involved in the nuclear weapon education within Rotary. Asha holds a master’s degree in international development policy from Duke University, USA, a master’s degree in international human rights Law (LLM), and bachelor’s in law (LLB) from India. Asha is a Rotary Peace Fellow Alumna.