Per Runn has been working as an independent Consultant since 2010. He has had several assignments as a consultant to the OPCW and was one of two consultants who compiled the UN Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Working Group report on the Interagency Coordination in the Event of a Terrorist Attack Using Chemical or Biological Weapons or Materials.
He studied chemistry and biology and holds a PhD from the Department of Zoology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
In the period 1973 to 1986 he held the positions as Assistant Teacher and Research Assistant at the Departments of Zoology and Zoophysiology. He also published several scientific articles on the effect of acidification on the reproduction of fish and effects of heavy metals on fish.
In 1986 Dr Runn joined the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOA), CBRN Defence and Security, as a Research Officer. The main area of work was in the field of dermatotoxicolgy and skin decontamination and he has published scientific articles on the skin penetration of peptides. In his capacity as Research Officer he also served as an Expert Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 1998 in the negotiations of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in the Conference of Disarmament in Geneva, in the Preparatory Commission of the OPCW and during the first year of the OPCW. Dr Runn was also for a period the deputy programme manager for the support by the Sweden Governments to the destruction of Chemical Weapons in Russia.
Dr Runn joined the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW and from 1998 to 2001 he was the Head of the Inspectorate Management Branch, Inspectorate Division. From 2001 to 2008 he was the Head of the Policy and Review Branch, Verification Division. In this position he had the role as the key policy advisor for the implementation of the CWC verification regime and was the head negotiator, or participated, in the negotiation, with Member States in a number of areas on the application of specific verification measures. He also had the main responsibility in reporting the implementation of the CWC verification regime to the Member States.