James Markarian began work as a Senior Technical Advisor for the International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS) in April 2015. Previous to this appointment he had a 34-year record of involvement with chemical and biological non-proliferation, arms control and environmental programs, a career in which he served as a US civil servant, an international civil servant and a private sector scientist/ engineer and manager.
Mr. Markarian is experienced in building, executing, integrating and optimizing major programs. He supported the DTRA and US Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, from 2005 to 2014; the US Department of Defence in the US and Russian chemical demilitarization programs, from 1991 to 2005; and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Emergency Response and Quality Assurance from 1982 to 1991. Following Entry into Force of the Chemical Weapons Convention in May 1997 until April 1999, Mr. Markarian took a leave of absence to serve as a senior officer in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Throughout his professional career Mr Markarian’s work activities included emergency response to large multimedia environmental incidents; designing, reviewing and conducting follow-on remediation activities at 52 US EPA Superfund sites; and involvement with new US EPA regulatory programs in the 1980s. During the 1990s and 2000s he was involved in the construction, operation and closure of numerous US chemical weapons facilities and with the initiation of the OPCW’s chemical weapons verification regime. More recently he participated in the US DTRA Joint Science and Technology Office program development, in the implementation of Cooperative Threat Reduction’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program in the Republic of Georgia, and in the DTRA wide solution set development for destruction of Syrian chemical weapons.