Michael Luhan was appointed Director of Communications for the International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security in January 2015. Prior to this appointment he served for 7 years as Spokesman and Head of Media and Public Affairs for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, where he managed media coverage of the OPCW’s Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and the international mission to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons programme.

 

Education:

 

Mr Luhan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Journalism, both from Indiana University in the United States.

 

Experience:

 

Mr Luhan’s professional formation was as a journalist and magazine writer in international affairs. From 1980 to 1993 he reported on conflicts in Central America and South Asia and as a London-based reporter on the UK and Western Europe for leading news media, including the New York Times, Associated Press and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, inter alia. Mr Luhan is an experienced advocacy and communication specialist. He served with the International Red Cross as Coordinator of the Stop TB Partnership for Europe (2006-2007), with the WHO as Communication Advisor for the Global Stop TB Partnership (2002-2006), and as Director of Programme and Institutional Development for People in Need, a prominent humanitarian aid group based in Prague (1996-2002). He also worked as a public information officer for the UN peacekeeping mission and WHO in the former Yugoslavia from 1993-95.