Yasushi Akashi is chairman of the Japan Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Tokyo. A former ambassador at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, Mr Akashi joined the UN Secretariat in 1957. He served as Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and UnderSecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. He was special representative of the SecretaryGeneral for Cambodia (from January 1992 to September 1993) and the former Yugoslavia (from January 1994 to October 1995). From 1998 to 1999 he was president of the Hiroshima Peace Institute. A graduate of the University of Tokyo, he studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Virginia and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Vere Hayes is a retired brigadier in the British armed forces. He most recently served as the commander of the British Military Advisory and Training Team for Southern Africa, which is based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets in December 1964, and served with his regiment in Borneo, Malaysia, Germany, Canada, and Northern Ireland. He commanded the Second Battalion, Royal Green Jackets, from 1985 to 1988 in their mechanized role in Germany and on operations in Belfast in Northern Ireland. He has been the chief of staff of an armoured brigade and an armoured division. His recent appointments have been as commander of British forces in northern Iraq in 1991; chief of staff of UN forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993; commander of the Second (South East) Brigade from 1993 to 1995; and ACOS Operations at Headquarters Land Command from 1996 to 1998. He attended the Army 256