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Deepayan Basu Ray

Director of Arms Control

Deepayan directs arms control programmes at the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction, the Secretariat of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) – funded by UNSCAR to improve governmental implementation of UN arms control instruments in the Pacific. 


Deepayan has more than 15 years’ experience in arms control research, policy, legislation and international law, as well as in the fields of human security, aid effectiveness and sustainable development. Before joining the Centre, Deepayan worked as Coordinator of the Arms Trade Treaty ATT Monitor project at Control Arms, where he established and edited this influential annual report. He has previously worked for leading INGOs (ActionAid UK and Oxfam), influential research institutes (Overseas Development Institute, Institute of Development Studies), innovative consulting companies (Oxford Policy Management), and government departments in both developing and developed countries (Gambia, Canada).


Nathan Page

PSAAG Project Coordinator

Nathan is Project Coordinator at PSAAG. This role involves identifying gaps in government arms control systems and building capacity for improved implementation of UN arms control instruments aimed at preventing the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons. Nathan has coordinated and facilitated at international workshops within the South Pacific region. Nathan is currently studying a Masters of Development at the University of Melbourne and has worked as a research assistant assessing the effectiveness of Australian arms amnesties. His professional and academic interests focus on “Shadow Economies” in conflict. Nathan has published in ASPI's the Strategist and E-International Relations. 

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Matthew Ribar

Policy and Outreach Associate

Matthew is the policy and outreach officer for PSAAG. He is responsible for identifying areas for PSAAG's expansion and for maintaining its website. He also works to generate content and provide background materials to assist PSAAG's efforts around the Pacific.

Matthew is an undergraduate student in the Joint Degree Programme between the College of William & Mary and the University of St. Andrews. He has previously worked for the Teaching, Research, and International Policy Project in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has also been a research assistant at the St. Andrews School of International Relations, where he helped build a database of historical military innovations and helped write a national security strategy for the Central African Republic. He has written for policy publications like The Diplomat and International Policy Digest, and his academic work is forthcoming in International Studies Perspectives.