Sahil Shah works for the European Leadership Network (ELN) as a Policy Fellow, focusing on improving the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regimes. His primary focus is leading the ELN’s Iran Project which strives to protect the Iran nuclear agreement – formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and engage on peripheral issues such as ballistic missile controls. As part of this work, Sahil is a regular commentator on Al Jazeera, Sky News, China Global Television Network, and more.
He recently completed a consultancy with the Office of the Executive Secretary at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) whilst also holding a Graduate Fellowship at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He completed an MPhil in International Relations and Politics as the Bender Scholar to the University of Cambridge in 2017 where he researched the “spirit” of arms control agreements.
Whilst pursuing his BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University, Sahil began his work on revitalizing nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament agendas as a researcher for 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. Since then, he has contributed to bilateral work between the US and Russia as the Director of Research of the Stanford US-Russia Forum (SURF), as well as multilateral work through various initiatives through the Nuclear Security Project (NSP) at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), European Leadership Network (ELN), Technology for Global Security (T4GS), and the CTBTO Youth Group (CYG) of which he is a founding member and current chair of the coordination team.
Sahil was also recently part of the CTBTO’s delegation to the 2018 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).