Our team

Lilian Noe Serena Tashiro, medical student, IPPNW Germany:
„I was always interested in doing what I can for peace. My parents wrote a book about the consequences for the victims of the Hiroshima A-bomb. My father is Japanese and my mother is German. When I was 15 years old I joined the German Peace Society and thought for years that when I study medicine that I would join the IPPNW but there was no group in Tübingen, so I founded one. This year I participated in the Nukipedia Spring Academy in Berlin and went to Büchel to protest against the nuclear weapons stored in Germany. There I met Alex Rosen who talked about his bike tour. This inspired me to want to go on an IPPNW bike tour too. I want to meet people from all over the world. Learn more about the situation of atomic weapons in the U.K. and other countries. Besides it is interesting for me to get to know England and Scotland better than before.“

Mohammad Rauf Ahmed, doctor, Pakistan: „The center of discussion about Nuclear Power is incomplete without the presence of Pakistan & India. I am working in Pakistan for the noble cause of Peace as directed by PDPD Pakistan & IPPNW in Pakistan since 2006. In this decade I have observed many positive changes inside South Asia & also globally to Ban / reduce the Nuclear program world wide. From peace promotion to nuclear energy, we as medical physicians have a moral obligation to put our maximum efforts to reduce / eliminate nuclear power in general and promote peace, eliminate violence, poverty, disharmony and illness in specific for a better green world for tomorrow because we believe that the prevention is way better then cure. Due to few domestic reasons of our PDPD chapter of IPPNW in Pakistan I was away from the local activities. But to my surprise there were no activities of PDPD or IPPNW took place during the time I was away. Now as I am back & I was the only one present from Pakistan in South Asia regional meet in Dhaka (Bangladesh) couple of months ago. I believe this is the high time for me to gear up things in Pakistan and also cover up for the activities we are lacking from last year or so. Also I believe this is the time we in Pakistan can get maximum benefit to raise awareness in Pakistan because currently it is the 3rd consecutive civil government in power which it self proves that the atmosphere for discussion about anti nuclear program seems very positive compared to the previous decade where the civil government was overthrown by the military dictators in Pakistan. So my presence in the Bike tour will give me lot of information and knowledge about the activities being carried out globally. I intent to observ and apply them locally in Pakistan so that a better peace and anti nuclear activities may be promoted here“

Fatema Shabbir Merchant, medical student, India:
„Attending the various meets organised by IPPNW to spread the word of humanity and peace throughout the globe, have made me realize that, to extend my fire of enthusiasm and willingness to work for society in view of peace, health and development, I have to be loud, not just physically or verbally, but also loud with my thoughts, actions and emotions. And to portray this, what better than a bike tour, which confirms me to bring across the rainbow of cultures and its people. They would be the one I can share my aims and work with along with me knowing how those people want the world to be a better place. And this would give me a better drive to function for my motives for health through peace.“

Kanyiri Clement Komu, doctor, Kenya:
„I believe the Bike Tour is a great platform for us to sensitize the public (both locals and internationally) about the effect Nuclear weapons poses not only to the environment but also the human health. I am an advocate of peace and believe prevention is better than cure, and hence am ready to champion for the eradication of nuclear weapons before a catastrophic disaster happens. It may not be an easy task as many nations still see nukes as a protection and a source of energy, but through sensitization, as the bike tour aims, it can be achieved. Through interaction with other bike tour participants, I believe I will gain knowledge and skills that I can share with fellow members of IPPNW-Kenya to help us 1. Improve our outreach to more members. 2.Sensitize the members of the various strategies that are being used globally. 3.Approach policy makers to make policies that prevent the region from acquiring Nuclear weapons.“

Judith Lindert doctor, Germany: „Especially in these times it is important that we stand together and articulate our hope for a peacuful word. With rising insecurity in some parts of the world there is enough argument to abolish nuclear weapons finally. We can work together and build a strong civil society that we do not need nuclear weapons and the supporting technology. But the same applies for other war devices, too. All sorts of weapons will cause harm to the human beeing. More then ever we wish to live in a peaceful world.

Kian Madjedi, medical student, PSR Canada: „I have a longstanding interest in health and human rights. I have been closely associated with IPPNW as a student for the past five years, as NSR for Canada, and as treasurer for the Canadian IPPNW chapter board of directors. I have a strong passion for the work of IPPNW, and have participated in the Hiroshima World Congress and on the 2013 Bike Tour in Germany to raise awareness of the relationship disarmament and health advocacy can have on the health of peoples, communities and countries. I would love the opportunity to reconnect with my work with IPPNW on a global stage and get connected with new members to the organization, share my experiences, and learn from everybody.“

Kale Ajinkya Dilip, doctor, India: „I belong to a nation that has sustained and still experiencing a constant turmoil due to one reason or the other across all its borders, with most of the neighboring countries. Maybe this has led my country to have prodigious reserve of nuclear weapons. As any sane person can foresee, the possession of such weaponry is risky by all means. I also belong to a nation that has 8 nuclear power plants in functioning and many more in the pipeline. As we are all very well aware that , while being environment friendly is a big plus for nuclear energy, the disposal of radioactive waste and protecting people and environment from its radiations are few of the many cons of nuclear energy. I participate in this bike tour to connect at a very good level with the people of my thinking and opinion. I would like to share my ideas regarding curb of the nuclear war and also about how safely can one reduce the hazardous effects of a Nuclear Power Plant.
The IPPNW Bike Tour 2017 seems like a terrific platform to meet people of alike goal to ban the nuclear weapons from the face of mother earth and use nuclear energy effectively. The ideas, abstracts and opinions that i hope to gather from this tour would be instrumental in my agenda to gather and congregate people working for a similar cause. I believe that with strong international connections it is easier to implement such a novel , yet quite debatable , cause. I love conversing with new people , to get to know about their culture and frequently go backpacking alone across the world.“

Kelvin Kipkoech Kibet, medical student, Kenya: „“How did I survive the last five minutes?” I remember asking my fellow climber, Dr Daniel Bassey (former IPPNW Co-President) on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Apparently I had passed out for a couple of minutes from the unrelenting effects of mountain sickness. Reassuringly, I saw the banners he had promised to carry to the summit with the words: “A world free of nuclear weapons and uranium mining.’’ This was IPPNW K-Project’s slogan in a bid to end uranium mining in Tanzania. Looking back today, I try to tell myself that the unfamiliar yet painful frostbite was worth it, and yes it was. The constant nuclear threats, like the Donald Trump’s aim to proliferate USA’s nuclear arms, are worth fighting against. It is with this persevering and resilient spirit that I choose to continue fighting in the upcoming IPPNW Bike tour. I am ready to endure fatigue and muscle cramps if that leads us closer to K-Project’s slogan: “A world free of nuclear weapons” and IPPNW’s vision of a Peaceful world“ Being a potentially rich experience, I foresee using the knowledge from this experience in three main aspects: at APMS, my community and personally. At APMS(Kenyan affiliate), we have proposed national bike tours on our calendar to commemorate the Garissa University, US Embassy and Westgate Shopping Mall terrorism attacks. Being the board member in charge of this, I intend to use the UK bike tour to apply the skills and logistics of a successful bike tour to ensure our members benefit as well. At my community level in Kenya, I intend to use this opportunity as a learning experience for others, if selected, to show that it possible to achieve as long one strives hard enough. During our regular sessions, I will showcase my experiences at the bike tour to motivate them to participate more. At a personal level, I must say there is one thing I always like about IPPNW events: the ability to form personal connections. After the activities I usually have this bonds with participants which are easy to use to for collaborations for the betterment of IPPNW and personally. I have been involved in IPPNW work since 2013 as a student. I am currently active in several fronts: At my University Level, I was the Medical peace Work Coordinator since 2015 through which we recruited over 100 students on the course and on to MSSR . These students have become active in pushing our agendas since then. I became President of my University Chapter in 2016 and helped carry on with the MSSR work included a new invention of interuniversity exchanges. At the national level. I am member of board of the Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility(APMS-IPPNW KENYA) where I am in charge of Student activities, including bike tours and national congresses. At the International level, I am the IPPNW Africa International Editor and the acting African Student Representative. As the Editor, I developed http://www.ippnwafrica.org to coordinate regional activities and fundraise for K-Project. As the acting Student representative, I am currently working in collaboaration with the International Federation of Medical Students’ ASsocations (IFMSA) to have joint activities and statements through their Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace. I was also a K-project Climber in 2015 to end uranium mining in Tanzania.“

Antonia Neuberger medical student, Germany:
„I have been part of the bike tour in Kasachstan and it was amazing! The experiences and friendships I made there have shaped me and helped me in my personal growing. I would like to be part of this great experience again, especially in light of the recent development concerning nuclear weapons. As a member of IPPNW I would use the experience to educate others about what I learned and use the network I hope to build to advocate in a better way for the topics I am passionate about.“

César, MD from Nicaragua:
„I joined the group of IPPNW being a medical student from Latin America many years ago. The experiences gained through the time have left learning, sharing, greater knowledge and many good friendships discovering countries, cities and towns
The cycling we do make us stronger at cultural level. We can discover in each place a person to whom to involve in our ideas, achieve physical and emotional goals and get new friends.
This is a more than a physical effort that we all gives for our organization every 2 years..it is simply love for the world and world peace.“