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Derek Johnson

CEO, Global Zero

Derek is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Zero, the international movement for a world without nuclear weapons, and the Co-Founder of Beyond the Bomb, a U.S. grassroots organization that centers young people, women, and people of color in disarmament advocacy. As a creative strategist working on the frontlines of catalytic advocacy, foreign policy, and social change, he has spent the last decade positioning Global Zero as a highly credible source of thought leadership and policy analysis, a trusted intermediary among nuclear-armed governments, and a provocative grassroots operation in key regions. In addition to leading organizational strategy, Derek also spearheads special projects — from coordinating backchannel diplomatic dialogues to producing viral and award-winning digital content.

Derek is a Gender Champion in Nuclear Policy and deeply committed to breaking down gender and racial barriers in the nuclear policy and advocacy community; a member of the Munich Young Leaders group of rising experts in foreign and security policy, organized jointly by Körber Foundation and the Munich Security Conference; a member of the European Young Leaders group organized by Friends of Europe; and a Nuclear Innovation Fellow with N Square Collaborative. 

Before taking the helm at Global Zero, Derek supported efforts to advance interfaith dialogue and cooperation at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, and worked to enhance access to justice, human rights, and rule of law at JUSTICE, the British section of the International Commission of Jurists in London. He is a graduate of Cornell College and Boston College Law School.