MTCR Chair and Troika

Breifne O’Reilly (Current Co-Chair)

Breifne O’Reilly is the Ambassador of Ireland to Switzerland, Algeria and Liechtenstein and is based in Berne. Before taking up this post in August 2015, Ambassador O’Reilly was the Director of the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Ireland. He served as Ambassador of Ireland to Israel from 2009 to 2013.

During his time with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ambassador O’Reilly served as at Headquarters as Director of Russia, OSCE and Western Balkans Unit (2008 – 2009), Director of Human Resources (2006 – 2008) and Director of Institutions and Coordination in the European Union Division (2005 – 2006). He has also worked in Ireland’s Embassies in Washington D.C., Athens and London as well as the Consulate General in San Francisco.

He was called to the Bar of Ireland as a Barrister at Law in 1985 and prior to that received a Master’s degree in Modern Languages (German and French) from Trinity College Dublin.

He is married to Eavan Doyle and they have a son and a daughter.

Breifne O’Reilly has served as Co-Chair of the MTCR alongside his Icelandic Counterpart Bjarni Vestmann since October 2017.

Bjarni Vestmann (Current Co-Chair)

Bjarni Vestmann is currently Director of the Exercises and Operations Department in the Directorate for Defense of the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to this position, Director Vestmann served as Minister-Counsellor at the Directorate for International and Security Affairs from September 2016 until October 2017. Between 2010 and 2016, he was based in Brussels as the Head of the Finance and Administration Department of the Financial Mechanism Office, overseeing the administration of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants.

During his time in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bjarni Vestmann has served as an Icelandic delegate to NATO in Brussels and as a member of the Political Committee and the Military Committee, worked in various positions in Headquarters in Reykjavik, and has served in Iceland’s Embassy in Stockholm.

Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he worked as a journalist and news editor.

He received a Diploma of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges in 1991 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland. He was the recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship from 1990 to 1991.

He is married to Rakel Árnadóttir and they have three daughters.

Bjarni Vestmann has served as Co-Chair of the MTCR alongside his Irish Counterpart Breifne O’Reilly since October 2017.

 HAM Sang-wook (Former Chair)ham sang

Mr. HAM Sang-wook is the Director-General for Nonproliferation and Nuclear Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. He will serve as the Chair of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) starting October 2016.

Prior to this position, he has served as the Deputy Director-General of the International Organizations Bureau (March – November 2015); Minister-Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Head of Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team (June 2012 – March 2015); Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in the United States of America (June 2009 – June 2012); Director for North Korean Nuclear Policy Division (December 2007 – June 2009); Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in the Republic of Iraq (June 2005 – December 2007); and First Secretary at the Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (July 2002 – June 2005). The ROK Government awarded him with an Order of Service Merit Red Stripes in 2015.

He received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in 1999 and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Seoul National University in 1991.

He is married with two daughters.



Incoming Chair to be named