Shimona Mohan is a young professional intrigued by the intersecting and gendered issue domains of security and technology policy, especially AI and the cyberspace.
She recently worked at the nexus of gender, disarmament and emerging technologies as a Graduate Professional at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Previously, she conducted published research on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) as well as peace and conflict in the MENA region; and has also completed internships in the Ministry of External Affairs of India and NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of the Government of India.
She holds a recently completed master's degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and a bachelor's degree with honours in Political Science from Miranda House, University of Delhi.
Shimona hails from India and speaks English and Hindi fluently, as well as Korean and French at intermediate levels.
Shimona's Project to empower - Gender, Disarmament and Emerging Technologies
On 30th September 2022, Shimona Mohan held an online workshop on 'Gender, Disarmament and Emerging Technologies'. Along with interactive exercises, the workshop included three interactive sessions with distinguished experts:
- Gender and Disarmament - Renata Hessmann Dalaqua, Head of the Gender and Disarmament Programme at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR),
- Disarmament and Emerging Technologies - Charlie Ovink, Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA),
- Emerging Technologies and Gender - Allison Gardner, Co-Founder of Women Leading in AI.
Participants from across the world including students, researchers and professionals from governments, civil society, industry and academia at various experience levels interacted with the experts and gained an understanding of the three issue domains, where the gaps and concerns lie, and how they could be resolved. The workshop offered interesting insights and indicated the need to have recurring discussions around this nexus to further mobilise gender-equal agendas for disarmament and emerging technologies.
A recording of the workshop is available to view here.
Shimona's recent publications:
- Managing Expectations: Explainable A.I. and its Military Implications.
Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, India.
Gender Perspectives on Arms Control and Disarmament: Views from South and South East Asia
Renata H. Dalaqua, Shimona Mohan & Hana Salama
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva, Switzerland.
Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and Existing Legal Frameworks: An Analysis of Selected National Regulations and Expert Interviews.
Bram Goede, Shimona Mohan, Abby Naumann and Shubhangi Priya
Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and War Crimes Project, Geneva, Switzerland.