Ralf Trapp is an independent consultant on chemical and biological weapons arms control. A chemist and toxicologist by training, he worked with the GDR Academy of Sciences in the field of chemical toxicology between 1978 and 1990. From 1985 to 1987
he was a guest researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and from 1991 to 1992 at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He acted as technical adviser to the GDR and subsequently the German delegations to the Geneva Conference on Disarmament. In 1993, he joined the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW where he worked in the areas of industry verification, verification policy and review, international cooperation, government relations, and strategic planning. From 1998 to 2006, he was the secretary of the OPCW’s Scientific Advisory Board. Since leaving the OPCW in 2006, he has provided consulting services to, amongst others, the United Nations, the OPCW, the European Commission, the ICRC, and think tanks/research institutions in Europe and the United States. He is a non-resident member of the Accademia delle Scienze dell’ Istituto di Bologna.