Melissa Hanham

Director, Datayo Project

Melissa Hanham is the Director of the Datayo Project at One Earth Future. She is an expert on weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which include nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and their delivery devices such as missiles, and bombers. Hanham has studied North Korea and China’s WMD programs for over a decade.

Hanham is an expert on open-source intelligence, incorporating satellite and aerial imagery, and other remote sensing data, large data sets, social media, 3D modeling, and GIS mapping. She is particularly focused on the monitoring and verification of international arms control agreements using open-source evidence. Hanham also uses open-source information to study export-control systems and proliferation finance activities.

Melissa Hanham is an affiliate of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. She is a regular contributor to Arms Control Wonk, the leading blog and podcast on disarmament, arms control, and nonproliferation. In 2018, she was awarded the Paul Olum Grant Fund for being one of the most inventive scientific and technical minds working to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. She previously worked at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA and the International Crisis Group in Seoul and Beijing.