Adrian Wilkinson formed Explosive Capabilities in 1998 before taking leave of absence from the company during 2000 - 2007 to work in a series of challenging and demanding appointments within the international community. During 2003 - 2007 he was Head of SEESAC, the joint disarmament and SALW control mission of the United Nations and the Stability Pact. SEESAC operated in South Eastern and Eastern Europe, and was mandated to build national and regional capacity to control and reduce the proliferation, transfer and misuse of small arms and light weapons. They provided project development, monitoring, evaluation and technical support to a wide range of stakeholders in the region.
Prior to heading SEESAC, Adrian was the Head of Technology and Standards at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), where he was responsible for the provision of operational and technical advice to the UN, EC, ICRC and national governments on EOD and mine action in post conflict environments.
His background includes extensive operational experience in post-conflict environments, including bomb disposal (EOD) operations in Northern Ireland, Gulf 1991, Falkland Islands, Albania, Bosnia, West Bank / Gaza and North West Europe. On leaving the Army in 1999 he conducted consultancy work for the United Nations and other national government departments. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and also has advanced degrees in Explosives Ordnance Engineering (MSc) and International Conflict Analysis (MA).
He has been a Member of the UN Group of Government Experts (GGE) on Small Arms and Light Weapons Disposal, a Technical Advisor to the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs for the Group of Government Experts on Conventional Ammunition and Chief Technical Advisor to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs on weapons, ammunition and explosive related issues. Adrian was also a key author of the International Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS), the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG); these are all the definitive standard for work in post-conflict areas. From 2013 to 2016 he was the Arms Expert for the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee Panel of Experts on Sudan, and from 2016 - 2017 the Arms Expert for the UN Security Council Panel of Experts on Yemen, where he was responsible for sanctions and international humanitarian law related investigations.