Gianni Picco is Consultant and Advisor to Oxford Research Group (ORG). He worked for some 20 years (1973-92) at the United Nations. Gianni Picco led the task force which secured the cease-fire agreement between Iran and Iraq in 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he conducted the operation which led to the release of 11 western hostages in Lebanon and the recovery of the remains of two more. He has also been involved in negotiations for the freedom of others in several other countries.