VIP Jammers


Gen. Stéphane Abrial, then Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

Gen. Stéphane Abrial received appointment by the North Atlantic Council as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in 2009. He is the first European to be appointed permanently as head of a NATO strategic command. He has extensive experience both as a fighter pilot and an operational commander. He has a wide-ranging background that includes operations in coalition environments, at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. He served in a unit of the German Luftwaffe and with a unit of the Greek Air Force. In 1990 and 1991, he took part in the liberation of Kuwait as commander of the French Air Force's 5th Fighter Wing during Operation Desert Storm. From 1996 to 1999, he served at the NATO International Military Staff in Brussels. He acquired broad experience in political-military matters through several appointments to the private offices of the French Prime Minister and President, and went on to serve as head of French air defence and air operations, and finally as Air Force Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2009.


Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (EDA)

Claude-France Arnould led the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, between 2009 and 2010, and as Director for Defence Issues at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union from 2001 to 2009 (in charge of operations, military capabilities, partnerships and chair of the EU Satellite Centre Board). Earlier in her career (1998-2001), she worked as Director of International and Strategic Affairs at the French National Defence General Secretariat /Prime Minister (preparation of national "Council of Defence", CIEMG / interagency process for weapons exports control, armaments and space issues).  Previous to this position she was Deputy Director of European Community Affairs, at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Arnould has been "Ministre plénipotentiaire" (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs) since June 2001.


Giorgi Baramidze, then Vice Prime-Minister, Georgia

Giorgi Baramidze has been Vice Prime Minister of Georgia since 2006. Since December 2004 he has served as State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. In 2004, he consecutively held the positions of Georgian Minister for Internal Affairs and Minister of Defence. He was elected member of the Georgian parliament several times since 1992. In 1995, he graduated from the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies and Defence Economics in Garmisch, Germany, and he went to Georgetown University School of Diplomacy in 1998.



Maj. Gen. Mark A. Barrett, then Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT)


Maj. Gen. Mark A. Barrett is responsible for supporting the development of emerging, and the revision of current, NATO strategic-level concepts by promoting innovation through the implementation of the strategic issues program of work.  His commands include the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England; the 325th Operations Group, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va. He has served as an operations officer on the Joint Staff and executive officer to the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. He has also served as Chief of the Combat Forces and Program Integration divisions, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters US Air Force.  Prior to his current assignment, he was the Air Combat Command Inspector General.



Gen. Knud Bartels, Chairman, NATO Military Committee

Gen. Knud Bartels was appointed as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Danish Chief of Defence. From 2006 to 2009, he was Danish Military Representative to NATO Military Committee and the EU Military Committee. From 2004 to 2006, he held the position of General Officer Commanding the Danish Division. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Director for Operations of the International Military Staff. Prior positions include different positions within the International Military Staff, the Royal Danish Defence College and the Danish Defence Command.


Isaac Ben-Israel, then Senior Cyber-Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Government of Israel

Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel is senior cyber-security advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister. He also holds the positions of chairman of the Israel Space Agency, chairman of the Israel National Council for Research and Development, chairman of the Israel High Committee for Science and Technology, chairman of the Strategic Forum of the Zionist Council, and several high-level positions at Tel-Aviv University. He has held several posts in operations, intelligence and weapon development units. He headed the IAF Operations Research Branch, Analysis and Assessment Division of IAF Intelligence, and was Head of Military R&D in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and the Ministry of Defence. In January 1998, he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Director of the Defence R&D Directorate in the Israeli Ministry of Defence.

Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden


Lt. Gen. Jürgen Bornemann, then Director General, International Military Staff, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 


Maj. Gen. Jochen Both, then Commander, European Air Transport Command (EATC)

Major General Jochen Both has been assigned as first commander of the European Air Transport Command (EATC) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 1 September 2010. From 1997 to 2000, he was Commander of the Reconnaissance Wing 51 “Immelmann”. During that time he led the Combat Wing 1 in Piacenza, Italy, into operation “Allied Force” in 1999. From 2005 to 2009, he served to the Air Staff of the German Ministry of Defence as Deputy Chief of Staff for Concepts and Operations. In 2009, he was nominated Chief of Staff of the German Air Force Command in Cologne, from where he deployed to the Headquarters ISAF Joint Command as Deputy Chief of Staff Air in Kabul, Afghanistan, from November 2009 to July 2010. As COM EATC he has been mandated by the four participating Nations (Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands) to execute operational control over almost 150 fixed wing air transport and air-to-air refuelling assets.


Franziska Katharina Brantner MEP, then Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament

Dr. Franziska Brantner was elected to the European Parliament in 2009. She is spokeswoman for foreign affairs of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and the Parliament's standing rapporteur for the Instrument for Stability. She has also been her group's chief negotiator for the establishment of the European External Action Service. She serves as Member and coordinator on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and as substitute member on the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and on the Committee on Budgets.


Amb. Lawrence Butler, then Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, US European Command (EUCOM) 

Amb. Lawrence Butler is the Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD), United States European Command. Prior to this, he was POLAD to Commander, US Forces-Iraq, in Baghdad, and from 2008-2010 he was POLAD to SACEUR. He served as US State Dept Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, and prior to that was the Principal Deputy High Representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina, responsible for Dayton Peace Accord implementation. He was US Ambassador to Macedonia, 2002-2005, and served as Deputy Chief of Mission and acting Chief of Mission in Serbia, supporting efforts that led to the 1995 Dayton Accords. As Director for Europe on the White House National Security Council staff, he assisted President Clinton in achieving the 1998 Northern Ireland Good Friday Peace Accords.

  Gen. Vincenzo Camporini, Chief of Defence Staff, Italian Ministry of Defence

Barbara Contini MP, then Committee on Defence, Senate, Italy

Barbara Contini has been Senator of the Italian Republic since 2008. She is a member of the defence, foreign affairs and human rights commissions. Previously she served among others as Special Envoy for Darfur, Governorate Coordinator Iraq, OSCE Regional Director in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tarja Cronberg MEP, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament

Tarja Cronberg holds Ph.D. degrees in technology and business administration. She has long exercised political leadership in Europe's networked society. Currently a member of the European Parliament she was a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 2003 to 2007 and a former Minister of Labor. She chaired the Green League party from 2005 to 2009 and served on several parliamentary committees (foreign affairs, security and defence, employment). She was a member of the EU Competitiveness Council (2008-2009) and of the EU Employment and Social Affairs Council (2007-2009).


Brig. Gen. Giovanni Fungo, Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Engineering, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) 

Brig. Gen. Giovanni Fungo is Assistant Chief of Staff for Capability Engineering. Following other military career steps, he attended the Joint Staff Course in 1998. Then he was appointed Commander of the 19th Cavalry Sqdns Group “Cavalleggeri Guide” and took part to NATO operations in FYROM and Kosovo. In late 1999, he took over command of the RSTA Training Centre, and in 2002/2003, he spent another tour of duty in Kosovo as Military Assistant to COMKFOR. Back in Italy, he was promoted Colonel and was appointed Commander of the RSTA Group. In 2004, he was assigned again to the Italian Army General Staff as Chief of the organizational Resources and Communication Office, where he was in charge of research, analysis and development of organizational and communication policy oriented to recruitment, marketing and welfare. During the second half of 2007, he spent a tour of duty in HQ ISAF as Deputy DCOS Support. From 2007 to 2009 he was again serving in the Italian Army General Staff as Chief Public Information. Promoted Brigadier General in March 2009, he was appointed Commander of the “Pozzuolo del Friuli” Cavalry Brigade.


Ana Gomes MEP, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament 
Ana Gomes is a member of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence and of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Gomes is also a member of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq and a substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Delegation for Relations with the United States and the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. She was a member of the Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners. She was a member of the Portuguese delegation for the Middle East peace process during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU (1992), and director of the office of the Secretary of State for European Affairs in Lisbon (1995-1996). She coordinated Portugal's delegation at the UN Security Council in New York (1997-1998). In 1999, Gomes was posted in Jakarta, where she played a role both in the process leading up to the independence of Timor Leste (East Timor) and in the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Portugal and Indonesia. She was Ambassador to Indonesia from 1999 to 2003, and in 2003-2004 was Secretary for International Relations of the Portuguese Socialist Party. She has been a member of its National Committee since 2002

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)


Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović took up her position as NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy on 4 July 2011. She previously served as Croatia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and, more recently, as Ambassador of Croatia to the United States (2008 – 2011). In 1995, Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović became director of the Foreign Ministry’s North American Department, and from 1997 to 2000, she worked as a diplomatic counsellor and DCM at the Croatian Embassy in Canada. She then returned to the Foreign Ministry as Minister-Counsellor. In November 2003, Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović was elected to the Croatian Parliament and in December 2003, she became the Minister of European Integration and was sworn in as Croatia’s Foreign Minister in February 2005. She is the first woman ever to be appointed Assistant Secretary General of NATO.



Csaba Hende, Minister of Defence, Hungary

Csaba Hende holds a degree in law and spent the first years of his career as a lawyer and legal consultant in his hometown of Szombathely. Later he joined public service and became secretary of state in the Ministry of Defence, then in the Ministry of Justice. He has been a Member of Parliament since 2002. An Army reservist with the rank of colonel, he was appointed Minister of Defence of Hungary in 2010.


VAdm. Antonio Hernández, Assistant Chief of Staff Joint Deployment and Sustainment, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT)
Vice Admiral Hernández is Assistant Chief of Staff Joint Deployment and Sustainment at NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT). Over the last 34 years he has had a varied range of appointments both at sea and ashore. His experiences ashore include: MoD Defence Policy Directorate as Head of NATO/EU branch (2003); Navy HQ as Head of the Personnel Branch Staff Element (2003). In addition to his appointments on several warships, he commanded four warships: Minesweeper “Odiel” (1988), High Sea Patrol Ship “Centinela” (1995), DEG Frigate “Extremadura” (2000) and Amphibious Assault Ship LPD “Galicia” (2004). While commanding DEG “Extremadura” he deployed from August 2001 to January 2002 with former STANAVFORLANT that, after 9/11, started operation Active Endeavour still ongoing in the Mediterranean Sea. During his command of LPD “Galicia” he deployed near Banda Aceh (Indonesia) from January to May 2005 leading the SP joint contingent taking part in the International Humanitarian Relief Operation on the occasion of the tsunami that devastated Sumatra Island and adjacent areas. As Flag Officer, immediately after his promotion to one star, VAdm. Hernández assumed the lead of the Personnel Management Division at the Navy HQ; in January 2008 he became Chief of Staff of SP Fleet at its HQ in Rota Naval Base; and in January 2010 he assumed his current post of ACOS Joint Deployment and Sustainment (ACOS JD&S) at NATO HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT).


Ernest J. Herold III, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

Ernest J. Herold is currently NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment Division. He previously worked as IBM Account Manager for NATO, EUCOM and AFRICOM in Brussels, Belgium responsible for business development and customer relations, until January 2012. He also served as Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation-France, before retiring from the US Army with more than 26 years’ service.



Lt. Gen. Kurt Herrmann, Director CIS Services Agency, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 

Lt. Gen. Kurt Herrmann joined the German Air Force in 1969. Following his commissioning to the Officers School and subsequent education in aeronautical and space engineering he studied computer science at the Technical University in Munich and received his diploma in 1977. After assignments with a fighter bomber wing and a software maintenance centre, he attended the General Staff Officers Course. Various staff and command functions then followed, e.g. Squadron Leader Electronic and Reconnaissance Systems, RF-4E, ACOS Logistics German Air Force CIS Command, Planning Staff Officer CIS at the German Air Staff, Planning Staff Officer and Coordinator 1992 Force Proposals, SHAPE, Staff Officer Military Political Affairs, Joint Staff German Armed Forces, Regiment Commander Air Force Service Regiment, Branch Head Strategic Reconnaissance at the Joint Staff German Armed Forces, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff 1st German Air Division, General Further Development of the GAF, First Commander of (DEU) Strategic Reconnaissance Command, Head NATO Military Liaison Mission Moscow, Deputy Commanding General German Joint Support Command, and currently Director NCSA since 2009.

David Heyman, Assistant Secretary for Policy, United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

David Heyman is the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Previously, he served as a Senior Fellow and Director of the CSIS Homeland Security Program where he led the CSIS' research and program activities in homeland security. He was the principal architect of, and helped run, "Steadfast Resolve," a cabinet-level tabletop exercise that examined critical decision making at the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council during the next potential terrorist attack. His previous government positions include, senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on national security and international affairs. Prior to that, he was the head of international operations for a private-sector software/systems engineering firm developing supply-chain management systems for Fortune 100 firms.

Alain Hubert, Explorer, International Polar Foundation

  Brig. Gen. Roy Hunstok, Director, Deployable Forces Integrated Project Team, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT)


VAdm. Anthony Johnstone-Burt, Chief of Staff, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT)

VAdM. Tony Johnstone-Burt is Chief of Staff of NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT). In command appointments continuously since 2000, as a One Star he commanded Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and later became the Deputy Commander of the Joint Helicopter Command. Promoted to Two Star in 2006, he became Flag Officer Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Flag Officer Reserves. He then returned to command the Joint Helicopter Command and was responsible for 16 Air Assault Brigade’s two deployments as the Task Force Helmand in 2008 and 2010/11, and all UK helicopter support to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including support to UK SOF. During this time he conducted a Review of Jointery on behalf of the UK’s Strategic Defence Review in which he recommended the formation of a UK Joint Forces Command. The UK’s JFCOM will be established in April 2012. He has just completed an operational tour in Afghanistan as COMISAF’s Director of Counter Narcotics and International Organised Crime.

Col. Hans-Jürgen Kasselmann, Director, Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence

Colonel Hans-Jürgen Kasselmann is the Director of the Civil Military Co-operation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) in Enschede, The Netherlands since 18 June 2009. Previous to this assignment he was the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff of the CCOE. From February 2008 until July 2008 he had an assignment in the Regional Command North in Afghanistan working as Branch Chief in the CJ9 CIMIC section.


Maj. Gen. Jon Berge Lilland, Assistant Chief of Staff for Programme and Planning Management, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) 

Maj. Gen. Jon B. Lilland was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Programme and Planning Management at Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Headquarters in August 2011. He has a broad range of national and international assignments from platoon, company, battalion to brigade level. He served as an instructor at the Military Academy and Staff College. In 1996 - 1998 he commanded the Telemark Battalion. From 1998 to 2000, he went on to command Brigade South. From July 1999 to March 2000, he was deployed as the National Contingent Commander in KFOR1. From 2001 to 2002, he served as the Norwegian Senior National Representative for Operation Enduring Freedom to U.S. CENTCOM in Tampa, Florida. In 2002, he went back to Norway to Command the Norwegian Army Rapid Reaction Force. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Assistant Chief Of Staff, J5/J9 in Joint Forces Command Brunssum in the Netherlands. In 2006, he was promoted to Major General as Commander of the Army Forces Command / 6. Division in Bardufoss, Northern Norway. From 2009 to 2010, he served as Advisor to the Chief of Defence. During that period he chaired a collaborative interdepartmental study of the Norwegian whole of Government Approach in Afghanistan. During 2010/2011 he served as Chairman of the National Reserve Forces Committee.


Krzysztof Lisek MEP, Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament

In 2009, Krzysztof Lisek was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the region nr 3, which embraced the voivodeships (provinces): Warminsko- Mazurskie and Podlaskie. He was sworn in on 14th July 2009 and became a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), in which he holds the position of Vice-chairman of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. He also became a member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and a substitute member of the Committee on Development. From 2005 to 2007, he was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Polish Parliament (Sejm). In 2007-2009, he was the Chairman of the above mentioned body as well as the Chairman of the Polish-American Parliamentary Group. In 2005-2007, he was a Polish representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. From 1997-2004, he was also a member of the National Council for European Integration under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Poland. At the beginning of the 90’s he established the Gdansk Foundation for European Integration. Moreover, he was one of the founders of the Euro<26 card in Poland. Since 1988 he worked in the underground organisations and then headed the Independent Student Association (1991-1993).



Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director for Crisis Response and Operational Coordination, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Dr Agostino Miozzo has been Managing Director for Crisis Response and Operational Coordination at the European External Action Service since December 2010. Prior to this position, he was Director General of the Voluntary Service and International Relations Office of the Italian Civil Protection Department from 2002 until 2010. He was responsible for emergency operations carried out abroad. He has coordinated many relief programs in Sri Lanka, following the 2004 Tsunami, in South Sudan, Iran-Bam, Indonesia, Algeria, Morocco, Ossetia-Beslan, Lebanon, and the United States-New Orleans. He has had extensive experience in the international and humanitarian fields. He worked with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for almost 20 years, beginning as a Volunteer Doctor in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. He was Coordinator of emergency relief operations organized by the General Directorate Development Cooperation from 1991 to 2001. During this period he was involved in emergency relief programmes throughout the world, particularly in the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, America and Asia.

Nikolay Mladenov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria

Nikolay Evtimov Mladenov was elected Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria in 2010 after serving as Minister of Defence. Whilst a Member of the European parliament, he served on the Foreign Affairs Committee – Security and Defence Subcommittee and on Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. He was also chair of the Delegation for relations with Iraq and served on the delegations to Israel and Afghanistan. He has consulted the World Bank, NDI, IRI and other international organisations. Between 2001 and 2005 he was a Member of the Bulgarian parliament where he served as vice-chairman of the European Integration Committee and sat on the Foreign and Defence Policy Committee. During that period he was representative in the Constitutional Convention on the Future of Europe. Previously he worked at the World Bank, Open Society in Bulgaria and South East Europe.



Zsolt Németh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hungary

Zsolt Németh is Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hungary. His political career started with the foundation of Fidesz (Hungarian Civic Party) in 1988. He has been a member of the Hungarian Parliament since the first free and democratic elections in 1990. He is a key figure in formulating Fidesz’s foreign policy. Between 1990-1994, he participated in and headed the Committee on Human Rights, Religions and Minority Affairs in the Parliament. While FIDESZ had majority in the Parliament between 1998-2002, he acted as Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 2002-2010 he was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. He acted as member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe between 1993-2008 being the Deputy Leader of the Hungarian delegation from 2002. In 2004, he became Member of the European Parliament, where he served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs for a year. Between 2005 to 2008, he was the Vice Chairman of the Political Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe. He is member of the Executive Committee of the European People’s Party (EPP) since 1998.



Norica Nicolai MEP, Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament

Norica Nicolai became a Member of the European Parliament in 2009 on a national liberal platform, within the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). As MEP, she is currently the Vice-Chairwoman on the Security and Defense Committee, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee; substitute member on the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and a substitute member on the Committee of Women's Rights and Gender Equality. She is also a member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and a substitute member in the Delegation for Relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In Romania, she is a member of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and in that quality, she held the following positions (2000-2008): Senator, President of the Parliamentary Investigation Committee on CIA Prisons, member of the Judicial Committee, member of the Senate's Permanent Bureau, and the Vice-Chairwoman of the Defense Committee. In 2007, she was the Vice-President of PNL and in 2003 she was he President of the PNL Women's Organization. From 1997-2000, she was the Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity and during the same period, she was a member of the Administration Council of the UN Institute for Women's Rights.


Patrick Pailloux, Director General, Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI), France

Patrick Pailloux is a former student of the Ecole Polytechnique (the prestigious engineering school), class of ’86, and of the ENST (a prestigious Graduate engineering school). A general telecommunications engineer, he was in charge of the works within the Ile de France Regional Management of France Telecom (1991-1995). He was Head of Sector, then Head of Division in the field of information and telecommunications systems at the Ministry of Defence (1995 -2003). In June 2003, he was appointed adviser in scientific and technical affairs to the Secretary-General for National Defence. He was Central Director of Information Systems’ Security from October, 2005 to July, 2009, and has been Director General of the French Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI) since its creation in July 2009. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency).


Ioan Mircea Paşcu MEP, Vice Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament 

Ioan Mircea Paşcu is a Member of the European Parliament and Vice Chair of AFET since 2007. He was Minister of Defense of Romania (2000-2004) ensuring NATO membership for his country. Presidential counselor, Head of Foreign Policy Department of the Romanian Presidential Administration (1990-1992), Vice-President of the National Salvation Front (1990-1992), State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Defence (1993-1996), Chairman of the Committee on Defence, Public Order and National Security, Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament (1996-2000), Member of the Romanian Parliament (1996-2007), Vice-President of the Social Democratic Party (1997-2006). Professor of International Relations, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (since 1990). Member of: the Strategic Advisors Group of the US Atlantic Council, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (since 1993), the consultative committee of the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Geneva (since 2002), the academic advisory board to the NATO College, Rome (2006-2008), the SACEUR Mentor Group (2006-2009).

Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Maciej Popowski is Deputy Secretary General at the European External Action Service. He is a Polish diplomat who from the beginning of his career has been working on European Union affairs. From 2001 to 2008, he was the Deputy Head of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Director at the Development Directorate General of the European Commission responsible, inter alia, for policy coherence, aid effectiveness, relations with other donors and public information. In 2009, he was seconded from the European Commission to head the cabinet of Jerzy Buzek, then President of the European Parliament.

VAdm. Carol M. Pottenger, Deputy Chief of Staff Capability Development, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT)

Vice Admiral Carol M. Pottenger is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development at NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. One of the first women selected for sea duty, she amongst others took command of USS Bridge (AOE 10) in 2001, and during an extended deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, re-supplied 10 battle groups, amphibious groups and dozens of coalition ships. During several tours in the Pentagon, she served as executive assistant for two, three and four star flag officers, including as executive assistant for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Upon selection to flag rank she served as Deputy Chief of Navy Reserve for one year. In September 2008, she became the third Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command as a force provider of 40,000 Sailors, Active and Reserve, providing unique expeditionary combat and combat support capability to combatant commanders in every theatre of operations.


  Jaan Priisalu, Director General, Estonian Information Systems Authority


Michael C. Ryan, Deputy Director, ECJ-5/8 Security Cooperation and ODC Operations, US European Command (EUCOM)

Michael C. Ryan is the Deputy Director, ECJ-5/8, Security Cooperation and ODC Operations, Headquarters US European Command. He exercises responsibilities for strategic planning for security cooperation and capacity-building missions assigned by the Director of Strategy, Policy and Assessments. He provides management and oversight of command (Security Assistance and International Armaments) cooperation programs and Military-to-Military (M2M) activities. Additionally, he provides executive management, supervision and support to the down-range Office of Defense Cooperation field network located in 39 countries. He joined the Senior Executive Service of the Department of Defense in 2007 following a 25-year career in the US Air Force having retired as a Colonel. He was commissioned in 1982 from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His assignments include flying duties as an instructor pilot, flight commander, Red Flag mission commander, and assistant director of operations in the A-10A. His staff assignments include the Command Action Group in Air Education and Training Command and a tour in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has taught extensively in the United States and Europe including as a Department Director at the NATO School. Prior to assuming his previous position, he also served as the Military Advisor to the Secretary of Defense Representative, Europe at the US Mission to NATO.



Brig. Gen. Mark D. Scraba, Director, Joint Interagency Counter Trafficking Center (JICTC), US European Command (EUCOM) 

Brigadier General Mark Scraba became Director, U.S. European Command’s Joint Interagency Counter Trafficking Center. The JICTC was established to support U.S. Interagency and U.S. Country Team efforts to counter illicit trafficking and terrorists in EUCOM’s area of interest, and assist European nations in building counter trafficking capacity in support of regional security and defending the U.S. Homeland forward.

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme

Josette Sheeran has been President and CEO of the Asia Society since May 2013. Previously Sheeran was Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Sheeran assumed that position on the conclusion of her term at the World Food Programme. She was the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf in November 2006. Prior to this post, she served as the United States Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs in the State Department.On May 21, 2013, Sheeran was named President and CEO of Asia Society, a global non-profit dedicated to strengthening relations between and among the United States and countries of Asia.

On May 21, 2013, Sheeran was named President and CEO of Asia Society, a global non-profit dedicated to strengthening relations between and among the United States and countries of Asia.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Director of Policy Planning, US Department of State

Brig. Gen. Peter Sonneby, Commander, Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 

Adm. James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

Admiral Stavridis assumed duties as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in 2009. A Surface Warfare officer, he commanded and completd UN/NATO deployments to Haiti and Bosnia, and to the Arabian Gulf. From 2002 to 2004, he commanded Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, conducting combat operations in the Arabian Gulf in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. From 2006 to 2009, he commanded US Southern Command in Miami. Ashore, he has served as a strategic and long range planner on the staffs of the chief of Naval Operations and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also served as the executive assistant to the secretary of the Navy and the senior military assistant to the secretary of Defense. He holds various decorations and awards, including two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and five awards of the Legion of Merit. 


Vygaudas Usackas, EU Special Representative to Afghanistan, Delegation of the EU to Afghanistan

Amb. Ušackas was appointed as the European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Union Delegation in April 2010. He is mandated by the EU to represent, coordinate and negotiate on behalf of 27 member states with the Afghan authorities on political, developmental and security issues. He is also tasked to work in tandem with two other Special Representatives, namely the UNSRSG and NATO SCR and to work in close cooperation with COMISAF, the US and other international and regional players. After obtaining his Law Degree from Vilnius University and completing his post-graduate education in Political Sciences in Denmark and Norway in 1991, he joined the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he served as Counselor to the Lithuanian Mission to both the EU and NATO from 1992 to 1996; Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1999; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union from 1999 to 2001; Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States of America and United Mexican States from 2001 to 2006; Ambassador of Lithuania to the Court of St. James from 2006 to 2008; and was Lithuanian Foreign Minister from 2008 to 2010.


Lt. Gen. Ton van Osch, Director General, European Union Military Staff, European External Action Service (EEAS)

In May 2010 van Osch was elected Director General of the EU Military Staff after serving as Military Representative of The Netherlands to the EU and NATO. He has served as Chief Ops (Land) at HQ SFOR and also acted as Chief of the Combined Joint Operations Centre in 1999. He was later appointed as Head of Policy Development for the Directorate of Personnel and Organisation of the Royal Netherlands Army. Directly after 9/11 he was sent to US Central Command, Tampa, as an operational planner for the conflict in Afghanistan. In June 2002 van Osch was promoted Brigadier-General and became Director of Operations in the Dutch MOD. In March 2003 he became the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for International Planning and Co-operation while being project manager for the integration of the policy headquarters of the services in the MoD. In December 2004 he took over as Commander of the Royal Military Academy.



Col. Toine Visser, Director, Command and Control Centre of Excellence, NATO

Colonel Toine Visser is the Director of the Command and Control Centre of Excellence in Utrecht, The Netherlands. His previous assignments were: ACOS G6 of 1 (NLD) Division, deputy G3 of the 1 (NLD) Division/ Operational Command and ACOS G6 of 1 German Netherlands Corps in Muenster. In 2009 he was deployed as Deputy J3 of ISAF Joint Command in Kabul. 

Rob Wainwright, Director, Europol

Rob Wainwright is the Director of Europol. Previously he has served as Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol, and he was also managing the Europol National Unit in London in 2000-2002. The Liaison Bureaux are a key link in Europol’s cooperation with the EU member states. He was Director International of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) in 2003, where he was responsible for its international operations and for developing and implementing the UK strategy against facilitated illegal immigration. From 2006, he was Chief of the International Department of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). In this role, he was overseeing 20,000 law enforcement cases each year as well as establishing the international strategy and operational capabilities of the newly formed agency. His mandate extended from SOCA’s international operations and global partnerships to the worldwide network of SOCA liaison officers.


Maj. Gen. Jaap Willemse, Assistant Chief of Staff, Command, Control, Communication, Computers Intelligence Surveillance, Reconnaissance & NATO Network Enabled Capabilities  (C4ISR&NNEC)

Catherine Woollard, Executive Director, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)

Catherine Woollard has been Executive Director of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) since October 2008. EPLO is the platform of not-for-profit organisations working on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. EPLO brings together 30 organisations, including NGOs, think-tanks and NGO networks, with the objective of influencing the European Union to be more active and more effective at preventing conflict and building peace. Immediately prior to joining EPLO, she worked as a consultant advising on anti-corruption and governance reform. She previously held the positions of Director of Policy, Communications and Comparative Learning at Conciliation Resources, Senior Programme Coordinator (South East Europe/CIS/Turkey) at Transparency International and Europe/Central Asia Programme Coordinator at Minority Rights Group International. She has also worked as a lecturer in political science, teaching and researching on the EU and international politics, and for the UK civil service.