Warsaw Summit Experts' Forum
Nato in defence of peace: 2016 and beyond
Mr Stoltenberg is the former Prime Minister of Norway and former minister of Finance and Industry. While Mr Stoltenberg was Prime Minister, Norway’s defence spending increased steadily, with the result that Norway is today one of the Allies with the highest per capita defence expenditure. Mr Stoltenberg has also been instrumental in transforming the Norwegian armed forces, through a strong focus on deployable high-end capabilities. Under his leadership, the Norwegian Government has contributed Norwegian forces to various NATO operations. Mr Stoltenberg is a strong supporter of enhanced transatlantic cooperation, including better burden-sharing across the Atlantic. He sees NATO and the EU as complementary organisations in terms of securing peace and development in Europe and beyond.@jensstoltenberg
Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, was born in Piotrkow Trybunalski on 5 May 1957. A diplomat with a degree in history, he holds a PhD in the humanities.
The chief of Polish diplomacy graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the University of Lodz (1980), and the Department of International Studies at the University of Oregon (1991) in the United States. In 1992-93, he pursued postgraduate studies in international security and arms control at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland. In 1993, he was awarded a PhD in the humanities (history) for his dissertation The United States and the Strategic Disarmament Negotiations in 1919-36. From 1981 to 1987, he was an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy and History of the University of Lodz.
He began his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the early 1990s. In 1992, he became a senior expert in the United Nations System Department and the European Institutions Department, and in 1996 he was named Deputy Director of the European Institutions Department, and then of the Security Policy Department. In 1997, he served as head of Poland’s Liaison Office to NATO in Brussels, and went on to become deputy Permanent Representative of Poland at the newly created diplomatic mission to the North Atlantic Alliance (1997-99). From 1999 to 2002, he was posted as Poland’s Ambassador to Iran. In 2003, he worked at the Department of Foreign Policy Strategy and Planning, and in 2005 became deputy director of the Department of Africa and the Middle East. In 2005-08, he was deputy foreign minister, also serving as the chief negotiator during Poland-US missile shield talks.
In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Head of the National Security Bureau. From 2011, a Law and Justice deputy to the 7th Sejm. In parliament, he was deputy chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Re-elected to the Sejm in the October general election, he received close to 33,000 votes, the best result in the Sieradz district.
General Pavel was appointed Chairman of the NATO Military Committee on 26 June 2015.
From July 2012 to May 2015 General Petr Pavel served as Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, the highest ranking officer in the Czech Army and the principal military adviser to the Czech Government. In September 2014, General Pavel was elected Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.
General Pavel graduated from the Army College in Vyškov, Czech Republic in 1983 and since then has spent a large part of his military career holding positions in Special Forces, Operations and Intelligence divisions. Throughout his career, General Pavel has held a range of positions from Deputy Military and Air Attaché of the Czech Republic in Belgium to Commander Special Forces to Deputy Director Operations Division at the Ministry of Defence,
In addition, General Pavel has also held his share of positions in International and National joint staffs representing the Czech Armed Forces as the National Military Representative to the US Central Command, as well as National Military Representative of the Czech Republic to SHAPE in Mons, Belgium.@CMC_NATO
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović began her career in 1992 in the Ministry of Science and Technology and in 1993 moved on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she held various positions – in 1995 she was Head of Department for North America, in 1997 she worked as Counsellor in the Croatian Embassy in Canada, later as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission.
From 2001 to 2003, she was Minister Counsellor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in November 2003 was elected Member of Parliament in the 7th electoral district. The same year, she was sworn in as Minister of European Integration, and in 2005 as Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, an office she held until 2008. The major objective of her term was to lead Croatia on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration and she was Head of the State Delegation for Negotiations on the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union.
In 2008, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović became Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America. In 2011, she was appointed NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, position she held until 2014, as the first woman Assistant Secretary-General ever in the history of NATO and the highest ranking woman in NATO.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović took office of the President of Croatia in February 2015.
On 15 January 1998 Milo Djukanović became the President of the Republic, having won in direct elections on 19 October 1997. He remained in office until 25 November 2002, when, as the leader of “The Democratic Coalition for European Montenegro'', which won the October parliamentary elections, he was nominated to be Prime Minister in order to appoint the members of the Government of Montenegro. He was elected Prime Minister on 8 January 2003. He was the leader of the Bloc for Independent Montenegro. Under his leadership the citizens of Montenegro, in a referendum held on 21 May 2006, made a historic decision on the renewal of Montenegrin independence. In the elections held on 10 September 2006, the Coalition for European Montenegro - Milo Djukanovic - DPS - SDP achieved absolute victory. After the restoration of State independence and international sovereignty, when Montenegro achieved the biggest political goal, and after the convincing victory of democratic and pro-European forces in the September elections, the foundations of independent Montenegro were consolidated, Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, in early October 2006, decided to withdraw from the highest governmental functions.
He was a Member of the Parliament of Montenegro from October 2006 to 28 February 2008. Due to an expressed need at the time, he was elected the Prime Minister of Montenegro on 29 February 2008. Again, he decided to withdraw from office as the Prime Minister of Montenegro on 21 December 2010.
Milo Djukanovic was re-elected President of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro at the Sixth Congress held on 21 May 2011. Following the victory of the Coalition ''European Montenegro - Milo Djukanovic'' in parliamentary elections held in October 2012, he was nominated the Prime Minister to appoint the members of the Government. He was elected Prime Minister on 4 December 2012.
Tomasz Szatkowski is a lawyer who is an Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence.
He has a long and varied experience in national security, especially defence policy and armaments as well as the supervision of special services and public media. This expertise was acquired in his tenure in crucial national positions at the Sejm, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, and within the defence industry, public media, and the European Parliament.
Minister Szatkowski is the author of many publications on the aforementioned issues, published both in Poland and abroad. His interests are focused around classical military strategy, in particular the relations between technology and strategy, intelligence strategies, and defense economics, as well as problems of national security policy coordination.@T_Szatkowski
Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). His research focuses on UK defence, foreign and security policy. His most recent publications include ‘Would a New SDSR be needed after a BREXIT vote?’, RUSI Briefing, June 2016; ‘Spending Matters: Defence and Security Budgets after the 2015 SDSR’, RUSI Briefing, May 2016; ‘Is NATO Deterrence Fit for Purpose?’, RUSI Newsbrief, November 2015.
Chalmers was a member of the consultative panel for both the 2010 and 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Reviews (SDSR), and was a special adviser to Parliament's Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (2011-2015). He is Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and was Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London. He has been at RUSI since 2007. Before joining RUSI, Chalmers was a Senior Special Adviser in the FCO to Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw MP and Margaret Beckett MP. His previous appointments included: Professor of International Politics, University of Bradford; Senior Consulting Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies; Visiting Fellow, Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University; Economist, Ministry of Finance, Government of Botswana.@MChalmers_RUSI
Marie Mendras is professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po University, and researcher with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and CERI in Paris. She is also an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House in London. During the academic year 2015-2016, Dr Mendras is as a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University (2015-2016).
In 2008-2010 she was professor of government at the London School of Economics. In earlier years, taught at Paris 1-Sorbonne and Paris 10-Nanterre. She has served as a consultant for both the French Foreign and Defence Ministries.
Her latest book is Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State (Oxford University Press, paperback edition, New York, 2014). Among her recent publications on Russian foreign policy: « The Rising Cost of Russia’s Authoritarian Foreign Policy », in M. Light and D. Cadier, eds., Russia’s Foreign Policy. : Ideas, domestic politics and external relations, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015). Dr Mendras received her doctorate from Sciences Po and her MA from Harvard University.@MarieMendras
Maris Riekstiņš is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia (2007-2010) and a former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to NATO (2011-2015). Mr. Riekstiņš has begun his service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia in 1992, where he held several posts, including the Undersecretary of State (1992-1993), the State Secretary (1993-2004) and the Ambassador to the United States of America (2004-2007). Professional activities of Mr. Riekstiņš have also included serving as the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia (2007) and the Head of the Latvian delegation for accession negotiations with NATO (2002-2004). Mr. Riekstiņš is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of University of Latvia (1993) and the Faculty of Pedagogy of the Latvian Sports Institute (1985).
Damon M. Wilson is executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, where he is responsible for programs and strategy. His work is committed to advancing a Europe whole, free, and at peace; to strengthening the NATO Alliance; and to fostering a transatlantic partnership capable of tackling global challenges and promoting its common values. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Wilson served as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. Mr. Wilson worked in the US Department of State in various positions dealing with European security and China and served in Rwanda with Save the Children.@DamonMacWilson
Stéfanie von Hlatky is an assistant professor of political studies at Queen’s University and the Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Université de Montréal in 2010, where she was also Executive Director for the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies. In 2010, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and a policy scholar with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she was a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding. Prior to joining Queen’s, von Hlatky was a senior researcher with the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. She has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, International Journal, European Security, Asian Security, as well as the Journal of Transatlantic Studies and has a book with Oxford University Press entitled American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (2013). Her new book, The Future of US Extended Deterrence (co-edited with Andreas Wenger) analyzes US security commitments to NATO (Georgetown University Press, 2015). Stéfanie von Hlatky is the founder of Women in International Security-Canada and current Chair of the Board. Her research is funded by NATO, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation and Fulbright Canada.@svhlatky
Karl-Heinz Kamp is the Academic Director of the German Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) in Berlin.
He started his career in 1986 at the German Council of Foreign Affairs (DGAP) in Bonn. In 1988, he has been Research Fellow with the Center for Science and International Affairs (CSIA), John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. In September 1988, he joined the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Bonn, where he became Head of the Foreign- and Security Policy Research Section in 1992 and later the Director of its International Planning Staff. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Security Policy Coordinator of the Foundation in Berlin. From 1997 to 1998, Dr. Kamp was on a temporary assignment with the Planning Staff of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From November 2007 to October 2013 he served as the Research Director of the NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome to build up NATO's Research Division.
In November 2013, he took over the newly created position as Academic Director of the BAKS.
He is a member of numerous international institutions and academic bodies. In 2009, Secretary Madeleine Albright selected him as one of the Advisors for the NATO Expert Group on the New Strategic Concept.
Dr Kjetil Anders Hatlebrekke is Associate Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School, National Intelligence University College, Oslo (Forsvarets etterretningshøgskole, FEH), and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King´s College, London. He is Doctor of Philosophy in War Studies/Intelligence Theory from King´s College, London, and holds in addition to his doctor degree, two master degrees in War Studies and Conflict & Security and Development Studies. Hatlebrekke founded the Professional Advanced Intelligence Course at the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College in Oslo, and was Programme Director between 2008 and 2010. He has served in the Norwegian Defence Establishment since 1990, and has operational experience from Bosnia, Kosovo, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Hatlebrekke has also studied Philosophy and is a qualified nurse. His field of expertise is Intelligence, Data Science, Strategy, Security Politics, Cyber Security, Threat Perception, Risk Analysis, Conflict, Development and Security Studies.
The Honourable Michael Chertoff is the co-founder and Chairman of The Chertoff Group, where he provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. In addition to his role at The Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Michael Chertoff led the government’s efforts to prevent and respond to terrorist threats, man-made accidents and natural disasters. He also oversaw the transformation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Katrina. Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organised crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.@MichChertoff
Carpentier is since July 2015 in charge of economic security policies in France. He has been appointed Commissioner for Strategic Information and Economic Security in January 2016.
Previously he headed TRACFIN, the French Financial Intelligence Unit (2008-2015). He also served as legal counsel to APE, the Agency in charge of state-owned companies. Throughout his career, he specialized in fighting economic and financial crimes, including as a prosecutor.
In addition to his government and judiciary positions, he also engaged in various teaching and training activities.
John Frank is Microsoft's Vice President, EU Government Affairs. In this role, John leads Microsoft’s government affairs teams in Brussels and European national capitals on EU issues.
John was previously Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Staff for Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith based at Microsoft’s corporate headquarters in Redmond Washington. In this role, he managed several teams including the Law Enforcement and National Security team, the Industry Affairs group, Corporate, Competition Law and Privacy Compliance teams and the department’s technology and business operations team.
For his first eight years at Microsoft, John was based at Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris. Initially he was responsible for the legal and regulatory issues involved in the launch of the Microsoft Network (now MSN). From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Frank led Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs group for Europe, Middle East and Africa focusing on issues including privacy, security, consumer protection and antitrust. Mr. Frank began the company’s European Government Affairs program, which focused on advocacy on software and online policy issues.
Prior to joining Microsoft, John Frank practiced law in San Francisco with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Frank received his A.B. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Since February 1996, Nik Gowing has been the main presenter on BBC World, the BBC's 24-hour international television news and information channel. From 1996 to March 2000, Nik was principal anchor for weekday news programme The World Today, and its predecessor, NewsDesk. He was a founding presenter of Europe Direct and has been a guest anchor on both HARDtalk and Simpson's World. He is also a regular moderator of the Sunday news analysis programme Dateline London. Nik has been a main anchor for much of BBC World's coverage of major international crises including Kosovo in 1999, and the Iraq war in 2003.@NikGowing
Prof. Piotr Pogonowski is the Head of The Internal Security Agency (ABW) since 19th November 2015. He is a full professor of legal sciences and academic lecturer. He held several public offices, such as Chief Specialist of Judicial decisions in the Supreme Court (2003-05), Director of Legal Service and Representation Office in the Ministry of Finance (2006-07), Director of Legal Office in the Military Intelligence Service (2007-08) and Director of the Cabinet of the Head in the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (2008-2010). In period 2005-2010 Prof. Pogonowski was the Director of the Department of Civil Procedure at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. He is an author of numerous publications about the oversight of special services’ activities.
Regional Director for Public Safety, National Security & Defense, Microsoft Central and Eastern European Headquarters
Robert is Microsoft’s regional manager responsible for Public Safety, National Security and Defense across Central and Eastern Europe (more than 30 countries, including 13 NATO and 13 EU States) working with national, NATO and EU information security bodies, law enforcement agencies and military structures. His core focus are modernization programs and Cyber Defense, Cybersecurity, fighting Cybercrimes national capabilities development.
Before joining Microsoft, Robert served over 20 years in Polish Armed Forces and the Polish Government agencies responsible for Cryptography, Information Security and Cyber Defense. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel from the Information Assurance Department (DBTI) of the National Internal Security Agency (ABW) in Poland, where he has held the position of Deputy Director for ten years. He was responsible for development, implementation, evaluation and accreditation of governmental classified information systems and networks – national as well as EU and NATO. He created the National Information Security Authority in Poland, fully compliant with NATO Security Policy, directives and guidelines.
For ten years he was a national representative to NATO Information Security Sub-Committee and its substructure (e.g. Common Criteria Ad Hoc Working Group and Interconnection of Networks Ad Hoc Working Group), NATO Cyber Defense Workshops and a member of NATO PKI Advisory Cell. Robert was an active member of EU Council Security Committee (INFOSEC), responsible for IT security directives and guidelines development for EU Members and bodies.
He was one of pioneers addressing National Critical IT Infrastructure protection needs in Poland and initiating Cyber Defense related projects (e.g. ARAKIS-GOV – Network Early Warning System) in cooperation with NASK CERT Polska Team. He has promoted the idea of the Polish Government CERT.
In parallel to his function as Deputy Director, Robert was asked to draw upon his knowledge and experience in modern technologies standards and laws development, when he was appointed the National Project Manager for Schengen Information System implementation in Poland (Dec 2006 – May 2008) – which was successfully implemented across and within all law enforcement services (e.g. Police, Border Guard, Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, MOD, MOJ), defense structures and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.@RobertKosla
Dr. Joanna Świątkowska is the Programme Director of the European Cybersecurity Forum, the Chief Editor of the European Cybersecurity Journal and Senior Research Fellow of the Kosciuszko Institute. She is a member of the Advisory Group for Cybersecurity of the Republic of Poland working within the Polish Presidential National Bureau of Security (NBS). Joanna Świątkowska is the author of numerous articles, reports and analyses concerning cybersecurity. She often speaks at national and international conferences and seminars on a wide range of cybersecurity topics. In 2016 she took part in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) on Cybersecurity and Government Interoperability. Joanna Świątkowska holds a PhD in the field of Political Science.@jbswiatkowska
Brooks Tigner is EU/NATO Affairs correspondent for IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly and founder and editor of SECURITY EUROPE, the on-line information source that analyses the EU’s internal/external agendas in security policy, technology and research. Based in the Belgian capital, Brooks has reported on security and defence issues across Europe for nearly three decades – from the post-Cold War’s impact on NATO and its subsequent expansion, to the EU’s growing role in security and defence. Formerly Defense News’ bureau chief in Brussels, he reported extensively across Eastern and Central Europe throughout the 1990s, followed by two years in Washington DC where he was the newspaper's International Editor.
Ian Brzezinski is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and serves on the Council’s Strategic Advisors Group. He brings to the Council over two decades of experience in U.S. national security matters having served in senior policy positions in the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress. Mr. Brzezinski served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy. Mr. Brzezinski served for seven years on Capitol Hill, first as a Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Bill Roth, and then as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.@IanBrzezinski
John Lenczowski is founder and president of The Institute of World Politics, an independent graduate school of national security and international affairs in Washington, D.C. IWP is dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of American founding principles and the Western moral tradition. Offering five Master's degrees and eighteen certificate programs, IWP is the only academic institution dedicated to teaching all the arts of statecraft, including: military strategy, the art of diplomacy; public diplomacy, opinion formation, political warfare; intelligence, counterintelligence, economic strategy, and moral leadership, and how these arts are integrated into national strategy.
Ambassador Tacan Ildem was appointed Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in March 2016. He advises the Secretary General on public diplomacy issues and directs the Public Diplomacy Division, which plays a key role in conveying the Alliance’s strategic and political messages to opinion formers and to the public in general. PDD works to raise the Alliance’s profile with audiences world-wide and to build support for Alliance operations and policies.
Ambasador Ildem is a senior Turkish diplomat. Since the start of his career in 1978, he has held positions involving multilateral and bilateral affairs. Before assuming his current responsibilities, Ambassador Ildem served as Permanent Representative of Turkey to the OSCE in Vienna from 2011 until 2016.
Previously Ambassador Ildem was Director General for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara, Turkey’s Permanent Representative to NATO and Ambassador of Turkey to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. His earlier assignments include Chief of Cabinet and Principal Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey when he also acted as the Presidential Spokesperson; Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of the MFA; Head of the NATO and Western European Union Department; Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Turkish Embassy in Athens; Head of the NATO Military Affairs Department at the MFA; Political Counsellor and Spokesperson at the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C.; and First Secretary at the Permanent Mission to NATO as well as at the Turkish Embassy in New Delhi.
Hon. Paolo Gentiloni is an Italian politician, member of the Democratic Party and former Italian Minister of Communications.
He is a professional Journalist and has a degree in political sciences.
Mr. Gentiloni became spokesman for the Mayor of Rome in 1993 and was Jubilee and Tourism Councillor in the Rome City Council.
In 2001, he was elected Member of Parliament and was Chairman of the Broadcasting Services Watchdog Committee.
Between 2006 and 2008 he was Minister for Communications in Prime Minister Prodi’s government.
Felix Arteaga is senior analyst for security and defence at the ElcanoRoyal Institute for International and Strategic Studies of Madrid since 2007. His former posts include Advisor to the Cabinet of the Guardia Civil, from 2002 to 2003; Director of the Security Sector Reform program for Paraguay, European Commission DG IB for State Governance, from 1999 to 2002 andSpanish Army Officer, Major (reserve) from 1973 to 1987. He is currently Professor of International Security at the General GutiérrezMellado University Institute (Ministry of Defence - Open University). He holds a PhD in International Relations from Complutense University, a degree in Law from National Open University, a degree in Political Science from Complutense University and a diploma in National Security Management from Washington’s National Defense University.
Eugene Czolij was called to the Quebec Bar in 1982 and is a senior partner at Lavery, de Billy, one of the largest law firms in Quebec, with more than 200 lawyers. His legal practice includes corporate and commercial litigation, as well as insolvency and financial restructuring law. He pleads before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as all court levels in Quebec.
In 2008, he was elected as President of the Ukrainian World Congress for a five-year term, and was re-elected for a second term in 2013. The Ukrainian World Congress is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The Ukrainian World Congress has member organizations in 34 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 15 additional countries. Founded in 1967, the Ukrainian World Congress was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non‑governmental organization with special consultative status.
Since 2006, he has been the President of the Caisse populaire Desjardins Ukrainienne de Montréal (a Ukrainian credit union), as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Council of Representatives, East of Montreal, of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec, the largest cooperative financial group in Canada.
He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress since 1994 and of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation since 2005.
He has received several awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Merit of Ukraine, and the Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
Since 2012, he has been listed in Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected publications in the legal profession, in his practice areas.
In 2016, he received an honorary doctorate from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine for his contribution to promoting Ukraine’s interests and its Euro-integration.
Ambassador Tedo Japaridze has been since 2012 the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Georgian Parliament. He is one of the most prominent foreign policy authorities in Georgia, having served as a Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia (1991-1992, 2003-2004), National Security Advisor to the President and the National Security and Defense Council (2002-2003, 1992-1994) and as a Deputy Chairman of the UNESCO National Committee of Georgia (1989-1990).
His has been deeply engaged in various think-tank, organizations and policy development settings in the Black Sea region, having served as the President of the Energy Security Centre of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (2011), as Alternate Director General of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies in Athens (ICBSS, 2008-2011), and as Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC, 2006-2008) in Istanbul.
He is considered a regional authority in Euro-Atlantic relations, having served eight years as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to USA, Canada and Mexico (1994-2002) and, later on, as the President of the US-Caucasus Institute in Tbilisi (2005-2006) and as a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar (2006-2007).
Adam Reichardt is the Editor-in-Chief of New Eastern Europe. Prior to assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief, Adam served as the Managing Editor of New Eastern Europe. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Central European Journal of International and Strategic Studies (CEJISS). He previously spent eight years in public policy in Washington DC, as well as a large portion of his studies in Krakow, Poland, where he now permanently resides. Mr. Reichardt has an MA in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from the George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia USA, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin. In 2012, Mr. Reichardt was nominated for the European Press Prize in the category of “Editing” for his work on New Eastern Europe and in 2014 named to the “New Europe 100” list of the region’s top innovators.
Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).
Dr. Kortunov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and postgraduate studies at the Institute for US and Canadian Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. degree in History. He was Deputy Director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies as well as founder and first president of the Moscow Public Science Foundation. Dr. Kortunov taught Russian foreign policy at the University of Miami (USA), and at the Lewis & Clark College in Portland (University of California).
In 2011, he was elected Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council non-profit partnership established by order of the President of the Russian Federation.
Mr. Kortunov is an author of over 120 publications dedicated to the analysis of Soviet/Russian-American relations, global security, and the foreign and domestic policy of the USSR and Russia.
Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski (born 1963) Since 1987 a researcher and an academic teacher of the University of Łódź (history and political sciences). In 1992 employed with the Ministry of National Defense of Poland. 1995-1996 - in the Office of the Undersecretary of State, Government Plenipotentiary for European Integration and Foreign Assistance. 1996-2001 in the European Institute in Łódź. 2005–2006 – Contemporary agent of the EPP-ED - an expert on Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine in the European Parliament. 2006-2009 visiting professor of the Belarusian EHU in Vilnius. Since 2008 visiting lecturer of KSAP. 2006-2012- a researcher in the European Centre Natolin. 2012-2015 publicist of the “Gazeta Polska Codziennie”. Since 2013 an expert in Piotr Glinski team and and a member of the PiS (Law and Justice) Programming Council. Since 2015 a coordinator of the Security & Defense Section in the National Council of Development at the President of Poland and an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
Dmitri V. Trenin, Ph.D., is Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center (since 2008) and a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Before joining Carnegie in 1994 he served in the Soviet and Russian army. Col. Trenin’s postings included Iraq (with the military assistance group, 1975-76), Germany, and Switzerland (INF and START nuclear weapons talks, 1985-91). For several years, Trenin taught area studies at the Defense University in Moscow from which he had graduated in 1977. He was also a senior fellow at NATO Defense College (1993) and, upon retirement from the military, a visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1993-1994). From 1994-1997, Trenin was also a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences.
At Carnegie, Dmitri Trenin chairs the Foreign and Security Policy Program. He is the author of several books, including "Self-Sufficiency and Connectivity: Russia’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroads"; "Unconditional Peace: 21st Century Euro-Atlantic as a Security Community: Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story"; "Getting Russia Right" and "Central Asia. The Views from Washington, Moscow and Beijing".
Trenin is a member of the Russian International Affairs Council; the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy; and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Science. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Moscow School of Political Studies. A frequent commentator for the world news media, from The New York Times to The Moscow Times to Beijing’s Global Times, he serves on the editorial boards of The Washington Quarterly, International Politics, Insight Turkey and Baltic Course.@DmitriTrenin
Congressman Turner practiced law in Dayton for over 17 years and in 1991, he opened his own private legal practice specializing in real estate and corporate law.
Turner served as Mayor of the City of Dayton for eight years. For the 5 years prior to Mayor Turner’s leadership, Dayton did not have a balanced budget. Turner worked across the aisle and balanced the budget for all eight years of his tenure. He also successfully reduced police response time by 40%, added 54 police officers to the force, and established a development fund that awarded over $19 million in grants for housing and job producing projects.
Congressman Turner was first elected to Congress in 2002. In Congress, Turner serves as a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a subcommittee Chairman on the Armed Services Committee.
In the 109th Congress, Congressman Turner served as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census. During his tenure, he helped save the Community Development Block Grant Program.
Prior to Congressman Turner's election, there was no advocate for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on the important House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Turner filled that void and throughout his time in Congress, Wright-Patt has successfully added approximately 10,000 jobs and remains the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio.
Congressman Turner previously served as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where he had jurisdiction over the nation's nuclear arsenal, the Department of Defense's intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems. Turner currently serves as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee which oversees ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve. Turner's chairmanship ensures that America's soldiers and airmen are fully equipped to carry out their mission.
In January of 2011, Turner was appointed Head of the US Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly, the inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. In November of 2014, Turner was elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.In January 2015, the Speaker of the House appointed Congressman Turner to the House Intelligence Committee. He is one of only two members of Congress to serve on both the House Intelligence Committee and as a Subcommittee Chairman on the House Armed Services Committee.
Mr. Lucas is also a senior editor at the leading London-based global newsweekly, The Economist, where he co-edits the Espresso daily news app and covers cybersecurity. Lucas has covered Central and Eastern European affairs since 1986, writing, broadcasting and speaking on the politics, economics and security of the region. A graduate of the London School of Economics and long-serving foreign correspondent in Berlin, Vienna, Moscow and the Baltic states, he is an internationally recognised expert on espionage, subversion, the use and abuse of history, energy security and information warfare.
On 1 November 2014, Hans de Vries became head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), residing under the Cyber Security Department of the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism. Hans has worked for the central government since 2002, most recently for the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, where he served as head of the ICT Management Division and head of Operational Management Coordination. In recent years he has worked in ICT security at interministerial and international level. Hans studied law at Leiden University and began his career in the private sector, working for Dutch department store chain Vroom & Dreesmann. In his current position, Hans is also the Deputy Director Cyber Security.
Jan Havránek is the Defence Counsellor at the Czech delegation to NATO HQ in Brussels, where he was posted in April 2014. He previously served as the Assistant First Deputy Minister and Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic (2013 – 2014). Before that, he served as the deputy defence policy director and foreign policy advisor to the Czech Minister of Defence (2010 – 2013).
Mr. Havránek has been an active member of the transatlantic community. In 2013, Jan Havranek was named to the Diplomatic Courier’s annual list of the “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.” He also advised on the Defence Austerity V4 Project by Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) as a national expert (2012 – 2013), and served as the adjunct fellow at the Washington-based Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA, 2013 – 2014). His other earlier engagements included work for the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI, 2003 – 2006) and Association for International Affairs (AMO, 2002 – 2007).
Mr. Havránek received a master’s degree in international security studies and business relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2009).
Jeff Rathke is a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Jeff joined CSIS in August 2015 after a 24-year career at the State Department, where he most recently was Director of the Press Office and served as acting Deputy Spokesperson in the spring of 2015. Mr. Rathke was Deputy Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General in Brussels (2009-2011) and Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin (2006-2009), along with assignments in Moscow, Riga, and Dublin. He also served in Kuala Lumpur as Counselor for Political Affairs (2011-14).@JeffRathke
Ambassador Maurits R. Jochems was appointed as NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan in August 2012 and took up his post in October 2012. He previously served as Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Estonia from September 2010 to September 2012 From 2005 to 2010, Maurits Jochems was on secondment to NATO by the Dutch Foreign Ministry with the personal title of Ambassador, and held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Plans in the Operations Division of NATO's International Secretariat. From 2001-2005 he was the Director International Security Policy at the Dutch Foreign Ministry, dealing with participation in international peacekeeping operations and policies with regard to NATO, EU/ESDP, OSCE, conventional and UN related arms control and disarmament, as well as arms export policy issues. At the age of 65, he retired from the Netherlands Foreign Service and concluded his NATO assignment in Kabul in December 2014.
Shuvaloy Majumdar brings experience in global affairs at its highest levels, and in the foreign policy issues formative to the last decade. In Ottawa, between 2011 and 2015, he served as the policy director to successive Canadian foreign ministers, as well as senior policy advisor to its minister for international development, assisting the prime minister and his cabinet to navigate key issues of international security and the global economy. Shuvaloy Majumdar was based in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010, where he led the International Republican Institute (IRI), a Washington-based nonpartisan organization chaired by US Senator John McCain dedicated to advancing democratic development.@shuvmajumdar
Afghan scholar and advisor to the U.S. government, Canadian government and international diplomats with 20 years of working experience as head of the BBC Pashto Service in London and Afghanistan. Author of recent book, Afghan socio-political history and numerous articles.
Steve Clemons is Editor at Large of The Atlantic. He also serves as Editor at Large of Atlantic media's other publications, Quartz and National Journal. In addition, he is a national security and foreign policy contributor to the cable news network, MSNBC. Clemons joined The Atlantic in June 2011 from the New America Foundation, a think tank devoted to pragmatic, non-ideological policy innovation which he co-founded and of which he served as Executive Vice President. Clemons is also founder of and continues as a Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at New America. Clemons also served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, as Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and as the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Geopolitical Risk. He frequently writes about topics related to foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy. Clemons’ work appears in many of the major leading op-ed pages, journals, and magazines around the world.@SCClemons
Róbert Vass started his professional career as a president of non-governmental organisation Euro-Atlantic Center in 2002. He had remained in this position for the next four years. In 2006, he was elected the Chairman of the Slovak Atlantic Commission and in 2008 it's Secretary General. Under his leadership, SAC has achieved substantial development, opened two new offices in Banská Bystrica and Bratislava, extended its program and activities and became the exclusive member of Atlantic Treaty Association for Slovakia. Mr. Vass founded the tradition of Bratislava Global Security Forum and since then he has been the patron of this initiative. He also organized the accompanying conference of NATO Defence Ministers Meeting in and established the successful magazine on foreign policy and international security Euro-Atlantic Quarterly.