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  • H.E. Dr. Zoran Jolevski

    H.E. Dr. Zoran Jolevski has been the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States since 2007. From 2010 until 2011 he was Ambassador to Mexico and Brazil.

    In the period 2000-2004, he was Secretary General of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Macedonia.

    From 1988 –2000, he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1994 to 1998 he was the First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to Geneva.

    From 2000 to 2004, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia appointed him Deputy National Negotiator and a special advisor to the Minister of Economy for accession of the Republic of Macedonia to the World Trade Organization.

    In the period 2004 to 2006, Dr. Jolevski was Chief of Party of the project “WTO Compliance Activity”, Booz Allen and Hamilton, a project funded by the USAID.

    Dr. Zoran Jolevski holds a Ph.D. in International Economy which he received from the Faculty of Economy at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. In 1991, he received a Master of Science in Law from the Faculty of Law in Skopje.

  • Mr. Vladimir Rakočević

    Mr. Vladimir Rakočević, M.A. obtained his BA Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University Donja Gorica in Podgorica, Montenegro and the American University, School of International Service (SIS), as a US State Department's scholarship holder. Mr. Rakočević has recently obtained his Master's Degree in Global Studies from the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies: A European Perspective Master's Programme, having attended Roskilde University, Denmark; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and the University of Vienna, Austria. During his studies, Vladimir focused on the emerging security challenges in the OSCE region, conflict-resolution and state-building in the Balkans and NATO public diplomacy and enlargement. Mr. Rakočević has been an active member of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro since September 2011.

  • Prof. Dr. Victor Kremenyuk

    Prof. Dr. Victor Kremenyuk was born in Odessa (formerly USSR, now Ukraine) on 13 December 1940. He studied in Moscow, at the Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, 1957-1963. He attended Course at the Military academy (1963-1964) and PhD course at the MGIMO (1965-1967). Degrees: Candidate of Economic sciences (1968), Doctor of History (1980). Since 1970 he has been working at the Institute for USA and Canada studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Dr. Kremenyuk is correspondent member of the Russian Academy of sciences. He published more than 300 works on international relations, security, foreign policy making, Russian-US relations in Russia, USA, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Lebanon, and China. He gained his teaching experience in USA, France (University of Paris), Germany (George Marshall Center), Italy (NATO Defense college), Lebanon (St Paul University De la Sagesse), China (Shanghai Academy of Social science).
    For research achievements Mr. Kremenyuk received Soviet National Prize (1980) and Russian Government Prize for strategic risk analysis (2005).

  • Dr. Valbona Zeneli

    Dr. Valbona Zeneli is a professor of security studies and director of the Black Sea Eurasia Program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Her current research and teaching interests include international economics and security issues, globalization and foreign direct investments, institutional reforms and development in the transition economies, corruption and security sector reform. Dr. Zeneli’s academic credentials include a PhD in international political economy from the University of Studies of Bari, Italy, a postgraduate studies degree on international marketing from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Bologna, Italy. She has published numerous papers and book chapters and is a frequent contributor to many international leading magazines. 

  • H.E. Amb. Tomáš Valášek

    H.E. Amb. Tomáš Valášek has been appointed a Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to NATO as of April 15, 2013. Previously, he worked as president of the Central European Policy Institute; an independent regional think-tank in Bratislava, Slovakia. From 2006 to 20012 he worked as director of foreign policy and defence at the Centre for European Reform in London. 

    Previously, he served as policy director and head of the security and defence policy division at the Slovak Ministry of Defence. Before joining the Ministry, Mr. Valášek founded and directed the Brussels office of the World Security Institute, a Washington, DC-based independent defence and security think-tank (2002-2006). From 1996 to 2002 he worked as senior European analyst in CDI's Washington, DC office. 

    He advised the Slovak Defence and Foreign Ministers, the UK House of Lords, and the 'group of experts' on the new NATO Strategic Concept. 

    Mr. Valášek holds an MA in international affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a BA in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. 

  • Mr. Tomáš Szunyog

    Mr. Tomáš Szunyog was born on March 14, 1966 in Czech Republic. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (1985-1990). He joined Czechoslovak Foreign Service in 1992. In the same year he became Desk Officer for Ukraine at the Eastern European Department. From 1993 until 1994, Mr. Tomáš Szunyog assumed the position of Desk Officer for Visegrád Group and Slovenia, Central European Department. After that, he became First Secretary at the Czech Embassy in the USA. Completing this engagement, Mr. Szunyog became Deputy Director at the Security Policy Department, and in 2000 was appointed Director of this department. From 2001 to 2005 he was Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Slovenia. In 2008 he became Director of the South-East and South European Department. From 2009 until 2014 he was Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Hercegovina. His current position is Director of Security Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

  • Mr. Ted Whiteside

    Mr. Ted Whiteside is currently Acting Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy. Before taking up his current duties he was Secretary of the North Atlantic Council, and Director of the NATO Ministerial and Summit Task Force in Brussels, and before that he held the position of Director of the NATO Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre. In his current capacity, he is responsible for guiding the Alliance’s public diplomacy strategies, and overseeing their implementation in member nations and partner countries. Mr. Whiteside was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for the negotiations conducted with the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a Graduate of the NATO Defense College, did postgraduate studies in International Politics in Brussels, and holds an M.A. from the University of Montréal and a B.A. from York University. 

  • Dr. Tamar Berchaushvili

    Dr. Tamar Berchaushvili is Master of Public Affairs (MPA) within the Comparative and International Affairs Programme and holds PhD in Economics. She started her carrier as a Research Fellow at the Georgian National Academy of Sciences from 1986-1990. In June 1998 she became Deputy Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations of Georgia until August when she assumed the position of Minister. From 2000 until 2003 she served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2004 she assumed the position of First Deputy State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Dr. Berchaushvili was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2013 until 2014, when she started working as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. 

    In her rich career, she served as visiting professor as well as associate professor at many universities, both in Georgia and abroad. 

    Dr. Berchaushvili received several awards for her work andshe is also the author of numerous articles. 

  • Mr. Raško Konjević

    Mr. Raško Konjević holds BA degree from the Faculty of Economics, as well as MA degree from postgraduate studies “Economy of Entrepreneurship”. 

    During the studies, he worked as a journalist in the daily “Vijesti”, and was one of the founders and PR of the NGO Center for Democratic Transition from 2000 until 2003. He was a part of the first generation at the School of European Integration in 2004. Mr. Konjević participated in several professional trainings in different fields of economics, security (within the organization DCAF), as well as in the field of public relations in cooperation with National Democratic Institute, Washington, D.C. He stayed for a while in USA for professional training. Mr. Konjević is vice president of the Social Democratic Party. He was member of the Committee on Security and Defence, Committee on Economy, finance and budget, Committee on International Relations and European Integration in the Parliament of Montenegro, as well as the Joint EU-Montenegro Parliamentary Committee. He performed the function of president of the Assembly of the Capital City of Podgorica in 2010 and 2011. He worked in the Service of the Parliament of Montenegro from 2003 until 2006. He was appointed Minister of Interior in the 40th Government of Montenegro on December 4, 2012. 

  • Mr. Radu Podgorean

    Mr. Radu Podgorean graduated from the Bucharest University, School of Philosophy and History, Sociology Department. He completed postgraduate studies at the same University. In 1996 he was OSCE Observer in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 1979 until 1990 he worked as teacher of history and philosophy, instructor and researcher. In 1990 he started working at the Romanian Government as governmental expert and director with the Public Information Department. He was director at the SC Context Consulting SRL from 1997 to 2000. In 2006 he served as the Observer in the European Parliament, and in 2007 he assumed the positions of a deputy in the European Parliament, member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, member of the Committee on Petitions, substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. From 2010 until 2013 he was Advisor at the Commissioner’s Office, National Securities Commission. 

  • H.E. Amb. Pieter FEITH

    H.E. Amb. Pieter Feith is a former diplomat from the Netherlands now working as a senior mediator with the European Institute of Peace in Brussels. Earlier he served as deputy Director General for politico-military affairs at the European Union Council Secretariat and as Director crisis management in the NATO International Staff. Acting as the Personal Representative of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson in 2001, he engaged in preventive diplomacy in Southern Serbia and in Macedonia. In 2005-6 he served as Head of the EU-led Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) in Indonesia to implement a peace plan negotiated by President Ahtisaari between the Government of Indonesia and the Aceh independence movement. From 2008 -2012 Mr. Feith was the International Civilian Representative for Kosovo, where he had wide ranging authority based on a settlement to oversee and assist Kosovo’s independence as a modern, multi-ethnic democracy with an open market economy. In parallel, he held the post of European Union Special Representative mandated to provide EU advice and to promote overall coordination in Kosovo. In the service of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was posted in Damascus, Bonn, New York (United Nations), Khartoum and Brussels (NATO).

    Pieter Feith studied Political Science at the University of Lausanne and holds an M. A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Mass. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. 

  • H.E. Mr. Milo Đukanović

    H.E. Mr. Milo Đukanović graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Podgorica – the University of Montenegro. He is a Montenegrin national. He was elected President of the Democratic Party of Socialists in 1998.

    He was elected Prime Minister on February 15, 1991. He performed the duties of Prime Minister for three consecutive terms. In 1998 he became the President of the Republic, having won in direct elections for the President of the Republic on 19 October 1997.

    He remained in office until November 2002, when, as the leader of “The Democratic Coalition for European Montenegro'', which won the October parliamentary elections, he was nominated the Prime Minister to appoint the members of the Government of Montenegro.

    Mr.Đukanović was elected Prime Minister on January 8, 2003. He was the leader of the Bloc for Independent Montenegro. Under his leadership the citizens of Montenegro, in a referendum held on May 21, 2006 made a historic decision on the renewal of Montenegrin independence.

    He was a Member of the Parliament of Montenegro from October 2006 to February 28, 2008. Due to an expressed need at the time, he was elected the Prime Minister of Montenegro on February 29, 2008.

    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.

  • H.E. Mrs. Margaret Ann Uyehara

    H.E. Mrs. Margaret Ann Uyehara was confirmed by the Senate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro in December 2014. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, Mrs. Uyehara has three decades of experience managing Department of State staff and resources.

    Mrs. Uyehara most recently served as Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organization Affairs in the Department of State. Previous tours have included Austria, Germany, Ukraine, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, United Kingdom and Mali. Mrs. Uyehara is a native of Berea, Ohio. She earned a B.A. in Political Science at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1981 and studied at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She speaks German, French, Ukrainian and Japanese. Mrs. Uyehara and her husband, Foreign Service Officer Michael Uyehara, have five children.

  • Mr. Levente Benkő

    Mr. Levente Benkő was born on July 10, 1976 in Budapest. He holds MA in History, Political Science, from English ELTE University in Budapest. He started his professional career as Program Assistant at Freedom House in Hungary from 1997-1999. From 1999 until 2002 he was Foreign Affairs Advisor at Foreign and Security Policy Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office. During the period 2002-2006 he served as International Press Advisor at Hungarian National Assembly. After this, he was Foreign Affairs Advisor at the Hungarian National Assembly 2006-2008. His position from 2008-2010 was Chief of Staff at the Hungarian Delegation in the EPP(-ED) Group of the European Parliament. He was Director General for Common Foreign and Security Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Hungary from 2010 until 2014. Since 2014 Mr.Benkőhas held the position of the Political Director at Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

  • Ambassador Jonathan Moore

    Ambassador Moore began his current assignment in September 2014. He was previously Director of the Office of South Central European Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; that office has lead policy responsibilities for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

    Ambassador Moore, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, joined the State Department in 1990 and was assigned to the Embassy in Belgrade in 1991.  He was a desk officer for the former Yugoslavia from 1993 to 1995, and was the Political/Economic Section Chief of the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania from 1995 to 1999.  From July to September 1996, he worked for three months at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina as an assistant and advisor to Ambassador Robert Frowick. After a one-year assignment as a Congressional Fellow in the Policy Office of Speaker of the House Hastert, Ambassador Moore His recent assignments included position as Deputy Director of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Russian Affairs from 2000 until 2002, serving as Acting Director for several months in early 2002.  He then worked as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Namibia from 2002 to 2005.  Ambassador Moore was a 2005-06 National Security Affairs Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.  He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Belarus from 2006 until 2008, and was Chargé there from 2008 until 2009. Before returning to Washington, he was U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2009 to 2012.

    Ambassador Moore has received a Distinguished Honor Award and several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the State Department as well as two awards for language proficiency from the American Foreign Service Association, and has been decorated with the Lithuanian Orders of Merit, Albanian Order of Skanderbeg and Grand Duke Gediminas.  In addition to the languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Moore speaks Russian, German, Danish, and Lithuanian.

  • Mrs. Jelena Milić

    Mrs. Jelena Milić is among the most influential political analysts in Serbia and the region of the Western Balkans. She was a co-worker of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of SCG and Serbia, Goran Svilanović, during his mandate in the Stability Pact for South East Europe Department for Democracy and Human Rights. Previously she worked as a political analyst and researcher for the International Crisis Group and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. She is a member of the Forum for International Relations, an invitation only think tank, set up by the European Movement in Serbia. She maintains an OP/ED column in a leading Serbian daily newspaper Danas, and a blog on BlicOnline, the most frequently visited online portal in Serbia. Mrs. Milić is a frequent speaker at international conferences dealing with South East Europe, Western Balkans and transitional justice.  She is, among other, author of the essay „The Elephant in the Room: Incomplete Security Sector Reform in Serbia and its Consequences for Serbian Domestic and Foreign Policies“, published in: Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the International Community (2012). Her areas of expertise are: Serbian security sector reform; Serbia – EU relations; Serbia - NATO relations; Russian influence in the Western Balkans; Kosovo; links between non-violent regime changes, transitional justice and security sector reforms. Mrs. Milić is a nuclear physics technician by education.

  • Dr. Jarosław Wisniewski

    Jarosław Wisniewski is an academic and political analyst who specializes in international security and European politics. He holds a PhD in European Studies from King’s College London (topic: energy security) as well as master’s degrees from University College London and the University of Wrocław, Poland. Throughout his career, Dr. Jarosław has worked as a consultant for the European Commission, Council of Europe, British Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, London-based think-tank Chatham House as well as a number of European civil society organizations and various public and private institutions in the EU and in South East Europe, including Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia among others.

  • H.E. Amb. Janina Hřebíčková

    H.E. Amb. Janina Hřebíčková commenced her post as Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro on 2 December 2013. Previously she served as Director of the Human Rights and Transition Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (2011-2012). She was the Czech Ambassador to Kosovo (2008-2011) and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations (2004-2008). In 2003 she was Foreign Affairs Ambassador-at-Large to Iraq, leading and co-ordinating reconstruction and capacity building projects.

    Before joining the Czech Republic Foreign Ministry, she served on several United Nations peacekeeping missions, including in the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO) and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Slavonia (UNTAES) in Croatia and the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

    Her early career was in journalism for several Czech-based and international news organizations. She holds a Master’s Degree from Charles University in Prague and a Ph.D in Comparative Linguistics and Literature.

  • Mrs. Jadranka Joksimović,

    Mrs. Jadranka Joksimović graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences of Belgrade University at the Department of International Relations and obtained a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences at ALFA University in Belgrade. Mrs. Joksimović worked in the Serbian Radical Party from 2005 to 2007 as an international relations assistant to Aleksandar Vučić. She is one of the signatories - the founder of the Serbian Progressive Party in 2008. During 2008 and 2009 she worked in the Serbian Parliament as an associate to the parliamentary group "Napred Srbijo". In May 2012 she was elected a Serbian MP from the list of the Serbian Progressive Party. In the Serbian Parliament she acted as chair of the Committee for control of security services. She was also a member of the European Integrations Committee, Joint Committee for Stabilisation and Association, member of the Permanent Delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, head of the delegation of the Central European Initiative and president of the Group of Friendship with Turkey. She is the party’s secretary for international relations. In April 2014 she became the Minister Without portfolio in Charge of European Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

  • H.E. Mr. Ivica Dačić

    H.E. Mr. Ivica Dačićwas born in 1966 in Prizren. He received his BA degree from the School of Political Science, University of Belgrade. He served on the Delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He chaired his party's Parliamentary Group in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and in the Assembly of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. From 1992 to 2004 he was delegate in the Chamber of Citizens of the Federal Assembly of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Since 2004, he has been a Deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. He was appointed Minister of Information in the so-called transitional Government of the Republic of Serbia, October 2000 - January 2001. He became the Leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia in December 2006. He was the President of the Basketball Club Partizan Belgrade and Vice President of the Yugoslav Olympic Committee. First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, July 2008 - July 2012. He was Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, July 2012 - April 2014. On 27 April 2014, he was appointed First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • H.E. Mr. Igor Crnadak

    H.E. Mr. Igor Crnadak graduated from the Faculty of Economics in 2004 in Banjaluka, and currently he has been attending the postgraduate studies of the Global markets and the European Union department at the Faculty of Economics in Banjaluka. 

    He has a rich political career, and from 2011 he has been the Secretary General of the Party of Democratic Progress. During the 90s, he worked as a journalist, therefore, he was correspondent of the “Voice of America“ from Banjaluka. He was the Head of the Party of Democratic Progress Caucus at the City Assembly of Banjaluka from 2000 to 2004. In 2006, he was a member of the European Integration Committee of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska. From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Crnadak was Deputy Minister of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, responsible for international cooperation. During the same period, he was the Chairman of the BiH NATO Coordination Team. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 31, 2015.

  • Mr. Duško Marković

    Mr. Marković was born on the 6th of July 1958 in Mojkovac, Montenegro. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Kragujevac, Serbia in 1983, when he started working at the legal department at the Mine “Brskovo” in Mojkovac. From 1986 he was a secretary of the Municipal Assembly of Mojkovac and after two years he became a President of the same. In 1991 he was engaged as a Secretary General of the Montenegrin Government, until 1998 when he became a member of the Parliament of Montenegro in two mandates. After this position, he moves in 2005 to the position of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and head of the State Security Service. In the light of this engagement, he continues a carrier as a Director of the National Security Agency from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, he became a minister without portfolio in the Government of Montenegro and soon after in the same year a Deputy Prime Minister for political system, foreign and interior policy and Minister of Justice. From 2015 he continued to be a Deputy Prime Minister.

  • H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati

    H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati assumed the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania in September 15, 2013.

    As an MP, Mr. Bushati chaired the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration (2011-2013) and was a member of the Joint EU-Albania Parliamentary Committee (2009-2013).

    Mr. Bushati graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana and holds a Masters Degree in Public International Law from Leiden University. Prior to his political career Mr. Ditmir Bushati served as Director of Legal Approximation at the Albanian Ministry of European Integration. In that capacity he was part of the team negotiating the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union (SAA). Mr. Bushati has worked as Advisor on European Affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister, as Legal Advisor to the Constitutional Court, the Office of the President of the Republic of Albania and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

    He has also served as analyst for Freedom House for the Nations in Transition Report, National Reporter for the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and National Coordinator of the Open Society Foundation’s project monitoring Albania's progress in the European integration process.

  • H.E. Mr. Daniel Mitov

    H.E. Mr. Daniel Mitov graduated from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", specializing in Political Science. Mr. Mitov participated in the international exchange programmes of Marshall Memorial Fund (German Marshall Fund of the US), and the „Programme des personnalites d’avenir” of the French foreign ministry. He specialized in Political skills at the Center for Continuing Education of the New Bulgarian University. In 2002, Mr. Daniel Mitov worked at the Political Academy for Central and Southeast Europe as part of the Bulgarian School of Politics team and Razum magazine. In 2006, he became Executive Director of the Democracy foundation, and then Vice President of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party. He has participated in the foundation of Bulgaria for the Citizens political party. Since the autumn of 2010, he worked for the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Iraq, where he was Program Manager of the political party development program. As an official NDI representative, he has also worked in Brussels, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Yemen, Tunisia among others.

  • Dr. Damir Črnčec

    Dr. Damir Črnčec is Associate Professor of National and International Security and Intelligence at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies. At the GSGES he is the Head of the Chair for National and International Security Studies. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He has participated in numerous expert trainings in Slovenia and abroad as an audience member or as a lecturer, including the training in the area of international and national security at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, at the Harvard University and National Intelligence Universities. He is author or co-author of numerous professional and scientific articles, papers and scientific. He gives particular attention to issues relating to protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.  He is also President of the Association for European Slovenia, an active member of the Slovenian Civil Society and a European and Transatlantic Think-Tank. He was Director General of the Intelligence and Security Service of the Ministry of Defence from 2005 until 2012, Director of Slovenian Intelligence and Security Agency, Slovenian Counter-Terrorism Coordinator and Head of National Security Council Secretariat between 2012 and 2013. 

  • Miss Clare Ellis

    Clare Ellis is a Research Analyst at the Royal United Services Institute in London, working within the National Security and Resilience Studies Group. Her research interests include countering violent extremism, organised crime, security-sector reform in post-conflict states and the role of policing in international development missions. Her recent work has focused on threats emanating from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, including concerns about returning foreign fighters, and potential ‘lone actor’ terrorists who are inspired by extremist material. 

    Prior to joining the institute she worked in the criminal justice sector, first within criminal defence and later within the police. Clare holds an MSc with Distinction in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism from University College London, where her dissertation examined the spatial and temporal distribution of terrorism incidents within post-accord Northern Ireland. She has also studied at the University of Newcastle and the Université Lumière Lyon 2, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Law with French.

  • Ariel Cohen, L.L.B., PH.D.

    Ariel Cohen, L.L.B., Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert on energy policy, with a particular focus on Russia/Eurasia, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Cohen also has specific expertise in oil and gas mid-stream technologies, including GTL and LNG. He serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth.

    Dr. Cohen is also Principal of International Market Analysis Ltd., a Washington, D.C.-based advisory firm specializing in energy, natural resources, political risk and public affairs. Dr. Cohen has extensive experience consulting for US and foreign governments, Fortune 500 companies and major international law firms.

    Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He frequently testifies before U.S. Congressional committees and conducts White House, Pentagon, and intelligence community briefings.

    Dr. Cohen has published over 700 articles, 6 books and monographs and 30 book chapters. He writes for international media and US and regularly appears on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and others. 

     

  • H.E. Mr. Ante Kotromanović

    H.E. Mr. Ante Kotromanović was born on May 8, 1968 in Potravlje near Sinj. From 1991 until 1992 he was Commander of the Special Unit of the CroatianArmy Main Staff, and from 1992 to 1993 he was Battalion Commander in the Sinj Training Centre. 

    Mr. Ante Kotromanović was commander of the 4th Guard Brigade Split in 1996-2001 and he was Chief of the Staff of the Military District Dubrovnik during 2001 and 2002. In 2007 he became the MP at the Croatian Parliament and Chairman of the Veterans Committee. In 2011 Mr. Kotromanović was appointed Minister of Defence of the Republic of Croatia. During his service in the Armed Forces he completed many specialist courses in Croatia and abroad, like the Antiterrorist Combat Course, Management Course, and the SSTR Course at George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Garmisch Partenkirchen). 

    He graduated from the Command and Staff College in 1993, and War College OSHR in 2000. For his outstanding service in the Armed Forces, Mr. Kotromanović has been decorated with numerous Croatian military decorations. He is the author of numerous articles on military, i.e. military-political, war veterans’ and terrorism issues. 

  • Dr. Andrei Nikolaievich Illarionov

    Dr. Andrei Illarionov is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity in Washington, USA, and the President of the Institute of Economic Analysis. In April 1993 he was invited to be the Chief Economic Advisor of Viktor Chernomyrdin, the then Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. 

    In July 1994 Dr. Illarionov founded the Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) and became its director. In April 2000 Dr. Illarionov was invited to serve as Chief Economic Advisor to the newly-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

    From May 2000 to January 2005 he was also Putin’s Personal Representative (or “Sherpa”) to the Group of Eight (G-8). While serving in President Putin’s administration, Dr. Illarionov was the driving force behind the adoption of a 13% flat income tax, the Russia’s government’s creation of a Stabilization Fund for windfall oil revenues, and the early repayment of Russia’s foreign debt. 

    In January 2005 Dr. Illarionov resigned from his post as a Russian Sherpa and in December 2005 from his post as a Presidential Advisor. 

    While in Cato Dr. Illarionov is involved in preparation of the Cato Index of Human Freedom, has prepared studies on nature of the current Russian political regime, Great Recession of 2008-2009, Russian-Georgian War, history of the Russian reforms, Russian-Ukrainian war. In 2012 Dr. Illarionov has been elected into the Coordination Council of the Russian opposition.

  • Mr. Aleksandar Đorđević

    Mr. Aleksandar Đorđević was born on 21 March 1970 in Čačak. He graduated from Faculty of Law at Belgrade University in 1995. His professional career started with internship at the Belgrade District Court from 1996 to 1998. Until 2001, Mr. Đorđević was an associate at a Law Office of lawyer Veljko Guberina, in Belgrade. Since 2001 Mr. Đorđević has had his own Law Office (dealing only with criminal law), and he was an attorney in more than 500 criminal law cases throughout Serbia and a legal counsel of significant state institutions. From October 2013 he is at the function of the Director of Security-Information Agency (BIA). 

  • H.E. Ambassador Adam Kobieracki

    H.E. Ambassador Adam Kobieracki assumed the position of Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre on 1 June 2011. He served in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1982, most recently as the Director for Security Policy. From 2003 to 2007 he was NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations in Brussels. Kobieracki headed the Polish delegation to the OSCE in Vienna from 1997 to 2000 and chaired the Permanent Council in 1998. Ambassador Kobieracki was involved in negotiations of the OSCE Vienna Document 1994 and the adaption of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty in 1999.

  • H.E. Mr. Filip Vujanović

    H.E. Mr. Filip Vujanović was born on September 1, 1954 in Belgrade. He graduated frm the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. He has a diploma of jurisprudence exam. From March 1978 until November 1980, he was a practitioner and professional collaborator at I Municipal Public Prosecutor’s Office and in District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade. He worked as a Secretary of Court in District Court in Titograd from November 1980 until January 1981. From January 1982 until March 1993 he worked as a lawyer. He was a Minister of Justice in the Government of the Republic of Montenegro from March 1993 to May 1995. From February 5, 1998 until November 5, 2002, he was the President of the Government of the Republic of Montenegro. After parliamentary elections in October 2002, he was elected President of the Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro. He was elected President of the Republic of Montenegro on May 11, 2003. At the first parliamentary elections in independent Montenegro on April 6, 2008, he was elected President of Montenegro.

  • Prof. Dr. Julian Lindley-French

    Prof. Dr. Julian Lindley-French is a leading strategic analyst, author and commentator with several books to his name. He is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Statecraft, Director of Europa Analytica, an Honorary Fellow of the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter and a member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of General Sir Nick Houghton, Chief of the British Defence Staff. He was formerly a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Atlantic Council of the United States and has been appointed to three professorial chairs at the University of Leiden and the Netherlands Defence Academy. His blog, Lindley- French’s Blog Blast (www.lindleyfrench.blogspot.com), has a world-wide readership and is on the websites of several leading think-tanks. He is also a regular columnist for several leading newspapers. He is author of several books. The Oxford Handbook of War is regarded as a definitive anthology on war. In 2014 he published a new book entitled “Little Britain? Twenty-First Century Strategic Challenges for a Middling European Power” and Oxford University Press published the paperback edition of his Oxford Handbook. In 2015 Professor Lindley-French will publish a second edition of NATO: The Enduring Alliance for Routledge Press and is currently writing a book on Europe and strategy.

  • Dr. Pauletta Otis

    Prof. Dr. Pauletta Otis is a professor of Security Studies at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University (2006-2014). Prior to her service with the Marine Corps, she served as Professor of International Strategic Studies at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Department of Defense (2001- 2006). As the Senior Research Fellow for Religion in International Affairs at Pew Forum, Washington, D.C. (2005-2006), she presented briefings and organized meetings on the subject of religious and cultural factors in contemporary conflict to government and military members around the world. Formerly a tenured full Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Colorado State University-Pueblo (1989-2004), her Ph.D. was awarded from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1989. Dr. Otis has special expertise in the study of sub-national violence and combines both the theoretical and operational experience and expertise. She holds graduate degrees in Anthropology, Political Science, and International Studies and has conducted field research in conflict/war situations in South Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and the eastern Mediterranean.

  • Dr. Willem van Eekelen

    Dr. Willem F. van Eekelen (1931) studied law at the University of Utrecht and politics at Princeton University (1950-52). He entered the Netherlands foreign service in 1957 and served in the Embassies in New Delhi, London and Accra and in the Permanent Delegation to NATO in Paris and Brussels. Returning home in 1971 he became assistant to the Political Director and subsequently Director of the Security Policy Department. He was elected to Parliament in 1977 and became State Secretary for Defence (1987 – 81), State Secretary for European Affairs (1982 – 86) and Minister of Defence (1986 – 88). He was Secretary General of the Western European Union (1989 – 94) and subsequently was a member of the Netherlands Senate till 2003. In 2003 he was a member of the European Convention which prepared the European Constitution which ultimately became the Treaty of Lisbon. Among his publications are Debating European Security, 1948 – 1998, and From Words to Deeds. The Continuing Debate on European Security. He contributed to several publications of the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) on Security Sector Reform.

  • Dr. Ekaterina Stepanova

    Dr. Ekaterina Stepanova is a lead researcher and heads Peace and Conflict Studies Unit and is a lead researcher at Institute of the World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow. She also lectures at the European University in Saint-Petersburg (EUSP) international programs. In 2007-2009, she directed Armed Conflicts and Conflict Management Program at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Dr. Stepanova is a visiting lecturer at Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and, in 2009-2012, was an invited lecturer at European Peace University, Austria. She is a member of the expert panel of Global Peace Index, the Advisory board of the“Security in Transition” program, London School of Economics, and the Joint U.S.-Russia Expert Group on Afghan narco-trafficking.

  • H.E. Mr. Roman Jakič

    From 1987 until 1990 he was a student and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He was a Head of International Relations Office, Liberal Democracy of Slovenia from 1992 until 1996. For the period 1996–2000, he was a Deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia. From 1999 until 2001 he was a Chairperson of the Sub-committee on Youth and Sport, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Between 2001 and 2004 he was a Chairperson of the Political Affairs Committee, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He was an MEP from 2003 until 2004. He has been the Head of Team of the Paralympic Committee for Summer and Winter Paralympics since 2005. Since 2011, he has been Deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia. In 2013 he was appointed Minister of Defense of the Republic of Slovenia.

  • Dr Savo Kentera

    Dr. Savo Kentera has been the president of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro since October 2006. Also, Mr. Kentera was elected ATA vice-president at the ATA General Assembly in Berlin, 2008. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Center for International Relations of Montenegro. Dr. Kentera is also the founder of the “Security” Magazine the only magazine in Montenegro addressing security issues on a professional basis. Field of expertise: international security and international relations.

  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Milica Pejanović-Đurišić

    Prof. Dr. Milica Pejanović-Đurišić was appointed Minister of Defense in the Government of Montenegro on March 13, 2012. Dr. Pejanović-Đurišić graduated at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Montenegro. She received MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications by the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1984 and 1987 respectively. She is full professor in Telecommunications and Wireless Communications at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Montenegro and Director of its Centre for Telecommunications. Dr. Pejanović-Đurišić has considerable industry experience being President of the Board of Directors of „Telekom Montenegro" (1999-2002), President of the Board of Directors of Internet CG (2001-2002), ITU expert, consultant for international telecommunication companies. Milica Pejanović-Đurišić is one of the founders of the Democratic Party of Socialists, Montenegro and she was its President in the period 1997-1998. She has been elected Member of the State Presidency (1990-1992) at the first democratic elections in Montenegro. In the period 1992-2001 she was Member of the Parliament. From 2004 - 2006, she was Ambassador of the State Union Serbia & Montenegro to Belgium and Luxembourg. After Montenegro became independent, Mrs Pejanović-Đurišić was its first Ambassador to France, Monaco and UNESCO.

  • Mr. Jason Wiseman

    Mr. Jason Wiseman works for the Atlantic Treaty Association and a National Security Analyst with the Atlantic Council of Canada. He holds an MA in Government with a Specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security and a BAH in Political Science. In addition to research and analysis, Jason works as a conference coordinator and development officer for the ATA. His areas of expertise include Counter-Terrorism, Middle Eastern Politics, State Failure and Transnational Organized Crime.

  • Dr Amadeo Watkins

    Amadeo Watkins spent over 10 years as a civil servant, mostly with the British government's prestigious Advanced Research & Assessment Group. Since 2011, as the director of the public sector consultancy INNDEGO, he is an expert on public sector governance and strategic change, with work experience in the Caucasus, Middle East and most significantly SE Europe. Since 2012, Amadeo is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Military Educational Outreach, King's College London. As a scholar-practitioner, he has published extensively on his work experience, most recently for the EU on 'Challenges of Donor Assistance in Transition Countries''.

  • H.E. Talat Xhaferi, M.A.

    H.E. Talat Xhaferi, M.A. is the Minister of Defense of Macedonia. From 1981 to 1985 he studied at the Military Academy of the Land Force – Infantry, Belgrade and Sarajevo. He finished post graduate studies at the Military Academy “General Mihajlo Apostolski” in Skopje in 1998. He is a member of Commission for supervision of the implementation of the measures for monitoring of the communications by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defense, as well as the member of Commission for Security and Defense. He is deputy member of the Commission for supervision of the work of the Directorate for Security and Counter-Intelligence and the Intelligence Agency. He is Head of Delegation of the Assembly of Macedonia to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He was a Member of Parliament in the Assembly of Macedonia on three occasions. From 2004 to 2006, he was a Deputy Minister of Defense of Macedonia. In 2013 he earned master degree in Defense Studies at the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Faculty of Philosophy, Department for Defense and Peace Studies.

  • H.E. Mr. Ranko Krivokapić

    Mr. Ranko Krivokapić is a Bachelor of Law; he passed the oral MA examination at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade – field of international relations. He has been the president of the Parliament of Montenegro since 2003, in the 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Convocation of the Parliament. He has been elected MP in nine convocations. In October 2006, he was elected the President of the Constituent Assembly of the Republic of Montenegro and the President of the Constitutional Committee of the Constituent Assembly of the Republic of Montenegro, until the proclamation of Constitution of Montenegro in 2007. For ten years, he has been the head of the Montenegrin delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE. At its 22nd Annual Session, held in Istanbul, he was elected 12th Assembly. He was a member of Montenegrin delegations to the Council of Europe as well as the Parliamentary Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Since 2001, he has been the president of the Social Democratic Party of Montenegro (SDP).

  • G. Brian M. Jenkins

    Brian Michael Jenkins is a senior adviser to the president of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous books, reports, and articles on terrorism-related topics. He is also the Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute. He formerly served as chair of the Political Science Department at RAND. He is a decorated combat veteran, having served in the Seventh Special Forces Group in the Dominican Republic and with the Fifth Special Forces Group in Vietnam. In 1996, President Clinton appointed Jenkins to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. He currently is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Secretary of Homeland Security Advisory Group as well as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Terrorism.

  • Brig. Gen. Umberto Rapetto

    Brig. Gen. Umberto Rapetto is currently Cyber Security Advisor. Prior to this, he first was Strategic advisor of the President at Telecom Italy and then appointed Group Senior Vice President where he was Director of Initiatives and Special Projects of the Italian telecommunications giant until December 31st, , 2013. Certificated EUCIP (European Certification of Informatics Professionals) “Security Adviser”, he is professor of Network Security at the Genoa University. Journalist and writer, he has been one of the four experts appointed on December 14th, 2006 in the Committee for protecting the intellectual property at the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri.

  • H.E. Amb. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

    H.E. Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović took up her position as NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy on 4 July 2011. Having 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), Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović is well-versed in Euro-Atlantic diplomacy and security issues. Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović holds a masters degree in international relations from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University, a Luksic Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She is the first woman ever to be appointed Assistant Secretary General of NATO.

  • Dr Ioannis Armakolas

    Dr. Ioannis Armakolas is Lecturer in Comparative Politics of South-East Europe at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki). He is also ‘Stavros Costopoulos’ Research Fellow and Head of the South-East Europe Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). Ioannis Armakolas holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, an MA from the University of Kent and a first degree from Panteion University. Prior to his current affiliation, Ioannis Armakolas was United Kingdom’s Economic & Social Research Council Fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Oxford; Director of the South-East Europe Program of Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM, a think tank of the Greek Ministry for Foreign Affairs); he has extensive experience as a consultant in projects of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) in the Western Balkans and he has led research and co-authored several reports on Bosnia for the British and the US governments.

  • H.E. Dr. Igor Lukšić

    In 1998, Dr. Lukšić graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica. At the same institution he obtained a MA degree in 2002 on the topic: “Spontaneous Order and Transition” and a PhD in 2005 on the topic: “Transition – the Process of Achieving Economic and Political Freedoms”. He was elected MP at the Parliament of Montenegro five times (in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2009). In the period from January to April 2003, he was public relations adviser to the Prime Minister. From March 2003 to February 2004, he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro. Since February 2004, he has served five terms as Finance Minister and two terms as Deputy Prime Minister, since December 2008. He was the youngest Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at the Government of Montenegro. He was appointed Prime Minister on December 29, 2010. In December 2012, he was elected Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

  • H.E. Dr. Henryka Mościcka-Dendys

    Dr. Henryka Mościcka-Dendys was appointed Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in charge of European policy, human rights and parliamentary affairs on April 16, 2013. Prior to that, she served as Director of the European Policy Department (from 2012) and Deputy Director of this Department, responsible for institutional affairs and Northern Europe (2011-2012). She graduated law at the University of Silesia in Katowice and holds a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Warsaw. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in 2002. Her previous postings include Copenhagen, where she got seconded to the office of the CBSS Commissioner for democratic development (2003) and Berlin where she served as 1st secretary and later as counsellor at the Polish Embassy, covering EU policies including enlargement and institutional issues (2007-2011). She has been a member of Board of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation since 2011.

  • Dr Nicolai Petro

    Dr. Nicolai Petro is a professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island. He is currently a U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar in Ukraine. His first full time teaching appointment was at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where in 1987 he founded the Center for Contemporary Russian Studies. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, in 1989 and 1990, as an International Affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, he served as special assistant for policy in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, and as temporary political attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. While in the Soviet Union, he monitored local elections in central Russia, Belarus, and Latvia.

  • H.E. Amb. Imants Lieģis

    H.E. Amb. Imants Lieģis was Latvia’s Ambassador to NATO in the pre-accession period until Latvia joined NATO 10 years ago. Other Ambassadorial appointments include the Benelux countries. He is currently Latvia’s Ambassador to Hungary, also accredited to Montenegro and awaiting accreditation to Slovenia and Croatia. From March 2009 until November 2010 Amb. Lieģis served in Government as Minister of Defense (and Acting Minister of Justice from May 2010). Following that he was elected to Latvia’s Parliament for one year, working as Chairman of the European Affairs Committee and Head of Delegation to NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly. He is a Research Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and Board Member of the European Leadership Network for multilateral nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues.

  • Mr. Keir Giles

    Mr. Keir Giles is the director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group of deep subject matter experts on Eurasian security formerly attached to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense but now operating in the private sector. While overseeing CSRC's research and publications program, Mr. Giles continues work in his own specialist fields of the Russian military and cyber security, and in particular human factors affecting Russian security affairs. Mr. Giles’ work has appeared in a wide range of academic and military publications across Europe and in the United States, and he is a regular commentator on Russian affairs for international print and broadcast media. Uniquely, he is a double Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, UK, as well as a regular contributor to collaborative research projects on Russian security issues in both the UK and Europe.

  • Mr. James Franey

    Mr. Franey first joined Euronews in March 2010 as a producer, after stints in Paris and Stockholm with the AFP news agency. He was appointed European Affairs correspondent in November 2012 and is based in Brussels from where he covers foreign policy issues.

  • Amb. Volodymyr Ogrysko

    In 1978, Amb. Ogrysko joined the Ministry of Foreign affairs. He was a Counselor of the Department of political analysis and coordination of the MFA of Ukraine from July 1991 to March 1992. From 1996 to 1999 he was a head of the Foreign Policy Department, head of the Main Department on Foreign Policy of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. From 2005 to 2007 he performed the function of the first Deputy Minister. He was a Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine from 2009 to 2010. From 2009 to 2010 he was first Deputy Secretary in National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

  • ADM Dragan Samardžić

    Admiral Dragan Samardžic is Chief of General Staff of the Army of Montenegro. Previously, he served as Acting Chief of General Staff, and he also served as Deputy Minister for Material Resources in the Ministry of Defense. ADM Samardžić was Deputy Chief of the Army of Montenegro, the Navy commander in the Army of Serbia and Montenegro, the Chief of Staff Command of Navy. Also, he was the commander of the 18th Flotilla rocket ships of Navy; he served as the Chief of Staff (and Deputy Commander, also) of the 18th flotilla rocket ships. ADM Samardžić was singed for all commands in the missile division, from gunboats to the detachment commander of the ship's commander of division.

  • Prof. dr John R. Schindler

    Prof. Dr. John R. Schindler is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Additionally, he is a Senior Fellow at Boston University and Co-Chair of the Partnership for Peace's Combating Terrorism Working Group. Dr. Schindler is widely published on issues of terrorism, intelligence, and European security, and previously served with the US Department of Defense, as both a civilian and a military officer, working in intelligence matters.

  • Dr Hall Gardner

    Dr. Gardner examines inter-state and inter-societal conflict with a comparative historical orientation. His focus is on the diplomatic origins of war, yet more specifically on deliberating the phenomenon of war’s eruption and its regional and global ramifications, with an eye toward conflict resolution. His research blends a historical and theoretical approach with contemporary international affairs, concentrating on questions involving NATO and European Union enlargement, the collapse of the Soviet Union and its impact upon China and Eurasia in general, as well as the global ramifications of the “war on terrorism.” He received his PhD in 1987 at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington DC. He is Co-Chair of the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris.

  • Mr. Robert van de Roer

    Mr. Robert van de Roer is diplomatic commentator, consultant, moderator and filmmaker. In 1984 the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad appointed Mr. van de Roer as investigative reporter. From 1993 till 2005 he worked as diplomatic editor at the foreign desk. He reported on the wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq, and on the UN, NATO, US foreign policy and world affairs. He started a series of vivid in-depth interviews with over hundred international leaders. Mr. van de Roer has won two Awards of the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) in New York. In 2011 Mr. van de Roer started his own firm as diplomatic commentator for radio and TV, consultant, moderator and filmmaker.

  • H.E. Mrs. Sue K. Brown

    U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro Sue K. Brown had the honor to present her credentials to the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Ambassador Brown was previously sworn in as Ambassador to Montenegro in a ceremony at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. on April 27, 2011. Ambassador Brown is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. A native of Texas, she joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1980. She has served since 2009 as Office Director for Southern African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. Previously, Ambassador Brown served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Accra, Ghana and Asmara, Eritrea. Her other overseas postings include Indonesia, France, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire.

  • Mr. Suleyman Anil

    Since August 2010, Mr. Anil is the Head of Cyber Defence Section in the Emerging Security Challenges Division of NATO HQ, Brussels. Mr. Anil has been a member of NATO International staff Since June 1989. Prior to his current NATO post, from 1989 to 2003, Mr. Anil was responsible for the development and management of NATO’s operational Cyber Defence services. Later, from 2003 to 2010, Mr. Anil was assigned to NATO Office of Security in NATO HQ Brussels, where his cyber defence responsibilities included policy development, coordination of NATO cyber defence issues including incidents, intelligence aspects and international liaison.

  • H.E. Dr. Zlatko Lagumdžija

    H.E. Dr. Zlatko Lagumdžija is a Bosnian politician and academic. He is known for his leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is currently serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lagumdžija earned his high school diploma as a part of the Youth for Understanding exchange student program in Allen Park, Michigan in 1973. His subsequent education was at the University of Sarajevo, where he earned a B.Sc in 1977, an M.Sc in 1981 and a PhD in 1988 in the field of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He is a professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) and Computer Science at the Faculty of Economics and Projected Information Systems and Group Support Systems at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Sarajevo. Additionally, Dr. Lagumdžija is a full professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo, as well as Director of the Management and Information Technology Centre in Sarajevo since 1995.

  • Col. (Ret.) Prof. Phil Lark

    Professor Philip Lark is the Executive Director of the Program on Cyber Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Professor Lark is the Founder and Developer of the Marshall Center's Global Transnational Cyber Security Program, a comprehensive non-technical strategic-level policy program for top national leaders including diplomats, policy-makers, legislators, military and law enforcement officers, ministerial staffs, and cyber professionals. A retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, Professor Lark has over 30 years of international strategy, policy-making and planning experience in the cyber domain primarily focused throughout Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Europe.

  • Mr. Mihailo Jovović

    Mihailo Jovović, journalist and editor-in-chief of Vijesti, Montenegrin daily. During the last 17 years he was Vijesti's deputy editor-in-chief, Political Section editor, International News editor and journalist. He paid special attention in his work to defense, political and intelligence matters. Reported from many international events as well as several NATO summits. Vijesti is an independent daily newspaper, known for its extensive engagement in investigative journalism - especially in the area of politics, economy and organized crime and corruption.

  • Nj.E. Prof. dr Vesna Pusić

    H.E. Prof. Dr. Vesna Pusić graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb in 1976. She earned her Doctor's degree in sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb in 1984. Dr. Pusić is a member of the HNS since its establishment in 1990 and from 2000 till 2008 she was elected President of the HNS in two terms. In 2000 she was elected to Croatian Parliament. In 2011 she became Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and in 2012 Deputy Prime Minister. In 2013 Dr. Pusić was elected President of HNS. She also held a position of Vice-president of the European Liberal Democratic and Reform Party in three terms.

  • Dr Valeriu Nicuţ

    Dr. Valeriu Nicuţ is currently working as a State Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning in Romanian Ministry of National Defence. A retired General, Valeriu Nicuţ holds a PhD in military science. National education includes Military High School, Army Academy, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Joint and Multinational Operations Course, National Defence College. Mr. Nicuţ attended different staff courses abroad in Germany, The Netherlands, UK, Sweden and Belgium. His previous assignments include command and staff positions in Army Units, General Staff, International Military Staff/NATO HQ and SHAPE/Belgium.

  • Dr Zbigniew Włosowicz

    Dr. Zbigniew Włosowicz (born in 1955), Doctor of Law, a graduate of the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. From 1977 to 1990 lecturer, Department of Public International Law, Jagiellonian University. Between 1981 and 1983 a visiting scholar, Cambridge University, England. In 1987/1988 a research fellow, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne. In 1990 joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1993 to 1997 Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. In 1996 was elected as the chairman of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board. In 2000 appointed as the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Cyprus and the Chief of United Nations Peacekeeping Force In Cyprus (UNFICYP). Upon completing his mission in 2006 returned to Poland and assumed the post of the Dean of the Faculty of International Relations, School of Administration, Bielsko-Biała. Also lectured at the School of European Studies In Cracow. From 2010 - 2012 served as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence. Since February 2013, Deputy Chief of the National Security Bureau.

  • G-đa Barbora Maronkova

    Ms. Maronkova graduated at the University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovak Republic at the Faculty of International Relations in 2002. She established and headed a Slovak based NGO Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs to contribute to a public and academic debate on Slovakia’s membership to EU and NATO from March 2003-February 2006. Since 2003 to 2005 she was actively involved with the Euro-Atlantic Security Study Group, PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes, Garmish-Partnenkirchen, Germany. Since September 2006, she works with the Public Diplomacy Division of NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium - she started as a programme coordinator to raise awareness and public information about NATO and its policies and was promoted to programme manager in September 2010. She is responsible for designing, planning and executing strategic communication campaigns in a number of NATO member states and in the Western Balkans. In addition, she works on NATO’s enlargement policies and advices aspiring nations on public diplomacy and campaigning.

  • Dr Karl. A. Lamers

    Dr. Karl A. Lamers was elected as ATA President in 2008. Dr. Lamers is also the Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of the German Parliament and the Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He obtained a doctorate in law and is a practicing lawyer since 2000. He has been a Member of CDU (Christian Democratic Party) since 1975 and the German Bundestag since 1994. As Member of the German Bundestag, Dr. Lamers has been the Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee since November 2006 and Substitute Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs since 1998. He has also been a Member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 1998. From 2010 to 2012 he was the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

  • Dr Juliette Bird

    Dr. Juliette Bird has been the head of NATO's Counter Terrorism section, within the Emerging Security Challenges Division, since September 2011. In the course of a 20-year career in the UK foreign service she has specialized in global threats including proliferation, financial crime and most extensively, terrorism. She served in the UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and was then seconded to NATO to set up an equivalent body for the Alliance. Her work abroad has included postings to India, Belgium and the European Union. Her degrees are from Oxford University (Corpus Christi College), in chemistry.

  • Dr Sharyl Cross

    Dr. Sharyl Cross was appointed director of the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University and Global Policy Scholar at the Kennan Institute/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in 2013. She has held previous appointments as professor and academic director of the Program in Advanced Security Studies and Senior Executive Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and distinguished professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy. She has published extensively on issues of Russian foreign policy, U.S.–Russian security relations, and South Eastern European security. Professor Cross is currently working on her next book entitled China, Russia, and Twenty First Century Global Geopolitics under contract with Oxford University Press.