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Federica Mogherini
Federica Mogherini European Commission High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and..
Federica Mogherini

Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General
Jens Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg was born in Oslo on 16 March 1959. He spent his childhood years abroad, with his diplomat father, mother and two sisters.  Mr Stoltenberg holds a postgraduate degree in Economics from the University of Oslo. After graduating in 1987, he started work in Statistics Norway.  1990-1991: State Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment  1991-2014: Member of Parliament  1993-1996: Minister of Industry and Energy  1996-1997: Minister of Finance  2000-2001: Prime Minister of Norway 2002-2014: Leader of the Norwegian Labor Party  2005-2013: Prime Minister of Norway 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.  During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr Stoltenberg frequently called for NATO to focus on security challenges close to Allied territory. 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. Mr Stoltenberg has had a number of international assignments. These include chairing the UN High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence and the High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. He was also UN Special Envoy on Climate Change.  Mr Stoltenberg is married to Ingrid Schulerud. Together they have two grown-up children.

Jorge Domecq
Jorge Domecq European Defence Agency Chief Executive
Jorge Domecq

Jyrki Katainen
Jyrki Katainen European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and..
Jyrki Katainen

Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Elżbieta Bieńkowska European Commission EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry,..
Elżbieta Bieńkowska

María Dolores de Cospedal García
María Dolores de Cospedal García Government of Spain MInister of Defence
María Dolores de Cospedal García

State Lawyer in the Basque Country in 1991. Entered the legal services department of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and the Environment in 1992 Chief State Lawyer at the Ministry of Social Affairs (1994-1996). Advisor to the Office of the Minister for Employment and Social Affairs until 1997. Labour and Social Affairs Councilor at the Spanish Embassy in the United States in 1998. Appointed Technical Secretary General at the Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs in 1999. Under-Secretary for Public Administration Services (2000-2002). Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs (2002-2004). State Lawyer before the Court of Human Rights (2004-2005). Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure in the Regional Government of Madrid (2004-2006). PP Chair in Castile-La Mancha since June 2006. Member of the Upper House for the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha (2006-2011). Member of the Parliament of Castile-La Mancha (2007-2015). General Secretary of the People's Party (Partido Popular) since June 2008. President of the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha (2011-2015). Member of Parliament in the 11th and 12th Legislatures. Minister for Defence since 4 November 2016.

Rose Gottemoeller
Rose Gottemoeller NATO Deputy Secretary General
Rose Gottemoeller

Speaker TBA
Speaker TBA European Investment Bank
Speaker TBA

Camille Grand
Camille Grand NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment
Camille Grand

He was previously Director and CEO of the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), the leading French think tank on defence and security (2008-16). In that capacity, he served on several expert groups on the future of NATO (Advisor to the Group of Experts on the Strategic Concept chaired by Madeleine Albright in 2009-10, Member of the Group of Policy Experts for the Wales Summit in 2014). His research and publications focused on defence policy, NATO, nuclear policy, and missile defence. He was also Deputy Director for Disarmament and Multilateral Affairs in the Directorate for Strategic, Security and Disarmament Affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006‑08). In that capacity, he was in charge of chemical and biological non-proliferation and conventional arms control, and served as French representative in several international negotiations and senior groups within the EU and NATO (HLTF). Prior to that, he was Special Assistant for International Affairs and Deputy Diplomatic Adviser to the French Minister of Defence (2002-06), in charge of international defence and armament cooperation, policy planning, and nuclear and missile defence policies. He was also responsible for nuclear policy and non-proliferation in the policy branch of the French MoD (1999-2002), and was an associate fellow at the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) (2000‑02). He also worked with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EU-ISS) as a visiting fellow (1999-2000), with the Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques as a research fellow and editor of the quarterly journal Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (1994-98), and with Ifri as a research assistant (1992-94). Camille Grand was also an associate lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris (1998-2016). Amongst other past teaching positions, he was a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA, 2006-10) and an associate professor at the French Army Academy, Ecole spéciale militaire de St Cyr-Coëtquidan, (1995-2002). He was also a member of the Conseil général de l’armement (National Advisory Board on Armament and Technology, chaired by the French Minister of Defence) from 2012, and a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 2014. His publications include several books and monographs and numerous papers in European and American books and journals on current strategic affairs, primarily focused on defence policy, European security, NATO, nuclear policy, missile defence, non-proliferation and disarmament. He holds graduate degrees in international relations, defence studies, and contemporary history, and is a graduate from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris. He also trained at the Institut diplomatique of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Camille Grand is married and father of three sons.  

Steven Vandeput
Steven Vandeput Federal Government of Belgium Minister of Defence
Steven Vandeput

Raimundas Kanoblis
Raimundas Kanoblis Government of the Republic of Lithuania MInsiter of National Defence
Raimundas Kanoblis

Date and place of birth    April 14t 1968, in region of Pasvalys, Lithuania        Education      1986-1992    Law Faculty, Vilnius University          Work experience      December 2016    Inaugurated as the Minister of National Defence 2015-2016    Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania 2010-2015    Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Union 2007-2010      Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Union (COREPER I) 2005-2007      Director, Foreign Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania 2003-2005      Director, Economic Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania   2001-2003    Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the WTO 1999-2003      Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations Office in Geneva 1997-1999    Director, Economic Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania 1996-1997      Deputy Director, Economic Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania 1995-1997    Head, Foreign Trade Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania 1994-1995      First Secretary, Foreign Trade Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania 1992-1994    Legal Consultant, Lithuanian Free Market Institute        State decorations      2003    Knight’s Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania   2014    Commander’s Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania

José Alberto Azeredo Lopes
José Alberto Azeredo Lopes Government of Portugal Minsiter of National Defence
José Alberto Azeredo Lopes

José Alberto de Azeredo Lopes was born in Oporto, in 1961. He is Professor of Faculdade de Direito of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where he graduate and took his Master and PhD. Later on, he graduate in Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales and he became an auditor of Hague Academy of International Law. He is also invited Professor of Blanquerna Comunicació, Universitat Ramon Llul, in Barcelona. He was director of Escola de Direito do Porto of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (2005-2006) and of International Studies Office of the same University (1993-2004). He was member of the working group for public service of television appointed by XV Government, in 2002. He joint East Timor UN Mission as advisor, in 1999. In the same year, he coordinated a mission of international observers to the referendum about East Timor independence. He was President of Regulatory Authority for the Media (2006-2011). He was an expert in media’s freedom with the OSCE Representative for the Media Freedom (Vienna, 2014). He is lecturer in Instituto de Defesa Nacional, having previously also been a lecturer in Instituto Superior Naval de Guerra, on issues related to armed conflicts and geopolitics. Nowadays, his main research areas are due to self-determination right, the use of the force in international relations, human rights and armed conflicts. He wrote chronicles in Jornal de Notícias and was a commentator of RTP2 for international relations. Since 2013, he was Oporto’s Mayor Head of Office.

Anna Fotyga
Anna Fotyga European Parliament MEP
Anna Fotyga

Urmas Paet
Urmas Paet European Parliament MEP
Urmas Paet

Ioan Mircea Pașcu
Ioan Mircea Pașcu European Parliament Vice-President
Ioan Mircea Pașcu

Adrian Țuțuianu
Adrian Țuțuianu Romanian Government Minister of National Defence
Adrian Țuțuianu

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