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Lauri Lepik

Lauri Lepik

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Estonia to NATO


Born October 14, 1960, Tallinn, Estonia


MA – Political Science, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2003
BA – Library and Information Science, Tallinn Pedagogical University, 1985

Professional experience:

Since 2012 – Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the North Atlantic Council
2011- 2012 – Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Ukraine and to the Republic of Moldova
2008-2011 – Deputy Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, NATO HQ, Brussels
2005-2008 – Senior Counsellor, Defense Section, Estonian Delegation to NATO
2004-2005 – Head of ESDP Bureau, Ministry of Defense, Tallinn
2004-2005 – European Correspondent, Head of CFSP & ESDP Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tallinn
2000-2004 – leave of absence, trailing spouse of the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Germany
1999-2000 – Defense Counsellor (MoD), Estonian Embassy in Washington D.C
1996-1999 – Deputy Chief of Mission, Estonian Embassy, Washington D.C.
1995-1996 – Counsellor, MFA, Tallinn, Estonia
1992-1995 – State Chancellery, Information Board, Deputy Director, Tallinn, Estonia 1987-1992 – Deputy National Librarian, National Library of Estonia, Tallinn

Professional membership:

2000 – 2004 while on leave of absence, served as a Senior Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, contributing to the then ongoing debates on international affairs through numerous articles, op-eds and broadcasts.

Languages: Estonian, English, Russian

Married with two children

Jamie Shea

Jamie Shea

Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO


Jamie Shea is NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. He has been working with NATO since 1980. Positions included Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations, Public Diplomacy Division, Director of Information and Press, Spokesman of NATO and Deputy Director of Information and Press, Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer at the Policy Planning and Multilateral Affairs Section of the Political Directorate as well as Assistant to the Secretary General of NATO for Special Projects.

Jamie Shea is involved with several prominent academic institutions and acts amongst others as professor of the Collège d’Europe, Bruges, Visiting Lecturer in the Practice of Diplomacy, University of Sussex, Associate Professor of International Relations at the American University, Washington DC, where he also holds the position of Director of the Brussels Overseas Study Programme, and lectures at the Brussels School of International Studies at the University of Kent. He also is a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs and on public diplomacy and political communication and lobbying. He holds a D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University (Lincoln College), 1981.

Amongst his many associations and memberships, Jamie Shea is Member of the Advisory Board, Security and Defence Programmes at Chatham House, Member of the Policy Council at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Founder and Member of the Board, Security and Defence Agenda Brussels.

Steve McCarthy

Steve McCarthy

Director, International Security Policy, UK Ministry of Defence


Steve McCarthy took up post as Director International Security Policy in February 2011. He has responsibility for MoD international policy issues, including NATO, EU, UN and bilateral defence relations with nations in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

In his previous role, he was Chief of Staff of the MOD Defence Equipment and Support organisation (DE&S), where he was responsible for corporate governance, planning, performance management, communications and change. From October 2008 – October 2010 he led the delivery of a major DE&S change programme which delivered over £250m of savings, and a reduction of DE&S 7,000 posts. Prior to the establishment of DE&S April 2007, Steve had been Strategy Director of the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA), a Board-level appointment with responsibility for setting the forward vision for the Agency. In July 2006 Steve became Joint Programme Manager for the programme to merge the DPA with the Defence Logistics Organisation and launch DE&S, bringing together of 29,000 people into a single organisation, in just 9 months. From May – September 2007, Steve led the MoD contribution to the successful negotiation of a Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty with the US Government.

Before becoming DPA Strategy Director, he held the post of Secretary DPA for four years, supporting the Agency Executive Board in developing and managing the Agency and promoting their external relations, including with Parliament and the media. He has filled a range of other posts since joining the UK Ministry of Defence in 1977, mostly relating to defence equipment procurement, collaboration or exports. He has also worked in the Private Offices of the Defence Secretary and of the Chief of Defence Procurement, as well as central defence policy secretariats. Before his appointment as DPA Secretary, Steve spent 3½ years in the British Embassy, Washington, D.C. from 1998 - 2002, where he was responsible for supporting US/UK defence equipment and defence industrial co-operation.

Steve was born in Surrey. He is married to Dawn and lives in Gloucestershire. His interests include military history, palaeontology, gardening and (watching) sport.

Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO


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.

Born in Rijeka, Croatia, Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović holds a master's 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 began her career in 1992 as an advisor to the International Cooperation Department of Croatia's Ministry of Science and Technology, moving on to become an advisor in the Foreign Ministry.

In 1995, Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović became director of the Foreign Ministry's North American Department, and from 1997 to 2000, she worked as a diplomatic counsellor and DCM at the Croatian Embassy in Canada. She then returned to the Foreign Ministry as Minister-Counsellor.

In November 2003, Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović was elected to the Croatian Parliament and in December 2003, she became the Minister of European Integration. She was sworn in as Croatia's Foreign Minister in February 2005, her central task being to guide the country into the European Union and NATO.

Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović speaks Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently. She is the first woman ever to be appointed Assistant Secretary General of NATO.

Sir Emyr Jones Parry, GCMG

Sir Emyr Jones Parry, GCMG

Former UK Permanent Representative to NATO


Sir Emyr Jones Parry is a former British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and former UK Permanent Representative on the North Atlantic Council (NATO). Jones Parry joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973 and his first posting was to the British High Commission in Ottawa as First Secretary (1974–79). He returned to the FCO to work in the European Community Department (Internal) for the period 1979–82. Following this he entered the Office of UK Representation to the European Community in Brussels as First Secretary (Energy) and then (Institutions) 1982–86. He followed this with a period as Deputy Head at the Office of the President of the European Parliament (1987–89), before again returning to the FCO as Head of European Community Department (External) (1989–93). His next overseas position was at the British Embassy in Madrid (1993–97), followed by the post of Deputy Political Director in the Foreign Office, where he was also responsible for Balkans and Aegean policy (1996–97).

His next position in 1997 was Director European Union during the 1998 United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union, with overall responsibility for policy, co-ordination and organisation of the presidency. He took over as Permanent Representative to NATO in September 2001, and held the position until 2003, whereupon he became the Permanent Representative of the UK on the United Nations Security Council in New York. In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of the All Wales Convention - a body established by the Welsh Assembly Government to review Wales's constitutional arrangements and in particular to spearhead the campaign to increase the powers of the Assembly to a full legislative parliament similar to the Scottish Parliament. He was appointed President of Aberystwyth University in July 2007. In 2009 Jones Parry was nominated by the United Kingdom as the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hans Pung

Hans Pung

President, RAND Europe


Hans Pung is the President of RAND Europe and is responsible for leading more than 100 European staff in delivering high-quality research and analysis. He joined RAND Europe in 2002 and was named its president in 2012. Pung's wider research interests include defence planning and analysis, cost estimation, and industrial base assessment. Before joining RAND Europe, he served as an engineer officer in the U.S. Army and was assigned to South Korea, Germany, and multiple postings in the United States. Pung holds an M.Sc. in mathematical modelling and numerical analysis and an M.St. in modern history from Oxford University as well as an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Jason Hart

Jason Hart

VP Cloud, Safenet and Vice Chair, E-Crime Wales


As a former ethical hacker with 20 years’ experience in the Information Security industry, Jason has used his knowledge and expertise to create technologies that ensure organisations stay one step ahead of the risks presented by ongoing advances Cyber threats and risks. Jason continues to raise the profile of Information Security risks and solutions, and was instrumental in the introduction of the role CSO (Chief Security Officer) within business and the creation of the world’s leading Cloud Based Authentication Platform. In addition Jason has devoted his time to reducing and researching the risk of password theft and password hacking and is globally known for exposing a large number of major password vulnerabilities.

Jason continues to published articles and white papers and continually appears on BBC, ITV, CNN, and CNBC as well as Radio 5, Sky News and BBC World News as an expert advisor on Cyber Security matters and issues. His expertise has been cited in Time, SC Magazine, InfoSec, Computing and Computer Weekly magazines and in the FT, Guardian, Times and Evening Standard and is recognized as a lead figure within the global information security industry.

Jason has held senior positions within a number of organizations, including Ernst & Young's Information Security Assurance and Advisory Services practice, CEO of WhiteHat and Cryptocard. Clients have included NHS, Governments, as well as a large number of FTSE 100 organizations, for whom Jason has created and developed entire security frameworks as well as Information Security Assessment Methodologies. In addition Jason regularly provides advice and guidance to Governments, Law Enforcement and Military agencies on Information Security matters globally and is Vice Chairman for E-Crime Wales and holds the role of Vice Present of Cloud at Safenet.

Stephen Fidler

Stephen Fidler

Brussels Editor, Wall Street Journal


Stephen Fidler has been Brussels Editor of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires since October 2009. He runs a bureau of 11 journalists and leads coverage from Brussels of the European Union and the euro zone as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He writes a regular column and was part of a team of Journal reporters named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for their reporting on the euro-zone debt crisis.

Before joining the Journal in London in March 2009, he spent 22 years with the Financial Times in senior roles, including international capital markets editor, Latin America Editor, defence and security editor, and U.S. diplomatic editor. In the latter role, he was based in Washington DC.

He spent almost a decade as a correspondent for Reuters in London, New York and the Middle East. His first job in journalism was with a group of English newspapers in his native Lincolnshire. He holds a degree in economics from London University, and was formerly a senior consulting fellow for the International Institute f0r Strategic Studies.

Jan Techau

Jan Techau

Director, Carnegie Europe


Jan Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European think tank of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.

Before joining Carnegie in March 2011, Techau served in the NATO Defense College’s Research Division from February 2010 until February 2011. He was director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin between 2006 and 2010, and from 2001 to 2006 he served at the German Ministry of Defense’s Press and Information Department.

Techau is an associate scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis and an associate fellow at both the German Council on Foreign Relations and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He is a regular contributor to German and international news media and writes a weekly column for Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe blog.

David Jones

David Jones

CEO, Westgate Cyber Security


David Jones is CEO of Westgate Cyber Security, a South-Wales based consultancy specialising in information security. David is a technology veteran with a wide-range of experience, having been CTO at Cardiff-based Aspro Travel for 10 years before setting up his own software company, Travelink. David successfully sold Travelink in 2005. David’s work in cyber security includes hands-on advice for companies in prevention and response. Also, David works with a number of academic partners in research, including the Airbus Defence and Space Foundation, for whom he is researching a project entitled “Assessing the feasibility of a maturity-model for cyber security across sovereign states.


Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Senior Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, E!Sharp


Paul Adamson is the editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, an on-line magazine on Europe and Europe’s place in the world. He is also Senior European Policy Advisor at Covington and Burling.

He is a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisors and is on the advisory board of the polling/think tank YouGov-Cambridge, the Washington European Society and the American Security Project. He is also a member of the advisory group of British Influence, a new organization promoting the UK's role in the European Union and chairs the Trans-Atlantic Business Council working group on communications and public outreach.

He is a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

Earlier in his career he founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to WeberShandwick and the "think-do tank" The Centre, which was sold to Edelman.

In 2012 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) ”for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”.



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