Principal officials

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  • Last updated: 04 Jan. 2024 09:57

Director - Private Office of the Secretary General

Stian Jenssen, Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General

Stian Jenssen, Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General

Stian Jenssen is Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General.

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Assistant Secretary General - Political Affairs and Security Policy

Ambassador Boris Ruge, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy

Ambassador Boris Ruge, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy

Ambassador Boris Ruge became Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy in September 2023. He leads the team responsible for political affairs within NATO’s International Staff. This includes partnerships, global affairs, security policy, as well as arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation.

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Assistant Secretary General - Innovation, Hybrid and Cyber (IHC)

David van Weel, Assistant Secretary General for Innovation, Hybrid and Cyber

David van Weel, Assistant Secretary General for Innovation, Hybrid and Cyber

David van Weel is NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Innovation, Hybrid, and Cyber. In this capacity, he is the Secretary General’s primary advisor on maintaining NATO’s innovative edge, and on all issues relating to technological challenges, Cyber defence and Hybrid threats and their far-reaching implications for Alliance security. He is also the Secretary General’s Liaison Officer for the Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) and acts as NATO’s observer to the board of the NATO Innovation Fund (NIF).

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Assistant Secretary General - Defence Investment

Wendy Gilmour, Assistant Secretary General - Defence Investment

Wendy Gilmour, Assistant Secretary General - Defence Investment

Wendy Gilmour was appointed NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment in November 2022, the division responsible for facilitating the development and adoption of cutting-edge, innovative and interoperable capabilities, critical to ensuring the Alliance’s ability to undertake the full spectrum of missions and operations.

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Assistant Secretary General - Defence Policy and Planning

Angus Lapsley, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning

Angus Lapsley, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning

Angus Lapsley became NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning in September 2022. Within NATO’s International Staff, Angus leads the team responsible for the Alliance's capability and force planning, posture, plans, and a range of defence policy questions, including nuclear issues.

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Assistant Secretary General - Executive Management

Carlo Borghini, Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management

Carlo Borghini, Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management

Carlo Borghini is the Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management. He has overall responsibility for management of the NATO headquarters, and is the Secretary General’s primary advisor for NATO-wide management issues.

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Assistant Secretary General - Public Diplomacy

Marie-Doha Besancenot, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

Marie-Doha Besancenot, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

Marie-Doha Besancenot became NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in September 2023. The Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) works to raise the Alliance’s profile with audiences world-wide and to build support for Alliance operations and policies.

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Assistant Secretary General - Operations

Thomas Goffus, Assistant Secretary General for Operations

Thomas Goffus, Assistant Secretary General for Operations

Tom Goffus was appointed as Assistant Secretary General for Operations in January 2022. He advises the Secretary General on strengthening defense capabilities of NATO partners, preparing NATO for the defense of Alliance territory, and responding to crises. In October 2023, Tom Goffus was appointed as NATO Secretary General's Special Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism.

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Assistant Secretary General - Intelligence and Security

Scott W. Bray, Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security

Scott W. Bray, Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security

Scott W. Bray is NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security. Mr. Bray ensures that the NATO intelligence organizations operate as an enterprise to meet the challenging demands of the Alliance. He also is the senior advisor to the Secretary General for intelligence and security matters.

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Director - NATO Office of Security

Galen J. Nace, Director NATO Office of Security

Galen J. Nace, Director NATO Office of Security

Galen J. Nace is Director of NATO Office of Security (NOS) / Deputy Assistant Secretary General of Security (DASG-S) in the Joint Intelligence and Security Division. He took post on 6 March 2023.

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Director - NATO Office of Resources

Nathalie Matthijs, Director NATO Office of Resources (NOR)

Nathalie Matthijs, Director NATO Office of Resources (NOR)

Nathalie Matthijs is the Director of the NATO Office of Resources (NOR) in Brussels, Belgium.

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NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

Irene Fellin, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

Irene Fellin, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

Irene Fellin was appointed as NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security in November 2021.

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NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia

Javier Colomina, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia

Javier Colomina, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia

Javier Colomina is the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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Financial Controller

Miroslawa Boryczka, Financial Controller of the NATO International Staff

Miroslawa Boryczka, Financial Controller of the NATO International Staff

Miroslawa Boryczka is the Financial Controller of the NATO International Staff as of 4 November 2019. The International Staff Office of Financial Control is an independent office in charge of accounting, budget control, treasury, procurement and internal control functions for NATO Headquarters.

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Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer, Manfred Boudreaux-Dehmer

Chief Information Officer, Manfred Boudreaux-Dehmer

Mr. Manfred Boudreaux-Dehmer is NATO’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO).

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Secretary of the Council

Jorgen Christian Jorgensen

Jorgen Christian Jorgensen

Jorgen Christian Jorgensen is the Secretary of the North Atlantic Council, Chief of Protocol of NATO HQ and Director of the NATO IS Ministerial and Summit Task Forces.

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Legal Adviser

John Swords, Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs

John Swords, Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs

John Swords was appointed as the Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs at NATO Headquarters in Brussels in June 2020.

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Acting NATO Spokesperson

Acting NATO Spokesperson Dylan White

Acting NATO Spokesperson Dylan White

Dylan White is the Acting NATO Spokesperson, responsible for public messaging, as well as strategic advice to the Secretary General, the North Atlantic Council, commands and NATO offices on press, media and social media.

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Head - Internal Oversight Service (IOS)

François Gautier, Head of the Internal Oversight Service (IOS)

François Gautier, Head of the Internal Oversight Service (IOS)

François Gautier is Head of the Internal Oversight Service (IOS). He took up his duties in April 2020.

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