Careers at NATO
NATO's success relies heavily on being able to focus on a myriad of tasks within a secure, well-equipped working environment that enables and encourages the development of consensus across the NATO members. We have specialists whose role is to ensure the physical and information security of the Headquarters; others who provide conference facilities in direct support of the consensus-building process; architects, engineers, engineers and technicians who provide the infrastructure within which all of this happens. The aim of all these disciplines, both on a day-to-day basis and in hosting summits or defence and foreign ministers meetings, is to provide the environment within which the vital political work of the Alliance can thrive.
- Infrastructure Management
- Conference Services
Els, Infrastructure and Facilities Management
I lead the Infrastructure and Facilities Management team at the NATO Headquarters site in Brussels. The Headquarters is a unique environment at the political centre of the Alliance. It hosts the embassies of the member countries, the diplomatic missions of several Partner countries, and is the home of the North Atlantic Council, the Secretary General and his supporting International Staff. It is also home to the Military Committee and the International Military Staff as well as some NATO Agencies.
The span of my responsibility ranges from strategic facility planning, through all aspects of management and budget, to directing the day-to-day operation of support and maintenance services. Whether it is a 'normal' working day, a meeting of defence or foreign ministers or a summit, my aim is to ensure that the environment functions flawlessly to allow the diplomats, delegates and staff to focus entirely on their responsibilities.