Only registrations from representatives of NATO bodies and governmental/military representatives from NATO Nations will be accepted.
With limited capacity, we ask that Nations and NATO bodies/divisions limit their representatives to three participants.
Join us on 8 November 2022 for our Data & AI Leader’s Conference on Unlocking the Benefits and Embracing Transformation at NATO HQ.
We will focus on NATO’s path forward for data, AI and digital transformation. The conference will bring together senior officials from the NATO Enterprise, Allies and Industry.
Registration is now formally closed. If you wish to participate please contact the Data and AI Policy Unit directly at: mbx.isescdatapolicyunit@HQ.NATO.INT
08:30 - 16:00 - Registration Desk Open
09:00 - 09:05 - Welcome Remarks
Mr James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
09:05 - 09:15 - Opening Keynote
NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană
09:15 - 09:30 - Keynote: Data and AI: The Route to Digital Transformation for Multi Domain Operations
Supreme Commander Allied Transformation (SACT), Gen. Philippe Lavigne (via video)
09:30 - 09:45 - Keynote: Guiding Principles of the Federal Ministry of Defence Data Strategy
Dr Lutz Wenzel, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer for the German Ministry of Defence
09:45 - 10:45 - Data Exploitation & AI: Opportunities and Future Possibilities for the Alliance
Ms. Caroline Bellamy, Chief Data Officer, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence
Gen (ret) Grégoire de Saint-Quentin, Senior Vice President for Advanced Projects at Preligens,
former Special Operations Commander and former Chief of Joint Operations of the French Ministry of Defence
Mr Robert Weaver, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Defence Investment
Dr Catherine Warner, Director of the NATO Science and Technology Organisation’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
Moderator: Mr James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
10:45 - 11:15 - Coffee Break at the Marketplace*
11:15 - 12:15 - Building Sound Foundations: NATO Governance and Responsible Use of AI and Data
Ms. Irene Fellin, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security
Mr. Juha Heikkila, AI Advisor to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Ms. Caroline Gorski, Chief Executive Officer of R2 Factory at Rolls-Royce
Mr. Michiel van Dusseldorp, Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer for the Dutch Ministry of Defence
Moderator: Mr. Matt McCormack, Legal Advisor at NATO Headquarters
12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch (NATO Staff Centre)
Participants will also have the opportunity to have coffee at the Marketplace
14:00 - 14:15 - Keynote: The Data Advantage
Dr Craig Martell, US Chief Digital and AI Officer, Department of Defense
14:15 - 15:15 Embracing Transformation: Importance of Culture Change
MGen Chris Zimmer, Canadian Acting Assistant Deputy Minister for Data, Analytics and Innovation
RAdm Nick Wheeler, Director of the NATO Headquarters Consultation, Command and Control Staff
Mr. Yves Van Durme, Global Organisation Transformation Leader at Deloitte
Mr Michael Frings, Senior Regional Manager, Federal and Defense, NVIDIA
Moderator: Dr. Nikos Loutas, Head of Data & AI Policy Unit at NATO Headquarters
15:15 - 15:45 - Coffee Break at the Marketplace*
15:45 - 16:45 - Putting Data Exploitation & AI into Practice: Insights from Real-Life Implementation
Lt. Gen (ret) Gilles Desclaux, Executive Adviser for Thales
Lt. Olivier De Meyst, Mine Counter Measures Project Officer for the Belgian Ministry of Defence.
Mr Eugenio Santagata, CEO, Telsy and Chief Public Affiars and Security Officer, TIM
Dr. Evangelos (Vangelis) Karkaletsis, Director of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of the National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos", Athens, Greece
Moderator: Mr. Jean-René Couture, Head of Federated Interoperability at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation
16:45 - 16:55 - Closing Remarks
Mr. James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
17:30 - 19:30 - Cocktail Reception
Hosted by the Kingdom of Belgium
Welcome remarks by H.E. Ariadne Petridis, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Belgium to NATO
Presentation of AI4Belgium initiative by Mr. Nathanael Ackerman, AI4Belgium General Manager
* Coffee breaks offer an opportunity to experience demonstrations at the Marketplace, which is open during the entire period of 9:00-16:30.
NATO Deputy Secretary General
Gen. Philippe Lavigne
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT)
Dr Craig Martell
US Chief Digital and AI Officer
Dr. Lutz Wenzel
Mr. James Appathurai
Mr. Robert Weaver
Dr. Catherine Warner
Grégoire de Saint Quentin
Chief Data Officer, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence
Ms. Irene Fellin
Mr. Juha Heikkila
Ms. Caroline Gorski
Mr. Michael van Dusseldorp
Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer for the Dutch Ministry of Defence
MGen Chris Zimmer
RAdm Nick Wheeler
Mr. Yves Van Durme
Mr Michael Frings
Senior Regional Manager, Federal and Defense, NVIDIA
Lt Gen (ret) Gilles Desclaux
Lt. Olivier De Meyst
Mr Eugenio Santagata
CEO, Telsy and Chief Public Affiars and Security Officer, TIM
Dr. Evangelos (Vangelis) Karkaletsis
Director of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of the National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos", Athens, Greece.
Mr. James Appathurai
Dr. Nikos Loutas
Mr. Jean-René Couture
Mr. Matthew McCormack
Anticipe (Thales, ENSC Bordeaux)
In increasingly complex operational environments where information deluge can overwhelm operators, military decision-making must definitively speed up.To achieve such an operational advantage, Thales and the French Cognitive Science University (ENSC Bordeaux) have developed a demonstrator called ANTICIPE that helps commanders to speed up sense-making and decision-making processes in a multi-domain context.NATO ACT has been involved in the project since 2017 and sponsors its experimentation during the next STJU 23 exercise. Based on the NATO FIKSO scenario, the ANTICIPE demo showcases how the system processes data from all-domain information transiting in an organization, presents various synthetic visualizations of them and subsequently recommends optimized courses of action in collaboration with human users. ANTICIPE users have the ability to choose which inputs and values should be taken into account, entering in a so-called cooperative wargaming with the system. Further, once the commander has taken a decision, the system can automatically send directives (Commander's intent) and COA’s architecture to relevant planners, thereby speeding up timely, accurate implementation.
ROBIN/S-Cube (Project Argus) IMINT AI Solution for Strategic Sites
Surveillance (Intelligence Fusion Centre/Preligens)
A unique IMINT solution leveraging EHR/VHR satellite imagery to monitor the activity
of strategic areas of interest around the globe: ports, airfields, military camps,
industrial sites...Detect, classify and identify objects of military interest automatically,
alert analysts when a pattern of interest is spotted, follow the evolution of critical
areas at a glance.
GeoAI tools (NATO SITCEN Geospatial Section)
The NATO HQ Geospatial Section operates and maintains a geographic information digital ecosystem which comprises the infrastructure, the data, the analysis tools and the expertise to deliver accurate, timely and relevant strategic geospatial products to senior leadership at NATO HQ.
The demonstration presented by the geospatial section will illustrate how this GIS digital ecosystem is leveraged to apply machine learning and deep learning techniques on geospatial data across all NATO’s operational domains.
Some examples of that include:
These activities represent the Section’s efforts towards the development of a NATO Enterprise GEO-AI system for multi-domain geospatial data collection, fusion and analysis to support most of the Alliance priorities identified in the NATO2030 and the recently adopted new Strategic Concept.
Spatial Intelligence in support of Technical Exploitation operations:
Netherlands MoD under NATO Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work
Identifying objects of interest for Technical Exploitation or Battlefield Evidence
purposes is becoming increasingly complex, in part due to the increased number of
military disciplines involved. This project addresses the problem of automated object
detection when training data is extremely scarce and operational conditions are
challenging. A non-permissive environment, operational distance to an object, direct
and indirect lightning and partially occluded objects hinder a reliable automatic
detection. This project builds upon a diverse mix of participants; varying from big-
tech, start-ups, data-science units from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the
Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre and the NATO Communications and
Information Agency. It utilizes state-of-the-art insights from the field of Artificial
Intelligence such as synthetic data generation and few-shot learning to tackle the
scarcity of training data and build a proof of concept. The detection is then visualized
using Augmented Reality, where eye-tracking is used to prevent an information-
overload for our operators. This project has been validated by the 11th Air Assault
Brigade, the Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance
Commando and the Special Operations Forces of the Netherlands Ministry of
DroIDs and NATO C-UAS Innovation Challenge: NCIA under NATO Defence
Against Terrorism Programme of Work (DAT POW)
The widespread proliferation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) poses a clear risk
to civilian and military infrastructure, assets and people. The use of UAS capabilities
by adversaries, both conventional forces and non-state actors, is rapidly increasing
and evolving. Class I UASs are growing increasingly sophisticated, offering
autonomous flight, high-end Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
capabilities, and ever-expanding payload capacity, range, and endurance. Detection
of Class I UAS using remote sensing is difficult due to target characteristics (small
size, non-metal material, possibility to operate without emitting, etc.), for this reason
the identification, characterization and classification of drones in the airspace
requires the fusion of information from multiple sensors and the use of AI to help the
operator for situational awareness. DroIDs is an AI-based Radio Transceiver used to
prototype UAS detection and identification solutions based on deep learning of Radio
Frequency signatures. Similarly, NATO Emerging Security Challenges division and
NCIA are working on a NATO C-UAS Innovation Challenge, with the objective of
investigating industry and academia best algorithms in making sense of large
amount of drone tracks from different sources (radars, RF, etc.) for situational
awareness. The first edition was conducted in 2021, while a new Challenge will be
launched in 2023.
Outpost (Autonomous Perception Tower) (Lambda Automata)
Outpost is an autonomous perception tower, built using Hydra and commercial
(COTS) EO/IR cameras. Outpost:
Science & Technology Ecosystem Analysis Model (STEAM)
One of the tasks of the Science and Technology Organization (STO), the world’s
largest collaborative research forum in the field of defence and security, is to look at
Emerging Disruptive Technologies (EDTs). To support the STO, we developed the
Science & Technology Ecosystem Analysis Model (STEAM), or the “technology-
trends detector” tool, that uses Artificial Intelligence to analyse millions of publicly
available scientific articles to answer the Chief Scientist’s questions. STEAM can be
used by analysts to explore multiple data sources related to technology trends
around the world. By monitoring EDTs with STEAM, the Office of the Chief Scientist
gets an insight into where technology is going and can underline the key challenges
and implications for NATO. This tool informs the decision making of NATO’s Chief
Scientist and future activities within the Science & Technology Organisation.
Data Literacy Curriculum (NATO HQ ESC - Deloitte)
To help support the implementation of NATO’s Data Exploitation Framework
Strategic Plan and NATO’s AI Strategy NATO has commissioned the creation of a
targeted Data and AI Literacy curriculum that would could be used as a reference to
facilitate the delivery of a data and AI awareness raising campaign. This curriculum
will be composed of key learning objectives, content covering data and AI basics, AI
governance and responsible AI. This awareness raising curricula will be piloted
though two scenario based exercises, tailored to both senior decision-makers and
generic audience in late 2022 / early 2023.
Further details on Marketplace participants will be added as they become available.
Do not hesitate to contact the Data & AI Policy Unit (DAIP) should you have any questions on the conference.
Ms. Fellin is the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for
Women, Peace and Security (SGSR WPS). She is a WPS expert and
peacebuilder who has worked as a Senior Gender Adviser with Women in
International Security (WIIS), the International Affairs Institute (IAI) in
Rome, NATO HQ in Brussels, as well as international consultant for UN
agencies and other national institutions for more than 15 years. She was
instrumental in establishing and coordinating the Mediterranean Women
Mediators Network (MWMN), a project promoted by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy aimed at fulfilling the
need to increase the number of women involved in peace-making efforts
and at facilitating the appointment of high-level women mediators at local
and international level.
Born in Bolzano (Italy), Ms. Fellin studied Conservation of Cultural heritage
in Parma (Italy) and Museology at the Louvre, in Paris, and started her
career working at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation in the field of cultural diplomacy. She later obtained her
Master’s Degree in “Gender and Women Studies” from the Middle East
Technical University (METU) in Ankara, where she lived for almost 5 years.
Ms. Fellin is a strong supporter of female leadership and in 2016 she
founded the Italian chapter of Women In International Security, an
organisation dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional
development of women in the field of international peace, security and
Since 2017 she has been working with women mediators and peacebuilders
across the Globe, supporting projects aimed at facilitating peacebuilding
and mediation initiatives at the national and international level. She works
on education and training programs about the “Women, Peace and
Security” agenda and about “Gendered inclusive mediation and peace
processes”. Furthermore, since 2019 she is visiting Lecturer on “Gender,
Security, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction” at Durham University (UK) and
she continues to mentor young women within the framework of WIIS’s
mentoring program “Global Women Leaders”
Catherine Warner is the Director of NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research
and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy. She was selected in 2017
following 25 years’ experience in defence science and technology, studies,
analyses, management, and operational test and evaluation.
Dr. Warner was the primary technical advisor to the Director, Operational
Test and Evaluation within the US Office of the Secretary of Defense; her
mission was to ensure the office fulfilled its statutory responsibility on the
oversight and reporting of test and evaluation results for major weapons
systems to Congress and senior Defence Department leadership. She was
an active participant with academia and government researchers
developing modern statistical methods for defense test and evaluation. She
was responsible for developing executive training for military and civilian
test and acquisition professionals in the fields of requirements
development, design of experiments, reliability management and human
factors. For the past two years, she was the technical director for the
international procurement of high power ground based radars as part of
major upgrades to the US open-air test and training ranges.
In 2013 at the request of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA),
Dr. Warner deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan for 16 months in support of
NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the US Operation
Enduring Freedom (OEF). She led a team of Information Technology
specialists in advising Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and
Information Technology on enhancing national communication capabilities
for the security and economic growth of the country. The primary focus of
this team included supporting the completion of Afghanistan’s National
Fiber Optic Ring, Spectrum Management, and Cyber Security.
From 1991 to 2010, Dr. Warner was a research staff member at the
Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia where she performed
analysis of operational tests for Army, Navy, and Air Force systems. She was
an Assistant Director and the lead for Air Warfare. Her analysis portfolio
included major aircraft systems such as the F-22, F/A-18E/F, V-22, and H-1.
Earlier, she was the lead analyst for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
systems including Predator, Shadow, Hunter, and Global Hawk.
Previously Dr. Warner worked at the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, attended the
University of New Mexico and San Jose State University as an
undergraduate and earned both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from
During her career, Dr. Warner earned the NATO Meritorious Civilian Service
Medal, DISA Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the Presidential Rank
James Appathurai was appointed to Deputy Assistant Secretary General for
Emerging Security Challenges (DASG ESC) in September 2021. As DASG, he
works on policy development and implementation in the fields of Emerging
and Disruptive Technologies, cyber security, counter-terrorism, the security
implications of climate change, and hybrid defence. Mr. Appathurai
previously served as DASG for Political Affairs and Security Policy, as well as
Special Representative to Central Asia and the Caucasus. He was NATO’s
Spokesperson from 2004 to 2010. He served as Deputy Head and Senior
Planning Officer in the Policy Planning and Speechwriting Section of NATO’s
Political Affairs Division from 1998 to 2004. He served in the Canadian
Defence Department from 1994 to 1998
Yves leads our global organization transformation services (culture,
organization design, organizational adaptability, change, M&A). He is
specialized in coaching leadership teams through transformation, enabling
culture transformation, Organizational Design & Development and Talent &
HR Strategy, working in business transformation contexts.
He has over 23 years’ experience as consultant, project manager and
program developer for Organizational agility, Human Capital projects for
multiple European, Japanese, American and Belgian multinationals and
SMEs. Based on his experience in high performance coaching in sports, he
has an affinity for leadership- and organizational development. Previously,
Yves was Business Unit Director ‘Talent Management’ for Hudson BNL
where he was involved from a content and management perspective with
salary surveys, compensation & benefits, HR strategy, competency and
performance management, career counseling, assessments, management
development, organization and change.
Based on his experience in high performance coaching in sports he has
specific affinity with leadership- and organization development with special
attention for the balance between processes, structures and systems on the
one hand and the more cultural and people-related elements on the other
RAdm Nick Wheeler was born on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1970. He
was educated on the island and in Dorset UK before joining the Royal Navy
Trained as a Warfare Officer, he specialised as a Submariner in 1996.
Serving predominantly in SSNs he also completed a number of strategic
patrols in SSBNs, gaining a wide range of operational experience at sea and
ashore. He completed a tour as a J5 planner in a Joint Operational HQ in
Basra, Iraq in 2007, before completing staff training at the UK Joint
Command and Staff College. In 2010 he took command of HMS TORBAY,
the submarine he had qualified in 14 years earlier, and delivered a varied
and challenging operational programme. A further command tour followed
in HMS TURBULENT which included her final operational patrol before she
was decommissioned late in 2012.
Staff roles followed in Portsmouth at Navy Command, managing a
substantial budget, and then on the First Sea Lord’s staff in London, dealing
with international relations with key partner navies in NATO and the Five
Eyes. On promotion to Captain in 2016 he took up the post of DCOM NATO
Submarine Command and ACOS SM to MARCOM, delivering day to day
NATO Submarine operations and managing UK Maritime contributions to
the Alliance. Working closely with CMRE and national authorities, he
delivered a series of important NATO exercises, expanding the Alliance’s
ASW capability in the face of growing Russian submarine activity in NATO’s
AOR. He then completed an assignment to UK Strategic Command where he
was responsible for the setting of policy and the delivery of new capability
for the joint aspects of C4ISR. He was promoted to Commodore in 2019 and
was seconded to different government department where he was
responsible for intelligence support to military operations.
On promotion to Rear Admiral in July 2022, he became the Director of the
NATO HQ Consultation, Command and Control Staff (NHQC3S).
Nikos Loutas is the head of NATO’s of Data and AI Policy unit. The Data & AI
Policy Unit is responsible for advocating, leading, and helping manage the
responsible use of data and AI for NATO. It provides policy leadership and
drive policy adoption, by establishing high-level frameworks and enablers to
empower NATO to draw value from data, both open-source and generated
by NATO and its Allies, with a focus on Alliance operations and missions.
Before joining NATO, he was a data policy officer in the European
Commission’s Secretariat-General, coordinating the implementation of data
governance and data policies. Prior to this, he was director responsible for
Data and Analytics at PwC’s Technology Consulting practice in Belgium. He
started his professional career in research, where he also completed a PhD
in semantic web and data analytics.
Matthew McCormack serves as an Assistant Legal Adviser within NATO’s
Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), where he advises on international law and the
responsible development and use of emerging technologies. Prior to
joining OLA, Matt worked in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S.
Department of Defense (DoD), where he provided legal advice on the law of
war, policies related to the development and use of weapons, and efforts to
reduce civilian casualties. During his time working for DoD, Matt also
served on the U.S. delegation to the diplomatic conferences that negotiated
the Arms Trade Treaty and the U.S. delegation that conducts work under
the auspices of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
Guy Robinson joined the Royal Navy in 1986 as a warfare officer. His
seagoing career has been primarily spent in frigates and destroyers, serving
as a bridge watchkeeping officer, navigator and then Principal Warfare
Officer. He has been fortunate to command three warships: the patrol
vessel HMS GUERNSEY, the Type 42 Destroyer HMS EDINBURGH and the
Type 45 Destroyer HMS DARING. In 2003, he commanded EDINBURGH
during the combat phase of the 2nd Gulf War and was subsequently
awarded a Mention-in-Despatches. In 2008 he operated from the Iraqi
Khawr al Amaya offshore oil terminal as Commander Task Group 158.1,
running operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. In 2012, he took DARING
on the first operational deployment of a Type 45 to the Middle East. From
2015 through 2016 he was the Deputy Commander of United Kingdom
Maritime Forces, the Royal Navy’s high readiness battle staff. During that
assignment he assumed duties as Commander of Combined Task Force 150,
the counter-terrorism task force operating in the Indian Ocean. In his most
recent command assignment (2017-21) he was Deputy Commander at
Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) based at Oeiras,
Portugal; a deployable Joint battle staff whose primary role is the
integration of high-end U.S. maritime capabilities into NATO operations.
During assignments ashore, Vice Admiral Robinson has served in the UK’s
Ministry of Defence (MoD), working as the financial programmer in the
above water equipment capability area. He also served on the staff of Flag
Officer Sea Training staff as Commander Sea Training where he was
responsible for the training of all Royal Naval major warships, from frigates
to aircraft carriers, as well as a multitude of ships from both NATO and non-
NATO navies. As a captain he served in the MoD’s Development, Concepts
& Doctrine Centre (DCDC) where he was responsible for generating
maritime concepts and high-level doctrine. His most recent shore
assignment (2013) has been in Navy Command Headquarters as the
Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare), where he was responsible for the
assessment of the Fleet’s warfighting capability. He became Chief of Staff at
Headquarters Allied Command Transformation in July 2021.
A small town Saskatchewan boy with aspirations of seeing the world,
Major-General Christopher Zimmer joined the Canadian Forces in 1990. He
attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC and then graduated
from RMC in Kingston, ON, before his first posting to 5 Wing Goose Bay,
After two years in Labrador, he was posted out west to 4 Wing Cold Lake as
the Squadron Logistics Officer at 416 Tactical Fighter Sqn where he
deployed twice with the fighters in support of operations in Kosovo.
From Cold Lake, MGen Zimmer was posted into 1 Canadian Air Division HQ
in 2000. In 2004 he proceeded onto a full-time MBA program, followed by a
2 years posting in ADM (Material). In 2009, he was posted to Winnipeg to
lead the implementation of the Air Force Expeditionary Concept and, in
2011, he was selected as the Chief of Staff for the JTF-Afghanistan Air Wing.
In 2012, he returned to 4 Wing Cold Lake for his command appointment as
the Wing Logistics and Engineering Officer and in 2014 he was selected to
attend the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College in
MGen Zimmer returned to Ottawa in 2015 as a Colonel posted into the
Strategic Joint Staff. Two years later, he assumed command of the Canadian
Materiel Support Group. In 2019 he was promoted to the Brigadier-General
rank and appointed to the position of Director General Support/ Strategic J4
within Strategic Joint Staff at National Defence HQ.
In 2021, MGen Zimmer joined the Assistant Deputy Minister for Data,
Innovation and Analytics (ADM DAI) as a Major-General and assumed the
position of Chief of Staff.
Lieutenant General (Ret) Gilles Desclaux is founder and President of the
Consultancy Company GDC2. He is Defense Adviser to the Director of the
Engineering University for Cognitive Sciences of Bordeaux (ENSC) and an
active member of the Human Engineering for Aerospace Laboratory (HEAL)
of this entity. He is also Executive Adviser to Thales Raytheon Systems.
His work has prompted the creation of a combined research team from
ENSC and THALES, which studies the impact of Cognitive technologies and
Artificial Intelligence on the performance of the military decision cycle.
In his last military assignment, he was the Commander of the French Air
Defense and Air Operations. In this position, he commanded the French
Initial Entry Air Operation over Libya in 2011. From 2004 to 2007, as
Brigadier General, he served in NATO Joint Command Lisbon. Prior to
assuming this position, he was Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet.
Additionally, he held a variety of command and staff assignments including
command of a squadron, wing and airbase. His experience in wartime,
include participation in operations in Chad, Central Africa, Bosnia,
Afghanistan and Libya
Caroline has worked at the transformational edge of emerging digital
technologies for more than 25 years, leading businesses’ strategic response
to technology and executing on organisational changes, new market
developments and new business model launches.
Following senior roles at Telefonica, Sodexo, O2 and the Digital Catapult,
Caroline led Rolls-Royce's R² Data Labs for five years, delivering £400m of
value back into the Group. During the pandemic, she pioneered the
Emergent Alliance, which convened over 50 corporates, individuals, NGOs
and governments for the first time to leverage expertise, data and
resources to aid societal recovery.
Now leading the R² Factory founding team, Caroline drives the company’s
strategic vision to create 'a safe space to do hard things' by blending unique
experience, cutting-edge capability, thought-leadership and new ways of
working to create new opportunities and business models.
Voted one of the most influential people in UK technology (Computer
Weekly UKTech50, 2022), Caroline holds a Masters degree from Oxford and
has an unfinished PhD in modern gothic literature and how we all use scary
monsters to help contain social anxiety.
Jean-René (JR) Couture is a Canadian Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) professional with more than 30 years of experience both
as a military officer and as a NATO civilian staff. He graduated from the
Royal Military College of Canada with a degree (magna cum laude) in
physics and mathematics.
JR served 18 years as a signal officer in the Canadian Army, where he held a
variety of operational and technical posts. He saw the conclusion of the
Cold War while serving in Germany, he deployed to the Balkans as part of
the United Nations Force in 1992, contributed to the introduction of
networked computers in the Army, project and programme managed
command and control systems development and actively participated in
NATO ICT interoperability programmes.
JR joined the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (now the
NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA)) in 2006 where he
oversaw the Agency’s planning and execution of its portfolios of projects.
He moved to the NATO HQ C3 Staff in 2011 as the Head of the Information
Services Branch, where his responsibilities included heading the NATO
Information Management Authority, leading and contributing to NATO's ICT
policy and standardization efforts and establishing a Chief Information
Officer (CIO) function for NATO. On 1 November 2021, he joined Supreme
Allied Command Transformation (SACT) as Head, Federated Interoperability
Branch, where his portfolio of responsibilities includes Federated Mission
Networking (FMN) capability, development, CWIX, TIDE Sprint and TIDE
JR has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Information Systems
from HEC Montréal and he is a graduate from the NATO Executive
Development Programme (NEDP). JR is a PRINCE 2 (PRoject IN Controlled
Environment) and ITIL v3 (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)
Mircea Geoand became NATO Deputy Secretary General in October 2019, after
a distinguished domestic and international career. Mr Geoana is the first
Deputy Secretary General from Romania, and the first from any of the
countries that joined the Alliance after the end of the Cold War.
Mr Geoand was born in Romania on 14 July 1958. He studied at
the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, the Faculty of Law of
the University of Bucharest, the Ecole Nationale
d'Administration in Paris, and he holds a PhD from the
Economic Studies Academy of Bucharest. Mr Geoanda has
served as a diplomat and a politician, and in 2009 was his
party's candidate to be President of Romania.
Mr Geoané is a strong advocate of transatlantic integration and has held a number of international
positions, including OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2001 and personal representative of the OSCE
Chairperson-in-Office for Georgia in 2005. He is President and founder of the Aspen Institute
Romania and has published extensively on domestic and international affairs.
In 2000, he was made a Commander of the National Order, The Star of Romania. He has also been
awarded the French Legion d’Honneur and the Italian Stella della Solidarieta.
Mr Geoana is married to Mihaela, an architect by training and former President of the Romanian
Red Cross. They have two children, Ana Maria and Alexandru.
He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
You can follow Mr Geoana on Twitter (@Mircea_Geoana)
Dr Lutz Wenzel took office as deputy Director-General for Cyber/Information Technology at the Federal
Ministry of Defence in Berlin in May 2019.
After obtaining a university degree ("Diplom") in physics in 1986 and a PhD in physics in 1989, Dr Wenzel
underwent career training for the higher-level technical service of the Federal Defence Administration in the field of communications and electronics in Mannheim.
After his first assignment as a desk officer at the Bundeswehr Technical Centre in Greding, Dr Wenzel joined the NATO Air Command and Control System’s Regional Programme Office in Brussels in 1994.
From 1997 until 1999, Dr Wenzel served as executive assistant to the Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement in Koblenz and as the Office’s press spokesperson.
Dr Wenzel then held two positions at the Federal Ministry of Defence in Berlin: Between 1999 and 2001, he was a desk officer for the management of defence investments. From 2001 until 2006, he served as desk officer for budget and Bundeswehr planning with State Secretaries Dr Stiitzle and Dr Eickenbohm.
Subsequently, Dr Wenzel was delegated to the Federal Foreign Office to become a branch head at the German delegation to NATO in Brussels between 2007 and 2010.
Upon his return to the Federal Ministry of Defence in Berlin, Dr Wenzel became the authorised representative of the Director-General of Armaments at the Joint Operations Staff in 2010. In 2012, he was appointed Chief of Branch at the Directorate-General for Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support.
In 2015, Dr Wenzel began his most recent assignment as Chief of the Central Tasks Division at the Directorate-General for Equipment, which he held until assuming his current position.
Dr Wenzel is married with three grown children and lives near Berlin.
Juha Heikkilä is Adviser for Artificial Intelligence in the European Commission
Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, focusing on
international aspects. He has been strongly involved in developing the Commission
activities in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He led a unit which was instrumental in
developing the EU AI strategy, as first published in the Communication on Artificial
Intelligence for Europe, in the Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence and the
ecosystem of excellence of the White Paper on AI, and engaging with the High-Level
Expert Group on AI. He oversaw a significant funding programme on Robotics and AI,
including the €700m Public-Private Partnership in Robotics. He was also setting up the
new Public-Private Partnership in AI, Data and Robotics, which started in June 2021.
Previously, Juha Heikkilä did computational linguistic research at the University of
Helsinki, and he holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge.
Since September 2021, Robert is the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for
He previously worked as Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging
Security Challenges, working principally on Emerging and Disruptive
technologies and their adoption at NATO, counter-terrorism, and all policy and
practical issues on cyber defence.
Robert began his career at NATO Headquarters in 1995, having previously
worked for the European Commission and leading his home region’s
representation to the European institutions.
His first positions at NATO involved relations with partners and evolved into a
focus on designing, running and implementing the enlargement process. He was
also the desk officer for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during this period when
NATO increased its membership from 16 Allies.
From 2003 he led the development of NATO’s relations with partner countries in
the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. In 2006 he was selected as a member
of the Secretary General’s reform group, brought together to modernize how
In 2009 he joined the Private Office of Secretary General Fogh Rasmussen in the
new position of First Deputy Director and subsequently worked for Secretary
General Stoltenberg. Robert remained in that position until July 2017 when he
assumed his current duties in the Emerging Security Challenges Division.
He is married with two children.
Grégoire de Saint Quentin est âgé de 60 ans. Issu de l’Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (1981 -1983),
il effectue un cursus complet au sein de l’institution militaire qu’il quitte en 2020 avec le grade de
Son parcours militaire est placé sous le signe des forces spéciales et des opérations interarmées. Au
cours de sa première partie de carrière, il connait de multiples engagements opérationnels, le plus
souvent en position de chef interarmées. Puis Il commande le 1er régiment de parachutistes
d’infanterie de marine de 2004 à 2006. Auditeur de l’Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale
en 2009, il est nommé général en 2011 et commande successivement les Eléments Français au Sénégal
(2011 -13), l’Opération Serval (janvier à Août 2013), les opérations spéciales (2013-2016) et enfin
l’ensemble des opérations interarmées de 2016 à 2020 comme sous-chef opérations de l’EMA.
Depuis septembre 2020, il met son expérience opérationnelle au service du développement des
futures capacités de commandement des Armées, en particulier comme Vice-Président Senior de la
société Preligens, spécialisée dans les solutions d’Intelligence Artificielle pour le renseignement et la
Le Général d’Armée (2S) Grégoire de Saint Quentin est Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur et Grand
Officier de l’ordre National du Mérite. Il est titulaire de cinq citations, de la médaille des blessés et de
nombreuses décorations étrangères.
Dr. Craig Martell currently serves as the Chief Digital and
Artificial Intelligence Officer (CDAO) for the Department
of Defense. His appointment as the CDAO brings extensive
industry experience and expertise in artificial intelligence
(AI) and machine learning (ML) to the Department. Dr.
Martell’s experience in AI/ML includes serving as the Head
of Machine Learning for Lyft, the Head of Machine
Intelligence for Dropbox as well as leading a number of AI
teams and initiatives at LinkedIn, most notably the
development of the LinkedIn AI Academy. Previously he
was a tenured computer science professor at the Naval
Postgraduate School specializing in natural-language
processing (NLP). Dr. Martell has a Ph.D. in Computer
Science from the University of Pennsylvania and is the co-
author of the MIT Press book Great Principles of
I am a graduate of the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics,
University of Patras (1989), with an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from Queen Mary &
Westfield College, University of London (1990) and a PhD in knowledge
representation and information extraction from the Informatics &
Telecommunications Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Following the completion of my M.Sc., I worked for approximately 10 years, in
parallel with my PhD studies for some of these years, as a software developer, a
lecturer in competence seminars on informatics, and – more importantly – as a
research associate in various research and development projects, 2 of which (1997-
99) as a post-doc researcher at NCSR “Demokritos”. I was nominated as
Researcher for the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of NCSR
“Demokritos” (NCSR-D) in 1999, Senior Researcher in 2003, and Research Director
I was elected as Director of the Institute in November 2018 and took over the
position in February 2019. During my duty as IIT Director, I served as Vice President
of NCSR “Demokritos” for 2 years (July 2020 – July 2022). In my duties as Vice
President, I also served as NCSR Director from May 2021 till July 2021. Since
December 2019, I am a member of the National Council of Research, Technology
and Innovation (ESETEK). Also, since April 2021, I am a member of the National
Committee for Bioethics & Technoethics.
My main research directions during the almost 30 years of activity in Artificial
Intelligence research are knowledge representation, data management and analysis
(initially focusing on text), Human-Computer Interfaces (initially in natural language).
Since the beginning of 2004 and till the end of 2019, I took over the leadership of the
IIT “Software & Knowledge Engineering Lab – SKEL”. Due to my duties as IIT
Director, I handed over SKEL leadership at the beginning of 2020.
Further information can be found at: http://karkaletsis.iit.demokritos.gr/wp-
Michael Frings is NVIDIA’s Senior Regional Manager - Federal and Defense. He is a former Officer of
the German Armed Forces with the rank of Major. He took part in the ISAF3 mission and served as
part of the Kabul Multinational Brigade in Afghanistan. After leaving the military, Michael worked for
security and defense companies such as Astaro Internet Security, Secunet Security Networks AG, and
Imprivata Inc. He joined NVIDIA in 2015. He represents the company on defense related issues in
trade associations including the AFCEA International - Armed Forces Communications and
Electronics Association, EUROBITS – European Competence Center for Cyber Security, BITKOM –
German Digital Trade Association.
The nomination of General Philippe Lavigne to the post of Supreme
Allied Commander Transformation was approved by the North Atlantic Council on 28
General Lavigne has accumulated a particularly diverse and robust operational
experience. Having joined the French Air Force Academy in 1985, he qualified as a
pilot in 1989, flew the Mirage 2000 during operations in the former Yugoslavia and in
Iraq before assuming command of the 1/5 Fighter Squadron “Vendée” in 2001. He
subsequently served within the Paris-based Joint Strategic Planning and Command
Operations Centre (CPCO) where he contributed to the planning of several
peacekeeping and humanitarian operations from 2003 to 2005.
After serving in the Planning Office of the French Air Force Staff, where he was
tasked with issues related to space and European cooperation in the field of
simulation, he was selected to attend the Centre for Higher Military Studies (CHEM)
in 2008 and the “Defence Policy” course at the Institute of Advanced Studies in
National Defence (IHEDN). He was appointed Deputy Director at the General
Secretariat for Defence and National Security in Paris in 2009, where he served for
three years dealing with a number of sensitive and complex issues in an interagency
setting with multinational entities.
He served twice in high-level joint positions, first as the Information Director within
the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces between 2012 and 2014 and then as Director of
the French Chief of Defence’s front office from 2016 to 2018. Between those two
postings, he commanded the Kabul International Airport with its 5000 staff and 57
nationalities and supervised the transfer of military responsibility for the airport to the
Afghan civilian authorities.
On 31 August 2018, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the French Air Force,
renamed as the French Air and Space Force in 2020, whilst under his command.
General Lavigne was made a Commandeur in both the Légion d’honneur and the
ordre national du Mérite, and awarded the Croix de la Valeur Militaire. He has
accumulated over 2800 flight hours and flown 46 combat missions on the Mirage
2000. He is married to Isabella and they have three children. He continues to play
rugby, a long-held passion, whose cherished values have inspired his motto: “Win as
Eugenio is a Telco, Defence and Security industry executive
with a broad international experience in Business Development,
Negotiation and Deal Execution.
With over 15 years of military background and 16 years in the private
sector, he founded and led the triple digit growth of CY4GATE
SpA, a company active in the field of Cyber Intelligence and Cyber
Security. CY4GATE is part of the Electronic Warfare company
Elettronica Group where he has held various leadership roles,
and it is listed on the Milano Stock Exchange since June 2020. He
currently is the CEO at Telsy SpA and the Chief Public Affairs &
Security Officer at TIM Group.
MBA and LL.M graduate, Eugenio is fluent in English, French, Italian,
Russian, and Spanish.
He practices Crossfit (he holds a CF1 Crossfit Trainer Certificate)
and he is passionate about high intensity workouts. He is known to
be a person with a very strong growth mindset.
With a data driven mindset Michiel van Dusseldorp facilitates the MOD NL’s Digital
Transformation in de data domain. Together with the Chief Data Office (CDO) team he
implements the MOD’s Data Science and AI Strategy by realizing the underlying
Roadmap that focuses on high quality IT, data governance, R&D and a dataliterate
organization. Furthermore the CDO-team is responsible for internal data policymaking
and oversight of data initiatives. Before working at the CIO-Office, he was involved in
the Belgian-Dutch procurement of four ASW-frigates
Caroline Bellamy is the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) first Chief Data Officer. She is
responsible for delivering the transformation of Data use across the Pan Defence
estate, recognising data as a strategic asset, second only to our people.
As Chief Data Officer, Caroline spearheaded the creation of the first Defence Data
Strategy, establishing a paradigm shift in data use across defence, developing
processes, governance and capabilities that support cross defence data
collaboration and interoperability.
Caroline's work involves her joining forces across the global defence data
environment with strong links with NATO, Five Eyes and the Department of Defence.
A core focus for Caroline is the development of data capabilities, skills and integrity
within the next generation of data specialists. In addition, Caroline uses her platform
to affect real cultural change, promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels.
As a result, Caroline has been named as one of 100 most influential people in data
(DataIQ), top 20 Women in Data and Technology (Women in Data) and top 100
Global Data Visionaries (Truata).
Caroline's career to date within the data industry has seen her work within the FTSE
100 and the Public Sector. As an experienced board level executive director, she
has led significant data transformations, delivering enterprise-wide data capabilities
and helping her organisations unlock the power of data to realise commercial,
economic and citizen benefits.
Lieutenant De Meyst Olivier graduated in 2015 at the Royal Military Academy as an
engineer in telecommunications. He navigated for four years on one of the Belgian
frigates as a communication and weapon systems officer. During these four years he
participated in SNMG1 exercises as well as multiple anti-trafficking missions on the
Mediterranean sea. After his period on board, he was assigned to the department of
material resources for the naval component in Evere. He first worked on the
replacement program for the future anti-submarine warfare frigates and is currently
working as a project officer for the new Dutch and Belgian MCM toolbox capability.
During his time in Evere, he followed courses on AI at the university of Mons and
was given the opportunity to put his knowledge to the test during an internship of
three months at the Center of Maritime Research and Experimentation in Italy.
During this internship he worked on automatic target detection and classification on
A Catherine Warner is the Director of NATO’s Centre for Maritime
Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy. She was
selected in 2017 following 25 years’ experience in defence science
and technology, studies, analyses, management, and operational test
Dr. Warner was the primary technical advisor to the Director,
Operational Test and Evaluation within the US Office of the Secretary
of Defense; her mission was to ensure the office fulfilled its statutory
responsibility on the oversight and reporting of test and evaluation
results for major weapons systems to Congress and senior Defence
Department leadership. She was an active participant with academia
and government researchers developing modern statistical methods
for defense test and evaluation. She was responsible for developing
executive training for military and civilian test and acquisition
professionals in the fields of requirements development, design of
experiments, reliability management and human factors. For the past
two years, she was the technical director for the international
procurement of high power ground based radars as part of major
upgrades to the US open-air test and training ranges.