President - Italy

President of the Atlantic Treaty Association and President of the Italian Atlantic Committee, Fabrizio W. Luciolli is Professor of International Security Organizations, Military Policy, and National Security Policy at the Center for High Defense Studies of the Italian Ministry of Defense (2000-2015). He is a regular lecturer in various national and international, military, and academic institutions.

Coordinator of Training Courses for military officers and diplomats in the Western Balkans and Middle East, he is Director and promoter of NATO and EU cooperation projects in Central and Southeastern Europe and in the Mediterranean countries. Prof. Luciolli is also a Consultant on foreign affairs and security matters to various Governments and Members of Parliament as well as Advisor for International and Institutional Relations of private groups. He is the author of several papers and articles published in national and foreign journals.

Email: president@atahq.org


Secretary General - Canada

Secretary General of the Atlantic Treaty Association, Jason Wiseman has been with the ATA Headquarters since 2012 and worked as a National Security Analyst with the NATO Association of Canada from 2011. He holds an MA in Government with a Specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security and a BAH in Political Science. His areas of expertise include Counter-Terrorism, State Failure and Transnational Organized Crime.

Email: jason.wiseman@atahq.org


Vice President - Portugal

Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association, Member of the Atlantic Association of Portugal and founder of YATA Portugal, Artur Jorge Girao has maintained a strong involvement in events related to security and defence issues. He currently works in the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service, developing functions as Head of Unit at the Central Directorate for Management and Administration, particularly at the level of facilities and security unit. He serves as a lecturer and moderator at conferences on Politics, Security and Defence issues.



Vice President - Norway

Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association and Secretary General of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee, Kate Hansend Bundt’s academic interests include Germany’s political development and role in Europe, the European integration process, and transatlantic relations. From 1990—1993 she was a fellow/researcher with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Between 1993—2005, she worked as a research director at the Oslo-based think tank Europaprogrammet, and from 2006 she worked as an independent European researcher, lecturer, writer, and commentator of international affairs.

Email: bundt@dnak.org


Vice President - Austria

Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association and Secretary General of the Euro-Atlantic Association of Austria, Arnold Kammel is also the Secretary General of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES). Arnold Kammel studied Law and Political Science in Graz, Vienna and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and holds a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Graz as well as a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna. Mr. Kammel obtained a Master of Arts in Business from the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt.



YATA President - The Netherldands

John holds a degree in International Business and Management Studies and is currently obtaining a Masters Degree in Human Geography. He attended the Royal Netherlands Naval Academy between 2012 and 2014 and afterward joined a reserve company of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces, where he currently is a staff NCO. He has founded his own consultancy bureau ‘Pantheon’, with which he is currently based at Radboud University’s Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) for projects on militias and warlords. John is a board member of the Netherlands YATA Chapter and affiliated with the Netherlands Society for International Affairs. He is a frequently seen face at institutions in The Hague.

Email: international.yata@gmail.com


Treasurer - Belgium

Jean-Paul R. Preumont was elected Treasurer of the Atlantic Treaty Association in May 2011. Before taking on this function, he was Director of the Centre for studies (1976 – 1991) and Vice-President (1991 – 2011) of the Euro-Atlantic Association of Belgium. Since 2003, he is also Chairman of the Jury of the Euro-Atlantic Award of the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Email: jeanpaul.preumont@ata-sec.org


Legal Adviser - Belgium

Arnaud J. D. Jansen is from Brussels, Belgium. He is attorney at law and a member of the Brussels bar since 1990. He was elected as Legal Adviser and Counsellor in May 2007. He is member, ex officio, of the Bureau, the Council and the General Assembly of the ATA.

Email: a.jansen@avocat.be


Senior Manager - Italy

Mr Alessandro Niglia is responsible for the coordination of programs of cooperation for peace and security in NATO partner countries. He is lead author and editor of the books published by NATO “The Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Emerging Security Challenges” and “Critical Infrastructure Protection Against Hybrid Warfare Security Related Challenges”. Prior, he worked at the EU Commission at DG Regional & Urban Policy and he was a Consultant at Capgemini working with the European Space Agency (ESA). Furthermore, he collaborated with the Department of European Planning and Governance from Roma Capitale. Dr. Niglia graduated cum laude in Political Science and European Studies and holds a Post-Graduate Master in Geo-politics and Global Security as well as an Executive Master in Project Management from Il Sole 24 Ore.

Email: alessandro.niglia@atahq.org


Program Assistant - Belgium

Mr. Herteleer is Program Assistant at the Atlantic Treaty Association. Before joining ATA, Mr. Herteleer worked on several projects related to defense and security with the Atlantic Treaty Association. He holds a Master degree in International and European Law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and a Master degree in International Relations from the University of Antwerp.

Email: program.assistant@atahq.org

Kersti Siilivask

Vice President Finance - Estonia

Kersti has been working for the Estonian ATA chapter for a while, sparking a renewed interest in studying politics. She recently graduated from Tallinn University on international relations and has picked up a postgraduate in communication and politics at the University of Helsinki.

Zebulon Carlander

Vice President Communications - Sweden

Zebulon has studied politics at the Lingkoping university in Sweden. He recently joined the Swedish armed forces. Outside of YATA he is active for the Confederation of Swedish Conservative and Liberal Students.

Nikolina Čenić

Vice President Public Diplomacy - Slovenia

Nikolina has studied at the Charles University in Prague and at the University of Ljubljana where she focused on international relations. She is currently working for EULEX Kosovo, the EU Rule of Law mission to Kosovo. Soon she will move to Brussels.

Ulrik Trolle Smed

Executive Vice President - Denmark

Before working at the European Political Strategy Centre, Ulrik has worked on the Africa desk of the Danish Foreign Affairs. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen.

Adrian Neumann

General Secretary - Germany

Adrian is a Research Associate at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) where he acts as Deputy Director for the Kiel Sea Power Series at the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security. In addition Adrian undertakes doctoral research funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation into counter-terrorism and serves as a reservist in the German Armed Forces. Before joining ISPK, Adrian worked for several years in the private sector. He holds a master’s degree from Cranfield University in the UK.

John Jacobs

President - The Netherlands

John holds a degree in International Business and Management Studies and has recently graduated from a Master's Degree in Human Geography, with a specialization in conflict, territory and identity. He attended the Royal Netherlands Naval Academy between 2012 and 2014 and afterwards joined a reserve company of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces, where he currently is a staff NCO. Later this year he will join the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) Rotation in Lithuania.

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