Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI

President - Italy

Since 2014, 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

Karl A. LAMERS

Vice President - Germany

Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association and German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). As Member of the German Bundestag since 1994, Hon. Dr. Lamers has been the Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee since 2005 and a Substitute Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs since 1998. He was Chairman of the Sub-Committee “Development of Internal Leadership” of the Defence Committee from 2003 to 2007 and Chairman of the Group of Rapporteurs for Future Air Defence of the Defence Committee between 1995 and 1998. Member of the NATO PA since 1998, he was Chairman of the Political Committee of the NATO PA from 2008 to 2010, and elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from 2010 to 2012. Hon. Dr. Lamers was also ATA President from 2008-2014. He was honoured with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009 and the Grand Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania in 2011.

Email: karl-a.lamers@wk.bundestag.de

Magnus NORDENMAN

Vice President - United States

Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association,  Magnus Nordenman is Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He leads and manages the Scowcroft Center's projects and programming related to transatlantic security, the future of NATO, Nordic-Baltic defense, and maritime issues. He is a sought-after expert who has provided advice and insights to the US government, NATO, allied and partner governments, and the corporate community. He has also provided commentary to, among others, the BBC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, Defense News, US Naval Institute, the Atlantic MonthlyTime, Vice News, Defense One, as well as European media outlets. Among the reports published by Nordenman are: NATO in an Era of Global Competition, and The Naval Alliance: Preparing NATO for a Maritime Century.

Email: mnordenman@atlanticcouncil.org

Elena POPTODOROVA

Vice President - Bulgaria

Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association and Bulgarian politician and diplomat, who has served two times as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of  Bulgaria to the United States.

Elena Poptodorova joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1975 and served from 3rd secretary through minister-counselor in the Secretariat, the State Protocol, the Cabinet of the Minister and the UN and Disarmament Directorates through 1990, when she was elected in the national legislature.

From 1987 to 1990 she was Minister-Counselor at the Bulgarian embassy in Rome and Bulgaria’s Consul General to the Republic of San Marino.

Prior to her appointment in Washington, Ambassador Elena Poptodorova was Director of the Security Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a position, which she held for a year since August 1, 2009. In the period 2008 – 2009 she served as Ambassador-at-Large for the Black Sea Region at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before her first mandate as the Ambassador of Bulgaria to the USA, she served as a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Organizations Directorate.

From 2002 to 2008 she was Bulgaria’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America, when Bulgaria became a member of NATO and the EU. She was sent second time in the same post in 2010, and remained in the office until May 16, 2016.

Ambassador Poptodorova has been a founding member of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, and she is fluent in English, Italian, French, Russian, and her native Bulgarian.

Email: elenapoptodorova@atlantic-club.org

Vladan ZIVULOVIC

Vice President - Serbia

Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association and President of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, a non government agency which stands for Euro-Atlantic integrations and values.

In August 2004 the Government of Serbia and Montenegro appointed Dr. Zivulovic as Director of the Fund for the Reform of the Defense System, until 31st May 2006. From 2006 until August 2007 – Counselor for the legal and economic matters of the Rector and owner of the Megatrend University, the largest private University in Serbia.

Since August 2006 and currently – Head of Equest, Investment Fund which has invested around 1 billion euros so far in various infrastructure projects in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro.

He has been appointed by His Royal Highness the Prince Aleksandar II Karađorđević as a member of the Executive Board of the Endowment of King Petar I Karađorđević on Oplenac.

He is a member of the Crown Cabinet.

Email: office@atlanticcouncil.rs

Jean-Paul PREUMONT

Treasurer - Belgium

Jean-Paul R. Preumont is Treasurer of the Atlantic Treaty Association since 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

Arnaud JANSEN

Legal Adviser - Belgium

Arnaud J. D. Jansen 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

JOHN JACOBS

YATA President - The Netherldands

John holds a degree in International Business and Management Studies and has 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 afterward joined a reserve company of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces, where he currently is a staff NCO. At present, he is serving at the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) Rotation in Lithuania. Jacobs has founded the consultancy bureau ‘Pantheon’, currently based at the Radboud University’s Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) for projects on militias and warlords. Jacobs is a board member of the Netherlands YATA Chapter and affiliated with the Netherlands Society for International Affairs. He is an ex officio member of the ATA Bureau.

Email: international.yata@gmail.com

Letizia TORRETTA

Program Director - Italy

ATA Program Director, Ms. Letizia Torretta, since 2017, is also Assistant to the President. Graduated at the Catholic University in Milan discussing a thesis on The French Strategy on Armaments Control Policy, Ms. Torretta holds also a Master Degree in Politics and International Relations from the LUMSA University in Rome, and a Master Degree on Internal ed External Security of the European Union from the Institute d'Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg. In 2015, Ms Torretta visited the international organisations operating in Kosovo and participated in the Defense Against Terrorism Course at the Eurocorps Headquarters in Strasbourg, where she spent a period of stage.

Email: torretta@atahq.org

Simon HERTELEER

Program Advisor - Belgium

Mr. Herteleer is Program Advisor 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

Alfredo FRANCO

Intern - Italy

Mr. Franco is working as an intern at the Atlantic Treaty Association. He holds a Master's Degree in Law, with a specialization in International Law, from the Università degli Studi del Sannio (Unisannio).

Email: secretariat@atahq.org

Austin MURAILLE

Intern - Belgium - USA

Austin Muraille is a Belgian-American dual citizen, studying at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He majors in Peace, War & Defense and Global Studies, with a focus on security studies in Russia and Eastern Europe. He is pursuing a minor in Russian Culture. He is in Brussels with American University’s Brussels Center on a summer program focusing on European Union institutions. As part of the program, he is an intern with the Atlantic Treaty Association.

Email: secretariat@atahq.org

John Jacobs

President - The Netherlands

Mr. Jacobs holds a degree in International Business and Management Studies and has 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 afterward joined a reserve company of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces, where he currently is a staff NCO. At present, he is serving at the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) Rotation in Lithuania. Jacobs has founded the consultancy bureau ‘Pantheon’, currently based at the Radboud University’s Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) for projects on militias and warlords. Jacobs is a board member of the Netherlands YATA Chapter and affiliated with the Netherlands Society for International Affairs. He is an ex officio member of the ATA Bureau.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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