General Sully BARBE
Chief, CIS and Cyber Defence Division,
Rapid Reaction Corps - France (RRC-FR)

General Barbe has spent most of his career in the CIS domain, boasting more than thirty years of professional experience in the fields of operational IT and IT security. In 2009, he was assigned to the General Staff HQ of the Armies in Paris as chief of the CIS department, in charge of the Army CIS requirements for the Scorpion programme, and for the future joint information management System SIA. In 2012, as assistant to the Deputy Chief of Army Staff of the Equipment Division, he was in charge of the development of the Army Cyber Defense Capability (Doctrine, Equipment, Training and Organization).


Major General Maurizio BONI
Deputy Commander,
Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC)

Major General Maurizio Boni graduated from the Military Academy and the Branch School in 1983. Prior to taking up his current position as the Deputy Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps UK (ARRC UK) in March 2018 he has been the Commander of the Army Simulation and Validation Centre, and Program manager for the implementation of “Forza NEC” project (“Network Enabled Capability Force”), the Italian Defence approach for the digitization of  the Italian armed forces, since January 2016.

From November 2014 to December 2015 he has been the Chief of Staff of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (Italy). From June 2012 to October 2014 he has been the Commander of the Italian Joint Force Headquarters (ITA-JFHQ), and Vice Deputy Chief of Staff for Joint Operations at Italian Joint Operations Headquarters (ITA JOHQ) in Rome. During General Boni’s tour of duty, the Italian Joint Force Headquarters has been employed in the Philippines, Libya, Central Africa and Middle East.


Gregory B. EDWARDS, Ph.D.
Director Service Operations,

Dr Edwards assumed the role of Director, Service Operations in the NCI Agency this summer after he led the Directorate Infrastructure Services from 2014-2018.  Prior to joining NATO, Dr Edwards held various positions at the Defence Information Systems Agency (2010 –2014), Qwest Government Services Inc. (2008), and active duty United States Air Force where he worked in the Communication and Computer Systems field for 26 years.


Lieutenant General Vincent GUIONIE
Commander of the Land Forces,
French Ministry of the Armed Forces

Lieutenant General Guionie joined the naval infantry after graduating from Saint-Cyr military academy. He took part in several military operations in Chad, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Former Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Congo and Mali. In 2000, General Guionie was appointed chief of the Operational Training Office.  In 2010, he joined the General Staff as chief of the “Operational Studies and Lessons-learnt” Unit of the Employment Division. In 2016, he joined the Army Staff as deputy chief of “Performance-synthèse” and was appointed commander of the Land Forces in 2018.


Deputy Director,
NATO Headquarters

Alain Klein is Deputy Director of the NATO Headquarters Consultation, Command and Control Staff (NHQC3S), an integrated IS/IMS Division which supports the different committees in enabling functions and capabilities for efficient C3, in particular in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in NATO. NHQC3S also supports to the Cyber Defence Committee (CDC) for all Cyber Defence technical aspects. Mr Klein joined the NHQC3S in 2002, after working at the SHAPE Integrated System Support Centre from 1990 to 2002. Alain Klein started his career at the NATO Maintenance and Development Centre in 1989 after studying Civil Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Louvain and Telecommunications at the University of Antwerp. In 2002, he obtained a Certificate in Innovation Management at the University of Louvain, and in 2007, participated in the « Senior Managers for Government » programme at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University


Lieutenant General Laurent KOLODZIEJ
Commander of the Rapid Reaction Corps - France

Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej is commander of the Rapid Reaction Corps-France. He started his military career in 1986 in the French Army. He took part in several operations in Djibouti, Croatia (1993), Bosnia (1997), and Kosovo (2001 and 2005). He commanded the 6th light armoured brigade during operation SERVAL in Mali from May to September 2013.

From 1989 to 1991, he was director of the Special Forces Training Center of Arta-Plage.

In 2014, he was assigned to the French Land Staff as General officer for International Relations. He took over command of the the Rapid Reaction Corps-France in August 2017.


Brigadier General Heinz KRIEB
Director of Concepts & Capability Directorate ,
European Union Military Staff , EEAS

Brigadier General Krieb joined the German Army in 1975. He was Commanding Officer of the 413 Armoured Battalion in 1996 before joining the Armed Forces Staff in 1998. He was assigned to the German Army Training and Doctrine Command as Chief of Division. In 2007, he was assistant Chief of the Operational Planning / German Operational Commitments / national politico-military affairs Division. In 2012, he was named Branch Chief of EU Political-military affairs at the German National Military Representation to NATO and the EU. He was appointed Director of Concepts & Capability of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS) in September 2014.


Lieutenant General Michiel van der LAAN
Commander 1 (Germany/netherlands) Corps

Lieutenant General (RNLA) Michiel van der Laan was educated at the Royal Military Academy and the Army Staff College in The Netherlands as well as the Command and General Staff College in Germany.

Among his various postings are commander of the 11 Tank Battalion Regiment of Sytzama-Hussars including a deployment to Bosnia (SFOR), Director Stability at the Headquarters of Regional Command South in Afghanistan, Commander of 13 Mechanised Brigade including a period as Commander of the stand-by EU Battle Group and Director Operations at the Armed Forces Command in The Hague.

Currently he is Commander of 1(German/Netherlands) Corps in Muenster.


Chief, Education and Training,

Jean-Paul Massart took up his position as Chief of Education and Training (E&T) at the NATO Communications and Information Agency in 2014.  The Agency Education and Training team counts some 140 staff across the agency’s locations in Mons, Glons, The Hague and the NATO CIS School in Latina, Italy.  He is located in The Hague and reports directly to Agency Chief of Staff. The E&T Service Line is responsible for the management and delivery of all NATO IT and C4ISR related training to NATO and Nations.  This includes individual training (to approximately 8,000 staff annually) but also support to collective training and exercises through dedicated simulation support.

He was previously Programme Manager for the NATO C4ISR applications area and support services.


Brigadier General Jean-Pierre METZ
Deputy Chief of Staff Operations,

From 1990 to 1992 he is assigned to the 33rd Marine Infantry Regiment in Fort-de- France as platoon leader, then as deputy artillery company commander and deputy chief operations & training in charge of personnel management. Back in the mainland, he is assigned to the 3rd Marine Artillery Regiment in Verdun as staff officer at the operations & training branch, then as company commander of the 3rd battery. From 1994 to 1996, he returns to the Artillery School in Draguignan as company commander at the training department. From 2009 to 2010 he is appointed as education director of the Center for Higher Military Studies. From July 2010 to June 2013 he is chief of the Strategy division of the Delegation to the Information and Communication of the Defense (DICoD).  On 7th September 2017, he was assigned to Eurocorps as DCOS Plans & Operations.


Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges,

Prior to joining NATO, Dr. Antonio Missiroli Directed the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) from 2012 to 2017. He was previously Adviser at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission (2010-2012); Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels (2005-2010), and Senior Research Fellow at the W/EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (1998-2005). He was also Head of European Studies at CeSPI in Rome (1994-97) and a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford (1996-97).


General (ret.) Jean-Paul PALOMEROS
Former NATO Allied Commander Transformation (SACT),
and Senior advisor at CEIS

General Jean Paul Paloméros occupied several positions within the French Air Force. As SACT, General Paloméros was in charge of preparing NATO's military forces and capabilities to face current and future missions assigned to The Atlantic Alliance. His tasks ranged from military strategy, capability development, collective education, training and exercises for 28 NATO nations. General Paloméros has in-depth expertise on the impact of digital transformation and cyberdefence.


Major General Wolfgang RENNER
Deputy Chief of staff Cyberspace,
NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)

Major General Wolfgang Renner joined the German Airforce in 1977 and following officer training, studied Electrical and Communications Engineering at the University of Federal Armed Forces Munich and graduated in 1981.  From 1981 to 1997, he held various position within the Air Force before joining the Air force Staff Executive Office. From 2004 to 2005 he joined the Staff Office for Operations Principles of NATO, EU and National Operations and was later appointed Head G3 to the Joint Forces Support Command, Cologne.

From 2013 to 2018, MG Renner was Commander German Armed Forces CIS Services Centre, in Rheinbach (Germany).


Major General Jürgen SETZER
Deputy Commander of the Cyber and information Domain Service,
German Ministry of Defence

Major General Jürgen Setzer joined the Bundeswehr in 1980, where he studied Information Technology in Munich. He was assigned to various commands in the Land forces before joining the Special Operations Division as chief of G3, then Chief of Staff in 2008. In 2012, Major General Setzer commanded the Strategic Reconnaissance Command and was appointed Chief of Staff at the Joint Support Service headquarter in Bonn. Since April 2018, he is Vice Chief of the Cyber and Information Domain Service and CISOBw.


Colonel Jaak TARIEN
NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE)

Colonel Jaak Tarien is the Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) based in Estonia since September 2018. CCDCOE is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub focusing on research, training and exercises. The international military organisation based is a community of currently 21 nations providing a 360-degree look at cyber defence, with expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law. Prior to joining CCDCOE Colonel Tarien served as Commander of Estonian Air Force from August 2012 to July 2018. Among other assignments he has also served as Staff Officer with NATO's Supreme Allied Command Transformation (ACT), as Deputy Director of the Regional Airspace Surveillance Coordination Centre and as Commander of the Estonian team at the BALTNET Regional Airspace Surveillance Co-ordination Centre in Lithuania.


Brigadier General Didier TISSEYRE
Deputy Cyber Defense Commander,
French joint HQ

Air Brigadier General Didier TISSEYRE joined the air force in 1987. He served in several commanding position, in the fields of information and communication systems, operational simulation, capacity building and training. He held positions in various air force entities and major commands, Joint structures, such as the Joint staff or the Joint direction for infrastructure networks and defense information systems.

He was deployed in foreign operations in Chad in 2006 as head of the Operation Epervier information systems and participated in numerous Air Force, Joint or Multinational (NATO, EU) exercises.

In July 12th, 2017, Air Brigadier General TISSEYRE was appointed as French deputy Cyber commander within the French joint HQ.


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