Lieutenant General Vasile Toader is currently appointed as the Military Representative of Romania to NATO and the EU in Brussels, Belgium. He previously filled positions as Deputy Chief of Defence of the Romanian Armed Forces, Deputy Chief of Defense for Operations and Training within Defence Staff, and other important military assignments. Among other national and international awards, he received the National Orders of Merit in the rank of Knight and Officer, the National Order for Loyal Service in the rank of Knight, the Order for Military Virtue in the rank of Knight, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. Security and Good Governance Course at the National Defence College was the last course he graduated in our university.
Lieutenant general Professor Heydar Piriyev is the Rector of the National Defence University of the Ministry of Defence, Republic of Azerbaijan. He has vast combat experience as well as academic background. He participated in both First Karabakh and Second Karabakh Wars. Throughout his career, he filled various staff and command positions as regiment commander, deputy brigade commander, brigade commander, and various staff positions at the General Staff, MoD. Also, he was Commandant of the War College of the Armed Forces and Commandant of the Azerbaijan Military High School named after Heydar Aliyev. He graduated from several courses at the War College of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
Ambassador Viorel Isticioaia - Budura was the Director-General of the Asia-Pacific Department of the European Union's European External Action Service (EEAS), European Diplomatic Service. Ambassador Isticioaia - Budura has previously headed the European Union delegation to Japan (2010 - 2014). Mr. Isticioaia - Budura represented Romania as Ambassador to South Korea (2000 – 2002) and to China and Mongolia (2002 – 2010). In 2020, Ambassador Isticioaia - Budura has been awarded with the Order of the Rising Sun, 2nd Class, Gold and Silver Star, of the Japanese Empire.
Ambassador Professor Dumitru Preda is a historian and carrier diplomat. Professor Preda previously served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Romania to the Republic of Cuba (2011-2016); Director of the Diplomatic Archives Directorate (1997-2002), Permanent Delegate of Romania and chargee d affaires a.i. to UNESCO (2002-2007). Professor Preda is a member and founder of the Comite des Archives Militaires (International Commission of Comparative Military History), Balkan History and Strategy Committee, and International Association for Contemporary European History. Professor Preda has been awarded with Diploma de Merit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for exceptional contribution to the diplomatic activity of Romania; Mihail Kogalniceanu Prize for History of the Romanian Academy; the Grand Prize of the Romanian Journal of Military History and the Eudoxiu de Hurmuzaki Prize of the Magazin Istoric Foundation. Professor Preda has published over 55 volumes on Romanian and Universal History and over 170 scientific articles and studies.
Dr. Vakhtang Maisaia is Professor of International Relations and International Security Studies at Caucasus International University (CIU); Deputy Director of IBSU Geopolitical Research Center of the International Black Sea University (IBSU); Adjunct Professor at the Tbilisi State University, the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University (Republic of Poland), Warsaw University (Republic of Poland), San-Diego State University (USA) and Georgian Technical University (GTU); Honorable Professor in Security Studies, the University of Business and Entrepreneurship (Wyzszej Szkoly Biznesu) in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski (Republic of Poland).
Professor Maisaia previously served as Georgia’s President’s State Advisor on Caucasus Regional Security Affairs (1997-1999); Main Advisor to Chief of Military Strategic Intelligence Department of Ministry of Defence of Georgia (1999-2003); Councilor to Georgian Diplomatic Mission at NATO HQ (2004-2008); Rapporteur to NATO IS Economic Security Directorate (2004-2008); International Expert on Combatting Terrorism at the OSCE Mission in Georgia (2008-2009). In 2013-2015 he was Deputy Chairman of the Public Council at the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia on Special Operation of 28 August 2012 near Village of Lafankuri, Georgia.
Professor Vakhtang Maisaia has published eight monographs and 200 academic and scientific articles, including a manual on Combatting Terrorism. He is a sinologist (specialized in China’s defense and military politics) and holds a Ph.D. in politics and military science or geostrategic studies.
Professor Ioannis M. Nomikos is director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), Chairman of the European Intelligence Academy (EIA) based in Athens, Greece, and founding editor of the “Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies” (JEAIS). Professor Nomikos is head of the department of International relations, history and politics in the Webster University, Athens. He directed the Greek team in a consortium of five countries (Northern Ireland- UK, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria and Israel) and completed successfully a two year (2009-2011) European Union FP7 research project titled: SAFE COMMS on “Counter-terrorism Crisis Communication Strategies for Recovery and Continuity.”
Dr. Matthew Rhodes is professor of national security studies and area studies chair at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Dr. Rhodes previously served as assistant professor of strategy and international security at the U.S. Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (1999-2003); assistant professor in the department of political science at Central College, Pella, Iowa (1998-1999); Jan Hus Foundation Academic Mentor in the department of politics and European studies at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic (1997-1998). Dr. Rhodes holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 and a bachelor of arts degree in government and German from Lawrence University in 1990.
A historian and an associate professor at the Free International University of Moldova as well as a coordinating scientific researcher with the Institute of History at the Moldovan Academy of Sciences, Professor Ticu holds a doctoral degree in history at Al. I. Cuza University from Iasi, Romania (2000). His activity spins around important positions such as a Member of Parliament for the Republic of Moldova between 2019 and 2021, Minister of Youth and Sports for the Republic of Moldova in 2013 as well as Member of the Presidential Commission for the Study and Assessment of the Totalitarian Communist Regime in the Republic of Moldova in 2010. Dr. Ticu was a Laureate of the National Youth Prize in Science and Literature in 2004 and was decorated with the Medal Civic Merit in 2010. He has authored 10 books (published in the Republic of Moldova, Germany, Romania, Great Britain and USA) and over 100 scientific articles. Among his active accomplishments one mentions the title of International boxing master, the status of participant in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the title of a silver medalist at the European Cup in Lvov, Ukraine 1999.
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Professor Dr. Scott Nichol, is an intelligence officer, expert in the counteracting domestic & international terrorism. He is Senior Regional Criminal Justice Program Coordinator within the Department of State and professor at OSI Occidental Studies Institute. Dr. Nichol previously served as principal advisor at the Maritime Intelligence – Integration of the Department of the Navy, Naval Intelligence Command, U.S. Navy Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC); Federal Agent/ Staff Supervisor- Intelligence Officer within the Department of Homeland Security; Professor at the University of North Texas. Dr. Nichol is member of several prestigious associations such as: National Military Intelligence Association, Naval Intelligence Professionals, International Institute for Counterterrorism in Herzliya (Israel), American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C., Homeland Security & Defense Business Council, Fulbright Association. Dr. Scott Nichol holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Science PO, Paris, France.
Dr. Col. Maksym Tyshchenko is Professor at The National Defence University of Ukraine named after Ivan Cherniakhovskyi, Ukraine. His research and educational activities are focused on Advanced Distributed Learning implementation into the process of military training. He is a member of several international working groups dedicated to using information technologies in military education and training. He is Director of the Ukrainian Partnership Centre of the Advanced Distributed Learning Partnership Network under the US government program Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative. He is the author of numerous publications on questions of information technologies and e-Learning.
Colonel PhD Andrzej Lis is the Director of Doctrine and Training Centre of the Polish Armed Forces. Previously, Col. Lis served as press officer - head of the Press Department in the Inspectorate for Armed Forces Support, senior specialist in Analysis Branch, head of Lessons Learned Branch, and DTC Director - Head of Concept Development and Lessons Learned Division. In 2007, Col. Lis defended his doctoral thesis in the discipline of management science at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management of the Nicolaus Copernicus University.
Mr. Pavel Anastasov is part of the International Staff of NATO HQ since 2014. His responsibilities are mainly in the area of cooperative security and in particular defence institution and capacity building. Regional focus is on the Western Balkans, South Caucasus, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining NATO HQ, he has served in various positions in the Bulgarian government such as Deputy-Minister of Defence and Head of Unit for Strategy and Policy in the Cabinet of President.