Honorary Chairman of GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Member of the Steering Committee, GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative

Tomáš Valášek is honorary chairman of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute and Slovakia's ambassador to NATO. Previously, he worked as director of foreign policy & defence at the Centre for European Reform in London (2006-2012). He has written extensively on European defence capabilities, budgets and collaboration; on transatlantic relations; common European foreign and security policy, and on defence industrial issues. Before that, he served as Policy Director and head of the Security and Defense Policy Division at the Slovak Ministry of Defence. He oversaw the ministry's defence analysis, planning and evaluation activities as well as its legislative efforts, military missions and international security initiatives. He was responsible for relations with NATO and the EU and advised Ukraine and Bosnia, among others, on NATO and EU integration. Before joining the ministry, Tomáš Valášek founded and directed the Brussels office of the World Security Institute, a Washington, DC-based independent defence and security think-tank (2002-2006). From 1996 to 2002 he worked as Senior European Analyst in CDI's Washington, DC office. Mr Valášek is the author of numerous articles appearing in newspapers and journals including the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Jane's Defence Weekly. He advised the Slovak defence and foreign ministers, the UK House of Lords, and Madeleine Albright's 'group of experts' on the new NATO strategic concept. He is a holder of an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a BA in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He is a Slovak national and speaks fluent English, Slovak and Czech, along with good French and he understands German, Russian, Spanish and Flemish. For photos, click here.