The Secretary General and the International Secretariat


The headquarters of the Assembly’s 28-Strong International Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium and overseen by the Secretary General.

The International Secretariat performs a dual function: on the one hand, it conducts much of the research and analysis necessary for the substantive output of the Assembly's Committees, and on the other, it provides the administrative support required to organize sessions, seminars, Committee meetings, and other Assembly activities.

In addition to its research and administrative functions, the International Secretariat maintains a close working relationship with NATO, other international organizations and research institutes.

The International Secretariat’s policy staff and management provides briefings on NATO-PA activities and concerns to visiting parliamentary groups, journalists, and academics.

The Secretary General - Ruxandra Popa

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Ruxandra Popa  served as the NATO PA’s Deputy Secretary General from 1 March 2011 to 31 December 2019. At its meeting in Warsaw in May 2018, the NATO PA’s Standing Committee elected Ms Popa to be the Assembly’s next Secretary General starting on 1 January 2020 at the expiration of the mandate of the Secretary General, David Hobbs. Before that, she was the director of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security since joining the NATO PA in August 2005.

Ms Popa has lectured at several French universities and regularly publishes on international security matters.
Prior to joining the NATO PA, she held research and policy positions with several international and European organisations and research institutions, including the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, the German Bundestag and the European Parliament.

Ms. Popa earned a Masters in Public Administration from Sciences Po Paris and one in International Law from the Sorbonne. She also studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Ms Popa is a graduate of the 70th national session “Defence Policy” of the French Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN).

Ruxandra Popa was born in Bucharest, Romania, and is a national of France. She is fluent in English, has a good command of German and Romanian, and a basic knowledge of Spanish and Italian.

Former Secretaries General

1955 to 1960 Douglas Robinson** United Kingdom
1960 to 1968 O. van Hinloopen Labberton Netherlands
1968 to 1986 Philippe Deshormes Belgium
1987 to 1996 Peter Corterier Germany
1997 to 2007 Simon Lunn United Kingdom
2007 to 2019 David Hobbs United Kingdom
2019 Ruxandra Popa France

** Executive Secretary

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