Warsaw, 26 May 2018 – The NATO Parliamentary Assembly has designated Ruxandra Popa from France as its next Secretary General, the organisation’s top administrative position.
Ms Popa is set to take office on 1 January, 2020, replacing David Hobbs of the United Kingdom whose mandate will end at the end of 2019.
Ms Popa was elected by the Assembly’s Standing Committee – the Assembly’s governing body - at the NATO PA’s annual Spring Sesssion held this year in Warsaw.
“I am grateful to the Standing Committee for their trust and confidence. I look forward to continuing to serve the organisation in this future capacity”, commented Ms Popa.
“I’m delighted that the Standing Committee has elected Ruxandra Popa as my successor”, said Mr Hobbs.
“She has all the necessary skills and expertise, and will be an outstanding Secretary General. Furthermore, by taking the decision now, the Standing Committee has ensured a smooth and graceful transition period for the organisation.” Ms Popa has served as the NATO PA’s Deputy Secretary General since 1 March 2011 after six years as director of the Assembly’s Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, 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 the Brookings Institution in Washington, the German Bundestag in Berlin and the European Parliament in Luxembourg. She earned a Masters in Public Administration from at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a Masters in in International Law from Paris’ Sorbonne university.
She also studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin and is a graduate of the 70th national session “Defence Policy” of the French Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN).