Amb. István Gyarmati is currently the President of the International Centre for Democratic Transition. He is the Chairperson of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and a member of numerous boards, including the NATO Defense College Foundation, the Belgrade Centre for Political Excellence and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He has had a distinguished career in the Hungarian diplomatic service, he served as the Head of the OSCE Missions to Georgia and Chechnya, was Undersecretary of Defense and Senior Vice President for Policy and Programmes of the EastWest Institute. In February-March 2004, he was Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Monitoring Mission in Moldova. Ambassador Gyarmati holds an MBA, a doctorate in Political Science and a PhD in Strategic Studies. He is an honorary professor at the Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University, the ELTE University and the Eszterhazy Karoly University. He is the author of numerous publications on security policy, European security, conflict management and Hungarian defense policy.