Stefanie Babst currently serves as NATO’s Acting Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in Brussels. In this capacity she is responsible for designing the Alliance’s public diplomacy strategies, overseeing their implementation in Member nations and partner countries and advising the NATO Secretary General on global communications trends. She is a widely known public speaker on transatlantic security issues and author of numerous articles and blogs on NATO’s political and military agenda. Previously, she was the Head of NATO’s Country Section in the Public Diplomacy Division and a Lecturer of Russian and East European Studies at the Federal Armed Forces Command & General Staff College in Hamburg. Dr. Babst received her M.A. in Political Scienceand Ph.D in Political Science, International Law and Russian Studies from the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany and Harvard University in Cambridge. Since joining NATO’s International Staff in 1998, she has held various positions in the field of communications. She is one of NATO’s highest-ranking women and actively supports women’s networks in security and defence. She is also an active member of WIISS, Women in International Security Studies.