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Major General William BRAMBLE CBE 

Deputy Commander, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Italy (NRDC-ITA)

William Bramble was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1987. As a Troop Commander he saw operational service in Belize, Northern Ireland, and in 1991 during the liberation of Kuwait. Further service as junior officer included operations with the UN. He served with 5th Airborne Brigade as a Forward Observation Officer in 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery before becoming Adjutant of 19th Regiment Royal Artillery The Highland Gunners. He attended the Joint Staff College 1997-1999, after which he was Brigade Chief of Staff with 4th Armoured Brigade in Kosovo and Germany. After a tour as Battery Commander with 4th Regiment Royal Artillery supporting the Royal Dragoon Guards, he became Military Assistant 1 to the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson, 2003-2005. 


He commanded the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance task Force in Kosovo in 2005 and from 2006-2008 he commanded the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery the Highland Gunners, supporting 12th Mechanised Brigade on Op HERRICK 6 in Afghanistan in 2007. In 2008, he became the Assistant Director Personnel Operations in HQ Land Forces. He attended the Higher Command and Staff Course in early 2010 and was Commander Royal Artillery 3rd (Unite Kingdom) Division 2010-2012. As ACOS J3 he directed the current operations division at the Permanent joint HQ 2012-2014, overseeing the UK's current military operations including Afghanistan. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies 2014-2015. From 2015-2016 he was Deputy Security Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior and Police as part of NATO's RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Kabul. He was COS ARRC for the two years from late 2016, covering the ARRC's recalibration to the Corp Warfighting role. He took over as DCOM NRDC-OTA in summer 2019. 



Innovation Department Director at John Cockerill 

Bernard Clermont has worked at John Cockerill Defense (formerly named CMI Defence) since 1985, starting in the Engineering department in charge of the development of armament and turret systems. Moving to the position of Quality Manager for programs with AV-Tech (US) and with GKN (UK), he was then appointed Vice-President in charge of Reliability, Safety and Maintainability studies, notably leading the technical and test program discussions with GDLS and TACOM related to FMS. He was the project manager for the development of the new generation of architectures for turret system and was a member of the Lethality and Turret Systems Rainbow Team on the FRES program. After the completion of that development, he took in charge the Proposals Department and Business Development defining the technical and commercial offers for the major defence programs in Middle East and Asian countries. Before becoming the director of the Innovation Department, he was appointed as General Manager of CMI Defence entity in France and CEO of Agueris.

Bernard Clermont made its military duty as Reserve Officer in Artillery Land Forces, Belgian Army. He is a member of Aguerris board, membre of the SERA Councillor Committee at IHEDN (France) and member of industrial representative panels for CapTech (EDA) and ASD for Land Applications.

Lieutenant General Vincent COUSIN 

Commander, Air Defence and Air Operations (CDAOA)

Lieutenant General Vincent Cousin entered the French Air Force Academy in 1987 and became fighter pilot wings in 1987. In 1993 he was appointed Commander 2nd flight "Petit Prince" in Reims AFB, before becoming in 1995 Deputy Commander and then Commander of the French Aerobatic Team "Patrouille de France" until 1998.  Staff officer at the Air Combat Command in Metz in 1998 and then student at the French Joint Staff College in Paris in 1999, Lieutenant General Vincent Cousin was appointed Deputy Commander and then Commander of the Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron 1/91 "Gascogne" in 2000. Back in Paris as staff officer at the Planning and Finance Division in 2003, he became International fellow at the National War College in Washington DC from 2007-2008. Appointed Air Attaché and Assistant Defence Attaché to the Embassy of France in Washington in 2008, he returned to France in 2011 to become Air Assistant to the Head pf the Military Cabinet of the French Prime Minister. In 2014, he returned to the French Embassy in Washington as Defence Attaché and Chief of the Defence Mission. Since 2017, Lieutenant General Vincent Cousin joined the Air Defence and Air Operations as Deputy Commander, and was appointed Commander in September 2019.

Lieutenant General Vincent Cousin achieved 3400 flying hours and 164 combat missions. He is officer of the Legion of Honour and Commander of the National Order of Merit. 


Gordon B. "Skip" DAVIS Jr. 

Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment

Gordon B. Skip Davis is NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Division. He previously served as Director of Operations, U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, before retiring from the U.S. Army with more than 37 years of service. A 1981 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, he also earned Masters of Arts in International Business and Defense Studies from the University of Paul Valery in Montpellier, France and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania. 

Commissioned in the infantry Mr. Davis served the first half of his career in rapid deployment airborne and infantry units in Italy and North Carolina. This period included service as the S3 (Director of Operations) of an Italian Alpini Battalion and later Regiment, which was Italy’s contribution to the Allied Command Europe Mobile Force (Land). His infantry commands included the 2d Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment in Georgia and the 2d Brigade,78th Division in New York, the latter which he deployed to Iraq. Following brigade command, he served as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of Southern European Task Force (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy, during which time he helped stand up U.S. Army Africa. He later served in Afghanistan as Chief, Strategic Advisory Group to Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Mr. Davis’ last three assignments included Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (2013-2015), Commander, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (2015-2016, dual-hatted as Deputy Chief of Staff, Security Assistance for Headquarters, Resolute Support), and Director of Operations J3, U.S. European Command (2016- 2018).


Colonel Pierre DEMONT 

Head of the C2-Lab, French Command for Joint Operations (CPOIA)

Colonel Pierre Demont entered the French non-commissioned officers academy (ENSOA) of Saint-Maixent in 1990. He served as a non-commissioned officer at the French infantry school in Montpellier, then as a combat group leader in the 1st Airborne Chasseurs Regiment (1st RCP) from 1991 to 1994. Colonel Demont then integrated the French military combined arms school (EMIA) in Coëtquidan from 1994 to 1996. He was appointed as lieutenant at the 3rd Airborne Marine Infantry Regiment (3rd RPIMA) in Carcassonne as a recede platoon leader from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2002, he was assigned in the 2nd RIPMA as deputy officer of the command and logistics company and then a the 3rd RIPMA as deputy officer combat company commander and branch operations officer (2002-2006). After being assigned from 2006 to 2008 in Special Military School (ESM) of Saint-Cyr, he integrated the General Staff College, then the Joint Defense College in Paris from 2008 to 2010. He is seconded from 2010 to 2011 at the French Foreign Affairs Ministry as military advisor of the special representative of the President of the Republic for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Back at the 3rd RIPMA from 2011 to 2013 as chief operations, he became in 2016 commanding officier of the 2nd RIPMA. In 2016, he is assigned at the French Command for Joint Operations (CPOIA) in Paris as chief of the organisations command office, then chief of the joint command and control laboratory (C2-Lab).


During his career, Colonel Dumont was committed to La Reunion, in Cambodge, Gabon, Republic of Congo, New Caledonia, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, and Afghanistan.



Director, CEIS Strategy

Axel Dyèvre was a cavalry officer for 7 years. From 1995 to 1997, he was a consultant in strategy, following which he was a Senior Partner at DATOPS (now known as LexisNexis Analytics), a software editing firm developing information systems, between 1997 and 2005. There, Axel designed, developed and implemented OSINT solutions (Open source Intelligence) for governmental agencies and private firms.Axel joined CEIS at the start of the organisation in 1997, and set up the company's European Office in 2006.

He is a  graduate from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Business School) where he followed a Business Management course.

Today, Axel is Director for the Strategy branch of CEIS, overseeing consulting and research activities for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, European institutions, and the private sector. 

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Lieutenant General Pierre GILLET

Commander, Rapid Reaction Corps - France (RRC-Fr)

Lieutenant General Pierre GILLET graduated from Saint Cyr Military Academy, the Infantry School in Montpellier and the Joint War College in Paris. He joined the Foreign Legion as a Combat Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer from 1994 to 1996. After being assigned as an instructor at the Infantry School to train newly arrived young officers, he was posted to the French Foreign Legion Command in 2001, then to the Army Staff / Human Resources Policy as head of studies and synthesis from 2003 to 2006. Selected for Command in 2006, he was posted to the 2nd Foreign Legion Regiment in Nîmes until 2008 before returning to the Centre for Higher Military Studies in Paris. In 2009 he was selected to become Deputy Head of Human resources on the French Joint Staff and, then in July 2011 he became the Deputy Planning Officer at the Joint Operations Centre.  Promoted to Brigadier General on 1st August 2014, he assumed command of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade in Nîmes. On 1st August 2016, he was appointed Commandant of the Military Schools in Draguignan, Commander of the Draguignan Defence Support Base, Commandant of the Infantry School, and Military Commander of the Draguignan-Canjuers Garrison. 

He was promoted to Major General on 1st August 2017 and appointed Chief of Staff of Rapid Reaction Corps France in July 2018. He took command of RRC France on 29th August 2019, promoting to Lieutenant General on the same day. 

During his career, Lieutenant General GILLET was deployed to several operational theatres: Chad (Operation EPERVIER), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (1st Gulf War), Djibouti (Operation ISKOUTIR), twice to Sarajevo (UNPROFOR 2 and multinational brigade), three times to the Central African Republic (EFAO and Operation BOALI COMANFOR SANGARIS) and in Ivory Coast (Operation LICORNE). 

Lieutenant General Vincent GUIONIE

Commander of the French Land Forces 

Lieutenant General Vincent Guionie joined the French military academy in 1982 and chose to serve in the Troupes de Marine. He was appointed as a lieutenant and then Officer Commanding a company to the 8 Marine infantry airborne Regiment (8e RPIMa) in 1991. His tour of duty included Cambodia, Central African Republic and Sarajevo.He was promoted major in 1995 and completed the War College course in Paris from 1996 to 1998/ The next year, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel. Returning to the 8 Marine infantry airborne Regiment, his tour included a commitment in Kosovo in 2002, and to the Republic of Djibouti as ACOS OPS of the French Forces Joint Staff. In 2004, he was promoted to Colonel and spent the next year in Côte d’Ivoire as the Force Commander’s military assistant. Returning to France, he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the 8 Marine infantry airborne Regiment, from July 2005 to July 2007 and was involved in EUFOR RDC operation in Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo.After being an auditor of the 59th promotion of the military Centre for Higher Studies and of the 62th promotion of the National Defence Institute, he was promoted to brigadier general on August 2013. 


From September 2013 till January 2014, he acted as deputy general in charge of operations at the Joint Headquarters of the SERVAL operation in Mali. He participates to the major naval and amphibious exercise “Catamaran” in October 2014 as the commander of the landing forces.

In August 2015, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the French Forces in Gabon. Promoted to Major general the 1st of August 2016, he was appointed in Paris as deputy of the vice-chief of the General Staff, in charge of resources and organization of the Army. The 1st of September 2018, he was promoted Lieutenant general and appointed in Lille, as commander of the land forces.

Brigadier General (Rtd) Olivier KEMPF

Independent Consultant and Publication Director of La Vigie Stratégie

Olivier Kempf has had a military career in three main areas: operational (operations in Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia, Côte d'Ivoire, Bosnia, Chad in various settings (UN, NATO, EU, national); international relations (especially in the NATO framework, where he has served on several occasions: Naples, SHAPE, NATO headquarters in Evère, where he led the SECGEN strategic anticipation cell); and transformation and cyber issues. He was a digital transformation officer in the French Army and was responsible for the army's cyber defence policy. He has also had an academic career (doctorate in political science, master in economics). He has taught in many institutions (Sciences Po Paris, HEC, Polytechnique, Ecole de guerre, etc.). He has published about ten books (geopolitics and e-strategy) and more than a hundred articles. He is in charge of the “Cyberstrategy” collection published by Economica. He is also partner director of the strategic synthesis firm La Vigie. He regularly collaborates with the private sector and government agencies for consulting on cyber and digital issues, security and defence policies, and the assessment of geopolitical situations (Europe, Maghreb).

Lieutenant General Laurent KOLODZIEJ

Commander of Eurocorps 

Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej joined Saint- Cyr Military Academy in September 1983, went to the cavalry school in Saumur in 1986 and was then commissioned into the French cavalry in August 1987. His first posting was to the French Foreign Legion where he served until 1991, before taking command of an AMX30 B2 Tank Squadron. In 1995, he joined the Defence Legal office in Paris in to prepare for the Joint Staff and Command training. Thereafter, General Kolodziej completed Joint Staff and Command training followed by Tri Service Staff College training. From 2000, he served two years as operations and training officer for the light-armored regiment of the French mountain brigade. He attended The British Defence Academy(UK), as the French Liaison Officer to the UK until 2005 and then returned to France to take Command of the 4th Cavalry Regiment until 2007. He returned to England in 2008 to complete the Royal College of Defence Studies course before taking post as the French Military Attaché to the UK in London in 2009. He holds a Master’s degree in Defence and International Relationships from Kings College, London.

General Kolodziej has completed operational tours in Croatia (1993), Bosnia (1997) and Kosovo (2001 and 2005). On promotion to Brigadier General, he commanded the 6th Light Armoured Brigade from 2012-2014, leading his Brigade on operation SERVAL in Mali May-September 2013. He led the department for International Engagements on behalf of the French MoD 2014-2016 and arrived as Chief of Staff Rapid Reaction Corps France in Lille in 2017. He was appointed Commander of RRC France on 1 August 2018 and was promoted to Lieutenant General on the same day. On 5 September 2019, he was appointed Commander of Eurocorps.

Colonel Robert MEEUWSEN 

Director, NATO Command & Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE)

Colonel Robert Meeuwen is graduated from Delft University (MSc). He integrated the Netherlands Royal Military Academy as an Officer in 1986 and worked for the Dutch Ministry of Defence and the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) for more than 30 years, advising on Army Material project, providing education and training for units up to brigade. He was deployed 6 months in Afghanistan as Chief Assessment Cell. From 2013 to 2015, Colonel Robert Meeuwsen was appoint Chief of the Enterprise Resource Planning Programme Bureau of the Dutch MoD, before being appointed Chief Maintenance Facilities. From 2016 to 2018, he became Innovation Envoy of the RNLA tasked with boosting innovation within the dutch Army, before becoming Director of the NATO C2COE. He accumulated knowledge and experience in the field of leadership, innovation, operations, teamwork, decision-making, simulation, cyber, training, and management. 

Colonel Kevin V. "Bolt" MINOR 

SHAPE, Nuclear Operations Branch Chief 

Colonel Kevin V. Minor is currently assigned to SHAPE Headquarters under the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Strategic Employment as the Nuclear Operations Branch Chief. In his current position, Colonel Minor directs a multi-national team of NATO officers and enlisted personnel in implementing NATO nuclear policy, developing standards for nuclear forces, and building exercises to evaluate NATO’s nuclear forces.  In his previous assignment, Col Minor served as the United States Joint Staff Nuclear Operations Division Chief where he performed similar functions on behalf of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Col Minor received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1997. He is a command pilot, having served as a C-17 instructor pilot and a B-2 instructor pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours, including more than 200 combat hours in support of Operations Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He has commanded at the squadron level and served in positions at the COCOM, HAF, joint, and interagency levels. 


General (Rtd.) Jean-Paul PALOMÉROS

Senior Advisor, CEIS, and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT)

General Jean Paul Paloméros occupied several positions within the French Air Force. As SACT, General Paloméros was in charge of preparing NATO's military forces and capabilities to face current and future missions assigned to The Atlantic Alliance. His tasks ranged from military strategy, capability development, collective education, training and exercises for 28 NATO nations. General Paloméros has in-depth expertise on the impact of digital transformation and cyberdefence.



Vice President Business Development, IRTS

Patrick Roynette is an expert in military ruggedized systems with global experience and success in closing major contracts in various continents. His job involves customer relations, directing sales, managing the network, and systems engineering for real-time applications. Mr. Roynette holds an executive MBA from ESCP Europe in 2012. In addition, he attended Arts et Métiers in 1985 and École Supérieure d'Électricité in 1987, having completed doctoral research in mechanical engineering at University Paris VI in 1985. Mr. Roynette is ORSEM, QR1, AUSA Live Member as well as member of the Society for Information Display and EDEN.


Lieutenant General (Rtd.) SAINTE-CLAIRE DEVILLE 

Vice President Institutional Relations France & Europe, Nexter 

Lieutenant General Arnaud Sainte-Claire Deville joined the Saint-Cyr Military Academy in 1978 and chose to serve in the Armoured Corps. He joined the 3rd hussards (armored recel) regiment whilst based in Germany and served there as an armoured reconnaissance troop leader between 1981 and 1985. Promoted to the rank of Major during summer 1991, he was transferred to Paris and became the secretary to the general commanding the Army technical and scientific college (EMSST). Further on, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and pursued his schooling at the Bundeswehr "Führungsakademie" in Hamburg until 1997. Until 2001, he was assigned to the Army Operations and Research Center (CROSAT), and was promoted Colonel in 2000. He was appointed to the French-German brigade in Müllheim (Germany) as Chief of Staff in 2003. On 1st July, 2006, he took up an assignment at the Defence Staff within the “management of military strategic studies (ESMG)” as assistant manager. Promoted to the rank of Brigadier on 1st August, 2008, he assumed command of the 2nd Armoured Brigade. On 1st August, 2010, he took over as Chief of Staff of the Headquarters Land Forces Command in Lille. On 1st February, 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Major General. He was promoted to Lieutenant-General on 1st August, 2014 when he took command of Headquarters Land Forces Command. 


During his career, he has been deployed several times on overseas operations: he did a six-month tour as deputy to the head of the operational analysis cell within the “Stabilization Force” (SFOR) HQ in Sarajevo. He was Chief of staff of the Kabul Multinational Brigade deployed in Kabul from July 2004 to February 2005. Then, he assumed the appointment of commander Multinational Task Force-North in Kosovo from September 2009 to January 2010, during operation “Trident” within KFOR. He has been retired since October 2017. Arnaud Saint-Claire Deville currently is vice President Institutional Relations of Nexter Group, a company of KNDS. He is especially in charge of relations with France, Germany, European Union and NATO.

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Lieutenant General Stuart R SKEATES CBE 

Deputy Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCB)

Lieutenant General Stuart Skeates was educated at The Judd School Tonbridge, King's College London and Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1988. 


His regimental service was spent in field artillery based in Germany and the United Kingdom, including service with airborne and air assault forces. His staff position have included Deputy Chief of Staff to the newly-formed 16th Air Assault Brigade, Military Assistant to the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff J3 Operations in the Permanent Joint Headquarters. 


He has commanded 26th Regiment Royal Artillery, 19th Light Brigade in Northern Ireland, been Deputy Commander of 52 Brigade as Task Force Helmand, Deputy Commanding General of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) as Regional Command (South-West) and Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Most recently, he was the UK's Standing Joint Force Commander. 


He has served on operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Cyprus and Northern Ireland. He is a graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course, the Higher Command and Staff Course and the Major Projects Leadership Academy. 


He is Honorary Colonel 26th Regiment Royal Artillery, a member of the Honorable Artillery Company Regimental Council, Deputy Colonel Commandant of the Adjutant General's Corps (Education and Training Service).

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Lieutenant General Sir Edward SMYTH-OSBOURNE KCVO CBE

Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC)

Lieutenant General Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne was born in Devon and educated at West Downs, Eton and St Andrews. He elected to become a regular soldier and joined The Life Guards in West Germany in 1983.  At Regimental Duty he served in the normal appointments ranging from Troop Leader to Commanding Officer in the United Kingdom, Europe, Central America, Balkans, Middle East and Asia.  


At Staff he was, at various times, Chief of Staff 42 (North West) Brigade; Staff Officer Grade 2 Tactical Operations at the British Army Training Unit Suffield, Western Canada; Military Assistant to the Commander in Chief; a Staff Officer in the Ministry of Defence, Director Force Reintegration, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan; and Deputy Commander, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps ̶ Italy.  


In command he has led the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force in Kosovo; the Household Cavalry in Great Britain and Afghanistan; 38 (Irish) Brigade in Ulster; London District and the Household Division.  He holds the appointments of Colonel The Life Guards and Goldstick in Waiting; Colonel Commandant Royal Armoured Corps; Honorary Colonel Tayforth Universities Officer Training Corps; and President of Army Telemark.  


Military education included the Staff College at Camberley and the Higher Command and Staff course at the Defence Academy.  Married, with 2 children, his interests include fishing, walking, skiing, sailing, rural life and collecting books.



Chief Research Office, VMware 

David Tennenhouse is VMware’s Chief Research Officer. He leads the research & innovation activities that are accelerating and extending VMware’s technology leadership. These include: formation of a new VMware research group focused on networks and distributed systems; a portfolio of incubation activities;  and the VMware academic program of engagements with university researchers. He also represents VMware’s technology strategy to government customers worldwide.

David has a track record of driving innovation, both in academia and industry. He joined VMware from Microsoft, where he was a Corporate Vice President and led their Technology Policy group. He was previously a Partner at New Venture Partners, Vice President of Platform Strategy at Amazon and CEO of its subsidiary, Vice President and Director of Research at Intel Corporation where he pioneered an "open collaborative" approach to corporate research. This was, in part, based on his earlier work as DARPA's Chief Scientist and Director of its Information Technology Office. 

At both DARPA and Intel, Dr. Tennenhouse was involved in the strategic planning and execution of programs related to a wide range of technologies, including distributed/cloud computing, networking, computer architecture, storage, wireless communications, machine learning, search/data mining, image processing, robotics, MEMs, healthcare, and nano/bio-technology. As a faculty member at MIT, he led research on high-speed networking, active networks, software radio and telecommunications policy.

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