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
David Hobbs took up his post as Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in January 2008 following election by the Standing Committee.
He was born in Leeds (United Kingdom) on 5 March 1956. He trained initially as a physicist at Manchester University and holds a Master's Degree in War Studies from King's College, London.
After periods in both the UK civil service and the private sector, he joined Aberdeen University's Centre for Defence Studies where he published studies on intermediate-range nuclear forces and the renewal of the United Kingdom's independent nuclear deterrent force. He also lectured and provided briefings on nuclear strategy to both military and civilian audiences and the media.
He joined the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in 1983 as Director of the Science and Technology Committee, a position which enabled him to draw upon his background in both science and security studies. In 1987, he took up the additional responsibilities of Director of Committees and Studies, with a particular role in coordinating the work of all five of the Assembly's Committees.
He was one of the key personnel involved in the Assembly’s adaptation to the post-Cold War environment which has included parliamentary outreach and training programmes, assistance with security sector reform, and the integration of non-member parliaments into the Assembly's activities.
David was appointed Deputy Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in November 1997.
In addition to his responsibilities at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, from 1996 to 2007 he served as the Chairman of the Euro-Atlantic Foundation, an NGO which provided IT assistance to parliaments in Central and Eastern Europe, developed web-based educational modules in international relations, and promoted standards for parliamentary websites.
From 1993 to 2005 he was a member of the research advisory council of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, and from 2009 to 2014 he was a member of the Senior Steering Group for NATO's Special Operations Headquarters.
He has written extensively on the political and military implications of new technology.
He is married and has two adult children.
FORMER SECRETARIES GENERAL
** Executive Secretary