Henrik Bliddal started his new role as Deputy Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly earlier this month and succeeds Ruxandra Popa (France) who has been appointed as Secretary General of the NATO PA.
He joined the organisation in 2011 as the Director of the Science and Technology Committee and Director of the Research Assistant Programme.
Get to know Henrik Bliddal in 4 questions:
- Which three words describe your leadership style?
Integrity, Clarity, Openness
- Which person that you have worked with most inspired you in your career and how?
I have worked with many inspiring people – and still do – but I will go back to a collaborator during my university studies: Bjarke Müller, who is now CEO at the Danish Police Union. Bjarke inspired me to dream big, give my best, connect with people, and many other things. Thank you, Bjarke!
- What advice would you give to someone just starting their career?
Don't be afraid to say, “I don't know” and ask questions.
Never stop learning.
Take the opportunities that present themselves, even if they don’t fit into your perfect plan.
Deliver. One word but so much to live up to.
- Which historical figure would you like to meet and why?
William Eldridge Odom. While his career in military intelligence peaked when he was Director of the National Security Agency under President Ronald Reagan, my graduate thesis focused on the time when he was the military assistant to Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to US President Jimmy Carter. I was once in a meeting with him, but he unfortunately passed away a year before I started on my research project on the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (the predecessor to US Central Command). His analyses were tough and on point, but his humanity shone through all the way. I would love to ask him about my case study and whether he thought I was right!
Mr Bliddal is a frequent speaker and has published on several international security issues. He is the author of the monograph Reforming Military Command Arrangements: The Case of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, 2011) and co-editor of the book Classics of International Relations: Essays in Criticism and Appreciation (Routledge, 2013, with Casper Sylvest and Peter Wilson).
He graduated with an MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in January 2010 and has both Danish and German citizenship.