Practitioner seminar series | A Career in Multilateral Defence, Strategy and Policy
Ruben Erik Diaz Plaja (NATO Headquarters)
During the course of the academic year 2022/23 IBEI hosts a series of lectures by practitioners in the field of international relations and development.
The practitioner seminar series is intended to give IBEI students and attendees an opportunity to engage with international professionals about their personal work experience, the organizations they represent, and to learn about possible career trajectories in international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Each lecture will allow ample room for questions and inputs from the audience.
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MAY 24, 2023
A Career in Multilateral Defence, Strategy and Policy
With Ruben Erik Diaz Plaja, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters
Ruben-Erik Diaz-Plaja is a Senior Policy Adviser in the Policy Planning Unit in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO HQ in Brussels, where he contributes to developing, negotiating and implementing strategic policy priorities for the Secretary General, as well as conducting research and foresight. In this role, he has contributed to developing the 2022 Strategic Concept; the NATO 2030 agenda for the future of NATO; the 2021 Climate Change and Security Action Plan; and a comprehensive reform of the NATO Headquarters in 2018. Between 2012 and 2018, Ruben led work on NATO’s partnerships in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division. Ruben has more than 15 years’ experience working at the intersection of defence, security and democratic governance in the wider Euro-Atlantic region, including previous work with the OSCE in Warsaw, Poland, and Kosovo (2007-2012) helping to build democratic institutions in Eastern Europe/the Balkans. A Spanish/Dutch national, Ruben holds degrees in Politics (Edinburgh University, ‘04) and International Relations and Economics (Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, ‘06).