Jānis Sārts (LV)
Director of the NATO StratCom COE and former Latvian State Secretary of Defence
Jānis Sārts is the Director of the NATO StratCom COE, based in Riga, Latvia. Jānis holds a bachelor degree in history from University of Latvia, but has also graduated from the NATO Defense College and interned at the Swedish Defense Research Agency. He began his career in the Ministry of Defence and was soon promoted as a director of the Defence Policy Department, where he was in charge of development and implementation of Latvia’s annual national plans for membership into NATO. As the state secretary, Sārts has led defense reforms, developed a new state defense concept, and encouraged regional defense cooperation within NATO and the EU. J.Sārts has been the Chair of National Cyber Security Board, body that is responsible for formulating and overseeing the implementation of Latvia’s cyber security policy.