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Jānis Kārkliņš, Director of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (COE)

Before assuming duties as the Director of the Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications, Ambassador Kārkliņš served as the Assistant Director General of Communication and Information of UNESCO.  Ambassador Kārkliņš has a long career in the Latvian diplomatic service. He has served as the Latvian Ambassador to France, Andorra, Monaco and UNESCO after being the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations in Geneva.

During his stay in Geneva he presided over the Preparatory Committee of the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society. He also served as a Chairman of the Council of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Ambassador Kārkliņš represented Latvia in the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN and Chaired this Committee from 2007 until June 2010, at the same time being a member of ICANN Board of Directors. In 2014 the UN Secretary General appointed Ambassador Kārkliņš to be the Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum.