When I was a child, my father was employed at NATO Headquarters and we lived just a few blocks away so even before I joined the Agency, more than 10 years ago, I was involved in the NATO family.
I went on to study for a Masters in International and Strategic Studies which brought me close to NATO's core values and objectives. I started my career as an Assistant to the then NC3A Information Systems Branch and subsequently Agency Liaison Office to the Investment Committee in Brussels. In 2009, I was recruited to the Agency Field Office in Norfolk where I interact with Allied Command Transformation (ACT), the only NATO Command located in the United States. The transition from Europe to the US was very easy for me and I absolutely love living near the beach!
The Field Office, which is part of Demand Management, consists of a very small team of 4 staff. We work very closely and support each other as much as possible. My position requires tact, diplomacy and in-depth understanding of the Agency's mission, values and objectives which I then communicate to the Agency's customer, ACT. I also convey the Command's concerns back to the Agency and try to find the right person to resolve any issues. To successfully manage the everyday work load of a Liaison Officer, I see that having a good, flexible personality and the eagerness to provide high-quality service to our customers is a must. I deal with many ad hoc requests and am sometimes required to work unsociable hours in order to connect with my colleagues in different time zones.
In June 2012, I graduated from the NATO Executive Development Programme. The course allowed me to get a better understanding of how all of NATO's main entities work and provided endless networking opportunities.
Being employed by NCI Agency offers a great opportunity to learn and grow from sharing your work life with people from all over Europe and North America. The best thing about working at the Agency is being able to contribute to making the Alliance a safer place and helping troops to communicate and do their job in the best possible conditions.