The NCI Academy, one of the Agency's nine service lines, was formed by combining the Education and Training Service Line and the NATO CIS School in Latina, Italy.
Dr Hargreaves will be responsible for the end-to-end delivery of world-class training to NCI Academy customers from NATO and the Nations.
NCI Agency General Manager Kevin J Scheid said: "I am pleased and proud to announce that Garry Hargreaves will be leading the NCI Academy to expand our training capabilities. Garry was instrumental to achieving the initial operating capability of the NCI Academy. His hands-on leadership skills, academic background and vision for implementing our strategy made him the right fit for the role."
The NCI Academy is a more than 140-member-strong team with staff in Oeiras, Portugal; The Hague, Netherlands; Mons, Belgium; and Stavanger, Norway.
Major General Göksel Sevindik, Chief of Staff and Senior Responsible Officer for the NCI Academy said:
"We have big plans to become the point of reference for innovative education and training excellence in NATO community. I look forward working with Garry to finalize the structure of the Academy and start implementing our strategy."
Developing and delivering world-class CIS education and training services, including cyber, is one of the NCI Agency's highest priorities. "Smart training for smart defence" is the ethos of the Academy.
Dr Hargreaves said:
"To say that it is a profound honour to be asked to lead the Academy would be a phenomenal understatement. The men and women of the NCI Academy have worked tirelessly over the last few years, and certainly deserve the attention and support of a leader worthy of them. We look forward to further collaboration with NATO and the Nations to deliver the education solutions that work best for their teams."