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Jun 3 2021

New Legal Adviser takes up post


Sujin Chan-Allen, of Canada, began the role of Legal Adviser at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) on 1 June 2021.


The Legal Adviser advises the General Manager and the Agency Supervisory Board on legal and policy matters that could have an impact on the NCI Agency's operations and activities. The Legal Adviser is responsible for providing advice on legal matters relevant to an international organisation, including procurement activities and agreements with NATO Nations and organizations.

New Legal Adviser takes up post

"Today's defence and cyber realms present unprecedented challenges that test and expand legal frameworks on a global level. The calibre of this diverse team is unsurpassed and it is a real privilege to join the NCI Agency in advancing NATO's digital transformation," Chan-Allen said.

Chan-Allen has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NATO, she was an international lawyer at the global law firms of Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb, based in Brussels, Belgium. She advised American and European multinational companies in the defence, technology and media sectors. She also acted as Global Head of Competition at Dassault Systemès in Paris, France.

Prior to private law practice, Chan-Allen served as Counsel at the Trade Law Bureau, within the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.

"I am excited to welcome Sujin to the Agency. She joins the leadership team at a critical time as the Agency engages with NATO leadership in expanding cyber security, innovation, strengthening resilience and international cooperation. Whether it is negotiating a multinational agreement, or establishing new partnerships, our Legal Office is an essential contributor to NATO's digital endeavour," said NCI Agency General Manager Kevin J Scheid.