Honorary Fellows

An Honorary Fellowship is a highly prestigious award bestowed annually by the Baltic Defence College to distinguished individuals who have made either an outstanding personal input to the development of the Baltic Defence College or those who have contributed significantly to the improvement of the defence and security culture of the Baltic States.

The Baltic Defence College is delighted to have the following individuals within its honorary fellowship:

Dr. Margarita Šešelgytė

Dr. Margarita Šešelgytė is a Director of Studies at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at the University of Vilnius. Previously, she was a member of faculty both at the Baltic Defence College (2004-2007) and General Jono Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania (2001-2004).

Inducted: February 2014

Dr. René Värk

Dr. René Värk is a Docent in International Law at the University of Tartu and the Estonian National Defence College. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Security Science and the Estonian School of Diplomacy and has acted as a guest speaker at the Baltic Defence College.

Inducted: February 2014

Dr. Artis Pabriks MEP

Dr. Artis Pabriks MEP is a Member of the European Parliament for Latvia (since 2014) and a former Latvian Minister of Defence (2010-2014) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2004-2007). Previously, he was the first Rector of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and co-authored The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2002.

Inducted: February 2014

Professor Andres Kasekamp

Professor Andres Kasekamp is a Professor of Baltic Politics at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies and a member of the Council of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute in Tallinn. Professor Kasekamp is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal on Baltic Security.

Inducted: June 2016

Tomas Jermalavičius

Tomas Jermalavičius worked at the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL), first as deputy director of the College's Institute of Defence Studies in 2001-2004, and later as Dean of the College in 2005-2008. Currently, he is a Research Fellow and Head of Studies at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn.

Inducted: June 2016

Professor Žaneta Ozoliņa

Professor Žaneta Ozoliņa is professor of the Department of Political Science in University of Latvia. She is also the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Council at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Professor Ozolina is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal on Baltic Security, publication of the Baltic Defence College and the editorial board of Defence Strategic Communication, which is the publication of NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) in Riga.

Inducted: June 2016

General (ret) Knud Bartels

General (ret) Knud Bartels is an Adjunct Professor at the Royal Danish Defence College. Previously, he has been Chairman of NATO's Military Committee (2012-2015), Chief of Defence of Denmark (2009-2012), Danish Military Representative to the EU and NATO (2006-2009), as well as held several positions in both national and international joint staff.

Inducted: December 2018

General (ret) Hans-Lothar Domröse

General (ret) Hans-Lothar Domröse was the Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (2012-2016), the German Military Representative to MC/NATO and EU in Brussels (2011-2012), Commanding General, Eurocorps (2009-2011), and Chief of Staff, HQ ISAF (2008-2009).

Inducted: December 2018

Mr Janis Garisons

Mr Janis Garisons is the state Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Latvia. He has been closely linked with BALTDEFCOL since 2008 and has contributed to all of its courses and a majority of academic conferences and seminars over the years.

Inducted: February 2019

Commodore (ret) Hans Helseth

Commodore Hans Helseth has been engaged as the College's Senior Mentor since January 2018. Before joining the Baltic Defence College, he had a long career in the Norwegian Navy, commanding submarines and frigates and holding numerous important positions in NATO. He is also engaged as a Special Advisor for exercises at NATO's Joint Warfare Centre. In addition to mentoring the Higher Command Studies Course at BALTDEFCOL, he supports all classes and internal exercises with lectures, operational advice, evaluation and assessment, and professional counselling.

Inducted: January 2022

Colonel (ret) Dr Zdzisław Paweł Śliwa

Colonel (ret) Doctor Habilitatus Zdzisław Śliwa has worked at the Baltic Defence College since 2009. First serving in uniform and then becoming the Dean of the College in 2016. He is also a visiting professor at the Latvian National Defence University. He has contributed significantly to recognising the Baltic Defence College as a Professional Military Education institution of choice within the Alliance. He also played an instrumental role in NATO Allied Command Transformation, granting the Baltic Defence College an unconditional accreditation as a NATO Training and Education Facility.

Inducted: June 2023


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