Jānis Sārts is the director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence since 2015. Before that he was the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Latvia. Jānis has led the reforms of defence sector, developed new State Defence Concept and encouraged regional defence cooperation within NATO and EU. Jānis has led the defence reforms to prepare Latvia’s integration into NATO. He headed the Defence section of Latvia’s Delegation to NATO and EU in Brussels.
Jānis Sārts has received numerous state awards for his contribution to defence reforms; Latvia’s membership into NATO and hosting the NATO Summit in Riga.