Mr. Ted Whiteside was formerly the Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy (Until 2016). He was responsible for guiding the Alliance’s public diplomacy strategies, and overseeing their implementation in member nations and partner countries. Before taking up his duties he was Secretary of the North Atlantic Council, and Director of the NATO Ministerial and Summit Task Force in Brussels, and before that he held the position of Director of the NATO Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre. Mr. Whiteside was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for the negotiations conducted with the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a Graduate of the NATO Defense College, did postgraduate studies in International Politics in Brussels, and holds an M.A. from the University of Montréal and a B.A. from York University.