Nicholas Williams is currently the Head of the Operations Section within the Operations Division of the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. In November 2009, he completed two and a half years in Afghanistan working with ISAF, first as political adviser to ISAF forces in the south, based in Kandahar, and latterly as Deputy NATO Senior Representative in Kabul. He has worked extensively in conflict and post conflict countries, both Iraq and the Balkans. From 2000-03 he was attached to the policy directorate of the French Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for developing NATO-EU relations and Franco-British defence cooperation. From 1997-99 he was Assistant Director for Counter-terrorism in the British Ministry of Defence. Before that, he had filled a series of policy and public communications posts in London and in NATO, including as speech writer to three NATO Secretary Generals. Mr. Williams is by profession a British career defence official. In 2005, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for having negotiated the first post-Saddam provincial Council in Basra and, in 2007, he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for his distinguished services in Bosnia & Herzegovina.