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On June 5, young people from Europe and North America will join a transatlantic conversation at the 2023 NATO Youth Summit, which takes place in Brussels and Washington, D.C.

Organized by NATO and William & Mary, the event will provide young participants with the opportunity to engage, build links, enhance understanding, exchange views and explore how NATO addresses challenges that the young generation sees as critical to their security. The issues covered will range from disinformation to the latest technologies, and from climate change to national defense.



Please note the times and order of these programming blocks are subject to change.

A two-column table for organizational purposes.
Brussels (CET)

Master of Ceremonies [Brussels]: Dr. Kira Allmann ‘10, Senior Digital Strategy Officer, Manchester City Council; Incoming Director of Partnerships & Communications, Global Research Institute, William & Mary

09:30 - 10:00 Pre-Opening Welcome
10:00 - 10:05

Welcome & Introduction

10:05 - 10:25

Tackling Bullies – of all sizes

10:25 - 10:45

Diversity & Diplomacy

10:45 - 11:25

Discussion: Space, technology, and security
Panel sponsored by Friends of Europe

  • Thomas Dermine, Belgian state secretary in charge of space policy (inter alia)

  • David Eagleson, Policy Fellow at the Pinsker Centre, Vice President of Cambridge Policy Forum and researcher on the Militarization and Disarmament of the Space Law & Policy Working Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council, Cambridge University

  • Fatima El Kaddouri, International Committee of the Red Cross covering legal implications of new space developments

11:25 - 11:45 Panel Title - TBC
11:45 - 11:50

Gaming Challenge: NATO vs. the EU

  • Robin El Kady, Data Scientist, Information Environment Assessment Team, NATO HQ
  • Uldis Elksnitis, Information and Communication Officer, European External Action Service
11:50 - 12:00

DROG Disinformation Game: How to go viral

Delegates will play a disinformation game showing how to ‘go viral.’ This session will highlight all the techniques used, such as emotive language, wedge issues, and victimization.

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch & Networking

13:00 - 13:45

Climate Change & How It Changed My Life

13:45 - 14:30

Discussion: What does resilience mean for young people?
Panel in cooperation with the Young Thinkers Initiative of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

  • Moderator: Dylan Macchiarini Crosson, Researcher, EU Foreign Policy, CEPS
  • Dominik Juling, Postgraduate Student at LSE; Young Thinker, CEPS
  • Laura Lisboa, Space Officer, NATO Defence Investment Division; Young Thinker, CEPS
  • Cédric LombaertsAttaché European Affairs, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Young Thinker, CEPS
  • Sofia Romansky, Researcher, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS); Young Thinker, CEPS
14:30 - 14:50

Fireside Chat with NATO Head of State Pavel

14:50 - 15:10

Coffee & Networking

15:10 - 15:30

Witness History: How disinformation doesn’t go away

15:30 - 16:00

Closing Remarks (Belgium) & Opening Remarks (Washington, D.C.)

Event in Brussels ends with reception, networking and some music.

Event in Washington, D.C. begins.

Washington, D.C. (EDT)

Opening of the first NATO Youth Summit in the United States.

Master of Ceremonies [D.C.]: Colleen Grace ’23, President, Ivy League Veterans Council; William & Mary

9:20 - 9:30

Administrative Instructions

  • Colleen Grace ’23, President, Ivy League Veterans Council; William & Mary

Opening of U.S. Summit

  • Dr. Kira Allmann '10, Senior Digital Strategy Officer, Manchester City Council; Incoming Director of Partnerships & Communications, Global Research Institute, William & Mary
  • Colleen Grace '23, President, Ivy League Veterans Council; William & Mary
09:30 - 10:00 Opening Remarks
  • Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO
  • Q&A from Brussels and Washington D.C.
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome Remarks
10:10 - 10:15


10:15 - 10:55

Diplomacy Through Sports: A conversation with leaders on and off the field

  • Moderator: Jill Ellis ’88, L.H.D. ’16, National Soccer Hall of Fame; President, San Diego Wave, National Women’s Soccer League; Former Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team
  • Nadia Nadim, Forward, Racing Louisville Football Club
  • William Smith ’14, Founder and Executive Director, LEAD Edu
10:55 - 11:00

Presentation of the NATO Women, Peace, and Security Award

  • CAPT Kathleen T. Jabs, USN (ret.), Special Assistant to the President for Military & Veteran Affairs, William & Mary
  • Jill Ellis '88, L.H.D. '16, National Soccer Hall of Fame; President, San Diego Wave, National Women's Soccer League; Former Coach of the U.S. Women's National Team
11:00 - 11:30

Defending Freedom with Allies

11:30 - 11:45 Networking Break
11:45 - 12:00

The US is Not Just in NATO: It is the core of NATO

  • Ben Wheeler, Influencer, D1Wheeler
  • Facilitator: Colleen Grace '23, President, Ivy League Veterans Council; William & Mary
12:00 - 12:30

Leveraging Data to Strengthen Democracy and Security

Video message by Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President, Microsoft

12:30 - 13:00

Countering & Deterring Adversarial Threats: Russian invasion of Ukraine

  • Moderator: Elina Beketova, Democracy Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)
  • George Barros '19, Geospatial Intelligence Team Lead and Russia Analyst, Institute for the Study of War
  • Her Excellency Oksana Markarova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States
13:00 - 13:30

Break for Boxed Lunch

  • Everyone will return to their seats for a working lunch
13:30 - 13:50

How To Be an OSINT Expert Activity

  • Andrew Eaddy, Co-Founder, Third Image Media
  • John Fowler, Co-Founder, International Intrigue; former Australian diplomat
  • Michael Hilliard, Conflict Journalist, Host of The Red Line; Communications Director, The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
13:50 - 14:20

Countering Disinformation

  • Moderator: Megan Hogan ’21, Eranda Rothschild Foundation Junior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Founder and Co-Director, DisinfoLab, William & Mary
  • Ben DubowCTO and Founder, Omelas; Nonresident Fellow, Democratic Resilience, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)
  • Rear Admiral John F. Kirby, USN (ret.), Coordinator for Strategic Communications, National Security Council
14:20 - 14:50

Building Partnerships & Leading Through Diplomacy

  • TBD
14:50 - 15:05 Networking Break
15:05 - 15:30

Video Presentations by NATO Allied Command Transformation & Council on Strategic Risks

  • Luisa Freutel, Staff Officer (Strategic Issues and Engagement), Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
  • Lieutenant Colonel ITA, Andrea Martorana, Staff Officer (Strategic Engagement and Coordination), Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
  • Guido Buccardi, Sciences Po Paris
  • Lorenzo Cavallon, Sciences Po ParisPablo
  • Kevin Lopez Ortiz, Universidad de Navarra
  • Kirellos Abdel Miseih, King's College London
  • Elsa Barron, Research Fellow, Center for Climate and Security (CSS), Council on Strategic Risks (CSR)
  • Michelle Ramirez, University of Alaska Fairbanks
15:30 - 16:00

Digital Transformation At All Levels

  • TBD
16:00 - 16:30

Diplomatic Approaches to Security 

16:30 - 17:00

The Everyday Practice of Democracy

  • Moderator: Professor Teresa Longo, Senior International Officer, William & Mary
  • Sarma Gintere, Third Secretary (Communications, Public Diplomacy), Embassy of Latvia
  • The Honorable Elizabeth Jones, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Department of State
  • The Honorable Russell E. Travers ‘78, Senior Advisor, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security; former Acting and Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center; and former Deputy Director of Homeland Security, National Security Council
17:00 - 17:05

Announcement of 2023 WMGIC x NATO Countering Disinformation Challenge

17:05 - 17:15

Reflections from NATO Allied Command Transformation

17:15 - 17:25 Closing Remarks
Closing Reception
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