Dr. Gerlinde Niehus leads the Engagements Section within NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. As such, she oversees NATO’s Public Diplomacy engagements with audiences in all NATO nations and NATO partners countries across the globe, be it people-to-people, via partners and networks, or by digital means.
Gerlinde Niehus started her professional life as a TV and radio editor for public broadcasters in Germany (WDR and Deutschlandfunk). She then moved to a German think tank, focusing on international relations and a growing range of education and training programmes with partners in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States (NIS). This work brought her to the European Commission in Brussels, where she built up the information and communications programme EU – NIS, and subsequently developed a communications strategy for the European Commission’s Directorate General Information Society.
With a background in development cooperation, she also led in 1996/97 the European Liaison Office of the then Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the official German development cooperation institution.
In 1999 she joined NATO, and in 2012 assumed her present position.
Gerlinde Niehus holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Muenster University, Germany. In addition to her doctoral thesis on Spanish Foreign Policy, she has published numerous academic articles on international and security matters, as well as on NATO’s evolving policies.
Gerlinde is a member of Women in International Security (WIIS) and alumni of the London Business School and the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation.