Dr. Daria Daniels Skodnik

Professional Defence Expert, International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Member, Slovenia

Dr. Daria Daniels Skodnik

With more than two decades of senior military and high-profile academic appointments, Dr. Daniels lends her expertise at the nexus of international organizations, governments, academia and scientific communities. She has held multiple leadership and management roles in the defense and military sectors dealing with international security with military and academic institutions worldwide on a bilateral basis and with international organizations, e.g., UN, NATO, EU, OSCE. During her military career she has received a number of military awards.

Dr. Daniels is the first woman and non-American to have been elected by the NATO Military Committee to serve in a senior leadership roles as both Deputy Commandant and Dean of the NATO Defense College. She was responsible for strategic security studies, research and outreach, and advised on political, diplomatic and complex security issues related to NATO’s strategic priorities. Most recently, her research at the Canada Research Centre focused on cybersecurity, hybrid warfare and the significance of forward looking strategic leadership. She lectured at Oxford University, the Australian Defence Force Academy and the University of New South Wales (Canberra), on these topics. Her contemporary professional emphasis remains on emerging security challenges, defense matters and transformative education.

She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, an MA in International Law from the University of Maribor, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Ljubljana.