Vacancy: YATA is looking for a Secretary General

The YATA Executive Board is looking for a new Secretary General. Anyone eligible to the position is encouraged to apply. Please note that the deadline for the application is 15th of January!

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A new board is elected!

The international security organization, Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA International), elected a new Executive Board at the General Assembly in Toronto, Canada.

President John Glj Jacobs (The Netherlands)

Secretary General Magdalena Surma (Canada)

Vice-President of Finance Rati Bakhtadze (Georgia)

Vice-President of Public Outreach Sunniva Rebekka Skjeggestad (Norway)

Vice-President of Communications Zebulon Carlander (Sweden)

Vice-President of Human Resources Ulrik Trolle Smed (Denmark)

We are thankful for this opportunity to serve YATA and its members, while working diligently for transatlantic security and values of freedom and democracy. YATA International has national chapters in 36 countries.

Within the next few days, we will craft a tentative strategy for how we intend to give our young students and professionals new opportunities to become an active resource on security policy for our partners in ATA, NATO, EU, OSCE, UN and others.

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John, Magdalena, Rati, Sunniva, Zebulon & Ulrik

The YATA Executive Board for 2017

The YATA Executive Board for 2017


Farewell Letter from the YATA President 2015-2016

Dear YATA Colleagues and friends,
It is a tremendous honour for me to write these words almost two years after I got elected. While we are nearing the end of this year’s Executive Board mandate, the second in a row that I had the pleasure to lead, allow me to say how grateful I am for your support and friendship during all the ups and downs faced throughout this journey.

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YATA is a proud partner of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA). Their most recent Session took place in Tirana on 27-30 May. YATA Albania and YATA Kosovo were active as volunteers for the committee sessions, while YATA International was represented by the social media team. Check #natopatirana for the outcomes of the debates!