Mr Stijn MOLS has joined the European External Action Service in September 2021. As Head of Division Security and Defence Policy, he is responsible for the EEAS’ work on defence policy initiatives, civilian crisis management, cyber-security, hybrid threats and maritime security, as well as the EU’s Strategic Compass. As a Belgian career diplomat, he served in India, the Belgian Permanent Representation to the EU, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Japan. Before joining the EEAS, he was seconded to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague as Head of the EU CSDP Unit. Mr MOLS holds a Master’s in Political Science from the Catholic University of Leuven.