Glen Grant

Glen Grant

Expert on National Security and Defense of Ukraine of the Ukrainian Institute for the Future

Glen Grant graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Junior Staff Course Warminster and the Joint Staff Defence College at the Royal Naval College Greenwich. He has also attended the Army Commanding Officers course and the Navy and Air Force operations courses. His key work in the last twenty years has been delivering reform and change for defence and security organisations in Europe. He has worked in the Defence Ministries of Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Moldova, Slovenia, Poland, Kosovo, Serbia and Chile. This work has involved supporting all levels of defence and security change from writing white papers, running strategic defence reviews, reshaping plans, forces and budgets, writing law, and much teaching of new defence concepts and methods. He has also been an official mentor for many senior officials. Glen has additionally provided support for wider security subjects like anti-corruption, border security, prisons and probation, money laundering and serious crime.  Most recently in April 2018 he was in Slovenia “reviewing” their recent defence review.  

During his 37 year military career Glen commanded the UK Military Prison and an Artillery battery of 8 tracked guns. He worked on the operational and policy staffs in 1st British Corps Headquarters, the Army Headquarters, the UK Ministry of Defence, the NATO Air Headquarters Combined Air Operations Centre 5 in Italy and on the staffs of four Brigade headquarters. This work involved him supporting many UK operations including Northern Ireland, both Gulf wars, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Glen ended his career as UK Defence Attaché to Finland followed by tours with Latvia and Estonia. During this time he was an adviser to President Meri in Estonia on issues of joining NATO. He resigned from the Army in 2006 as a Lieutenant Colonel and became an adviser to the Defence Minister Jyrgen Ligi in Estonia.  

Most recently in 2016/17 Glen was Project Manager in MOD Ukraine running a one year UK funded project “Reform of Defence Housing”. In 2018 he published a ground breaking paper on reform of the Ukraine military in the Kyiv post which was both publically acclaimed and officially condemned but was subsequently nominated by Kyiv Post as their reformer of the month. He is a skilled change manager with a Masters degree in the Leadership of Change from York St John University in UK.  Glen is a faculty member of Riga Business School Latvia lecturing on the Bachelor of Business Administration course in Strategy, HRM, Crisis Management and Entrepreneurship. He is studying financial and decision making aspects of reform in post communist Europe. As a business consultant he has worked on transformation with companies as diverse as recruitment, publishing, agriculture, telecoms and luxury goods retailing. He also supports several Latvian members of Parliament with policy making work. Glen regularly moderates international conferences covering a wide range of subjects from the recent EU GDPR changes to business, health, and IT Security and even Rehabilitation of Sex Offenders.

Glen had a second career as an international athlete also running a sub four minute mile. He competed in three World cross country championships and a Commonwealth Games setting a Welsh national record at 1500m. He has been a British team manager for athletics and orienteering and also coached internationally in running, modern pentathlon, triathlon, cross country skiing, biathlon and orienteering. He still competes regularly and coaches athletes in Finland, Latvia and USA.

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