Since 1 August 2014, ambassador Marc Otte is the new Director General of Egmont. Marc Otte was born 26/04/1947. He has been Director for Policy Planning, MFA Brussels Belgium, since March 2011. He was the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process from 2003 to 2011 and Adviser on Defence and Security Policy to the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security, Javier Solana (99 to 03). He joined the Belgian MFA in 1976 and held various assignments among which, Consul General in Los Angeles, Ambassador to Israel and Director for Security Policy and Disarmament. He holds a Master in Political and Social Sciences and a post-graduate of the Institute for Developing Countries, University of Louvain, Belgium. He wrote several articles and publications on transatlantic issues, European Security and Defence policy and the Middle East Peace Process.