Dr Lenk holds the post of Chief of Service Strategy and Innovation in the NATO Communication and Information Agency.
His responsibilities include developing internal Agency technical strategy as well as driving innovation activities, thus preparing the Agency for the future. Prior to this, he was in charge of two major programmes for NATO: IT Modernisation, which will put in place the foundation for the NATO Cloud by consolidating NATO’s distributed IT infrastructure to three resilient data centres; and the Active Network Infrastructure programme (ANWI) which delivered a modern IT infrastructure in NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels.
Prior to NATO, Dr Lenk has had a varied career, having been an Officer for 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he was involved in Arctic Acoustic research, underwater autonomous vehicle, sonar, and high performance computing development activities. He also worked for a time in a few commercial start-up companies in London, and a large defence and security consulting company. His current research interests include Artificial Intelligence for Military decision making and the optimization of processes and organisational structures to support innovation.
Dr Lenk holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada and MSEE and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IET.