The Director-General and Chief Executive determines IISS strategy, inspires its fundraising activity, and maintains high-level contact with governments, the private sector and international commentators globally. The Director-General's Office team supports his engagement within the IISS – across all offices – and with the Institute’s vast external network. They work to keep the IISS at the top of its industry; putting its research agenda and publications at the forefront of strategic thought, maintaining its influence in shaping the strategic debate, and ensuring that IISS conferences and events have major impact.