Ioannis Baltzois is a lieutenant general. He graduated from the Hellenic Army Academy 1976. He served as an EU observer during the Bosnian war, an aide de camp of President Kostis Stefanopoulos and a Defense Attaché at the Greek Embassy in Tel Aviv (2000-2003). He holds a master's degree in Geopolitics and a degree in Defense and International Security from the University of Athens. He is a graduate of the Higher School of War, the School of National Defense, and the School of Military Intelligence.