2022-2023 ECCRI Fellows

Cedric Amon is a Research Associate for Trade and Digital Affairs at the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He has previously worked at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and DiploFoundation. Cedric is also a former BlueBook trainee of the DG Competition. He holds an MA in international affairs from the IHEID in Geneva, and a BA in international relations and international law from UQAM in Montreal. His main research interests include the effects of digital sovereignty on a decentralized internet governance model as well as the regulation and standardisation of emerging technologies.


Simona Autolitano is a Policy Officer at the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Bonn, Germany. Among other things she is responsible for cybersecurity in the private sector and the Alliance for Cyber Security, the biggest cybersecurity public-private-partnership in Germany. Simona has a private sector background, having worked in cybersecurity policy at Microsoft in Brussels for three years. Prior, she also worked at the European Commission (DG Home).

She has published and co-authored several articles and book chapters on European cybersecurity policy.


Jakob Bund is the Project Lead for Cyberdefense and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zürich. His research focuses on the analysis of cyber-enabled influence operations, technological dependence, and signaling mechanics in the context of cyber operations.

In collaboration with Microsoft and the German Marshall Fund, Jakob is currently co-leading the working group on “Enhancing Cross-sectorial Lines of Communication” for the European Cyber Agora. He is also a fellow for the Transatlantic Digital Debates Initiative, convened by New America and the Global Public Policy Institute.

Previously, Jakob served as Research Associate at Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC), where he closely consulted with governments, civil society and the private sector to support the inclusive development of cybersecurity strategies. Before joining the GCSCC, Jakob worked at the European Union Institute for Security Studies, where he co-coordinated the Chinese Future Task Force that assessed the international implications of China’s military modernization and industrial policies. Jakob holds an MA in International Economics and Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA in Europe-Asia Studies from Sciences Po Paris.


Ayhan Gücüyener Evren is a PhD Candidate in international relations at Kadir Has University, writing her dissertation on cybersecurity politics in international affairs.  She holds a BA from Galatasaray University in International Relations and an MA from Bilgi University in International Political Economy. In January-July 2018, Ayhan worked as a Research Fellow at the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (ENSEC COE) in Vilnius.

Ayhan has previously worked as a researcher at a Turkish think-tank. She also coordinated the CIPALERT Platform (Critical Infrastructure Protection ALERT). She has attended numerous international organizations as a lecturer or speaker and has assisted a training program on Cybersecurity for Social Sciences in April 2021. Ayhan is currently working as a Researcher and Project Specialist at Kadir Has University’s Research Center on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP). 


Natalia Kadenko is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Organisation and Governance section of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at

Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her past and current research interests include disinformation, European and national cybersecurity policy, the role of discourse in policy-making and conflict resolution, and populism. She completed her PhD in Political Problems of International Systems and Global Development and contributed her expertise to diverse projects. Natalia has researched policy implications for conflict resolution, edited a magazine to introduce international politics to a wider audience, as well as participated in developing diverse tools to strengthen user resilience to disinformation. Currently Natalia is leading research on cybersecurity governance in the EU for the CyberSec4Europe H2020 project and is coordinating governance collaboration between cybersecurity competence pilot projects. Additionally, she is teaching and supervising students, conducting workshops, and organizing events for her team.


Triantafyllos Kouloufakos is pursuing a PhD at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research focuses on the application of the no-harm principle in cyberspace. He holds two LLM degrees in Public International Law, one from the University of Groningen and one from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is interested in technology law, the regulation of cyberspace by international law, and the intersection of international law and international norms to govern cyberspace. He is a practicing attorney at the Athens Bar Association.


Andrzej Kozłowski is an independent cybersecurity and disinformation expert. He has previously worked as a Project Coordinator at the Kosciuszko Institute and as the Editor-in-Chief of the CyberDefence24.pl portal (Defence24 group). He has authored more than fifteen research papers and has participated in more than 30 conferences. He teaches courses on security, cybersecurity and terrorism at the University of Łódź, the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, and the Warsaw School of Information Technology. He has interned at the Hague Center for Strategic Studies, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the National Security Bureau of the Polish embassy in the Hague and the European Parliament. He obtained his PhD at the University of Łódź and is an alumnus of the Department of State IV LP Program 21st Century Changemakers: Information Technology Leaders Explore Cyber Security Strategies.


Arthur Laudrain is a DPhil candidate in Cybersecurity at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College). His research investigates why and how democracies respond to cyber-enabled foreign electoral interference. His work is supported by UK Research & Innovation and The Rotary Foundation. Before joining the University of Oxford, Arthur gained first-hand experience of international security in government and think-tanks (IISS, ETH Zurich). He received an MA from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and a Master of Laws from Leiden Law School. Arthur is the Content Manager at ECCRI.


Alexander Martin is a Technology Reporter for Sky News in London. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 2014. His reporting has examined how technological changes are affecting society and democratic institutions, and how in turn democratic institutions and society are affecting technological changes.


Jiro Minier is a Senior Threat Researcher at the Deutsche Cyber-Sicherheitsorganisation (DCSO) and a Practice Fellow at the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School, specialising in cyberespionage and cybersecurity issues in the East Asia region. He is actively involved in the cybersecurity and technology policy debate, most recently as a contributing writer to the Dahrendorf Forum’s European Security 2030 foresight project and as a Junior Ambassador to the 56th Munich Security Conference. Prior to joining DCSO, he was employed as a staffer to the then-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives of Japan. He holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge.


Saher Naumaan is a Threat Intelligence Analyst at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. She currently researches state-sponsored cyber espionage with a focus on threat groups and activity in the Middle East. Saher specialises in analysis covering the intersection of geopolitics and cyber operations, and regularly speaks at public and private conferences around the world, including SAS, Virus Bulletin, FIRST, and BSides. She is also the creator and organizer of RESET (2018 and 2019), the first cybersecurity conference in Europe with an all-female line-up. Prior to working at Applied Intelligence, Saher graduated from King’s College London with an MA in Intelligence and Security, where she received the Barrie Paskins Award for Best MA dissertation in War Studies.


Nikolas Ott is a Project Manager for Cybersecurity Policy and Digital Diplomacy at Microsoft. He oversees and implements cybersecurity policy related initiatives such as the European Cyber Agora and Microsoft’s support in implementing the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. Previously, he worked in the cyber/ICT security team of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He is an alumnus of the Mercator Fellowship of International Affairs and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. He holds a MA in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and a BA in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin.


Alexandra Paulus is a Fellow for International Cybersecurity Policy at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin-based tech policy think tank. Her expertise covers cyber norms, cyber diplomacy, and non-traditional actors in international cybersecurity policy.

She recently completed her dissertation in political science at Chemnitz University of Technology on how states shape cyber norms, focusing on the case of Brazil. Further research interests include the implementation and further development of cyber norms, state responses to cyber operations in Germany, and Turkey’s role in international cybersecurity debates.

During her PhD studies, Alexandra completed a research stay in Turkey and was a non-resident fellow with Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. Before that, as deputy head of the Brazil office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, she studied Brazilian domestic and foreign policy and Latin American security dynamics. She holds an MA in Public Policy and Governance from the University of Passau and completed a research stay at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Alexandra is a member of Women in International Security Germany (WIIS.de) and the Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


Julien Strandt is a Carlo-Schmid Fellow at NATO HQ. Prior to this, he was a research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Julien holds an MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Master in Strategy, Intelligence and Risk Management from Sciences Po Lille and an MA in International and European Governance from the University of Münster. During his studies, he gained experience working at the French Parliament’s National Defence and Armed Forces Committee, at the Université Catholique de Louvain’s Centre for International Crisis and Conflict Studies, and as an academic tutor in International Relations at the University of Münster. He is interested in the use of cyber and influence operations in statecraft and the geopolitics of emerging technologies.