European Cybersecurity Fellowship 2022-2023

The inaugural fellowship 2022-2023 welcomed fourteen fellows from government, civil society, academia, the private sector, and journalism. Fellows were selected for their strong interest in cybersecurity and their passion for driving change.

Fellows participated in a series of workshops with topics ranging from EU cyber policy, content moderation, and cyber norms building processes to building practical skills in technical analysis. Fellows also received support in policy-relevant writing, gained access to networking events and received regular updates about the latest opportunities in the field.

After graduating from the program, fellows joined ECCRI’s Alumni network, where they receive continued support from the ECCRI team, its partnership network, and fellow Alumni in their career development.

Fellows

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Cedric Amon

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.

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Simona Autolitano

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).

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Ayhan Gücüyener Evren

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.

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Natalia Kadenko

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.

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Triantafyllos Kouloufakos

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.

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Andrzej Kozłowski

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.

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Arthur Laudrain

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.

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Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin is the UK Editor for The Record. He was previously 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.

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Jiro Minier

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.

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Saher Naumaan

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.

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Nikolas Ott

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).

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Alexandra Paulus

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

Before joining SNV, Alexandra completed her Ph.D. 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, further instruments of cyber diplomacy, state responses to cyber operations in Germany, and Turkey’s role in international cybersecurity debates. She has presented her research at international conferences in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Israel, and Turkey and published with, inter alia, Council on Foreign Relations, Israel Public Policy Institute, and Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden.

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Julien Strandt

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.

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Jakob Bund

Jakob Bund is a Senior Researcher in Cyber Conflict and Statecraft at ECCRI. Jakob is also an Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), where he serves as threat intelligence liaison in the build-up of the European Repository of Cyber Incidents (EuRepoC). His research focuses on evolutions in state responses to malicious cyber activity.

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Partnerships

The 2022-2023 fellowship was made possible by institutional partnerships with Mandiant, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Malta, and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Support

If you would like to support the fellowship program please contact us at Fellowship@eccri.eu.