Alexander Klimburg

Dr. Alexander Klimburg is Director of the GCSC Initiative and Secretariat, Director Cyber Policy and Resilience Program at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, and a former associate and former research fellow of the Science Technology and Public Policy Program and Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Dr. Klimburg is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council, and an associate fellow at the Austrian Institute of European and Security Policy.

Dr. Klimburg has worked on numerous topics within the wider field of international cybersecurity since 2007. He has acted as an adviser to a number of governments and international organizations on national cybersecurity strategies, international norms of behavior in cyberspace and cyber-conflict (including war, cyber-crime, and cyber-espionage), critical infrastructure protection, and internet governance. He has participated in international and intergovernmental discussions within the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and has been a member of various national, international, NATO, and EU policy and working groups. He has given dozens of invited talks and regularly participates and organizes track 1.5 diplomatic initiatives as well as technical research groups. He is author and editor of numerous books, research papers, and commentaries and has often been featured in the international media, including in Newsweek, Reuters, and others. His most recent book The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace was published by Penguin Press.

Previously, Dr. Klimburg worked for eight years in Vienna as senior adviser at the Austrian Institute of International Affairs and has been closely involved in a number of European cybersecurity policy initiatives. Prior to this, Alexander worked on ICT strategy issues in corporate finance and strategy consulting in Europe and Asia.

A graduate (1st class degree) of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Economics, he obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

Bruce McConnell

Bruce McConnell is Co-Director of the GCSC Secretariat and Global Vice President of the EastWest Institute (EWI). He leads EWI’s relationship-building with government and businesses around the world. He also manages the institute’s Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative.

In January 2016, he opened EWI’s San Francisco center, reflecting the institute’s increasing emphasis on addressing security risks from emerging technology and on the Asia-Pacific region.

Beginning in 2009, McConnell was a leader of the cybersecurity mission at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He became Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity in 2013, and responsible for ensuring the cybersecurity of all federal civilian agencies and for helping the owners and operators of the most critical U.S. infrastructure protect themselves from growing cyber threats. During his tenure, McConnell was instrumental in building the national and international credibility of DHS as a trustworthy partner that relies on transparency and collaboration to protect privacy and enhance security.

Before DHS, McConnell served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, working on open government and technology issues. From 2000-2008, he created, built, and sold McConnell International and Government Futures, consultancies that provided strategic and tactical advice to clients in technology, business and government markets. From 2005-2008, he served on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency.

From 1999-2000, McConnell was Director of the International Y2K Cooperation Center, sponsored by the United Nations and the World Bank, where he coordinated regional and global preparations of governments and critical private sector organizations to successfully defeat the Y2K bug. McConnell was Chief of Information Policy and Technology in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1993-1999. From 1995-1999, McConnell co-chaired the White House interagency working group encryption policy, working with law enforcement and intelligence, Congress, and the U.S. technology industry to relax U.S. export controls on strong encryption products.

McConnell is also a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School for Public Policy at the University of Washington, where he maintains a faculty affiliation, and a Bachelor of Sciences from Stanford University.

Louk Faesen

Louk Faesen is Project Manager of the GCSC Secretariat and a Strategic Analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS). He mainly focuses on international cybersecurity, especially legal and political norms of responsible state behavior. Louk worked previously as a Policy Officer at the Task Force International Cyber Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where he assisted in the substantive preparations of the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS) and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) in The Hague and subsequent projects related to international peace and security, such as the application of international law to cyberspace, confidence building mechanisms (CBMs), and norms of responsible state behavior.

He holds a Master’s degree in Law and Politics of International Security (LLM) from the VU University of Amsterdam, where he conducted research on the Chinese claims in the South China Sea. During his studies, he worked as a Legal Assistant and Commercial Operator at a Dutch maritime security company that provides security solutions in the High Risk Area of the Indian Ocean.

Anneleen Roggeman

Anneleen Roggeman is the Senior Program Associate to the EastWest Institute’s Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative.

As program associate, Anneleen is responsible for the management and coordination of the Cyberspace Initiative, including program activities, donor relations and budget management. She is responsible for the coordination, planning and execution of the Institute’s Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summits. Past summits were held in Dallas (2010), London (2011), New Delhi (2012), Silicon Valley (2013), Berlin (2014), New York (2015) and Berkeley University (2017).

A native of Belgium, Anneleen joined the EastWest Institute in 2008 and is a founding member of EWI’s Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative. Over the years she has worked on a number of projects including the Weapons of Mass Destruction Program, the Global Security Program and the Institute’s Worldwide Security Conferences.

Prior to joining EWI, Anneleen worked at the European Parliament. She holds a Master’s degree in Translation and a Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy. In addition to her native Dutch, Anneleen is fluent in English and German and proficient in French.

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