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Speaker Biographies

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Speakers

Julian King

Julian King

Commissioner for the Security Union, European Commission

 

Sir Julian King was appointed Commissioner for Security Union on the 19th September 2016.

He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1985. He has held various positions, including: UK Ambassador to France (2016); Director General Economic & Consular (2014); DG of the Northern Ireland Office London and Belfast (2011); UK Ambassador to Ireland (2009); EU Commission Chef de Cabinet to Commissioner for Trade (2008); UK Representative on EU Political and Security Committee, (2004).

Sir Julian is a graduate of Oxford University. He was awarded the KCVO in 2014; CVO in 2011 and CMG in 2006.

Antonio Missiroli

Antonio Missiroli

Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

 

Dr. Antonio Missiroli is the Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.

Prior to joining NATO, Dr. Antonio Missiroli was the Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris (2012-17). Previously, he was Adviser at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission (2010-2012); Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels (2005-2010), and Senior Research Fellow at the W/EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (1998-2005). He was also Head of European Studies at CeSPI in Rome (1994-97) and a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford (1996-97).

As well as being a professional journalist, he has also taught at Bath and Trento as well as Boston University, SAIS/Johns Hopkins, at the College of Europe (Bruges) and Sciences Po (Paris). Dr. Missiroli holds a PhD degree in Contemporary History from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) and a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from SAIS/Johns Hopkins University.

Despina Spanou

Despina Spanou

Director Digital Society Trust & Cybersecurity DG CONNECT, European Commission

 

Despina Spanou is the Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity at the Directorate-General Communications Network, Content and Technology. In this capacity she is responsible for cybersecurity policy and law, digital privacy, connected cities and mobility, digital health and e-government as well as electronic identification. She was previously Director for Consumer Affairs at the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (2013-2017) in charge of consumer policy, consumer and marketing law, redress and enforcement, and product safety. In that role she oversaw the recent overhaul of consumer law and enforcement as well as the integration of consumer policy in the digital single market strategy. She has served as Principal Adviser in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers where she was responsible for communication and also led the work on strategies on managing chronic diseases including the EU's contribution to the UN General Assembly on Health.

She was the Deputy Head of Cabinet for the European Commissioner for Health and Consumers Mr. Kyprianou (2004-2008) and for the Commissioner for Health, and later Education & Culture, Mrs. Vassiliou (2008-2010).

Despina Spanou started her career at the European Commission at the Directorate General for Competition in 2003. She had previously practised European law with the Brussels branch of a US law firm. She is of Cypriot origin, a member of the Athens Bar Association and holds a Ph.D. in European law from the University of Cambridge.

Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson

Head of European Cybercrime Centre , EUROPOL

 

Steven originates from Ayrshire in Scotland and was a Police Officer in Scotland from 1985-2015.

He performed a variety of senior Detective roles and worked in covert policing, major investigations, sex offender management, CT investigations, witness protection, cybercrime and cyber enabled crime including online child sexual exploitation.

He commenced as Head of EC3 in January 2016 and is responsible for the central collation of criminal intelligence on cybercrime across the EU, supporting member state investigations into Online Child Sexual Exploitation, Cyber-dependent crimes, non-cash means of payment fraud and Crime on the Dark Web.

He is also responsible for the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT), a team of specialist cyber investigators seconded to EC3 from multiple countries. His teams at EC3 further provide digital and document forensic support in complex cases across EU, strategic analysis of threats and trends, liaison with industry, academia and non-law enforcement partners, prevention and awareness raising, and capacity building.

Robert Hannigan

Robert Hannigan

Former Director General, GCHQ

 

Robert Hannigan was Director of GCHQ, the UK government’s largest intelligence and cyber agency, from 2014-17. Hannigan has a long history of involvement in cyber security and technology, having drawn up the UK’s first Cyber Security Strategy and outlined the government’s ambition of making the UK ‘the safest place to live and do business online’. He set up the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre as part of GCHQ, which was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in 2017, and launched the active cyber defence programme for the UK in 2016.

Hannigan strongly promoted technical skills in his leadership team and his term as Director saw the biggest internal transformation of GCHQ since the end of the Cold War. Hannigan served as Security Adviser to the UK Prime Minister from 2007-10, giving advice on counter terrorism and intelligence matters. As Head of Intelligence, Security and Resilience in the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, he was responsible for the funding and oversight of the three UK intelligence agencies.

For nearly ten years Hannigan lived in Belfast and worked on the Northern Ireland Peace Process as Tony Blair’s principal civil service adviser. He was responsible for negotiations with the political parties and paramilitaries, as well as liaison with the US, Irish and other Governments. He is the only civil servant credited with great creativity in Tony Blair’s autobiography.

He has a particular interest in Bletchley Park, where he is a Trustee, its codebreaking and the birth of computing.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Ministry of Defence Innovation Advisory panel with Ron Dennis and Tim Peake.

Logistics

When

Thursday 8 November, 2018
09.00 to 17.00

CET

 

Where

Stanhope Hotel

Rue du Commerce 9
Bruxelles 1000
Belgium

Tel: +32 2 506 91 11

info@stanhope.be

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