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Xavier Bellekens was a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab). He is the CEO and co-founder of and an assistant professor chancellor’s fellow in the Institute for Signals, Sensors and Communications with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. He has over 10 years of experience in consulting across the public and private sectors with experience spanning from cyber-defense, deception, deterrence, and attribution of cyber-threats in critical infrastructures to cyber-situational awareness and cyber-psychology and cyber-diplomacy.

Bellekens is also the chair of the IEEE Cyber Science collocated conferences, the chair of the Blockchain Group, the vice chair of the Cyber-Security Group, and the cyber-security thematic leader for IEEE UK and Ireland and frequently appears in the media to provide commentary to international press – on radio, tv, and newspapers on major cyber-events.