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The FIC is co-organised by LA GENDARMERIE NATIONALE and Avisa Partners with the support of LA RÉGION HAUTS-DE-FRANCE.

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The Advisory Board assists the FIC in its international development.


L'Advisory board assiste le FIC dans son développement international.


Programme Director of the eGA cybersecurity programme at e-Governance Academy, Estonia

Chair of 2023 Advisory Board

Merle Maigre is the Programme Director of Cybersecurity at Estonia’s e-Governance Academy. Previously she was Executive Vice President for Government Relations at CybExer Technologies, an Estonian firm that provides cyber training. From 2017 to 2018 Merle Maigre served as the Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn. Prior to that, she worked as Security Policy Adviser to Estonian Presidents Kersti Kaljulaid and Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Merle has also served in the Policy Planning Unit of the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. She is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Forum International de la Cybersécurité (FIC) and member the International Advisory Board of NATO CCDCOE.


Director general at INCIBE, Spain

Félix Antonio Barrio Juárez holds a Masters in Software and Systems Engineering and a University Expert Diploma in Management and Administration of Information and Technologies from the University of Alcalá and a Doctorate in Science and Technology Management from the University of Salamanca. He has hold various positions at the Universities of Burgos, León and Salamanca. Between 2007 and 2014 he was Manager at the National Institute of Communication Technologies and between 2014 and 2019 at the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE). Between 2019 and 2020 he was director of the Cybersecurity Hub at Tec de Monterrey. Later he was appointed Deputy Director of Cybersecurity for Society and Business and is currently General Director of INCIBE. He has delivered various postgraduate seminars at different universities and teaches on several Masters programmes in IT Governance and Information Security Management Systems.


Deputy Director of the Centre for Cybersecurity, Belgium

After having obtained a Master’s degree in Ancient History and Master’s degree in Information & Communication Technology at the ULB, Phédra Clouner started her carrier at the Belgian Ministry of Finance as IT Project Manager. Specialising in document management, enterprise content management and records management, she became responsible of information management, business intelligence and web content management at the Ministry of Justice. In parallel, she also became chair of document@work, the Belgo-Luxembourg-association for Enterprise Content Management, founded and managed the Belgian antenna of FEDISA international (Federation for Information Lifecycle Management, Storage and Archiving). Given her passion for information security, she also took up a CISO function at the Ministry of Justice and evolved further in that area. She has been Deputy Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB), the Belgian national cybersecurity agency, since its creation in 2014.

She’s a founding member of the Women4Cyber Initiative, launched by European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and the co-founder of the Belgian Chapter of Women4Cyber, as well as Vice-Chair of the Belgian Cybersecurity Coalition and a member of the FIC Advisory Board. She was recognised in 2019 as one of the 50 women of influence in Cybersecurity Europe by SC Magazine and as a Privacy and security professionals across Europe by Data Protection World Forum-PrivSec. In 2022, she won the “European cyberwomenday” trophy in the category “Executive management or entrepreneur” Europe, organised by the CEFCYS.


President EuroCloud Europe, Austria

Tobias Höllwarth has been working as a corporate consultant specialising in IT projects for over 30 years and is managing partner of the Vienna-based consulting firm Sourcing International. He holds degrees from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, from the University of Columbia in “Digital Strategies for Business”, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in “Cybersecurity for Management”. He is the acting president of EuroCloud Europe, director of the International Network of Privacy Law Professionals (INPLP) with members in more than 50 countries, and a board member of the Gaia-X Hub Austria. In these roles, he regularly appears as a speaker at international conferences. Tobias Höllwarth served as chief editor of the book “Cloud Migration”, which has been published in several editions and translated into 6 languages, and has co-authored numerous whitepapers on Data Protection, Public Procurement, Licencing, Selection of Cloud Services, Taxes, Breach of Contract, Quality Assurance, Standards and Certification, Mobility Solutions, and Barrier-Free Cloud.


President at CIO Council Romania, Romania

Mr. Yugo Neumorni, CISA, EMBA is the President and co-founding member of CIO Council Romania, the Association of IT Directors in Romania. Yugo is the CIO for ContourGlobal, a global energy producer and he was in the past the CIO for Deloitte, Vimetco, Hidroelectrica and Cargus. He was in the past the Chairman of the European CIO Association, EuroCIO, member of British Computer Society Elite and President of ISACA Romania. 
Having more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Yugo Neumorni is specialized in energy and manufacturing, complex digital transformation processes, IT systems redesign, IT security and cyber-defense programs, data privacy and GDPR, ERP projects, BI and analytics, IT governance and COBIT framework. Yugo graduated from the Faculty of Computer Science in Bucharest and the Asebuss  – Kennesaw State University EMBA program in 2009. He is CISA certified since 2001 and MCSE in 2000. He is a speaker and a moderator in IT international events.


Director of Trust Valley and founder of the NGO ICON, Switzerland

An entrepreneur, Lennig founded her first company at the age of 25. Lennig is the CEO of the Trust Valley, a centre of excellence in digital trust and cybersecurity in Switzerland. Co-founder and president of the NGO iCON based in Switzerland, Paris, Brussels, London and Montreal representing an international community of over 100 experts in digital trust, cybersecurity and emerging technologies. Lennig represents iCON at the Council of Europe. She provides advices and training to multi audiences at an European level: police, prosecutors, industry, banks, youth generation. She is judge since 4 years of the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge of Atlantic Counsil (annual cyber policy competition for students across the globe). She is a regular speaker at international conferences such as World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS). Lennig is a mentor for others women and men such as international mentorship program of International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She is the co-author and preface of the book « la gestion de crise cyber » (éditions Ellypses June 2022).


Vice-admiral (Ret.), Former Military Representative of France to the EU and NATO, France

Vice-admiral (rtd) Henri Schricke joined the French Navy in 1984. He is a surface warfare officer and has served in numerous assignments in France and abroad, dealing with operations and international relations. After three command tours at sea, he has been mostly appointed in posts related to international relations (French defence minister’s front office, defence attaché to the United Kingdom, military international relations advisor to the French Chief of Defence).
He has retired in summer ’22 at the end of his 2-year tour as French military representative to NATO and the European Union, in Brussels. He is currently a senior advisor to CEOs of French and European companies, in defence and tech domains.


Project Director for International Cybersecurity Policy at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Germany

Julia Schuetze is Project Director for International Cybersecurity Policy at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung e.V where she manages multiple projects. Her research focus is on comparative cybersecurity policy, European cybersecurity policy, cyber operations against election processes and cyber resilience of local government entities. She also designs and implements multi-stakeholder cybersecurity policy exercises in different countries. As part of her work for the SNV, she was consulted by the U.S. Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and shared her expertise as a witness with the German Parliament. She has published articles for EU Cyber ​​Direct, Council of Foreign Relations Netpolitics Blog and Tagesspiegel Background, among others. Her work is frequently cited in German news media. Before joining SNV, she worked at Wikimedia Germany in software communication and EU policy and was a summer research assistant at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She has a background in public policy analysis in journalism.

Despina SPANOU

Head of Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas, EU

Despina Spanou is the Head of the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission overseeing the European Union’s policies on security, migration, health, skills, education, culture and sports as well as interfaith dialogue and the combat against anti-semitism.
She has a leading role in coordinating all areas under the heading of the EU Security Union, ranging from counter-terrorism, organised crime and cybersecurity to hybrid threats.
Previously, she was Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity at the European Commission. In this capacity, Ms Spanou was responsible for the European Union’s cybersecurity policy and negotiated legislation such as the Cybersecurity Act. Ms Spanou has served as a member of the management board of ENISA, and of the Steering Board of the Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU Institutions, bodies and agencies (CERT-EU). She is a founding member of the Women4Cyber initiative and advocate for the need for more cybersecurity experts in Europe. She also teaches EU Cybersecurity policy at Harvard Kennedy School.
Despina Spanou joined the European Commission in 2003 and has since held various senior level posts; she had previously practised law with a US law firm. She holds a Ph.D. in European law from the University of Cambridge.


EU digital affairs & uncertainty management advisor

Rayna Stamboliyska is the founder and CEO of RS Strategy, the advisory that nurtures entrepreneurs and SMEs with actionable expertise to help them navigate uncertainty. Rayna is an executive focusing on EU digital diplomacy and resilience through cybersecurity, hybrid threats, strategic autonomy, and data protection. She is also a Digital EU Ambassador for the European Commission, an Associate Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris and a Board Member of the European Women4Cyber Foundation. She is an Independent expert and rapporteur to ENISA’s Ad Hoc WG on Emerging and Future Threats and an External Expert to the INTERPOL Innovation Centre. An award-winning author for her most recent book La face cachée d’Internet (“The hidden face of the Internet”, Larousse-Hachette), she has extensively explored the impact of data and technology in conflict and post-conflict zones in the MENA region, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Multilingual, she has consulted for international organisations, private companies, governments and non-profits. Energetic and passionate, Rayna has grown to become a recognised information security speaker committed to educating those outside the industry on security threats and best practices.


CEO Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity, Luxembourg

Pascal Steichen is the founder and CEO of the Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity. Since 20 years, Pascal is involved in the main cybersecurity initiatives of the Luxembourg Government, CYBERSECURITY Luxembourg, the national platform to foster and empower the Luxembourg Ecosystem in the field of cybersecurity, being his latest achievement.
Laureate of the Information Security Personality of the Year award in 2017, Pascal Steichen has dedicated his professional career to cybersecurity. In 2022 he was elected as the first chairman of the ECCC (European Cybersecurity Competence Centre).


Director for Risk Advisory at Deloitte, Netherlands

Elly van den Heuvel is director Risk Advisory at Deloitte. As former director of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Secretary of the Cyber Security Council (CSR) she is a respected leader with over 15 years of experience in the cyber domain. She has the unique combination of operational, tactical and strategic knowledge of cyber resilience. Elly is an expert in the field of complex strategic cyber resilience issues. For over seven years she advised
The Netherlands Cabinet on strategic cyber secuirty issues from a public-private perspective.
She is well acquainted with working in a complex national and international environment, and fully understands the various interests and concerns involved. She generates and maintains an large global network in the cyber community, and is regularly invited to serve on advisory and supervisory boards.


The Scientific Committee develops the FIC program. Its members are distinguised professionals, researchers, experts from profesional organisations (representing technology and service providers as well as end-users) and public authorities. The scientific committee members are:

  • Pascal ANTONINI (Vice-President ISACA, in charge of cybersecurity activities)
  • Laurent BERNAT (Cybersecurity Analyst, OECD)
  • Bertrand BLOND (Director of Cyber Defence Information Systems, Ministry of the Armed Forces)
  • Yann BONNET (Deputy Director General, Campus Cyber)
  • Alain BOUILLÉ (General Delegate CESIN)
  • Henri D’AGRAIN (General Delegate CIGREF)
  • Jérôme DOUAND (Sub-Directorate for Strategic Affairs and Cybersecurity, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs)
  • Luména DULUC (General Delegate – CLUSIF)
  • Eric FREYSSINET (Colonel, Head of the National Pole for Combating Cyber Threats, Ministry of the Interior)
  • Gastion GAUTRENEAU (Technology Expertise Department, CNIL)
  • Lucas HASSAN (Cybersecurity Officer, Directorate General for Enterprise)
  • Jérôme JOUANNO (General Delegate – Digital Economy Association ACSEL)
  • Yoann KASSIANIDES (General Delegate of the Alliance for Digital Confidence)
  • Xavier LEONETTI (Head of the Mission for the Prevention and Fight against Cybercrime, Ministry of Justice)
  • Ludovic MÉ (Deputy Scientific Director at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA)
  • Yves VERHOEVEN (Deputy Director Strategy, ANSSI)