EU Cyber Diplomacy and Resilience Clusters – EU Cyber Direct – is implemented jointly by the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV).

A committed project team

The Project Team offers a combination of strong research and analytical skills, a proven track record in the organisation of events, and an extensive network in partner countries and regions. A Project Management Team ensures the overall coordination of the project:

  • Dr Patryk Pawlak
      Dr Patryk Pawlak Project Coordinator (EUISS)
    • Dr Rosa Balfour
        Dr Rosa Balfour Project Manager (GMF)
      • Dr Stefan Heumann
          Dr Stefan Heumann Project Manager (SNV)

        The Project Management Team provides strategic guidance to the Work Package Team Leaders and Partner Teams, who are responsible for all project-related activities in a specific partner country/region or on a specific theme. Work Package Team Leaders are:

        • Dr Patryk Pawlak
            Dr Patryk Pawlak Latin America (EUISS)
            International law (EUISS)
            Norms of state behaviour (EUISS)
          • Dr Stefan Heumann
              Dr Stefan Heumann Japan (SNV)
            • Dr Sven Herpig
                Dr Sven Herpig United States (SNV)
                Resilience (SNV)
              • Dr Alice Ekman
                  Dr Alice Ekman China (EUISS)
                  Asia Pacific (EUISS)
                • Dr Hannes Ebert
                    Dr Hannes Ebert India (GMF)
                    Brazil (GMF)
                    South Korea (GMF)
                  • Julia Schuetze
                      Julia Schuetze USA (SNV)
                      Japan (SNV)
                    • Kate Saslow
                        Kate Saslow Resilience (SNV)
                      • Nathalie Van Raemdonck
                          Nathalie Van Raemdonck Latin-America (EUISS)
                          Asia-Pacific (EUISS)
                        • Laura Groenendaal
                            Laura Groenendaal Brazil (GMF)
                            South-Korea (GMF)

                          If you wish to contact any member of the Project Team, please send an email to info@eucyberdirect.eu or use the contact form.

                          Three specialised advisory bodies

                          The EU Cyber Direct project team benefits from the support of three highly experienced groups of experts, each with its own mission to bring added value for the project.

                          The primary purpose of the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) – composed of renowned cybersecurity and foreign policy experts from the partner countries and regions – is to ensure that the EU Cyber Direct activities are policy-relevant. The SAB provides guidance on the list of project priorities for a respective country and/or region; offers advice on timing, agenda, and format of specific activities; and assists in identifying suitable Hosting Hubs and experts relevant for the project activities in a target country.

                          In addition, the Project Team works closely with an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) bringing together scholars and researchers working on a range of issues relevant to the objectives  of EU Cyber Direct, including international law in cyberspace, norms of responsible state behaviour, stability in cyberspace, resilience, etc. The primary objective of the AAB is to ensure that policy support activities and publications meet the highest research standards and contribute to the advancement of cyber-related research in Europe. The AAB meets at least once a year at the annual meeting of the European Cyber Diplomacy Initiative (ECDI), co-organised with the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence.

                          The Project Team also receives support from the Project Steering Committee (PSC), which offers feedback and suggests adjustments to the proposed activities. It is composed of the Project Management Team and representatives from the European External Action Service, European Commission, and EU member states.

                          Members of the Stakeholder Advisory Board
                          • Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore and New Delhi, India.
                          • Yurie Ito, Founder and Executive Director of The CyberGreen Institute, Director of Global Coordination Division for the Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (JPCERT/CC), Tokyo, Japan.
                          • Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Project, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States.
                          • Ronaldo Lemos, Director, Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
                          • James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC. United States.
                          • Merle Maigre, Director, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Tallinn, Estonia.
                          • Elina Noor, Director, Foreign Policy and Security Studies, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia.
                          • Nohyoung Park, Professor in the School of Law and Director of Cyber Law Centre, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.
                          • Alejandro Pisanty, Professor, National University of Mexico, Mexico.
                          • Tang Lan, Acting Director of Institute of Information and Social Development, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Beijing, China.
                          Members of the Academic Advisory Board
                          • Professor Madeleine De Cock Buning, Digital Politics, Economy and Societies, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute
                          • Professor Frédérick Douzet, Professor of Geopolitics, University of Paris 8; Castex Chair of Cyberstrategy.
                          • Professor Joanna Kulesza, Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz
                          • Professor Martii Koskenniemi, Chair of the Academic Advisory Board – Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki.
                          • Professor Anna Leander, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
                          • Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.
                          • Professor Antje Wiener, Professor of Political Science and Global Governance, Department of Social Sciences, University of Hamburg.
                          • Luigi Narbone, Director of the Middle East Directions Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute.
                          • Teija Tilikainen, Director, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.
                          The AAB is supported by two rapporteurs
                          • Dr Xymena Kurowska, Assosciate Professor, Department of International Relations, Central European University.
                          • Dr François Delerue, Researcher of cyberdefense and international law, French Institute of Strategic Studies, École Militaire.

                          A network leveraging European expertise

                          In order to promote a truly multi-stakeholder dialogue between the EU and the partner countries, and leverage European expertise on cyber-related issues, EU Cyber Direct will collaborate with a carefully selected pool of renowned experts in the framework the EU Cyber Diplomacy Network (CDN). Depending on their area of expertise, individual experts may be invited to contribute to EU Cyber Direct activities. A select group of experts will be engaged in two flagship initiatives under EU Cyber Direct: the European Initiative on International Law in Cyberspace and the European Cyber Resilience Initiative.

                          If you are interested in contributing to the EU Cyber Direct activities and/or becoming a member of the EU Cyber Diplomacy Network, please send us an email.


                          EU Cyber Direct is funded by the European Union under the Partnership Instrument, International Digital Cooperation project: Trust and Security in Cyberspace.