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About us

The European cybersecurity ecosystem faces multiple well-documented challenges: emerging security threats, regulatory hurdles between countries, acute workforce shortage, insufficient technology leadership, persistent lack of gender diversity, and many more. Several promising initiatives have emerged to address these shortcomings but – let’s face it – they need all the help they can get!

The European Cyber Young Leaders (ECYL) aims to complement and contribute to these efforts.

By bringing together young European talents from various EU member states and professional backgrounds (academia, government, private sector, civil society, etc.), we cultivate relationships between future leaders in cybersecurity. As part of this process, we provide a platform to generate debates and proposals for the rapidly evolving developments in the cyber domain, as well as their socio-political and economic implications. This involves translating profound analytical research into consultancy and outreach activities.

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ECYL Steering board

Julia Schuetze


Julia Schuetze is Jr. Project Director for international cybersecurity policy at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. She researches cybersecurity policies, cyber diplomacy  and cyber operations against election. In her work she analyses what impact different policy instruments have on achieving better cybersecurity for society. She advised politicians on how to protect against election interference in the run up to the 2021 German federal elections.


Julia also designs and implements cybersecurity policy exercises internationally - most recently with stakeholders from Kenya, Jordan and Costa Rica with a focus on incident response processes. As part of her work, she has published policy studies on EU cybersecurity policy, has spoken at the U.S. Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, was twice an expert witness at the German parliament and has given interviews for news media, such as ARD, Phönix, Der Tagesspiegel, F.A.Z and the BBC. Prior to SNV, she worked at Wikimedia Germany and researched at the Berkman Klein Center.

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Églé Dauksiene


Egle Vasiliauskaite enhanced her knowledge and gained experience in the USA, England, Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium and, most recently, Lithuania. Coming from international relations, human rights and the law of war background, Egle got into the field of cyber security through her fascination in geopolitics and the changing nature of warfare.


Before coming back to Lithuania, Ms. Vasiliauskaite was at the European Commission’s Legal Service and the International Rescue Committee. Having come back home, Egle worked as a project manager, delegated to the Office of the Government and the Ministry of National Defence. Most recently, she joined the Ministry of National Defence as a Policy Analyst, working as part of Lithuanian managing team of PESCO project “Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security

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Michael Zinkanell

Michael Zinkanell is the Deputy Director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), based in Vienna, Austria. In addition to focussing on European and geopolitical developments Mr Zinkanell’s area of expertise includes investigating hybrid threats, cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns in particular.  


Michael Zinkanell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Malmö University, Sweden and a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Vienna. Prior to working at the AIES, Mr Zinkanell was employed at the Austrian National Defence Academy, Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management, analysing the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.  


His most recent publications include among others The Disruptive Impact of the Cyber Domain on International Security Policy as well as Deceive and Disrupt: Disinformation as an Emerging Cybersecurity Challenge.  

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Arthur de Liedekerke

rthur de Liedekerke is a Project Manager at Rasmussen Global and a non-resident fellow at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK). He has previously Strategy Officer for the French Cyber Command (COMCYBER).


Prior to this, he spent several years in the institutions of the European Union (Commission and Parliament) on security and defence matters. He has collaborated with a number of think tanks  and  strategic  intelligence  companies,  in  the  United  States,  the  United  Kingdom  and  Belgium.


Arthur holds two masters’ degrees  – in international relations from the University of Maastricht and in geopolitics from King’s College London. He was recently a Visiting Policy Fellow at the University of Copenhagen to study the nexus between cybersecurity and disinformation.

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Rayna Stamboliyska

Rayna Stamboliyska is the VP Governance and Public Affairs at YesWeHack, a global bug bounty and coordinated disclosure leader. She is a risk management and crisis mitigation expert with a focus on security governance, data protection and compliance.


An award-winning author for her most recent book "La face cachée d'Internet" ("The dark side of the Internet", Larousse 2017), Rayna is also an IoT hacker and a staunch proponent of open source, data and science. She has consulted for international organisations, private companies, governments and non-profits, interfacing with public sector actors and guiding them through innovative policy-making processes.


Energetic and passionate, Rayna has grown to become a recognised information security speaker committed to educating those outside of the industry on security threats and best practices. She writes up the cybersecurity expert column "50 shades of Internet" at and tweets under @MaliciaRogue.

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Sébastien Garnault

Graduated of Sciences-Po Rennes and Paris-II Panthéon-Assas University in 2009, Sébastien Garnault began his career at the General Secretariat for European Affairs (SGAE - Prime Minister). Advisor at the European Parliament in 2010, he joined the lobbying firm Boury & Associés the same year as a policy advisor. In 2012, he took over the management of the M&M Conseil subsidiary, then became a partner of Boury, Tallon & Associés in 2013. At the same time, Sébastien Garnault launched TPG Communication with Raymond Soubie. The company is specialized in the mobilization of very high personalities.


At the end of a one-year trip to Africa in 2015, he created his company in 2016. First French strategic consulting event agency dedicated to digital transformation, tech and cyberspace, he launched the CyberTaskForce the same year. in order to strengthen the links between experts and decision-makers to participate in the acceleration of awareness and the rise in skills on these challenges. In 2018, Sebastien Garnault organized the first NATO Cyber Defense Pledge Conference for France.


In 2019, it is launching Paris Cyber Summit, which brings together the main high-level European decision-makers from the public and private sectors around the major challenges of secure digital transformation and cyberspace. In 2020, Sébastien Garnault has created European Cyber Young Leaders with 7 young Europeans and, in 2021, take actively art to the creation of Women4Cyber France. 

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Vision & Mission

The European Cyber Young Leaders (ECYL) is a network of European professionals with different backgrounds in cybersecurity. Based on our individual expertise, we address cybersecurity challenges from various angles, encompassing the public, private, and civil society sector. In positioning ourselves at the intersection between analytical research and policy consultation, we grasp the multidimensional risks and opportunities of the cyber domain. 



Our engagement has already proven to be valuable as a bottom-up initiative to build trust by committing to our key purpose: to prepare Europe better for future cyber threats and challenges by increasing the understanding of cybersecurity and developing skills through our collaborative efforts. Consequently, we bring together European cybersecurity talents and approach stakeholders and decision makers in a non-partisan manner, upholding our integrity and openness as the key to professionalism.


ECYL in Action


Interviewing people, highlighting initiatives

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Awarness and training on technical 

and political aspects 

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Developping a doctrine,

sharing our reflections

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Speaking and spreading our expertise and vision

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