Session II Speakers

Prof Dr Saskia Bayerl

Saskia is Professor of Digital Communication and Security at the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC). Her research interests lay at the intersection of human-computer interaction, organisational communication, and organisational change with a special focus on ICT implementation, privacy, and the management of transparency.

She holds master degrees in Psychology, Linguistics and Organisational Dynamics from universities in Germany and the US and a PhD from the Faculty in Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, Netherlands. Before joining CENTRIC she was Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands).

Her work is published in international journals such as MIS Quarterly, Government Information Quarterly, New Media and Society and Communications of the ACM as well as numerous international conference. She regularly co-edits books, including Big Data for National Security, Open Source Intelligence, Digital Police Work (in German) and Community Policing – A European Perspective.


Leonardo is a global technology player in Aerospace, Defence and Security. With over 49.000 employees, Leonardo has a strong industrial international footprint and operates in 150 countries.

The complementary nature of the product portfolio, together with the business experience, allow Leonardo to offer Global Security combining the central theme of digitalization with the security and resilience of physical and digital infrastructures for a complete protection against hybrid threats and critical events.


GMV is a private technology business group founded in 1984. With subsidiaries in 3 continents and over 2,300 staff, the company operates on a worldwide scale in several sectors: Aerospace, Defence, Cybersecurity, Intelligent Transportation, Automotive, Healthcare and IT for governments & corporations.
Company’s growth strategy is based on continuous innovation. Employees, operating model and cultural values at GMV are designed to ensure that every single client needs are fulfilled.


secunet, Germany’s leading cyber security company, offers a combination of products and consulting services, robust digital infrastructures and the highest level of security for data, applications and digital identities. secunet’s Homeland Security division offers extensive expertise in sophisticated and sustainable border control solutions. These include for example high-performing, future-proof products for high quality capturing and processing of biometric data; stationary and automated border control; highly secure stationary and mobile workstations as well as solutions for mobile identity checks and verification.