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Senior Fellows

Senior Fellow is an honorary title for a highly accomplished and respected senior scholar or practitioner involved with a major or long-term project of the Centre.

Mr Jean-François Agneessens

Jean-François Agneessens is a cyber security professional from the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability Technical Centre (NCIRC TC) for the last 10 years and has built his expertise in the field of security event log collection, normalization and correlation. He later moved to the NATO Cyber Defence Rapid Reaction Team for 4 years and now oversees the management and configuration of NATO Communication and Information Agency’s centrally managed security capabilities. Mr Agneessens spent his early career life within the Belgian Army in engineering secure military networks. His current area of interests are in the fields of big data, information visualization and blockchain technology.
Mr Agneessens holds a Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Belgian Royal Military Academy as well as several technical and managerial cyber security certifications.

Professor Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

Professor Heintschel von Heinegg holds the Chair of Public Law at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Germany. In the academic year 2003/2004 he was the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College and he currently holds that position for the academic year 2012/2013. Since 2007 he is a member of the Council of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy and since May 2012 he is the Vice-President of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. Professor Heintschel von Heinegg has been a member of several groups of experts working on the current state and progressive development of international humanitarian law, including the San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, Manual on Air and Missile Warfare and the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare. He is a widely published author of articles and books on public international law and German constitutional law.

Prof. Heintschel von Heinegg was a key contributor to the Tallinn Manual project as a member of the International Group of Experts as well as the Editorial Committee. He has agreed to extend his commitment to the Centre by becoming one of the four external experts on the Tallinn 2.0 project. Prof. Heintschel von Heinegg has also been an invited speaker at CyCon and the International Law of Cyber Operations Seminar.

Mr Jaan Priisalu

With over 15 years hands-on experience in dealing with cybercriminals and high-end cyber attacks, Mr Priisalu is considered one of the world’s leading experts in defending both critical infrastructure and information assets. He also serves as deputy commander of the Estonian Cyber Defence Unit. Previously, Mr Priisalu worked as the Head of IT Risk Management for Estonia’s largest bank, where he played a key role in successfully repelling the cyber attacks launched against Estonia in 2007. He has also been a CTO and engineer at several technology start-ups. He holds masters degrees from Tallinn Technical University and the Université de Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). In 2014 he received the Order of the White Star from the President of Estonia.
 
Mr Priisalu was one of the initiators of organising technical exercises at the Centre. He has helped to engage the volunteers, experts from his own agency and has been leading the White Team for several years. His knowledge, ideas and charisma have been invaluable to the success of the exercise. He has also contributed to several other activities of the Centre and participated as a speaker in CyCon.

Professor Michael N. Schmitt

Prof. Schmitt is a renowned international law scholar who, after a successful 20-year career in the United States Air Force, occupied the positions of the Dean of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and Chair of Public International Law at Durham University. He is currently the Director of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the United States Naval War College and Professor of Public International Law at the University of Exeter. Prof. Schmitt was among the first to publish works on the interplay of cyber operations and international law already in the late 1990s. He is a widely referenced expert and the author of several important approaches to the interpretation of international law in the cyber context.

Prof. Schmitt served as the Director of the Tallinn Manual project and as of 2013, has made a following three-year commitment to the Centre to direct Tallinn 2.0 project, the follow-on project of the Tallinn Manual. Prof. Schmitt is a regular invited speaker at CyCon and through the United States Naval War College, also cooperates with the Centre in conducting the International Law of Cyber Operations Seminars at NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

Professor Sean Watts

Prof. Watts teaches U.S. Constitutional, Criminal, and International Law courses at Creighton University Law School in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also a reserve faculty member assigned to the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Prior to teaching, Prof. Watts served in a variety of legal assignments as a Judge Advocate and as an Armor Officer in a United States Army tank battalion. Recently, he served as a defense team member at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia.

Prof. Watts was a key contributor to the Tallinn Manual project as a member of the International Group of Experts as well as a Legal Group Facilitator. He has agreed to extend his commitment to the Centre by becoming one of the four external experts on the Tallinn 2.0 project. Prof. Watts has also been an invited speaker at CyCon and the International Law of Cyber Operations Seminar.