RISCS Affiliate Fellows

Muhammad Ajmal Azad, Birmingham City University
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr Muhammad Ajmal Azad is a senior lecturer at the College of Computer Science at Birmingham City University. Prior to Birmingham City University, he was Senior Lecturer at University of Derby and Research fellow at University Warwick and Newcastle University. He has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Porto. Muhammad’s research interests are protecting users from unwanted calls and privacy-preserving reputation systems. He developed systems and methods to protect individuals from nuisance and robocalls, identity spoofing and frauds within telecommunication networks. With RISCS, Muhammad is interested in exploring ways to estimate the cost of cybercrimes, protecting users from unwanted calls and analyse harms or impact due to unwanted calls. He is also interested in understanding the impact of online harms towards least privileged groups (e.g., LGBT, minority groups) and security aspects of systems, games and applications specifically designed for children.
Kristen Csenkey, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Kristen Csenkey (kris-ten chen-kay) is a PhD (ABD) in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Canada. Csenkey’s research focuses on cyber governance and the management of emerging technologies. She holds fellowship positions with several academic networks, including as a Research Fellow with the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN). NAADSN is funded by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and hosted at Trent University. She is also a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI). Csenkey’s research contributions are recognized through numerous awards, accolades, and scholarships. She was the recipient of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the 2020 Women in Defence and Security Canada (WiDS)–CGAI Fellowship Award, and was acknowledged as an Emerging Thought Leader in Digital Security by Women in International Security Canada in 2020. She is often invited to participate in government consultations and called to give expert advice to various government departments and parliamentary committees in Canada, including the Senate and the House of Commons Standing Committees. Csenkey frequently engages with the media on current issues on national TV and radio, including on CBC News and CTV, and CBC Radio. Her work is featured in iPolitics and her many opinion pieces can be found in The Hill Times. Her academic work can be found in the Journal of Cybersecurity and the Canadian Naval Review. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of three DND-funded research projects, focusing on the topics of quantum computing, connected technologies in the civil aviation ecosystem, and cyber-resilient electric vehicles. She has served on numerous academic and professional advisory boards.

Kristen Csenkey is excited to collaborate with the RISCS community on topics relating to the theme of International Relations, specifically on decision-making and state cooperation in cyber security policy and governance arrangements in the global cyber security market. Multidisciplinary collaborations, policy applicability, and accessible deliverables are important to her. As such, she seeks to explore diverse and creative ways to address complex academic and practical challenges relating to cyber security.
Ric Derbyshire, Orange Cyberdefense
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr Ric Derbyshire is a Senior Security Researcher at the Security Research Center of Orange Cyberdefense and an Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University, where he obtained his PhD in computer science. Drawing on a wide range of experience as both an industry practitioner and academic researcher, his research involves a pragmatic and practically applicable approach to both offensive and defensive elements of cyber security. Ric’s current research is focused on critical national infrastructure and the operational technology that underpins it, including everything from developing novel attack techniques to investigating social, cultural, and business challenges experienced by relevant people and organisations.
Nicolas E. Díaz Ferreyra, Hamburg University of Technology
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Nicolás E. Díaz Ferreyra is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Software Security of Hamburg University of Technology. His main research focus stands at the intersection of human-computer interaction and privacy engineering, through which he seeks to support the cybersecurity decisions of social network users and software developers. He has published several papers about digital nudging applications to privacy and security, their personalisation by means of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and ethical issues arising from combining persuasion with AI.

Before joining the Hamburg University of Technology, Nicolás worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen. From January 2020 to October 2021, he was the coordinator of the RTG “User-Centered Social Media” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). He has taken part in several European projects, including "PDP4E: Methods and tools for GDPR compliance through privacy and data-protection engineering" and "AssureMOSS: Assurance and certification in secure Multi-party Open Software and Services”. He is a co-organiser of the AiOfAi workshop series on adverse impacts and collateral effects of AI technologies (co-located with IJCAI) and MSR4P&S: the International Workshop on Mining Software Repositories Applications for Privacy and Security.
Andreas Haggman, Ofcom
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr Andreas Haggman is Principal – Privacy, Security and Academic Partnerships at Ofcom.

Andreas is primarily interested in research relevant to online safety including, but not limited to: trust and safety, privacy enhancing technologies, age and identity verification, artificial intelligence, and internet infrastructure.

Andreas has a PhD in cyber security, with a thesis on using games for education.
Nori Katagiri, Saint Louis University
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr Nori Katagiri is Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of International Studies at Saint Louis University (SLU). He is also Associate Editor of Global Studies Quarterly, a journal of the International Studies Association. His Ph.D. is in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests in cybersecurity include ransomware, application of international law and norms in cyberspace, advanced persistent threats (APTs), cross-domain operations (cyber and military), and Asian countries, especially Japan.

Nori’s book on liberal democracies and strategies of cyber deterrence is forthcoming. He has published on cybersecurity in several journals, including the Journal of Cyber Policy, Journal of Cybersecurity, Asian Security, and International Review of Law, Computers, and Technology. In 2022-2023, he was a senior fellow of the Irregular Warfare Initiative at the Modern War Institute of US Military Academy at West Point. Prior to joining SLU, he was associate professor of international security studies at Air War College, a graduate school for officer training in the United States Air Force.
Mhammed Kezzoute, Mohammed Premier University in Morocco
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr Mhammed. A. Kezzoute has a PhD in Public Law from the Mohammed Premier University in Morocco. His doctoral thesis, "Cyberspace geopolitics: challenges and challenges for Morocco by 2050", explored the impacts of technological developments on the security and stability of Morocco, and attempted to analyze the state of the site and the level of resilience and preparedness of the country by comparing it with other known experiences.

Mhammed, is interested in cyber research and technologies studies generally from social science research methods to demonstrate the extension of cyber impacts in politics, strategy, diplomacy, economics, war, etc.Previously, he served as a non-resident fellow at CGSRS | Centre For Geopolitics & Security in Realism Studies, based in London, where he produced analytical papers on a few topics related to cyber studies. Currently he is a non-resident fellow and an honorable member of CYBEREAU, the Institute for cyber policy Studies in Israel. It contributes to the realisation of accurate and concise analysis notes and writings always attached to cyber issues.
David Knight-Croft, Department of Health and Social Care/NHS England
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

David works as part of a multi-disciplinary team drawn from both the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, whose mission is to assure and improve the cyber security of health and care organisations. Since 2016 he has helped to shape the approach to improving cyber resilience across health and care, as both a policy maker and a regulator. In that time, he has applied insights from working across government to achieve change at a system level, delivering interventions to help organisations improve their cyber security in practical, manageable steps. He is an advocate of developing deliverable cyber policy that balances operational need with an understanding of risk, including the necessary translation of – and bridge between – technical and senior audiences.
Phil Legg, University of the West of England
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Professor Phil Legg is a Professor of Cyber Security at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), where he leads the NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE) as well as the MSc Cyber Security programme. Having completed his PhD in Computer Science from Cardiff University, he has worked across areas of Computer Vision, Data Visualisation, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, and Cyber Security, with key stakeholders including Welsh Government, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, DSTL, and NCSC, as well as industry partners. He led on the Corporate Insider Threat Detection (CITD) project at the University of Oxford, where he was responsible for the exploration of machine learning techniques and their use for recognising adversarial behaviours, and specifically, understanding the nature of how threat actors may attempt to circumvent traditional sensors and indicators. He is particularly interested in human-machine teaming for collaborative decision making, informed by explainable machine learning models and effective visualisation and interaction techniques, to better understand security of systems and the behaviour of humans (and software) acting within those systems. Previous funded research projects include HASTE (Human-centric active-learning for decision support in threat exploration), Cyber Sandpit (a decision-support system to train cyber responders in complex military scenario planning), and Human-as-a-Sensor (how to encourage and account for human reporting and judgement, as a complement alongside machine-based detection systems).
Peng Liu, University of Kent
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr Peng Liu is a Lecturer in Statistics at School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Kent. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta (2017-2019), a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre (2015-2017), a Research Assistant at Department of Mathematics, Hong Kong Baptist University (2013-2015). He has a PhD in Biostatistics from Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Science (2015).

His research interests include biostatistics, high dimensional data analysis, functional and neuroimaging data analysis, causal inference, data bridging, matrix factorization, differential privacy, federated learning and distributional reinforcement learning. He has published 5 papers in top computer science conference proceedings and 11 international statistical journals, including SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM 2023), Thirty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2022), NeurIPS-20 workshop on Scalability, Privacy, and Security in Federated Learning, and 19th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2019), Bernoulli, Statistica Sinica, Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, The Canadian Journal of Statistics. He is the Reviewer of the Mathematical Reviews/MathSciNet (American Mathematical Society), he has received the 2018 International Mathematical Institute (IMS) New Researchers Conference Travel Award.

Currently, he is interested in the following fields: online change point detection, privacy protected natural language processing models/large language models
Gideon Ogunniye, PETRAS
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr Gideon Ogunniye is a Senior Research Fellow at PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), UCL, specialising in AI ethics, privacy and cybersecurity. Prior to joining PETRAS, he was a Research Associate on CONTEXT project which is part of the projects of the REPHRAIN research centre. The project focuses on understanding the role of contexts in managing privacy online. He also worked as a Research Associate on ReEnTrust project.  The project explores new technological opportunities for platforms to regain user trust and aims to identify how this may be achieved in ways that are user-driven and responsible. The focus is on AI algorithms and large scale platforms used by the general public.  He has worked on a variety of issues relating to the following themes: privacy and cybersecurity, knowledge representation and reasoning, argumentation theories, argumentation-based agent dialogues, trust computing and reputation mechanisms, explainable and responsible AI, agent communication and language semantics, AI ethics, machine reasoning, and human-computer interaction. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computing Science from the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., in 2019,  which was about modelling trust and trust dialogues using augmentation theories.
Robert Orr
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Rob Orr is an experienced Cyber Leader who has worked in/with defence, energy, civil nuclear, transport, built-environment, and government (central and local) sectors. He has been a group CISO, a cyber regulator, a cyber security consultant, a threat intelligence analyst, a protective security manager, and a military telecommunications officer. Rob is passionate about improving cyber resilience at national, sectoral and individual organisational levels. He is an advocate for a balanced approach to security, safety, and reliability/availability; and for convergence with (and better communication between) security, technology, engineering, operations, and business leadership communities.
Abhishek Sharma, Delhi University
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Abhishek Sharma is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, where his research focuses on the intersection between New Emerging Technologies and the Geopolitics of Indo-Pacific. His doctoral thesis focuses on Strategic Utility of North Korea’s Cyber capabilities. He is a Non-resident Kelly Fellow at Pacific Forum and NASC Fellow at Takshashila Institution. In 2022, he was selected as the Quadmin Emerging Leader and an NCAFP Emerging Leader, where he contributed a policy brief on North Korea's cyber strategy and Quad's future prospects on cyber cooperation. His writings have been featured in several reputed publications, including the NK News, The National Interest, and 9Dashline. For RISCS, Abhishek would be looking forward to exploring Small and Emerging states cyber strategies in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly focusing on cybercrimes and its intersection with AI, foreign policy, and Human trafficking.
Ashley Sweetman, Standard Chartered Bank
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr Ashley Sweetman is a Senior Manager in Cyber Partnerships and Government Engagement for Standard Chartered Bank in London. He is interested in how organisations develop and embed cyber resilience, how they evaluate and assess cyber threats and how both of those approaches have changed over time. His first book, 'Cyber and the City: Securing London's Banks in the Computer Age', was published by Springer in 2022. Based on his PhD research in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, the book uses previously unseen primary material from the archives of the banks themselves to present for the first time the origins of computer security in the UK financial sector.
Yutian Tang, University of Glasgow
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Dr. Yutian Tang is a UK Lecturer at School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, under the supervision of Prof. Xiapu Luo and Dr. Hareton Leung (Emeritus). He received his B.Sc in Computer Science from Jilin University. His research interests include AI+SE (Large-language Model+SE), program analysis, system security, privacy protection, software testing. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, HKCS, CCF, European Alliance for Innovation (EAI), and EuroSys. He is also a committee member of CCF-Technical Committee of Software Engineering, executive committee member of CCF-Technical Committee of System Software and technical committee member of IEEE Technical Committee on Software Engineering.

Yutian has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers at premier software engineering venues such as ESEC/FSE, TheWebConf(WWW), ASE, SANER, ISSRE, ICPC conferences and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), IEEE Transactions on Reliability (TReli), JSS, IST journals. One work received Best Industry Paper Award at ISSRE'18. Three works reported defects in Android OS, which are confirmed by Google Security Team. He serves as an Editorial Board Member for Frontiers in Computer Science journal and Scientific Programming. He also serves as the PC member of over 10+ international conferences such as PLDI, ICSE, ESEC/FSE, ASE, ICPC, SANER, CAiSE, EASE, SEKE, MSR, APSEC, MobileSoft, VaMoS, and the grant reviewing committee member for various projects hosted by Shanghai Gov. His research has been supported by Shanghai Pujiang Program, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and so forth. His future research plans are directed towards advancing the techniques to automatically test apps and locate bugs and providing tool support for their applications.
Yasin Tokat, University of Szeged
RISCS Affiliate Fellow

Yasin Tokat is a dedicated scholar currently pursuing his PhD at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Szeged. His academic focus revolves around the dynamic field of cyber diplomacy, which plays a pivotal role in resolving intricate challenges and conflicts in the digital realm. Yasin's expertise extends to fostering collaboration among diverse international stakeholders. With a robust academic background spanning international law, cybersecurity, digital policy, AI policy, and international relations, Yasin approaches the complex domain of cyber diplomacy and security from a holistic perspective. He is passionate about observing the evolution of technology and its profound impact on the global political landscape. He actively engages with industry leaders, policymakers, and civil society organizations to address emerging challenges and develop innovative solutions. He strives to promote inclusivity and ensure that the benefits of technological advancements are accessible to all, while also addressing potential risks and safeguarding privacy and security in the digital age.

Yasin is looking forward to working with the RISCS community because of the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary discourse encompassing cybersecurity, diplomacy, the convergence of international cooperation, and ethical technology utilization, with the goal of addressing challenging issues in our increasingly interconnected world. He believes that these issues are crucial in today's global world, as they have the potential to disrupt economies and compromise international peace.