Robert Hannigan – Keynote Speaker

Chairman BlueVoyant (International) and former director of GCHQ

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Specialist Subjects

  • Cyber Security, geopolitics
  • Leadership in the Technology Age
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Bletchley Park and the codebreakers


  • English


Robert Hannigan was Director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest technical and cybersecurity agency. Robert established the UK National Cyber Security Centre in 2016 and was responsible for the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009. He was previously the Prime Minister’s Security Adviser at No10 and worked closely with Tony Blair for a decade on the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

Robert is now international Chairman of BlueVoyant, a global cybersecurity services company, and was a Senior Adviser to McKinsey & Co. He is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, London, and an Honorary Fellow at Oxford University. He was honoured by Queen Elizabeth for services to national security and is one of the only non-US citizens to have received the US Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal.

His book ‘Counter Intelligence: What The Secret World Can Teach Us About Problem-Solving And Creativity’ was published by HarperCollins in May 2024.

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