Robert Hannigan

Robert Hannigan

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Former Director, GCHQ

Robert Hannigan is international Chairman of BlueVoyant, the US cyber security services company. He was previously Director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence agency and NSA equivalent from 2014-17, and a member of the National Security Council. He established the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre in 2016 and was responsible for the UK’s active cyber defence and offensive cyber programs. He spent twenty years in national security roles, including as Tony Blair’s lead official on the Northern Ireland peace process. He was the Prime Minister’s Security Adviser from 2007-2010, focusing on Islamist terrorism, and a long-standing member of the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee. He is one of the few non-US nationals to have been awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Robert is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center and writes regularly in the Financial Times on cyber issues.

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