Laurent BESLAY is an European Commission Official at Joint Research Centre, the Institute for Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) since September 2011 and works as Project Leader of the Surveillance Technologies and the Citizen action. He manages research activities related to fight against cybercrime, biometric systems and privacy safeguards. From 2004 until September 2011, he worked as Coordinator on Security and Technology and scientific advisor of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in Brussels. He also previously worked, for six years, for the JRC - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
(IPTS) as a PhD candidate (Electronic surveillance: benefits and risks for the EU) and as a project officer in the field of cyber-security. He holds a Post-master's degree in Global Management of Technological Risks and Crisis (University of Paris, la Sorbonne) and a Master's degree in International Relations.