Dr Stephan Lechner, based in Luxembourg, is Director of Euratom Safeguards at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy. Mr Lechner also co-ordinates the policy activities for the European Commission on cybersecurity in the energy sector. Before this appointment to this position in July 2016, he was Director of the Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, for more than 8 years. Before this responsibility he held various management positions and spent more than 18 years in the hi-tech sector of private industries, at large international enterprises and at telecommunications operators. He managed international expert teams in Germany and in China and has more than 25 years of experience in collaborative European projects. Dr Lechner holds a degree in mathematics and computer sciences and a doctoral degree in cryptography.