Bernard Siman OBE

Head of BDA Cyber Diplomacy and Statecraft Expert Group

Head of BDA Financial Diplomacy Expert Group


Bernard Siman, O.B.E., is a Senior Associate Fellow at Egmont- Royal Institute for International Relations. Egmont is the think tank associated with the Belgian Foreign Ministry.

In addition, he lectures at the European Security & Defence College and at the Belgian Royal Military Academy.

He specialises in Hybrid Warfare and Threats, Southern European and Middle Eastern geopolitics, and Japan; and is a Member of both Chatham House and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

He advises both governments and corporates on strategic foresight, risk assessment, hybrid threats and global geopolitics. He worked also in financial services and diplomacy in the UK, Japan, the Mediterranean region, and the Gulf. He was a U.K. Special Representative for Financial Services.

He studied in Belgium and the U.K. where he obtained an MPhil in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering from Kyoto University (Japan).

He was honoured by HM the late Queen Elizabeth II as Officer in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and by HM King Filip of Belgium as Knight in the Order of Leopold.


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