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Oxford Martin Associate, The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre

Robert Hayes

Cybersecurity Consultancy, Scottish Policy Authority

 Robert Hayes is Microsoft’s Executive Cybersecurity Advisor for Europe, The Middle East & Africa. Prior to joining Microsoft, Robert spend 30 years working in senior positions in the UK Government including as Head of the UK National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre & Head of the UK National Technical Assistance Centre.

In 2007 Robert joined Microsoft as a Director & Senior Fellow of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments: A small group which was established by Bill Gates to bring the fruits of Microsoft's world-leading advanced research and development activities to solve intractable problems for the global public sector.

In 2014 Robert’s role changed and he became Senior Director, Strategy & Partnerships in Microsoft’s new Enterprise Cybersecurity Group where he advises C-level executives from leading global public & private sector organisations on strategic security, risk, and business change issues. In 2016 Robert became the Executive Cybersecurity Advisor for Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Robert holds a B.Sc. in Psychology, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Freeman of The City of London. 

Robert is a member of the Cybersecurity Advisory Panel of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. For more information visit: