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Oxford Martin Associate, The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre

Belisario Contreras

Program Manager, Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, Organization of American States

Belisario Contreras is the Cyber Security Program Manager at the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS). As Program Manger he provides programmatic and management support to the CICTE Secretariat in the planning, organization and execution of cyber security initiatives in the Americas including the Creation and Development of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs); Provision of Technical Training; Implementation of Crisis Management Exercises; Capacity building on Industrial Control Systems (ICS), and coordinating outreach and collaboration with other international and regional organizations working on cyber issues.

Since 2007, Mr. Contreras has played a part in the growth and improvement of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) in the Americas, and has worked closely with Latin American governments on the development and adoption of National Cyber Security Strategies and Policies. He has spearheaded liaison and promoted strategic partnerships between the OAS and key international actors.

Mr. Contreras is a Colombian citizen, and prior to joining the CICTE Secretariat worked at the Young American Business Trust (YABT), and he was a fellow of the Department of National Planning of Colombia in 2011. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander, and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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