Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven, where he heads the COSIC research group, which has 100 members. He was visiting professor at five universities in Europe. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. He has served as president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) and is serving on the IACR Board since 1997. He is a member of the Knowledge Center of the Belgian Privacy Authority. He has been invited speaker at more than 150 conferences in 50 countries. He received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics (2014) and is a fellow of the IACR. In 2021 he received the IT Person of the Year award from Computable Belgium. He frequently consults for industry and government about security and privacy technologies. He was involved in the design of the Belgian e-voting scheme and was technical lead for the contact tracing app Coronalert. He is co-founder and Board Member of the start-up nextAuth, Board Member of the scale-up Approach Belgium and Advisory Board Member for Tioga Capital Partners.