2024 Cyber Dialogues: Part III

Hybrid (Geneva and online)
16 April 2024
2024 Cyber Dialogues: Part III

Calls for gender responsive, tailored, sustainable, effective, and efficient cyber capacity-building continue to intensify from diplomats, policymakers, and technical experts. With high-level discussions on mainstreaming gender within other pillars of the framework and initiatives, the dialogues convened all relevant stakeholders to share viewpoints. Key questions in this session included: 

  • How can all stakeholders meaningfully mainstream gender perspectives across all the pillars of the framework for responsible State behavior, and are there practical examples to learn from? 
  • What do these calls for gender responsive, tailored, sustainable, effective, and efficient cyber capacity building mean and how can it be meaningfully operationalized? 
  • How can we mainstream gender in norm implementation?

Please visit the pages for dialogue one and dialogue two for an overview of the whole series.

Event Recording


  • Amrit Swali: Amrit is a research associate in the International Security Programme and on the editorial team for the Journal of Cyber Policy. He works on projects focusing on cyber diplomacy, cyber governance, cyber capacity building, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in cyberspace and technology, and cybercrime. Amrit is also co-chair for gender on Chatham House’s EDI Working Group. He holds an MSc in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA (Hons) in history from the University of Southampton.
  • Nayia Barmpaliou: Nayia is currently a Non-Resident Expert on cybersecurity at the EU Institute for Security Studies and the Executive Director of Cyber Lab International, a boutique firm consulting on cyber policy, capacity building and cyber governance issues. Previously, she led the public policy initiatives of the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity and managed the Centre’s relationships with governments, international organisations, academia and civil society. Between 2013 and 2018, Nayia led the EU’s dialogue and cooperation on cyber capacity building with governments and organisations internationally and was in charge of designing and managing the EU’s global and trans-regional multi-million external assistance programmes on cybersecurity and cybercrime. In this role she worked to mainstream cybersecurity in the EU’s development cooperation, advised on the impact of evolving cybersecurity policies and regulatory developments to international cooperation, and represented the EU in relevant international negotiations. She is a practising attorney in Greece and prior to her focus on cybersecurity, Naiya spent a decade working on human rights and justice/security sector reform in various positions at the EU headquarters and in the field.
  • Lenka Filipova: Lenka is a Coordinator with the Security & Technology Programme at UNIDIR. Prior to this role, Lenka held various positions in different international organizations and government. Lenka’s expertise lies in cybersecurity, gender analysis, and technology. In her work with non-governmental organizations, she was responsible for the introduction and administration of data management and automation tools. Lenka worked with the government as an Advisor to the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN in New York and spent over three years working as a journalist. Lenka holds MA in International Relations and BA in International Relations and European Studies. Lenka speaks three languages, including English.
  • Emmanuella Ntim Darkwah: Emmanuella is a Senior Manager, International Cooperation, at the Cyber Security Authority (CSA), Ghana. Her role entails being the focal point for all internal and external communication with partners such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Ghana, the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), Council of Europe (CoE), United Nations, and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), among others. She is currently honing her skills in cyber diplomacy and is among the first cohort of the Women in Cyber Fellowship. She actively participates as a member of Ghana’s delegation in the United Nations’ OEWG in ICT in the context of International Security and the UNODC Ad Hoc Committee to elaborate an international convention on countering the use of ICTs for criminal purposes. She is also a member of the GFCE Research Committee and has served as a mentor during the GIZ-ITU Her Cyber Tracks Programme. Prior to working with the CSA, Emmanuella worked with organizations like the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT), the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) and with media houses in Kenya and Ghana. Emmanuella has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Media Studies, specializing in Development Communication from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Master of Arts in Conflict, Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana. In addition to these, she has undertaken various certifications in cybersecurity, international law, and multilateral negotiations.
  • Pavlina Pavlova: Pavlina is currently a #ShareTheMicInCyber Fellow exploring the gendered impacts of data weaponization, analyzing how malicious data breaches can harm individuals through multiple extortions, and looking at the ramifications of such cyberattacks for societal resilience and international security. She will deliver a policy report to inform responses that remedy the victims and prevent their revictimization. She has served as an official at the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE). In 2019, she was appointed as the OSCE Chairmanship’s liaison officer and later coordinated programs that strengthened the human dimension of security. Her policy experience began in 2014 at the European Parliament and now spans a decade of work in security, human rights, and political advisory roles at international organizations and national institutions. Her research at the intersection of technology and governance has been presented at the Yale MacMillan Center, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Stanford Internet Observatory, among others.


  • Moliehi Makumane, Researcher, Security and Technology Programme, UNIDIR

When and Where

16 April, 14:00 to 15:30 CET.  Hybrid format: Room H.313, Palais des Nations, Geneva (in-person) and online.  


UNIDIR encouraged the participation of representatives and experts working on or interested in issues pertaining to advancement of digital technologies, and their implications for international peace and security.