Kristen Csenkey is a PhD Candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI). She is an expert in cyber governance. Kristen focuses on the management of emerging technology and innovation in Canada and the implications for future conflict in the world.
Kristen has published widely on a variety of cyber-related topics reflecting her interests, including on cyber capacity building, innovation governance, technology procurement, and continental defence.
She is involved in the Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI), the Best Defence Conference, Defence and Security Foresight (DSF) Group, and the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN).
Kristen has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the 2020 Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) Fellowship at CGAI and was a Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada Emerging Thought Leader in Digital Security. In addition, Kristen was the Principal Investigator of a Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) Targeted Engagement Grant (TEG) focused on examining the future implications of emerging technologies with military applications. In 2016, she worked as part of the Political Affairs team at the Embassy to Hungary, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Budapest and has held other positions since then.
Kristen holds a HBSc, MA, and Master of Applied Politics (MAP) degree. Kristen’s MAP research examined nationalism and border security policies in Hungary.