Bart Preneel is Full Professor at the Dept. Electrical Eng.-ESAT of the KU Leuven. He heads COSIC, a research group at KU Leuven which has 80 members. He was Visiting Professor at five universities in Europe. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is Inventor of five patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. Preneel has served as President of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research). In 2014 he received the RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics and in 2015 he was elected as Fellow of the IACR. He frequently consults for industry and governments about security and privacy technologies.