Call for applications: GFCE Advisory Board is now closed

News item | 23-02-2018

The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) called upon civil society, academia and the technical community to apply for membership of the GFCE Advisory Board. The application deadline has passed. The new Advisory Board 2018-2020 will be announced within a few weeks. 

Multistakeholder approach

During the launch of the GFCE in 2015 it was anticipated that the GFCE would develop into a global, informal and coordinating platform for Cyber Capacity Building. In other words, the GFCE creates an ecosystem that enables efficient international cooperation in building cyber capacities. It is a global platform for countries, international organizations and private companies to exchange best practices and expertise on cyber capacity building. The aim is to identify successful policies, practices and ideas and multiply these on a global level.

The focus of the GFCE Secretariat shifts from building a strong GFCE network (in 2015-2016) and positioning the GFCE as a coordinating platform for cyber capacity building (2017) to facilitating and coordinating knowledge and expertise sharing for the implementation of cyber capacity building (2018-2019).

From the GFCE’s establishment a multistakeholder approach was emphasized. Cyber experts from civil society, academia, and the technical community can become partner to GFCE initiatives. To further promote a broader stakeholder-driven approach to cyber capacity building the GFCE members decided in November 2015 to establish an Advisory Board.

A voice in global capacity building

The role and mandate of the Advisory Board are laid down in theTerms of Reference GFCE Advisory Board’. The main role of the Advisory Board is to provide advice on the overall strategic direction of the GFCE and be part of the GFCEs future endeavours. The Advisory Board can also provide substantive input on and recommendations to capacity building initiatives – for example by encouraging and exploring avenues for multistakeholder engagement – and will have networking and exposure opportunities. The Advisory Board advises the GFCE upon request and on its own initiative.

Selection procedure

Deadline for the applications is Sunday April 1st 2018.

Applicants can apply in their individual capacity or as representative from an organization. A selection will be made based on the quality of the submission; availability; relevance of expertise and experience; geographic and gender balance, therewith striving for diversity of perspectives. Members will serve on the Advisory Board for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a second two-year term.

The Advisory Board will be officially installed at the next GFCE Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for Q3 2018. Please feel free contact us at, if you have any questions.