Magda Lilia Chelly, is computer security specialist

Global Citizen, Tunisian and Polish by birth and nationality, Singaporean resident, cybersecurity passionate, author, public speaker, entertainer, and serial entrepreneur.

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Magda Chelly

Cybersecurity Professional

Magda Lilia Chelly is a keynote speaker, a serial entrepreneur and a senior cybersecurity expert. She is a strong activist for women in security. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Executive Summit at Black Hat Asia. She is the co-founder of Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based start-up with NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore, and Singtel Innov8, the venture capital arm of the Singtel Group, as its shareholders. The company was valued at 7 Million SGD in May 2020.

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Polish Tunisian computer security consultant, researcher, public speaker, and cybersecurity entertainer - PhD, S-CISO, CISSP, Cert SCI (General Insurance).


Magda Lilia Chelly

Magda Lilia Chelly is a Polish Tunisian computer security consultant, researcher, public speaker, and cybersecurity entertainer. [1] She is also affiliated with Telecom SudParis, where she obtained a Ph.D. in Telecommunication Engineering in 2011. [2] Magda a strong activist for women in cybersecurity. She founded in 2016, a non-profit group called Women on Cyber, previously called WoSEC Singapore. [3] This group is supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives in the cybersecurity industry. [4] She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Executive Summit at Black Hat Asia. She is the co-founder of Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based start-up with NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore, and Singtel Innov8, the venture capital arm of the Singtel Group, as its shareholders. The company has been valued at 7 Million SGD in May 2020. Magda Lilia Chelly has obtained a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering issued by Telecom SudParis and speaks fluently 5 languages. She has been publicly speaking in English, French and Arabic. Magda’s research topics have been focusing on Cyber Security, the future of localisation and positioning, education and more. Her research works and writings around cybersecurity have been featured by IEEE, RSA Conference, CYBERSEC, World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2016), CYBER RISK LEADERS Magazine, among others. She speaks about cybersecurity in general with a focus on cyber risk management, hacking and diversity and inclusion in the field.

Early Life

Magda Lilia Chelly was born in Poland in 1983.[5] She moved to Tunisia at an early age with her parents, [6] where she started her engineering studies at Sup'Com or SUP'COM or Higher School of Communication of Tunis or Engineering School of Communication of Tunis, Tunisia. She obtained her Master's in the same field in 2009. [7] Dr. Chelly held her thesis "Propagation of a position in connected networks" under the direction of Professor Nel Samama on the 7th of July 2011 in Evry, France.[8] Her thesis was held in partnership with Pierre and Marie Curie University. Magda started her professional career as an Assistant Professor at Telecom SudParis, supporting her Professor in the course "Positioning in constrained environments". [9] Magda was involved in the research of GNSS and WLAN signal processing for indoor positioning, with Anca Fluerasu, Alexandre Vervisch-Picois, and Nel Samama. [10] In 2009, Dr. Chelly was part of the reviewers for the Annales des Telecommunications (2010) 65:129–131 DOI 10.1007/s12243-009-0157-3.[11] Dr. Chelly moved to Qatar to join a large telecommunications operator in Qatar, where she lived for two years. In 2015, she moved to Singapore.


Dr. Chelly is currently working in cybersecurity, based in Singapore. She founded a startup, called Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd. in 2016.[12] She is, also, involved in her non-profit group supporting diversity and inclusion. [13] She is also a trainer with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, formerly the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ISCA), [14] where she teaches cybersecurity.


Since 2015, Dr. Chelly has been a paid cybersecurity consultant, public speaker, and researcher. She does security consulting for Fortune 500 companies across the world. [15]

Research topics

Magda's research topics have been concerning the future of Cyber Security, education, localization and positioning, and more. Her research works and writings about cyber security have been featured by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the RSA Conference, and the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) among others. [16][17]


Magda is best known for The Dark Web Documentary on Channel News Asia.[18] She, later on, was featured in other TV shows, including VTV 1 News; the first channel of VTV launched on the 7 September 1970. [19]Dr. Magda was the guest on Task Force 7 Radio. [20]She gave interviews including Prime Time on MoneyFM 89.3. [21] In 2020, she was featured in the distributed version of the Dark Web Documentary on Canal Plus. [22]


Magda Lilia Chelly has been known in her early days for her appearance in Love Me, Original title: Aime-moi (2009); a short movie with Armelle Deutsch: Toute la mort devant soi (2009), Love Me (2009), Utopium: Song for an Artist (2008). [23]


  • "Cybersecurity is a social responsibility. We all have a role to play."


Chelly has received various awards, including the below: [24]
  • 2021 - Top Women in Security ASEAN Region 2021 awards [25]
  • 2021 – IFSEC TOP 10 International cyber security influencer globally
  • 2020 – Top 8 Twitter Cybersecurity Influencers
  • 2020 – Honorable mentions: Women making a mark
  • 2019 – 29 Highly Influential CISOs by Peerlyst
  • 2019 – Top 14 Cyber Security Influencers to Follow
  • 2018 – CISO Of the Week
  • 2018 – 10 cybersecurity experts to follow on Twitter in 2018
  • 2018 – 58 Women In Cybersecurity To Follow On Twitter
  • 2018 – Top 17 Cybersecurity Influencers in 2018 You Must Follow
  • 2017 – TOP 50 International cyber security influencer, internationally
  • 2017 – Woman in IT Awards Finalist

Summary Overview

Magda Lilia Chelly
Computer security specialist, Public Speaker, Researcher, Advisor, and Entrepreneur Singapore Cybersecurity, Information Security, Computer Security English, Polish, Italian, French, and Arabic Worldwide Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd. Polish Tunisian computer security specialist, researcher, public speaker, entertainer, and cybersecurity expert. www.magda-on-cyber.com m49D4ch3lly Cybersecurity Specialist Lilia Singapore Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd. Chief information Security Officer on Demand Poland 1983 CyberFeminist Chelly

🏡 Residence


🏳️ Nationality

Poland Tunisia

🏫 Education

Ph.D., Doctorate

💼 Location



  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional

    CISSP is an independent information security certification granted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)².

  • PhD thesis in Telecommunications Engineering

    Positioning systems have undeniably progressed. Currently, in an outdoor environment, the accuracy reaches a few centimetres under certain conditions: open space, clear sky, specific measurement techniques, etc. Nevertheless, the problem of positioning in an indoor environment remains persistent: multipath, attenuation, etc. Different systems for indoor positioning have been developed, using technologies such as UWB, WiFi or Infrared. These systems provide interesting results that could allow to reach one meter accuracy. But, this accuracy is related to many criteria: infrastructure, technology, calibration, technical computing, etc. To reduce these constraints, we propose a new approach for positioning. Our approach utilizes all the network equipments present in an environment. The approach is based on two fundamental steps: the study of visibility and the development of geographical links. The study of visibility estimates the visible equipments in the environment. We have studied several models of visibility and we carried out a comparison of the results. A three-dimensional graph is build using the study of geographical links between equipments. This graph allows us to visualize the distribution of equipments and to estimate the geographic positions of each device. To implement our approach, we developed a simulator in Matlab. The simulator first studies the visible equipments for the unknown device. Then, it estimates the distances between the device and the visible equipments. Finally, it constructs a graph and calculates the geographical positions. Simulation results are presented to validate our approach. Our approach is a positioning system capable of operating without additional infrastructure in an indoor environment.
    School: Telecom SudParis

Alumni of

  • Telecom Sud Paris https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecom_SudParis https://www.telecom-sudparis.eu/en/actualite/magda-chelly-docteur-tsp-2011-nominee-aux-women-in-it-awards Magda Lilia Chelly France
  • Higher School of Communication of Tunis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_School_of_Communication_of_Tunis http://www.supcom.mincom.tn/Fr/accueil_46_3 Tunisia Magda Lilia Chelly

Associations and Companies

  • Women on Cyber
    Magda Lilia Chelly https://www.csa.gov.sg/Programmes/SGCyberTalent/SGCyberWomen https://women-on-cyber.com Singapore
  • Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd.
    Magda Lilia Chelly Mikko Laaksonen https://sg.news.yahoo.com/how-safe-is-my-password-yahoo-subscriptions-200723068.html https://www.responsible-cyber.com Singapore Magda Lilia Chelly Mikko Laaksonen

📆 Years active


Known for

Cybersecurity entertainment and TV shows, cybersecurity various topics, cyber risk management, hacking and localization indoor.

Television Appearances

Channel News Asia (CNA); Singapore, Canal Plus; France, ZDFInfo; Germany.


Catch the Flag (CTF) For Girls Competition Series (Including the first launch in 2019)

ICE71 https://ice71.sg/the-first-ctf-for-girls-in-singapore The Women on Cyber and HackTheBox collaborated to run The First CTF (Capture-The-Flag) CTF For Girls, a one-day cybersecurity hacking competition held at ICE71 in Singapore on 13 Jul, 2019. https://theindependent.sg/cybersecurity-competition-for-females-in-singapore-ctf-creates-opportunity-and-diversity

Book authored by Magda Chelly

Vera; a young hacker, sat at her wooden desk in the corner of the office space; she could not hide the smile on her face. The preview is available on Google Play, where you can as well order it.

cybersecurity adventures

The Dark Web Documentary

Starring: Magda Lilia Chelly https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790628/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_8 Produced by: Mediacorp Pte. Ltd. 2019 Singapore Mediacorp Pte. Ltd.

Love Me (2009) (Short)

Cast: Magda Lilia Chelly
Armelle Deutsch

Magda Chelly - Cybersecurity Blog

https://blog.magda-on-cyber.com/ Cybersecurity

Other Accomplishments

Host Tanya Janca learns what it's like to be a PhD, S-CISO, CISSP ! She's also a leader for Women on Cyber Singapore, has run many security events such as CTFs for girls and women, and so, so much more. Join us to listen in on Apple Podcasts.
Advanced Social Engineering Tactics https://www.cybrary.it/blog/2017/04/cyber-feminist-hacker-course-contributor-magda-chelly/
Employees’ Impact on Cyber Security: Human Behavior Consequences on security measures https://infonomics-society.org/worldcis-2016/worldcis-abstract-5/
Cyber risk integration is essential https://cybertoday.partica.online/cyber-today/cyber-today-edition-2-2021/flipbook/52/
  • RSA Conference Speaker https://www.rsaconference.com/experts/magda-chelly 2018 Singapore RSA Conference

  • 🏅 International Awards

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    Read what clients think about Magda

    • Klas Hesselman
      Whoever said that cyber security is boring and only relevant for a select few needs to spend time with Magda. She brings insights, context and tangible tools and frameworks to help build understanding and awareness which are so crucial in today’s world, everyone has a role to play in your companies security posture and protecting your valuable customer data and your own brand.
    • Darren Argyle
      I thoroughly enjoyed my time mentoring Magda over the years. Her knowledge of technical cyber security and expertise in senior stakeholder management has grown significantly. Magda’s unique blend of technical and senior advisory skills make her valuable asset to any organisation, as consultant or leading a project team. Along with her undeniable talent, Magda is always been an absolute joy to be around
      Darren Argyle
      Standard Chartered Bank
    • Gary Smith
      Hiring Magda as our Asia Pacific BISO (Business Information Security Officer) led to great outcomes in improving our General I.T. and Cyber Security posture including a significant increase in business awareness of the role all employees have in ensuring resilient security. Magda's passion for all things security, her warm an engaging outgoing manner, her energy and desire for excellence in outcomes along with her deep technical expertise make any decision to work with Magda a very sound one.
      Gary Smith
      Jardine Lloyd Thompson
    • Ida Bujang
      Magda was phenomenal at our masterclass and event! She really knows her stuff and provided information seemingly available at her fingertips. She said it best that when you are passionate about something, you will get excited over it. She gave valuable insights and advice to our professional participants as well aspiring cybersecurity careerists. Can’t wait for another opportunity to work with Magda again.
      Ida Bujang
      Brunei Institute of Leadership & Islamic Finance (BILIF)
    • Andrew Peck
      Magda is a rare breed. She brings a passion to cyber security that would be difficult to replicate anywhere. In unison, she is guided by a core set of values that cross the spectrum of highly ethical cyber management to acting as a champion for diversity and inclusion in this important part of the digital economy. And the fact that she can both decode and recruit non cyber people to this cause with such ease is testament to her brilliance and status as one of the leading benchmarks of cyber security in Asia. She’s also incredibly informed, witty and humble too. Just a delight on every level.
    • Phillimon Zongo
      I had the privilege of meeting Magda for the first time two years ago in Melbourne. We were both featured on the CISO Executive Keynote Panel at the Cloudsec Annual Conference, an event that featured approximately 700 delegates. I was deeply impressed by Magda’s deep cybersecurity expertise. Most importantly, however, Magda’s ability to communicate complex technical matters in terms that resonate with senior business leaders clearly stood out. Recently, in 2020, we invited Magda to act as a guest lecturer during our 8 weeks long Cyber Leadership Program, attended by cyber leaders / CISOs from more than 7 countries. Magda was very kind to share her deep experience designing cyber resilience strategies, influencing boards and senior executives, as well as managing teams across disparate cultures with our delegates. During the entire period, Magda demonstrated exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and persuasion skills. Her feedback has been instrumental to further refine our program. Magda is one of the outstanding cyber executives I have had the privilege to meet and work with.
      Phillimon Zongo
      Cyber Leadership Institute

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