Magda Chelly – A Wikipedia like Biography

Dr. Magda Lilia Chelly; A Successful Journey

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
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]
  1. 2021 – Top Women in Security ASEAN Region 2021 awards [25]
  2. 2021 – IFSEC TOP 10 International cyber security influencer globally
  3. 2020 – Top 8 Twitter Cybersecurity Influencers
  4. 2020 – Honorable mentions: Women making a mark
  5. 2019 – 29 Highly Influential CISOs by Peerlyst
  6. 2019 – Top 14 Cyber Security Influencers to Follow
  7. 2018 – CISO Of the Week
  8. 2018 – 10 cybersecurity experts to follow on Twitter in 2018
  9. 2018 – 58 Women In Cybersecurity To Follow On Twitter
  10. 2018 – Top 17 Cybersecurity Influencers in 2018 You Must Follow
  11. 2017 – TOP 50 International cyber security influencer, internationally
  12. 2017 – Woman in IT Awards Finalist


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. m49D4ch3lly Cybersecurity Specialist Lilia Singapore Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd. Chief information Security Officer on Demand Poland 1983 CyberFeminist Chelly

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🏳️ Nationality

Poland Tunisia

🏫 Education

Ph.D., Doctorate

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  • 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 Magda Lilia Chelly France
  • Higher School of Communication of Tunis Tunisia Magda Lilia Chelly

Associations and Companies

  • Women on Cyber
    Magda Lilia Chelly Singapore
  • Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd.
    Magda Lilia Chelly Mikko Laaksonen 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 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.

  • 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

    Magda Lilia Chelly
    Produced by: Mediacorp Pte. Ltd.
    2019 Singapore Mediacorp Pte. Ltd.

  • Love Me (2009) (Short)

    Magda Lilia Chelly
    Armelle Deutsch

  • Magda Chelly – Cybersecurity Blog

  • 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
  • Employees’ Impact on Cyber Security: Human Behavior Consequences on security measures
  • Cyber risk integration is essential
  • RSA Conference Speaker 2018 Singapore RSA Conference

  • 🏅 International Awards

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