Speaker BIO

Dr Simona R. Soare is Professor of Innovation, Technology and Strategy in the Department for Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. Simona specializes in defence innovation, the applications of emerging technologies in defence capabilities, software-defined defence, digital transformation of defence, and future of war.

Prior to joining Lancaster University, Simona was research fellow for defence and military analysis with IISS, senior associate analyst for transatlantic defence and EU-NATO cooperation with the EUISS, senior security and defence advisor to the Vice-President of the European Parliament and defence analyst with the Ministry of Defence. Simona holds a PhD in International Security (2011), and she is a US Department of State Fellow and a Denton Fellow.