Dr. Magda Lilia Chelly is an award-winning global cybersecurity leader. She has been named one of the top 20 most influential cybersecurity personalities in 2017
and 2021 by ISFEC Global.
Magda has authored two books, with a third being written and planned to be published in 2022. The first book is called "Being Brave; Vera's Cyber Adventures." The book combines cybersecurity with
science fiction and romance, intending to raise cyber awareness to the general public. The two other books address cybersecurity challenges and recommendations for c-executives.
Magda's many appearances discussing cybersecurity on national and international TV, Radio, and News Magazines have raised her profile as the media's go-to expert on subjects requiring accurate
yet straightforward insights on cybersecurity topics. Magda appeared in a popular documentary on Channel News Asia, "The Dark Web," where she provides insights on cybercrimes. She, later on, was
featured in other TV shows, including VTV 1 News; the first Vietnamese channel of VTV launched on 7 September 1970. Dr. Magda was the guest on Task Force 7 Radio. She gave interviews, including
Prime Time on MoneyFM 89.3. In 2020 and 2021, she was featured in the distributed version of the Dark Web Documentary on Canal Plus and ZDFInfo.
Magda has also been known in her early days for her appearance in non-cyber security-related TV shows and movies, including Love Me (Original title: Aime-moi (2009)); a short
film with the French star and actress Armelle Deutsch: Toute la mort Devant soi (2009), Love Me (2009), Utopium: Song for an Artist (2008), amongst others.
Magda also hosted cybersecurity events worldwide, including the first Catch the Flag competition for girls in Singapore in collaboration with the Cybersecurity Agency of Singapore in 2019.
Currently, she is working on its fourth edition.
In her career, Magda Lilia Chelly wore several hats. She has been an Information Security Officer for multiple organizations, including multinational insurance corporations. She
developed businesses in the cyber advisory space. Furthermore, with years of experience in cybersecurity and providing services worldwide, Magda co-founded a cybersecurity start-up in Singapore
valued at 7 Million SGD in 2020. She is also an angel investor in the cybersecurity space and beyond.
Magda is a popular keynote speaker. She delivers engaging presentations worldwide in five languages: English, French, Polish, Italian, and Arabic for corporate events, practitioner, and academic
conferences. Known for her ability to engage audiences ranging from senior executives to ethical hackers and the general public, she brings energy, enthusiasm, and fun to cybersecurity.
Her speaking engagements address mainly topics on cyber risk quantification, bridging the gap between business and cybersecurity, cyber awareness,
diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity industry, and cybersecurity investments and entrepreneurship. Magda's research focused on cybersecurity, the future of localization and
positioning, education, and more. Her research writings around cybersecurity have been featured by IEEE, RSA Conference, World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2016), CYBER RISK LEADERS
Magda's international experience, technical knowledge, and multi-cultural background have equipped her with unique insights. She is known for her clear communication style and for making
cybersecurity accessible to all.
• "Cybersecurity is a social responsibility. We all have a role to play."
Awards and Recognition
Chelly has received various awards, including the below:
1. 2021 - Top Women in Security ASEAN Region 2021 awards
2. 2020 – Top 8 Twitter Cybersecurity Influencers
3. 2020 – Honorable mentions: Women making a mark
4. 2019 – 29 Highly Influential CISOs by Peerlyst
5. 2019 – Top 14 Cyber Security Influencers to Follow
6. 2018 – CISO Of the Week
7. 2018 – 10 cybersecurity experts to follow on Twitter in 2018
8. 2018 – 58 Women In Cybersecurity To Follow On Twitter
9. 2018 – Top 17 Cybersecurity Influencers in 2018 You Must Follow
10. 2017 – TOP 50 International cyber security influencer, internationally
11. 2017 – Woman in IT Awards Finalist