Robert Collett

Associate Fellow, International Security Programme


Robert Collett is an adviser, writer and speaker on international cyber security capacity-building. From 2019 to 2020, he was the UK’s first seconded senior adviser to the Global Forum of Cyber Expertise (GFCE). Prior to this he ran, and grew threefold, the UK’s international cyber security capacity building programmes.

Robert has a 17-year track record leading programmes and policy initiatives as a UK diplomat, working at the intersection of foreign policy, security and development. During this period, he gave evidence to a Lords committee, led the strategic communications for NATO’s Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand and managed a series of challenging projects from de-mining to countering violent extremism and cyber security.

Past experience

2021 - present Founding Director, Developing Capacity Ltd (Consultancy and Research)
2019-20 Senior Advisor, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise
2003-20 Diplomat, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
2001-03 BA(Hons) and MA, Business Studies, Cambridge
1998-2001 BA(Hons), Philosophy, Durham