Brussels Forum Session: On the Frontlines of Democracy: Bolstering Trust in Elections Across the Atlantic

Sebastian Bay is a project manager and researcher specializing in election security, national security, hybrid threats, disinformation, and online harms. He is the author of a recent report on countering hybrid threats to elections published by the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. His election expertise comes from his experience managing and leading election protection efforts for the 2018 and 2022 Swedish general elections, focusing on mitigating threats and ensuring electoral security. He has authored several reports on election security for FOI and the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence. He has also co-authored a chapter titled "A Swedish Perspective on Foreign Election Interference" in Defending Democracies: Combating Foreign Election Interference in a Digital Age (2021), published by Oxford University Press. Bay has worked with the Swedish Election Authority, FOI, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratComm CoE), the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency, and the Swedish Armed Forces. He holds a bachelor's degree in intelligence analysis and a master's degree in political science from Lund University, Sweden.