Alex O'Neill

Alex O’Neill is a national security researcher who studies emerging technology, cyber threats, and illicit finance. He previously worked at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he co-founded and led for three years the North Korea Cyber Working Group. Alex is the author of “Upholding North Korea Sanctions in the Age of Decentralised Finance” (Royal United Services Institute) and “Cybercriminal Statecraft: North Korean Hackers’ Ties to the Global Underground” (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs). He regularly presents his research to academic, industry, and government audiences and has delivered briefings on North Korean cyber activities to the State Department, the Treasury Department, and intelligence agencies. Alex received an MSc in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA with distinction in History from Yale University.