René Marchal

(Cyber) Security and Risk expert

René Marchal

René Marchal is a senior (cyber) security & crisis management executive with 35+ years of (international) experience in both public and corporate environments. He has a solid track record in the development of threat-based defence strategies, implementing resilience programs and leading complex operations in diverse environments. René can be characterised as a diplomat with strong execution power.

René started his professional career within the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (Gendarmerie based police corps) Besides leading operations in the field of law enforcement, intelligence and high-profile protection operations, he has gained experience with coalition building in an international context as a temporary technical diplomat (Paris, Rome). In recent years, René was a senior manager at TenneT BV, the national electricity transmission system operator of the Netherlands, responsible for (cyber) security, crisis management, integrity and safety. As of 2017, René is (part-time) seconded to the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTv) as special advisor. Rene Marchal’s expertise lies within critical infrastructure protection, crisis management, resilience strategies, public private cooperation and integrity. Besides his assignment at the NCTv, René has his own consultancy practice, Olivastra Consultancy BV. He has a degree in Business Administration as well as in Cybersecurity and is still part of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee as a reserve officer.