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Advisory council

Nicolas Sera-Leyva

Nicolas Sera-Leyva is Director of Program Operations at SMEX in Beirut, Lebanon, the leading NGO advocating for self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa, where he leads operational support across a diverse portfolio of research, training and advocacy initiatives on internet policy and digital rights.

Before joining SMEX, Nicolas served as Creative Project Manager for the 2017 Internet Freedom Festival; prior to that, he was the Training Programs Manager for ICT & Latin America programs at Internews, where he led the digital security trainer community-building initiative LevelUp ( and was a principal co-organizer of the first Digital Security Trainers’ Summit in 2015. He specializes in community management, digital security curriculum design and event organizing.