Dalia Bankauskaitė is an interdisciplinary expert in security policy, strategic communication and political consulting. She currently serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), working on the think-tank’s Democratic Resilience Program. She teaches strategic communications as a Partnership Associate Professor at Vilnius University and provides expertise to the Swedish Defence University. With decades of experience across government, academia, and consulting, she focuses on advancing the understanding of the total defence doctrine and a whole-of-society approach to security. Her work includes analysis of hybrid aggression and influence operations, as well as building comprehensive media literacy, societal resilience and capacity-building programmes. She has extensive professional experience in strategic communication in Lithuania, Ukraine, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Baltic Sea region. Her career highlights include heading Lithuania’s EU Public Information Unit before the country’s accession to the EU; acting as the information officer at the European Commission’s delegation; and serving at the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow. She holds an MSc degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).