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CyCon X: Maximising Effects will be featuring excellent speakers from all over the world. To date, the following speakers are confirmed to speak at CyCon X: Maximising Effects

Mr. Margus Arm, Head of eID Department, Estonian Information System Authority
Involved with Estonian eID since 2002. Member of the work group created for launching ID-card in Estonia in 2001. SEB Bank, eID and digital signature implementation. From 2008 until 2014 worked for SK (Certification Authority in Estonia), as Service Manager of Certification Services and since 2012 as Head of Sales and Marketing. After leaving from SK involved with startups and different international projects in the field of PKI, Mobile-ID and digital signature. Since September 2016 working in State Information System Authority as eID domain manager. State Information Authority is responsible for electronic part of the ID-card and for effective eID ecosystem in Estonia. Master of Business Administration.
Ms. Annika Arras, Managing Director, Partner, Miltton Nordics
Annika Arras is the partner of governmental relations and corporate communications agency Miltton Nordics. She is one of the most experienced political and marketing communication experts in Europe thanks to her over a decade lasting experience as the Campaign Director of the Estonian Reform Party where she managed to win three national elections in a row. Annika has done strategic communication consultations from the Caucasus to the Nordics. She has experience in giving presentations and facilitation in 12 different countries in Europe – that has given her a comprehensive understanding how to attract people with different cultural background. She founded the European Women's Academy of Political Leadership in 2016 where she trains high-level female politicians to become more influential in politics. She also works one-on-one with business leaders to help them to build their leader’s image.
Prof. Karine Bannelier, University Grenoble Alpes; Deputy Director, Grenoble Alpes CyberSecurity Institute
Karine Bannelier is Associate Professor of International Law at the University Grenoble Alpes and Deputy Director of the Grenoble Alpes CyberSecurity Institute (https://edu.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/medias/fichier/cdp-ficherv-cybersecurity-web-20180320_1521563053648-pdf). Her recent publications include the book Cyber-Attacks. Prevention-Reaction: The Role of States and Private Actors (with T. Christakis, Revue Défense Nationale, Paris, 2017) which was the preliminary study to the International Conference Building International Peace and Security in Cyberspace organized by the French Government in UNESCO on 6 and 7 April 2017 (https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941988) and which was awarded the “Cyberdefense” Book Award of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC 2018). They also include an article on Obligations of Diligence in Cyberspace: Who is Afraid of Cyber-Diligence ? forthcoming in the Revue Belge de Droit International.
Ms. Sandra Bardon, Technical researcher, NATO CCD COE
Sandra is a Telecommunications Engineer with postgraduate Master's Degrees in both Telecommunications Engineering and Information and Computer Systems Security/Information Assurance, from the European University of Madrid. She also has several technical certifications including OSCP, CEH, CSFI-DCOE, and ITIL. With 10 years of experience in the field of cyber security, Sandra is currently a technical researcher at CCDCOE and previously she was part of the Joint Spanish Cyber Command at the Spanish Ministry of Defence. Throughout her career, she has led several projects in the field of cybersecurity and pentesting, both nationally and internationally, covering design, development and execution of the project. Sandra is a regular participant in various international Cyber Exercises, including as Locked Shields, Crossed Swords, Cyber Coalition and Cyber Europe, and has technically led the first national Cyber Exercises in the Joint Spanish Cyber Command. She is also a speaker at conferences related to Cyber Security and a Professor of Master of Digital Evidence Analysis and Fight against Cybercrime at the ‘Universidad Autónoma de Madrid’. Sandra is also a member of #SomosMujeresTech (WeAreTechWomen) group, which aims to promote the visibility of women in leadership positions within the world of the technology and innovation sectors.
Mr. Rod Beckstrom, Founder and CEO, BECKSTROM, Inc.; Former President and CEO, ICANN
Rod is Founder and CEO of BECKSTROM, which advises top global companies and institutions on cybersecurity and geopolitics. BECKSTROM also shapes and builds technology companies. These include CATS Software Inc. a risk management firm he founded and took public on NASDAQ, Stealth Security, an AI based network security technology company and American Legal Net. He also chairs the Advisory Board of the Stanford University Cybersecurity Policy Program, and is an Advisor to EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He served as the President and CEO of ICANN, and as the Founding Director of the US National Cybersecurity Center, coordinating the activities of the NSA, CIA, FBI, DHS and DOD cybersecurity centers, reporting to four cabinet members. He has co-authored four books including “The Starfish and The Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations,” and is a merchant mariner and boat captain. He is also a Bitcoin miner. He earned BA and MBA degrees at Stanford University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of St. Gallen. He is a frequent CNN commentator. His personal mission is to serve the peace.
1st Lt. Christian Behling, Penetration Tester, Bundeswehr Cyber Security Centre
First Lieutenant Christian Behling is a penetration tester at the German Federal Armed Forces Cyber-Security Centre. He studied Computer Science at Bundeswehr University Munich and was a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona. He received his Master of Science degree in 2015 and is an IT security professional since 2016.
Col. Daniel Bennett, Chief of Research, Army Cyber Institute, US Military Academy
Dan Bennett is a career U.S. Army Signal and Network Engineering Officer before fairly recently becoming a Cyber Officer and Academy Professor. His academic expertise in Electrical Engineering is in the area of Communications and Digital Signal Processing. He currently leads research at the Army Cyber Institute while teaching in the U.S. Military Academy's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. His most recent operational experiences include being the Infrastructure and Special Projects Officer for the Commander of the Cyber National Mission Force and Director of the Joint Network Operations and Security Center in Bagram, Afghanistan for 15 months.
Mr. Brad Bigelow, Principal Technical Advisor, SHAPE DCOS CIS and Cyber Defence (CCD)
Brad Bigelow has over thirty years' experience in military communications, information security, space operations and project and program management, including twenty-five years as a US Air Force officer. He served on the staff of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and on the Core Committee for the recent update of the Standard for Program Management. In his current position, he has been intimately involved in the development of the concept and structure for the proposed Cyberspace Operations Centre at SHAPE.
Prof. Aaron F. Brantly, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science Virginia Tech
Dr. Aaron F. Brantly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Hume Center for National Security and Technology Affiliated Faculty at Virginia Tech, and Cyber Policy Fellow at the U.S. Army Cyber Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Public Policy from American University. His research focuses on national security policy issues in cyberspace including terrorism, intelligence, decision-making and human rights. His books include: The Decision to Attack: Military and Intelligence Cyber Decision-Making (2016 UGA Press) and US National Cybersecurity: International Politics, Concepts and Organization (2017 Routledge).
Prof. Robert E. Burnett, College of International Security Affairs, US National Defense University
R.E. Burnett, Ph.D., is Associate Dean and Professor at National Defense University where he is an analyst and theoretician in the national security of emerging science and technologies. Presently, he is a contributor on AI and human-machine symbiosis regarding, “The Third Offset” for a DHS/NCTC/CENTCOM white paper. In 2017, at the University of Melbourne in Australia, Dr. Burnett delivered the keynote talk at the PREMT conference on Future Wars and Public Conscience. In 2016, he delivered a lecture on national defense and the brain economy to the Hancock Symposium at Westminster College. In 2015, Dr. Burnett was invited by the Australian DOD Defence Science and Technology Group to give the Keynote Lecture on Humans and Autonomous Systems to the Emerging Disruptive Technologies Assessment Symposium at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has written in several publications on the interplay of humans and technology and has conducted research for many US national security organizations including the National Intelligence Council’s science and technology RDAWG committee. Dr. Burnett is an active defense community expert in the IEEE society in the United States and Australia.
Dr. Joe Burton, Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato
Dr Joe Burton is Senior Lecturer at the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science, University of Waikato. His research focuses on cyber security, NATO, and the impact of science and technology on international security. Joe holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Otago and is the author of ‘NATO’s Durability in a Post-Cold War World’ (SUNY Press: New York). Joe has recently been a visiting researcher at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) and is a recipient of the Taiwan Fellowship and US State Department’s Study of the US Institutes (SUSI) fellowship.
Prof. Lee Andrew Bygrave, Director, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, University of Oslo
Lee A. Bygrave is Professor at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, where he is also Director of the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law. For the past three decades, Lee has been engaged in researching and developing regulatory policy for information and communications technology (ICT). He has functioned as expert advisor on ICT regulation for numerous organisations, including the European Commission, Nordic Council of Ministers, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and Norwegian Government. He currently heads a major five-year research project on legal aspects of cybersecurity – ‘Security in Internet Governance and Networks: Analysing the Law’ (SIGNAL). Lee has published particularly extensively within the field of privacy/data protection law where his two principal books on the subject – Data Protection Law: Approaching Its Rationale, Logic and Limits (Kluwer Law International, 2002) and Data Privacy Law: An International Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2014) – are widely acknowledged as standard international texts.
Prof. Théodore Christakis, Université Grenoble-Alpes; Director, Centre for International Security and European Studies
Theodore Christakis is Professor of International Law at the Université Grenoble Alpes and a Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is director of the Centre for International Security and European Studies and a deputy Director of the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute. His recent publications include the book Cyber-Attacks. Prevention-Reaction: The Role of States and Private Actors” (with K. Bannelier, Revue Défense Nationale, Paris, 2017) which was the preliminary study to the International Conference Building International Peace and Security in Cyberspace organized by the French Government in UNESCO on 6 and 7 April 2017: (https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941988) and which was awarded the “Cyberdefense” Book Award of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC 2018). They also include a Legal Opinion prepared at the request of CEIS and Microsoft in the so-called “Microsoft Ireland” Case (United States Supreme Court): https://ssrn.com/abstract=3086820
Mr. Martin Clauß, Fraunhofer FKIE, Dept. Cyber Analysis and Defense
Martin Clauß studied Computer Science and finished his studies in 2012 with a Diploma degree. After that he was a member of the Swarm Intelligence and Complex Systems Group at the University of Leipzig where he researched combinatorial optimization problems and swarm intelligence algorithms. In 2015 he joined Fraunhofer FKIE to work in different fields such as vulnerability research and IT security assessments. In cooperation with the University of Bonn he is also responsible for teaching topics in Malware Reverse Engineering and Network Security. - From time to time he also participates in international Caputre The Flag competitions.
Mr. Luc Dandurand, Head of Cyber Operations, Guardtime
Mr Luc Dandurand is the Head of Cyber Operations at Guardtime, where he leads the development of new business lines for cyber ranges, exercises and advanced cyber capabilities. Prior to joining Guardtime, he was the Head of the ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division at the ITU, directing the program to assist ITU Member States in cybersecurity and in leveraging ICTs for sustainable development. Mr Dandurand started his career as a Signals Officer in the Canadian Forces, working mostly on advanced adversarial assessments of computer networks. After retiring from the military, he worked for Canada’s Communication Security Establishment, leading a team responsible for prototyping novel cybersecurity solutions. Prior to joining the ITU, Mr Dandurand worked at the NATO Communications and Information Agency, managing cybersecurity capability development projects for NATO and NATO Nations.
Ms. Kimberly Dozier, Global Affairs Analyst, CNN
Kimberly Dozieris a CNN Global Affairs Analyst, and most recently, the Executive Editor of The Cipher Brief -- an intelligence and national security news and analysis site, based in Washington, D.C. She also covered intelligence and national security for the Associated Press and The Daily Beast from 2010 to 2017, after 17 years as an award-winning CBS Evening News correspondent, covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Amb. Sorin Ducaru, Senior Fellow, Husdon Institute; Special Advisor, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
Ambassador Sorin Dumitru Ducaru is a Romanian career diplomat with a longstanding experience in trans-Atlantic and International Relations and a particular expertise in the field of emerging security challenges and the impact of new technologies upon security. Ambassador Ducaru’s professional background reflects a quite rare blend of technical and political studies. Holding degrees both in computer-studies and political science, he has been intensely engaged intellectually and professionally in translating “digital language” into the language of policy and strategy. He has recently joined the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, as a Senior Fellow and is a Special Advisor to the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Ambassador Ducaru held the post of NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges from September 2013 to November 2017. In this capacity he was the head of the Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO-HQ, Chair of the Cyber Defence Committee and also coordinator and manager NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme. He has lead the work on NATO cyber policy development and implementation in a period of most dynamic developments for the Alliance in this field. Prior to his appointment as ASG, Ambassador Ducaru served as Romania’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, from September 2006 to September 2013. From November 2011, Ambassador Ducaru was the Dean of the North Atlantic Council.

Mr. Thomas Dullien, Staff Software Engineer, Google Project 0
Thomas Dullien / Halvar Flake started work in reverse engineering and digital rights management in the mid-90s, and began to apply reverse engineering to vulnerability research shortly thereafter. He pioneered early windows heap exploitaiton, patch diffing / bindiffing and various other reverse engineering techniques. In 2004, he started zynamics, a company focused on reverse engineering technologies. He continued to publish about reverse engineering, ROP gadget search, and knowledge management technologies in relation to reverse engineering. In 2011, zynamics was acquired by Google, and Halvar spent the next few years working on defensive technologies that leveraged the then hot buzzwords "big data" and "machine learning". In summer 2015, Halvar received the lifetime achievement Pwnie, and decided to take a year off to travel, read, and surf. Since November 2016, he is back at Google, this time in Project Zero.
MG (ret) Dan Efrony, Cyber-Law program, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Dan Efrony – Former Military Advocate General (M.A.G.) of the Israel Defense Forces. Dan had a rich professional military career during which he served in the IDF intelligence corps, in professional and commanding positions, rising to the rank of Lt.Col. Dan’s legal military career within the M.A.G.’s corps began in the mid 1990’th and spanned several senior positions, including, Military Advocate of the Northern Command, Chief Defense Counsel, Deputy to the M.A.G., before being appointed M.A.G. in 2011, serving in this position until 2015. Since he retired Dan is an associate researcher at the Hebrew University’s Cyber-Law Program and a co-founder of a start-up in the information realm.
Ms. Camille Francois, Intelligence Director, Graphika
Camille Francois is the Intelligence Director at Graphika, where she leads a data science and analysis team focused on investigating and analyzing social media manipulations. Prior to this, Francois worked as Principal Researcher for Google's Jigsaw, an incubator dedicated to building technology to tackle tough global security challenges (disinformation, censorship, harassment, violent extremism). Previously, Camille served as a Special Advisor to the CTO of France within the Prime Minister's Office and its Open Data / Open Government Unit, led research projects on cybersecurity and human rights for the Mozilla Foundation, and worked for Google’s Market Insights team. A Fulbright Fellow and a New America Cybersecurity Fellow, Camille holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights from the French Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-Po) & a Masters Degree in International Security from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Camille developed her research on State-sponsored threats against civil society at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society (where she remains an Affiliate), and was visiting scholar at the Columbia Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, and at King’s College War Studies Department.
Mr. John Frank, Vice President, Government Affairs Europe for Microsoft
John Frank is Microsoft's Vice President, EU Government Affairs. In this role, John leads Microsoft’s government affairs teams in Brussels and European national capitals on EU issues. John was previously Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Staff for Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith based at Microsoft’s corporate headquarters in Redmond Washington. In this role, he managed several teams including the Law Enforcement and National Security team, the Industry Affairs group, Corporate, Competition Law and Privacy Compliance teams and the department’s technology and business operations team. For his first eight years at Microsoft, John was based at Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris. Initially he was responsible for the legal and regulatory issues involved in the launch of the Microsoft Network (now MSN). From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Frank led Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs group for Europe, Middle East and Africa focusing on issues including privacy, security, consumer protection and antitrust. Mr. Frank began the company’s European Government Affairs program, which focused on advocacy on software and online policy issues. Prior to joining Microsoft, John Frank practiced law in San Francisco with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Frank received his A.B. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Dr. Sandro Gaycken, Director, Digital Society Institute Berlin, ESMT Berlin
Short CV - Founder & Director, Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin - Director, NATO SPS Projects Cyberdefense - Oxford Martin School Fellow - Senior Advisor, Harvard Kennedy School AI Initiative - Committee member, Harvard-MIT conferences on cyber norms - Co-lead, CNAM Programme Transverse Sécurité Défense - Permanent reviewer, IEEE - Founder & CTO, SECURE ELEMENTS GmbH - Vice representative, Cydef Executive committee
Dr. Kenneth Geers, Senior Research Scientist, Comodo
Kenneth Geers (PhD, CISSP): Comodo Senior Research Scientist, NATO CCD COE Ambassador, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow, Digital Society Institute-Berlin Affiliate, TSN University of Kyiv Professor. 20 years US Government (US Army, NSA, NCIS, NATO); FireEye Senior Global Threat Analyst. Author “Strategic Cyber Security”, Editor “Cyber War in Perspective”, Editor “The Virtual Battlefield”, Technical Expert “Tallinn Manual”, many articles and chapters on international and cyber security. Twitter: @KennethGeers
Mr. Koen Gijsbers, Former General Manager, NATO Communications and Information Agency
Koen Gijsbers is a leading IT and cyber executive, now advising governments and companies at the board and executive level on strategies as well as training them to become cyber ready. He brings 40 years of working experience in the public sector, as a military leader and as a civil senior executive. He led NATO’s operational IT and cyber innovation from the US (Allied Command Transformation), drove change in the NLD Ministry of Defence as CIO and optimized NATO’s IT and Cyber capability as General Manager of NATO Communications and Information Agency in Brussels. In 2008, he helped the Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence becoming accredited to NATO.
Mr. Keir Giles, Research Director, Conflict Studies Research Centre, Cambridge
Keir Giles is a Senior Consulting Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House in London, and also serves as Research Director for the Conflict Studies Research Centre, formerly part of the UK Ministry of Defence. Keir has been involved with exploitation of the internet for over 25 years, and combines a technical background with in-depth study of the Russian approaches to exercise of power to develop analysis of the Russian approach to information warfare, including the subdomain of cyber conflict. He is the author of groundbreaking studies on Russian theory, doctrine, and structures for engaging in information and cyber confrontation.
Dr. Roman Graf, Research Engineer, Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH / Center for Digital Safety & Security
Roman Graf, Ph.D., research engineer at Center for Digital Safety & Security in Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, works on Cyber Security and Data Analytics topics, contributing to the development of several European research projects like Ecossian, Planets, Assets and SCAPE. He has published widely in the area of cyber security and risk management in digital preservation, being an active member of the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF). Finally, Dr. Graf supported the development of cyber threat intelligence solution CAESAIR serving as one of a key developer and contributed a module to the Open Source Threat Intelligence Platform (MISP).
Dr. David Gugelmann, CEO & Founder Exeon Analytics Ltd., Former Postdoc ETH Zurich
Dr. David Gugelmann is a security analytics researcher and the CEO of the ETH Spin-off Exeon Analytics Ltd. Prior to founding Exeon Analytics in 2016, he was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich in the Networked Systems Group. His research interests are in big data analytics, digital forensics and machine learning for anomaly detection.
Mr. Andreas Haggman, Cyber Security CDT Researcher, Royal Holloway University of London
Andreas Haggman is a PhD researcher in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway University of London. His thesis investigates the use of an original tabletop wargame for cyber security education and awareness training. Andreas’ wider research interests lie in non-technical cyber security topics and he has published on diverse topics including Stuxnet, cyber deterrence, national cyber security strategies, and offensive cyber. A full profile can be found on tinyurl.com/HaggmanRHUL and you can follow him on Twitter @Andreas_Haggman.
Mr. Mehis Hakkaja, CEO, Clarified Security
Mehis and his company has been running the Red Team leadership and key roles for NATO CCDCoE "Locked Shields" cyber exercise series since 2010 – a challenge that by 2018 has grown to 22 Blue Teams to entertain with a Red Team over 65 in size. Mehis is a class of 2000 graduate from US Military Academy, West Point where he took the brand-new cyber security curriculum and he has been in cyber security career ever since. Currently Mehis is running his own security company that focuses on 3 main domains: penetration testing; hands-on security courses; red teaming and cyber exercises.
Col. Andrew Hall, Director, Army Cyber Institute, the US Military Academy at West Point
Colonel Andrew O. Hall was commissioned in 1991 from the United States Military Academy as an Infantry Officer. He has a BS in Computer Science, a MS in Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Management Science. After attending the Infantry Officers Basic Course and Ranger school at Fort Benning, he served as a platoon leader, executive officer and support platoon leader in the 2d Battalion 9th Infantry, 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord , California and Fort Lewis, Washington. He deployed to Eskon Air Base, Saudi Arabia as a part of Operation Southern Watch, Desert Storm Post Cease Fire Operations and Commanded a Mechanized Infantry Company, B/2-9 Infantry at Camp Casey Korea. After command, Andy was selected to study at the Naval Postgraduate School and teach at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He taught in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point where he was Career Field Designated as an Operations Research/Systems Analyst (ORSA). He has since served as a Manpower Analyst in Strength Forecasting Division of the Army G-1 (Personnel), and as an Assessment and Effects analyst for XVIIIth Airborne Corps/Multi National Corps-Iraq, and as a global force management analyst in Joint Operations Division on the Joint Staff. He last served as the Chief of the Military Personnel Structure and Plans Division in the Army G-1 where he was instrumental in the establishment of the Cyber Branch and Cyber Scholars program. He is currently assigned as the Director of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point. Andy is married to Colonel Mary Lou Hall who serves an Operations Research Officer for the U.S. Army.
Ms. Kim Hartmann, UK Conflict Studies Research Centre, Cyber and Information Security Department
Kim Hartmann specialized in computer security and mathematical modelling, protocol security analysis, computer security risk assessment, and risk analysis of critical network infrastructures. As a member of the Department for Cyber and Information Security, at the Conflict Studies Research Centre, Cambridge, UK, her work focuses on secure network design principles, risk analysis and assessment of networks, network components, and protocols. Kim Hartmann is a regular contributor to research projects and conferences on cyber and network security. As an EU expert, Kim Hartmann is regularly involved in the assessment of (cyber) security proposals within Horizon 2020 and related calls.
Mr. Jason Healey, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University SIPA
Jason Healey is Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, specializing in cyber conflict and risk. He started his career as a US Air Force intelligence officer, before moving to cyber response and policy jobs at the White House and Goldman Sachs. He was founding director for cyber issues at the Atlantic Council where he remains a Senior Fellow and is the editor of the first history of conflict in cyberspace, A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012. He is on the DEF CON review board and served on the Defense Science Board task force on cyber deterrence.
Dr. Trey Herr, Senior Security Strategist, Microsoft
Trey Herr, Ph.D., is a Senior Security Strategist with Microsoft. He works on cloud computing security and policy with the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy team. Prior to Microsoft, Trey was a fellow with the Belfer Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research focused on trends in state developed malicious software, the structure of criminal markets for malware components, and the proliferation of malware. Trey is co-editor of Cyber Insecurity — Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age, an edited volume on cybersecurity policy, and spent three years as a non-resident fellow with New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University and a B.S. in Theatre and Political Science from Northwestern University.
Mr. Ben Hiller, Cyber Security Officer, OSCE
As Cyber Security Officer, Ben Hiller is the OSCE’s focal point for cyber/ICT security policy issues for the Secretary General, all 57 participating States and the OSCE Chairmanship. He is responsible for assisting States with the implementation of Permanent Council Decision 1106 and 1202 on OSCE Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) to Reduce the Risks of Conflict Stemming from the Use of Information And Communication Technologies; as well as developing additional CBMs. In his previous role at the OSCE Secretariat’s Action against Terrorism Unit, Ben was responsible for issues related to countering the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes as well as for the portfolio dealing with the security of electronic travel documents and pertinent ICT infrastructure.
Mr. Quentin E. Hodgson, Senior Researcher, RAND Corporation
Quentin E. Hodgson is a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation. He came to RAND in 2017 from the MITRE Corporation, where he led projects supporting the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department on strategic planning, cybersecurity and capacity building. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at the Department of Defense in a variety of strategy and policy positions, including serving as the Director for Cyber Plans, Operations and Programs from 2011-2014. He was the principal author of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's National Defense Strategy and led efforts to reform the Department's approach to force planning and analysis after the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. His primary research interests are cyber operations, risk management and decision-making. He holds Masters degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was a Fulbright Scholar affiliated with the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Dr. Krisztina Huszti-Orban, University of Minnesota
Dr. Krisztina Huszti-Orban is a research fellow at the Human Rights Center of the University of Minnesota and a senior legal advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. Her research focuses on the relationship of human rights to the emergence of stand-alone international security regimes regulating counter-terrorism. Krisztina has previously worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex, and the European Court of Human Rights. She holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, LLM degrees from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the Andrassy Gyula University, Budapest, and a degree in law from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca.
H.E. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Former President of the Republic of Estonia
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia (2006-2016) is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Ilves served as chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012 and was chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board at the invitation of the European Commission from 2012 to 2014. In 2013 he chaired the High-Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms convened by ICANN. From 2014 to 2015 Ilves was the co-chair of the advisory panel of the World Bank's World Development Report 2016 "Digital Dividends" and was also the chair of World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security beginning in June 2014. Starting from 2016, Ilves co-chairs The World Economic Forum working group The Global Futures Council on Blockchain Technology. In 2017 Ilves became an advisory council member of German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy. International awards: 2013 NDI Democracy Award by the National Democratic Institute 2014 Freedom Award by the Atlantic Council 2015 Aspen Prague Award by the Aspen Institute 2016 Knight of Freedom Award by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation 2017 John Jay Award by Columbia College 2017 Reinhard Mohn Prize by Bertelsmann Stiftung 2017 World Leader in Cybersecurity Award by Boston Global Forum
Dr. Gabriel Jakobson, Chief Scientist, CyberGem Consulting, Inc.
Dr Gabriel Jakobson is Chief Scientist at CyberGem Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in the development of cognitive situation awareness and control solutions for government and business applications. Dr Jakobson has authored over 120 technical publications in expert systems, intelligent databases, real-time event correlations, cyber-attack resilient systems, and cognitive situation control. He received PhD degree in Computer Science from the Institute of Cybernetics, Estonia. He is the chair of the IEEE Man, Systems and Cybernetics Society Committee on Cognitive Situation Management and the Honorary Chair of the IEEE Conferences on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA).
Dr. Kevin Jones, Head of Cyber Security Architecture, Innovation and Scouting, Airbus
Dr. Kevin Jones is Head of Cyber Security Architecture, Innovation and Scouting at Airbus, leading a global network of; teams, projects and collaborations including; research & innovation, state of the art solutions development, and technology scouting for cyber security across; IT, ICS and Product security domains. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Distributed Systems Integration from De Montfort University, Leicester where he also obtained his PhD: A Trust Based Approach to Mobile Multi-Agent System Security in 2010. He is active in the cyber security research community, has published numerous papers and holds a number of patents within the domain. He is well known as an innovator, thought leader, and is responsible for multiple cyber security demonstrator platforms and laboratories. Kevin has many years of experience in consultancy to aid organisations in achieving accreditation to ISO27001 standard on Information Security Management. Kevin is a recognised expert in Critical National Infrastructure security, SCADA security, and the protection of critical systems. He currently acts as an executive consultant to Airbus on matters of cyber security across multiple domains and platforms and works closely with Government agencies on cyber security topics in addition to European programmes such as the "European Control System Security Incident Analysis Network“ and the EU Cyber Security Public Private Partnership.
Mr. Kaspar Kaarlep, CTO, WePower
Kaspar is the leader of all the technology and development teams πand is focused on turning the ambitious technological vision of WePower into a reality. As the former CTO of Elektrilevi, Estonian DSO, Kaspar worked on the green energy, Smart Grids and control systems integrations for 10 years. He ran the development and execution of the DSO strategic plan, their Smart Grid technology roadmap as well as the overall Information Technology and Operational Technology enterprise architecture.
H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia
In 2016 Kersti Kaljulaid was elected President of the Republic of Estonia. Previously she served from 2004 to 2016 as a Member of the European Court of Auditors. Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2002, Kersti Kaljulaid was Prime Minister Mart Laar's Economic Advisor. Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center from 2001 to 2004. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Tartu from 2009 to 2011 and the Council Chair of the University from 2012 to 2016. Kersti Kaljulaid graduated from the University of Tartu in 1992 in the field of genetics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and completed her master's studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2001.
Ms. Ianneke Borgersen Karlsen, Senior Legal Adviser, Norwegian MoD

Ianneke B. Karlsen is a senior legal adviser at the departement of security policy within the Norwegian Ministry of Defence with a particular focus on cyber and intelligence law. She holds a master of law degree from the University of Oslo with a specialisation in international and human rights law, and has served as legal adviser in NATO operations, at the Norwegian Defence Headquarter and the Norwegian Intelligence Service. She participated in the international law of cyber operations course held at the CCD COE in December 2017.

Dr. Camino Kavanagh, Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Dr. Camino Kavanagh is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She served as consultant to the 2016–2017 UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security and is lead consultant to the OSCE on a project relating to Confidence Building Measures to Reduce the Risk of Conflict Stemming from the Use of ICTs. She is also involved in a number of policy-related initiatives on ICTs and emerging technologies as they relate to conflict, terrorism and crime. Dr Kavanagh has spent more than twenty years working on national and international security issues. She has worked in conflict and post-conflict contexts, including with UN peacekeeping operations and political missions in Africa and Central America and has served as post-conflict reform advisor to governments in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Camino has also managed several high-level initiatives and projects focused on assessing and responding to transnational threats and their impact on security, governance and development and she consults regularly for governments and different international organizations. Her PhD was awarded by the Department of War Studies, King’s College London in 2016 and focused on information technology, sovereignty and the State, a topic that remains a core focus of her research activities. She is a Member of the Global Initiative on Transnational Organized Crime.
Mr. John Kirch, Chief Evangelist, Sentinel Protocol
John has over 25 years of international experience in Asia’s high-tech industry. He specializes in next-generation software solutions to address the needs of organizations throughout the key markets across the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Japan. Prior to Sentinel Protocol, John held senior roles with several leading technology companies including WatchGuard Technologies, Softbank, CyberGuard, and Darktrace. John has an undergraduate degree from Duke University in North Carolina and studied computer science at UC Berkeley.
Ms. Kaija Kirch, ID expert, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
Kaija Kirch is an ID expert at the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. She is leading the identification and identity management issues within the Estonian Police. Her previous jobs include Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior where she was leading visa policy and identity documents policy issues, and the IT and Development Centre of the Ministry of Interior where she was working on information security matters. Her latest posting before starting the current job at the Estonian Police was the British Embassy in Tallinn where she held the position of the Cyber Policy Officer, leading the UK cyber policy engagements in the Nordic-Baltic region. Kaija Kirch holds a MA in sociology from Tallinn University.
Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace
Wolfgang Kleinwächter is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Aarhus where he was teaching a master course on Internet Policy and Regulation from 1997 – 2015. He was a Director on the ICANN Board (2013 – 2015) and a Special Ambassador of the NETMundial Initiative (2014 – 2016). He is active in the field of transborder data flow and Internet Governance since the 1980s. He was involved in the making of ICANN and has participated – in various capacities – in more than 50 ICANN meetings. He served six years in the NomCom (2009/2010 as its chair) and two years in the GNSO Council (2011 – 2013), elected by the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) where he is a member of the NCUC. He is also founder and chair of the ICANN Studienkreis, a high level multistakeholder network of experts and chair the Board of Medienstadt Leipzig e.V., a recognized At Large Structure under the ICANN Bylaws.
Cdr. Dr. Robert Koch, Head of Department, Bundeswehr Cyber Security Centre
Commander Dr. Dr. habil. Robert Koch is a General Staff Officer of the Federal Armed Forces. Robert received his Diploma in Computer Science in 2002. After that, he had a comprehensive operational and technical training in the German Navy and built up a broad experience in the design, implementation, and operation of high-security networks and systems while being Deputy Weapon Engineering and Weapon Engineering Officer onboard of German frigates. Robert received his PhD in 2011 and his habilitation in 2017. Now, he is senior research assistant and lecturer in Computer Science at the Universität der Bundeswehr and the University of Bonn. His main areas of research are network and system security with focus on intrusion detection in encrypted networks, security of COTS products, security visualization and the application of artificial intelligence. Currently, he is building up the new penetration testing capability at the Cyber-Security Centre of the Federal Armed Forces.
Mr. Erki Kodar, Undersecretary for Legal and Administrative Affairs, Estonian Ministry of Defence
Erki Kodar has been the Undersecretary for Legal and Administrative Affairs at the Ministry of Defence since March 2016. The Undersecretary for Legal and Administrative Affairs coordinates legislative drafting, accounting service, cyber defence, information administration and information technology questions for the Ministry and the area of government. Erki Kodar began working at the Ministry of Defence more than 10 years ago, as a lawyer in the Legal Department. He has worked as the Director of the Legal Department as well as the Director of the NATO and European Union Department. In 2014, he was rated the best department director at the Ministry of Defence and has been elected by the Ministry’s employees to serve as their representative. Kodar is a graduate of the University of Tartu School of Law and has improved himself at various courses and seminars concerning the law of armed conflict. He has completed the Higher Command Studies Course at the Baltic Defence College and is currently engaged in master’s studies in the field of strategic studies at the Army War College, in the United States. In addition to his work at the Ministry of Defence, Kodar has been academically active since 2005, lecturing on the law of armed conflict at the University of Tartu School of Law. He has published research articles on the law of armed conflict and the field of cyber law in the Baltic Yearbook of International Law, Estonian National Defence College Proceedings and Martens Society Proceedings. In 2012, Kodar was the lead author of the chapter on national defence in the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia: Commented Edition.
Prof. Jeff Kosseff, Assistant Professor, US Naval Academy
Jeff Kosseff is an Assistant Professor in the United States Naval Academy’s Cyber Science department, where he teaches cybersecurity law and policy. He is the author of Cybersecurity Law, a textbook published by Wiley in 2017, and The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, a history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act forthcoming from Cornell University Press. He clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Kosseff is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Michigan. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a journalist for The Oregonian and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Prof. Philip Lark, Director, Cyber Security Studies Program, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Philip Lark is the Executive Director and Founder of the Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. PCSS is a global, comprehensive national strategy and policy development program specifically designed for top national leaders including diplomats, legislators, policy-makers, military and law enforcement officers, ministerial staffs, and cybersecurity professionals. His current research and work is focused in Europe, Eurasia and Africa.
Mr. Arturs Lavrenovs, Researcher, NATO CCD COE
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Prof. Troy Lee, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Troy Lee is an associate professor at Nanyang Technological University and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. His areas of research include quantum computing and complexity theory. In 2013, Troy was awarded a Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship. Troy received his Bachelors degree in mathematics from Caltech and his PhD in computer science from the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Orsay, Columbia University and Rutgers University before joining NTU.
Dr. Martin Libicki, Keyser Distinguished Professor of Cybersecurity, US Naval Academy
Martin Libicki (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley 1978) holds the Keyser Chair of Cybersecurity Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. In addition to teaching, he carries out research in cyberwar and the general impact of information technology on domestic and national security. He is the author of a 2016 textbook on cyberwar, Cyberspace in Peace and War, as well as Conquest in Cyberspace: National Security and Information Warfare and various related RAND monographs. Prior employment includes twelve years at the National Defense University, three years on the Navy Staff (logistics) and three years for the US GAO.
Mr. John Licciardello, Managing Director, Ecosystem Development Fund | IOTA Foundation
John has built a career focused on financial innovation. Following his undergraduate degree, he moved to Mexico City where he played a key role in an early stage financial technology startup from 2011 to 2015. John had an active role in all aspects of the business from IT to finance. John has also spent time with the Innovative Finance and Program Related Investments divisions at The Rockefeller Foundation. Currently John is the Managing Director of the IOTA Ecosystem Development Fund where he provides financial support to developers, entrepreneurs and others with projects focused on the IOTA core technology. John holds degrees in Engineering, Economics and International Finance from the University of Delaware, Rutgers University, and Columbia University, respectively.
Dr. Asaf Lubin, Lecturer, Yale College
Dr. Asaf Lubin is a Lecturer at Yale College, a Resident Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project, a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy's Cyber Security and Policy Program, and a Visiting Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Cyber Security Research Center. Dr. Lubin's research focuses on the international regulation of espionage and draws on his experiences as a former intelligence analyst, Sergeant Major (Res.), with the Israeli intelligence community, as well as his vast practical training in national security law and foreign policy, including through his extensive stints with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Turkel Public Commission of Inquiry. Dr. Lubin's work additionally reflects his time spent as a Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow with Privacy International in London. Dr. Lubin received his JSD and LLM degrees from Yale Law School and his joint LLB/BA in law and international relations from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. You can follow him on twitter at @AsafLubin.
Prof. Norbert Lütkenhaus, Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada
Prof. Lütkenhaus is a professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo (Canada) and works in quantum communication since 1993. He is a pioneer in the field of the theory of practical Quantum Key Distribution. His research interests also include quantum repeater architectures and optical implementations of quantum communication and information complexity protocols. He is also co-founder and CTO of evolutionQ Inc, a leading company for solutions, training and analysis in the field of quantum-safe cryptography. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the editorial board of Physical Review Letters an coordinates as vice-chair of the ETSI ISG QKD the certification effort for QKD devices.
Dr. Kubo Macak, University of Exeter
Dr Kubo Mačák is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). He holds a DPhil in international law from the University of Oxford. Kubo has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany), the University of Haifa (Israel), and Wuhan University (China). He has worked at the United Nations ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He is currently serving as a core expert on the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations project. His research interests span the law of cyber security, international humanitarian law, and general international law. Most recently, Kubo is the author of Internationalized Armed Conflicts in International Law (OUP 2018).
Prof. Olaf Manuel Maennel, Professor for Cyber Security, Tallinn University of Technology
Olaf Maennel is a professor for Cyber-Security at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, and the scientific lead at the Centre of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. Before that he was with Loughborough University in UK and with the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has been general co-chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2015, ACM IMC 2017, and he is co-chairing WG5.2 at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO). He has a background in computer networks from the Technical University in Munich, where he graduated in 2005. His current research interests include, network security, critical transportation infrastructure protection (maritime and aviation aspects), and cyber-security education.
Ms. Merle Maigre, Director, NATO CCD COE
Merle Maigre is Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence since September 2017. Prior to this post, Maigre worked as Security Policy Adviser to the President of Estonia 2012-2017. In this capacity she was the President’s chief advisor on domestic and international security issues, including also the developments and challenges of cyber defence. 2010-2012 she served as the Policy Adviser in the Policy Planning Unit in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Brussels. Maigre has also worked as a researcher at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), where she focused primarily on Ukraine policy and development, including the security situation in Crimea. She has also served as the Deputy Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv and at the NATO Department in Estonia’s Ministry of Defence to support the country’s NATO accession. Maigre holds degrees from King’s College London, Middlebury College and Tartu University. She has also studied at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center and the Paris Institute of Political Studies or Sciences-Po.
Prof. Mirco Marchetti, Researcher, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Mirco Marchetti is a researcher at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). He obtained his PhD in 2009 with a dissertation on parallel and distributed system for cooperative network intrusion detection. His research interests include cybersecurity for automotive, IoT and industry 4.0, as well as the design of secure Cloud services. He is an experienced security professional and teaches cybersecurity courses at postgraduate Master's degree in Digital Forensics and Cyber Technologies (Telecommunication School of the Armed Forces), at the advanced training course "Cyber Academy", and at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Maj. Markus Maybaum, Branch Chief, Bundeswehr Cyber Security Centre
Markus Maybaum is a German Air Force officer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of IT and IT security. He worked in several different national and international management, leadership and expert positions focusing on information technology, software engineering, cyber security and arms control. Markus was assigned to NATO CCD COE’s Technology Branch from 2012 to 2015 as a researcher where he managed CyCon’s Technical Track. He is still actively contributing to the mission of the Centre as a NATO CCD COE ambassador. Currently, Markus is working for the Bundeswehr Cyber Security Centre in the field of penetration testing and he is also working for Fraunhofer FKIE’s Cyber Analysis & Defense department as a researcher focusing on cyber arms control and trusted architectures.
Mr. Roland Meier, PhD Student, ETH Zürich
Roland Meier is a second year PhD student at the department of electrical engineering and information technology at ETH Zürich. His research focuses on the security of computer networks. In particular, he works on solutions which leverage recent advances in network programmability to make networks able to detect and mitigate attacks in the data plane and to provide more security and privacy. Roland Meier received his master degree in electrical engineering and information technology from ETH Zürich in 2015.
Mr. Andrea Melegari, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer, CY4GATE
Andrea was an ICT consultant and taught at the Military Academy of Modena for over 10 years. As the Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer at CY4GATE, he is focused on cyber intelligence and security solutions for businesses and government agencies. Andrea has gained extensive experience in coordinating projects that employ artificial intelligence technologies to support tactical and strategic analysis of data. Andrea holds a degree in Computer Science and is a member of the board of directors for CY4Gate, Expert System Spa and Expert System USA.
Mr. F. Jesus Rubio Melon, Web Security Specialist, Spanish Joint Cyber-Defence Command
Mr. F. Jesus Rubio Melon. Over 20 years’ experience in Software Engineering and 7 years experience in Web Security. Former NATO CCDCOE researcher from October 2015 till January 2018, where he carried out research in different web security aspects. Currently, Spanish Joint Cyber Command member as web applications specialist. In CyCon 2018 he will be presenting part of his research done at the CCDCOE, as well as conducting a workshop on web applications security.
Dr. Antonio Missiroli, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
Dr. Antonio Missiroli is the Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. Prior to joining NATO, Dr. Antonio Missiroli was the Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris (2012-17). Previously, he was Adviser at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission (2010-2012); Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels (2005-2010), and Senior Research Fellow at the W/EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (1998-2005). He was also Head of European Studies at CeSPI in Rome (1994-97) and a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford (1996-97). As well as being a professional journalist, he has also taught at Bath and Trento as well as Boston University, SAIS/Johns Hopkins, at the College of Europe (Bruges) and Sciences Po (Paris). Dr. Missiroli holds a PhD degree in Contemporary History from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) and a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from SAIS/Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Daniel Moore, PhD Candidate, King's College, London
Daniel Moore is a PhD researcher at King's College London's Department of War Studies where he focuses on the application of network operations to military doctrine and strategy. Daniel has experience both in the public and private sectors, having previously served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces and later working in companies such as IBM. Alongside his academic research, Daniel works as a security principle in Accenture Security's threat intelligence unit, iDefense, where he develops new collection and analysis capabilities.
Prof. Leo Mõtus, Tallinn University of Technology
Leo Motus, PhD in control of stochastic systems with incomplete information, DSc in software engineering for real-time embedded systems, professor at Tallinn University of Technology, Dept. for Software Sciences. The founder of the Research Lab for Proactive Technologies. Editor-in Chief of an Elsevier journal on Engineering Applications of Artificial Engineering (1994-2001). Member of NATO STO SCI panel (2004 – 2013). Secretary General of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (2005 – 2015), involved in European Defence Agency (2011 – 2016). Major research interest: recently – situation awareness in human-cyber-physical systems, multi-agent systems, proactive models of computation, autonomy and self-organising systems, self-aware properties in artificial systems (including self-aware architecture).
Gen. Robert B. Neller, Commandant, US Marine Corps
General Robert B. Neller is the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commander, Marine Forces Command from July 2014 to September 2015 and Commander, Marine Forces Central Command from September 2012 to June 2014. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, General Neller graduated from the University of Virginia and was commissioned in 1975. He has served as an infantry officer at all levels, including command of Marine Security Force Company Panama during Operations JUST CAUSE and PROMOTE LIBERTY; 3d Light Armored Infantry Battalion during Operation RESTORE HOPE; 6th Marine Regiment; and 3d Marine Division. General Neller also served as Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (05-07); Assistant Division Commander for 1st and 2d Marine Divisions; and President of Marine Corps University. His Joint assignments include service in the Policy Division of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium, and as the Director of Operations (J-3) of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. General Neller is a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, NATO Defense College, and the Armed Forces Staff College. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University.
Gareth Niblett, Mr., CEO, Blackarts
Gareth has been Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of a national communications and IT services company where he had group-wide responsibility for all aspects of information security. Nowadays he consults on security, privacy, and compliance challenges, including strategy, governance, supply chain assurance, security operations, and privacy by design. Gareth has a long history of contributing to not-for-profit groups improving the cyber domain, including co-founding British Business Federation Authority (BBFA), chairing BCS Information Security Specialist Group (ISSG), and serving on BCS Security Community of Expertise, EPP Cyber Security Advisory Board, EURIM Cybersecurity & e-Crime Working Group, and IWF Funding Council
1st Lt. (Eng.) PhD. Juha-Pekka Nikkarila, Finnish Defence Research Agency
First Lieutenant (Eng.) Juha-Pekka Nikkarila obtained the degree of doctorate in Philosophy in physics in 2008 and serves as a researcher and an officer at Finnish Defence Research Agency (FDRA). He has obtained Master's degrees in physics (2006) and electrics (2016) and served at FDRA from 2012 with research interests in operation analysis, electronic warfare and cyber. Earlier he has served as a researcher in Marioff Corporation / United Technologies (2009-2012), Inspecta (2007-2009), a PhD student in University of Jyväskylä (2006-2007), and as a physics lecturer in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (2009-2014). He can be contacted by email at "juha-pekka.nikkarila[at]mil.fi". Juha-Pekka’s presentation at CyCon 2018 summarises a series of studies conducted by Juha Kokkola, Mari Ristolainen and Juha-Pekka Nikkarila.
Dr. Steven Noel, Lead Cyber Security Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Steven Noel is a researcher in MITRE’s Cyber Security Technical Center. For nearly 20 years, he has led multi-disciplinary teams conducting advanced research in cyber security, particularly in the areas of vulnerability path analysis, optimal network hardening, cyber situational understanding, attack response, and mission impact analysis. He has over 70 publications, with 3000+ citations (h-index 27), holds 10 patents, and led the development of the Cauldron and CyGraph tools for cybersecurity graph analytics/visualization. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2001.
Dr. Anna-Maria Osula, NATO CCD COE
Dr. Anna-Maria Osula is a legal researcher at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, where her research areas include national cyber security strategies, international organisations, international criminal cooperation and law. During 2013-2015, she was the lead for the ‘Cyber Norms’ project and the co-editor of the book 'International Cyber Norms: Legal, Policy and Industry Perspectives'. She is the founder of the annual ICR workshop and a lecturer at the Tallinn University of Technology as well as the University of Tartu. Her recent publications include 'The Notification Requirement in Transborder Remote Search and Seizure: Domestic and International Law Perspectives' in Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology and 'Remote Search and Seizure in Domestic Criminal Procedure: Estonian Case Study' in International Journal of Law and Information Technology.
Ms. Liisa Past, Chief Reserch Officer, Estonian Information System Authority
Liisa Past is the Chief Research Officer at the cybersecurity branch of the Estonian Information System Authority. She is a cyber defense and strategic communication professional whose current work focuses information security, and the social and political impact of technology, including risk and vulnerability management. In particular, Liisa designs, leads and carries out analysis related to cyber security, including threat and impact assessment. Recently, her comprehensive risk assessment of technology used in elections in Estonia was the basis of inter-agency cooperation on election security. Liisa Past leads a pan-European initiative to provide guidelines for cyber security of election technology. Liisa’s past assignments include Head of Communications for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Liisa has contributed to a number of non-profit causes, particularly in the areas of democratic education and human rights. Liisa Past holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Political Science and a MA (cum laude) in Media Research from Tartu University. She has taught courses in rhetoric, public relations and communication strategy, media and minorities and political culture at a number of universities and spent research time at the University of Oslo.
Dr. Brian M. Pierce, Director, Information Innovation Office, DARPA
Dr. Brian Pierce joined DARPA in 2014 and serves as the director of the DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O). Dr. Pierce has 30 years of experience developing advanced technologies in the aerospace/defense industry. Prior to joining DARPA, he was a technical director in Space and Airborne Systems at the Raytheon Company. During his first tour at DARPA, he served as the deputy office director of the Strategic Technology Office from 2005 to 2010. From 2002 to 2005, he was executive director of the Electronics Division at Rockwell Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks, California. From 1983 to 2002, he held various engineering positions at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon in southern California. Dr. Pierce earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry, a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of California at Riverside. He has more than 20 U.S. patents.
Mr. Kārlis Podiņš, Threat Analyst, CERT.LV
Karlis Podins is a Senior Researcher with the Latvian Computer Emergency Response Team, and the former Latvian government representative to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence.
Mr. Jaan Priisalu, Researcher, Tallinn University of Technology
Jaan Priisalu is researcher in Tallinn University of Technology. Main research interests are in critical infrastructure protection and cyber defense exercises. He is the former General Director of the Estonian Information System’s Authority. He is the co-founder of the Estonian Defense League’s Cyber Unit and CCDCOE exercise Locked Shields. Priisalu has more than two decades of practical experience on the matter of preventing and defending cyber-attacks. Before entering the public sector, Priisalu worked at Guardtime, Ühispank, Cybernetica, Hansabank and served as the head of SIRT (Security Incidents Response Team) at Swedbank; having worked through the 2007 cyber-attacks. Jaan Priisalu earned his academic education from the Tallinn University of Technology and Toulouse III (Université Paul Sabatier) in France.
Cpt. Roy Ragsdale, Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute, US Military Academy
CPT Roy Ragsdale is a U.S. Cyber Operations officer currently serving as a Research Scientist at the Army Cyber Institute and an instructor within the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the United States Military Academy. He holds an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. CPT Ragsdale's experience includes Company Command in the U.S. Cyber Mission Force as well as a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Jochen Rehrl, European Security and Defence College
Dr. Jochen Rehrl formerly worked for the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports. Currently, he is seconded to the European External Action Service/European Security and Defence College in Brussels. His previous posts include political adviser both in Vienna and Brussels. He holds a doctoral degree in law and three master's degrees – in economics, international relations and journalism – from the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna and from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. His publications focus on foreign and security policy from a legal and political point of view.
Ms. Simona Rocchi, Legal Adviser, NATO Communications and Information Agency
Ms Simona Rocchi assumed the post of Legal Adviser for the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency as of 1 July 2012. The NCI Agency Legal Adviser provides advice on all matters that may have legal implications for the functions, operations and activities of the NCI Agency. In particular, the Legal Adviser has the prime responsibility to provide legal advice on all issues concerning procurement activities, export control activities and cooperation agreements with NATO organizations and NATO/non-NATO Nations. She is a member of the Management Policy Board and of the Contracts Award Board. Since the establishment of the NCI Agency the legal office addresses legal issues for the NCI Agency headquartered in Brussels, for the major locations in The Hague and Mons and the sectors located in 18 countries. Ms Rocchi has over 20 years of extensive legal experience at progressively senior levels. She joined NATO in 1996 and was promoted as Head of the NATO C3 Agency (NC3A) Legal office in 2003. In addition to NC3A, and in the absence of their own legal support, she has been the NATO CIS Services Agency (NCSA) Legal Adviser until 2005, and the ALTBMD, NAGSMA and NACMA Legal Adviser until June 30, 2012. Specialized in international law, her areas of competence cover the main activities of the Agency, i.e. contract law, public international law, legal issues related to cyber defence, export control issues, use of software, etc. Before NATO, Ms Rocchi worked in the Legal Office of the United Nations (UN) Secretariat in New York where she acquired experience in administrative public law and was part of the legal team who drafted the UN Code of Conduct for International Civil Servants and the Guidelines for Peacekeeping Operations. For the UN, she travelled extensively for business reasons, especially in Asian countries as Technical Adviser for legal projects. In particular, she was the focal point for China on foreign direct investments sponsored by the UN. Before moving to New York, Ms Rocchi practised law in Rome first in a law firm and then joined the legal office of a leading telecommunication company. Ms Rocchi received an LLM from the University of Rome with a thesis in international law. She was one of the founding members of the Foreign Lawyers Group in New York and attended the 2008 Senior Managers Government Programs at Harvard University. Ms Rocchi is married and has two children.
Mr. Cédric Sabbah, Ministry of Justice, Israel
Cedric Sabbah is Director for International Cybersecurity and IT Law Affairs, at the Office of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law) in Israel's Ministry of Justice. He advises Israel’s National Cyber Directorate and other government departments on questions of cybersecurity, internet governance and information technology as they relate to international law. He was involved with the Israeli government’s activities and positions with respect to the 2015 UN GGE and the Tallinn Manual 2.0. He served as a foreign clerk at Israel's Supreme Court, then as legislative counsel in Canada’s Department of Justice (2002-2006). He worked as an M&A and hi-tech lawyer in the firm of Ephraim Abramson & Co in Jerusalem (2007-2011). He is a guest lecturer on cybersecurity and international law at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzlyia. He holds an LLB and LLM from the University of Montreal.
Prof. Barry C. Sanders, Professor, University of Calgary
Barry Sanders is Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary. He is a global leader in quantum information science, including quantum computing and quantum-secure communication. Dr Sanders is a 1000-Talents Chair Professor at the University of Science and Technology of China, a JAVRA Chair Professor at the Raman Research Institute in India an Editor-in-Chief of the New Journal of Physics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the Royal Society of Canada.
Mr. Eugenio Santagata, CEO, CY4GATE
Mr. Eugenio Santagata is the CEO of CY4GATE, a company focused on Cyber Electronic warfare and intelligence. He is also the Deputy COO and CEO Office Chief of Staff in Elettronica, electronic warfare defence company – more than 2000 systems sold all over the world. He gained most of his professional experience in the field of defence, serving since 2005 in Elettronica and, before that, in the Italian Army, holding various commanding officer and operational posting positions during twelve years. He has degrees in Law and Political Sciences, master in Business Administration, Laws, Management and followed an Executive Program at the Center for Defence Higher Studies in Rome. Education at Military Academy, Modena and Scuola Militare Nunziatella, Napoli.
Mr. Janis Sarts, Director, NATO StratCom COE
Janis Sarts is a Director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (Riga), - a multinational, cross – sector organisation providing comprehensive analysis, advice and practical support in strategic communications to the Alliance and the allied nations. Prior to that, he has been the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Latvia for seven years, - leading defence sector reforms during an economic crisis period, developing a new state defence concept, and encouraging regional defence cooperation within NATO and the EU. He has also led the Latvian Government’s efforts to increase its security and defence in cyberspace. As Chair of the National Cyber Security Board, he was responsible for formulating and overseeing the implementation of Latvia’s cyber security policy, as well as for overseeing the work of the National Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution – CERT.LV.
Prof. Michael Schmitt, Professor of International Law, University of Exeter, US Naval War College
Michael Schmitt is the Professor of International Law at the University of Exeter; Charles H. Stockton Professor at the US Naval War College; and the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the US Military Academy at West Point. He is a Senior Fellow at the NATO CCD COE and a Research Associate at the Hebrew University Cyber Security Research Center.
Mr. Bruce Schneier, Harvard Kennedy School
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a security guru by the Economist. He is the author of 14 books including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and VerifiedVoting.org. He is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Resilient.
Ms. Chelsey Slack, Deputy Head, Cyber Defence Section, NATO
Chelsey Slack is Deputy Head of the Cyber Defence Section with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. In this role, she provides advice and supports the development and implementation of NATO’s cyber defence policy. She is actively engaged in NATO’s cooperation with partners and international organisations in this area. Previously, she worked at the Canadian Foreign Ministry as part of a Stabilisation and Reconstruction Task Force specialising in conflict prevention. Chelsey earned a Master’s Degree of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. She studied as a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics and at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Lyon in France.
Dr. Max Smeets, Research Fellow in Cybersecurity, Stanford University
Max Smeets is a cybersecurity postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He is also a non-resident cybersecurity policy fellow at New America. Max was awarded the annual 2018 Amos Perlmutter Prize of the Journal of Strategic Studies for the most outstanding manuscript submitted for publication by a junior faculty member. Max was previously a College Lecturer in Politics at Keble College, University of Oxford. He has held research positions at Oxford Cyber Studies Programme, Columbia University SIPA, and Sciences Po CERI. He holds an undergraduate degree from University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, an M.Phil (Brasenose College) and DPhil (St. John's College) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Edward Sobiesk, Army Cyber Institute, United States Military Academy
Dr. Edward Sobiesk is a Professor of Computer and Cyber Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York where he is assigned to the Army Cyber Institute. He has over two decades of experience as an educator, leader, and practitioner in the Cyber Domain. His research interests include online privacy and usable security, computing and cybersecurity education, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and complex interdependency.
Mr. Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer, Facebook
Alex Stamos is the Chief Security Officer at Facebook, where he leads a team of people around the world focused on ensuring the safety of the billions of people who use Facebook and its family of services. Before joining Facebook, Alex served as the CISO of Yahoo, was the co-founder of iSEC Partners and founder of Artemis Internet. Alex holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Tim Stevens, Lecturer in Global Security, King's College London
Dr. Tim Stevens is Lecturer in Global Security at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and founder of its Cyber Security Research Group. He has published widely on cybersecurity and related issues, including a recent book, Cyber Security and the Politics of Time (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is the co-author of Cyberspace and the State (Routledge, 2011) and a frequent contributor to print, web and broadcast media.
Mr. Peter Z. Stockburger, Senior Managing Associate, Dentons
Peter is a senior managing associate with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. Peter focuses his practice on cybersecurity, data protection, and complex commercial litigation. A frequent author and speaker, Peter regularly advises clients on a broad range of cutting-edge legal issues, including cybersecurity attribution, privacy litigation, and foreign sovereign immunity. He has published in the area of cyber normative development, including on cyber attribution, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine since 2015. Peter also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches in the area of public international law and oral advocacy.
Dr. Kristan Stoddart, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University
Kristan Stoddart is currently a Reader at Aberystwyth University in the UK. He is the author or co-author of four books and many articles. He researches increasingly in mainly in new and emerging technologies but especially cyber security issues. This includes the impact of technologies on warfare and international security including the US technological advantage and the challenges the United States faces - particularly in terms of rising powers such as China. From 2014-2017 he conducted research on SCADA systems and Cyber Security Lifecycles as part of a major collaboration with Airbus Group Innovations, the University of South Wales and Cardiff University funded jointly by Airbus and the Welsh Government. He has spoken at a wide number of conferences nationally and internationally and for various forms of media including the BBC.
Dr. Martin Strohmeier, Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Martin Strohmeier is a post-doctoral researcher in systems security in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. His main research interests are in the area of wireless security and critical infrastructure protection. During his PhD at Oxford, he has extensively analyzed the security and privacy of wireless aviation technologies. His work predominantly focuses on developing cyber-physical approaches which can improve the security of air traffic control quickly and efficiently, for which he received several awards from the aviation and computer security communities. He is also a co-founder of the aviation research network OpenSky. Before coming to Oxford in 2012, he received his MSc degree from TU Kaiserslautern, Germany and joined Lancaster University's InfoLab21 and Lufthansa AG as a visiting researcher.
Dr. Michael Sulmeyer, Director, Cyber Security Project, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center
Dr. Michael Sulmeyer is the Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project Director at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a Contributing Editor for the national security blog Lawfare. Before Harvard, he served as the Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. For this work, he received the Secretary Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Previously, he worked on arms control and the maintenance of strategic stability between the United States, Russia, and China. In the mid-1990s, he was the System Operator (SysOp) of The Summit BBS in Santa Barbara, California. Michael received his PhD (DPhil) from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, his M.A. in War Studies from King's College London, and his B.A. and J.D. from Stanford University. You can follow him on Twitter @SultanOfCyber.
Mr. Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and the Future of Life Institute
Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organisations. Jaan is on the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (thebulletin.org) and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board. He is also an active angel investor, a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), and a former investor in and director of the AI company DeepMind (deepmind.com).
Mr. Thomas Upchurch, Director, WIRED Consulting
Thomas runs the division of WIRED which helps organisations prepare for strategic changes brought about by new technologies. He has a particular interest in how the development of artificial intelligence is impacting businesses and societies around the world. Prior to joining WIRED, Thomas was a writer and editor for The Economist. He was also a Managing Editor at Euromoney Magazine, where he focused on the emerging sector of Financial Technology (FinTech).
Dr. Brandon Valeriano, Chair- Marine Corps University and Senior Fellow - Atlantic Council
Brandon Valeriano is the Donald Bren Chair of Armed Conflict at the Marine Corps University. He also serves as Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative. Dr. Valeriano has published five books and dozens of articles on conflict processes and international security. His two most recent books are Cyber War versus Cyber Reality (2015) and Cyber Strategy (2018), both with Oxford University Press. Ongoing research explores cyber coercion, big data in cyber security, the cyber behavior of revisionist actors, repression in cyberspace, and the influence of video games on foreign policy.
Ms. Liis Vihul, CEO, Cyber Law International
Ms. Liis Vihul the Chief Executive Officer of Cyber Law International. She is also Ambassador of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Deputy Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace’s Research Advisory Group, and co-managing editor of the Woomera Manual on International Law Applicable to Conflict in Outer Space. Previously, Ms. Vihul spent 9 years as a senior analyst in the Law and Policy Branch at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and was the managing editor of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations. She also served as a member of the Estonian delegation at the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security in 2014-15 and 2016-17. Ms. Vihul holds master’s degrees in law from the University of Tartu and in information security from the University of London.
Prof. Bruce W. Watson, Chief Scientist, IP Blox
Bruce is chief scientist at IP Blox – providing pattern recognition and algorithmic solutions for cybersecurity. He also holds a professorship at Stellenbosch University (Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research). Watson’s first Ph.D is in computing science and engineering from Eindhoven, after studying discrete mathematics and computer science in Waterloo (Canada). He later returned to Eindhoven as chair of Software Construction. Watson’s second Ph.D is from the University of Pretoria. Parallel to his academic career, he worked as a compiler engineer at several companies (e.g. Microsoft), followed by engineering and architecture work on pattern recognition for security (e.g. for Cisco).
Prof. Christopher Whyte, Assistant Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Dr. Christopher Whyte is an Assistant Professor in the program on Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches coursework on cyber security policy, conflict and law, and has broadly taught coursework on international security topics, political risk analysis and strategic planning. His research interests include a range of international security topics related to information warfare and political communication, cybersecurity doctrine/policy and artificial intelligence.
Ms. Val Ji-hsuan Yap, CEO and Founder, PolicyPal and PolicyPal Network
Val is the CEO and Founder of PolicyPal and PolicyPal Network. PolicyPal Singapore is the first graduate from the Monetary of Singapore's (MAS) fintech regulatory sandbox. PolicyPal Singapore is a digital direct insurance broker that enables individuals to buy, manage and optimise their insurance policies. PolicyPal Network is a decentralised insurance protocol that uses data to bridge the gap between consumers and insurance providers by providing a new level of accessibility within the insurance ecosystem. The company also works with insurers to provide CryptoProtect insurance coverage for digital assets and smart contracts. Former sales broker at Allianz, Val feels passionately about making insurance protection simple and accessible to everyone. Upon graduation, she worked as a Risk Assurance Consultant at PwC in London. After that, Valenzia went on to become the Assistant Vice President at OCBC Bank in Singapore focusing on launching digital campaigns, working closely with wealth and marketing to drive innovations. Val who was recently named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list for Finance and Venture Capital and Fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences, is a post-graduate with MSc Business Management at Imperial College London and BA Digital Media at University of the Arts London. She's a frequent speaker at universities and conferences. When not at work, Valenzia is an avid globe-trotter and a sports enthusiast.
Dr. John Zangardi, Chief Information Officer, the US Department of Homeland Security
Dr. John Zangardi is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Beginning in December 2017, he oversees Information Technology and its related security and management for the department. Previously, Dr. Zangardi served as Department of Defense (DoD) Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer and later the Acting Chief Information Officer. As the Principal Deputy and Acting DoD CIO, Dr. Zangardi assisted as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications. Dr. Zangardi’s background includes acquisition, policy, legislative affairs, resourcing, and operations.
Mr. Benedikt Zimmer, State Secretary, German MoD
Benedikt Zimmer was appointed State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defence (FMoD) in Berlin on 5 April 2018. He is responsible for the Directorates-General "Equipment", "Cyber/ Information Technology" and " Planning". State Secretary Zimmer joined the Bundeswehr as a soldier with Tank Battalion 54 in Hessisch Lichtenau on 1 July 1981. While serving as an armour officer, he held several command assignments in the armed forces, including as Commander of Tank Battalion 214, of Mechanized Infantry Brigade 41, and of Division SOUTH. He completed two tours of duty in the Balkans as a member of the KFOR NATO mission. In his staff assignments, he was employed in a wide range of areas, including personnel planning, mission and operations planning, as well as concepts and further development. Particularly worthy of mention in this respect are his assignments in the Army Staff and the Armed Forces Staff, as well as his assignment as Division Chief within the Directorate-General for Planning at the FMoD. Before being appointed State Secretary, he served as Director-General for Equipment at the FMoD from 2014 to 2018.
Mr. Matthias Zimmermann, Director "IT Security Detect & Respond", BWI GmbH
After receiving his B.Sc. in Business Computing at VWA Stuttgart sponsored by IBM in 2008, he worked at the BWI's Competence Center for Security and Data Privacy. In 2010 he joined CERT BWI as an IT-Security Expert and started his studies in digital forensics parallel to his employment. From 2011 to 2014 Mr. Zimmermann was involved in several projects as an IT-Forensic Analyst and IT-Security Expert for a medium-sized consulting and investigation company in Berlin before returning to BWI as CERT-team lead. He is now Director of BWI's "IT Security Detect & Respond" department and also project leader for establishing a Security Operations Center (SOC) regarding the IT-infrastructure that will be provided by BWI for Germany's federal ministries, offices, institutions, departments and agencies in 2019.