Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Reinventure
Simon Cant is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Reinventure. Founded in 2013, Reinventure is a corporate venture fund with $100 million under management bringing together the best of independent venture capital and corporate venturing with Westpac as the primary investor. To date, the portfolio has 16 ventures which are focused on fintech and adjacent areas.
Simon is also the founding President of FinTech Australia, the industry’s peak representative body, and a member of the Australian Treasurer’s FinTech Advisory Group, and Austrac’s Fintel Advisory Group.
Simon has built his career in venture and innovation including advising leadership and innovation teams at Westpac, NAB, Suncorp, Fairfax, News, APN and Tennis Australia as well as being a founding team member at Social Ventures Australia, Tinshed Angel Group, ninemsn and Austlii, where he was involved in pioneering legal expert systems. Prior to joining Austii, Simon was a solicitor with Allens.
Chief Data Officer, UNSW Sydney
Kate Carruthers is Chief Data Officer for UNSW Sydney, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. Her current area of research is internet of things privacy and security.
She has extensive experience in senior executive roles for diverse organisations such as GE, AMP, Scentre Group (formerly Westfield) and State Government.
Kate is a founder of several startups including IoTM and MooresCloud, and she is a member of the Telstra Industry Advisory Board and the NSW Government Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board.
Sam Crowther is an entrepreneur with a passion for information security. He has worked with leading financial services and security consulting firms, and the Australian Signals Directorate. In 2014, Sam founded Kasada and has built strong relationships with many blue-chip clients and investors from Australia and overseas.
Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber
Craig Davies is the CEO for the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd (ACSGN). Prior to joining the ACSGN, Craig was Head of Security for Atlassian where he lead the security program supporting all aspects of Atlassian’s business from product security, to their Cloud operations and the protection of Atlassian itself.
Before joining Atlassian, Craig was CSO of Cochlear Ltd. He started his career in financial Services, initially with the Commercial Bank of Australia, then Westpac Banking Corporation, where he worked across the organisation in retail banking, legal services and the Westpac IT Group.
Craig is passionate about the importance of people in security programs, and the role of security leaders in delivering pragmatic solutions that support business growth. Craig has 20+ years experience in cyber security and has worked in a number of fields including infrastructure operations and management, security architecture, and website development and operations.
Advisory Chair, ADCCA
Loretta Joseph is a highly dynamic, skilled banking, financial and consulting professional with over 25 years in financial markets and related sectors. She has a worked for major investment banks at Board, MD or senior management level throughout Asia and India, including RBS (India), Macquarie Group (India), Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Elara Capital (India). Spanning a long career, Loretta has tremendous exposure to global financial markets, multiple asset classes and emerging market environments. Loretta has advised many international banks, global hedge and pension funds on managing portfolio and exposure to derivatives and related products. For the last decade, she has been paramount in successful transaction facilitation for foreign investors in India and other emerging markets. She has operated in many multicultural organisations. Loretta sits on the advisory board of UWS (Business School) and Blume Ventures (India), and is an adjunct fellow at UWS (Australia). She is Chair of the advisory board of ADDCA (Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association) and holds various advisory positions for multiple tech, biotech and cyber security companies. Loretta champions the cause for responsible blockchain adoption with global governments, regulators and industry players. She was the recipient of the Fintech Australia Fintech Leader of 2017 and Female Leader of 2016, and the Sancta Sophia College (University of Sydney) Alumni Award 2016 for Social Impact.
Portfolio Manager, International Cybersecurity, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Irving Lachow has spent over 20 years working at the intersection of technology and policy issues, with the last 15 years being primarily focused on cyber security. Irv joined MITRE in 2010 as a Principal Cyber Engineer. He has worked on and led a number of projects across a range of cyber policy and technology areas for the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and the Department of State. Most recently, Dr. Lachow led MITRE’s cyber capacity building work for the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. Dr. Lachow is currently a Portfolio Manager and is leading the company’s international cyber security programs. In addition to working at MITRE, Dr. Lachow is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, an Affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and an advisor to the Mach37 Cyber Accelerator.
Dr. Lachow has authored or coauthored more than 30 publications, including books, articles, and reports. He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Notable media appearances include the PBS NewsHour, CNN, CSPAN, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, ForeignPolicy.com and Time.com. Dr. Lachow received his Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He earned an A.B. in political science and a B.S. in physics from Stanford University.
Director, Threat Intelligence
Ty Miller is the Director of Threat Intelligence Pty Ltd; a specialist security, penetration testing and cyber threat intelligence organisation. He has developed an impressive portfolio demonstrating his vast experience and accomplishments. This has allowed him to become a well-known and highly respected specialist within the IT Security industry, not only in Australia but around the world.
Ty has trained up the likes of FBI, DoD, military and intelligence agencies. He runs his advanced penetration testing and intelligence training courses at the prestigious Black Hat conferences each year, and works with leading security companies to enhance their product suites with advanced hacking and threat detection features. He performs independent security research into cutting-edge attack and intelligence techniques and is the co-author of the highly popular security book Hacking Exposed (Linux 3rd Edition).
He is on the Board of Directors of CREST Australia and New Zealand, leads the CREST Technical Team, and is a CREST Assessor. His experience also expands into developing and running industry benchmark accreditations, performing forensic investigations, and creating and executing security training.
Chief Information Security Officer, NSW Government
Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the newly appointed Chief Information Security Officer for NSW Government (GCISO) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. In her new role, Dr Milosavljevic will work across the NSW Government and consult with industry leaders and research groups, as well as Commonwealth, state and overseas governments to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security. She will develop standards with NSW Government agencies to streamline their approach to cyber security.
Prior to moving to NSW Government, Dr Milosavljevic was the CIO and CISO of AUSTRAC where she led the creation of leading-edge data analytics / AI technology and an Innovation Hub for the Fintel Alliance, a world-first public-private partnership between AUSTRAC and its public and private sector partners. As the CIO and CISO at the Australian Crime Commission she was the key driver in the establishment of the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability which won several awards including an iAward and an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disrupter Award.
Dr Milosavljevic completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence on a prestigious scholarship from the Microsoft Research Institute, graduated from ANU with an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). As a data scientist, Dr Milosavljevic has developed several world-first and award-winning solutions to difficult problems in the private and public sector throughout her 25 year career. She has also published widely and has been a keynote speaker for a range of conferences globally.
Robert Morrish is a seasoned technologist with over 28 years’ experience taking innovations from concept to commercialisation. He has a history of leadership in software and systems engineering, business strategy and enterprise architecture. Robert joined Haventec as CEO in March 2016 from Macquarie Group, where, as the head of COG digital architecture and strategy he was instrumental in transforming Macquarie’s digital API platforms. Prior to Macquarie, Robert was involved in two other successful Australian startups that expanded into global markets: Sabela Media and Decide Interactive. Robert is an accomplished Paralympian (1988 British Volleyball team), PADI dive master and Afro/Cuban percussionist.
Jeff Paine originally commenced his corporate career as a Chartered Accountant, but quickly identified much more interesting opportunities in the technology and ultimately information security industries. 20+ years of enterprise security consulting followed, including everything from instructing classes in “ethical hacking” through to presenting social media risk and
security topics to banking executives in Asia.
ResponSight is not Jeff’s first startup, with a number consumer and SME focused businesses started which are either still operating or achieved planned exits. Jeff’s 10 years of startup experience plus practical business operational knowledge were put to good use in 2014-2015, mentoring and advising two social enterprises aimed at providing skills and training opportunities for young people. An amazing experience, social enterprise involvement is likely to feature more in Jeff’s future business activities.
While security is Jeff’s core career skillset, he’s also an accredited professional photographer, occasional cinematographer, rusty musician and serious about his coffee appreciation/addiction.
Head of R&D and Work Futurist, Atlassian
Born in the harsh Manchester Winter of ’77, Dominic Price has a career that has reached far and wide through Europe, US and Asia PAC. Today Dom is proud to work at Atlassian, a leading provider of team collaboration and productivity software, as the head of R&D and Work Futurist, where his responsibilities span eight global R&D centres.
Dom was previously the general manager of program management for a global gaming company. He has also been a director at Deloitte, where he provided assurance and consulting services across the areas of project management, product management, IT systems and change management, and he’s worked across businesses in beverage, telco, manufacturing, software development and gaming.
A keen traveler, Dom has traversed over 50 countries so far, but after 13 years on these shores, he calls Australia home.
Chief Operating Officer, AustCyber
Michelle Price is the COO for the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd (ACSGN). Prior to joining the ACSGN, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University, where she established an integrated approach to the College’s cyber security program across executive and postgraduate education and policy engagement.
Before joining the ANU, Michelle was with the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Australian Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Cyber Security Strategy. In a previous role at PM&C, Michelle delivered the National Security Strategic Risk Framework (the first of its kind in the world) and Coordinated National Security Budget.
Prior to PM&C, Michelle worked in several strategy and risk roles across Government, having come to the public service from the food safety segment of Australia’s food manufacturing sector.
Michelle is passionate about Australia’s cyber security sector enabling all Australian organisations to grow and take advantage of the cyber world. She is also a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the cyber security workforce and helping people be inspired by the possibilities of cyber innovation.
CEO, Stone & Chalk
Alex is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, which is Australia’s leading Fintech Innovation Hub. Located in Sydney the hub houses over 300 full time residents in over 100 fintech ventures as well as two dedicated fintech VC funds.
Prior to Stone & Chalk Alex co-founded and was Head of the Barclays Accelerator program powered by Techstars in London and New York. He also launched two startups hubs in London and Manchester and was also lead a major Open Innovation program which saw hundreds of startups pitch to win commercial projects with large organisations.
As part of his global career, Alex has spent over 7 years living and working extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Prior to his time at Barclays Bank in London, Alex has worked for Nokia Networks in Dubai and Australia where he also worked for Lend Lease and as an Officer in the Australian Army.
In his current role as CEO, one of his key focus areas is to establish a leading fintech ecosystem in Asia by creating a fintech “super-highway” connecting investors, fintech startups and corporates across Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul.
Founder and CEO, QuintessenceLabs
Vikram Sharma is the Founder and CEO of QuintessenceLabs. After realising the potential of quantum cryptography in the early 2000s in California, Vikram sought to commercialise the technology, returning to the Australian National University (ANU) to work with the Quantum Optics Group in the Department of Physics. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the world-leading research conducted by the group. Vikram brings with him 20 years’ experience in building and managing technology companies. Prior to QuintessenceLabs, he founded several successful start-up ventures in the information technology services and hardware spaces including a consulting company providing IT services to the Federal Government in Australia, and one of India’s first private ISPs. In early 2014 the Australian Information Industry Association named QuintessenceLabs as Australia’s most innovative small company, and in 2015, QuintessenceLabs was named one of the Security Innovation Network’s SINET 16. Vikram holds a master of science in computer science from The Australian National University, a master of science in management (Sloan) from Stanford University, and a doctorate in quantum physics from The Australian National University. Vikram was presented the Pearcey Award for Entrepreneurship in 2013.
Dr Liming Zhu
Research Director, Software & Computational Systems, Data61
Dr/Prof. Liming Zhu is a Research Director at Data61, CSIRO. He is also a cojoint full professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is currently the chairperson of Standards Australia’s blockchain and distributed ledger committee. His research program has more than 200 people innovating in the area of big data platforms, computational science and cyber security. He has published more than 150 academic papers on software architecture, dependable and secure systems and data analytics infrastructure. His recent book is DevOps: A Software Architect’s Perspective.