VP Product, XM Cyber
Adi Ashkenazy is the VP Product for XM Cyber, an innovative cyber security startup developing a revolutionary breach and attack simulation solution, capable of identifying critical attack paths towards key organisational assets, while providing actionable prioritised remediation.
Prior to XM Cyber, Adi served as deputy director of an elite cyber technology department in the prime minister’s office in Israel, leading Israel’s engineers and security professionals through some of the most complex cyber security challenges in the world today.
Adi Holds a B.Sc in computer science and M.Sc in information technologies from the university of Tel-Aviv, where he graduated summa cum laude, while earning several scholarships for academic excellence.
Managing Director, Secure Code Warrior Asia Pacific
Fatemah Beydoun is Chief Awesome and Managing Director of Secure Code Warrior Asia Pacific, an innovative web-based corporate education and assessment platform where software developers use hands-on learning to build secure-coding skills.
Fatemah has over 10 years’ experience working in the information security industry. Previously she was the Operations Manager for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (Asia Pac) and was the National Deputy Director of the Australian Information Security Association for 6 years.
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.
Executive Director, International Operations, Austrade Sydney
Michael Clifton is the Executive Director (Acting), International Operations. In this role he has responsibility for Austrade’s international network, comprising 83 offices located in 49 international markets. His responsibilities extend to Austrade’s onshore Trade Division; the Marketing, Communications and FTA Program Division; and the International Issues Branch. Michael previously served as General Manager–Asia, with responsibility for Austrade’s operations across India, ASEAN and the markets of North East Asia. Michael has enjoyed a diverse and varied career including almost 20 years in trade and defence appointments across Asia and the Middle East. His career highlights include five years in Shanghai and Beijing as head of Austrade’s China network and postings in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Osaka. He has served as an adviser to the Minister for Trade and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government. Michael speaks Chinese and Japanese. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales.
Greg Colla founded janusNET in 2005, with the objective of simplifying email security for end users, and thus enhancing information security for enterprise and government. janusNET products are now used globally to enforce their endpoint classification policy.
Greg’s vision is to improve information security through the use of classification policy. Data classification simplifies the compliance activities required by end users, which can then be implemented by systems which handle the data.
Prior to founding janusNET, Greg co-authored the Email Protective Marking standard for the Australian Federal Government. The government’s email system is the largest standardised classified email system in the world. Classification standardisation and policy simplified email security policy for all government staff, increased security awareness, and increased security of government information, as well as agency and vendor interoperation.
Greg has worked with leading multinational product development organisations, including Baltimore Technologies, ResMed and Drägerwerk Medizintechnik, developing complex and critical technology, and influencing change with his teams to improving their work practices and increasing their productivity.
Greg holds a Masters of Engineering from UTS, and a Bachelor of Engineering from UNSW. Greg has been granted 6 patents in the US and Australia.
Greg lives in Sydney, and maintains a healthy work-life balance as a taxi driver for his four active school age children.
Co-founder, Airlock Digital
David Cottingham is a security consultant and Co-Founder of the cyber security startup Airlock Digital. Based in Canberra, he provides security advice and technical consulting work for a wide range of private and public sector organisations. David has over 8 years’ experience implementing the ASD essential eight mitigation strategies and his core focus is making application whitelisting work in enterprise environments. Prior to Airlock, David developed a training course for the SANS Institute, teaching operational security staff how to practically implement the ASD mitigation strategies in enterprise environments.
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.
Founder and CEO, Basiq
Damir Cuca is the Founder and CEO of Basiq. He has over 20 years of experience delivering bespoke software solutions for mid and enterprise companies. Damir was previously a director of two tech companies, which he successfully exited to pursue the financial sector. Damir has developed a unique financial platform that enables fintechs to securely access customers’ financial data in order to deliver innovative financial solutions. He has recently secured funding from the likes of NAB and Reinventure, and is playing an active role in the arena of Open Banking and the positive differences it can deliver to the industry.
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.
Director, Shearwater Solutions
Damian Grace is a director at Shearwater, a pure play cyber security organisation founded in 2003. He has also led the Ethical Hacking division at Shearwater for over 8 years before founding Phriendly Phishing, a pioneering phishing awareness training and simulation solution and the only Australian product of its kind.
Damian is passionate about making security awareness education effective and accessible to everyday Australians. He has used his extensive experience in ethical hacking, phishing assessments, user education and business consulting in the development of Phriendly Phishing. The training is now deployed to hundreds of thousands of users across organisations of all sizes.
Damian is a regular public speaker in the security industry and was part of Austrade’s Landing Pad in Israel for Fintech and Cyber Security startups, which he attended last year.
Founding Partner, H2 Ventures
Ben Heap is a founding partner of H2 Ventures, a venture capital investment firm focused on innovation and digital disruption in the wealth and financial services sector. He was also a member of the Australian Commonwealth Government’s ‘Fintech Advisory Group’.
He was formerly the Managing Director and CEO of ASX-listed investment company, Australasian Wealth Investments Limited, and prior to that the Managing Director of UBS Global Asset Management in Australia. During his tenure at UBS, Ben was a non-executive director of the Financial Services Council, the peak industry body for the financial services industry.
Ben has over 24 years of financial services and investment experience, predominantly in Australia and the United States.
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. Dr. Lachow
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, Accelerating Commercialisation
Larry Lopez provides support and advice to the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on the delivery of the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. He is responsible for leading the Government’s efforts to identify and help emerging businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers commercialise novel products, processes and services with significant market potential. For the year ended 30 June 2017, Accelerating Commercialsiation made $55 million in grants available to 116 projects.
Larry has a deep background in financing pre-revenue and startup projects, and has held senior roles in corporate banking, investment banking and venture capital management. Prior to moving to Australia in 2006, Lopez spent 17 years at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). During his tenure at SVB he held various senior and executive positions, and played a key role in growing the company from a local community bank to a global leader in providing financial services for knowledge based companies and investors. Larry is a director of several technology related private companies and venture capital funds, and sits on a number of not for profit boards in Australia and the United States.
CEO, Acorns Grow Australia
George Lucas is the CEO of Acorns Grow Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience in the investment banking and fund management industry specialising in developing, managing and issuing financial products. George was previously a director of two listed investment trusts, the Chief Investment Officer of Mariner Financial, the head of the London equity derivative trading and structuring department for First Chicago and the head trader of equity derivatives with Citibank in the United Kingdom. As well as managing Acorns and Instreet, George is a regular presenter at finance industry forums and on Sky Business and an active member of the fintech community.
CEO and Co-Founder, Trade Ledger
Martin McCann is CEO and Co-Founder of Trade Ledger (http://tradeledger.io/), the world’s first open digital banking platform that gives banks the ability to assess business lending risk in real time.
He is an avid technologist, business leader, investor, academic researcher, and public speaker who is passionate about the digitisation of business.
Prior to founding Trade Ledger, Martin accrued 20 years’ experience creating, growing, mentoring, and investing in innovative global technology companies across North America, the UK, continental Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. His expertise spans all stages of tech company development from set-up and fund raising, through to rapid expansion and establishing market leadership, as measured by revenue. His domain expertise includes digital business, enterprise software, fintech, business intelligence, procurement, logistics and supply chain optimisation.
Some of Martin’s previous roles include CEO of venture capital firm, Global Innovation Ventures, General Manager of SAP’s Cloud Solutions Division overseeing a period of extraordinary growth, and CEO and Research Director of software consultancy, Inn-vision.
He holds a B.ENG and M.ENG (Manufacturing Systems Engineering) from The University of Warwick. He is currently engaged in an international research program with the University of Sydney Business School examining the transformation of procurement and supply chains due to the emergence of new platform and network technologies.
When he’s not working on the next revolution in tech, you’ll find Martin outdoors surfing, hiking, biking, or skiing, or trawling the local startup scene for inspiration and collaboration opportunities.
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.
Dr Maria Milosavljevic
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.
Associate Director, Financial Services Industry – Asia Pacific, Optus Business
Cindy Nicholson drives thought leadership and focuses on solving business problems with innovative technology solutions for Optus Business customers.
Her 30 year career has a consistent theme of innovation, starting in London with investment banks, including JP Morgan and Credit Suisse Financial Products where she was instrumental in the emerging and complex market of derivatives trading.
Moving to Australia, Cindy established regional offices for Silicon Valley software companies, selling into large banks and growing the business, concluding in a successful IPO.
Cindy then founded her own management consulting company, where she undertook a number of major programs, including a technology review for the equity derivatives group at Macquarie Bank. Later, directing a $70m program for Commonwealth Bank, she brought innovative technology solutions to enable unique market leadership positions for these banks.
Cindy also led a global start-up company in the Asia Pacific region, focusing on strong authentication solutions and creating presences in 11 countries; after seven years the company was acquired by a telco.
Cindy is an internationally qualified Executive Coach and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a board member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Australasia.
General Manager, Australia & New Zealand, Pirean
Guillaume Noé is a Cyber Security Advisor with a passion for technology, security and privacy. He is especially interested in the intersection of people and technologies in professional and personal contexts. He advocates putting a smile on security to achieve better risk management, better compliance and, very importantly, better satisfaction and productivity.
Guillaume has primarily developed his experience in cyber security at IBM, Deloitte and Telstra. He is now a General Manager for Pirean, leading the business operations of Pirean in Australia. Guillaume is also a keen blogger (guinoe.com), published author and speaker.
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.
Chief Technology Officer, Data Republic
Ryan Peterson is an internationally recognised industry expert with repeated success in the design, development, and delivery of ground-breaking, high performance data solutions. As a Big Data thought leader and pioneer, he finds workable, technologically advanced solutions to complex issues. At Data Republic, he is responsible for the development of the first and only data-sharing governance platform.
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.
Partner, Financial Services, Cyber Security, Ernst & Young
Anthony Robinson is the lead partner of EY’s Oceania FS Cyber business based in Sydney. Anthony is a senior cyber, information security, and risk management professional with 20 years’ experience in delivery, sales, and practice management roles in Australia and Europe. Anthony joined EY in 2015 and is currently working with Australia’s largest banking, insurance and superannuation clients. He joined EY from Accenture where he was Managing Director of the Australia and New Zealand Cyber practice. Prior to his role in Australia he led Accenture’s UK Cyber Security consulting business for over 10 years. During his career Anthony has led the delivery of many cyber strategy, advisory, large scale systems implementations, as well as multi-year outsourcing engagements. He has a broad range of industry experience across banking, capital markets, insurance, superannuation, media, telecommunications, utilities, oil and gas, life sciences, retail, and mining.
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.
CTO and Co-Founder, Simple KYC
Neil Smith is CTO and a Co-Founder of Simple KYC. Neil has more than 10 years of experience with startups. He founded Slidefish, Idea Hamsters and Cymbol. Neil has a BFA from the University of Tasmania.
Lead Partner APAC Cyber, EY
Richard Watson is the lead Partner in EY’s APAC Cyber practice. He has spent more than half of his twenty-year career in the IT sector focused on cyber risk and cyber security. Richard specialises in helping clients understand and protect themselves from the risk of cyber incidents. His areas of expertise include cyber risk assessment, technologies for monitoring and protecting against cyber attack and managing cyber incident response. Richard has worked in a number of industries, focusing on those that have significant intellectual property to protect, a significant risk of brand damage from a cyber attack or whose core operations require them to have large volumes of personal data.
Founder and CEO, Penten
Matthew Wilson is a founder and the CEO of Penten, an Australian cyber security startup.
Matthew is a successful technology entrepreneur with experience in development and commercialisation of software, hardware, cyber security and communications technologies. Matthew led the team that successfully built and sold award winning cyber security firm M5 Network Security to US defense contractor Northrop Grumman and founded and recently sold an IP telephony firm to US provider ShoreTel, Inc.
An experienced administrator and business strategist with international experience, Matthew is on the board of UK cyber firm Amiosec Ltd and Australian cycling analytics firm Today’s Plan.
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.