Revealed: The IFSEC Global influencers in security and fire 2019

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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
June 14, 2019


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We are delighted to reveal the IFSEC Global influencers in security and fire 2019.

Chosen based on nominations judged by a panel of highly respected judges, the influencers span seven categories, this year including for the first time the ‘One to watch’ category.  Other categories include security management, thought leadership, cybersecurity, executives, tech innovators and fire safety.

The roll call of influencers across the security and fire industries is broken down into seven categories – which you can click on below to reveal the final rankings.

We defined ‘influence’ in the following ways:

  • Someone who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
  • Someone who has been a driving force in changing regulationstandards/guidance or best practice
  • Someone whose insights/opinions are widely respected and which are influential in shaping debate around industry issues
  • Someone who has been instrumental in the success of the organisation or business they lead or are employed by
  • Someone who has helped to raise the industry’s profile or been an influential voice in the national media

The process

The process consisted of two stages. First, we invited nominations from the IFSEC Global audience and beyond. Then, a panel of judges, drawn from across the industries and barred from featuring in the list themselves, assigned points to each nomination based on the persuasiveness of the nomination, their research into the nominee and their own knowledge of the nominee’s contributions to their field. The judges were also permitted to submit nominations themselves, which were then scored by the other judges.

Some categories have only five influencers while others have 10 or even 20. This reflects the number and quality of nominations submitted.

We’d like to thank Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, for his tireless efforts as lead judge – for the third year in a row. Lecky, who himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017, appointed the panel of judges (which you can also view below) and coordinated the nominations and judging process. Thanks also to Bonnie Butlin, also co-founder of the Security Partners Forum and number one in 2017’s international thought leader rankings, for helping to coordinate the process.

IFSEC Global security & fire influencers 2019 – the categories (links are shortcuts to categories)

Security management

Security thought leadership

Security executives

Security ‘one to watch’


Security tech design, development & integration

Fire safety

Judging panel

Security management

Lisa Corbridge, business security specialist, Barnsley Hospital Trust

5. Lisa Corbridge, business security specialist, Barnsley Hospital Trust

Lisa has been the winner of three key UK security management awards that highlight how women in the profession can influence strategy and provide key mentorship. This year Lisa has launched an independent community based foot patrols for security officers very similar to the neighbourhood policing model.

‘Project Dixon’ has also won a further two national awards with Lisa as a key driver. These were awarded by the Outstanding Security Performance judges and the Chair of the National Association of Healthcare Security.

“I have worked closely with Lisa Corbridge for nearly three years as the local G4S manager in her role as Head of Operational Security can state there are very few hospital security managers that display both a very professional and very caring attitude. Lisa is one of those few. Lisa is a key NHS influencer in enhancing partnership working between the NHS and the private security sector […] An uncanny ability in actively engaging hospital consultants and senior nurses in strategic security management. […] Drives the continuing professional development of our officers and together we have a team second to none and this is due to her unconditional commitment. She is so keen to develop their skills and enhance officer’s career status so they are the security professionals of the future.”

silvia fraser

4. Silvia Fraser, head of security, City of Mississauga

With over 15 years of leadership experience Silvia has extensive program and project experience with complex assignments; successful development and implementation of $25m plus programs and projects for critical infrastructure; and over 10,000 hours of successful program and project management.

Her role includes significant financial management including divisional budget management responsibility; extensive focus on civic engagement, fostering partnerships with interest in community involvement; working across all areas of the City and with other agencies, boards and commissions, levels of government, and the private sector to coordinate project and service delivery; and developing and managing strategies, policies and plans, at both a divisional and corporate level.

She has amassed 15 Certificates of Appreciation and Awards from both government and leading private corporations demonstrating leadership and commitment to high quality results. She is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified through the Project Management Institute, a Certified Protection Professional (ASIS International) and Certified Risk Manager. She recently received two awards from Canadian Security magazine (Security Director of the Year and Community Leader).

“A tireless supporter of the industry and a long record of volunteerism”

Antônio Neves - Heineken do Brasil

3. Antonio Neves, country security manager/head of security, Heineken Brasil

Responsible for the management of the corporate security team, focused on the protection of the assets: factories, executives, events and logistics. Planning and cascading activities for the development and implementation of safety culture (zero accidents), projects of electronic security systems, internal investigations and contacts with public security agencies.

Prior to the acquisition of Brasil Kirin, he was responsible for the management of the Business Security, Corporate Services (Facilites) and Fleet teams. In the area of ​​business security, he implemented the Emergency and Security Center with policies and procedures aligned with the global area company (in the Netherlands).

“Professional, committed to the functions, demonstrates knowledge and continuous search for improvement. […] I visited the company last year. I’ve met the security staff and they are really good  […] Excellent professional, focused and knowledgeable. Always seeking excellence and knowledge, but its most outstanding factor is team leadership and customer service […] Achieved a high level in the security management of Heineken Brazil. It has made a difference by strongly influencing the safety of large events.

Jennifer Ciolfi, head of precint services, University of Dundee

2. Jennifer Ciolfi, head of precint services, University of Dundee

Jennifer took up her current role in 2016 and has since redeveloped the security programme at the University of Dundee,  delivering on the first two years of a four-year technology strategy. Jennifer has redefined the role of a Security Manager in a University to include aspects of Health and Safety, Project Management, Strategic Planning, and Student welfare. She contributes to the University’s Emergency Preparedness and works with counterparts to help the University meet Prevent and Safeguarding responsibilities.

Jennifer founded a Women in Security Network in Scotland for women working in higher education and through this she now offers mentorship for emerging leaders. In addition, she is working with local supporters to offer two scholarships for women to pursue education in Security Management. With Jennifer’s push to improve customer service, one officer was nominated for a “Student Teaching Award”, presented to non-academic staff who impact the student experience.

“An advocate for raising standards throughout the industry. […] A role model to all her staff and ensures they have access to ongoing training opportunities. Has worked with suppliers to create and introduce new security solutions and has worked with our Student Union to find innovate ways to increase student awareness and engagement. Jennifer takes the best practices from around the world and makes them part of our Security culture. […] Through her leadership and guidance the University of Dundee had become an example for excellent in operations and technology.”

Andrew Palmer, border security lead, Gatwick Airport

1. Andrew Palmer, border security lead, Gatwick Airport

Having served in the British military as a counter-terrorism specialist, Andy Palmer went on to spend several years in the immigration field before joining the Gatwick Airport security team. Andy has led the introduction and development of a Behavioural Detection programme considered by many to be leading best practice in the area. Internationally recognised as a subject matter expert on behavioural detection and security awareness, Andy has spoken globally on the topic and advised various critical national infrastructure and crowded place sites on the matter.

Andy is currently supporting government led trials in High Footfall Screening Technologies, developing future strategies and tactics for widespread implementation. Andy is a member of the International Association of Critical National Infrastructure Professionals with further expertise in areas including Border and aviation security.

“Instrumental in creating the Behavioural Detection Team. Planned, recruited and trained a new team from scratch. Other airports had trialled Behavioural Detection, but had dropped the schemes, believing that they could not be made to work in a challenging airport environment. […] Andrew took a different approach, and worked with Profile Aware and the CPNI to provide knowledge and training at a level never before seen in the commercial sector. Consistently networking with other commercial enterprises and law enforcement agencies to increase his expertise, and is the recognised “go to” leader in his field. […] Consistently demonstrated  value to the business, with the result that the team size was recently increased. Data proves that the team have successfully intervened and disrupted human trafficking, hostile reconnaissance, theft and money laundering, amongst others. Never complacent. Continually looking for new and more effective ways of working, recently incorporating plain clothes officers together with a communications plan designed to deter those of bad intent. He works closely with the Gatwick police force, a mutually beneficial and positive relationship which helps to keep the travelling public safe and secure.”

Security thought leadership

Professor Martin Gill

20. Professor Martin Gill, Director, Perpetuity Research and Consultancy; founder, OSPAs

Martin Gill FSyI is a Professor of Criminology, an author of 13 books and more than 100 articles and editor of the Security Journal.

Gill won many plaudits for the second edition of his book the Handbook of Security, which was published in 2014. “Martin Gill has done more to advance the science and practice of security than anybody else around,” wrote Dr Marcus Felson, a professor of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. “Gill has used his considerable professional networks and knowledge of the field to assemble generalists and specialists to produce the most thorough array of chapters on security that I have seen so far.”

More recently Martin Gill is credited a the mastermind being the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs).

In 2014 Perpetuity Research undertook a project to examine the factors which contributed to outstanding performance in the security field, resulting in Aspiring to Excellence: The Case of Security Suppliers and Corporate Security by Gill himself and Amy Randall. The research was conducted because despite there being an abundance of research on business excellence, very little research focuses specifically on the security sector.

From these findings, the idea for the OSPAs was born.The OSPAs are based on the identified factors which contribute to security excellence and are designed to promote the security field and show the world that security is a fundamental and vitally important factor in business success.

dr gav schneider

19. Dr Gavriel Schneider, CEO, Risk 2 solution

Dr Gav is an acknowledged leader in the fields of security risk management and counter terrorism and is a leader in human based risk management and the psychology of risk, He is a serial entrepreneur and has been running his own businesses since 2001. He has conducted business in over 17 countries and provided a wide range of services for a very diverse client base ranging from heads of state to school teachers. He is a leading academic and subject matter expert in his field and is a much-sought after International speaker. ‘He has trained thousands of people in his own right and to date, his companies have trained in excess of 150,000 people in numerous countries.


  • Acknowledged subject matter expert on Integrated & Human Centric Risk Management, Safety, Emergency, Crisis Management, Security & Counter-Terrorism with Extensive senior level management and leadership experience.
  • Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and Fellow of the Australian Risk Policy Institute (FARPI) as well as Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.& Leadership
  • He holds a Doctor of Criminology (Security) Degree as well as a Master of Technology (Security) Degree (UNISA).
  • CEO of the Risk2Solution Group which is a group of risk, security, safety, medical and emergency response companies that focus on innovative integration and consolidation solutions.
  • Program Director for the Australian Catholic Universities (ACU) post graduate program on the Psychology of Risk.
  • Author of “Can I See your Hands: A Guide to Situational Awareness, Personal Risk Management, Resilience and Security” as well as “Beyond the Bodyguard” a guide to protective practices success and numerous academic and advisory articles.
  • Numerous high-level consulting and advisory projects as well as two decades of Specialised Security, Safety, and Risk Management experience in over 17 countries.
  • Extensive involvement in International Risk Management and related industry associations (Msyl, FIS (SA), FISSM, ASIS CPP, FAIM, FARPI. MAIPIO).
  • Has served as an Industry Expert Witness for the Legal Sector.
  • Dr Gav has a wide range of additional qualifications including; Graduate Diplomas in Strategic leadership as well as Management Learning, Advanced Diplomas in Project Management, Integrated Risk Management, Work health and safety and several other related qualifications.
  • In addition, he holds numerous trainer, educational and coaching qualifications, has been a martial arts full contact champion, is a 7th degree black belt and has been an Instructor to Royalty Protection teams, Presidential Protection teams and Military and Police Special Units. In his own right Dr Gav has trained thousands of people globally.

“Dr Gav schneider is without doubt a global leader and influencer in the risk and security field, I have worked with him for over 5 years now and have no doubt of capabilities and credentials, done examples include: 1. He was the first recipient of a master of technology and Doctor of criminology (specializing in security risk) from University of South Africa (unisa). Unisa has one of the largest global student intakes in POst graduate security studies. 2. Dr Gav has had I’ve two decades of experience as a close protection officer and later on a specialised security consultant, having worked in 20 countries his global experience is unparalleled. 3. As a trainer and educator he has personally trained thousands of people and reached thousands more via his books and our online academy (www.r2s.avademy). 4. His thought leadership and continued contribution as program director of the highly acclaimed postgraduate program in the psychology of risk continues to develop risk leaders of the future. 5. Dr Gav is a great business leader having run his own companies since 2001 and currently serving as group director for the risk 2 solution group ( ). 6. In addition he has a wide range of industry fellowships and awards including: CPP, disembark, fgia, fis (Sa), fiml and farpi.”

jason brown thales

18. Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales; Chairman; Board at Security Professionals Australasi

Jason Brown is the National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales and those in the community that it supports.

He is also responsible for ensuring compliance with international and commonwealth requirements for national security and relevant federal and state laws.

He has served on a number of senior boards and committees, including Chair of the Security Professionals Australasia, member of ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission and Chair of Australian Standards Committee for Security and resilience. As of February 2017, Jason has been appointed Chair of the International Standards Committee for Risk Management.

Jo Stewart-Rattray, Director of Information Security & IT Assurance, BRM Holdich

17. Jo Stewart-Rattray, Director of Information Security & IT Assurance, BRM Holdich

Credit to SC Magazine for this bio: Jo Stewart-Rattray’s day job as director of information security and IT Assurance for the Australian firm BRM Holdich would be enough to keep most people fully occupied, but Stewart-Rattray has shown no problem also tackling several additional positions in the cybersecurity world. Just a few of these “extra” duties include being board director of ISACA, chairing ISACA’s Women’s Leadership Council while working closely with that organization’s SheLeadsTech program that is tasked with increasing the representation of women in technology leadership roles in the tech workforce globally.

“Jo is a pioneer in the security field and a passionate advocate for increasing the number of women working in technology and leading strong firms. She is tireless in her effort to raise the bar and truly change the seemingly never changing conversation on the power and promise of the equal representation of women in technology,” says Tara Wisniewski, managing director, advocacy and public affairs at ISACA.

Stewart-Rattray’s work with the latter two programs led to her involvement earlier this year in a United Nations effort to increase the ability of rural women worldwide to obtain equity.

“Earlier this year, I was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations as part of the official Australian Government Delegation. I attended the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) where I represented both ISACA and SheLeadsTech in discussions around the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. It was an extremely humbling and profound moment in my career and is one of my proudest accomplishments,” Stewart-Rattray’s says. And while the efforts by ISACA and UN are helping there is still a great deal of ground to be covered. Stewart-Rattray reflected that when she attended her first cybersecurity event there were only two women attendees lost among hundreds of men. “We now see at ISACA conferences many more than two female delegates thankfully, but there is a long way to go,” she says, noting one of the major remaining gaps is a lack of role models for women already in or interested in the field.

“While the gender pay gap is one of the most obvious areas for improvement, the lack of mentors and lack of overall female role models in the cybersecurity field is a huge barrier. Women continue to be vastly underrepresented in the global technology workforce and while this is a workforce concern this is also a societal one,” Stewart-Rattray says..

Adel Abdel Moneim, ITU-ARCC Cybersecurity Expert, International Telecommunication Union

16. Adel Abdel Moneim, ITU-ARCC Cybersecurity Expert, International Telecommunication Union

LinkedIn: Adel Abdel Moneim, Registered ITU-ARCC Cybersecurity Expert, has over 22 years of experience in the IT / Cyber Security fields, spending most of his career in Information Security Consultation and Training. Becoming the first Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) in Egypt (2008), it comes as no surprise that Adel has been awarded the Instructor of the year / Circle of Excellence awards from EC Council for Africa / Middle East regions eight times between 2008 and 2016.

Adel is an international certified trainer from ISC2, ISACA, EC-Council, PECB and CIW who has delivered hundreds of official training courses and workshops. He maintains an exceptional track record of excellent feedback throughout his course delivery, be it at multinational companies, academic / training entities or law enforcement / military institutions, in the areas of Pen-Test, Digital Forensics, Risk Assessment and Management, ISO Standards Implementation/Audit or Security Governance and Compliance.

Capitalizing on his proven expertise and hands on experience in executing security Governance, risk assessments, compliance, conducting security audits, assessing effectiveness of controls, ISMS, Data Privacy, Incident Response, Digital Forensics and Cyber Operation, Adel successfully provides consultation for large enterprise security projects in various government / industry verticals serving many reputable organizations and companies nationally, regionally and internationally.

In a strive to continually rise cyber security awareness, Adel has dedicated hundreds of hours to voluntary work, providing the governmental sector, NGOs and the technical communities with his experience and knowledge in the field. As a Public Speaker he is often requested to share his knowledge as a keynote speaker, at TV / Radio interviews, Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. Furthermore, he contributed in preparing many proposals regarding cyber-crimes and data privacy protection laws in Egypt and the Arab World

James McQuiggan, Product & Solution Security Officer, Americas, Siemens Gamesa

15. James McQuiggan, Product & Solution Security Officer, Americas, Siemens Gamesa

LinkedIn: Project Management and coordination across multiple sectors and departments within the organization relating to Product & Solution Security, governance and NERC CIP standards. Information Security Awareness: manage Internal Awareness Program to inform and provide training to enterprise employees through department experts in the areas of Phishing, Intellectual Property Classification, Data Protection, Information Security Policies, and Workstation Audits.

NERC Compliance: provide internal and external customer support in the areas of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP). Support areas include Policy Creation, contract negotiation, Application Support Compliance, and Training. Training: create training programs in various aspects of Information Security. Training programs used throughout the business for Customs Transport Awareness, Security Awareness, Physical Security and Internal Processes.

Chris Miller, Business Continuity Manager, Australian Electoral Commission; Co Lead, Canberra Chapter, Australian Women in Security Network

14. Chris Miller, Business Continuity Manager, Australian Electoral Commission; Co Lead, Canberra Chapter, Australian Women in Security Network

LinkedIn: Recipient of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Australasia Industry Personality Award (2018). For many years, I have worked in (& occasionally out of) emergency management covering response, recovery & planning. For more than 10 years, I have been building resilient businesses through business continuity management (BCM). BCM offers a methodology for organisational change and business process improvement.

I have consulted with a range of private, public and ‘not for profit’ sector clients including a major charity, student residential facilities, premium wine makers and distributors as well as a number of Australian Government agencies, ACT Health and FACS NSW. I have a passion for exercising, testing & training in business continuity and incident preparedness; lesson learnt or after action reviews following a disruptive incident; and crisis communication for traditional and social media. I have facilitated many workshops & conferences as well as presenting more than 60 conference papers within Australia & overseas.

james willison

13. James Willison, founder, Unified Security

Nomination: “James is an International thought leader in Security Convergence and Enterprise Security Risk Management; James was awarded the Imbert Prize for an ‘outstanding contribution to the Security Industry in 2011’ for his work on convergence with ASIS Europe and the Information Security Awareness Forum.

Since gaining his MA in Security Convergence with Loughborough University in 2005 he has proactively campaigned for a unified security response to all security risks. First with ASIS UK, then for the ASIS European Convergence/ESRM committee. Dave Tyson (past president, ASIS International) writes, “James Willison has made his mark on the security industry on a global basis. His work in the advancement of security management spans academia, domestic and global security associations, and practical application of the advancement of security convergence and enterprise security risk management. He is recognized not only in the UK, but many other countries as a strong voice for the positive advancement and evolution of security management”. He is working with UBM on the Converged Security Centre to be featured at IFSEC in June 2019. This will demonstrate a real time response to security attacks on cyber physical systems and will be a central focus of IFSEC. Frank Gardner OBE said the convergence panel James chaired at the IFSEC 2018 Keynote Arena was the best of the day. James is Vice chair of the Smart Buildings Working Group IoTSF. He was listed in the 2018 IFSEC Global Influencers #17 in the Security Thought Leadership category and shortlisted in Security Serious 2018 Unsung Security Heroes Awards as a Security Leader/mentor.”

Akmal Ali, Catalyst 2

12. Akmal Ali, principal, Catalyst Partners

Nomination: “Akmal is the leading expert on the SAFETY Act, the act created by U.S. Congress in the wake of 9/11 to incentivize the private sector to develop innovative measures to prevent, detect, deter, and mitigate acts of terrorism by offering important liability protections against third-party claims arising out of an act of terrorism. In his first year at Catalyst Partners that Akmal successfully represented the New York Yankees to become the first ever professional sports team to achieve the SAFETY Act award.

“His advisory skills expand far beyond the mechanics of the SAFETY Act application, and he has become the trusted advisor on concepts of security operation, best practices, policies and procedures, and evaluating innovative and emerging technologies. He understands and supports the full spectrum of risk management needs for more than 20 major teams across four sports, as well as numerous leading stadium and event management companies. Akmal has a unique perspective on the need to protect our freedoms. He is a Muslim, Afghan-American representing the sports security industry and the fight against terrorism.

“His parents are refugees from Afghanistan who fled the communist invasion of their country in 1980. With nothing more than two suitcases, Akmal’s family sought the American dream and integrated with U.S. culture. Akmal reaped the benefits of the American system and has since worked to pay it forward assisting others working to develop their careers and achieve their goals. In an industry that may lack great diversity, Akmal is a contributor that brings a unique dynamic to the table.”

Christina Duffey, CPP SOS Security LLC

11. Christina Duffey, president, ASIS International; senior VP, SOS Security

Christina Duffey, CPP, is the 64th president of ASIS International. With more than 25 years of progressive experience in contract security management in the United States and Canada, Christina has extensive knowledge and experience in asset protection and contract security management and is the Senior Vice President and Regional Director of the Midwest Region for SOS Security.

In 2011 Christina served as President of the Professional Certification Board with ASIS International, concluding a five-year term. She graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Commerce and makes significant contributions to the security industry through volunteer leadership, guest speaking and mentoring the next generation of security professionals. Christina is a recipient of the ASIS Canada Ron Minion Security Pioneer Award.

guy mathias

10. Guy Mathias, Risk, Compliance & Operations Director, Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Guy is a leading security and risk expert with a long-standing background in commitment to organisations supporting the private and corporate sector, notably in chairing the Pharmaceutical Industry Security Forum and the Security Institute Validation Board.

He is also a former Board director (Strategy) of the Security Institute and long-standing member of ASIS and the Risk & Security Management Forum. At present Guy also chairs the Food & Drink Security Association and the Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications for the Eastern Region.

Rick Mounfield, The Security Institute

9. Rick Mounfield, CEO, The Security Institute

Nomination: “Rick has been at the helm of the Security Institute for several years now and the organisation has seen fantastic growth and success during this time. He has been instrumental in the setting up of numerous special interest groups which are having a genuine and positive impact across the entire security industry.

“Leading and motivating a busy head quarters team he has personally attended countless UK and International industry events and expos striking up partnerships across the world, most recently being a memo of understanding with the U.A.E. Rick has also found time to work with the Security Industry Authority to advise on new standards and the future of regulation in the U.K. A passionate and energetic industry leader, Rick Mounfield is a stand out choice for inclusion in this prestigious list….”

peter houlis 2020 vision

8. Peter Houlis, Independent Security Consultant

A Charted Security Professional, with a passion for designing ground-breaking, high end CCTV, Access Control and Totally Integrated Security Solutions, has been the driving force behind a successful career. Peter launched, developed and manage the award-winning company 2020 Vision Systems, to provide sophisticated, powerful, flexible and cost efficient security solutions, with 24/7 after-sales support, to ensure people and organisations benefit from living in healthier, safer, more secure and pleasant environments.

Peter’s strengths are in driving growth strategies, building relationships with clients and partners across multiple industries, and delivering the highest standard of service – resulting in the patronage of high profile organisations – Local Governments, National Utilities, Major Corporations, Universities, Hospitals, Charities, Business Parks, Shopping Centres and Industrial Estates.

Peter led 2020 Vision Systems to gain industry approval with the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board and achieved ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management, ISO 14001:2004 and BS OHSAS18001:2007 Accreditations. In terms of the future, Peter’s ambition is to see 2020Vision continue to provide first class service and through acquisition and organically grow geographically for the benefit of staff and customers.

Nomination: “For 30 years Peter has been a security ambassador and is a respected practitioner of security technology, he has the ethics necessary for leading a respected company.He has been the driving force behind award winning security integrator 2020 Vision Systems where he drove growth strategies and built relationships with clients and partners across multiple industries.

“Peter evolved the business in line with emerging risks and advancing technologies; empowering staff with technical knowhow and people skills.He was key in 2020 gaining industry approval with the SSAIB; a founding board member sitting on their safeguarding committee and has represented them at the BSI, and achieving ISO certifications including 27001.

“Through his leadership,high standards of service and technical expertise,the company achieved a high standard of recognition and the patronage of many respected organisations across local governments,national utilities, major corporations, universities, hospitals, businesses, shopping centres and industrial estates.Peter was the 49th person admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals holds an Honours degree in Security Consulting and is a Certified Technical Security Professional.He has a passion for designing ground breaking Integrated Security Solutions.

“He is a fellow and former director of the Security Institute where he introduced a security MBA.He is a member of ASIS UK, the Institute of Directors and director of the Atlantic Council of the UK.Peter promotes the security profession contributing to various publications and presenting on surveillance and security at conferences and IN the media.”

Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor, University of Auckland

7. Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor, University of Auckland

Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor BCom (Otago, NZ), MCom (Auckland, NZ) PhD (Warwick, (UK). Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor is a Leverhulme Research Fellow in the SOLAR Research Unit in the Marketing and Strategic Management Group at Warwick Business School. She has previously held management positions in both private and public sector organisations in New Zealand and the UK.

Her research has received the recognition and support of several major funding bodies including the ESRC, Herobc and the Leverhulme Trust. Her interests lie in the strategic management and international business fields, focusing around three key themes:

Internationalisation: the design and execution of global strategy, internationalisation processes, foreign market entry and expansion processes, innovation capabilities of UK SMEs into China. Strategic change: aligning strategy and behaviour, global knowledge management transfer, the development of communities of practices, organisational learning via management education. Inter- and intra- organisational relationships and networks:global value chains, risk and uncertainty, the impact of terrorism on tourism, sensemaking in the context of ambiguity.

Her current Leverhulme Fellowship research examines the ‘Strategic management implications of global terrorism’, and investigates the intricate inter-relationships between international tourism and terrorism. This research builds on emerging trends in international relations in tourism and leisure, developing the ‘Think Global, Act Local’ concept further to examine the added dimension of terrorism and its impact on strategic management practices and the challenges of managing under constant uncertainty and ambiguity. The research focuses on the UK visitor economy value chain, examining the impact of national policies on tourist patterns and the operational practices of national carriers, which operate across borders, facing additional risks in their operational activities.

roy cooper

6. Roy Cooper, Professional Security Magazine

Nomination: “Roy has been a leading figure in the security industry for as long as I can remember. With 47 years of experience he has shaped Professional Security Magazine and its associates online content into a truly educational treasure trove. He had the vision to seek out and involve people in the cyber profession when most people in the physical security world had barely heard of the word.

“His SecurityTwenty events have become a pivotal part of the business world, providing networking, educational and social connections. Over the years they have also raised a huge amount of money for numerous charities, consistently demonstrating the generosity of him and the security industry ad a whole. A leader, a mentor and a friend to many of us, I can think of nobody more deserving of a nomination in this category.”

Graham Bassett ASIS UK Chapter 208

5. Graham Bassett ASIS UK Chapter 208

Nomination: “Graham is a consummate security professional who spends a disproportionate amount of his time in a variety of volunteer roles. He is passionate about contributing to the further development of private/public partnerships & the overall development of ‘professionalisation’ within the security sector. Quietly behind the scenes he also spends time assisting those coming out of the armed forces/police service with general career advice into the commercial world – he also mentors people & does so in a completely selfless way. A snapshot of his many security and volunteer involvements below. • Vice Chairman of ASIS UK • ASIS ARVP for region 9a • Member, ASIS European Advisory Council & Conference Programme Committee • Project Griffin (now ACT) National Executive Board • Trustee of the City of London Police Children’s Charity (City Kids) • Committee Member of the City of London Crime Prevention Association. • Committee member of the City Security Magazine Editorial team • Sits on the CSSC Executive Management Board • Liveryman, the WCoSP • Freeman of the City of London • Ambassador for PTSD Resolution (charity) • Member of the Security Institute (MSyI) • Representative member of the Security Commonwealth • BSIA Annual Security Personnel Awards judge, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 • Security Excellence Awards judge, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 • Voted in top 50 most influential people in security 2015 (via UBM) • Founding director of GBRUK, a niche London based security recruitment consultancy • Joint founder of• Joint organiser of the National Association for Healthcare Security Annual Conference 2017, 2018”

Jennifer Minella Carolina

4. Jennifer Minella, VP of Engineering & Security, Carolina Advanced Digital

Jennifer Minella is VP of Engineering and Security with Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. In her engineering role, Minella leads strategic research and consulting for government agencies, educational institutions and Fortune 100 and 500 corporations.

In addition to her normal business roles, Minella is a published author, editorial contributor, and trusted adviser for information security topics to media. No stranger to public speaking, she’s a highly sought-after international speaker. Jennifer’s also known for introducing mindfulness-based leadership to individuals and organizations in infosec. And aside from meditation and security, she’s a competitive powerlifter and dancer including ballroom and swing. She also loves Figment, the imagination dragon.

Mrs. Minella has served on the (ISC)2 Board of Directors since 2014 in various roles including Chairman of the Board in 2019.

Mark Folmer -TrackTik

3. Mark Folmer, TrackTik

Nomination: “I met Mark professionally and over the years have come to know him better and appreciate what he does to further the security industry. Mark has a young family, professional career and still finds the time to volunteer and teach. Mark is active on social media and truly setting the example for people in the security industry to embrace new technologies and ways of communicating. I’ve been the ASIS Toronto Chapter chair for 2 years and have had great support from Mark as the ASIS Canada lead (Senior Regional Vice President). I believe that Mark is paving the way for how the security industry needs to change to ensure that a younger generation will continue on the great work that many of the security professionals have contributed for decades.”

rollo davies

2. Rollo Davies, TPSO Magazine

Nomination: “I have had the chance to interact with Rollo on multiple occasions and have been impressed with his professionalism and desire to advance and represent the frontline security service professionals via The Professional Security Officer Magazine. His ability to connect and influence the entire industry has been remarkable. His efforts are genuinely altruistic and is generating a buzz in and around the industry. His ability to network has resulted in quality content on many industry relevant topics.”

Nomination: “Rollo is a selfless individual who has done so much to support front line security personnel, who are too often forgotten. His work as editor of the The Professional Security Officers Magazine (TPSO) has created a really useful free resource for those at the sharp end of the industry. Rollo has created a knowledge transfer conduit which is going from strength to strength. Rollo is always full of praise for others so it’s about time he gets some much deserved recognition.”

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1. Dr David Rubens, ISRM

Dr David Rubens DSyRM, CSyP, FISRM is Executive Director of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM), an institution that he established at the beginning of 2019.

Members of the ISRM Global Advisory Council, under the Presidency of Lord Toby Harris, one of the UKs leading authorities on national security, are associated with globally respected institutions including University College London Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, John Jay College of Criminology (New York City University), University of Portsmouth, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University  (Saudi Arabia), The Strategic Center for Consultancy and Technology (Qatar),  University of Portsmouth, Australia National University as well as corporate and NGO organisations.

In addition to the ISRM, David is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) and has served two terms as a Main Board Director of the UK Security Institute. He holds a Doctorate in Security & Risk Management from the University of Portsmouth, UK, writing his thesis on strategic management and critical decision-making in hyper-complex crisis environments. The thesis developed models of strategic management at the extremes of organisational complexity, looking at issues of capability development, decision-making and multi-agency interoperability in highly unstable situations such as natural disasters, corporate failures and government-level crisis management scenarios.

David completed his MSc in Security and Risk Management (2006) at Leicester University, where he is also served a visiting lecturer and dissertation supervisor on their Security, Terrorism and Policing programme (2006-12), and was a visiting lecturer on the Strategic Leadership Programme at the Security and Resilience Department, Cranfield University, UK Defence Academy (2009-’0), focusing on terrorism and public policy, and the management of large-scale, complex multi-agency operations.

He has previously been an associate lecturer at University of Portsmouth, and is currently a visiting lecturer on the MA in International Security Management at Berlin School of Economics and Law.

Rubens has written government-level research papers and reports on all aspects of security management, from national-level security sector restructuring, through to post-disaster analysis for government agencies in Japan, Russia, Dubai, Nigeria, Liberia and the UK. Through his company Deltar Training Solutions, David runs certificated training programmes for strategic risk and crisis management around the world.

IFSEC Global interviewed Rubens in 2018 about his career so far and views on a skills crisis in crisis management.

“It is worth noting that in establishing the ISRM David established partnerships with numerous institutes, associations and companies across the globe including the US, Australia, Switzerland,  Canada, and across the Middle East.  David’s skills as a global influencer were such that he was able to bring together some of the world’s leading security, crisis, and risk management professionals to form the ISRM Global Advisory Council.”

Security executives

Michael Allen, CSO, Manulife

5. Michael Allen, CSO, Manulife

“When Michael speaks, people listen. Michael possesses the desirable qualities of an influential security executive. He is an excellent mentor and has a very active professional social media presence.”

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4. Andrea Chittaro, senior Vice President Global Security & Cyber Defence Department presso Snam – Chairman of the Board presso AIPSA

LinkedIn: Since 2012 I have led the Security Department of Snam, one of the main European companies in the gas sector. Following the motto “Security as a whole”, I have always supported the idea of an integrated approach to the management of security risks, able to address and tackle any of the expressions which characterize the threat (physical, cyber, terrorism, damage of company image, etc.). The constant search for synergy between the different aspects of Security management is reflected by the redefinition of my department in “Global Security & Cyber Defence”, based on five key points: Core Business Protection, Secure Internationalization, Security Awareness, Security Compliance, Preventive and Reactive Ability.

Being the CSO of a gas transportation company – a Critical Infrastructure by definition – I liaise with national and European Authorities regarding Critical Infrastructure protection directives and methodologies and chair/participate in several boards focused on security issues in the critical sectors.

The cooperation with public and private entities facilitates open-minded discussions and the useful exchange of points of view, experiences and best practices related to the Security domain. The information sharing plays a crucial role in an interconnected world where the risks and the threats are varying and increasing every day. For this reason, I promote the continuous update of Security systems and staff, along with the creation of a strong security culture within my company, in order to be always ready to confront new sources of instability.

Cathy Lanier, Head of Security, NFL

3. Cathy Lanier, Head of Security, NFL

Over her 26 years in law enforcement and counter-terrorism, Cathy Lanier has come to be known for her game-changing leadership. Prior to serving in her current role as Senior Vice President and Chief of Security at the National Football League, Lanier held the position of Chief of Police with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) from 2007 to 2016. Lanier rose through the ranks of the MPD to earn various commendable honors including becoming the first female police chief of the nation’s capital, the first commanding officer of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism for D.C. Police, one of a small number of female chiefs in the nation at the time, and the longest serving chief on the D.C. force.

A highly respected professional in the areas of homeland security and community policing, she took the lead role in developing and implementing coordinated counterterrorism strategies for all units within the MPD and launched the department’s Operation TIPP (Terrorist Incident Prevention Program).

She is also credited for transforming the city once known as the “murder capital of the nation.” Lanier’s street-smart tactics focus on community empowerment, and dedication to improving technology and intelligence resulted in a 53 percent reduction in homicides from 2008-2012. While leading the MPD, Lanier also demonstrated expertise in securing and managing large events as she oversaw five Presidential inaugurations and several special events including two state funerals and two Papal visits. In 2013, she led the response effort to the Washington Navy Yard mass shooting.

Now, as the Chief of Security for the National Football League, Lanier safeguards the security of all 32 NFL teams and their venues, liaises and collaborates with federal, state and local law enforcement, and ensures security for League events like the Super Bowl. As an innovative force in safety and security, Chief Lanier’s service continues to extend beyond the NFL to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, an independent government advisory body, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International Blue Ribbon Task Force, a group tasked with refining policy and procedure for UAS incursions at airports.

“Extensive security leadership in both the public and private sector”

Ahmed Qurram Baig, founder, CISO Council; CEO, Emirsec; co-founder, CISOCONNECT

2. Ahmed Qurram Baig, founder, CISO Council; CEO, Emirsec; co-founder, CISOCONNECT

Ahmed was previously working as Sr. Director – Strategy, Risk & Excellence, Head – Information security and Compliance & CISO Role in various Dubai / U.A.E Government Entitities and is a prominent speaker and cyber security expert in the MENA region; Ahmed is also the founder of CISO Council and Digital Risk Alliance

He brings to his current role more than 14 years of experience in Risk Management & Compliance, and Information Security Advisory Services; He has previously worked on projects for Major Airlines, Banks, Defense and Federal Agencies across the Middle East. He is the Chief Architect for CGMS (Corporate Governance Management System) and ITGMS (IT Governance Management System) frameworks covering Risk Management, IT Governance, Information Security, and Business Continuity in service providers and government entities. He has been a key member of eSecurity domain within Interstandards (Web Security Standard) developed regionally and also been part of OISSG.

Ahmed Baig has a Master’s in IT (UK) and PgD in Strategic Business IT (UK) and has several professional certifications to his credit some of which are CRISC, CBCP, CISM, CISA, CISSP, ITIL, ISO 27001 / 20000, BS 25999 and others.

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1. Volker Wagner, VP security, BASF

Volker is chairman of the German Association for Security in Industry and Commerce (ASW)) and board member of the German Association for Security in the Economy North Rhine-Westphalia (VSW-NW). Between 2011 to 2016 he was on the board of the Subcommittee on Economic Protection of the Federation of the German Industry (BDI). Influential in ASIS International organisation he is a member of the European Advisory Council, the international CSO Roundtable and chairman of the European Convergence Subcommittee.

In 2010 and 2016 he attended high level courses for international security policies at the Federal College for Security Studies in Berlin, Germany’s highest-ranking inter-ministerial institution for advanced education and training in the field of security policy. He holds a business management degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and successfully achieved a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership certified by the Chartered Management Institute (UK).

He is Senior Vice President at Deutsche Telekom Headquarters. From 2008 until 2014 he was in charge of the realignment of Group Business Security at Deutsche Telekom AG. As the telecoms giant’s Chief Security Officer he dealt internationally with the group’s security and Business Continuity Management and I was therefore responsible for business security in 50 countries.

Nomination: “Volker Wagner is an outstanding European security leader with a global influence. He has implemented and promoted converged Enterprise Security strategies at the highest levels in and to organisations across Europe. Volker has achieved this: As a key leader for the ASIS International Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) strategy commission and leading German Security Association ASW where he engages with the National Govt at the highest levels.

“Volker is responsible for BASF SE Group Security as Vice President Security since beginning 2018. This includes physical security, investigations, event, close protection and global leadership of security. He has used his extensive understanding of Finance, Fraud and Marketing in his role as Senior VP in Deutsche Telekom and many years as Senior VP Group Business Security.

“His following achievements are noteworthy, • Since 2012 Chairman of German ASW • In 2018 initiator of European partnerships between German ASW and The Security Institute (UK), CDSE (France) and AIPSA (Italy) • Design and development of the “Initiative Wirtschaftsschutz” in Germany as public private partnership between government, security authorities and the private sector • Close contacts to the executive level of federal ministries and security agencies in Germany • Numerous publications on security policy topics and expert interviews on security • 2017, 2018 IFSEC Global: one of the Top 50 most influential people in security and fire. • More than 3, 000 followers in the social network, LinkedIn It is his passion and inspiring leadership which has marked him as a highly respected and visionary leader.”

Security ‘one to watch’

Kylie McDevitt

5. Kylie McDevitt, adjunct lecturer, UNSW Canberra; co-founder, BSides Canberra; co-owner, Canberra’s hackerspace – InfoSect

Kylie McDevitt is a Technical Director and the Director of Emerging Technology & Engineering at the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), within the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). In this highly technical role, Kylie identifies, prioritises and leads research into emerging technologies. This includes identifying security risks and mitigations to help ACSC’s whole-of-economy customer base securely embrace modern technologies. Kylie is a mentor and role model for women in her team and across ACSC.

Kylie’s significant contribution to the security industry, the role model she sets, and her encouragement of women into the industry, extends very far beyond her day job.

Kylie is co-founder and Director of BSides Canberra, and volunteers her time to run Australia’s largest annual cyber security conference. Kylie created a safe and inviting learning environment for many women to be exposed to IT and cyber security, while keeping the entry price affordable to students. She actively welcomes and encourages women into the industry as conference attendees and presenters.

Kylie volunteers her time to run CSides monthly security meetups, welcoming the public to attend at no cost and present on technical IT and security topics, held at the Australian National University where she graduated from. Kylie develops and delivers cyber security training for Masters students at the University of NSW Canberra.

“Under-recognised technical expert in Government, and one of the few deeply technical role models for women; excited by new ideas and builds whole-of-nation capabiity by giving freely of knoweldge in the work environment and as an adjunct educator; Director and Owner of B-Sides and C-sides cyber security engagement fora to strengthen professional networks and skills in the technical community”

Suzanna Alsayed-Hills, operations manager, GardaWorld

4. Suzanna Alsayed-Hills, operations manager, GardaWorld

Suzanna Alsayed-Hills earned her Masters Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management at York University. She also completed her Masters with top grades and then discovered her purpose within the Security industry, and her potential for continued growth, after joining ASIS international in January 2018.

Nomination: “Suzanna is always up for the challenge and attempts to excel, especially in the leadership roles in every position she serves. Suzanna is studying to get the Associate Protection Professional (APP) certification to further her career in security, as well as other Security certifications. Suzanna was also a recipient of the Young Professionals Experience Winner for the Global Security Exchange (GSX) Conference in 2018 and is active in the Toronto Chapter of ASIS and Young Professionals. This opportunity and the network offered allowed her to learn practical applications and grow in her current role as the Operations Manager at GardaWorld. Suzanna Alsayed-Hills is always looking to challenge the stale norms and help move the industry forward and that is something that the security industry can always use. This is why she deserves to be nominated.”

Nomination: “BII was delighted with working with such a young professional like Suzanna. Her deep knowledge and experience allowed us to be confident that any side of the security project was kept at a high level .. And I cannot fail to mention how positive and open-mind Suzanna is at work.”

Heba Hamdy Farahat

3. Heba Hamdy Farahat, information security consultant, SecureMisr

“When passion leads the way. A beautiful outcomes are always there.” Although she has started her journey in cybersecurity since a short time, yet a lot has been been accomplished. During her first year in cyber security field, Heba and her colleague Hanem Ibrahim managed to be the first two Egyptian girls that could made it and reach the final round of a CTF in Egypt.

In addition to that, she has been a speaker in more than 15+ sessions/talks about cyber security which targeted different type of audiences. she has taught kids about cyber security, parents how to deal with cyber threats their kids face,employees in companies, undergraduate university students,post graduate university students as well as young women in universities.

Furthermore, she got acknowledged by an american company called “Acorns,grow Inc.” and awarded 1,500$ in her first submission on bug crowd platform for discovering a severe bug.

Her objective is to prove that women are applicable of achieving a lot and in a short time!

“Not only is Heba skilled technicaly but she is an influencer in the sense of extra work activities that she performs to promote cybersecurity careers to her generation and to women as well. Heba provides penetration testing training to several univiersities in Egypt, participates and wins among top five in various CTF competitions and is one of the few women participants which sends a positive message to young women who want to puruse the career.

“She shares her experience and connects with many girls in Egypt and abroad through a large network that she maintains and also through voicing her helpful guidance on several platforms. She has a very pleasant character which makes her adored by her colleagues and makes them receptive to her advice.”

McLean Essiene, ASIS International

2. McLean Essiene, founder, Essimacs International Security

McLean Essiene, MSc, CPP, PCI, PSP, CCIP, (CAE, CCISO, PhD, in view) is the  founder of Essimacs International Security Ltd, and a security management consultant and trainer.

He earned a first degree in Geology from the University of Port Harcourt, and a second in   Environmental Management and Control, (Distinction-ESUT, Nigeria).  He has a Diploma in Marine Survey (Distinction-LMA and North Kent College, UK), a Certificate in Counterterrorism (University of St. Andrews, UK), a certificate in Maritime Safety Management and the ISM Code from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, UK. He holds the coveted Certified Protection Professional (CPP), the Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and the Physical Security Professional (PSP) credentials, and the McAfee Institute’s Certified Cyber Intelligence Professional (CCIP) certification. He has been consulting professionally in security and safety since 2012. He was one-time CSO to the Chairman of Ahoada West LGA, Rivers State, Nigeria.

He is a member of several Community-based organizations and has received several local/international awards and recognitions including NYSC 2006 Plateau State coordinator’s award for an outstanding humanitarian and community services. He is a tripartite winner of the ASIS International   2017 Young Professional’s Seminar Experience award, and a 2018 recipient of ASIS Port Harcourt Chapter Outstanding performance award in appreciation of his leadership dedication and service to others.

In 2019, he won the prestigious Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs)- Nigeria Outstanding Young Security Professional, sponsored by Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. In the same year, he was also honored by the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)  with a Lifetime membership award.

McLean has been involved in nonprofit and association leadership services for over 5 years. He is a member and a volunteer for ASIS International; American Society for Association Executives (though holds the coveted ASAE’s certificate in Association management, is presently pursuing the CAE credential), and the Association of Corporate Governance Professionals of Nigeria.

At ASIS International, he sits on different security councils with arrays of responsibilities. He is currently the 2nd Vice Chair  Human Threat Management Council and ASIS Africa Young Professionals Coordinator, a subcommittee of the ASIS Young Professionals Council. He is presently pursuing a Ph.D. with research interests is linkages between environment and security.

“McClean is definitely a rising force in the security profession. He has volunteered extensively within ASIS in Africa and also holds security certifications.”

Chani Simms, SHE CISO Exec

1. Chani Simms, co-founder, Meta Defence Labs

From LinkedIn: I’m experienced in delivering mission-critical secure infrastructure solutions for blue chip companies and public sector. At Meta Defence Labs, we deliver a complete range of information security solutions that help organisations to implement and manage secure by design and privacy by design solutions. I believe it is easy to make the right decisions when you live your values, mine are Trust, Integrity and Commitment. These are the standards that enable us to conduct business ethically. I believe in give back and sharing knowledge. Especially in Cybersecurity. Recently founded SHe CISO Exec Cybersecurity Leadership Empowerment program with a vision to be a sustainable global training program. We envisage training and empowering a new generation in the information security talent pool: Emotionally Intelligent Cybersecurity Leaders.

How I can help you:
• ISO 27001 & GDPR Gap Analysis / Risk Assessments
• Information Security & GDPR Advise to Board level, senior management and IT teams
• EU General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] Readiness projects
• ISO 27001 – ISMS Implementation and internal Audits
• Cyber Essentials Certification
• IASME Cybersecurity Framework Certification and Audits
• Vulnerability assessments and Security Audits

My Experience;
• Privacy & Information Security Professional
• Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI)
• Cybersecurity & GDPR Gap Analysis and awareness training
• Cyber Essentials Assessor
• IASME Auditor
• ISO 27001 Lead Auditor (CIS LA)
• ISO 27001 Lead Implementer (CIS LI)
• Ethical Hacking
• VMware Certified Professional (VCP5DCV)
• Microsoft Windows Server & Secure File Transferring (SFTP)
• IBM Trained Engineer for IBM(Lenovo) System x, Bladecenter & Flex Systems
• Implementing Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Environments
• Stakeholder Management, Project Management
• Infrastructure Security Solutions & Infrastructure Data Migration with ITIL Practice


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20. Susana Gonzalez Ruisanchez, manager, SGR consulting

Nomination: “She is one of the best Spanish cybersecurity professional with more than 10 years of experience, a regular speaker at congresses and specialized conferences, and she has a wide range of contacts of international business clients. She develops its specialization in the hybrid between the legal and technical part in matters as information security, compliance and privacy.”

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19. Sarb Sembhi, Virtually Informed

Nomination: “Sarb is a passionate and dedicated security professional committed to protecting people and organisations from cyber threats. In 2018, he was shortlisted in IFSEC Global’s Most Influential People in Security and Fire; the “2018 Tyto Tech 500 Power List” of influencers in the UK’s technology sector, and the Top 10 UK-Israel Cyber Security Influencers to follow by UK Israel Tech Hub. Also, he co-authored a White Paper on GDPR and large-scale IoT projects which was shortlisted for an IFSEC Award. His specialties include: Cyber Insurance, Risk Management, Cyber Essentials, Converged Security Risk Management, Secure Software Development (Secure by Design), Software Development Standards, Data Integrity Attacks, data protection, Smart Buildings, IoT.

“He is a Cylon mentor and a start-up advisor with several cybersecurity start-ups. In April he is fronting his company’s launch of its YouTube video channel “Security and Risk Blog on Smart Buildings, and then in May the “Security and Risk Blog on Cyber Security Innovators” channel. Both channels promote exciting upcoming innovations bringing stakeholders closer to each other to manage risks. His commitment to the industry includes volunteering on several standards and frameworks; speaking at events, writing, leading and chairing professional groups (ISACA), awards judge, editorial panels, industry consultations, amongst others. At IFSEC 2018 with Gerry Dunphy and James Willison, Sarb will be highlighting cyber physical attacks on organisations in a real time environment in the Converged Security Operations Theatre.”

David Kennedy, Trusted Sec

18. David Kennedy, Founder & Senior Principal Security Consultant, Trusted Sec

David Kennedy’s passion for the information security industry is the reason TrustedSec was born. He wanted to build an organization that helps others in a profound way, serving as technical security experts and advisors to companies of all sizes and industries.

Prior to starting TrustedSec, David was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Diebold Incorporated, a Fortune 1000 company, with locations in over 80 countries. He developed a global security program that tackled all aspects of information security and risk management. Kennedy started his professional career as a member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), and was deployed to Iraq twice for intelligence related missions.

David is also a former board of director for the ISC2 organization which is one of the largest security collectives which offers certifications such as the CISSP. Education & Certifications include QSA, CISSP, OSCP, OSCE, GSEC, MCSE, ISO 27001.

David started TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems (BDS) with the vision in working with companies for information security.  TrustedSec provides information security consulting services for organizations all around the world. BDS is a global Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) and software security company which detects attackers in the early stages and prevents large-scale attacks.

Prior to TrustedSec and BDS, David was a Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Diebold Incorporated, a Fortune 1000 company located in over 80 countries with over 20,000 employees. David developed a global security program that tackled all aspects of information security. David is considered a forward thinker in the security field and has presented at several hundred conferences worldwide.

David has had the privilege to speak and keynote at some of the nations largest conferences. This includes keynoting Microsoft’s Bluehat, DEF CON, Blackhat, DerbyCon, Grace Hopper, and a number of widely popular conferences. David has had numerous guest appearances on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, BBC, The Katie Show, and other high-profile media outlets. In addition, his tools have been featured on a number of TV shows including the History Channel, Mr. Robot, and movies. David has assisted in some of the content for the widely popular Mr. Robot TV show, and advises on other news organizations and TV shows. David is the founder of DerbyCon, a large-scale information security conference.

David has testified in front of Congress on multiple occasions on the threats we face in security and in the government space. David also co-authored Metasploit: The Penetration Testers Guide book, which was number one on Amazon in security for over a year. David was also one of the founding members of the “Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES)“. PTES is the industry leading standard and guidelines around how penetration tests should be performed and methodologies which is also now adopted by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) Guidelines for Penetration Testing.

David is the creator of several widely popular open-source tools including “The Social-Engineer Toolkit” (SET), PenTesters Framework (PTF), Artillery, and Fast-Track. David has also released security advisories including zero-days and focuses on security research. David has over 15 years of security experience, with over 10 specifically in security consulting and services. Prior to the private sector, David worked in the United States Marines (USMC) for cyber warfare and forensics analysis activities for the intelligence community including two tours to Iraq.

Galina Antova Claroty

17. Galina Antova, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Claroty

Galina Antova is the co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Claroty. Prior to co-founding the company, she was the Global Head of Industrial Security Services at Siemens providing comprehensive services for the protection of industrial customers against cyber attacks. Previously, Galina was with IBM Canada in various roles in the Provisioning and Cloud Solutions business. She holds a BS in Computer Science from York University in Toronto, and an MBA from the International Institute of Management and Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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16. James Turner, CISO, Lens

James Turner is the founder of CISO Lens, and has specialised as a security industry analyst and advisor since 2005. James is a shared resource across the CISO Lens community, facilitating connections and collaboration across organisations, industries and countries. James gathers, curates and disseminates information that is of strategic importance to the cyber risk management of Australia and New Zealand’s largest organisations.

James publishes the CISO Lens Benchmark, an annual report providing independent, local, and current data on budgets, team sizes and security functions and strategy. James also facilitates the CIO Cyber and Risk Network on behalf of IBRS, and he writes opinion pieces for the Australian Financial Review.

Nomination: “Influential industry professional with a broad range of trusted relationships bringing counsel and deep insights into the cyber security landscape in Australia; connects people and ideas and advocates for integrated national capabilities between government, industry and NFP sectors”

Terry Cutler - Vice-President of Cyber security at SIRCO Investigation and Protection

15. Terry Cutler, founder & CEO, Cyology Labs

Last year’s #1 cyber influencer, Terry Cutler is a government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a certified ethical hacker), and the former Vice-President of Cybersecurity at SIRCO Investigation and Protection, in Montréal, Canada. He specialises in the anticipation, assessment, and prevention of security breaches for governments, corporations, businesses, and consumers, as well as Internet Safety for Children.

As a multiple award-winning information security strategist for almost 20 years, Mr. Cutler has advised some of Canada’s largest companies on how to prevent and remedy internal and external security penetration. For the general public, he developed an effective online learning program arranged in modules and updated regularly to keep up with the rapidly changing digital landscape in which “wild-west” internet bandits constantly seek and find ways to break into our lives.

Terry Cutler is a frequent contributor to media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.

Terry Cutler has coined the term Cyologist™ to describe what he does. His mission is to “help individuals and corporations protect themselves from data breaches and other online cyber threats through his videos, media appearances, coaching products and consulting services.”

“Terry is an amazing asset to the community at large and generous with his time to educate everyone on best practices in cybersecurity. Terry has been a guest speaker in an event put on by my company and performed admirably. His presentation provoked much discussion and he is truly a trusted agent in the cybersecurity field.”

Barry Coatesworth, Cyber security advisor

14. Barry Coatesworth, Cyber security advisor

Barry is a recognised cybersecurity expert, security advisor and CISO, who specialises in transforming and delivering complex information security, risk, and compliance programmes for many global organisations.

He has over 25 years’ experience in both the private/public sectors, including finance, utilities, retail and national government. He is a well-regarded international speaker on cyber security, having spoken in the USA, Middle East and Europe, as well as being an industry advisor to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skill, where he was part of the Industry Advisory Group which helped formulate the Cyber Essential Scheme, part of the UK’s Cyber security strategy. He has also advised the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology on ethics, privacy and cybersecurity.

In addition to his extensive cyber security experience, Barry has written numerous articles on cyber security, and contributed to publications with PWC on topics from privacy, data protection, as well as writing a number of other articles on information security, from ‘Social engineering via social media”, ‘”The loss of privacy”, and “Threat intelligence”.

Barry was also a finalist for the prestigious SC awards as CISO of the year 2015, having being recognised as 1 of the top 3 most influential security professionals for that year. He is an industry advisor to the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC), an advisory board member to Computing magazine, and has also been acknowledged for his contribution to cyber/information security by various industry groups.

He has carried out security research and assessments on cyber security, security awareness, and risk. He is regarded as a forward thinker discussing innovated concepts regarding cyber espionage, security evolution and adaptive security ecosystems. Currently he is writing and researching two forthcoming books one Martini cocktails and on information security.

Chris Pinder, IASME

13. Chris Pinder, IASME

EU GDPR Practitioner and Business Development Manager employed by The IASME Consortium. IASME is one of just 5 Accreditation Bodies appointed by Government for their Cyber Essentials certification.

‘Cyber Essentials’ is a government approved business certification scheme which is increasingly being specified in public and private sector contracts. ‘Cyber Essentials’ focusses on the five technical pillars proven to reduce the chances of an on-line attack by 80%.

IASME additionally has it’s own Governance standard drafted along similar lines to Information Security Management ISO27001 yet more practical for SMEs. This standard addresses the risk based factors which can lead to a cyber breach and includes business continuity and incident management. This Standard has now been updated to align with GDPR readiness.

When combined with Cyber Essentials, the IASME Governance can make a real difference in safeguarding your business against cyber threats.

Margaret Morton, Société Générale

12. Margaret Morton, Société Générale | Forbes Technology Council

– Technology program leader, currently with Société Générale, offering more than a decade of experience in highly-regulated industry environments and the Federal sector. – Founding board member of WICYS (Women in Cybersecurity), established in the fall of 2017, having attained above $1M initial funding from industry founding sponsors Facebook, Cisco and Palo Alto Networks. – WICYS has garnered preeminent industry, civilian and military agency and academic supporters and partners since its inception, and strives to be the leading collaborative force focused to educate, recruit and advance women in the field.

At Société Générale: – Oversaw financial controls management within the DCC (Data, Clients and Crime) division of the Americas region, comprised of Montreal, New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Sao Paulo – Governance and risk assessment of existing controls, involving access rights and controls, third party management, personnel training, data loss prevention and incident response – Designed and implemented new permanent supervision controls to obviate or reduce operational risk – Managed reporting to the executive and ROCS (Regulatory, Oversight and Cybersecurity) teams for the Americas.

Nomination: Margaret is “founder of Women in Computer Security (WiCys). WiCys has, in two short years, become one of the most well attended women in tech conference of north america”

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11. Daniel Dresner, The IASME Consortium Ltd

Daniel G Dresner is the Academic Coordinator for Cyber Security at the University of Manchester, and director and co-founder of The IASME Consortium which created a benchmark of cyber security governance achievable by SMEs, and helped to pioneer the Cyber Essentials. A consulting research analyst and lecturer Danny Dresner has described his mission as being to “find the threads that bind information together and mend them when they break.”

His nomination: “Daniel is an evangelist for useful standards and good practice. He nurses organisations through ISO/IEC 27001, and was awarded a PhD for his work in information systems risk. Daniel is a Fellow (and founder member) of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. Before his current roles, Daniel was at The National Computing Centre for 22 years. He was architect of DTI’s Towards Software Excellence programme, created the core of the original SANS training for BS 7799, edited the UK’s first national security breaches survey at NCC, and wrote the first international standards for source code escrow.

“Daniel’s contribution to new risk management guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre has been noted, and he is an active member of Information Assurance Advisory Councils North West cohort (and created its Northern Academic Liaison Panel). Daniel is also active in the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster and most recently revived The Ratio Club (an academic thought leadership group in which Alan Turing had participated). Daniel is now part of the Infrastructure and Academic Advisory Groups for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s aspirations for resilient, cyber secure, digital community and economy.

“His consultancy work spans public, private, and third sectors and varies from identifying the vulnerabilities (and how to fix them) of a small firm with responsibility for 7 million personal records to writing a definitive guide to cyber resilience for local government (on behalf of SOCITM). He has contributed to books, conferences, and appears on the BBC to explain the risks and opportunities of information systems to the wider community.

Nomination: “Awarded a PhD for his work in information systems risk and, as a Fellow/ founder member of the IISP, Daniel is an evangelist for practical standards and good practice. Voted the UK’s 2nd top influencer, 2017, and eighth world-wide, 2018, Daniel has influenced key stakeholders; his contribution noted by, amongst others, the NCSC. As a member of IAAC North West, Daniel created its Academic Panel. Via the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster, he revived The Ratio Club, a thought leadership group whose previous participants include Alan Turing. A prime contributor to the Infrastructure and Academic Advisory Groups for the Greater Manchester Authority he helped realise their aspiration for a resilient, cyber secure, digital community and economy. As a member of the UK Cyber Security Forum, he voluntarily developed a scheme to develop unemployed neuro-diverse individuals in cyber security skills. His consultancy work extends from supporting small firms through to, on behalf of SOCITM, writing a definitive guide on cyber resilience for local government. A regular contributor to books, conferences, and TV, Daniel explains information systems risks and opportunities to the wider community. Prior roles included The NCC where he was architect of the DTI’s Towards Software Excellence programme and wrote the first international standards for source code escrow”

Dr. Sherif Hazem, Central Bank of Egypt

10. Dr. Sherif Hazem, Central Bank of Egypt

Working as Assistant Sub-Governor of the Banking Computing Security Incident Response Center (EG-FinCIRT). Its mission is to assist banks in reducing and preventing major cyber accidents, as well as preventing the harmful side effects of cyber-attacks on the banking sector and reducing their harmful effects.

Developing an initiative entitled “Mastering Cyber Security in Egypt Financial sector”, consistently with cyber security strategies and policies in place to foster robust financial infrastructure, aiming at graduating the number of 100 professional experts over two years with capabilities of applying state-of-the-art of cybersecurity technologies.

12+ years of experience as a manager to the Egyptian Root Certificate Authority (CA) – which is a large-scale national mission-critical government project. A member in the Egyptian Cyber Security Supreme Council, the Egyptian Smart National ID Cards committee, and the Egyptian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) committee.

A committee member of the Egyptian Smart National ID Cards and a committee member of the National Cyber Crimes and Information Security committee to draft Egypt’s cyber security, data protection, and privacy law.

Over 20+ years academic experience teaching Information Security, Network Security, Cryptography, PKI, Applied Telecommunications, Communication Systems, Communication Networks to both undergraduate and post graduate students, at leading national and international institutes (e.g. Arab academy for science and technology and Staffordshire University, U.K).

Received his PhD in Computer Engineering in 2004 from Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom. Also was nominated for the title of Best Researcher in the Western United Kingdom for 2002 and 2003 respectively for his own research in Information security, multimedia protection technology and different encryption methods.

Nomination: “Re-shaping cybersecurity landscape in Egypt for the financial sector starting the last two years & onward (since his appointment in 2017) by building capacity in the sector (initiative of graduating 100 calibres who have mastered cybersecurity through a two-year program of training with renowened security firms) and enhancing knowledge sharing & threat intelligence among banks by building a specialized CERT for the financial sector focusing on threats & APTs particularly targeting the sector, again in collaboration with leading security consulting firms.

“Increasing cybersecurity importance awareness by inviting leading technology & payment brands (Mastercard, Visa, Microsoft, IBM, etc..) to conduct summits in Egypt focusing on the topic and brining cybersecurity experts from around the world to transfer knowledge to the sector security professionals. He is a member of Egypt’s supreme cyber security council as well as the national committee responsible for drafting cyber crime laws. Collaborates at a regional level with other supreme security councils and CERTs.”

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9. Theresa Payton, Fortalice Solutions; co-founder, Dark Cube

Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy. As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Theresa is a proven leader and influencer who works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats.

Theresa began her career in financial services, where she coupled her deep understanding of technology systems with visionary leadership, executing complex IT strategies and winning new business. Following executive roles Bank of America and Wachovia, Theresa served as the first female chief information officer at the White House, overseeing IT operations for President George W. Bush and his staff.

In 2015 Theresa was named a William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service. She is the author of several publications on IT strategy and cybersecurity and a frequent speaker on IT risk. In 2014 she co-authored, with Ted Claypoole, the book Privacy in the Age of Big Data​: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family, which was subsequently featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart.

Among her numerous accolades and recognitions, Theresa was named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine and One of Infosec’s Rising Stars and Hidden Gems by Tripwire. In 2005 she was honored as Charlotte, NC’s Woman of the Year.

Nomination: “Outstanding leader in Cybersecurity. Effective educator and response partner.”

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8. Troels Oerting, chair, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum

Troels Oerting, Group Chief Security Officer & Group Chief Information Security Officer at Barclays was appointed 2017 Chairman of the Board at the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). The GCA is an international, non-profit organisation dedicated to confronting cyber risk and improving our connected world.

On his appointment Troels said: “I look forward to my year as Chairman of the GCA. Over the past year, since its inception in late 2015, tremendous strides have been made in development of projects that will have dramatic impact on the state of cyber security. Systemic cyber risk is an issue that every organisation – large or small, public or private – needs to address for themselves, their customers and to improve the digital world we all live in. The work GCA does is important for all.”

Nomination: “Excellent leadership and support for women in cyber”

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7. Chris Cubbage, Director & Executive Editor, MySecurity Media; Director & Principal, Amlec House

Chris is a certified security professional with 30 years private and government sector experience. Chris spent 15 years in law enforcement and since a similar period as an established, independent security consultant and commentator. Chris is widely published, including author of two books, multiple media websites, online TV and hosts the Cyber Security Weekly Podcast.

“Chris is a Certified Protection Professional with ASIS International, Certified Information Systems Auditor with ISACA, Registered Security Professional of Australasia, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an honours degree in Security Science with Edith Cowan University and diplomas in policing, criminal investigation and business management.”

Rachel Tobac, Social Proof Security

6. Rachel Tobac, co-founder and CEO, Social Proof Security

Thanks to Hackerone: CEO and Co-founder of SocialProof Security, Rachel Tobac hacks people. Using a phone, email, and an approachable persona, Rachel discovers vital information that can be used to craft successful exploits.

In her own words: “I’m a social engineer and the CEO / Co-founder of SocialProof Security. We hack companies via their people, and then train those companies on social engineering so they can limit their risk. In my spare time, I am the Chair of the Board for the nonprofit Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) which works to advance women in those fields.

“Before I was a hacker, I studied Neuroscience and Behaviorism in college, was a special needs educator for years, a UX Researcher, and now I hack and train people, too. People sometimes think that Neuroscience, Behaviorism, or my other careers aren’t linked to hacking but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The skills I used doing Applied Behavioral Analysis are the same skills I use to infiltrate companies.”

Vandana Verma, IBM

5. Vandana Verma, IBM

Nomination: “Vandana comes from strong application security background and she is part of multiple security communities such as Volunteer Coordinator – Asia Pacific for OWASP Women in Appsec (WIA) & OWASP WIA Secretary, Women Cybersecurity Society, OWASP Bangalore Chapter Leader and Heading InfoSecGirls. She has given talks and workshops at many colleges and security conferences including AppSec Europe, AppSec USA, BSides Delhi, NullCon and cocon. She is trying to bring more women in security not just by giving talks but has given free trainings at the schools, colleges, and conferences. She is always ready to support and train women to be part of the wider domain.”

Mike Gillespie ADvent IM CSCSS

4. Mike Gillespie, ADvent IM/CSCSS

Nomination: “Mike is a tireless security advocate, doing so much pro bono work to help raise awareness of key issues but also to advise Surveillance Camera Commissioner on Cyber Security matters that have practical impacts and widespread ramifications. As a speaker he again offers his years of expertise for nothing; taking every opportunity to raise the profile of the industry to other sectors and bodies. His work with CSCSS is a global project and once again he gives his time to help promote the interests and profile of both the industry and its people whilst raising the global topics that have come to represent cyber threat to all of us. He does all of this with a smile on his face and time for everyone.”


3. Kavya Pearlman, XR Safety Initiative

Nomination: “Kavya Pearlman is well known as “The Protector” or “Cyber Guardian” of two virtual world economies, Second Life and the latest social VR platform called Sansar for her work with Linden Lab. She is one of the Top 20 influencer in Cybersecurity for 2018 as voted by IFSEC. Recently Kavya was awarded 40 under 40 Top Business Executives by San Francisco Business Times for 2019. Kavya is a representative of what a woman can do in spite of adversity, especially if she puts her mind to it. Kavya Grew up in India and came to the United States in 2007.

“Until 2011, Kavya was a cosmetologist and cutting hair for $10 and hour. It was then she read Cyberwar by Richard Clark and saw a window into the future. She could foresee what is happening in today’s threat landscape. Kavya is now a prominent speaker and advocate for women in security. She has successfully implemented multiple security and privacy frameworks including NIST-CSF, ISO27001, EU-US Privacy Shield, PCI-DSS3.2 and most recently GDPR.For her work and contribution to security industry, Kavya won an award for being minority CISO of the year 2018 by ICMCP. Kavya is an amazing inspiration for women and under represented communities in security and an inspiration figure for many around the world.”

Dr Maria Milosavljevic, New South Wales Government

2. Dr Maria Milosavljevic, chief data officer, Department of Human Services, Australian Government

LinkedIn: I’m an Artificial Intelligence expert with a long history of world-firsts and transformational change, mostly in security, intelligence, risk & governance.

– In 1989 I created the world’s first successful thermodynamic model of a processing plant, winning a Premier’s Award.
– In 1991 I enhanced this with AI reasoning to create one of the first predictive analytics systems in the world.
– In 1995 on a highly competitive PhD scholarship with Microsoft, I invented the first AI-generated adaptive website in the world. This system used advanced AI and profiling to customise content to the user’s knowledge. I published widely and today we see this sort of customer profiling and analytics on websites everywhere.
– As CIO & CISO at the Australian Crime Commission I was the key driver in the establishment of the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Centre which won an iAward and Australian Computer Society Digital Disrupter Award. We built a data lake with advanced AI / analytics before these terms entered the vernacular. This created enormous efficiencies across the agency.
– As CIO & CISO of AUSTRAC I led the creation of an Innovation Hub and leading-edge data analytics / AI capabilities for the Fintel Alliance, a world-first public-private partnership between AUSTRAC and its public and private sector partners.
– As the NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO) I’m privileged to work across the NSW government, consult with industry leaders, research groups, domestic and overseas governments to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security.

My qualifications include:
– PhD in Artificial Intelligence on a prestigious scholarship from the Microsoft Research Institute
– Executive Masters of Public Administration from ANU and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
– Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

I’ve been a speaker at hundreds of conferences globally.

“Cybersecurity thought leader in Australia, recognised for her broad range of technical expertise, including in AI, and the application of cyber security in emerging areas; strong interface between governments and the private sector and supports others in the development of cyber security strategies and implementation. Brings action to ideas and is recognised in the community for her independent voice, practical approach and support for women in technology. People want to work for Maria for what they can learn from her directly.”

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1. Dr Reem Al-Shammari, Team Leader Information Security “CISO”, Kuwait Oil Company

Dr. Reem Al-Shammari is a leader who have made a huge change to the maturity of the Oil and Gas sector cyber security which plays a critical role to her country’s national cybersecurity in a very short time, Dr. Reem has leveraged capabilities of Kuwait Oil company (one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas Companies that comprises a huge and complex highly integrated IT & OT systems whose confidentiality, availability and integrity are paramount for business operations) by leading several initiatives going through all limitations and constrains. She is a very passionate leader whom had worked hard despite all challenges to do remarkable positive impacts reaching national, regional and international levels in Cyber Security in a very remarkable timeframe.

She successfully achieved CyberSecurity success stories in positioning her company as a Strategic leading company in the Kuwait Oil &Gas sector, also leading initiatives at national, regional and international levels including being a CoFounder of the Women in CyberSecurity MiddleEast (WiCSME) Group “+400 members” and presenting the Oil and Gas sector in Academic Advisory Committees serving her society by leading programs development to update colleges’ curriculums with  up-to-date market needs.

In the organization as well in the industry, she’s recognized as an “Innovator” and “Wild Card” who is known to innovate and continues to ‘push the envelope’ to get to the most optimum outcome on an initiative or a project.

She’s published various articles in Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), earned various recognitions through her career journey, most recent awards are “Women Security Leaders Award” in the MiddleEast Security Awards (MESA) for 2019 & 2018; CISO50 Awards (MiddleEast) 2019; CISO30 Awards 2018 (MiddleEast); and KOC’s CEO‘s HSSE Award 2017 & 2018.

Her peers in the industry regard her as an innovator and wild card who continues to ‘push the envelope’”

Security tech design, development & integration

Mark Porterfield, Whelan Security

5. Mark Porterfield, Senior VP of Operations & Field Support, Whelan Security

Innovative and accomplished operations executive with demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a highly competitive industry and fast paced environment. Proven strong ability to identify process deficiencies and improve key performance areas. Advised, lead, and facilitated change within corporate environments while meeting and exceeding internal and external client expectations, on-time and within budget.

Over 30 years of experience in a combination of security and law enforcement leadership positions of progressively increasing responsibility. Achieved a progressive track record of successfully managing P&L business areas in commercial and government security services markets.

Accomplished strategic thinker and team builder. Deemed a progressive problem solver tasked with developing and launching complex company initiatives.

I am an established “leading” security practitioner and well respected in the Security Industry.

Many years of experience managing/building/growing P&L operations in security services markets and managing security risks for multiple customers in multiple environments.

Currently serving as Senior Vice President & Chief Security Officer for a 125+ million Security Services firm based in St. Louis, MO.

Most recently managed the $140M+ nationwide Government Services Division and the $100M Mid-Atlantic Region for AlliedBarton Security. This includes leadership of multiple offices and almost 3000 Security Officers at over 200 customer locations.

Managed the $400 million Southeast Region for AlliedBarton Security as VP of Operations.

Managed the $62.5M (built from $27.5M) Southeast Florida Region for Burns/Borg-Warner.

Served publicly in law enforcement rapidly excelling from Police Officer – Police Chief at an extraordinary young age.

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4. Jasvir Gill, AlertEnterprise

Nomination: “Through his vision and leadership, Jasvir Gill is driving the long overdue digital transformation of the physical security industry through the development of ground-breaking solutions that converge and extend digital capabilities across IT and physical environments. Founder and CEO of Silicon Valley-based AlertEnterprise Inc., he leads the software company’s fast-growing global business of security convergence solutions, that are being adopted by some of the world’s most prominent and influential Fortune 100 organizations.

“His embrace of technology megatrends like cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning with edge IoT has enabled AlertEnterprise and their customers to reimagine risk management and create successful new approaches to evolving cyber/physical attacks and insider threats. Beloved by the world’s leading CIO and CISOs, his mission to help customer Make Security a Business Enabler has inspired them to rethink traditional measures of security investment success, such as return on investment (ROI), and instead, evaluate their return on data (ROD) as digital transformation delivers significant non-financial benefits including employee experience, compliance, governance, and converged cyber /physical intelligence.

“Jasvir was previously the founder and CEO of Virsa Systems where he grew the company into a global leader of application security software. An early pioneer in establishing governance risk and compliance as a software market segment, Jasvir drove exponential growth of Virsa as an enterprise software provider leading to the acquisition by SAP.”

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3. Keith Bloodworth, founder, CNL Software

Nomination: “Keith Bloodworth is best known as a founder of Axis Communications and as an industry visionary always looking at ways to make security capable of doing more with less. He has invested more than three decades of his life and made huge financial commitments into pushing security out of basement and into the top floor of organizations. Most recently he is the creator of CNL Software, which is at the forefront of physical security development, with users of his software technology ranging from the US government to airports to fortune 500 companies.”

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2. Craig Campbell, CEO, Avante Logixx Inc

Craig Campbell is a passionate entrepreneur and champion of innovation. As Founder and CEO of Resilience Capital, Craig makes controlling investments in stable, profitable companies with high growth potential and a sustainable competitive advantage.

In 1999, at just 22 years old, Craig started his first company – Total Security Management (TSM) – to fill the growing need for full-service security solutions at Canadian financial institutions. Under Craig’s leadership, TSM grew in to Canada’s largest privately held security firm with almost 3,000 employees and a compounded annual growth rate of 28.7%. In 2013, he sold the TSM brand and its Canadian guard services unit to a global protection firm.

After the sale of TSM, Craig created Resilience Capital as a vehicle to support entrepreneurship. The investment holding company owns controlling stakes in, 3i Partners, and Presidio Integrated Security. Resilience is also provided seed capital and is the largest investor in Peloton Innovations, the world’s only startup studio focused exclusively on the rapidly evolving security industry.

Craig has frequently been recognized for his business accomplishments, named Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young in 2004. In 2010, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™

Craig embraces life-long learning. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s prestigious three-year OPM program, and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management’s Director’s Education Program.

Craig is active in the community, and contributes his time and expertise to a number of local charities. He is a founding member of a philanthropic cycling group, Les Domestiques, which has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charities across North America. He has served on the boards of several professional organizations. He currently sits on the board at Pathways to Education, and is a past board member for the Ontario chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

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1. Pierre Racz, CEO & founder, Genetec

Prior to founding Genetec in 1997, Pierre worked as Principal Engineer at DMR (Fujitsu Consulting), a system integration house with worldwide presence. He has over 30 years of hardware and software development experience and holds extensive knowledge in the physical security industry. Pierre is also involved in the formulation of the company’s objectives as well as the execution of its worldwide strategies.

“Innovation, Influence, Impact in the Security Industry”


Fire safety

Martin Weller, Associate Director (Fire Engineering), Atkins

10. Martin Weller, Associate Director (Fire Engineering), Atkins

Fire safety engineer and Chartered Physicist with over 35 years’ experience in fire safety design, fire safety management, research and in the nuclear industry. Experienced in the specification, design and management of all aspects of fire safety and fire protection. Extensive knowledge of fire testing and research, having had a management role in two UKAS accredited fire testing laboratories. Was for nearly 13 years London Underground/Transport for London’s Principal Fire Engineer and Head of Profession (Fire Engineering) with responsibility for the safety, functionality and compliance of all the fire protection engineering on the LU network and its associated premises.

Particular expertise in the application of risk assessment to fire engineering design, in fire safety management, compliance with fire safety legislation and the provision of advice to end-users on the management and maintenance of their fire protection systems, working to British, European and international standards (including NFPA). Experienced standards author – was the responsible manager for London Underground’s fire engineering standards suite and co-author of both BS 9999 and CIBSE Guide E (Fire Engineering). Chairman of FSH/14/-/9, currently drafting BS 9992 – the new British Standard for fire safety in railway infrastructure and a member of the BSI committee FSH/14 – ‘Fire Precautions in Buildings’.

Nomination: “Martin has long served the fire and safety sector in transport, health and safety, and energy generation. He’s impartial, well informed and courteous.”

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9. Nick Coombe MBE, Strategic Technical Advisor for Fire Safety, London Fire Brigade

Nick, who is the Brigade’s Strategical Technical Advisor for Fire Safety, has 37 years’ experience with London Fire Brigade, with more than 20 of those spent in Fire Safety which has led to him being regarded as a leading contributor and expert on fire safety regulation policy at both national and local level. His contributions include Government training and policy documents to support the introduction of the Regulatory Reform Order for fire and rescue services, the Residential Care Home Guide and the 2017 NFCC Specialised Housing Guidance.

Nick, who lives in Crawley, joined the Brigade as a firefighter in 1981 and spent most of his early career in South London. He joined Fire Safety as a Station Officer in 1994 and was promoted to Group Manager and then Deputy Head of Fire Safety. After leading on fire safety at the London 2012 Olympics, he retired operationally before returning to the position he currently holds.

Coombe was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List. “I’m really shocked and had to read the letter about 10 times – I was very surprised and wondered if it was a wind up,” he said of the award. “I’m absolutely chuffed, but I would like to say that although it will be me getting the award, I will be collecting it on behalf of my colleagues. It really is a team effort – there’s a fantastic fire safety team in London – I also feel that this award is a recognition of the fact that work to prevent fires and make buildings safer is as important as responding to fires when they happen.”

“Nick has been in he fire safety business for over 25 years and is currently leading the fire services response to hackitt. He sits on some of the leading groups that will shape the future landscape.”

Colin Todd

8. Colin Todd, founder, C.S. Todd & Associates Ltd

Colin Todd formed C.S. Todd & Associates Ltd in 1982 after years of experience in risk management and fire protection engineering. His team includes both chartered engineers and fire safety professionals with local authority fire and rescue service experience. Consultants undertaking fire risk assessments are all listed on the IFE’s register of fire risk assessors.

The practice offers consultancy services in all aspects of fire safety, including fire risk assessments, surveys and audits, fire safety design and management, fire engineering/fire safety strategies, specifications for fire protections systems such as sprinklers, fire detection and alarms and gaseous extinguishing systems, and fire training. The practice also conducts investigations into the suitability of existing fire protection systems and fire safety designs and acts as expert witnesses for contract disputes and litigation cases.

Under Todd’s stewardship C.S. Todd & Associates Ltd has also been instrumental in educating responsible persons on their new-found legal role since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which placed the burden of responsibility for fire safety squarely on the shoulders of building owners or managers, was introduced. The practice is certificated by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) under the recent UKAS accreditated scheme for companies that carry out fire risk assessments, BAFE SP 205.

It was also the first consultancy practice to be registered with BAFE for the design and verification of fire detection and alarm systems under the SP203 scheme.

“Colin Todd has an unrivalled career in fire safety from providing national guidance ,training and expert witness work. He stands out in this field for his technical expertise, going the extra mile and fairness to all. His work ethic is tremendous and always manages to deliver on time despite being so in demand.”

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7. Tom Brookes, owner and managing director, Lindum Fire; chair, Fire & Security Association

Tom is owner and managing director of Lincolnshire-based Lindum Fire Services, which has clients from Inverness to Cornwall.

Other roles include Chairman of the Fire and Security Association, Director of British Fire Consortium, Council member of BAFE council and BSI committee member of six fire alarm standards. He sits on no fewer than nine British Standard Institute Technical committees  and was heavily involved with the writing of the BS5839 series.Tom is a member of Working Group 5 at the Fire Industry Association.

“Tom has shown he has a vast array of knowledge in the fire industry, whenever presented with a question/issue there is always a positive answer to enable you to move forward. Tom displays outstanding knowledge in all aspects of the fire industry.”

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6. Sir Ken Knight

Sir Ken’s fire service career spanned over 40 years during which time he served as a fire chief in a number of UK fire and rescue services before being appointed as London’s Fire Commissioner in 2003. From 2007 until January 2013, Sir Ken was the UK Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England, advising on fire policy matters and providing advice during major emergencies and planning for the 2012 London Olympics.

Sir Ken has produced a number of organisational reviews including:

  • A report for UK Government on the fire and rescue services response to widespread flooding in 2007
  • An efficiencies review of the 46 fire and rescue services in England commissioned by the Government
  • A report commissioned by Government following high rise fatal fire in London in 2009

Sir Ken also completed a review of the fire and rescue services in Southern Ireland, Bermuda and Gibraltar and the national fire safety and civil defense arrangements in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. Sir Ken is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He continues to provide advice to both private and public sector organisations and is the Chairman of Gresham (SMS) Ltd.

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, London in 2017 in which 72 people tragically lost their lives, Sir Ken was appointed as the Chair of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel by the UK Government and continues in that role today. Her Majesty the Queen awarded Sir Ken the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 1991 and the CBE in 2001. Sir Ken was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fire and rescue service.

“Sir Ken Knight, has been at the forefront of the fire sector for many years. His professionalism, outstanding dedication and devotion to the sector is clear for all to see. Sir Ken from leaving his post as UK Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue, was commissioned by the Government to undertake a review of all the 46 Fire and Rescue Authorities in England.

“The Facing the Future report was published in 2013. In more recent times, Sir Ken Knight, was the lead Commissioner for the Tower Hamlets issues, and of late, Sir Ken currently sits as the Chair of the Grenfell Tower Independent Expert Advisory Panel. This panel sits to advise the Government on immediate safety action following the Grenfell Tower fire. Sir Ken with his wealth of experience overseas the work going on within in fire and building safety, including testing processes, and are drawing in wider technical expertise as necessary to inform this advice. Sir Ken is so passionate about the Fire and Emergency Service Sector and he never stops working for the good of others.”

Simon Lay, Director, OFR Consultants

5. Simon Lay, Director, OFR Consultants

With 20 years fire engineering experience from Arup, WSP and AECOM, Simon Lay  co-founded OFR Consultants in 2016. Throughout his career, he has been involved with projects in the USA, UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, Hong Kong & China.

Simon is a highly respected figure in the fire engineering industry and has represented OFR Consultants at the highest levels, including his current role as Fellow of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Simon has produced practical, innovative solutions using performance based design to deliver safe, sustainable results. These projects have included the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi, the City of Manchester Commonwealth Games Stadium, Rio Olympics 2016 venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerp and The Shard in London. He has also acted as an expert witness and advisor for several clients.

“A highly respected Fire Engineer for over 20 years, recognised globally, having carried out projects in the USA, UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, Hong Kong and China. Co-founded OFR Fire and Risk Consultants in the UK in 2016 – it has since grown to over 40 staff across 7 UK offices, delivering projects across the UK and around the world. His insights and opinions are widely respected in his role as Fellow of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, this has helped shape the debate on industry issues following the Grenfell Tower disaster.”

Dame Judith Hackitt

4. Dame Judith Hackitt

From Wikipedia: Dame Judith Elizabeth Hackitt is a former Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive and current Chair of manufacturing trade body EEF.

Hackitt, who graduated in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London in 1975, worked for Exxon Chemicals for 15 years at the Fawley Refinery. She joined the Chemical Industries Association in 1998 and became its Director General from 2002 to 2005. She then worked in Brussels for the European Chemical Industries Council (CEFIC) before being appointed Chair of the Health and Safety Commission in 2007. She became Chair of the Health and Safety Executive on 1 April 2009 when the two organizations merged. She was President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers from 2013 to 2014. She was a senior non-executive director and trustee of the Energy Saving Trust, a non-Exec director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and a trustee of the City & Guilds Group.

In 2016, she took over as Chair of manufacturing trade body EEF from Martin Temple, who himself then became Chair of the Health and Safety Executive. She is currently the Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which was commissioned by the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire. The Review’s Interim Report was published in December 2017. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010, and currently chairs the External Affairs Committee. She is also a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a member of its council. Hackitt was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 for services to health and safety and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to engineering and health and safety. She was listed in the Top 50 Women in UK Engineering by the Telegraph in 2016.

“Undertook review of Building Regulations for HMG and declared them not fit for purpose. Worked in HSE before this where she oversaw a culture change in the construction industry on H & S. She wants another culture change away from ‘cheapest is best’ culture in the industry now, which we support.  Her report is a excellent and contains 57 recommendations almost all of which will be implemented by HMG.”

Dennis Davies CBE - Fire Sector Federation

3. Dennis Davis CBE, vice chairman, Fire Sector Federation

Dennis Davis is former HM Chief Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland, Chief Fire Officer for Cheshire and President of both the Institution of Fire Engineers and UK Chief Fire Officers Association. Currently he serves as Vice Chairman of the Fire Sector Federation and Vice President of the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services – CTIF.

A qualified fire engineer, visiting professor and experienced operational commander in firefighting and rescue service delivery in the UK Dennis operates internationally, including participation in EU research, sharing and advising using his specialist knowledge.

“For driving change and delivery in the Federation, which is now working more effectively with Government and other sectors”

Tom Gilbert Frankhams RMS

2. Tom Gilbert, Head of Fire Safety, Lendlease

Tom is the head of fire safety at Lendlease. Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group, with approximately 13,000 employees across operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Lendlease employees help to create places that leave a positive legacy with a focus on health and safety, our customers, innovation and sustainability.

Tom has extensive experience implementing strategic fire risk management systems across a number of sectors including construction, corporate banking, manufacturing, hospitality, housing, museums and universities. Tom has been engaged by a number of the current G15 of housing associations to direct strategic fire risk management change and consultancy services around assurance.

Tom is the residential lead at the Tall Buildings Fire Safety Network (TBFSN) and is previous chair of the technical committee of the National Social Housing Fire Safety Group (NSHFSG). He has worked on a number of specialist interest groups, the most significant of which was the “temporary change to simultaneous evacuation strategy in purpose built blocks of flats” guidance, following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Tom is passionate about the fire sector and contributes as a speaker at the London Build, AMIP, CAMIP, NHMF, TBFSN and CIH conferences.

Tom has worked to create an accessible, humorous and informative podcast and vlog for the sector entitled “the openfire podcast” which he co hosts with Dave Calvert.

“Tom Gilbert constantly strives to advance the competence and awareness of fire safety issues to both the sector and peers with professional dedication. Tom is a regular presenter at events where fire safety of tall residential buildings is the focus of the audience, plus is a regular contributor and supported of fire professionals on LinkedIn. I for one, have full respect for Tom and the career episodes he has had.”

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1. Ian Moore, CEO, Fire Industry Association

Ian joined the FIA in September 2015 as the new CEO. Previously to this Ian was the Managing Director of several companies operating in the fire and security industry the most recent being Elmdene International and as a Vice President of Potter Signal. Recently Chairman of the BSIA Export Council and BSIA Operating Board, member of several fire and security committees, he has a wealth of experience to bring. Having lived in Oman, Taiwan and UAE, Ian also brings strong International experience to support any export activities of the FIA and its members.

“A superb networker, Ian has ensured that the FIA have been fully engaged with every aspect of government led activity post-Grenfell”

“In his role as CEO of the FIA Ian has worked tirelessly to increase the profile of the Fire Industry at all levels, having particular success at Goverment Levels. This has required a huge amount of dedication and sacrifice of family time. Another very important area which Ian has been driving is to increase the level of compedency within the Industry. He has lead the FIA team in achieving Awarding Orgaisation status and developing a set of training courses which will give qualifications of an NVQ level, something which the industry has not had before.”

Judging panel

Lead judge: Grant Lecky, co-founder, Security Partners Forum

Grant Lecky Msc, CSyP, CBCP, CMCP, CORP is co-founder of the Security Partners Forum (SPF), a network of security professionals that fosters greater communication and collaboration between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across Canada. Lecky is also business continuity and strategic planning officer at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in the Canadian government.

Grant, an Expert Network Member (Risk & Resilience) at the World Economic Forum, won five prestigious accolades in 2017 alone, including a spot on the Canadian Who’s Who and an Outstanding Achievement in Global Cybersecurity (OAGCS) Award from the Ontario College of Management and Technology.

His latest award is the the Bill Zalud Memorial Award for professional excellent/outstanding service in the security profession.

As well being named the 10th most influential professional in the security management category in IFSEC Global’s 2017 rankings (and 12th overall in 2014), Grant was included in Security Magazine’s Most Influential People in Security in 2012.

View Grant’s LinkedIn profile to find out about his other accolades and accomplishments.

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