Influencer Awards

Revealed: The IFSEC Global influencers in Security 2022


Managing Editor, IFSEC Insider

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James Moore is the Managing Editor of IFSEC Insider, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry.James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Insider, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
June 15, 2022


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We are delighted to reveal the IFSEC Global influencers in Security 2022.

Chosen based on nominations judged by a panel of highly respected judges, the influencers span several categories (six specifically for security), with nominees and winners coming from across the globe.

You can find the Influencers in Fire Safety for 2022 in a separate post, here. 

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 a limited number of nominations themselves, which were then scored by the other judges.


Head Judge, Grant Lecky

Some categories have different numbers of influencers compared to others, which reflects the number and quality of nominations submitted for this year’s process.

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

We’d also like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination, and congratulate all those who were nominated, whether they are named here or not – both the quality and quantity of entries was extremely high this year. It is quite clear the passion so many of the professionals involved in security and fire safety hold for their respective sectors, and the IFSEC Global Influencer awards are designed to recognise the commitments from individuals across the globe, as widely as possible.

Only those nominated were eligible for the judging process. It is also worth noting that there is occasional crossover between some of these categories (for example, end users and security executives). To be clear, each category is as prestigious as each other, and individuals selected in the categories were purely based on their nominated category.

IFSEC Global Security & Fire Influencers 2022 – the categories

Commercial Security – Security Executives

Commercial Security – Association Figures/Academics/Thought Leaders

Commercial Security – End users (including some Security Directors/Heads of Security)

Cyber Security Professionals

Commercial Security – Manufacturers/Vendors/Integrators/Installers

One to Watch – Security

Security Executives

1) Bonnie Michelman, Executive Director of Police, Security & Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital

Bonnie Michelman’s extensive leadership and security management experience cross diverse industries and national boundaries. Currently she is the Executive Director of Police, Security and Outside Services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and also serves as the Security Leader for Mass General Brigham, MGH’s parent organization. Her security operations protect the patients, visitors, staff and assets of 15 hospitals and hundreds of offsite facilities. Under Bonnie’s direction, MGH won the Lindberg Bell Award for the nation’s finest healthcare security program in 1999, 2007, and 2018. Bonnie’s list of industry leadership roles include ISMA President, ASIS International President, President of IAHSS Foundation, IFPO board member, and Homeland Security Advisory Council board member, among many others. Bonnie’s credentials include 25 years as Instructor at Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice. Bonnie’s leadership recognition includes Woman of Valor, ASIS International; Security Innovator of the Year, Security Industry Association; and 2-time winner of the Presidential Award of the Year, IAHSS. She has an MBA, an MS in Criminal Justice, and a BA in Government and Sociology. She holds CPP and CHPA certifications.

2) Anderson Fagundes Silva, Head of Loss Prevention Transportation, Mercado Livre Brazil

Head of Loss Prevention Transportation at Mercado Livre Brazil, Anderson has over 25 years of experience in security, risk and crisis management. He was an Army Officer of the Brazilian Military Police, and worked for large organizations in the areas of ports, airports, logistics, industry and tobacco. He has participated as a speaker in several international seminars and conferences focused on port & maritime security, logistics security and risk management. Among others, Anderson holds the CBCP Certified Business Continuity Professional certification, and the Executive Course of Senior Executives in National and International Security and Leadership in Crises from Harvard University – US. He is a Master’s student in Risk, Crisis & Disaster Management at the University of Leicester-United Kingdom. He helped to translate and adapt ISO 28000 in Brazil, while is also a Member of ASIS, OSAC and the OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum.

3) Eric Clay, Vice President of Security Services, Memorial Hermann Health System

Eric Sean Clay is a security executive with more than three decades of law enforcement and security experience. Mr. Clay is sought after as a subject matter expert in security issues, delivering presentations at national conferences, as well as frequently appearing in security industry trade publications as an author and interviewee. Mr. Clay serves as the Vice President of Security Services for Memorial Hermann Health System, providing security leadership for 450 security and law enforcement officers at the System’s 17 hospitals and 250 care sites located throughout Houston, Texas. Mr. Clay has earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in Criminology, an MBA, and a graduate certificate in Police Leadership. Mr. Clay has also earned the IAHSS Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator certification, and the ASIS ‘Triple Crown’ through earning the Certified Protection Professional, Physical Security Professional, and Professional Certified Investigator certifications.

4) Adriaan Bosch, Head of Loss Prevention, Pep

Adriaan Bosch is the Head of Loss Prevention for Pep, Africa’s largest single brand retailer. After serving five years in the British Army’s Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, he returned to South Africa in 2007, starting as a security guard and systematically worked his way up. An independent thinker with a global perspective and a working background across four continents, he often challenges conventional knowledge and the western view of security risk management. His ability to strategise, formulate and implement solutions that deliver tangible results in challenging operating environments is legendary. A University of Stellenbosch Business School graduate, he has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for people and solving complex security problems. He has served as ASIS chapter chairperson while building relations between the private and public sector. Adriaan believes it is not about what he did in the past, but what he is still going to do.

5) Tony York, Executive Vice President, Paladin Security Group

Well-known for being an engaging and influential leader in the healthcare security field, Tony has had a tremendous impact on shaping the overarching policies and procedures widely used in all leading healthcare facilities. He is a Past President and Board Chair of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety and co-author of Hospital and Healthcare Security, which is widely considered to be the definitive book on hospital security. A founding member and contributing author to the Security Design Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities, Tony has won numerous awards for his contributions to the advancement of healthcare security. As Executive Vice President for the Paladin Security Group, he is growing and strengthening the healthcare specific offerings for its family of companies – Paladin Security, PalAmerican Security, Paladin Risk Solutions and Paladin Technologies. Tony acquired an Executive MBA from the University of Denver and previously obtained a Master of Science in Loss Prevention and Safety from Eastern Kentucky University.

6) Devon Bryan, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Carnival Corporation

Devon Bryan joined Carnival Corporation in October 2021 as the Global CISO with responsibilities for conceiving, implementing and leading technology solutions that assure compliance, protect personal data and corporate assets, increase organizational capability and advance productivity within Carnival Corporation and our world-leading cruise line brands. His information security career began in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Captain and lead network security engineer, while he has held several CISO roles at leading organizations since. Devon is Co-founder of Cyversity, now ICMCP (International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals), a non-profit which he launched in 2014 and geared toward improving the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the field of cybersecurity. Devon received a Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics from South Dakota Technological University and a Master of Science, Computer Science from Colorado Technological University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He holds multiple cybersecurity certifications.

7) Jamil Farshchi, Chief Information Security Officer, Equifax

As the Chief Information Security Officer, Jamil Farshchi is responsible for ensuring the security of the company’s digital assets as well as transforming the Equifax cybersecurity program into a world-class capability. Farshchi, an award-winning change leader, has spent his career building industry-leading cybersecurity programs to protect some of the world’s most sensitive assets, particularly in times of urgent need. Most recently, Farshchi, in his role as CISO, successfully led a similar rebuilding effort to mature The Home Depot into an information security leader following what was one of the largest cyber breaches in history. Prior to The Home Depot, Farshchi was named the first CISO at Time Warner Inc. in 2014, and was responsible for the defence of entities such as Warner Bros., CNN, and HBO. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Information Security and Privacy at Georgia Tech, and the Piedmont Park Conservancy, and is also a mentor in the Columbia University Technology Management program. Farshchi holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

8) Harold Wax, Global Security Director, PepsiCo

Harold has been working in the corporate security field for over 24 years and holds his CPP, PCI and CFCI professional designations. Harold is currently the Director of Global Security for PepsiCo, responsible for security management for all Canadian operations. Harold is considered a subject matter expert with respect to check fraud and organised financial crime, as well as critical infrastructure protection/counter-terrorism. Harold also has an extensive volunteer law enforcement career serving as an Auxiliary Member of the Ontario Provincial Police for 25 years, as well as holding a Reserve Police Officer commission with the Lafayette Police Department in Lafayette, Louisiana. Harold is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers as well as the Ontario Auxiliary Policing Medal, while in 2020 he was recognised as the Canadian Security Director of the Year.

9) Marisa Randazzo, Executive Director for Threat Management, Ontic

Dr. Marisa Randazzo is the Executive Director for Threat Management at Ontic. She was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SIGMA Threat Management Associates LLC, which was acquired by Ontic in September 2021. She is recognized internationally as an expert on threat assessment & threat management, school shootings and other types of targeted violence, and protective intelligence investigations. She also serves as Director of Threat Assessment for Georgetown University. Previously, Dr. Randazzo served for ten years with the U.S. Secret Service, most recently as the agency’s Chief Research Psychologist. Among her various responsibilities, she co-directed the Safe School Initiative, the landmark federal study of school shootings that was conducted jointly by the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Randazzo is an accomplished presenter and instructor on threat assessment investigations, while her research is used in the federal, state, and local law enforcement communities and has been credited in the media with preventing planned attacks. She is co-author of two leading books on threat assessment: The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment and  Management  Teams (2008) and Implementing Behavioral Threat Assessment on Campus: A Virginia Tech Demonstration Project (2009).


10) Avtar Singh, Chief of Security & Intelligence, Aluminium Business

Mr. Avtar Singh is the Chief of Security & Intelligence of Aluminium Business. He is Associate Vice President & additionally takes cares of admin, fire AND external affairs at BALCO & Security Automation across Aluminium Business-Vedanta. With more than 20 years of diverse experience in security, supply chain & telecommunications, Mr. Singh has a rich and demonstrated history of working in hydrocarbon, telecommunications, metals & mining business. In the past, he set-up the Security Network Operations Centre for Jio and was the head of Global Security Operations Centre at Reliance. Mr. Singh was part of the most coveted leadership program called CAP at Reliance. He was commended for his work by Mr. Mukesh Ambani (Chairman & MD of Reliance Group) in his interview with a renowned national newspaper. He was also the face of the Reliance Official website along with five other leaders for almost a year. He has been appreciated by many notable industry leaders for his extensive work in security transformation.

11) Elvira Sanchez Chapa, Vice President, Chief Information Officer & Data Protection Officer, DHL Express

Elvira is an experienced Vice President Chief Information Officer, awarded as one of the 100 most powerful Women in Business in México, HITEC TOP 50 in Iberoamérica, CIO100 and Top 50 Cybersecurity Women in LATAM. With proven experience transforming IT in logistics, consumer goods, chemical, food & beverages, agricultural and energy production companies, Elvira is skilled in several areas. These include Cloud ERP (Oracle cloud,SAP4/hana), eCommerce (Oracle, Magento), CRM (Salesforce), Disruptive Technologies (IoT, industrie 4.0, AI,Blockchain, machine learning), Digital marketing, Cybersecurity and Start-ups. Elvira is a strong information technology professional with a PHD focused in Neurosciences , digital customer and cybercriminal behaviour. (Bio from LinkedIn)

12) Lisa Oliveri, Director of Global Risk Management, Security & Operations, National Democratic Institute

Lisa Oliveri, CPP, PCI, is the Director of Global Risk Management, Security and Operations at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). NDI is a non-profit organization that works in partnership around the world to strengthen and safeguard democratic institutions, processes, norms, and values to secure a better quality of life for all. Lisa has extensive experience managing global safety and security functions for international non-government organizations, faith-based organizations, and academic institutions. Prior to her career in security, Lisa was a science teacher with an interest in international development and healthcare ethics. She holds an M.S. in Education and an M.A. in International Affairs from Fordham University. Lisa is a dedicated volunteer, trainer, and advocate for young professionals and women in security. She is the Chair of ASIS International’s CSO Center Board and past Chair of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) International Development Sector Committee.

13) Jason Lau, CISO,

Jason Lau is a multiple award-winning cybersecurity and data privacy professional with over 20 years’ experience, and is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at, and Adjunct Professor for Cybersecurity and Privacy at one of the top Business Schools in Asia. Jason participates on multiple global Think Tanks including the World Economic Forum (WEF) expert network, Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), Forbes Technology Council, and ITU Digital Currency Global Initiative Vice Team Lead for the Security and Assurance working group, and Advisory Board to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Jason was recently included in the global CSO30 list, and awarded, “Business Magazine Executive of the Year (Cybersecurity)” and “Executive of the Year (Data Privacy)” to name a few.

14) Stephen Smith, founder & Chief Executive, Satori Risk

Stephen is the founder and Chief Excutive of Satori Risk, an enterprise security risk management business. He has over 25 years’ experience across security, technologies, resilience, and risk management industries, with a focus on delivering enterprise security risk management solutions. He works with practice outcomes, focusing on assisting businesses to thrive in complex, and rapidly changing environments. He incorporates shaping the organisational strategies along with broader people development. In 2017, he was a key part of the gold command team during the UK’s largest evacuation since World War II of 5500 Camden residents following the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Stephen served in the British Army as a section commander, and was deployed on several operational tours. He is still involved in mentoring veterans who are seeking a career in the security industry.

15) Buduka Addey Johnson, Managing Director, EPSS Private Security Services

Buduka Addey Johnson is an accomplished and profound entrepreneur with a track record of strategy and policy implementation. She has empowered sundry students with the Certified Protection Officer (CPO) Course by sponsoring them through the School of Management and Security Studies, and is passionate about promoting growth and institutional development of the private security industry in Nigeria. Having consulted for various high-profile organisations, she incorporated EPSS Private Security Services Ltd in 2007 where she serves, at present as the Managing Director. In recognition of her expertise, she was appointed to the board of Hamilton Technologies Limited as an Executive Director for four years, and has been the Welfare Officer of the Association of All Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN), Rivers State Chapter since 2014. She is a member of ASIS International and was recently appointed a representative of women in security.

16) Abdulrahman Al-Nimari, VP Cyber Security

A self-motivated renowned cybersecurity expert and a frequent conference speaker with more than 25 years of IT and cybersecurity experience. Always working to advance cyber security and contribute to the community, Al-Nimari has played different roles throughout his career in the government and private sectors, in different IT and cyber security fields: Network/System Administration, IT Management, Cybersecurity Consultation and Architecting. Al-Nimari was awarded the Arab Social Media Cyber Security Influencer Award between 2019-2021 by the Arab Cyber Security Conference in Cairo. He also holds industry standard cyber security and project management certifications: CISSP, CISM, CCISO, PMP, GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, GCUX, GREM, BCVRE.

17) Andri Purnomo, VP of Information Security, DANA

Andri Purnomo is currently VP of Information Security at DANA, a leading e-wallet business in Indonesia, with more than 110 million customers and said to be one of the fastest growing companies in Indonesia according to Apps Annie report. Andri was nominated as best CSO30 in ASEAN and Hongkong for Y2021 from IDG and best CISO in 2019 from BSSN (A Cyber Security Agency in Indonesia). A professional with more than 24 years of experience from various industries and various positions, he also holds a Masters degree in Information Systems and hold several professional qualification certifications.

18) Jason Caissie, VP Operations, Profile Group

A well-known and respected voice in the Canadian security industry for more than two decades, Jason started his career as a private investigator, before expanding his second-generation family business into physical security systems, background screening and threat assessments. He’s held leadership roles in ASIS International since 2006, formerly the Chair of the Toronto Chapter, and currently as both the Senior Regional Vice President, Group 6 (Canada) and the Nominating Committee Chair for the North American Board of Directors; he also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Canadian Security Magazine. Jason is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, holds the ‘Triple Crown’ of ASIS designations (PSP, PCI and CPP), has held the CISSP designation from ISC2 since 2007, and most recently earned the Master Investigator designation from the Council of Professional Investigators – Ontario.

19) Daniel Adaramola, Global Chief Information Security Officer

With an extensive technology risk management background spanning over 15 years, Daniel has been instrumental to the success of several organization’s digital risk transformation programs. Has a core competence around Security Operations Centre (SOC) services, management of technical vulnerabilities, IT Security, business continuity management and Governance of cyber security risk. Daniel has facilitated risk management strategy formulation for large enterprises, particularly in the oil services, and telecommunications sectors. He has excellent knowledge of payment card industry operations, financial service business processes and has been involved in auditing core banking applications, and mission critical card payment platforms. Daniel is a highly sought after technical resource, and has spoken at over 50+ conferences globally.

20) Ray O’Hara, Executive Vice President, Executive Protection and Intelligence Services, Allied Universal

Ray brings more than 30 years of experience in the consulting and investigations services field, corporate security and law enforcement to his position. His experience includes managing large-scale security consulting and investigations projects in emerging markets and developing international executive protection, crisis management and response plans. Most recently, he led the consulting and investigations business for a Multi-National Security Corporation; a position that involved work globally. Prior to entering the corporate security sector, Ray was a supervising detective for the Los Angeles Police Department. Ray has served as Chairman of the Board and President of the ASIS International Board of Directors and has served as President of ASIS’ Professional Certification Board and Chair of the ASIS International Investigations Council. He is a founding member and the first Chair of The Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management, a partnership of leading international security organizations formed to address issues surrounding the convergence of traditional and logical security. Ray recently founded and is President of the Global Security Risk Management Alliance (GSRMA), an organization focusing on Enterprise Security Risk Management. Ray was recently awarded the 2017 Don Walker award for Executive Leadership.

Association Figures/Academics/Thought Leaders

1) Michael Gips, Principal, Global Insights in Professional Security

Michael Gips, JD, CPP, CSyP, CAE, is a security professional, attorney, writer, researcher, executive, and principal of Global Insights in Professional Security. He is also a senior advisor for Cardinal Point Strategies and the Network Contagion Research Institute, a leadership columnist for Security Magazine, and an associate with the insider risk firm Signpost Six. The former Chief Global Knowledge and Learning Officer for ASIS International, Mike founded the CSO Roundtable (now CSO Center) and served as editor and publisher of Security Management. Mike was named 2022 Outstanding U.S. Security Consultant (OSPAs), IFSEC’s sixth most influential security thought leader in 2021, and one of Security magazine’s most influential people in security in 2019. A graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School, Mike is president of the Global Life Safety Alliance and heads the security committee for a large house of worship. He mentors several young professionals.

2) Neil Curtis, Senior Executive, Cybersecurity, DXC Technology

Professor Neil Curtis is a senior executive with DXC Technology’s cybersecurity business and describes himself as a builder of relationships and a key person of influence in the Australian cybersecurity industry. He strives to build capability and connectedness through a range of programs he leads in DXC with the Military and Law Enforcement sectors that lead to a successful transition and the development of new and emerging cybersecurity practitioners. A former soldier and police officer, Neil has been able to bring his expertise into the technology and cybersecurity sector engaging a wide range of experiences across new and emerging technologies, innovations, and digital disruption. Neil volunteers his time on various cybersecurity Boards and leadership groups developing pathways and networks that collaborate to deliver successful security outcomes.

3) Greg Touhill, Director, CERT Division

Gregory J. Touhill is director of the CERT Division of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, where he leads researchers, innovators, collaborators, and transitioners conducting evidence-based research that fortify the cyber ecosystem and protect national security and prosperity. Touhill was appointed as the first chief information security officer (CISO) of the United States government and served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Before joining CMU SEI, he was president of Appgate Federal. Touhill is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, culminating as the chief information officer of the United States Transportation Command. Touhill is the recipient of the Bronze Star medal and the Air Force Science and Engineering Award and retired with the rank of brigadier general. Touhill is an adjunct faculty member of the CMU Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the Deakin University (Australia) Centre for Cybersecurity Research and Innovation.

4) Eddie Sorrells, COO & General Counsel, DSI Security Services

Eddie Sorrells serves as COO and General Counsel for DSI Security Services. Eddie has 31 years of experience and is frequently asked to speak on the latest industry trends and topics and is a leading voice on the evolution of security services. He has appeared on many security media platforms and is the author of Security Litigation: Best Practices for Managing and Preventing Security-Related Lawsuits. Eddie has also been featured in national publications, such as the Wall Street Journal. He is triple crown certified: CPP, PSP, and PCI, and has mentored fellow security professionals in the fundamentals of proper risk assessments, legal strategy, and the roles and responsibilities of security officers. Eddie has also served as an expert witness consulting on key legal issues impacting private security companies. He serves as a board member for The National Association of Security Companies and joined the ASIS International Global Board in 2021.

5) Gavriel Schneider, CEO, Risk 2 Solution

Dr Gavriel (Gav) Schneider is a leader in the field of human based risk management and the psychology of risk. He is the creator of the concept of Presilience which enabled his business to be recognised as among Australia’s most innovative companies in the prestigious AFR innovation awards 2021. He is acknowledged as a leading academic in his field and in his spare time serves as Director of the Post Graduate Psychology of Risk program at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and a senior researcher for the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC). He is the CEO of the Risk 2 Solution group of companies (R2S), which focuses on delivering innovative and cutting-edge solutions in the Risk, Resilience, Cyber, Intelligence, Safety, Security, Medical and Emergency response fields. Dr Gav is a sought-after international speaker and also the author of the highly acclaimed ‘Can I See your Hands: A Guide to Situational Awareness, Personal Risk Management, Resilience and Security’. Gav also won the RMIA Risk Consultant of the Year in 2019.

6) David Scott, Managing Director, Skills for Security

David Scott has worked in the fire and security sector since he was 17. Having completed an apprenticeship with Skills for Security in the fire emergency and security sector, he moved quickly into education, and was given the opportunity to return to Skills for Security in 2019 as the Managing Director. David’s own personal goals are to remove barriers to education in this sector by making training more accessible; improve the standard of the engineer operating in the fire and security sectors; Increase awareness of the fire and security sectors as careers of choice through employers and school leavers. Over the last two and a half years, David has opened six new training centres across the UK with numbers of Fire Emergency and Security Systems apprentices quadrupling. He has also run two successful WorldSkills UK competitions with the security sector and fire sector (2022) now represented on a national level. David has ambitions to have over 3000 apprentices enrolled on Fire Emergency and Security Systems apprenticeships across the UK over the next few years to help eradicate the skills crisis.

7) Andrew Thorburn, Enterprise, Security & Risk Manager, Atlas Gentech NZ

Andrew D. Thorburn is a highly experienced and commercially astute protective security and organisational development consultant with a career that spans both the private and public sectors. Andrew brings over 25 years of security technology and staff services strategy and implementation experience to colleagues and end user clients. Andrew regularly contributes to the profession through voluntary sector leadership, development and delivery of subject matter to special interest groups, such as New Zealand Security Association, ISC2 and ASIS International, and contributes thought leadership pieces for industry online and print publications. He is a past ASIS International Chapter 148 Chairperson and the 2018 New Zealand Security Consultant of the Year. Andrew has demonstrable experience in local and central government critical national infrastructure projects and is currently working on establishing local, but globally supported, industry leadership and governance awards. He is continuing to drive for the development of culturally aligned sector training for indigenous people.

8) Kevin E. Palacios, Certifications Committee Chair, International Foundation for Protection Officers

Kevin Palacios is a security educator with a passion for the professionalization of the global Security Industry. He is an IFPO board member and volunteer leader in charge of all 21 Spanish-speaking countries, and also member of the technical committees that develop the Security Officer Competency Model for the US DOL-CMC, and the Executive Protection security standard for ANSI. Triple crowned by IFPO (CPO, CSSM, and CPOI) and ASIS (CPP, PSP, PCI), with master’s degrees in Education, Business, and Occupational Safety and Health, Palacios is also a published author and frequently presents at events across the world. He has spent more than 25 years serving fortune 500 companies in the South America region.

9) Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, British Security Industry Association

Mike has worked in the security industry for over 25 years, beginning his career in electronic engineering before moving into sales and marketing, rising into senior roles for a variety of organisations. Mike was appointed as Chief Executive of the Association in 2019. The BSIA is a trade association that represents more than 70% of UK companies operating in the professional security industry sector and is recognised as ‘the voice of the professional security industry’. He began his career in electronic engineering before moving into sales, marketing and management, rising into senior roles for a variety of leading blue-chip organisations, such as Honeywell and ADI. He is passionate about the industry with a commitment and drive to identify and develop standards, quality, best practice and professionalism within the security industry. Mike is also a board director of Skills for Security which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSIA.

10) Dr. Charles Bassey, Technical Support, Security Research & Development Lead, Central Bank of Nigeria

A cross-disciplinary professional, Dr Charles Bassey’s evidence-based thought leadership is derived from a blend of capabilities in sociology, psychology, and risk management. He has led the Technical Support, Security Research & Development, and Occupational Safety teams in Central Bank of Nigeria, where he drives enterprise security risk management and invests his competencies in mainstreaming the praxis of psychological safety. An award-winning volunteer leader, Dr Bassey is a member of several professional bodies, including the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Fellowship of Security Institute UK, British Psychological Society, Institute of Risk Management and ASIS International (served as Regional Vice President for West Africa). He holds postgraduate degrees from University of Calabar, University of London, University of Roehampton, and University of Leicester, where he served as Associate Tutor in Risk Management. He was ErasmusPlus Fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa where he facilitated learning in leading and managing in crisis.

11) Jacqui Loustau, Founder & Executive Director, Australian Women in Security Network

Jacqui is a cybersecurity expert, with over two decades of global experience in IT and Information Security. She is passionate about security and collaborating with others to drive innovation and change within industry. This includes educating small businesses and individuals on improving their cybersecurity practices. As the Founder of the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN), she is working on several initiatives to connect, support and inspire more talent from all industries and diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in security and to stay. For this work she has won several awards including global recognition as an IFSEC top influencer for security thought leadership in 2018 and the Auscert Information Security Excellence award in 2021.

12) Tim Wenzel, Head of Global Security Protective Intelligence, Meta

Tim Wenzel, Head of Global Security Protective Intelligence at Meta and Creator of The Kindness Games, is a public speaker and thought leader in the security, leadership, and wellness industries. Tim has a passion to help transform the existing paradigms of leadership, risk management, and creating organizational value through well designed security programs. Tim is noted in business and the industry for his problem-solving skills, which stem from his background in healthcare. By properly identifying the root causes of risk, Tim and his teams have created a bridge between opportunity and risk for the business and security.

13) Angela J. Osborne, Associate Vice President, Risk and Emergency Management Solutions, Guidepost Solutions

Angela J. Osborne, CPP, PCI, PSP, is the Associate Vice President, Risk and Emergency Management Solutions for Guidepost Solutions in Washington, DC. Her notable clients include WMATA (DC Metro), Cook County, M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens), and Diageo. Angela previously served as a Senior Analyst at Interos Solutions, supporting the U.S. Department of Commerce, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and GSA. Prior to Interos, she was a Security Intelligence Analyst based in the UAE with TAQA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company. Angela is a Director on the ASIS Professional Standards Board and Past Co-Chairman for the ASIS International Young Professionals Council. Angela holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a BA from Millikin University. In 2021, she served as Interim Sr. Director of Global Security and Resiliency for an e-commerce firm. She is the inaugural ASIS Young Professional of the Year.

14) Jennie Vickers, founder, Zeopard Security

Jennie is very proud to have been the Inaugural IFSEC Global Security Influencer of the year 2021-22, and further Awards in 2021/2022 include being a F Co-winner of the 2021 New Zealand Security Sector Network (NZSSN) Women in Security Awards Aotearoa (WiSAA) ‘Thought Leader’ category and a finalist in the Inaugural 2022 New Zealand OSPAs (Outstanding Female Security Professional Category). Jennie has been using her position of influence this past year to connect people and Enterprise/Government, to secure better security outcomes for others across defence and security. Jennie describes her expertise as connecting people, building relationships, influencing, problem solving and supporting better business outcomes. For the last 12 months Jennie has been full time consulting to Fortinet in New Zealand, while previously she was CEO of the New Zealand Defence Industry Association.

15) Les Allan, Chair, Association of University Chief Security Officers | Director of Safeguarding Services, Heriot-Watt University

Les Allan is the current Chairman of the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO), which has 240 member institutions in 22 countries). With 46 years of service in police, government, and senior security and safety roles, he is currently Director of SafeGuarding Services at Heriot-Watt University, with a global remit for five campuses worldwide. He is an inspirational leader and a persuasive advocate for investment in the global education security sector. He was recently a recipient of the Security Commonwealth Dave Clark Award for Exceptional Contribution to the UK Security Industry. Over recent years he has been a guest speaker at conferences and webinars across the globe consistently promoting the security industry and lobbying employers to commit more investment and resources.

16) Mike Hurst, Director, International Foundation for Protection Officers UK & Ireland

Mike has worked in security and fire since 1988. He has worked on business development, general management and since 1992, executive security recruitment and consultancy with HJA Consult, specialising in mid to senior level appointments. As Director of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) in the UK and Ireland Mike has, with the support an Advisory Board, championed education and career pathway opportunities for frontline security officers, highlighting Mental Health and Wellbeing challenges. IFPO UK & I has developed a range of accredited eLearning programs. Other industry contributions include Vice Chairman of ASIS UK, Board Director at the Security Institute and Security Commonwealth, Ambassador for PTSD Resolution charity, and member of BSI GW/3 Committee.

17) Professor Martin Gill, Director, Perpetuity Research

Martin Gill is a criminologist and holds honorary/visiting Chairs at the Universities of Leicester and London. He has published 14 books and is currently working on the third edition of the ‘Handbook’ of Security’ (to be published in 2022). He is the organiser and Chair of the Security Thought Leadership webinar series, which has attracted a global following. Martin is the Founder of the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (the OSPAs and Cyber OSPAs) and Tackling Economic Crime Awards (the TECAs). In 2010 he was recognised by the BSIA with a special award for ‘outstanding service to the security sector’. In 2015 and 2016 he was nominated and shortlisted for the Imbert Prize at the Association of Security Consultants and in the latter he won. In 2016 ASIS International awarded him a Presidential Order of Merit for distinguished service. In 2016 he was entered onto the Register of Chartered Security Professionals.


18) Benjamin Brown, Senior Special Security Operations Manager, Microsoft Cloud Operations & Innovation Division

Ben Brown possesses a unique coupling of corporate security, military experience, and higher education in the global security field. Presently, he is the Senior Special Security Operations Manager for Microsoft’s Cloud Operations & Innovation division. He specializes in security doctrine development, risk mitigation planning, and operations management. Mr. Brown has held previous positions at The Boeing Company, Amazon Web Services, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Investment firm. He is extensively engaged in professional volunteering and in seeking opportunities to advance the security discipline. He has served on the ASIS International Physical Security, Young Professionals, and Defense & Intelligence Councils, as well as on various standards, guidelines, and board certification technical committees. Mr. Brown holds an M.A. in Business & Organizational Security Management from Webster University. He holds various certifications including the ASIS CPP and is a member of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP).

19) Michael Brzozowski, Director Security Operations, CIBC

With over 15 years of experience in the security industry, Michael has been exceptionally committed to the industry through his thought leadership by acknowledging the need to recognize the industry as a profession. A champion of professional development, Michael has obtained both the ASIS International PSP and CPP, as well as the (ISC)² CISSP designations. He has also completed the Security Executives Program of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Recognizing the need to be able to articulate the business value of a robust security program he is currently working toward his MBA at the University of Fredericton in Global Leadership. A former Co-Chair of the ASIS Young Professional Council, Michael currently sits on the ASIS Professional Certification Board (PCB), and along with Angela Osborne leads the development of the ASIS International Associate Protection Professional (APP) Certification.

20) Pamela Fusco, Chief Information Security Officer, Splunk

Pamela is currently Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Splunk and has a rich background and experience in cybersecurity. Pamela has more than 30 years of leading-edge, global enterprise security industry experience, often taking on the responsibility of CISO before it was even an industry standard. She has been CSO at Digex and then CISO at Merck, EVP and Head of Global Information Security Citigroup, and also Apollo Group’s CISO and CSO. She was also tapped to lead public and private sector contributions on the 44th Presidential Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) and as a delegate for Policing Cyberspace International, Chinese Prosecutors. Today, Pamela is also the Chief Financial Officer for the International Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), a Founding Member of SAFE BioPharma, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). She began her career as a cryptologist for the U.S. Navy.

21) Charles ‘Chuck’ Andrews

Charles ‘CHUCK’ Andrews, CPP has 40 years of law enforcement, corporate security, business risk, fraud and consulting professional experience, training and education in both domestic and international venues, organizations and corporations in the security industry. Notably, Chuck was selected globally as the #1 security influencer by IFSEC Global judges in 2020 and bestowed the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award by The OSPAs in 2019. Andrews is also Founder and COB for the famed Friends of Chuck (FOC) security group. From serving on the 1996 Olympic Security Team, to being name the Worlds #1 Crime Prevention Officer, serving as a Chief Security Officer (CSO) in both the physical and cyber corporate worlds, and helping hundreds of colleagues as a Mentor, Chuck is highly sought after for his S.I.R. methodology (Strategy, Intelligence, Relationships).

22) David Evans, TiNYg Founder & International Group Chairman |Executive Director, Mitie PLC

David Evans is the Founder and International Chairman of TiNYg (Global Terrorism Network Group), which in 2021 celebrated its 16th year as the world’s largest ‘not for profit’ information sharing network in 150 countries, while also celebrated winning the ‘Outstanding Security Partnership’ Award at the 2021 Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). His advisory group hails from government, Fortune 500 and academia of 44 of the most senior leaders globally. David’s experience in the security sector is drawn from 30 years of Counter Terrorist Policing with the Metropolitan Police, concentrated in several areas including Royalty and Diplomatic Protection, Territorial/Public Order and Tactical Firearms Operations, Explosive Search and Risk Assessment and Training at ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) level. David is an international speaker and innovator of customised software systems which lie at the heart of the Global Aware Group business he formed 17 years ago.

23) Joe Saunders, General Manager, Business Integration, Development & Delivery, Risk 2 Solution Group

Joe Saunders is the General Manager of Business Integration, Development and Delivery at Risk 2 Solution Group, as well as being the Group’s lead subject matter expert on workplace violence prevention. In 2021 he was awarded the Australian OSPA award for Outstanding Security Consultant for his work in creating the world’s first ISO 31000-aligned workplace violence prevention model. Joe continues to work directly with clients in all levels of government and across industries including healthcare, public transport, aviation, critical infrastructure and private security. He is a highly regarded keynote speaker and educator, regularly taking the stage for international audiences in the safety, security, threat assessment and management communities. He is also a regular contributor to industry publications and journals. Joe is the host of the Presilience Podcast and the Managing Violence Podcast.

24) Lisa Reilly, Executive Director, Global Interagency Security Forum

Lisa Reilly MSyl, has worked with the Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF) as Executive Director since 2011. She has over 16 years’ overseas experience in humanitarian response, working in a variety of roles in both Africa and Asia. Starting as an engineer, Lisa’s security knowledge comes from implementing programmes in various conflict and post-conflict countries. In her current role, Lisa exercises overall responsibility for GISF, supporting the collaboration and exchange of information and best practice between members and the wider network of security risk specialists. Lisa’s work with GISF and her own therapy journey has led her to appreciate how staff mental health is an integral part of effective security risk management. She is a qualified counsellor and in her final year of advanced training. Lisa is also Co-Chair of the Inclusive Security, Security Institute SIG and Winner of the 2020 Women in Security Awards, Contribution to Industry.

25) Paul Kellett, Chief Officer, Irish Prison Service

Paul Kellett DSM, PC, MSc, CPP, CPOI, F.ISRM has over 34 years front-line uniformed service, including 16 years of strategic management experience in a leadership role. He also has 14 years military experience, during which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) and the Spanish Cross of Naval Merit with White Distinction by the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, on behalf of the King of Spain. Paul achieved an MSc in Emergency Management with first class honours from Dublin City University was also awarded Student of the Year. He is ASIS board certified CPP and IFPO board certified CPOI, a Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM) and was inducted into the Order of the Sword and Shield in the United States. Paul was appointed as a Peace Commissioner by the Minister for Justice and Equality in Ireland, while in 2022 he was awarded the Bill Zalud Memorial Award by IFPO. He is a Board Member of the Emergency Management Institute of Ireland (EMII), Security Advisory Board member of IFPO UK/Ireland and a Director, Board Member and Lecturer with the Security Institute of Ireland (SII).

End Users

1) Sean Sportun, National Director, Strategic Accounts, GardaWorld Canada

Sean is the National Director, Strategic Accounts for GardaWorld’s Canadian operations; and has been recognized globally for his industry achievements. He has been a steady influencer and change champion in the security industry throughout his impressive career spanning three decades – so much so, he has been the protagonist of two Harvard Business Reviews for his work within the industry. He regularly participants in speaking engagements on emerging trends, innovation and thought leadership on crime prevention and community engagement across the security sector and beyond. Sean’s professional achievements in support of community safety are only surpassed by his passionate volunteer efforts in communities across Canada with Crime Stoppers. A dedicated Community Safety Advocate, Sean joined the Toronto Crime Stoppers volunteer Board of Directors in 2002; where he is currently the program’s Chair. During this time, his forward thinking has resulted in the creation of many successful crime reduction strategies and awareness campaigns; most recently was an initiative to combat a growing issue of auto theft through technology and an awareness campaign targeting Organized Crime-Internal Conspiracy issues at Canadian airports.

2) Andrey Reis, Group Leader – Safety & Security Operations & Planning, FIFA

An urban planner with a police background and 20 years of experience in public safety, security, and risk management. He currently leads the safety and security planning and operations for the FIFA World Cup under the FIFA Tournaments and Events Division. Prior to that, he spent the last 10 years in various senior roles within organizing committees and host nation security agencies for multiple major events. Working in delivering risk-based planning and operations for the Pan American Games, Olympic Games and is now moving towards delivering his third FIFA World Cup. Andrey holds knowledge and competence in structuring security functional areas, defining planning processes, and performing risk evaluation and monitoring, including the application of CPTED principles. Areas of expertise range from security infrastructure to operational delivery, and he has know-how in integrated security operations for events and crowded places.

3) Hari Pratap Singh, Corporate Security Manager, Hindustan Zinc

Hari Pratap Singh has over 14 years of experience in physical security, loss prevention and public relations across UAE and India. Currently, he is responsible for Security Operations in CLZS – Hindustan Zinc Ltd at Chittorgarh, India. Hari spent almost a decade in the Precious Metal business and was former Head of Security, Fujairah Gold FZC, UAE. Hari was named winner of the Intersec Expo Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Commitment to the Security Industry at Dubai in 2022’, while he has certifications including CPP, CSSM, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Innovative Planning and Executive Development Program in Human Resources Management. Hari volunteers on the ASIS Technical Committee for revising the CSO standard and selection committee of the Don Walker Award 2022. He is actively engaged through articles, mentoring and public speaking to serve fellow security professionals.

4) Amanda-Jane Turner, Security Manager, University of Queensland CSOC

Amanda-Jane Turner is a cybercrime specialist with an interest in the mechanisms and mitigation of cybercrime. She is a firm believer that diversity in all its forms should be encouraged to promote innovation and find solutions to challenges facing the world. She has won multiple InfoSec industry awards, and in 2019 she was in the first cohort to be named a Fellow of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA). Amanda-Jane is an Adjunct lecturer in Criminology, presents on cybercrime at cyber security conferences and events, writes books on the subject, and in 2018 she founded the Demystify Cyber Project, established to help people stay safe from cybercrime.

5) Martin Green, Security Manager, Communications & Emergency Preparedness, Baycrest

Martin Green is an award-winning security management professional with over 40 years of diverse leadership experience within the field of asset protection. He has been working in security management within the healthcare sector since 1985. Throughout his career in healthcare security, he has provided leadership to several Ontario Healthcare facilities, as well as assisting in designing security programs for many other healthcare facilities across Canada. He is an organized and skilled security leader with deep knowledge of security and management issues at Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities. Martin has developed and implemented security programs and training material that are in use in healthcare facilities across North America. Martin is the recipient of many awards including the 2012 IAHSS President’s Award and the 2021 IAHSS Ontario Chapter award. He is also credentialed by the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety, as Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator, (CHPA). He served on the Association’s Board of Directors for many years and was also the Association’s President, in 2017.

6) MJ Oosthuizen, Director Electronic Security Solutions, G4S

MJ Oosthuizen is an unconventional and out-of-the-box thinker. His career path has been an interesting and challenging adventure, starting in IT network administration before he moved to Taiwan, then returned to managing the technical division of a South African DVR manufacturer. Joining a global distribution company, he headed up the Transmission and IP surveillance divisions, also taking on the management of the IT infrastructure and inter branch communications before settling in as combined Channel Sales and Technical Manager, as well as Sales Director for exports. A stint with China’s Sunell followed before he shifted to IT distribution. He subsequently joined G4S where he was appointed to oversee national sales operations for the Guarding, Risk and Technology business, and P&L for the Technology division. Today he is the Director of Electronic Security Solutions for G4S South Africa, where he also manages the development business SKYCOM, and component distribution entity ACCESS & BEYOND.

7) Todd Milne, Director of Security Operations, CONNECT, Fire & Life Safety, University Health Network

Having established a career in security over the past 36 years, Todd Milne is the Director of Security Operations, CONNECT (Switchboard), Fire & Life Safety for the University Health Network. UHN is an integrated healthcare, research, and education network of four hospitals: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, as well as a college of applied health sciences, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. In 2015 Todd was named the Security Director of the Year by Canadian Security Magazine and is the Past Chair for the Commission on Certification that is responsible for credentialing programs and accreditation endeavors of the IAHSS. This included the development of specific strategies to meet the certification and accreditation needs of the healthcare security and safety industry and the evolving customer base of IAHSS.

8) Eneni Oduwole, Chief Executive Officer, Alter-Ed Limited

Eneni is a seasoned Risk Management strategist and practitioner with over 25 years’ experience. She has developed and implemented frameworks for enterprise risk management, business continuity management, environment, social and governance risk monitoring, process improvement, change management and project management. Her key roles required strong oversight on security policy development and proper implementation. She recorded stellar achievements in the management of security risk exposures posed by crises such as the ENDSARs protest in Nigeria. She also was responsible for access control management at the Dangote Industries Limited Headquarters and Dangote Oil Refinery site. Her role as a Head of Risk also involved sensitization and response planning for security incidents nation-wide which may adversely impact the premises, plants or fleet of her organization in relevant localities.

9) Adriano Guimaraes, Ceremonies Risk Mitigation, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Adriano has spent over 20 years advising multinational corporations on anticipating and managing strategic risks through more resilient and robust planning and proactive management. He has extensive experience in integrating strategic risk into business planning, building corporate programs, providing support and training. Adriano’s primary duties are to provide guidance on operations, corporate security programs, fraud prevention, crisis management expertise to special projects and events, protection for people and assets through loss mitigation, audits, policy development, brand protection, business continuity and intellectual property. Over the years, he has successfully built corporate services teams in five different industries, developed global corporate services programs and delivered consistent crisis management programs.

10) Sailaja Vadlamudi, Global Application Security Lead & Senior Director of Security & Data Privacy, SAP Labs

Sailaja Vadlamudi is the Global Application Security Lead and Sr. Director of Security and Data Privacy at SAP Labs. She oversees SAP Labs’ security strategy across the globe and has been leading several key and strategic security topics at SAP for more than a decade. Her involvement in several advisory boards is extensive. Multiple prestigious awards have also been bestowed upon her, including the Top Indian Women Influencers In Security award 2020 by Security Today, the Top 10 Women Tech Leaders India award 2021 by Reva university, and the Top 25 Inspiring Women Leaders Award 2022 by CyberFrat. Her work has been accepted and published in several IEEE and Springer journals, and she is an avid researcher by passion. Among her many diversity initiatives, she is the founder of SWICS-SAP Women in Cyber Security, and a non-profit organization Women in Cyber Security and Privacy, aiming to raise Cyber Security awareness among women, young girls, and children to alert them of digital threats and cultivate them in personality development.

Cybersecurity Professionals

1) Dr. Claudia Natanson MBE, VP of Information Security, AccuWeather

Dr Claudia Natanson MBE, is a highly respected, thought leader, information, and cyber security professional and consultant within the international arena. Recognised as a top technology influencer by the Financial Times, she works across diverse industry sectors, FTSE 100, Fortune 500, government, and growing organisations. A European Commission information and cyber security expert, she has over 15 years’ experience in helping organisations achieve cyber resilience and meet global compliance and regulations obligations. Her work has included Chair of the Corporate Executive Programme, Board and Steering Committee member of the Forum of Incident Response and Security teams. She is VP of Information Security for AccuWeather and Chair of Board of Trustees for the UK Cyber Security Council. She was named a top cyber security leader for 2022 by Security Magazine, and received an MBE in the Queens 2022 Honours list for services to the cyber security profession.

2) Clement Arul, CEO, Cybertronium

A Principal Technology Architect and a Security Professional with 23 years of experience in cyber security framework, risk & governance, security operation center, cyber threat intelligence, secure coding, digital forensics and project management. Clement is a Security Consultant and a CISO-as-a-Service expert for many multi-national and leading IT companies in the APAC region. As a security influencer, he pioneers technologies and brings value to his customers and security to their infrastructure. In early 2021, he evangelized the need of firmware security and launched Malaysia First Firmware Vulnerability Management service as part of the Cybertronium Consulting and Assessment services. He is the recipient of many top international cybersecurity awards such as the Gold Globee Winner for Chief Technology Officer of the Year 2022 | Security Services, and Cybersecurity Influencer of the Year 2021 to name a few.

3) Adel Abdel Moneim, Cybersecurity Expert & Thought Leader

Adel Abdel Moneim, Registered ITU/ARCC Cybersecurity Expert, has over 25 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), 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, PECB, APMG, EC-Council, CertNexus ,CSA and CIW who has delivered hundreds of official training courses and workshops. Capitalizing on his proven expertise and hands on experience in executing security governance, risk assessments, compliance, conducting security audits, assessing effectiveness of controls, NIST CSF , ISMS, IPMS, BCMS, Data Privacy, Incident Response, Digital Forensics and Cyber Operations, Adel successfully provides consultation for large enterprise security projects in various government/industry verticals.

4) Vandana Verma, Security Relations Leader, Synk

Vandana is a Security Relations Leader at Snyk with a current focus on DevSecOps. She has extensive experience in application security, vulnerability management, soc, infrastructure security and cloud security. Vandana is a seasoned speaker and trainer, having presented at various public events ranging from Global OWASP AppSec events to BlackHat events, to regional events such as BSides events in India. She is on the OWASP Global Board of directors (Vice-Chair). She also works in various communities towards diversity initiatives such as InfosecGirls, InfosecKids and WoSec. She is a recipient of multiple awards and is listed as one of the top women leaders in technology and cybersecurity in India, winning the Indian Achievers’ Award for contributing to the community’s enablement.

5) Adriana Gliga-Belavic, Cyber Security & Privacy Partner, MNP

Adriana Gliga-Belavic is a Partner in the Cyber Security & Privacy practice at MNP in Toronto and the National Privacy and Data Protection Leader. She has more than 20 years of consulting experience in the areas of information security, privacy and payments security in Canada, the US and internationally. She advises executives both in public and private clients on leveraging new technologies to enhance business results while building and maintaining customer digital trust by managing cybersecurity and privacy risks. Her focus is on advising senior executives across industries and geographies to help them acquire the necessary skills to successfully compete in an increasingly digital, complex business ecosystem, finding the right balance between business priorities, proactive cyber resiliency and maintaining customer trust. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and was recognized as one of the Top 20 Canadian Women in Cybersecurity by IT World Canada in 2020 and received the Woman on the Year Award at the Canadian Women in Cybersecurity Conference in 2021.

6) Jane Frankland, Owner and CEO, KnewStart

Jane Frankland is an award-winning leader, bestselling author, speaker, and women’s change agent. She’s worked in cyber for over two decades and UNESCO has called her a trailblazing woman in tech. During her career, Jane has built her own global hacking firm, worked as an executive for world renown consultancies and contributed to leading industry bodies. Today, she’s a popular keynote speaker, university guest lecturer, awards judge, and as a CEO, regularly shares her thought leadership in iconic world media, including the top broadsheets. She’s known for spotting trends, bringing teams together for mutual wins and uncovering root problems with their remedies fast. Believing the world will only become safer, happier, and more prosperous with more women in cyber, Jane is on a mission to make women in cyber standard not exception. She does this through her writings, keynotes, trainings, consulting, scholarships and new women’s platform, The Source.

7) Steven Sim, President, ISACA Singapore Chapter

Steven Sim has worked more than 24 years in cybersecurity. He volunteers at ISACA Singapore Chapter as President, chairs OT-ISAC Executive Committee and holds Masters in Computing (NUS), HBS Credential of Readiness, CCISO, CGEIT, CRISC, CISM, CISA, CDPSE, CISSP, and technical certifications. He is an APMG-accredited trainer for ISACA’s core certifications, member of ISACA’s Asia Strategic Advisory Council, Emerging Trends and Chapter Leader Training, and Singapore Standards working groups. He is also ISACA mentor, CRISC and CGEIT Review Manuals reviewer, Engage Topic Leader and a member of multiple cybersecurity councils. He topped IDG’s CSO30 ASEAN Awards 2021, received ISACA Outstanding Chapter Leader Achievement Award 2022, CXOTV Global Cybersecurity Leadership Award Winner 2022, is listed in Peerlyst 29 Highly Influential CISOs and a Singapore SkillsFuture Fellow.

8) Magali Calle

Magali is an Information Security and Risk Professional and has worked for global banks, insurance and retail companies such as BMO, CIBC, Scotiabank, Aviva, Sun Life & Canadian Tire for over 23 years. She has a proven track record of delivering security capabilities and risk management programs to solve complex issues spanning across all domains of Information Security and Risk. She has received many awards and accolades for her outstanding performance (Aviva Global CIO Award and BMO Stars) and for her contributions to cybersecurity (Woman of the Year by SiberX 2021 and DMZ Women of the Year Nominee 2022). Regularly speaking at cybersecurity events, she also mentors and promotes STEM education as a guest-lecturer at local Universities and Colleges. She holds active CISSP and PMP certifications, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Information Technology Management degree from Toronto Metropolitan University and an MBA in Risk Management and Corporate Governance from Athabasca University.

9) Kavya Pearlman, CEO , XR Safety Initiative

Kavya Pearlman is an award-winning cybersecurity professional with a deep interest in immersive and emerging technologies. Kavya is a pioneer of the novel XRSI Privacy and Safety Framework for the Immersive Technologies Domain, Security awareness in the Metaverse, and various baseline security and privacy standards for Emerging Technologies. She has won several awards for her work and has been named one of the Top 20 Cybersecurity influencers for three consecutive years, 2018-2019-2020. Kavya serves as the key member of the Global Coalition for Digital Safety at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and part of the new Metaverse Initiative at WEF. Kavya has founded The CyberXR Coalition, which focuses on diversity and inclusion and the cross-section of Cybersecurity and XR, helped launch a trustworthy XR news platform, ReadyHackerOne, and established a Medical XR Advisory Council and Metaverse Reality Check (The MRC).

10) Faith Opiyo, Manager, Strategic Threat Hunt

Faith Opiyo leads the Strategic Threat Hunt mission at IBM CISO and is primarily focused on cyber defence and tracking down advanced threats and threat actors. Over the span of her career, she has held various networking and network security focused roles. In addition to her day job, Faith is passionate about breaking systemic barriers in the field and making technical roles not only more accessible but also appealing to women and minorities. To that end, she is a community manager at WICCA (Women in Cybersecurity Community Association), an organization that is heavily vested in bringing infosec ladies and security enthusiasts together to learn about everything cybersecurity. Faith is also a co-host of OutOfBand, a podcast that promotes cognitive diversity and honest conversations within cybersecurity and an active volunteer, technical trainer and presenter in the community.

11) Neha Dhyani, Senior Security Consultant, Nokia

Neha Dhyani is a global cybersecurity Leader with over 15 years of experience & work presently with Nokia Solution & Networks (Australia) to manage telecom security (5G/4G) consulting. She is an award-winning leader, mentor, security strategist and noted speaker at national and international events. She is core security SME with proven expertise on domains including cloud security, Next gen SoC Security, End Point Security, EDR/XDR, Threat Hunting, Advance Threat Analytics, Container security and DevSecOps. She has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards like Top Indian Women Influencers in Security, Indian Achievers Award, and shortlisted as Cyber personality of the year 2021 and nominated as Women In ICT. She is strong advocate to promote diversity across cybersecurity and associated with communities like ISACA (SheleadsTech), AWSN and InfoSecgirls. She is proud member of peak ICT & global security bodies including ACS, ISC2 & AISA & Associate of ARPI.

12) Jan Schreuder, Co-Founder, Cyber Leadership Institute

Jan Schreuder is Co-Founder of the Cyber Leadership Institute, an organization providing premium leadership training and coaching programs for experienced cybersecurity professionals to empower them with the executive and leadership to accelerate their careers and lead cyber resilience initiatives in their organizations and across the broader digital economy. Jan is a well-known veteran of the IT and cyber security industry. He acts as an independent cyber security strategy advisor to Boards and senior executives, is a Board Advisor to several Fintech start-ups, and is on the Advisory Board of ImmuniWeb, an application security company based in Switzerland. Jan was previously a senior cyber security partner at PwC for more than 27 years in Australia, Switzerland and South Africa. He was instrumental in building the PwC Cyber Security practice and led strategic cyber security consulting projects for large global organizations.

13) Nada Khater, Head of Digital Transformation Policies and Strategies, Ministry of Digital Economy & Entrepreneurship of Jordan

Nada has more than 15 years of experience in public and private organizations, and is currently Head of Digital Transformation Policies and Strategies at the Ministry of Digital Economy & Entrepreneurship of Jordan. She won the Women’s Award for Cyber Security Consultants in the Middle East for the year 2021. Nada is responsible and participated in the development of digital transformation strategy and its executive plan for 2021-2025. In addition, she has led and built digital policies in Jordan, as well as supporting the development and issuance of National ‎Cyber‎security Strategy 2018-2023, Cybersecurity policies framework 2019, and recently Jordan’s Cybersecurity Law in 2019. Nada assigned to study the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) in March 2021 with the Secretariat of the Arab League working group, in order to improve the global ranking of Arab countries.

14) Chris Roberts, CISO, Boom Supersonic

Chris is the CISO for Boom Supersonic and moonlights as an advisor for several entities and organizations around the globe. His most recent projects are focused within the aerospace, deception, identity, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and services sectors. Over the years, he’s founded or worked with several folks specializing in OSINT/SIGINT/HUMINT research, intelligence gathering, cryptography, and deception technologies. Currently, he’s working on spreading the risk, maturity, collaboration, and communication word across the industry.

15) Lauren Zink, Security Awareness & Culture Manager,

Lauren Zink is the Security Awareness and Culture Manager for She is an industry recognized information security professional that has developed, expanded & maintained security awareness programs for over a decade. Some of her recognitions include: Women in Security Forum Power 100, IFSEC Global Influencer in Cyber, Stark County 20 Under 40, Cyber Educator of the Year-Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, and Influential Woman in Tech by Crain’s Cleveland. Most recently Lauren was a contributor to several books including  “The Security Culture Playbook”. Lauren is also a LinkedIn Learning cyber author of two security courses and has been published in numerous industry publications, and spoken on podcasts and at conferences. Lauren has served on different boards & has been a member of various industry organizations. She also volunteers her time mentoring others and speaking with students about careers in cyber.

16) Mary N. Chaney, Cybersecurity Professor, University of Cincinnati

Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP, CIPP/US has over 25 years of progressive experience within the fields of Information Security, Privacy and Risk Management. She graduated from Xavier University with a B.S.B.A in Information Systems and became a licensed attorney in the State of Texas in 1999 after obtaining her J.D. from Texas Southern University – Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Ms. Chaney began her career journey by serving as a Special Agent for the FBI in Los Angeles before transitioning into executive level information security and privacy roles for GE Capital, J&J, Comcast, and Esperion Therapeutics. Ms. Chaney is an adjunct cybersecurity professor at the University of Cincinnati and is also the Chairwoman, CEO and President of Minorities in Cybersecurity, Inc. which focuses on support, leadership and career development for women and minorities in cybersecurity.

17) Antoinette Murray, Cyber Security Advisor, New Zealand Parliamentary Service

Antoinette has a Masters in Psychology and a background working in New Zealand’s Intelligence Community. She currently works for Parliamentary Service as the Cyber Security Advisor, responsible for building a cyber security education and awareness programme, managing the certification and accreditation process of Parliamentary systems, and increasing the understanding and cyber security maturity of Parliamentary staff. Outside of her role, she has contributed to the wider security sector by founding and Chairing the Government Cyber Security Messaging group; Co-Chairing the Government Security Information Exchange; and Chairing the NZ Internet Task Force Mentoring Working Group.

18) Samaila Atsen Bako, Director of Communications, Cyber Security Exports Association of Nigeria

Samaila is a cybersecurity professional with interests in cybersecurity awareness and culture, digital forensics, products, and leadership. He provides training, consultancy, and advisory services to SMEs and start-ups within and outside Nigeria. He is passionate about volunteering and mentoring because they are vital ways in growing the cybersecurity industry. He serves as the Director of Communications at the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), the foremost and largest body of Nigerian cybersecurity professionals. He regularly contributes to industry initiatives and policy development through speaking engagements and activities of CSEAN. He holds a master’s degree in cybersecurity and management from the University of Warwick in the UK, and multiple certifications including Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), AWS Cloud Practitioner, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco CyberOps, and so on. He is currently enrolled at the University of East London for a Masters degree in Information Security and Digital Forensics.

19) Glorin Sebastian, Manager, EY GRC Consulting Practice

Glorin Sebastian CISA, CISSP is a Manager in EY’s GRC Consulting Practice. He has four college degrees and over eight years of full-time experience in cybersecurity risk consulting. He has authored several thought leadership articles and research papers. His research interests are centered around the cyber threats around Web 3.0, and technology Platforms such as Metaverse, 5G Networks, and Artificial Intelligence. He has five ongoing research papers as a part-time researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology which is under consideration for publication in leading research journals. He was a finalist for the Cybersecurity Professional of the year 2021- award from ISSA, and also a finalist in the Cybersecurity expert’s category- 2021 awards from Cyberdefense Magazine. He is on the editorial board for IJISP Journal (IGI Global) and serves as a cybersecurity reviewer for IEEE and Springer research conferences.

20) Neha Malhotra, Cybersecurity Operational Risk Manager, JP Morgan Chase, Singapore

Neha is an accomplished cybersecurity professional based in Singapore, with over 16 years of work experience spanning across technology and multiple information security domains. She has worked with global financial and consulting firms and has driven large scale, complex security transformations, as well as having a track record of implementing numerous security solutions. Neha serves on the executive boards of (ISC)² Singapore chapter and Singapore Computer society-Cybersecurity chapter. She is a recognized speaker, author, mentor and volunteers her time on an ongoing basis to contribute to the cybersecurity ecosystem and community. Recipient of numerous accolades including two (ISC)² Global Achievement awards in 2021, she was also chosen in the revered 2021 Singapore 100 Women in Tech awardee list. Neha holds CISSP, CCSP, CISM, PMP and blockchain security certifications.

21) Anna Collard, SVP, Content Strategy & Evangelist, KnowBe4 Africa

Anna Collard is currently SVP of Content Strategy & Evangelist for KnowBe4 Africa where she drives security awareness across the African continent. Collard founded security content publisher Popcorn Training, which was acquired by KnowBe4 in 2018. Anna won the Women in Tech Innovations Throughout Africa 2020 Award for Southern and Central Africa. She featured in the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity – Africa 2020 as well as the Top 100 Women in Cyber 2020 and 2021 globally by Cyber Defence Magazine. She was awarded the ISACA South Africa prestigious President Award for 2020 and featured in UK’s IT Security Guru 21 Most Inspiring Women in Cyber in 2021.

22) Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief, Cybercrime Magazine

Steve Morgan, researcher, journalist and publisher, is founder of Cybersecurity Ventures, Editor-in-Chief at Cybercrime Magazine, and Executive Producer at Cybercrime Radio. He’s co-author of the popular books “Hacker’s Movie Guide: The Complete List of Hacker and Cybersecurity Movies (2022-23 Edition)” and “Women Know Cyber: 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.” Steve is well known for his insightful interviews with tech luminaries and celebrities, cyber law enforcement leaders, F500 and G2000 CISOs and security leaders, high profile hackers, and ex-cybercriminals. Over the past seven years Steve has written more than 1,000 articles for CSO, CIO, Forbes, DarkReading, Entrepreneur, Sand Hill, and others. His annual reports on cybercrime and cybersecurity contain de facto standard statistical information found in major media outlets, academia, governments, vendors, associations, and experts globally.

23) Iretioluwa Akerele, founder, Cybarik Limited

Iretioluwa is a Cybersecurity career coach and mentor who has a reach of over 40,000 people across her social media platforms. She is an advisory board member of Cybersafe Foundation and is the founder of Cybarik limited, United Kingdom. She also founded a Cybersecurity community named Cyblack for African Cybersecurity students in United Kingdom and Ireland. She uses her social media handles to support Cybersecurity beginners and enthusiasts. In the space of one year, she has provided three batches of cybersecurity virtual internships for beginners in the field. Iretioluwa is a specialist who is passionate about bringing topical issues in Cybersecurity to the fore-front. She co-hosts a monthly Twitter space where she uses her influence to provide opportunities to people interested in the field. She won the Young CISO of the year award and End user advocacy for situational awareness in March 2022.

24) Noureen Njoroge, Global Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence, Nike

Noureen Njoroge is a Cybersecurity Executive with vast experience in multi-faceted, complex & fast-paced environments. She is a strategic thinker with vast knowledge of business risk management, problem solving and cybersecurity. Noureen delivers strategic solutions, applies creativity and judgement, to effectively negotiate mitigation solutions and proactive threat prevention. Currently she is the Global Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence at Nike. Noureen is a global keynote speaker, ranked amongst the Top Cybersecurity Influencers in the industry today by Engatica. Award winner of 2020 & 2021 Cybersecurity Woman Supporter and 2019 Cisco Cybersecurity Champion, she sets an example to keep ahead of the pack in a rapidly changing industry, her commitment to generously share insights on an ongoing basis, and her desire to help clients protect their business and their data. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, MS in Cybersecurity and currently studying her executive MBA at Harvard Business School.

25) Dave Wilkinson, Director – Technical Services, British Security Industry Association

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Dave is responsible for coordinating all technical and quality matters within the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). These duties include acting as representative on various UK, European and International standards committees and monitors EU Directives that impact BSIA members.


1) Adalberto Bem Haja, CEO, BHC Sistemas de Segurança

Adalberto currently holds the CEO position at BHC Sistemas de Segurança, one of the largest companies situated in Brazil that implements and integrates security projects all over the country. Adalberto is also a highly skilled mentor who has been helping several companies at different stages, to improve their business and have better management. He has invested in more than 110 startups at different levels and in 2018, he joined Bossa Nova Investimentos and became a crucial Investor and Advisor for its board. Bossa Nova is the most active and growing Venture Capital in Latin America and he leads its investment fund, mainly pursuing solutions in the asset security, electronic security and cybersecurity sectors. Adalberto plays an important position as an Investor and Director at CT Hub, a communication hub in the security and tech market, where he has launched a Web TV to share knowledge for the entire security market.

2) Darren Chalmers-Stevens, Group Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director EMEA/APAC, CriticalArc

Darren Chalmers-Stevens is a senior executive with proven success, bringing new innovative software to market to solve previously unsolvable challenges. Working with his team, with industry thought leaders, associations, and early adopters, he leads transformational change in traditional markets. As Group Chief Operating Officer, Darren is responsible for the end-to-end delivery of sales, operations, finance, legal, support and strategic partnerships across the globe. Attracted by the company’s dynamic founders and innovative software which he believed would upend the industry and transform the lives of millions worldwide, Darren joined CriticalArc in 2013 to lead its international expansion.

3) Gerhard Furter, CTO & Co-founder, Iris AI

Gerhard Furter, CTO and Co Founder of Iris AI, is an AI engineer to his core. With several patents in this field to his name, he credits his early exposure to the defence industry as the basis for his career. Furter believes that for the last 25 years, while he has been delivering AI solutions to the market, he has, in fact, been paid by clients to daily pursue his hobby and passion. Furter has achieved success in a huge collection of industries spanning mining, heavy industry, defence, risk and security, finance, cyber, facilities management and machine vision. Iris AI is often referred to as his mad science lab where the impossible is regularly converted into marketable products, as part of a team that believes that a common opinion of ‘it can’t be done’ is an invitation to ‘let’s do it!’ The team’s vision for AI is encapsulated in one word: commoditisation.

4) Robin Hughes, Co-founder & Director, Secure Logiq

Robin Hughes has worked in the in the distribution and manufacturing sector of the electronic security industry for 30 years. He has been at the cutting edge of CCTV innovation for his entire career, introducing colour/mono cameras, speed domes, digital video recorders, video analytics and megapixel CCTV to the EMEA market. Robin has been involved in megapixel surveillance since its inception. As it has become mainstream, he has been instrumental in the design and sales process for many of the largest and most successful HD surveillance systems globally. Most recently, Robin has spent the last decade building Secure Logiq. Working alongside his fellow founders and the talented team, the company has become a leading independent manufacturer of server technology, optimised for HD surveillance and video analytic applications.

5) Steve Van Till, Founder & CEO, Brivo

Steve Van Till is the Founder and CEO of Brivo, a cloud services provider of access control, video surveillance, mobile credentials, and identity solutions delivered as a SaaS offering. He also serves as Chairman of the SIA Standards Committee and is a frequent author and speaker for numerous security and Proptech publications and forums, and the inventor and holder of several patents in the field of physical security. Steve is the author of the book, “The Five Technological Forces Disrupting Security: How Cloud, Social, Mobile, Big Data and IoT are Transforming Physical Security in the Digital Age.” In his first book, he shares his journey through the surprising ways that the biggest disruptors of our time – cloud, mobile, IoT, social, and big data – are impacting the physical security industry.

6) Billie-Jean Undesser, Business Development Manager, Parallel Technologies

Billie-Jean Undesser has a passion for working with people and continuing education. At Parallel her focus is to provide solutions to clients with top-of-the-line technology, building community through collaboration, integrations, and analytics. Billie-Jean hit the ground running in her security career, working on all sides: as an end user, sales, engineering, project management, programmer and trainer – finding a passion for new ways to protect people, property and assets. At Parallel Technologies, Billie-Jean has a focus on providing solutions to those in the healthcare, K-12 and manufacturing sectors.

7) Zeina Zakhour, VP, Global CTO for Digital Security, Atos

Zeina Zakhour is Vice-president, Global CTO for Digital Security in Atos where she is leading an international team building unique cybersecurity products and services to make the world a safer place. Zeina has twenty years of experience in the Cybersecurity industry covering the end-to-end spectrum from advisory, integration, MSSP/MDR, to securing digital innovations (Cloud, IoT, Edge, AI…) as well as risk management, compliance and privacy. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from NDU, an Executive MBA focused on innovation from HEC School of Management and many cybersecurity certifications. Zeina has been regularly recognized for her contribution to the cybersecurity field, being named in 2019 among the “100 fascinating females fighting cybercrime”, recognized in 2020 as Cyber Security Leader by the Cybersecurity observatory and in 2022 listed among Europe Top Cyber Women.

8) Olufemi Ake, Managing Director, ESET

Olufemi currently serves as the Managing Director at ESET in West Africa, a global IT Security Company which originated from Europe. He is responsible for the growth within the West Africa region, spearheading the brand by opening access to strong, trust-based relationships with private and public sectors. He has championed various cybersecurity education programs at schools, large and small corporations, and public sector institutions to create awareness on the importance. He has also written numerous articles which often serve advice to IT professionals on ethics, compliance, risk and governance in corporate environments. He is an experienced strategic business development and operations professional with more than 15 years of experience cutting across real estate, finance, fmcg and information technology sectors in the United Kingdom and West Africa markets.

9) John Palumbo, CEO, Unlimited Technology Inc

With more than 25 years of experience in the construction management and the security industries, John’s expertise as an operator expands into various verticals. His extensive experience with electrical contractors enabled him to work on a variety of types of projects’ phases, starting from space planning, engineering design, to implementation and commissioning. John’s past work experience includes Real Estate Project Management with Fortune 500 companies completing more than 6 million square feet of tenant space as an end user. He then proceeded to manage complex security integration projects for some of the most exclusive clients globally, such as the United Nations and Sony. John has held positions as Project Manager, Sr. VP of Sales, General Manager, President, and CEO, and has successfully grown Unlimited Technology Sales and Operations year over year. His accomplishments have been demonstrated in the exponential growth in the revenue, backlog, recurring monthly revenue with the expansion of field office locations around the country with support services’ contracts, which span for multiple years.

10) Taylor May, National Sales Director, Rekor Recognition Systems

As a top producer and influencer in the security industry over the last eight years, Taylor May has been known for cultivating and sustaining relationships throughout his professional career, specifically in the artificial intelligence and computer vision segment. He currently serves as the national sales director for Rekor Recognition Systems, leading the company’s enterprise sales team. On the side, May is the owner and host of the SecurityVIP Podcast, where he enjoys highlighting the industry’s top professionals on relevant topics for today’s security needs. May holds a B.S. in business administration from Oklahoma State University and has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dallas.

Ones to Watch

Gabrielle Botbol, Offensive Security Consultant, Desjardins

Gabrielle Botbol is a pentester, cybersecurity blogger, and podcaster. Her work consists of securing the company’s applications and systems by looking for potential vulnerabilities. Gabrielle created a self-study program to become a pentester, which led her to focus her efforts on democratizing information security. She’s a member of the Advisory Board of several organizations. In addition, she is a speaker/trainer from global events to local universities. She co-created two significant events in Canada, the “Trophées Cybertalents” to reveal the new cybersecurity talents of Quebec and a social media movement #DoWeLookLikeHackers, to promote diversity and deconstruct stereotypes about the workforce in cybersecurity. She was honoured for her accomplishments and contributions to the cyber community with multiple awards like Top 20 women in cyber security in Canada in 2020 and Pentest Ninja by Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu in 2021.

Rya Manners, Director of Solutions for Mobile Guarding, Securitas Security Services USA

Rya Manners began her career in the security industry with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. in a marketing capacity. In her current role as the Director of Solutions for the Mobile Guarding Division, she focuses on driving active engagement and client-centric mentality of bringing security solutions to traditional guarding programs. Rya is responsible for ensuring employees and clients alike are educated on the latest trends in electronic and mobile security, transforming security programs to include a combination of people and intelligence. Most recently she has expanded her efforts to working with various women in security organizations to help promote and recognize the contributions made by female professionals in the security industry. In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities, Rya holds the Chair position for the Young Professionals Content Development Committee for a large global security organization and serves on both the Women’s and Asian and Pacific Islander internal Securitas Business Resource Groups, further promoting diversity in the workplace.

Rachel Babins, Senior Cyber Incident Specialist, Bell Canada

Rachel Babins is a senior specialist on Bell Canada’s cyber incident response team and previously held positions in fusion response and threat intelligence. In 2021, she founded Emerging Leaders in Canadian Security (ELCS), a non-profit organization aimed at unifying, connecting, and resourcing Canada’s next generation of security practitioners; ultimately working to build a more diverse, skilled, and secure Canada. In 2019, Rachel received her MA in Russian Studies, where she wrote her thesis on Russian ICS-tailored malware targeting critical infrastructure in Ukraine, the US and Canada. She also carried out a second thesis looking at Russian disinformation targeting NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission in the Baltics. In the past, Rachel worked at NATO’s Operational headquarters in the Netherlands and at the Canadian government’s Nuclear Energy Division, where she got to dig more deeply into security related issues. On the side, she is currently working as a deputy team lead for a cybersecurity-related project with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

Meg West, Incident Response Consultant, IBM

Meg (@cybersecmeg) works as an Incident Response Consultant on IBM’s X-Force Incident Response team. Prior to joining X-Force, she worked as the Global Cybersecurity Incident Response Manager for another F100 company. She holds CISSP, CCSP, and Security+ certifications, as well as a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity. Meg was the recipient of ISC2’s 2021 CEO award, as well as Security Magazine’s 2022 “Cybersecurity Leader of the year” award. She specializes in Incident Response and SAP Security, and has spoken at several international cybersecurity conferences including ISC2’s Security Congress and SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW. Meg spends her free time mentoring college students on how to get into the field, and enjoys creating free cybersecurity content on various social media platforms such as Youtube and Twitter.

Priyanka Jayakumar, Product & Training Manager, Cybertronium

Priyanka is a cybersecurity professional with four years of experience in fields including penetration testing, threat intelligence, threat hunting, security information and event management (SIEM), endpoint detection & response (EDR), malware sandbox, malware reverse engineering, digital forensics, and incident handling. Priyanka has trained over 2000 participants on Cybersecurity Awareness courses, and is the co-author for the following GlobalACE-certified courses that are accredited by GlobalACE Certifications Scheme Malaysia: Certified Security Operation Center Analyst, and Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst. Priyanka is a proud recipient of Cybersecurity Women of the Year 2022 – Asia : Gold and Cybersecurity Professional of the Year 2022 – Asia : Gold – awarded by Cybersecurity Excellence Awards 2022. She is also listed as the Top 30 Women in Cybersecurity in ASEAN Region 2021, by Women in Security Magazine.

Jay Jay Davey, Senior Security Analyst, Bridewell Consulting

Jay Jay started his security career in 2018 working within both defensive and offensive security, his passion is cemented in defensive security and strives to be the epitome of a defensive security leader. Jay Jay is committed to helping other people with his endeavours with CyberMentorDojo and CyberJobsHunting and hopes to be an exemplar of selfless commitment and encourage others to pay it forward. Specialising in defensive security, Jay Jay seeks to help others learn security operations, incident response and cloud security to nurture the defenders of tomorrow and help others gain employment in defensive security.

Vanessa Henri, Co-founder, Henri & Wolf

Vanessa is an attorney specialized in cybersecurity and data governance law, as well as the cofounder of Henri & Wolf. She has been named one of the Top Women in Cybersecurity by IT World Canada in 2020, “Ones to watch” by Best Lawyers in 2021 and received a Women in Leadership award for her implications towards women in cybersecurity in 2022. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and is a lecturer at St-Thomas University. She is a Senior Lead Implementor for ISO/IEC 27701:2019 and a Certified Data Protection Officer. Prior for cofounding her firm, Vanessa practiced in a major law firm and occupied the role of Director of Compliance and Data Protection Officer at a multinational cybersecurity firm.

Gary Berman, CEO, Cyberman Security

Gary is CEO of Cyberman Security, LLC and refers to himself as the ‘Forrest Gump’ of Cybersecurity. Until recently, his 30-year career focused on strategic, high-level marketing communications and data analysis, with very little knowledge about technology and even less about cybersecurity. Prompted by the devastating effects of losing his company to a persistent series of insider attacks, he began to attend cybersecurity conferences. Fifty meetings later, Gary pivoted from victim to advocate, helping others avoid the life-altering consequences of hacking. The superhero comic series and animated platform “The CyberHero Adventures: Defenders of the Digital Universe,” distills complex cybersecurity concepts through real-life stories, and shine the light on the true cybersecurity heroes who toil in anonymity to keep all of us safe online. Gary has more than 22,000 followers on LinkedIn and has recorded 100 shows showcasing the work of 300 cybersecurity leaders.

Janiya Rakhmetova, Cyber Security Analyst, Halyk Bank

Janiya pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from KIMEP University. She was awarded the Abai-Verne Scholarship in Kazakhstan to study in France, where she has graduated at University of Lille 1 Sciences and Technology with a Master’s degree in Global e-Business. During her studies she has learned about the cybersecurity sphere and awakened her passion in it. Janiya was an experienced Project Manager in telecommunications companies and switched to the cybersecurity field to follow her passion to make women standard in cybersecurity not exception. Now Janiya is working as a Cyber Security Analyst in Halyk Bank. Janiya is also helping to establish and guide women in cybersecurity in Kazakhstan. Janiya wants to motivate people to not be afraid of changes, follow their dreams and raise security awareness in Kazakhstan.

Musab Abu Taha, Senior Consultant, EY Jordan

Musab Abu Taha has five years’ experience in cyber security. He is currently Senior Consultant at EY Jordan with exposure to MENA region. Musab is passion about aligning security plans and processes with security standards and business goals. His experience spans over multiple industries including telecom and banking sectors. Despite his young age, Musab was part of the founding members for ISACA Amman Chapter in Jordan. Musab is also a Rotary member. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Princess Sumaya University, Jordan. His passion towards cyber security pushed him to pursue a master’s degree in cyber security and management from the University of Warwick, with partial sponsorship and a course that is accredited from The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Musab also holds a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) from EC-Council.

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Richard Torku
Richard Torku
June 16, 2022 5:52 pm

Congratulations to all the winners