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Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” – seen by over 75 million people – was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created”, by Bowie himself. Acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions, and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon, Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.
In 1992, Colonel Hadfield was selected as a NASA Mission Specialist, and three years later he was aboard the Shuttle Atlantis, where he helped build the Mir space station. In 2001, on Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks and in 2013, he became Commander of the International Space Station for six months off planet.
A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
Colonel Hadfield is the author of three internationally bestselling books, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, and his children’s book, The Darkest Dark. Additionally, he released his musical album, Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can, in 2015. He is also featured on Ted.com for his talk, What I Learned from Going Blind in Space.
Currently, Colonel Hadfield can be seen as the co-creator and host of the internationally acclaimed BBC series Astronauts, and he is co-hosting, with actor Will Smith, the National Geographic series One Strange Rock, directed by Darren Aronofsky.
Colonel Hadfield is also the producer of the celebrated Rare Earth series on YouTube, and the creator of the on-stage celebration Generator, which combines science, comedy, and music for sold-out audiences.
Additionally, Colonel Hadfield is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo.
Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.
Alongside her academic position, Hannah is an experienced public speaker giving conference keynotes and taking the joy of maths into theatres and schools. Hannah’s mathematical expertise has led to the development of fascinating documentaries including ‘Britain’s Greatest Invention ’, ‘Horizon: How to Find Love Online’, ‘Horizon: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Future’, ‘City in the Sky’ (BBC2), ‘Trainspotting Live’, ‘The Joy of Data’, ‘Climate Change By Numbers’ and ‘Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing’ (BBC4). For radio, Hannah presents ‘Music By Numbers’ (BBC R1), ‘The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry’ and ‘Computing Britain’ (BBC R4).
As an author, Hannah has written two books: ‘The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas’ (Transworld, 2016) which followed ‘The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation’ (Simon & Schuster/ Ted, Feb 2015) in which Hannah brings together mathematical equations to provide answers to such questions as: What’s the chance of us finding love? What's the chance that it will last? How does online dating work, exactly? When should you settle down? How can you avoid divorce? When is it right to compromise? Can game theory help us decide whether or not to call?
Andrew Keen is one of the world's best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of four books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo, international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer, and his latest book How To Fix The Future. Published in February 2018, How to Fix the Future has been called "[a] bracing book" by Walter Isaacson and "the most significant work so far in an emerging body of literature…in which technology's smartest thinkers are raising alarm bells about the state of the Internet, and laying groundwork for how to fix it" by Fortune Magazine. The book also received a starred review by Kirkus Reviews.
Andrew is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast and an acclaimed public speaker around the world. He is the host of "Keen On" show, a popular TechCrunch chat show, and was named one of the "100 Most Connected Men" in 2015 by GQ magazine.
Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher, podcaster, and public speaker. He has been a well-known figure in the computer security industry since the early 1990s when he worked as a programmer, writing the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows.
Since then he has been employed in senior roles by companies such as Sophos and McAfee.
Graham Cluley has given talks about computer security for some of the world's largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats.
Graham Cluley was inducted into the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2011.
Carla Echevarria is UX Design Lead of the Google Assistant team. Her role is to ensure a cohesive product strategy and help formulate a long-term vision for the Assistant. Her primary goal is to build responsible and ethical AI platforms that provide real value to people.
Previously, she was a Design Lead at Facebook, where she was one of the primary inventors of Safety Check, Facebook's crisis response system. She was also the VP of Design for MakerBot, the leading company in desktop 3D printing.
Carla teaches UX/UI Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Mayank is the Chief Digital and Information Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Passionate about making a difference to the lives of DWP’s 22 million customers, Mayank is positioning digital technology, data and security firmly at the heart of the department’s ambitious transformation plan.
Dr Beth Singler explores the social, ethical, philosophical and religious implications of advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics. As a part of the project she is producing a series of short documentaries: Pain in the Machine, Friend in the Machine and Good in the Machine are complete. Pain in the Machine won the 2017 AHRC Best Research Film of the Year Award.
Beth is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, collaborating on a CFI/Royal Society project on ‘AI Narratives’ with Claire Craig, Stephen Cave, Sarah Dillon and Kanta Dihal. In 2017/18 she will be on the advisory board for the RSA/Google DeepMind Citizen Juries.
Beth has appeared on Radio4’s Today, Sunday and Start the Week programmes discussing AI, robots, and pain. In 2017 she spoke at the Hay Festival as one of the ‘Hay 30’, the 30 best speakers to watch. She was also one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 – the list of the most influential people in various fields.
Beth is an experienced social and digital anthropologist, and her first academic book is a ground breaking in-depth ethnography of the ‘Indigo Children’ – a New Age re-conception of both children and adults using the language of science, evolution, and spirituality.
Dave has almost two decades of industry experience. He has extensive experience in IT operations and management. Currently, Dave is a Global Security Advocate for Duo Security. He is the founder of the security site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and co-host of the Liquidmatrix podcast. Dave writes a column for CSO Online and Forbes.
Siân John MBE is Chief Security Advisor for EMEA in the Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Microsoft. Siân has worked in cyber security since 1997, and has worked at the Houses of Parliament, Ubizen and Symantec before joining Microsoft.
Siân leads the EMEA security advisors who work with Microsoft’s customers to help them to develop their cyber security strategy, security best practices and to understand how Microsoft’s technology and services can help support digital transformation and cloud services. Siân directly engages with Microsoft’s largest customers in the UK and Ireland.
She was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Years Honours List for 2018 for services to Cybersecurity. She holds the CiSSP, CISM, SABSA and CIPT certifications. Siân is Chair of both the techUK CyberSecurity Management committee and the Digital Economy Advisory Board for the UK Research Councils.
The man, the myth, the blogger; Javvad Malik is a London-based IT Security professional. Better known as an active blogger, event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security. Prior to joining AlienVault, Javvad was a senior analyst with 451 Research providing technology vendors, investors and end users with strategic advisory services, including competitive research and go-to-market positioning.
Lisa began her career working in anti-piracy intelligence off the coast of Somalia before moving into Counter-terrorism intelligence for a UK Government agency. Lisa researched the process of online radicalisation by terrorist groups. This included studying how social media algorithms could be exploited for radicalising British nationals as well as looking at the lengthy and risky social engineering process undertaken by terrorist recruiters.
Lisa then moved into one of the UK Police Cyber-Crime Units where she got to know the attackers’ mind sets and methodologies well. The unit dealt with serious cyber-crime cases working closely with international law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Victim companies ranged from small to multi-national organisations and almost all the cases involved social engineering.
Lisa left in 2017 to start her own company, Red Goat Cyber Security LLP, with the goal of reflecting the techniques and methodologies actually being employed by hackers. They provide GCHQ certified social engineering awareness training for staff and wargaming cyber-attack exercises to help organisations prepare for an attack.
Lisa Forte frequently writes for business publications and appears as a guest on many business podcasts. Lisa is an experienced cybercrime keynote speaker having spoken in major conferences around the world.
Brian Honan is a recognised internationally as an expert on cybersecurity. He has acted as a special advisor to Europol's Cybercrime Centre (EC3), I founder of Ireland's first CERT, and sits on the advisory board for several innovative security companies. Brian is the author of several books and regularly contributes to various publications. For his contribution to the cybersecurity industry Brian has been awarded the "SC Magazine Information Security Person of the Year" and was also inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame.
Charlotte Jee is a journalist specialising in politics and technology. She is editor of Techworld, a website that covers startups, developers, security and everything new in the world of tech.
Charlotte is also founder of Jeneo, a venture aimed at making tech events more inclusive and getting more women on stage.
Charlotte has been interviewed live on BBC World and The Victoria Derbyshire Show, contributed to BBC Radio Four and the Spectator podcast and has written blog posts and features for the New Statesman.
She has experience organising, hosting and moderating events, in particular ‘The Techies’ awards and her own ‘Women in Tech Speak Up’ event series.
Doug has more than twenty-five years of experience as a technology leader and innovator in security. He has held notable leadership roles in operations, engineering, business strategy development, marketing and sales, and other executive leadership positions such as COO at BT Counterpane, Chief Strategy Officer at Silversky/Perimeter eSecurity (now part of BAE), Vice President of Security and Business Continuity at AT&T, and CEO of SAVANTURE
Joanne advises businesses across all sectors on intellectual property (IP) and IT issues both nationally and internationally. She has been advising businesses and other lawyers on data protection for almost 20 years, including specialist advice to a number of international brands on the new General Data Protection Regulations since 2015.
Max is a cyber security expert with over eight years’ experience in the field specializing in network monitoring and offensive security. At Darktrace, Max works with strategic customers to help them investigate and respond to threats as well as overseeing the cyber security analyst team in the Cambridge UK headquarters. Prior to his current role, Max led the Threat and Vulnerability Management department for Hewlett-Packard in Central Europe. He was a member of the German Chaos Computer Club, working as a white hat hacker in penetration testing and red teaming engagements. Max holds a MSc from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a BSc from the Cooperative State University Stuttgart in International Business Information Systems.
Andrew oversees Darktrace’s OT security offerings, providing cyber defense solutions for industrial environments. Andrew has worked extensively across all aspects of Darktrace's technical and commercial operations, and advises Darktrace’s strategic Fortune 500 customers on advanced threat detection, machine learning and autonomous response. Andrew has a technical background in threat analysis and research, and holds a first-class degree in physics from Oxford University and a first-class degree in philosophy from King’s College London.
Alejandro is the Director of Security Strategy for Flexera. He has twenty years of consulting and business development experience in four countries, focused around enterprise software in cybersecurity, IT operations, service management and optimisation. Alejandro is originally from Venezuela but now lives in North Carolina, USA with his family, and when he is not traveling with customers and partners, he is training for triathlons.
Chintan Patel is Chief Technologist at Cisco UK & Ireland. He is currently leading the Technology Office, a highly experienced group of specialists in the areas of AI, Cybersecurity, IoT, Blockchain, Next Generation Networking and beyond.
He is passionate about driving business transformation using innovative technology and works with Cisco’s major clients, industry and academia. Having been on both sides of the selling and buying technology he enjoys bringing the business and technology worlds together. A self-confessed geek who likes his gadgets but only when they make a difference to the world around us in a meaningful way.
Helge Husemann is a Security Expert on a mission: protecting businesses from malware. Husemann. has spent the past 15 years immersed in technology and has been focusing in on the ways that malware disrupts, disables and destroys businesses. The threats that keep business owners and IT departments up at night have evolved from disruptive viruses to today's malicious ransomware and more recently cryptojacking attacks. Helge keeps pace with these new types of malware and what businesses need to do to protect themselves.
His love affair with technology started as a PC gamer, before moving on to Apple and Siemens, and then honing in on the security industry working with Trend Micro and then moving to Malwarebytes over three years ago. The non-stop research and access to Malwarebytes' Threat Labs means he's continuously plugged into the latest advances in security technology. This expertise, along with a gift for storytelling and an obsession with Iron Maiden, makes it possible for him to talk with the IT Departments who are dealing with malware every day, showing sales teams how to identify pain points for businesses and sell the right solutions, and talking with C-levels in the business about the risks they face.
Joe is the Director of Product Strategy focused on security and data protection, working in the Office of the CTO – part of Gemalto’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity business (formerly SafeNet). He is dedicated to building and communicating situational awareness to product managers and engineering leaders. Joe also assists in formulating roadmaps and prioritizing development to align with market trends, and work across Gemalto to create go to market plans. Current trends and technologies that are top of mind for Joe are Blockchain, IOT, and security for Cloud Foundry. He is also a founding member of the Trusted IOT Alliance, working with BNY Mellon, Bosch, Cisco, Foxconn, and seven start-ups, to use blockchain technology to secure the Internet of Things
Laurent Gil works on security product strategy at Oracle Dyn, an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure global business unit. Previously, he was cofounder of Zenedge (acquired by Oracle in March 2018) and cofounder and CEO of Ukraine-based Viewdle (acquired by Google in 2012), which focused on machine learning and computer vision. Laurent holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Cybernetic Institute of Ukraine, an MBA from the Wharton School, an MSc in computer science and signal processing from Supélec, a postgraduate degree in management from the Collègedes Ingénieurs in Paris, and a BS in mathematics (summa cum laude) from the University of Bordeaux.
Laurie is a security engineer at HackerOne, the world’s most popular bug bounty platform. His primary focus is on responsible disclosure, vulnerability management and risk reduction for organizations of all sizes and security maturity. Laurie has a strong technical background, having worked as both a developer and penetration tester - he loves to find and fix vulnerabilities. He has worked with customers as diverse as Her Majesty the Queen and the Chinese government in various roles involving software, security and education. Outside of work, Laurie likes to develop black and white photos, knows his way around the foothills of the Himalayas, and can milk a yak.
Louise is a senior enterprise security architect with over 16 years’ cross-vertical experience driving the delivery of secure designs for large-scale programmes, across media, high-tech, online retail, telecommunications & manufacturing industries. Louise has in-depth knowledge of emerging privacy and security regulations and is a certified GDPR practitioner, CISSP and SABSA chartered security architect.
Oli Pinson-Roxburgh has been in the security industry for over 15 years, during which time he’s accumulated extensive experience in SIEM technologies through his work with multiple global vendors. He also has a wealth of wider security experience through various roles, including penetration testing, security and compliance consulting as well as solutions architecture. A thought-leader in his field, Oli leverages his insights through public speaking, regularly partaking in webinars, making several national television appearances and having opinions published in several national publications. In his capacity as Managing Director of Bulletproof, Oli and his team put experience into practice, working with clients to meet the security challenges of tomorrow by driving innovation through Bulletproof’s security products.
Paul Ducklin has been many things at Sophos: programmer, malware analyst, technical supporter, public speaker, security evangelist, and now proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so.)
These days, Paul spends most of his time writing for Sophos's award-winning community website, Naked Security, where he has built up a global reputation as the go-to guy for explaining even the most technical issues in plain language.
Zoë Rose is a highly regarded hands-on cyber security specialist, who helps her clients better identify and manage their vulnerabilities and embed effective cyber resilience across their organisation. Whilst retaining deep technical expertise, Zoë has developed extensive experience in designing and executing cyber security awareness programmes focused on helping people become more aware of cyber threats. Zoë is a Cisco Champion and certified Splunk Architect, who frequently speaks at conferences and is quoted in the media, and most recently featured in Vogue Magazine.