Speakers – ISSE 2019

Keynote Speakers

Christiane Peters

Christiane Peters, Enterprise Security Architect, IBM Security, Benelux

Christiane guides IBM clients from defining enterprise security architectures to the implementation phase. This includes security architectures for IoT and industrial security, critical data protection, and cryptography. Read more

Christiane got her Ph.D. in the field of cryptography in 2011 at TU Eindhoven in The Netherlands. She also worked as researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Microsoft Research, and the Technical University of Denmark.

While working for IBM Security, Christiane actively stays in touch with industry research and academia by giving presentations at conferences and lectures on the subject of practical Enterprise Security Architectures, ICS/IoT security and Data Protection.

Christiane is a co-author of one of the submissions to NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography competition that will select the future quantum-safe crypto portfolio.

Ronny Bjones

Ronny Bjones, Director of Cloud Identity & Privacy Services for Microsoft Engineering (Cloud & Enterprise), Microsoft, Belgium

Ronny Bjones is Director of Cloud Identity & Privacy Services for Microsoft Engineering (Cloud & Enterprise). Ronny kicked of the design and development of Azure Active Directory B2C. Ronny is responsible for developing the Read more

concepts, prototyping, incubation and bringing the service into production. Ronny holds several patents in the field of identity and privacy.

  • Ronny joined Microsoft in 2002 to become the EMEA security lead. He has 30+ years of experience in ICT, 25+ of those in security.
  • Ronny published QuEST together with several industry specialists in the subject of electronic signatures. The book is a comprehensive guide on how to implement Electronic Signatures solutions and can be downloaded from microsoft.com.
  • Ronny also co-authored “Best Practice for Applications using the electronic Identity Card”.
  • Ronny is a board member of EEMA, an organisation providing guidance on e-Business.
  • Ronny is also member of the ISSE program committee. Ronny represents Microsoft in the executive board of Trust in Digital life.
  • Ronny Bjones was one of the four founders of Utimaco Belgium, where he worked for ten years as R&D director. Before Utimaco, Ronny worked for a Belgian EFT specialist called Prodata and one of the first firms to specialize in cryptography in Europe called Cryptech.
  • Ronny Bjones is an active speaker at conferences.

Ronny holds a bachelor in electronics, Master in IT management and MSc in Information technology.

Colonel Eric Freyssinet

Colonel Eric Freyssinet, Chief Digital Strategy Officer for the Gendarmerie Nationale

Colonel Eric Freyssinet was appointed as Chief digital strategy officer for the gendarmerie nationale on May 1st 2017, after 19 years of his career dedicated to the fight against cybercrime in technical, strategic and operational positions. Read more


He has notably been the head of the IT Forensics department of the gendarmerie's national forensic laboratory (IRCGN, 1998 - 2005), in charge of cybercrime projects at the headquarters (DGGN/SDPJ, 2005-2010) and between 2010 and 2015 at the head of the gendarmerie's centre for the fight against digital crimes (C3N).
In those positions he was very much involved in international relationships, as vice-chairman of Europol's EU Cybercrime task force or chairman of a similar group of cybercrime specialised units for Interpol.
During the past two years, he was part of the team creating the Cyberthreats taskforce for the ministry of Interior.
Trained first as an engineer (Ecole Polytechnique, X1992), colonel Eric Freyssinet then specialised in IT security (Advanced masters on IT security SSIR, Telecom Paristech, 2000) and pursued his academic efforts by defending a computer science PhD on the subject of the fight against botnets (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6).
Eric Freyssinet is also an associate member of the LORIA computer science laboratory and teaches in different higher education programmes in France.
Finally, colonel Eric Freyssinet is also involved in public private partnerships through non governmental organisations, as vice-chairman of Signal Spam and seceratary general of CECyF, the French Cybercrime Centre of Excellence.

Miguel González-Sancho

Miguel González-Sancho, Head of the Unit "Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building", European Commission,

Miguel González-Sancho is since July 2018 Head of the Unit "Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building" at the European Commission, within the Directorate General Read more

“Communication Networks, Content and Technology” (DG CNECT, https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/dg-connect).

He previously held different positions in DG CNECT, including Head of Unit for "eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing", Head of Unit for Administration and Finance, Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination, and Deputy Head of the Unit "ICT for Inclusion". During this period, he worked on various policy files as well research and innovation programmes relating to the social and economic impact of digital technologies.

He also worked the at the European Commission as member of cabinet of the Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, legal officer dealing with telecommunications regulation, and trade official handling antidumping investigations.

He holds degrees in law, business administration, international relations and European policies.

Prof Bart Preneel

Bart Preneel, Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven; he heads the COSIC research group, that is a member of the imec Security Department. He was visiting professor at five universities in Europe. He has Read more

authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of 5 patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. Bart Preneel has coordinated the Network of Excellence ECRYPT, has served as panel member and chair for the European Research Council and has been president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research). He is a member of the Permanent Stakeholders group of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and of the Academia Europaea. He has been invited speaker at more than 100 conferences in 40 countries. In 2014 he received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.

Wolfgang Joppich

Wolfgang Joppich, Information Security Expert, Cryptomathic

Wolfgang Joppich is a certified CISSP and Information Security expert with more than 19 years of experience in IT Security and system development. Read more

Wolfgang looks back on several successful projects around fields like setting up PKIs, developing web technologies, using various cryptographic APIs, like JCE and PKCS #11 as well as developing and installing digital key management solutions.

In his current role as a Senior Solutions Architect at Cryptomathic Wolfgang is mainly involved in implementing crypto abstraction layers and QES remote digital signature solutions in the financial and telecommunication industry.

Dave Birch

Dave Birch, Author, Advisor & Commentator on Digital Financial Services,

David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is Global Ambassador for Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found).  Read more


Dave is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand; was found by PR Daily to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson; was ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community by City A.M.; was listed by Hot Topics as one of the world’s top 100 most influential FinTech leaders and was rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments. His most recent book “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From money we understand to money that understands us” was published in 2017 with a foreword by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England. In the London School of Economics (LSE) Review of Books It was described as a timely and illuminating contribution which should be widely read by graduate students of finance, financial law and related topics, as well as policymakers involved in financial regulation. The London Review of Books called his previous book “Identity is the New Money” (2014) fresh, original, wide-ranging and the best book on general issues around new forms of money.

Evgeny Chereshnev

Evgeny Chereshnev, Founder&CEO, Biolink.Tech

Evgeny Chereshnev, Founder&CEO of Biolink.Tech - a UK based IT company, focussed in AI-managed data privacy, Identity and cybersecurity. Evgeny is one of world’s leading experts of the field, TED NYC and numerous TEDx speaker Read more

on privacy, data and AI topics, author of numerous international patents in the field of cybersecurity, Forbes columnist and global community influencer. Before starting Biolink.Tech he used to run Global Marketing and mobile business division for a 700-mln USD a year international cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab. Evgeny has more than 20 years of experience in global IT industry and deep understanding of EU, US, MiddleEast, China, Singapore and Japan markets.

Frank Leyman

Frank Leyman, Manager International Relations, BOSA

Frank Leyman holds a Master degree in Marketing and in Applied Economics from the University of Mons in Belgium. He started his career with IBM Belgium in the telecom division. Read more

After 6 years he joined the Belgian National Telecom operator BELGACOM where he was in charge of setting up the Corporate Services Sector. After 3 years he was appointed as Distribution Channels Director for the Belgacom Group.

In 1999 he left Belgacom for a more international career by joining the company PROTON WORLD. This company is specialized in large scale smartcard based projects.

He has been in charge of business development in the Middle-East and African Region and has co-developed the complete Government offering.

Since mid 2005 he works for FEDICT (now called the Digital Transformation Office within the Federal Public Service Policy & Support (BOSA)) where he manages International Relations as well as the relations with European Commission, OECD and the World Bank. He is the Past Chairman of the International Council for IT in Government Administration (ICA), he is a member of the TEG (Technical Expert Group) of the World Bank, he is member of the OECD e-Leaders and is the Belgian representative in the eGovernment High Level Group of the European Commission. He is a regular speaker at conferences and universities around the world.

Detlef Eckert

Detlef Eckert, Vice-President of Global Public Affairs, Huawei

Detlef Eckert joined Huawei Global Public Affairs in September 2017. He advises governments and key customers on digital strategies and trends, in particular linked to cloud computing, smart cities, 5G, artificial intelligence, and regulatory issues. Read more

Prior to joining Huawei, he served as Director at the European Commission in various positions: Telecommunications and media regulation, internet governance, European Digital Agenda, research policy, cyber security, macro-economic reforms, and employment and skills policies.

From 2002 to 2006 he undertook a sabbatical in the private sector at Microsoft as Director for Trustworthy Computing (TWC) EMEA. Before 2002, Detlef Eckert was Head of Division responsible for analysis and policy planning in the Directorate General Information Society. Before moving to Brussels in 1988 he worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Federal State of Bremen (Germany) from 1985 to 1998.

Detlef Eckert graduated from the University of Siegen with a degree in Economics. He also obtained a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Siegen and was assistant professor there from 1979 until 1985.

Jon Shamah

John Shamah, Chair, EEMA, UK

Jon Shamah is a graduate of Southampton University, specialising in aeronautics and astronautics.
A chartered information technology professional, and digital identity and trust subject matter expert, Read more

he specialises in maximising thetechnology and operational value chain of very large scale eID schemes, critical national infrastructures and national programmes.

Jon was the recipient of the 2009 EEMA Fellowship Award for services to European e-identity, and is the chairman of EEMA. He is a frequent public speaker on issues surrounding identity and trust and facilitated in the early stages of the forthcoming EU trust services regulations.

Jon was a long-term consultant on eID issues to the Nordic Banking and Payments Consortium, NETS, and has contributed to European projects such as SSEDIC, STORK2.0, ECIM, Cloud for Europe and FutureID.

Speakers

Michael Barwise

Michael Barwise, Director, Business Information Risk Management Consulting

Michael Barwise is a UK-based information assurance consultant and thought leader in holistic information security, information risk and compliance management. For two decades he has implemented and improved corporate information risk, security and compliance Read more

management programmes and turned round those that have stalled or failed to deliver.

Drawing on his previous professional practice as a critical systems engineer in aerospace, physics and ecology research, he evangelises and mentors in the rigour and knowledge of first principles required to improve the currently questionable reliability of corporate information risk management.

Michael is a member of the ISO IST/033 UK expert panel, participating in the development of the ISO 27000 series of standards with particular involvement in ISO 27005. He contributes to national and international information risk and cyber security initiatives, and writes and presents widely on aspects of risk management.

Laurie-Anne Bourdain

Laurie-Anne Bourdain, Risk and Privacy Officer, Isabel Group

Laurie-Anne Bourdain is the risk and privacy officer at the Isabel Group and ensures top risk management and data protection practices within the group. She previously was a consultant within Read more

EY where she led the privacy practice for Belgium (non-banking sector) and Senior Privacy Manager at Sony Electronics; in both positions she helped companies implementing the requirements of GDPR: from identification of personal data to design of documentation and handling of data subjects requests. She also has a strong background in information security and is certified CISSP, CIPP/E & CIPM. Laurie-Anne graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Strathclyde (UK) in a Master of Sciences in Information Management.

Nils Inge Brurberg

Nils Inge Brurberg, Program Manager, Bits

Nils Inge Brurberg is program manager for a digital transformation initiative between the public sector and financial services in Norway. The program has been named DSOP and it is currently running 6 different projects. In his current role, Read more

he works with partners and stakeholders such as ministries, directorates, banks, financial institutions, and other private companies - to promote and enable increased sharing of data to the mutual benefit of private sector- and public customers.

Prior to the DSOP role, he was a product manager at BankID Norway, a nationwide eID authentication scheme established by the Norwegian banking industry. With 30 years of extensive experience in the areas of authentication, IT security, and audit, Nils Inge is an expert in developing new market opportunities for Internet-based services and products. He was a key negotiator for banks and operators when BankID decided to adopt the mobile solution in 2006, and he was instrumental in extending the contract to include all Norwegian operators in 2012. He was also BankID´s representative at the EU-sponsored project SSEDIC ("Scoping the Single European Digital Identity Community").

Prior to joining BankID, Nils Inge was the product manager for PKI-related initiatives at Nordea bank Nordic, where he was responsible for Nordea´s BankID initiative.

Nils Inge holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science

been a co-author of the W3C Verifiable Credentials Data Model proposed recommendation, and together with colleagues from the University of Toulouse, built a prototype Verifiable Credentials identity eco-system using an enhanced FIDO protocol. He is currently being funded by Innovate UK to convert the prototype into a commercial product with a view to launching it via a new university spin-out, Verifiable Credentials Ltd (www.verifiablecredentials.info), in February 2020.

David Chadwick

David W Chadwick, Founder and Managing Director, Verifiable Credentials Ltd

David has been Professor of Information Systems Security at the University of Kent for 15 years, specialising in authorisation, access control, identity management, trust management and PKI. For the last two years he has Read more

been a co-author of the W3C Verifiable Credentials Data Model proposed recommendation, and together with colleagues from the University of Toulouse, built a prototype Verifiable Credentials identity eco-system using an enhanced FIDO protocol. He is currently being funded by Innovate UK to convert the prototype into a commercial product with a view to launching it via a new university spin-out, Verifiable Credentials Ltd (www.verifiablecredentials.info), in February 2020.

Peter Cozijnsen

Peter Cozijnsen, Business & Security Consultant, CGI, Netherlands

Peter Cozijnsen is a very experienced Business &Security Consultant. He advises clients on information security matters and helps them with the implementation of security policies, controls, etc. Peter has been Read more

in the Information Technology since the mid 80’ and has a technical background. Because of his broad experience in the functional-, technical- and organizational aspects of Information Technology, his strength is to connect these aspects also from a security perspective. Examples of this are directing clients through the certification process for ISO 27001, become a certified Trust Service Provider and the key role that he played in the security of the biometric data in Dutch electronic travel documents.
Because of his security expertise, Peter works on a part-time base for the Dutch Accreditation Council (Expert for ISO 27001 and eIDAS) and is a member of the ISO TC307, a standardization committee for Blockchain and DLT systems.

Kevin Foltz

Kevin Foltz, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses, USA

Kevin Foltz is a Research Staff Member in the Information Technology and Systems Division at Institute for Defense Analyses, where he provides independent technical analysis for the Department of Defense. Read more

He completed his PhD at California Institute of
Technology in Electrical Engineering. He also holds degrees in mathematics, computer science, and strategic security studies from Rice University and National Defense University. His interests include cyber security, web technologies, and digital communications. He currently supports the Air Force in fielding the Enterprise Level Security (ELS) architecture. He has worked on the architecture design, initial testing, requirements documentation, and product vetting for ELS.

Alessandro Guarino

Alessandro Guarino, CEO, StAG – Independent Researcher

Alessandro Guarino is a senior Information Security professional and independent researcher. He is the founder and CEO of StAG Srl, a consultancy firm based in Italy and active (in different forms) since 2000, serving clients both in the private and Read more

public sector and providing cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection consulting services. He is also a digital forensics analyst and consultant, as well as expert witness in Court.
He holds an M.Sc in Industrial Engineering and a B.Sc. in economics, with a focus on Information Security Economics. He is an ISO active expert in JTC 1/SC 27 (IT Security Techniques committee) and contributed in particular to the development of cybersecurity and digital investigation standards. He represents Italy in CEN-CENELEC JTC13 and ETSI TC CYBER. He currently serves as the convenor of JTC13 WG 5 “Privacy, data protection and identities management”. As an independent researcher, he delivered presentations at international conferences, including ISSE (since 2013), the NATO CCD COE Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon), and the EU-ASEAN CIO Forum. His areas of interest include cyber conflict, digital forensics, data protection and security. With StAG he is actively involved in the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation funding, currently in YAKSHA, a cybersecurity-related project aiming at cooperation with partners in the ASEAN region and most recently with LOCARD, a research project on forensics starting in May 2019.

Mads Henriksveen

Mads Henriksveen, CA & eID Manager, Buypass AS, Norway

Mads Henriksveen has a Master in Computer Science and has more than 30 years of working experience with focus on systems development and IT security. He has been working with cryptography, eID, eSignature, PKI Read more

etc for the last 20 years and is the CA & eID Manager for Buypass AS. Buypass is a Norwegian QTSP according to eIDAS and Certificate Authority (CA) issuing publicly trusted certificates

Andrew Hutchison

Andrew Hutchison, CyberSecurity Specialist, T-Systems, Switzerland

Dr. Andrew Hutchison is CyberSecurity Specialist at T-Systems Switzerland, and part of the overall Telekom Security organization of Deutsche Telekom. In this capacity he advises customers regarding Read more

their security strategy, roadmap and solutions.

Andrew has previously held various roles in the international organization of T-Systems – in particular as Executive Advisor CyberSecurity, International Programme Executive for CyberSecurity, and as General Manager / Vice President of the Telecommunications Business in South Africa, responsible for a team covering all TC Sales, Portfolio and Delivery activities.

Andrew has also led various international Innovation related initiatives having worked on various T-Labs projects, with the teams in Berlin and Israel, and having led participation of a team in a specialist EU FP7 “next generation security” project.

Prior to joining T-Systems Andrew co-founded an IT consulting and training company, which was acquired by a South African IT group, and he has also been on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he remains an Adjunct Professor.

Andrew has a PhD in Computer Science (Information Security), which he completed at the University of Zürich, Switzerland while working at the IBM Zürich Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon. His M.Sc (on Wide Area Network performance / routing) and undergraduate degrees were obtained at UCT. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Education (with distinction) from UCT and has been a visiting scientist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

As a contributor in the international community of IT professionals, Andrew has authored / co-authored some 50 international peer reviewed papers in the areas of telecommunications and security. He is a regular presenter at conferences, industry seminars and press spokesperson for T-Systems

Stijn Jans

Stijn Jans, Founder. Intigriti

Stijn Jans is the founder of intigriti, the largest European bug bounty platform where ethical hackers and security researchers meet to test the security of companies that are willing to work with them. Previous to Intigriti, Stijn Read more

founded the Security Factory, a security consultancy company dedicated to penetration testing.

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Consultant

Paul enjoyed a 30 year career in the police service, having served in four UK police forces and latterly performing the role of Deputy Chief Constable. Read more

His earlier career centred on serious crime investigation, having led over 70 enquiries into cases of murder, kidnap, abduction and extortion.

In 2010 Paul was seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary where he led a value for money inspection of criminal justice reforms in the London Metropolitan Police, leading a team of senior police officers, lawyers and civil servants.
Having successfully completed the UK College of Policing’s Strategic Command Course in 2013, Paul then became a chief police officer for North Yorkshire Police, responsible for all aspects of operational policing in the county.

He was subsequently appointed the National Police Chief Council’s ( NPCC ) lead for Automatic Number Plate Recognition ( ANPR ) in which he led the project with the UK Home Office to deliver a new £30million National ANPR Service, the world’s largest ANPR database, based on cutting edge cloud technology and software applications.

As Deputy Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police and in the final chapter of his service, Paul led on information technology which included a multi million pound investment into mobile police technologies.

Paul left the police service in 2017 and subsequently established the UK Blue Light Channel Programme which provides strategic advice and guidance to international law enforcement organisations and the technology industry on digital transformation. His objective is to share global best practice for digital transformation and innovation for the benefit of law
enforcement.

Hugo Kerschot

Hugo Kerschot, Managing Director, IS-practice

Hugo Kerschot is founder and Managing Director of the program management office “IS-practice”. (www.is-practice.eu). IS-practice is based in Brussels, Belgium and delivers project management and high-level advice for major projects within the Read more

international and national public sector in the broader field of the Information Society: smart cities, smart mobility, cyber security, open data, IoT are the main domain of expertise.

Hugo Kerschot, whose years of experience in both the private and the public sector are relevant for companies and organizations that wish to realise projects in a multidisciplinary setting within the framework of the European Information Society. Hugo Kerschot has more than 20 years of experience in communication, IT, consultancy and project management.
Hugo is managing via IS-practice several European research and innovation projects in the sector of IoT, Smart Mobility, Open Data and Block chain…

Herbert Leitold

Herbert Leitold, Secretary General, A-SIT

Herbert is Secretary-General of A-SIT, Secure Information Technology Center – Austria, and board member of the non-profit foundation Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies (SIC). He holds a master of Read more

telecommunications and informatics.

Herbert contributed to the EU eID Large Scale Pilot “STORK” where he served as Member State Council co-chair, was pilot leader of the integration with the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS), as well as leader of the new technologies work package. In the successor projects STORK 2.0 and eSENS Herbert coordinated the Austrian contribution as chairman of the national consortia management teams. He is member of the eIDAS Expert Group and eIDAS technical subgroup. Herbert is also Austria’s alternate member of the ENISA Management Board.

Further involvement in EU projects are Cloud for Europe where he led the pre-commercial procurement technical specification development. In the H2020 SUNFISH project on public administrations’ private cloud federation Herbert was WP leader of the requirement analysis. In the H2020 project FutureTrust he will work on evaluation criteria for trust service providers.

Paul Meadowcroft

Paul Meadowcroft, Chief Product & Security Officer, Konsentus Ltd, UK

Paul Meadowcroft is Chief Product and Security Officer at Konsentus Limited, a RegTech company. Konsentus provides identity verification, using eIDAS certificates, Third Party Provider regulatory checking, against Read more

National Competent Authority registers, and OAuth2 token generation and verification to control access to PSD2 APIs. These services enable financial institutions to provide open banking services to their customers, confident in the knowledge that they are only providing data to TPPs who are regulated and who have obtained the customer's consent to access their data. He has more than 30 years of experience in payment and information security systems.

Igor Marcolongo

Igor Marcolongo, Head of Business Compliance Unit, InfoCert

Head of the Business Compliance unit in InfoCert, works since 2007 in bringing trust and smooth compliance in many digital transformation projects. Read more


Focused on the intersection between compliance, business needs and technology, with his unit helps many organizations in Finance, HealthCare, Insurance, Industry and Public Government, to re-build their processes in the digital world, achieving their targets of customer experience, compliance, market development. Passionate with people, loves to observe how the technological development influence societies and organizations.

Tim Ohlendorf

Tim Ohlendorf, Security Researcher & PhD candidate, Fraunhofer AISEC

Tim Ohlendorf is a security researcher and PhD candidate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC in Berlin. He received his master’s degree in Computer Science with a focus on IT-Security from Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2018. Currently, he is involved in various projects, regarding the security and privacy aspects of electronic identities.

Steve Pannifer

Steve Pannifer, Director, Consult Hyperion

Steve works with governments, banks, payments organisations, mobile operators and others advising on identity, payments and security. He is currently working on leading digital identity projects in the UK, North Read more

America and Europe. Steve is on the advisory board of the EU FutureTrust project and is a member of PCAG, the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group to the UK government.

Roel Peeters

Roel Peeters, Co-founder & CTO, nextAuth

Roel Peeters is the co-founder and CTO of nextAuth, a user authentication solution that puts an end to usernames and passwords. He obtained a PhD and did a postdoc in applied cryptography in the COSIC research group of KU Leuven. Read more

Roel specialises in cryptographic protocols, key management, authentication and blockchain. Through consulting, this knowledge was applied in several organisations working on identity, payments, automotive, and even security in outer space.

Jack Piekarski

Jack Piekarski, Managing Director Sales, ESYSCO

For the past two decades of his career, Jack was always focused on emerging technologies and crypto based solutions. Working for various organizations in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and the US, he gained Read more

remarkable experience in pushing Sales towards new goals while being employed in different positions in Sales, Pre-Sales, Business Development as well as Channel and Vendor Management.

Jack lives in Berlin, Germany and is passionate about Beach Volleyball, Sailing and Kiteboarding.

Jimmy Pommerenke

Jimmy Pommerenke, Founder, Ceeyu

Jimmy has been working in Information Security for the past 15 years. He started his career as a security engineer for an IT integrator, implementing anti-virus software, firewalls, and other security controls. He then worked several years as an ethical Read more

hacker/security consultant covering mostly financial services, government, and critical infrastructure customers. He was later hired as a manager at Ernst & Young where he helped their financial services customers develop and implement internal penetration testing teams, vulnerability management and threat management capabilities. Finally, he became an independent security consultant mainly working in the financial sector, but also has projects within the Telecom sector. Within his different customers’ sectors, he noted the need for having a detailed view on the company’s digital footprint. This to control the spread of the branding, maintaining an inventory of externally reachable assets, ensuring they are secure, and having the ability to consistently follow up and report on it. Furthermore, these types of customers have a huge need for managing risks induced by third parties and vendors. Additionally, he interviewed companies in the telecom, transportation, and pharmaceutical sectors and found likewise requirements and needs. During this period, he researched required features based on the interviews, developed techniques and services to gather, analyse, and evaluate a company’s digital footprint, this led to Ceeyu.

Ruth Puente

Ruth Puente, Executive Programme Manager, Kantara Initiative Europe

Ruth has been involved in the Internet Technical Community (ICANN, RIRs and ccTLDs) for more than 10 years and she has broad experience on international and multi-stakeholder cooperation model, Internet governance policy and Read more

public affairs. She has contracted to Kantara as Executive Program Manager leading its Identity and Privacy Incubator Research & Development program and its Trust Framework Operations Program since 2014. In 2019 Ruth became a Director of Kantara Europe, overseeing its R&D grant-funding projects and emerging identity & privacy assurance Trust Framework activities.

Marc Sel

Marc Sel, Director, Trust Warp

I am an independent security consultant. Previously I worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers 'Advisory Services' in Belgium as a Director, specialised in ICT Security and Performance. Read more

I joined them in 1989 as a Consultant. Over time, I specialised in the field of security, both from the technical and from the organisational/management perspective. I performed specialised in-depth reviews, assisted clients with the selection of solutions, and performed implementations. Areas I worked in include authorisations and access control, biometric recognition, network security, PKI, smartcards, as well as information security organisation legislation and policies, standards and guidelines.

Prior to PwC I was with Esso, where I worked for two years as a Systems Programmer on IBM mainframes, and two years as a Technical Analyst in the Breda Headquarters. I moved to Esso after a stay of approximately 4 years with Bell Telephone Manufacturing Company, where I developed and delivered training courses on all aspects of digital telephony. Initially after my first graduation I joined Texas Instruments as Internal Sales Engineer in their Brussels semiconductor department for 18 months.

I was born in Antwerp, Belgium. I obtained degrees from Technicum North Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium - 1980), Brussels Free University (VUB, Brussels, Belgium, 1984) and Royal Holloway, University Of London, UK, 2002

Rachelle Sellung

Rachelle Sellung, Senior Scientist, IAT University of Stuttgart

Rachelle Sellung is a Senior Scientist in the competence team of Identity Management at the IAT University of Stuttgart. Within this interdisciplinary team with an array of skill sets, she provides the Read more

Economic
perspective for not only Identity Management, but a variety of IT Security related technologies. She contributed a socio-economic perspective in the large scale EU FP7 project FutureID, which developed an identity management infrastructure for Europe. Specifically, it considered the integration of existing eID technology, trust infrastructures, federated identity management services. Currently, she is the lead for the University of Stuttgart in the EU Horizon2020 project, LIGHTest, which seeks to create a global cross-domain trust infrastructure that is transparent and makes it easier for verifiers to evaluate electronic transactions.

Rachelle Sellung has achieved a Master’s of Science in Economics at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. As well as, a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing at the University of Mississippi in the USA.

George Sharkov

Dr George Sharkov, National Cybersecurity Coordinator & Adviser to the Prime Minister Office; Director ESI CEE & Head Cybersecurity Lab

National Cybersecurity Coordinator [Security Council @ Bulgarian Government] Adviser on Cyber Defense, Ministry of Defense, Managing Director, European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe (ESI CEE)
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Dr. George Sharkov graduated Mathematics/Computer Science at Sofia University, obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence, with specialization in applied informatics, biophysics, thermography and genetics, enterprise intelligent systems. Since 1994 he is leading international software projects and companies for banking and financial systems, e-business, online markets and innovative e-trading solutions.

Since 2003 he is managing ESI – Center Eastern Europe (www.esicenter.bg), the regional excellence center of the European Software Institute (ESI), covering 12 countries in Eastern Europe and Caucasus region. He is a trainer and coach in SPI (Software Process Improvement), software engineering quality management (CMMI – CMMI Institute, Carnegie Mellon), IT Mark (ESI) appraiser. Leading the CyResLab (Cyber Resilience Lab) at ESI CEE, and a research network in cybersecurity and resilience (www.cryptobg.org). Lead appraiser (apprentice) with CERT-RMM (Resilience Management Model, CERT/SEI).

George is a lecturer in Sofia University, Plovdiv University, NBU. He is leading a Program for modernization of Software Engineering education (SEMP) in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and 6 Bulgarian universities. Steering Committee member of the EC CEN Workshop in ICT-skills and e-competences. Among the founders and first Chairman of BASSCOM (Bulgarian Association of Software Companies), board member of Bulgarian ICT Cluster. Pioneer in new digital ecosystems development, mentor and supporter of startup and accelerator programs.

Jacoba Sieders

Jacoba Sieders, Head of IAM, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Jacoba Sieders is an all-round Digital Identity and Information Security expert. She has 18 years of experience in the international finance industryRead more

in technology, governance, consultancy, relevant legal aspects, and implementation. Today, she is the Head of IAM at the European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the European Union in Luxembourg. She was Head of IAM at ABN AMRO Bank – including customer access to online and mobile banking- and held similar positions at Rabobank and ING Group. Jacoba was involved with standardisation of blockchain identity as a member of the Dutch ISO working group and the Dutch Blockchain Coalition.
Jacoba has experience with ABAC, data centric security, API-banking, Self-Sovereign Identity, and the role of identity in ecosystems and digitisation. Special interests are legal aspects related with all of this, such as GDPR, e-IDAS, PDS2, KYC, AML, digital onboarding, and signing. Jacoba is presenting on these topics regularly.
She holds a masters degree in Classics from Leiden University (Greek, Latin, Hebrew).

John Erik Setsaas

John Erik Setsaas, VP Identity and Innovation, Signicat AS

John Erik Setsaas is VP of Identity and Innovation at Signicat. He is responsible for ensuring that Signicat's digital identity services are at the forefront of innovation, whilst solving the needs of customers, partners Read more


and end users. With over 20 years' experience in identity-and over 30 years in software product development - John Erik is a pioneer in the identity space. Before joining Signicat, John Erik was Chief Development Architect for SAP Identity Management and taught ecommerce, identity services and security at Buskerud University College in Norway. He is also on the Management Board of EEMA, Europe's leading digital identity think tank.

A seasoned speaker, John Erik has presented at international conferences including Money20/20, OIX, Trustech and World eID & Cybersecurity.

Johan Stronkhorst

Johan Stronkhorst, Group ICT Security Manager, Greenyard Group

Senior Management Consultant (CISO), CISSP, specialist in IT Security & Risk Management, IAM and (financial) administrative systems (ERP). Read more


Since 1985 Johan has been working on the edge of IT and Business, implementing systems and security in a wide range of international organisations, varying from manufacturing, retail and finance to international governmental institutions.

Colin Wallis

Colin Wallis, Executive Director, Kantara Initiative Inc

Colin is the Executive Director of the Kantara Initiative Inc, the globally acknowledged thought leader and emerging practice resource centre for federated digital identity, access and consent-based Read more

information sharing.
Colin's combined public and private sector background in online identity and privacy builds on 15 years of contribution to international standards and consortia. Alongside his contracts with Kantara and his previous employer, Colin maintains leadership positions in the US Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), OECD Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) and ISO SC27 Security Techniques on topics around Information Security, Privacy and Trusted Identity

Yolan Romailler

Yolan Romailler, Senior Security Researcher, Kudleski Security

Yolan Romailler is a senior security researcher at Kudelski Security, Switzerland, delving into (and dwelling on) cryptography, secure coding, blockchains technologies and vulnerabilities. He has notably spoken at Read more

Black Hat USA, BSides, DEF CON and NSec on topics including cryptography, public keys vulnerabilities, or automation in vulnerability research. He also presented at FDTC the first known practical fault attack against the EdDSA signature scheme. Yolan is the technical lead at Kudelski Security on the H2020 project FENTEC. He tweets as @anomalroil.

Bartosz Witkowski,

Bartosz Witkowski, CEO, ESYSCO

Since the very beginning of his career, Bartosz has been associated with the IT industry and, in particular, with cryptography . He knows Encryption, IT Security and Digital Signatures from both sides like nobody else - the Read more

business side, like customer needs and expectations as well as the underlying technology and architecture. He is an experienced manager who has implemented complex projects in the financial and public sector across Europe. He is the co-founder and president of ESYSCO and a charismatic leader who naturally gathers people around his vision.

Reinder Wolthuis

Reinder Wolthuis, Senior consultant/Project Manager, Cyber Security, TNO

Reinder Wolthuis has more than 20 years of experience in innovation in information- and cyber-security. He participated in and led many security projects, involving innovations in (cyber)security, conducting security Read more

benchmarks & assessments, and security consulting. Reinder is a regular presenter at conferences and also participated in several European funded projects on security. Reinder previously worked for KPN Research, KPN Software house and Atos Origin and has joined TNO Groningen in 2006. Currently Reinder is involved in a number of cyber security projects for companies in the telecom and banking sector. He is the initiator and program manager for a large cyber security shared research program with the Dutch financial sector (ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, de Volksbank, Achmea, TNO), he is the project coordinator of EU H2020 funded SOCCRATES (SOC & CSIRT Response to Attacks & Threats based on attack defense graphs Evaluation Systems). His research interests include (dynamic) risk management, security automation and security architecture.