Erno Doorenspleet

Erno Doorenspleet, Global Executive Security Advisor, X-Force Command, IBM Benelux

Erno Doorenspleet is a global executive security advisor and part of IBM's Security X-Force Threat Intelligence team. In this capacity he manages the participation of European organizations in IBM's cyber range in Boston, USA. Erno also actsRead more

  as CTO Security of IBM Benelux. He has over 20 years experience in IT, Security & Risk Management, Governance & Operations and Outsourcing and is an international speaker on the relationship between business and information technology, cloud computing and security.

Kim Cameron

Kim Cameron, Chief Architect of Identity, Microsoft

Kim is Chief Architect of Identity in the Identity and Access Division at Microsoft, where he champions the emergence of a privacy enhancing Identity Metasystem reaching across technologies, industries, vendors, continents and cultures. Read more

Kim played a leading role in the evolution of Active Directory, Federation Services, Forefront Identity Manager, CardSpace and Microsoft’s other Identity Metasystem products.

He joined Microsoft in 1999 when it bought the ZOOMIT Corporation. As VP of Technology at ZOOMIT, he had pioneered metadirectory technology and built the first shipping product. Before that he led ZOOMIT’s development team in producing a range of SMTP, X.400, X.500, and PKI products.

In 2009 he was appointed a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer. He grew up in Canada, attending King’s College at Dalhousie University and l’Université de Montréal. He served on RISEPTIS, the high-level European Union advisory body providing vision and guidance on security and trust in the Information Society. He has won a number of industry awards, including Digital Identity World’s Innovation Award (2005), Network Computing’s Top 25 Technology Drivers Award (1996) and MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award (2005), Network World’s 50 Most Powerful People in Networking (2005), Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Privacy Award (2007) and Silicon.com’s Agenda Setters 2007. In 2010 King’s College recognized his work on digital identity by awarding him an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree.

Meir Avidan

Meir Avidan, Director, National Preparedness Center, National Cyber Directorate, Prime Minister's Office, Israel

Mr. Meir Avidan is the Director of the National Preparedness Center at Israel's National Cyber Directorate (INCD). As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Avidan develops and promotes polices, regulations and instruments for the sake of accelerating national Read more

capabilities dealing with cyber crisis's, including implementing a national concept for cyber crisis preparedness as a framework to enhance cooperation and discussions at a national level.

In addition, Mr. Avidan leads a team of experts in various cyber disciplines, for the sake of implementing solutions and strategic approaches to improve preparedness and resilience; such topics include: risk management, incident response, crisis management and recovery, operational continuity and cyber exercises.

Prior to joining the INCD, Mr. Avidan worked 17 years in the Israeli Ministry of Defense in senior management positions, and managed a large team of officials and experts in Information and cyber security, as part a local and international programs. Mr. Avidan was also a defense Attaché in India, where he led and initiated connections between Israel and India's Ministries of Defense, Governmental Agencies and industries. He helped to build strong relations and structures between both countries, and opened doors and hearts for joined projects.

Mr. Avidan holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in National Security, both from Tel-Aviv University.

Prof Bart Preneel

Prof Bart Preneel, 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 authored more than 400 scientific publications and is Read more

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.

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. He completed his PhD at California Institute of Read more

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.

Jaak Geens

Jaak Geens, President, Geens.com NPO (Belgium)

Jaak Geens started his career at IBM, selling PC's at the Product Center on Madison Avenue NY (1984). He was initiator of EER (European Entrepreneurial Regions) and established several companies that engineer between IT, design and strategic consultancy

Alessandro Guarino

Alessandro Guarino, Principal Consultant, StudioAG - Independent Researcher, Italy

Alessandro Guarino is a senior Information Security professional and independent researcher. He is the founder and principal consultant of StudioAG, a consultancy firm based in Italy and active since 2000, serving clients both in the Read more

private and 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 (Cybersecurity) and ETSI TC CYBER. He currently serves as chair of CEN-CENELEC JTC 8 "Privacy management in products and services". 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. With StudioAG 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.

Udo Helmbrecht

Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director, ENISA, Greece


Diane Joyce

Diane Joyce, Technology Owner, Post Office Identity Services , UK

Diane has been pivotal in the creation of the UK Digital Citizen Identity marketplace; she has provided thought leadership, architecture design and innovation in the propagation of trusted online transactions in the digital age.  Read more

Diane has worked with blue chip corporations to implement the technology and service architecture required to become certified identity providers as part of the GOV.UK Verify identity scheme. Diane has worked with government departments setting up a pan government identity community and worked with leading IDAM vendors to address the need for secure and scalable identity federation to enable collaboration between public and private sector organisations.  Diane champions technology innovation to provide users with a frictionless and safe digital experience.

Diane is Technology Owner for Post Office Identity Services which provides a user centric personal identity experience and provides authentication and assurance services to public and private sector organisations

Irene Kafeza

Irene Kafeza, Advocate, Kafeza Law Office, Greece

Irene Kafeza is a Greek Advocate specialized in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law. She obtained her PhD in “Electronic Contracts in India” from National Academy of Legal studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, India, her Master Read more

of Laws in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law (LLM) from The University of Hong Kong, China and her Master of Laws in Chinese and Comparative Law (LLM) from City University of Hong Kong, China. She has worked as an assistant professor at NALSAR University and her research interests are in Law of Robots, Electronic Contracts and Blockchain, Legal issues in Cloud computing and Big Data and Privacy issues in Internet of Things. She has presented her research in several international conferences like, Production Forecasting Workshops by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Abu Dhabi (2017), The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC 2016), Athens Wireless Summit (2015), IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets (CCEM 2014), etc

Igor Kotsiuba

Igor Kotsiuba, Partner (focusing on Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Security), CyberDesk, Ukraine

 Igor Kotsiuba focuses on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Security. He is a partner at CyberDesk, and has been providing services to clients in the fields of information security, cybersecurity and blockchain for distributed eHealth and Energy in Ukraine and EU. Read more

Igor has an outstanding record of implementing the best global information security practices and frameworks for a wide range of companies. He is actively involved in scientific and research activities in the area of cybersecurity within the projects of the European Commission in cooperation with leading specialists from the UK, France, Spain, Germany. Igor also is main researcher and manages Horizon 2020 projects in the areas of enhancing the cyber security standards in energy infrastructure, the Internet of things and eHealth, and is a frequent speaker at specialized conferences and seminars. Lead expert in number of projects regarding using of blockchain to enhance security and management of eHealth system, military supply and logistics chain, procurement systems.

Worked on projects for development of smart energy grid and IoT for energy companies as well as blockchain implementations and participated in specialized boards for the issues of legislative reform for digitalization, use of cloud computing technologies in the operational activities of state bodies, use of the best practices and international standards, their translation and application.

Membership and activities:

  • Kyiv Chamber of Commerce, Cybersecurity Council
  • H2020 main Researcher, NAS of Ukraine
  • APPAU Industry 4.0
  • Cybersecurity of Energy Sector, Scientific board in NAS of Ukraine
Esther Makaay

Esther Makaay, Digital Identities Professional, SIDN, Netherlands

Esther Makaay is a digital identities professional. Her role is proposition development – identifying partners, getting pilots and projects started – for log-in solutions provider Connectis and for .nl registry SIDN. Specialist fields Read more

include trust frameworks, digital identities & eID schemes, DNS(SEC) and (new) top-level domains. Esther is also an internet technology expert.

Ken Munro

Ken Munro, Partner, Pen Test Partners, UK

Ken Munro responsibly discloses security vulnerabilities to device manufacturers and publicises issues in his capacity as Partner at Pen Test Partners (www.pentestpartners). He regularly blogs and also writes for Read more

various newspapers and industry magazines in an effort to get beyond the unhelpful scaremongering put about by many security vendors and has become a voice for reform and legislative change in the largely unregulated IoT, briefing UK and US government departments as well as being involved with various EU consumer councils. Ken has been in the infosecurity business for approaching 20 years.

Teemu Rissanen

Teemu Rissanen, CISM, Managing Director, Conseils Oy, Helsinki & Brussels

Working with strong identity credential systems and solutions since the early 2000s, Teemu Rissanen has gained a wide range of expertise in the practice of regulatory compliance, governance, standards and solutions for identity management in both government Read more

and enterprise domains. His work ranges from the implementation of large-scale eID card solutions and identity systems in Finland and Sweden, to working with the Finnish telecommunications regulatory agency in the building of the national Trust Network and in implementing the eIDAS regulation. Currently Teemu is implementing an eIDAS-compliant identity system for 1M users and over 60 thousand companies in the Swedish and Finnish contruction industries, and working with a large Finnish organisation to fulfil regulatory compliance targets for end-user authentication of more than 2M customers. Even though his business might keep him in the Nordic region, Teemu Rissanen is based in the Brussels area, in Belgium, with his family of four.

Marc Sel

Marc Sel, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Belgium

I'm working for PricewaterhouseCoopers 'Advisory Services' in Belgium as a Director, specialised in ICT Security and Performance. I joined the firm in January 1989 as a Consultant. Over time, I specialised in the field of security, both from the technical and from Read more

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 

John Erik Setsaas

John Erik Setsaas, Senior Development Architect, Signicat AS, Norway

John Erik Setsaas has been working with software product development for more than 30 years. He has in-depth knowledge in the areas of security and identity management. His current role is Senior Development Architect at Signicat AS focusing on creating great Read more

and simple to use solutions for identity proofing, authentication and electronic signatures.

Before joining Signicat, John Erik was the worked as chief development architect for SAP Identity Management. He has been presenting at international conferences, like SAP TechEd, EEMA and ISSE.

In addition he has also worked as assistant professor at Buskerud University College, teaching Electronic Commerce, identity services and security.

More information about John Erik at https://no.linkedin.com/in/setsaas

Jacoba Sieders

Jacoba Sieders, Global Head of Digital Identity & Access

Jacoba Sieders is an all-round cyber security expert, but secure digital access, digital identity and digital KYC requirements are her focus area. She has 18 years of experience in the finance industry with these topics. She has extensive knowledge about relevant Read more

regulations touching identity in the financial sector. Within ABN AMRO, she is the leading expert for the bank’s strategy for digital identity and secure access for customers, employees and partners, and for interbank identity topics.

Jacoba is a member of the Advisory Board of ID.Next, an independent European think tank on digital identity, and of various expert groups to represent her employer for European Union-level interactions, such as the European Banking Federation. As identity expert she represents ABN AMRO at the Dutch Payments Association, and in the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Action Line 1 (digital identity). She is part of the ISO/NEN technical working group for the standardization of digital identities, security and privacy in the block chain realm.

Jacoba holds a masters degree in Classics from Leiden Univerisity (Greek, Latin, Hebrew) and re-educated to pursue an Information Technology career. Since then she worked at Cap Gemini, ING and Rabobank International. On behalf of ING Group she lived and worked in New Delhi, India. Since 2014 she works in the ABN AMRO Corporate Information Security Office.

Alain Sroussi

Alain Sroussi, Consultant – Biometrics, Digital ID, National ID, France

Based on more than 20 years experience in Identity and biometrics solutions, Alain Sroussi has developed closed links with governments for implementing ID systems and is therefore aware of their needs and expectations when it comes to the use of digital IDs.Read more

Alain Sroussi former SAFRAN /Morpho -IDEMIA manager demonstrated expertise in leading large international programmes with specialised knowledge of national identification systems, biometrics, and eID.

He became an independent business consultant in biometrics and identity management in 2018.

He is an MBA graduate of the business school of HEC Paris and is a graduate engineer in computer science from Ecole Centrale de Marseille. During his career, Alain occupied leading positions in international companies with notably more than 10 years in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Mr. Sroussi’s deep understanding of the identification markets, as well as his experience in technologically driven companies, will be essential in managing the digital transformation of the Citizen Identity.

He coordinated the European project EKSISTENZ related to Identity theft in the digital world.

Ashley Stephenson

Ashley Stephenson, CEO, Corero Network Security

Ashley Stephenson (CEO) first joined Corero Network Security as Executive Vice President of the Network Security division, with responsibility for product and solution strategy in March 2012, and was appointed chief executive officer of the division in January  Read more

2013. An IT industry executive and Internet technology entrepreneur, Ashley has operating experience in the United States, Europe and Asia. Previously, he was CEO of Reva Systems, acquired by ODIN, and Xedia Corporation, acquired by Lucent. He has provided strategic advisory services to a number of leading multi-national IT companies including technology vendors, distributors and services companies. Ashley began his career at IBM Research & Development in the UK. He is a graduate of Imperial College, London with a degree in Physics and an Associate of the Royal College of Science.

Bart Symons

Bart Symons, Director of ZetesConfidens Trust Services, Zetes PASS

Bart Symons (48) has more than 25 years’ experience in PKI, digital signature, smartcards, cryptography and biometrics for large scale deployments. He joined Zetes in 2002 and has been involved in the technical preparation Read more

of the company’s key references and successes, such as the Belgian and Israelian eID’s, the Ivorian passport as well as several biometric voeters registration projects in the DRC, Togo, etc.

He currently heads ZetesConfidens, Zetes’ dedicated division which provides so called trust services such as digital signature and online authentication. ZetesConfidens is a QTSP as defined by the European eIDAS regulation.

Prior to his appointment at Zetes, he did softward development, technical consulting and product management for PKI and digital signature products for Utimaco Safeware.

Bart Symons holds a Master in Science (MSC)

Jo Van Bulck

Jo Van Bulck, PhD Student, KU Leuven 

Jo Van Bulck works as a PhD student at imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven (BE). His research explores hardware-level security from an integrated attack and defense perspective. Over the past years, he Read more

has been investigating architectural limitations and side-channel threats in commodity Intel SGX x86 processors, resulting in a.o., the high-impact Foreshadow CPU vulnerability announced in August 2018. In a mainly defensive line of work on the open-source Sancus trusted computing platform, Jo is furthermore looking into secure processor design, compiler and operating system infrastructure, and case-study applications. Ultimately, both lines of work come together to establish a reliable, hardware-only root-of-trust in the execution platform.

Jacqueline Zoest

Jacqueline Zoest, Barrister, Campbell Millar

With over 20 years experience as a Barrister, Jacqueline specialises in technology law and all types of ‘white collar’ or economic /financial crime, including fraud, bribery and money-laundering. She has a particular interest in cybercrime and cyber security.Read more

She has extensive experience defending and prosecuting criminal cases and advises clients throughout the UK. She has worked as in-house legal adviser to a leading multi-national technology company, where she advised on corporate governance, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, outsourcing contracts and settlement of IT disputes.

Jacqueline is a member of the Serious Fraud Office panel of prosecuting counsel and the Crown Prosecution Service specialist Fraud Advocates panel. She is a contributing author to Westlaw (Sweet & Maxwell /Thomson Reuters) on the subjects of Computer Misuse Offences and Cyber Security regulation.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jacqueline worked for a number of years as a Management Consultant, advising organisations in the banking /finance, technology and public sectors. Her clients included the Finance Directorate of the European Commission and the Australian Government. Her early career was as a computer software developer, designing and programming financial and banking software for organizations in the finance /banking and public sectors.

Jacqueline has a B.Sc. from the University of Cape Town and an LLM in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary University of London.

She is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; the Society for Computers and Law; the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry; and the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales.