ISSE 2019 speakers to be announced early September

ISSE Speakers in 2018 included:

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.

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.

Dave Birch

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

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.
Ariel Chazan

Ariel Chazan, Manager Crisis Preparedness, National Preparedness Center, National Cyber Directorate, Prime Minister's Office, Israel

Ariel Chazan - Manager of the Cyber Crisis Preparedness Department at Israel's National Cyber Directorate (INCD). Ariel’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of policies, such as drafting the national concept for cyber crisis Read more

preparedness and management at a national level, while also advancing the cooperation between relevant stakeholders from both the private and public sectors. Prior to his current role, Ariel served as an Advisor to the Director General of the INCD.

Before joining the INCD, Ariel served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a Company Commander and as Chief Operating Officer of an infantry combat battalion, finishing his duty as a Major. Ariel carries out reserve duties as a signals intelligence (SIGINT) Officer in the prestigious 8200 Intelligence Unit of the IDF.

Ariel is a graduate of Israel’s elite Civil Service Cadet Program, an initiative within the government of Israel, designed to nurture and groom future professionals who are the core of Israel's Civil Service.

Ariel holds a B.A. in Political Studies and Communication (summa cum laude) and a M.A. in Political Communication and International Relationships (magna cum laude), both from Bar-Ilan University. Ariel also holds a M.A in Public Diplomacy (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University.

Miguel Gomáz-Sancho

Miguel González-Sancho, Head of 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, where he has worked for over 20 years, particularly on policy files, as well research and innovation programmes, Read more

focusing on the social and economic impact of digital technologies. His previous responsibilities include Head of Unit for eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing; Head of Unit for Administration and Finance; Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination; Deputy Head of the Unit for Technologies and Social Inclusion, and member of cabinet of a European Commission Vice-President. Miguel holds degrees in law, business administration, international relations and European policies.

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.

Speakers and Chairs

Georges Ataya

Georges Ataya, Academic Director, solvay Brussels School, Belgium

Georges Ataya is Academic Director at Solvay Brussels School in charge of Executive Education Information Security, Cybersecurity, risk management, audit IT Governance and digital transformation. He is co-founder and vice-president of the Belgian Cybersecurity  Read more
Coalition and acted in the past as International Vice president of ISACA and contributor to CISM, CGEIT, COBIT and VALIT.
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 concepts, prototyping, Read more
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.
John Bullard

John Bullard, Global Ambassador, TrustChains, UK

John brings over 20 years of experience in banking thru 1999, when he “crossed the Rubicon” (very unusual at the time) from a banker into Technology. He has since been one of the pioneers drawn from around the world building Read more
and deploying/using a Digital Trust model capable of maximising the benefits of the Internet, whilst managing/mitigating the Operational Risks that come with it- most fundamentally around trusted Digital Identity. His early career was classic of an era when banks invested heavily in people development. From “Wisbech to Whitehall to Wall Street”, with spells in Barclays Bank of California, manager of Stock Exchange branch in The City thru Big Bang, Barclays Bank of New York, Barclays France, a local Director in 54 Lombard Street the banks historic HQ, before joining Barclays Computer Operations and then Barclays first Information Security team. Leaving Barclays as part of a small founding management team tasked with delivering the emergence and growth of a global bank joint venture (in which Barclays was a founder investor) originally named  “Global Trust Organization”, then Identrus, then IdenTrust. He was responsible for growing this PKI based “Trust Network” to over 60 leading FI’s worldwide, before various disasters, geopolitical events and economic crashes took their toll on the Participating Banks (many of whom had meanwhile attempted to change from Commercial into Investment Banks with varying degrees of success….). That Trust Network effort, replete with an embedded liability model, is still regarded as the benchmark for global Trust, forming a blueprint upon which newer technologies such as Distributed Ledgers could be based. He is now Global Ambassador for TrustChains, and for the nascent Global Trust Alliance. He is on the Board of security company Sequrest, and of Bullards Holdings at its operating subsidiaries in the “beverages” sector. He is a board member and part of the founding team of Commonwealth Future (www.cwfuture.org), and a member of TechUK’s UK/India Tech Forum. He has chaired School Boards of Governors, and is on the governing Council of the UK’s Conservative Science and Technology Forum. He has further business & charitable interests in conservation and land management in the UK County of Norfolk.
Rick Chandler

Rick Chandler, Treasurer, EEMA, UK

Rick is an EEMA Board member who previously chaired the EEMA Internet and Wireless workgroups. With 35 years secure digital wireless experience and executive positions in both the private and public sectors he has led design and build teams for Read more
two European mobile operators. He has been a champion of safe mobile working since he gave the keynote at the first UK conference on the subject in1984. He has also been active in the ID world since his involvement on the steering group for the UK ID card. This is currently driving his work in mobile authentication and privacy. Passionate about new technology, he enjoys separating hype from reality and delivering practical solutions.
Inge de Ruijter

Inge de Ruijter, Associate Director, Bridgehead

Inge is a real entrepreneur and marketeer and have been working for large organisations in the Financial Industry. She always thinks ahead, energic & enthusiastic & persistent.  Read more

Educated in Business Economics & Marketing and expert on Lean/Six Sigma. She was at the start of many business developments in the Financial Industry with special interest of making business out of identification and authentication. She worked many years in the Payment Domain and build several strategic market value propositions. Now active in regulatory Public Affairs 

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

Jelger Groenland

Jelger Groenland, Cybersecurity Lead, Innopay

Jelger Groenland MSc CISSP is the cybersecurity lead at Innopay. In this capacity as management consultant he advises clients on cybersecurity challenges and opportunities arising from the digital transformation. Security topics he is currently involved in are security innovation, digital transactions, risk & fraud data sharing schemes and open banking.Read more

Prior to joining Innopay Jelger worked in cybersecurity management consulting and programme management banking roles in London and Amsterdam advising senior management and c-level executives. Jelger holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Groningen, Netherlands and qualifications from the University of Washington, USA. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and regularly publishes articles about Cybersecurity.

Connect via https://www.linkedin.com/in/jelgergroenland/

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

Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht has more than 40 years of professional management experience in the IT sector.
Udo Helmbrecht was born in 1955, in Castrop-Rauxel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Read more

He studied Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science at Ruhr-University, Bochum, and in 1984 he was awarded a PhD in Theoretical Physics. In 2010 Udo Helmbrecht was appointed honorary professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr Munich, Germany.

His experience in the field of security has been acquired through work in a variety of areas, including the energy industry, insurance, engineering, aviation, defence, and the space industry. He became the president of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in 2003.

Udo Helmbrecht took office as Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) in October 2009.

For more information: http://www.enisa.europa.eu/about-enisa
To contact Dr. Helmbrecht: press@enisa.europa.eu 

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 their security strategy, roadmap and solutions. Read more

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

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. Diane has worked with blue chip corporations to implement the Read more

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 providing 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

Mark King

Mark King, Consultant, Broadsail

Mark King spent 30 years at GCHQ, and while some of the work was so esoteric that if he told you he would have to wake you up afterwards, most was involved in the international security standards arena, e.g. as a PUKE (principal UK expert) at the time of the first Read more

crypto war. His enthusiasm for unfashionable areas such as integrity policy and international interoperability aligned with a switch from public to private sector in 2010 when the lead on delivering the wider ID area changed. So, like a good Australian, he has a chip on both shoulders.

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
Lefteris Leontaridis

Lefteris Leontaridis, TOOP Piloting Manager, Greece

He is currently responsible for piloting activities in the TOOP Large scale Pilot project (The Once-Only Project) and has been involved for several years in cross-border interoperability solutions among European Member States (eSENS, PEPPOL) which use generic Building Blocks such as eDelivery, eID and eSignature.

Mark Lizar

Mark Lizar, Co-Founder, Open Consent Group, UK

Mark Lizar is the Co-Founder of the Open Consent Group, leading on the Public Privacy & Security Network and the privacy and security icon.  Mark has 10+ years of experience in surveillance, security, and privacy Read more

working on deployments of privacy and security in systems at global scale.  Author and editor of the Kantara Consent Receipt standard championing consent and transparency in digital identity and surveillance to help engineer systems that people can trust.  Latest contributions to security and surveillance industry include Consent by Design, privacy and security broadcasting for surveillance and IOT.

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.

Tim Reiniger

Timothy Reiniger, Director, Reiniger LLC, USA

Tim's specializes in information governance (information security, digital identity, information privacy, and digital evidence). He is a principal author of the 2015 Virginia Digital Identity Law (CH 483) and the Virginia Read more

Online Remote Electronic Notary Law (2011), both of which are the first of their kind in the US and have already inspired efforts of study and replication by the Uniform Law Commission as well as UNCITRAL. An internationally recognized expert on online and e-notarization, e-signature law, identity law, the notary office, and data privacy, he has testified on these topics before the U.S. Congress (the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act or "IRON Act" 2010), a dozen states including California and Florida, and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Currently, he serves as an appointed ABA Section Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission's Drafting Committee to Amend the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) to authorize online remote notarization. On the international level, he has the honor of serving on the Advisory Board of the European Commission's LIGHTest Project.

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.

Oscar Santolalla

Oscar Santolalla, Sales Engineer on Customer Identity & Access Management, Ubisecure, Finland

As a Sales Engineer on Customer Identity and Access Management, Oscar is a trusted advisor for Ubisecure partners and customers. With over 15 years in the technology arena, he has worked in information security, product management and Read more

business development roles.

He is an active member of Kantara Initiative's Consent and Information Sharing working group.

He is author of "Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo (2017)." Since 2014, Oscar has been hosting the public speaking podcast Time to Shine, for which he has interviewed more than 100 communication professionals.

Oscar holds a Master in Mobile Computing - Services and Security at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University)

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 

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 Economic Read more

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.

Andrea Servida

Andrea Servida, Head of Task Force Legislation Team, Directorate General Communication Networks, Content & Technology, European Commission Belgium

Andrea Servida is Head of the Task Force "Legislation Team (eIDAS) in Directorate General 'Communication networks, content and technology' (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission. Read more

From 2006 to 2012, he was Deputy Head of the Unit "Internet; Network and Information Security" in DG INFSO where he co-managed the Unit and was in charge of defining and implementing the strategies and policies on network and information security, critical information infrastructure protection, electronic signature and identification.

Prior to 2005 Andrea worked for nearly eight years in industry on international R&D projects and then for the European Commission on the ICT research programme

He graduated with Laude in Nuclear Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and carried out PhD studies on fuzzy sets and artificial intelligence at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. 

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

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, he specialises in maximising the Read more

technology 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.

Michael Shamah

Michael Shamah, Cultural Heritage Specialist, EJ Consultants, UK

Michael Shamah is a cultural heritage specialist who graduated from the Central European University in Budapest, with a background in European and Middle Eastern Archaeology. Prior to that he received his B.A from the University of Read more

Bradford, and another M.A from Tel Aviv University.

His interests are in how unsolicited actions caused by individuals/groups, can alter the archaeological and cultural heritage discourse. He also has an interest towards heritage preservation and has published last year a policy brief article focusing on the safeguarding of Aleppian Cuisine. He is currently collaborating with Newcastle University on a cultural memory H2020 project.

With the use of advanced Technology on the rise in archaeological and cultural heritage domains, he has commenced investigating how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can change our understanding of the past, due to its cognitive and objective decision making. Putting aside the nuts and bolts of AI, what fascinates him is the ethical aspect of Artificial Intelligence, along with its cultural Impact.

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)

Mark Tindal

Mark Tindal, Owner, Contact Centre Systems

Mark is the owner of Contact Centre Systems.  He consults with businesses to help them understand the complex Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Recognition landscape so that the right technology choices are made.  As experts in delivering Contact and Collaboration strategy Read more

programmes, Mark and his associates make sure that the adoption of AI and NLR is successful  

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.

Csaba Virág

Csaba Virág, Head of Cyber Security Competence Centre, Cyber Services, Hungary

Csaba Virág has more than a decade of experience in strategic, technical and administrative layers of the IT sector and information security as an ethical hacker, cyber security professional and private sector subject Read more

matter expert.

Up to the summer of 2015 Csaba was leading several technical developments, mainly focusing on critical infrastructures like transportation, healthcare and the telecommunication sector. Besides delivering state-of-the-art technical and security solutions Csaba has won several prices for delivering creative and high Read more impact user experience products and services.

As Head of Cyber Security Competence Centre at Cyber Services he is responsible for knowledge transfer solutions and course developments along with delivering capacity building activities himself. Csaba is active in international capacity and capability building projects mainly focused on EU and Middle-East. Csaba is the lead national expert and creator of Cyber Kids concept in Hungary, focusing on situational cyber awareness programs for children. Csaba has been actively participating and delivering ITU regional cyber drills since 2015 around the globe.

Csaba is actively engaged in the European Cyber Security Organisation as Cyber Services is chairing the working group for Education, Awareness, Training and Exercises delivering capacity building concepts and solutions.

Besides his successful private business activities Csaba is a regular speaker at various cyber security events and conferences in Europe and around the world.

For more information, please visit Csaba Virág’s linkedIn profile at

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 information sharing. Read more

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

Kaliya Young

Kaliya Young, Identity Woman,

Kaliya Young also know as Identity Woman holds a Master of Science in Identity Management and Security. She co-Founded the Internet Identity Workshop in 2005 and the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium in 2010.  She is an internationally recognized expert  Read more

in the emerging field of  Decentralized & Self-Sovereign Identity Technologies and consults widely with startups, enterprises and governments. She was elected three times to the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Identity Ecosystem Steering Committee, Management Council. In 2012 she was named a Young Global Leader in 2012 by the World Economic Forum (WEF). She defines herself as an independent advocate for the rights and dignity of our digital selves.

Jacqueline Zoest

Jacqueline Zoest, Barrister, Campbell Millar

With over 20 years experience as a Barrister, Jacqueline specialises in technology law and has particular expertise in data privacy; cyber security /cybercrime and economic crime (including bribery and fraud). Read more

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 contributing author to Westlaw (Sweet & Maxwell /Thomson Reuters) on the subjects of Computer Misuse Offences and Cyber Security regulation, and is a regular conference speaker. She is a member of the BSI panel developing the standard for ‘Internet of Things – Privacy by Design’, as part of the ISO’s work on the ‘Consumer protection: privacy by design for consumer goods and services’ standard.

Prior to becoming a Barrister, Jacqueline worked as a Management Consultant, advising organisations in the finance 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.

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.