Global Speakers


Udaya Wijesinghe

Senior Cyber Security Architect


Summit Chairperson


Handling Cyber Attacks On The IoT Ecosystem And In The Telecommunications Sector


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Chris Cubbage CPP, CISA, GAICD

Director & Executive Editor

MySecurity Media Pty Ltd

Summit Chairperson


Workshop: Cyber Crisis Communications 101 – Perspective Of Security Industry Media


With 30 years security sector experience, Chris Cubbage is Director of MySecurity Media and Director of Amlec House. A certified security professional, Chris is author of Security Risk Management in Corporate Governance, co-author of Corporate Security in the Asia Pacific Region, Executive Editor for the Cyber Risk Leaders Magazine, and host of MySec.TVCyber Security Weekly Podcast and a portfolio of tech channels, including the MySecurity Marketplace.


Brenda van Rensburg

GRC Specialist within Privacy & Information Security

Summit Chairperson

Brenda is what most people would call a wild card. She is passionate about data, privacy and technology. With over 3 decades within different technology roles, Brenda is able to offer an ‘out of the box’ approach to identifying issues and solving problems. Additionally, her natural ethical hacking skills compliment her approach to protecting data & information.

Her law degree gives her a further ‘je ne sais quoi’. Combined with her sharp analytical and communication skills, Brenda is able to drive multi-stakeholder projects from start to finish. She is diligent, proactive, collaborative, and organized with strong legal, business and strategic thinking. Apart from this Brenda has exceptional interpersonal skills and is committed to delivering the highest standard of work.


Sushant Arora

Regional VP, ANZ



Securing The Future Of Work With Cyber AI


Sushant Arora is the Regional Vice President for Darktrace in ANZ. Based in Sydney, he works closely with CISOs and IT experts to understand their unique security challenges, and how Darktrace’s Autonomous Response technology can help address these issues. Prior to Darktrace, Sushant held several senior leadership positions over his 20 years in the IT industry. Sushant holds a Bachelor of Information Science, Computing from the University of Technology, Sydney.


Mariana Pereira

Director of Email Security



Faking It: Stopping Impersonation Attacks With Cyber AI


Mariana Pereira is the Director of Email Security Products at Darktrace, with a primary focus on the capabilities of AI cyber defenses against email-borne attacks. Mariana works closely with the development, analyst, and marketing teams to advise technical and non-technical audiences on how best to augment cyber resilience within the email domain, and how to implement AI technology as a means of defense. She speaks regularly at international events, with a specialism in presenting on sophisticated, AI-powered email attacks. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and speaks several languages including French, Italian, and Portuguese.


Sarah Jarman

Team Lead, Australia



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Sarah, is a Team Lead at Darktrace, based in the Melbourne Office. She works closely with CIOs, CISOs and Senior Leaders in IT and OT to understand the unique security challenges their organisations face, and how Darktrace can help in addressing these concerns.

Prior to joining Darktrace, Sarah worked in the FMCG Wellness industry and holds a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) from RMIT University. She was also awarded a Hamer Scholarship from the Victorian Government where she completed a Chinese Language Business Immersion Programme (Mandarin) in Shanghai, China.


Audrey Isaac

Account Executive



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  • Cyber AI Analyst


Audrey is an Account Executive at Darktrace. Based in Melbourne, Audrey works closely with CIOs, CISOs and Senior Leaders in IT to understand their unique security challenges that their organizations face, as well as demonstrating how Darktrace can provide meaningful solutions to their security concerns.

Prior to joining Darktrace, Audrey worked in Digital Marketing. She holds a Double Degree in Psychology and Marketing  from Monash University and in her spare time enjoys outdoor activities and sports.


Sami Laine

Principal Solutions Specialist



Identity-Centric Zero Trust

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Sami Laine is Director of Technology Strategy at Okta. For the last couple of decades, Sami has helped many of the world’s largest enterprises, financial institutions and public sector organisations protect against fraud, malware, threats, and data breaches and now at Okta helps companies embrace identity as the new security perimeter.


Leigh Doddy

Senior Principal Solutions Engineer



Making Identity The Foundation For Your Zero Trust Strategy

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Leigh has been in the business of Technology and Data security for more than 22 years now.  In that time he has spoken to many people across this region and the world in regards to what security and identity can do for their business. Starting in 1996 with the fateful words from his Manager “figure out security will you.. I think we’re going to need it when we go online!”. It was the beginning of a long journey that put security and identity at the core of everything. Leigh spent 14 years at IBM Security, another 5 at Oracle Security and now at Okta, the world’s most iconic Identity as a Service Company.


John Minasyan

Global Director of Product Management, Cyber Security

Belkin International


Exponential Increases In Cyber-Attacks Present Constant Risk To Companies’ Data, IP And Critical Infrastructures


John Minasyan leads Belkin’s cybersecurity business unit focused on solutions to mitigate advanced threats at an operator’s desk. Throughout his career, Mr. Minasyan has been at the forefront of advanced technologies and the convergence of IT. Prior to Belkin, he spent over a decade managing a video security portfolio for Schneider Electric, helping transform the company’s technology from analog CCTV to streaming video over IP networks. He serves on the United States’ NIAP Technical Committee for Peripheral Sharing Switches and is a member of the US IT Sector Coordinating Council of technology companies chartered with sharing practical cyber defense strategies with industry.


Dale Heath

Head of Solutions Engineering



Don’t Pay The Ransom. Rapidly Recover From Ransomware With Rubrik


Dale is Rubrik’s Solutions Engineering Leader for Australia & New Zealand. He is responsible for all things technical and Solution Architecture. With over 20 years of data management experience, Dale’s particular passions are in the data management portfolio, covering Backup, Archiving, Storage & Data Governance and compliance. Dale has been involved in helping large organisations develop and implement data governance strategies as well as presenting at key data governance events. He is often independently called upon by ANZ organisations looking for guidance, advice & strategy on moving to the cloud while keeping data secure.



Lonnie Benavides

Head of Infrastructure and Application Security



Extortionware: Your Privacy Problems Made Public

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Lonnie Benavides is an accomplished cybersecurity leader with more than 20 years industry experience, and is currently the Head of Infrastructure and Application Security at OneLogin. Lonnie began his career as a communications encryption specialist in the U.S. Air Force and went on to conclude his military service as a Technical Lead of the first red team in the Air National Guard. As an advanced penetration tester, Lonnie supported companies such as Washington Mutual and JP Morgan Chase, and eventually went on to launch the Boeing red team. Lonnie was responsible for leading global cybersecurity services and operations at DocuSign and McKesson, fostering his expertise in enterprise cyberthreat detection and response. Lonnie is a recognized speaker within the Phoenix education community, numerous industry conferences, and has also contributed to publications and radio shows such as TechRepublic and NPR.


Johnny Lee

Smart City & Critical Infrastructure - Business Development Manager

Axis Communications


CCTV And Cyber Security


Johnny Lee leads direct end user engagements in the Smart Cities & Critical Infrastructure segments for Axis Communications across Oceania.

Working as a Trusted Advisor to channel partners and end users in CCTV Projects, Johnny brings great value to customers in the market looking for smart CCTV applications.

Having over a decade experience in Technology and Network Infrastructure deployments in both Government and Enterprise customers, Johnny understands the importance of working with the end user and industry partners to achieve optimal solution in CCTV Surveillance Projects.


Oshana Jouna

Sales Engineering & Training Manager

Axis Communications


CCTV And Cyber Security


Oshana Jouna is Sales Engineering and Training Manager with over 14 years experience in Engineering. Oshana has an extensive background in the design and development of microwave and wireless networks. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering – Electronics Engineering and Post Graduate diploma in Telecommunications and Networks. He has experience in CCTV network design, cyber security, process Engineering and test development & test validation. (DVT Engineer).


Skeeve Stevens

Future Warfare Threat Analyst

Future Sumo


Workshop: New Cyber Threats In The Real World

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Skeeve Stevens is a network architect and engineer and has designed some of the most cutting-edge network infrastructure in Australia today. He has built over 300 ISPs across 10 countries and has consulted, designed and built critical infrastructure for the state and federal governments of Australia and several other countries in the APAC region.

Skeeve has a unique perspective in network architecture and is also a Futurist; international speaker; writer & author; mentor and advisor to investors, start-ups; ISPs and Datacentre operators in the region.

Skeeve is the founder of Future Sumo (Futurists), VR The World (Virtual Reality), Niisch (Inspiration as a Service) and eintellego Networks (Network Engineering) among other companies. Skeeve is a former Director of the Internet Society and former co-chair of APNIC Policy Committee. He has also represented Australia in Internet Governance issues and policy across the world.


Bob Sharon

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer

Blue IoT


The Securing Of Buildings And Smart Cities

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Dr Michael Brand

Former Chief Data Scientist / Founder

Telstra / Otzma Analytics


Leveraging Machine Learning And AI In Next Generation Cybersecurity

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Dr Michael Brand is the Head and Founder of Otzma Analytics, a Data Science consultancy dedicated to maximising clients’ value from data by providing analytics upskilling, project review and executive mentoring. Before founding Otzma in 2018, Dr Brand served as Chief Data Scientist at Telstra, as Senior Principal Data Scientist at Pivotal, as Chief Scientist at Verint Systems, and as CTO Group Algorithm Leader at PrimeSense (where he worked on developing the XBox Kinect). Dr Brand also served as Director of the Monash Centre for Data Science in his role as Associate Professor for Data Science and AI at Monash University, where he remains an adjunct. Dr Brand holds a PhD in IT from Monash University, an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a BSc in Engineering from Tel-Aviv University. He has made industry-defining contributions that have earned him 18 patents (more pending), garnered many prestigious industry and academic awards, and power flagship products for the companies he worked with.


Prof. Greg Adamson

Enterprise Fellow in CyberSecurity

University of Melbourne & Blockchain Expert


Ethics And Cybersecurity, Defending The Right Things In The Right Way

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Dr Greg Adamson is a security professional specialising in financial services and healthcare. He is currently Chief Risk and Security Officer at Medikey, a personal data store which protects private health data of individuals. He has worked in industry, government, and academia. In 1993 Greg established the CISO role at the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, and later Medibank Private’s secure gateway environment. For eight years he managed operational risk including cybersecurity for ANZ’s Transaction Banking, a $1.7bn business unit. He then became University of Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in Cybersecurity, where he remains an honorary Associate Professor. Greg has worked with professional ethics extensively at IEEE, the world’s largest technology professional association (420,000 members in 160 countries). He is Chair of the IEEE program Meta Issues in Cybersecurity. He has a PhD in e-business from RMIT University, and a Master of Commercial Law from the Melbourne Law School.


Hamish Hansford

Head, Cyber Security

Australian Federal Department of Home Affairs


Meeting New Cybersecurity Challenges In Australia

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Hamish Hansford is the First Assistant Secretary of Cyber, Digital and Technology Policy in the Australian Department of Home Affairs. In this role, Hamish leads Australia’s cyber security and cybercrime policy, online harms policy including countering terrorism and child exploitation, encryption policy as well as technology security policy.

Immediately prior to this role, Hamish led responses to COVID-19 in the Home Affairs COVID-19 Task Force.  Hamish has also been the First Assistant Secretary of National Security and Law Enforcement Policy in the Department of Home Affairs where he delivered Australia’s first ever modern slavery act, surveillance, investigatory powers and lawful access reforms, as well as hardening of Australia’s counter money laundering, illicit firearms, terrorist financing and child exploitation regimes.

Prior to this, Hamish has held Senior Executive positions in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the former Australian Crime Commission. Hamish has also served in a range of intelligence, policy, planning, program delivery roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney‑General’s Department, Australian Senate and the Office of Transport Security.


Roxanne Pashaei

Cloud Security, Manager



New Challenges In Cloud, Container & DevOps Security, Implementing Good Software Practices In The Enterprise


Roxanne Pashaei is a Cyber security lead with over 10 years of experience in Network and Cloud industry.

She is currently managing cloud security team focusing on securing public cloud workloads including but not limited to containerized and serverless workloads. Her prime responsibilities are cloud security hygiene, container &  Kubernetes hardening and Edge Compute security. It is fascinating seeing how technology is expanding fast and impacting all the industries such as health, autonomous vehicle and smart cities. She see herself more as a doer to a talker and always aim to walk the talk.

She started her cyber career as a Denial Of Service Protection (DoSP) specialist and till now have had various roles and responsibilities around network and cloud cyber aspects and looking forward to new and future challenges.


Sumeet Kukar




Instilling The Hacker Mindset To Upskill Your Risk Team

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Sumeet is passionate about enabling the second growth spurt. That’s why he founded Arascina.

Sumeet brings a rare combination of experience from academia, technology, industry and consulting and was awarded the winner of Australia’s Emerging Leader of the Year 2019 (Bridges COBA).

Often touted as “Mr Fusion”, he flourishes in fusing various disciplines to encourage thought-provoking views in different industries. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker from EC-Council USA, a Chartered Accountant from ICAANZ Australia and New Zealand and a certified instructor for the LEGO® Serious Play Innovation methodology.

Sumeet’s passion for upskilling others started when teaching four disciplines of Science at the University. He enjoys presenting keynote and panel sessions, sharing his view at industry forums like FST Media and the Risk Management Institute of Australasia around resiliency, cyber, risk and education.

Sample of previous speaking engagements

  • Keynote | FST Media | Australia – Future of Security
  • Panel | FST Media | Australia – Cyber security
  • Keynote | RMIA | Australasia Flagship – BCP and Resiliency
  • Panel | RMIA | Australasia – Security and risk management

Michael Connory


Security In Depth


It Started With An Email – How The ATP10 Hackers Gained Access To Global MSPs

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Michael is an innovator, researcher and commentator recognized as one of Australia’s leading voices in cyber security advocating for better privacy protection for businesses and individuals. He is the CEO of Security in Depth, a global company founded on Cyber Security research providing Cyber risk management strategies and support to organisations around the world. In a previous life, Michael led teams at Oracle, Gemalto and Volante, to name a few, implementing global innovative technology changes across both government and private sectors.

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Steven Cvetkovic

Former Chief Information Security Officer

Swinburne University of Technology


How Universities And Educational Institutions In Australia Pre-Empt Foreign Cyber-Attacks

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