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Enterprise Security & Risk Management

13 March 2024

Pullman Hotel St Pancras, London

Speakers @ ESRM uk

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Chair & Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speaker
Bharat Thakrar
CISO and Principal Security Lead, Information Security Forum

Bharat has over 18 years’ experience in the cybersecurity industry and he was the cybersecurity lead and Head of Cyber Resilience at BT. He now works as a CISO/BISO and board-level advisor. He specialises in cyber risk, incidence response, threat intelligence, IAM, zero trust and engaging CXO’s on cyber scenario planning. Bharat is a regular conference chair/keynote speaker, visiting lecturer on BSc/MSc courses and was consultant and advisor on the UK Cyber Security Council (UKCSC) Formation Programme. Bharat has an MBA from Imperial College and is CISSP certified.

Conference Chair
Dr Gilad Rosner
Digital Identity, Privacy and Regulatory Consultant

Dr. Gilad Rosner is a digital identity, privacy and regulatory consultant, and Data Protection Officer. Gilad is a published academic, and his research has been used by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the UK Verify.gov programme, and the Welsh Government.

Gilad is a member of the UK ICO Technology Advisory Panel, was part of the Privacy Guidelines Expert Group of the OECD, and is an expert on the regulation of digital identity. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, and he founded the non-profit Internet of Things Privacy Forum. Gilad consults on and researches a broad range of issues including the GDPR, digital wallets, age assurance, emotional AI, children’s privacy, biometrics, and de-identification.

Keynote Speaker
Federico Iaschi
Head of Cyber Security Resilience and Observability, Virgin Media O2

Federico is a multilingual Cyber Security and Resilience Leader with 20+ years’ experience. As Head of Cyber Security Resilience and Observability of Virgin Media O2, he is building the Resilience and Observability practice from the ground up, and finding vulnerabilities, risks, and limits in both company Cloud environments and wider systems before they lead to large-scale issues. Federico holds multiple certifications, including CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CCSK, and CCISO, and is a speaker and author on information security topics. His experience in leading cultural changes in various environments is key for the development of a secure “Left-shifting” mindset.

Keynote Speaker
David Bryant
Digital Assurance Lead, Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Delivery Authority

Assurance has been a thread throughout David’s career, which has taken him from being an engineer, testing defence electronic equipment, into an IT career in which he earned all of the IT Management ‘Tee Shirts’, into articulating the Business/IT relationship through Enterprise Architecture and then moving into Cyber Security. David has enjoyed turning theory into practical solutions in the Defence, Law Enforcement and UK Government sectors.

Keynote Speaker
Omer Maroof
Head of Operational Risk, Euroclear UK & International

Omer has over 20 years of consulting, assurance, and risk management experience primarily in the financial services industry.  At Euroclear, his focus is on Operational Risk, particularly in relation to operational resilience, transformation, technology, and cyber.  In his current role, he is heavily involved in the development of the risk strategy, risk appetite, and horizon scanning process.

Keynote Speaker
Stuart Frost
BEM, Head of Enterprise Security & Risk Management, UK Government (Senior Civil Service)

Stuart Frost, BEM, is head of Enterprise Security and Risk Management within the UK Civil Service.   

A vastly experienced, highly certified Security and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) professional with extensive sector knowledge and significant experience of delivering successful risk-based security programmes, across large scale, multi-disciplined and geographically dispersed organisations. He is also a leading voice on managing the risks faced by the burgeoning use of interconnected supply chains.  

Stuart has won multiple industry global awards for his work in the GRC space and is adept at integrating all security disciplines to enable a holistic approach in support of business objectives. 

He was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2017 for his services to the local community. 

Keynote Speaker
Tom Christophers
Global Head of Risk, Convatec plc.

Tom is an established and recognised leader in risk management. Tom has worked within the FTSE100 for over 16 years in risk positions and is currently the Global Head of Risk at Convatec plc.

Tom specialises in designing, implementing, and embedding new risk management frameworks that are practical, engaging, flexible for all areas of the business, and aligned to active business processes. This approach ensures that risk becomes part of decision-making and strategy throughout the value chain.

Tom has hands-on extensive experience in global enterprises and provides senior leadership and knowledge in responding to the complexities of the modern business environment.

Keynote Speaker
Sebastian Lawrence
Managing Consultant (Resilience), Marsh McLennan

Seb has spent the last ten years studying and working within the resilience sphere. In his current role as a consultant in Marsh’s Strategic Risk Consulting department, Seb works with a range of businesses to uplift their strategic and operational resilience capacity and capability. In this role, Seb has engaged with clients from across the food, transport, mining, and manufacturing sectors in particular, developing resilience strategies, the core components of an effective crisis management and business continuity programme, and delivering training and exercising at the C-suite level.

Prior to joining Marsh, Seb worked within the Cabinet Office in a number of roles. Seb helped to deliver the 2019 National Security Risk Assessment and 2020 National Risk Register, before transitioning to being the Head of Energy, Chemicals, and Environment crisis preparedness and response for COBR.

Seb also spent two years as an advisor on property and casualty risk management within Aon Risk Solutions, his first role following completion of his Bachelor of Science in Geography, specialising in hazard assessment, remote sensing, and risk reduction.

Keynote Speaker
Jack Summerfield, Principal Cyber Security Risk Management Specialist, Collins Aerospace
Jack Summerfield
Principal Cyber Security Risk Management Specialist, Collins Aerospace

Jack started his career on an IT helpdesk, and for the best part of a decade was a hands-on engineer within various industries (including education, insurance, agriculture and construction).

Since specialising in cyber security in highly-regulated industries Jack has had a few responsibilities, including network architecture, security architecture, security assurance, security awareness training and now risk management.

Jack holds a Bachelors’ degree in Forensic Computing from Staffordshire University, as well as CISSP and CRISC.

Plenary Speakers
Plenary Speaker
Owen Miles
Field CTO, CEM Business Solutions, Everbridge

Owen Miles as worked for Everbridge for over 15 years and within the operational resilience and Critical Event Management space for over 20 years. Owen has spent 7 years focused on the delivery of the Everbridge Critical Event Management platform to customers. Having worked with over 800 customers across multiple industries, Owen brings years of experience in enhancing operational resilience.

Plenary Speaker
Tom Ryan
Solution Engineer Director, Diligent Boardbooks

Tom Ryan has been helping risk & assurance teams evaluate their maturity and information technology needs for nearly 10 years. He has enabled many GRC teams to take advantage of digital technology and has worked with various GRC functions of all sizes located around the world. At Diligent Tom is responsible for engaging and advising GRC functions teams through consultations.

Plenary Speaker
Michael Adjei
Director, Systems Engineers in EMEA, Illumio

Michael Adjei is an experienced cyber security professional who helps organisations utilise cyber security as an enabler for business.

With decades of experience, Michael’s expertise has been exercised across various fields with proficiency in Sales Engineering, Professional Training, Professional Services, Mentoring and Team Management spanning Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Michael is currently the Director, Systems Engineering for EMEA at Illumio.

Plenary Speaker
Andrew Dillon
Sales Engineer, Mimecast

Having worked with various email security solutions for the past 4 years, Andrew’s passion lies in sharing valuable insights to fortify defenses against the ever-evolving landscape of sophisticated threats targeting users’ inboxes, as well as how organizations can prevent threat actors using their brand and reputation against those that trust them.

Seminar Speakers
Seminar Speaker
Alex Noble – Seminar
Cloud Security Lead EMEA, Rapid7

Alex has over 20 years leading teams in IT and cyber security, working as both a consultant and an account director. Having started his career with IBM and then Cisco, he has subsequently worked with specialist cyber security vendors and hyper-scale cloud. A Fellow of the British Computer Society, he joins Rapid7 from AWS to lead the Rapid7 EMEA Cloud Security Team.

Seminar Speaker
Eoin McGrath
Solution's Engineer, Threatlocker

Eoin McGrath works in Solutions Engineering for Threatlocker EMEA, with over 20 years experience in the MSP and Software Development fields, bringing a breadth of experience which helps deliver robust solutions for customers. Eoin is based in Ireland and like’s to visit historic sites to escape from IT!

Seminar Speaker
Joel Brandon
Director, ProcessUnity

Joel has been in the GRC space for over fifteen years, helping many of the world’s leading financial services organisations and global corporates to navigate the complexities of risk management, particularly in the areas of due diligence, third party risk, financial crime compliance, privacy & cybersecurity risk management, and credit risk. Joel’s passion is getting into the weeds with his customers, understanding their current state, processes and challenges in detail and sharing the journey with them to successful long-term outcomes.

Seminar Speaker
Sinu Peter
Cyber Security Director, CyberProof

Sinu Peter, Cyber Security Director at CyberProof, is responsible for advising clients across the public, private and financial sectors, regarding the integration of managed security services to manage risk. He has over 14 years of experience from various companies like Deloitte, Microfocus and others in a diverse range of areas including enterprise security operations and incident management, risk and regulatory compliance and audit, network, and infrastructure protection services – including on premise, mobile, and hybrid cloud. He is a security contributor to his local ISC2 and BCS (British Computer Society) chapters and has obtained certifications as ISO 27001 Lead Auditor/Implementor, C|EH, and CISSP.

Seminar Speaker
Jaimon Thomas
VP Customer Engineering, CyberProof,

Jaimon is VP, Customer Engineering at CyberProof. He is responsible for developing and packaging CyberProof’s services and services roadmap. With over 16 years of experience in various Information Security domains, Jaimon is an expert in developing robust security strategies and scalable architectures for clients in various verticals. He has designed and delivered a number of security improvement programs including the delivery of enterprise-wide security infrastructure solutions for clients.

Seminar Speaker
Eoin McGrath – Seminar
Solution's Engineer, Threatlocker

Eoin McGrath works in Solutions Engineering for Threatlocker EMEA, with over 20 years experience in the MSP and Software Development fields, bringing a breadth of experience which helps deliver robust solutions for customers. Eoin is based in Ireland and like’s to visit historic sites to escape from IT!

Seminar Speaker
Alex Noble
Cloud Security Lead EMEA, Rapid7

Alex has over 20 years leading teams in IT and cyber security, working as both a consultant and an account director. Having started his career with IBM and then Cisco, he has subsequently worked with specialist cyber security vendors and hyper-scale cloud. A Fellow of the British Computer Society, he joins Rapid7 from AWS to lead the Rapid7 EMEA Cloud Security Team.

Seminar Speaker
Patrick Doherty
Senior Solutions Engineer, Checkmarx

With over two decades of experience in the dynamic landscape of enterprise software, I’ve had the privilege of championing transformative solutions across diverse industries. Here’s a snapshot of my journey:

Expertise Across Technologies: well-versed in a spectrum of technologies, including AST, SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, SaaS, Cloud Solutions, ERP, DCIM, and ITSM. This diversity enables me to provide holistic consultancy across industry verticals.

Rapid Technology Adoption: known for swiftly adapting to new technologies in recent roles, demonstrating the ability to grasp and articulate complex solutions clearly and effectively to diverse audiences.

Solution Selling & Value Articulation: seasoned in solution selling, emphasizing the value proposition over mere functionality. Adept at communicating the strategic advantages of solutions tailored to meet client objectives.

Successfully led a team within a major Finance customer, offering a unique perspective having operated within a client’s environment. This experience enhances my ability to build strong client relationships by aligning solutions with strategic objectives.

Sales & Pipeline Growth: drove new pipeline and sales within the UK & Nordics, transitioning to a direct sales role during organisational streamlining. This dual experience uniquely positions me to provide comprehensive support in sales initiatives and strategic campaigns.

Previous Speakers
Previous Speaker
Carolyn Kirwin
Director of Technology Services and Security, Euromonitor

Carolyn began her career running Information Security and IT Operations programs for Defense and Intelligence agencies in Washington, DC. After earning her MBA in International Business, she moved to Munich where she developed DevOps frameworks and built SRE Teams from the ground up, and later lead Global IT Operations Teams focusing on the stability, reliability, and availability of a global ecommerce platform. She moved to London 5 years ago to take on responsibility over regional and global technology teams emphasizing the use of industry best practices to encourage high performing teams and cost efficiencies.

Her experience includes working in the Defense and Intelligence industry, financial services, e-commerce, and data analytics. In her current role, she is responsible for 8 functions including Information Security, Data Protection, IT GRC, Cloud Engineering, Data Platform Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering, Global Support, and Service Delivery.

Previous Speaker
Sean Esmonde
Chief Product Owner – Customer Data, Nationwide Building Society

Sean has always had an interest in being involved in the financial services sector, and what better place to start that journey than at Nationwide? He is delighted to have been given the responsibility of shaping out data & analytics strategy, helping to make sure that we put our society’s data to best use by supporting our Cornerstone ambitions and delivering value to our Members.

Previous Speaker
Dimitri Chichlo
Vice-chairman, Ukreximbank

A French and Swiss citizen, Dimitri Chichlo started his career in Ukraine in 2004, working for French industrial and banking groups, then moved to Switzerland in 2009, working mainly for international financial institutions and holding various roles in the fields of risk management and cybersecurity.

In 2017, he completed an Executive MBA at INSEAD.

In 2019, he joined the Supervisory board of Ukreximbank, the third largest and State-owned bank in Ukraine, as vice-chairman and chair of the Operations and Digital Committee.

In 2020, he founded his consultancy practice in cybersecurity and digital transformation, AndSecure (www.andsecure.ch).

Since February 24th, 2022, he has been actively involved in providing humanitarian support to Ukraine and created a fund dedicated to humanitarian demining (www.demine.foundation).

He currently lives in Geneva.

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Sadaf Vaziri
Head of Risk Management, University of East London

Whilst starting her career in technology risk and SAP ERP rollouts over 15 years ago, Sadaf has become increasingly involved in Board-level, enterprise-wide operational and strategic risk management. She is ever grateful for the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) golden thread that has run through all of her roles and seen her transfer her experience to multiple industries from mining and resources, banking and insurance to higher education; and to multiple regions including UK, Australia, Hong Kong, China and USA.

Sadaf currently heads risk management at the University of East London. Holding multiple professional accreditations in risk management, training and project management, and degrees in business and IT, her professional aim is to bring practical, fit-for-purpose risk maturity to organisations, rather than cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all risk management.

Previous Speaker
David Mansilla
Head of Cyber Risk & Compliance, Vodafone

David Mansilla is a professionally qualified Engineer with over 15 years of exposure to various Cyber domains.

He has spent over 10 years working for Telco leveraging security practices across many IT delivery domains.

He is currently leading Cyber Risk reduction programmes across Vodafone Group Technology & Functions areas, strategically assessing the business areas to help align their business priorities while ensuring Cyber risks are managed within tolerance and according to policies.

Previous Speaker
Stefan Gershater
Director of Risk, Burberry

Stefan is a former Royal Navy officer and scientist. Realising that risk was his calling, he sought to take the best of each of his worlds and combine them to help people take better decisions, faster. This has led to a near obsession with how risk is done versus how it could be; incorporating psychology, decision theory, machine learning, and many other disciplines.

Stefan is a complex PTSD and pulmonary embolism survivor and as well as risk, talks on mental health and leadership (but then doesn’t everyone these days?). He rides very fast motorbikes, and makes chopping boards out of wood- see note on mental health.

Previous Speaker
Boris Taratine
Head of Competencies & Skills, UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

Boris Taratine, currently a Partner with ECSA International, is a passionate visionary and an influential ambassador of cyber security and cyber defence.

He is an active participant in various industry forums influencing global cybersecurity development.

Being often at odds with the conventional wisdom he actively promotes industry collaboration to take proactive actions for improvements and collective defence.

He was honoured to judge at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 UK Strategy Challenge competition since its inception.

Boris graduated with the highest honour at the Saint-Petersburg State University, where he also continued his PhD studies.
He is an author of a number of scientific publications and dozens of patents granted and pending.

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