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Madeleine K. Albright is a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. She is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She also chairs the National Democratic Institute, serves as the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and is Honorary Chair of the World Refugee & Migration Council. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.
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Margrethe Vestager is Executive Vice president for a Europe fit for the digital age. She previously served as Commissioner for Competition (2014-19). She was Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011-14) and Minister for Education (1998-2001) of Denmark; President of the ECOFIN Council during the Danish EU Presidency (2012). She was Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14), and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms. Vestager holds an MSc in Economics (University of Copenhagen).
Dorothee Bär was born in Bamberg in 1978. She is a political scientist and a Member of the German Parliament since 2002. Before winning her parliamentary mandate she was a journalist for various daily newspapers, radio stations and news agencies. From 2009 to 2013 she was Spokeswoman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group for family, senior citizens, youth and women affairs and deputy secretary general of her party, the CSU. From 2013 to 2018 she was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure. Dorothee Bär is chairwoman of the CSU Netzrat and of CSUnet. Since March 2018 Dorothee Bär is Minister of State at the Federal Chancellery and Federal Government Commissioner for digital Affairs.
Ambassador Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) since 2008. A German career diplomat, he was State Secretary (Deputy Foreign Minister) from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he was the Federal Republic of Germany's Ambassador to the U.S., and from 2006 to 2008, to the Court of St James’s. He is a Senior Professor at the Hertie School, Berlin, and serves on the boards of companies as well as non-profit-institutions, including Atlantik-Brücke/Berlin, the American Academy/Berlin, and the Atlantic Council of the United States/Washington D.C.
Ralf Wintergerst is Chairman of the Management Board of Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) and the current Chairman of Security Network Munich, the host of the Munich Cyber Security Conference MCSC. Furthermore to his role at G+D, Wintergerst is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of secunet Security Networks AG. In addition, he holds various positions related to IT security issues, including member of the advisory board of the Cyber Defense research institute of the Bundeswehr University in Munich and co-chair of the Digital Summit Platform Security, Protection and Trust of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Since mid-2019, he took over as chair of the North Africa Middle East Initiative of German Business (NMI) and has also become a member of the Executive Committee of Germany's digital association, Bitkom. Ralf Wintergerst studied Business Administration and holds a Master´s Degree in Management as well as in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Ana Brnabic was born in 1975 in Belgrade. She holds a master's degree (MBA) from the University of Hull from the United Kingdom and has worked for more than ten years with international organisations, foreign investors, local governments and the public sector in Serbia. As Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, she particularly worked on the reform of public administration through implementation of e-government in Serbia, so that the state would become a true service for citizens. The implementation of e-government in Serbia also meant a much more efficient and transparent administration and a tool for determined and practical fight against corruption. She is a member of the group New Leaders for Europe of the World Economic Forum and the Advisory Board of the organisation World Minds, which brings together the world's most important innovators from all fields. She has received numerous awards for the development projects she has worked on, for the promotion of social responsibility and tolerance. She was elected as the Prime Minister of Serbia for the second time on 28 October 2020.
Cédric O graduated from the business school HEC in 2006. From 2007 to 2010 he worked for an SME specialising in consulting and public communication. In July 2010, O began working with future European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, with whom he would take part in François Hollande’s presidential campaign. From 2012 to 2014, he served as an advisor to the Minister for the Economy and Finance. Between 2014 and 2017, Cédric O worked at Safran, where he headed up the Factory of the Future initiative (2014–2015) and then served as a head of production at Safran Aircraft Engine’s plant in Gennevilliers (2016–2017). In May 2017, he was named joint advisor to the President and the Prime Minister on government shareholding and the digital economy. On 31 March 2019, he was appointed Minister of State reporting to the Minister for the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, with responsibility for Digital Affairs. He has been renewed under the following governments and has made access for all to digital everyday life and employment his two main priorities.
Helga Maria Schmid was appointed to the post of Secretary General of the OSCE in December 2020 for a three-year term. She first joined the diplomatic service as Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister for European Affairs (1990–1991). Since then she has held several prominent diplomatic positions during her career. Early on, she was Political Adviser to Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel and Head of Cabinet to Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer; and just prior to her appointment as OSCE Secretary General, she was Secretary General for the European External Action Service. From 2011 to 2016, she was the Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs for the European External Action Service. Preceding that, she was the Director of the Policy Planning and Early Warning Unit (Policy Unit) of the High Representative for the CFSP in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels. Ms. Schmid has an MA in English and Romance languages, literature, history and politics (1980–1987) from Munich University (Ludwig Maximilians Universität) and the Sorbonne in Paris. Her mother tongue is German and she speaks fluent English and French.
Hester Somsen was appointed as deputy National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism and as Director for Cybersecurity and State threats at the Ministry of Justice and Security of the Netherlands in October 2020. She started her diplomatic career in 1997 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with several international posting and senior roles related to crisis management and peacekeeping until 2013. In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador to Lebanon where she worked until she was appointed late 2016 as Director Security Policy at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In that capacity she was responsible for the articulation and implementation of Dutch policy in fields such as counterterrorism, cyber, hybrid, NATO, EU and OSCE policy. Hester Somsen was born on March 15, 1972, in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. She holds a master´s degree in political sciences of the University of Amsterdam, majoring in International Relations.
Robert Dussey is a Togolese politician and minister. Since September 2013, he is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the Togolese Republic. He is the ACP's Chief Negotiator and Chair of the Ministerial Central Negotiating Group for the New ACP-EU Partnership post-Cotonou 2020. As a proven expert on issues related to peace, prevention, management and resolution of armed conflicts he is also a full Professor at Universities (Political Science and Political Philosophy) and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of ECOWAS (2017-2018) and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Council of the Entente.
Dr Regine Grienberger is the Director for Cyber Foreign and Security Policy at the Federal Foreign Office. Her previous professional experience was chiefly in the field of EU foreign policy as well as EU financial and economic policy, with a focus on general agricultural policy. Dr Grienberger was Deputy Head of the Minister’s Office (Gabriel, Maas), Deputy Head of Division E04 (European economic and financial policy) and desk officer for general agricultural policy, with responsibility for crisis management in pandemics, among other areas. Her tasks also included EU public relations and the EU’s external relations with countries of the Western Balkans. She was Head of the Political Section at the German Embassy in Rome and culture, press and protocol attaché at the German Embassy in Ljubljana. Dr Grienberger studied agriculture in Bonn, Munich, Vienna and Michigan State University. She obtained her doctorate in Bonn.
Tom Enders served as CEO of Airbus and EADS from 2005 to 2019. Prior to joining the aerospace industry in 1991, he worked at the German Ministry of Defense and at various think tanks. He studied at the Universities of Bonn and Los Angeles (UCLA) and served as an air-borne officer in the German Armed Forces. Since 2017 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Linde Plc. In June 2019 he was elected President of DGAP (German Council on Foreign Relations). Since 2020 he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa AG, the Su-pervisory Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and the Advisory Board of Lilium GmbH.
Mr. Juhan Lepassaar is the Executive Director of the EU Agency for Cybersecurity. Mr Juhan Lepassaar took up his functions as the Executive Director of ENISA on 16 October 2019. He has more than 15 years of experience in working with and within the European Union. Prior to joining ENISA, he worked for six years in the European Commission, including as Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Andrus Ansip responsible for the Digital Single Market. In this capacity, he also led and coordinated the preparations and negotiations of the Cybersecurity Act. Mr Lepassaar started his career in the EU affairs with the Estonian Government Office, leading for five years the national EU coordination system as the Director for EU affairs and EU adviser of the Prime Minister.
Tom Burt leads Microsoft’s Customer Security and Trust (CST) team within Corporate and External Affairs at Microsoft. CST is a cross disciplinary team of engineers, lawyers, policy advocates, project managers, analysts and cybercrime investigators all working to advance the trust the customers have in Microsoft’s products and services. Working with engineering and security teams across the company, CST is responsible for ensuring Microsoft products and online services comply with internal and regulatory security policies and leads programs to provide transparency of our products to governments globally. The organization formulates and advocates for cybersecurity policy and norms globally – advancing digital peace through initiatives such as the Paris Peace Forum, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, and the Defending Democracy Program collaborating with public and private organizations. CST leads work for the company in Digital Safety, the Digital Crimes Unit (disrupting cyberattacks and supporting deterrence efforts), the Law Enforcement & National Security Team and National Security (supporting our work with the U.S. Government). Burt joined Microsoft in 1995 and has held several leadership roles in the Corporate External and Legal Affairs Department. He led the company’s Litigation Group from 1996 to 2007, and led the Digital Trust team prior to his current role. Burt received his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington Law School.
As EVP and Head of Global Intelligence at Mandiant, Sandra oversees intelligence collection, research, analysis and support services for threat intelligence customers and the Mandiant security product portfolio. Sandra has held positions in product management, business development and intelligence research over the course of over 21 years in both national security and commercial industry. Sandra serves in the US Air Force Reserve and is a faculty member at the National Intelligence University. She is completing her MBA at MIT and holds a bachelor’s degree in German with four master’s degrees in cyber-policy, international affairs, science and technology intelligence, and military operational art and science. Sandra speaks English, Spanish and German and lives in Virginia.
Major General Jürgen Setzer joined the Bundeswehr as army officer candidate in 1980. After studying informatics at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, he served in various staff and command assignments. From 1992, he attended the general staff course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg. He also followed general staff officers training at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, United States. His subsequent military career was characterized by assignments at ministerial level as well as command level. For example, he took over command of the Air Maneuver Brigade 1 in Fritzlar, Germany, in 2008, before he became Chief of Staff at the Army Forces Command in Koblenz, Germany, in 2011. As Commander, Strategic Reconnaissance Command in Grafschaft-Gelsdorf, Germany, he took responsibility for military intelligence of the Bundeswehr from 2012 until 2015. He can draw upon operational experience from deployments in the Balkans and Afghanistan. Since April 2018, Major General Jürgen Setzer has filled the position of Vice Chief of the German Cyber and Information Domain Service and Chief Information Security Officer of the Bundeswehr. Major General Jürgen Setzer (born in 1960) is married and has two children.
Since July 2018, Bettina Dietsche holds the position as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Member of the Board of Management at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS). Her Board responsibilities include HR, Global Business Operations, Data Office, Global Client Service & Multinational, IT, Protection & Resilience, Central Portfolio Steering, Global Process Management as well as Strategic Vendor Management. She is also leading the business and IT transformation as part of the NEW AGCS strategy program. Bettina joined Allianz first in 1998 and since then held a variety of international senior leadership roles in the insurance industry both within Allianz Group and other companies, including COO for Allianz Global Automotive. In 2016 she was appointed Head of Group Operations at Allianz SE; as a key member of the Allianz SE Chief Operating Office, she actively shaped the transformation of the Group headquarter as well as of Allianz local entities towards a global business model enabling digitalization & productivity gains by implementing global platforms and services. Bettina holds a Master Degree in Business Administration. Grown up in the Black Forest in Southwest Germany, she lives in Munich with her family. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, travelling and spending quality time with friends and family.
Nicole Perlroth is an award-winning cybersecurity journalist for The New York Times, where her work has been optioned for both film and television. She is a regular lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford University. She lives with her family in the Bay Area, but increasingly prefers life off the grid in their cabin in the woods.
Thomas Tschersich is Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Deutsche Telekom AG. In this function, he is responsible for cyber security as well as all other operational security issues at Deutsche Telekom. Thomas Tschersich is also Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Deutsche Telekom Security GmbH, which was founded on July 1, 2020. Tschersich, born in 1969, is Member of the Board of Deutschland sicher im Netz and active in numerous advisory functions, including being a member of the Cyber Security Council, the UP Kritis Council and the Advisory board of ENISA. After studying electrical power engineering at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences (Diploma in engineering), Thomas Tschersich joined Deutsche Telekom in 1995 and has held various management positions. After setting up the network security team at DeTeCSM until 2001, he took over as head of the security strategy and policy department at Telekom headquarters. From 2007 to 2009, he established the Technical Security Services division and then the Group IT Security division. After taking over as Head of Group Security Services in 2014, he held the position of Chief Security Officer of the Deutsche Telekom Group. He has been Head of Internal Security & Cyber Defense at Telekom Security since January 2017 and was appointed CSO of Deutsche Telekom AG in June 2019.
Sir Julian is a Senior Advisor at Flint Global, Fellow of RUSI and the Oxford Internet Institute. He was the last British European Commissioner, serving as EU Commissioner for the Security Union from 2016-2019, with responsibility for counter terrorism, cyber security, tackling hybrid threats, disinformation, and securing critical digital infrastructure. He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1985. He has held various positions, including: UK Ambassador to France (2016); Director General Economic & Consular (2014); DG of the Northern Ireland Office London and Belfast (2011); UK Ambassador to Ireland (2009); EU Commission Chef de Cabinet to Commissioner for Trade (2008); UK Representative on EU Political and Security Committee, (2004). Sir Julian is a graduate of Oxford University and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris.
With degrees in engineering, economics, and comparative complex organization systems /political science, Dr. Chris C. Demchak is the Grace M. Hopper Chair of Cyber Security and Senior Cyber Scholar, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, U.S. Naval War College. In published articles, books, and current research on cyberspace as a global, insecure, complex, conflict-prone “substrate,” Demchak takes a socio-technical-economic systemic (STES) approach to comparative institutional evolution with emerging technologies, adversaries’ cyber/AI/ML use in campaigns, virtual wargaming for strategic/operational organizational learning, and regional/national/enterprise-wide resilience against complex systems surprise. Her manuscript in-progress is entitled Cyber Westphalia: Rise of Great Systems Conflict and Democratic Collective Resilience. Her next manuscript is entitled Cyber Commands: Organizing for Cybered Great Systems Conflict.
Kiersten Todt is Managing Director of the Cyber Readiness Institute, a non-profit that convenes senior leaders of global companies to help small and medium-sized enterprises improve their cybersecurity. She also advises senior executives and Boards on cyber risk management and the role of human behavior in cybersecurity. Ms. Todt is the Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and has served in senior positions in the White House and United States Senate, where she drafted components of the legislation to create the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Before taking up her post as Europol’s Executive Director in May 2018, Catherine De Bolle served as General Commissioner of the Belgian Federal Police from 2012. Prior to her appointment as Belgian Police Commissioner, Ms De Bolle was Chief of Police in Ninove. In January 2015, she has received the title of Public Manager of the year. From November 2015 until November 2018, she was a member of the Executive Committee of Interpol. Ms De Bolle studied law at Ghent University and then went on to graduate from the Royal Gendarmerie Academy in Belgium.
In January 2021, Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner (M.Sc.) became Director of the Aspen Institute Germany in Berlin, a renowned policy-oriented thinktank focusing on transatlantic relations and issues of global importance. As an adjunct professor, she teaches political economy at the Hertie School. From 2014 to 2020, she served as head of the department External Economic Policy at the Federation of German Industries (BDI), where she was responsible for international trade and investment issues. As Sherpa, she spearheaded the German Business7 Presidency (2015) and the German Business20 Presidency (2016-2017). Prior to joining BDI, she was Member of the Board of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), worked as a lecturer at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin, and headed the program Globalization and the World Economy at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). She completed research fellowships at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund in Washington. She earned a Master of Science in international political economy from the London School of Economics and a PhD in economics from Freie Universität Berlin. During her doctoral studies, she conducted a one-year fellowship at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS) at Yale University.
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a security guru by the Economist. He is the New York Times best-selling author of 14 books -- including Click Here to Kill Everybody -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and VerifiedVoting.org. He is the Chief of Security Architecture at Inrupt, Inc.
Madeleine Myatt joined the DGAP’s Technology & Global Affairs Program in November 2020 as research fellow for cyber norms and cybersecurity. Before joining the DGAP, she was a research associate, focusing on cybersecurity and defense, in the RTG “World Politics” at the University of Bielefeld. Prior to that, she worked as a researcher and lecturer for public policy, comparative politics, and political sociology, also at Bielefeld University. Myatt has been involved in different research projects on digital and cyber diplomacy, right wing populism and digital political communication. She published, gave talks, and conducted research on national cybersecurity strategies, cyber security cultures, public private partnerships, cyber intelligence operations (OSINT & SOCMINT) and hybrid warfare. Based on that, she serves as an academic expert on Cyber at the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) since November 2019.
Martin Clements is an adviser to the Group Chairman and CEO of Credit Suisse Bank, covering inter alia cyber and related risks as well as digital innovation—he is a member of the Group Board’s Innovation and Technology Committee and of the Credit Suisse Research Institute. He retired from the British Government in 2016 as Director General for Technology and Transformation at the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he had served since the early 80’s in various positions around the world with his work centring on technology and national security questions. Since retirement, and in addition to his role for Credit Suisse, Martin has held academic, advisory, non-executive and consulting positions, typically dealing with questions of leadership in the digital age.
Dr. Sandro Gaycken is director of the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin, a fellow of Oxford University’s Martin College, an advisor to the Harvard-MIT group on cyber norms, a fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, and research director at Paris’ Grand École Le CNAM. In his policy advisory work, he is a director in NATO’s SPS program, authored the first cyber foreign policy strategy for Germany, issued numerous official statements in hearings, moderated interdepartmental dialogues, and was instrumental in the German-Chinese no-spy agreement. As an industrial advisor, he works with a range of German DAX-companies on board level, developed cyber insurance standards, security benchmarks, innovation strategies and buyer’s guides. Sandro is also an active entrepreneur and founded four companies in the fields of cyber warfare and private intelligence, his latest one being MONARCH, the first full-spectrum private intelligence agency. He is a regular commentator in international media like Forbes, The Economist, The Financial Times, Wired, and a range of German outlets.
Sabina Wolf is a journalist and analyst of IT topics, global political and economic and for more than 20 years. Specialized in investigative journalism she is covering it-security, e-incitement and e-extremism, attacks on critical infrastructure, money laundering, terror funding and counterfeiting. Interviews with personalities and politicians add to her professional experience on camera. She is also a presenter of various conferences including Europol, Munich Security Conference and the American German Business Club. She is an awardee of numerous prices including ´Bayerischer Fernsehpreis`, the journalist price for informatics and she received five times the ´Ernst Schneider Preis der Deutschen Wirtschaft`.
Since January 2021, Cyril Dujardin is Head of Digital Security of Atos, a global leader in secure and decarbonized digital. In this role, he is overseeing Atos Cybersecurity and National Security activities. He joined Atos in July 2015 as Head of Mission Critical Systems. Previously, Cyril spent 10 years in Morpho (now Idemia) where he held senior management positions in various international subsidiaries focused on Citizen Identity and Airport Security. He is graduated from French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
Esti Peshin is General Manager of the Cyber Division at the Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. At the beginning of 2017, under Ms. Peshin's management IAI's cyber activity was expended from a Directorate to a Division. She served until 2019 as the Director General (pro bono) of the Israeli Hi-Tech Caucus at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. Prior to assuming these roles, Ms Peshin was the Managing Partner of ENP Solutions Ltd., a strategic management consulting firm; a Partner at Destino Ventures LLC, a private equity firm; and a Partner at Hope Ventures Ltd, a Distributor and Business Development house. Previously, Ms. Peshin was the CEO of Waterfall Security Solutions, a provider of a foolproof physical security gateway for homeland security and mission-critical installations. Before joining Waterfall, she held an Account Director position in the Lawful Interception division of Verint Systems, Inc. She served 11 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, in an elite technology unit, where she was Deputy Director.
Marina Kaljurand was elected to the European Parliament in 2019. She is the Member of the Estonian Social Democratic Party and the S&D group of the EP. Kaljurand is a full member of the LIBE committee and substitute of the ITRE committee. She is currently a S&D shadow rapporteur for Terrorist Content Online file and the Digital Services own initiative report. She was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019) and was twice appointed to the UN GGEs (2014-2017). She was the Chair of the Global Commission of Stability in Cyberspace (GCSC) from 2016 to 2019 (until election to the EP). Kaljurand had a long career in Estonian Foreign Service. She served as Estonian Ambassador to Russia, USA, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Canada. Kaljurand is the member of the European Leaders Network and Aspen Ministers’ Forum. She also serves currently on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters.
Kai Hermsen is the Global Coordinator for the Charter of Trust for Siemens, representing Siemens Cybersecurity to external organizations like the World Economic Forum and particularly the Charter of Trust. He is also responsible for implementing the Charter of Trust principles within Siemens and a member of the Siemens Cybersecurity Board. Previously, he has been leading the Siemens Cybersecurity strategy. The father of two is a strong believer, that technology has to serve society to be of value – Cybersecurity is a key component to enable exactly that. He has a business administration background.
Lisa O. Monaco is the 39th Deputy Attorney General of the United States. As the Deputy Attorney General, she is responsible for the overall supervision and direction of all organizational units of the Department of Justice, and she also advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing the Department’s policies and programs. From 2013-2017, Deputy Attorney General Monaco was the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the President. In that role, she coordinated the Executive Branch’s activities relating to matters of national security—including the response to international and domestic terrorist incidents, cyber threats, and natural disasters—and advised the President on all aspects of counterterrorism policy and strategy. From 2017 until 2021, the Deputy Attorney General was at a private law firm. She was born and raised in Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Harvard University as well as the University of Chicago Law School.
Bernardo Mariano Junior is the Director of the Department of Digital Health and Innovation, and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at WHO. He is responsible for setting and maintaining the vision and direction of WHO’s strategy of health in the digital age. As CIO, he ensures that the digital transformation of WHO enhances the organization’s collective performance and efficiency to deliver the ‘Health for all’ global development agenda. Prior to joining WHO, Mr. Mariano held senior managerial positions in the International Organization for Migration as Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa, Chief Information Officer and Regional Director for Southern Africa.
John Higgins is President of the BCS, the UK’s Chartered Institute of IT, Chair of the Global Digital Foundation and a senior advisor to global communications company, Burson Cohn & Wolfe. He is an advisor to the European Commission’s Intelligent Cities Challenge and chairs the Advisory Board of the European University, Eutopia. He was Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, until April 2017, following nine years leading its UK member association, Intellect, now TechUK. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.
Sergej Epp is Chief Security Officer at Palo Alto Networks in Central Europe. In this role, he develops regional cybersecurity strategy and is overseeing cybersecurity operations and threat intelligence across the region. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, he spent nine years in a variety of cybersecurity roles at Deutsche Bank, where he built and led cyber defense & investigations teams focusing on cybercrime, malware, supply chain, insider threat, and fraud. Sergej studied at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and University of New Zealand. He participates regularly as a speaker at conferences, acts as executive lecturer for cybersecurity at Frankfurt School and is an advisor to venture capital funds and high-tech start-ups.
Jean-Noël de Galzain is the founder and CEO of WALLIX, the European cybersecurity leader in Identity & Access Security; listed on the Euronext / Alternext since June 2015 (ALLIX). Involved in the ecosystem of Innovation and Investment, Jean-Noël de Galzain is also Chairman of Hexatrust, which brings together FrenchTech cybersecurity champions; Chairman of the Project "Cybersecurity & Security of the IOT" of the French Sector; Vice President of the Systematic competitiveness cluster and Treasurer & Administrator of the "Revital Emploi" Fund.
Alex Stamos is a cybersecurity expert, business leader and entrepreneur working to improve the security and safety of the Internet through his teaching and research at Stanford University. He is the Founder and Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory. The Stanford Internet Observatory was founded to research the misuse of the internet to cause harm, formulate technical and policy responses, and teach the next generation how to avoid the mistakes of the past. He is also the co-founder of the Krebs Stamos Group, a cybersecurity consulting firm. Prior to joining Stanford, Alex served as the Chief Security Officer of Facebook. In this role, Stamos led a team of engineers, researchers, investigators and analysts charged with understanding and mitigating information security risks to the company and safety risks to the 2.5 billion people on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. During his time at Facebook, he led the company’s investigation into manipulation of the 2016 US election and helped pioneer several successful protections against these new classes of abuse. Alex has been involved with securing the US election system as a contributor to Harvard’s Defending Digital Democracy Project and involved in the academic community as an advisor to Stanford’s Cybersecurity Policy Program and UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. He is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Security Task Force, the Bay Area CSO Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. Alex also serves on the advisory board to NATO’s Collective Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.
In 2020 Prof Oleksandr Potii was appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine. Prof Potii took part in the development of national cryptographic standards and the information security system for The National Joint Stock Company Naftogaz and for the Ministry of Defense among others. He is a member of the Scientific and Technical Council for the development of PKI's at the Ministry of Justice. Oleksandr Potti graduated in 1993 from Kharkiv Higher Military Command and Engineering School with a degree in Automated Control Systems, received his PhD in Engineering in 2008 and became Professor in 2012 teaching at Kharkiv National University courses on security information systems and technologies until 2019. Prof Potii is the author of more than 90 publications (including 4 books) and is a frequent in international conferences and seminars.
Mr. Caspi is a seasoned CEO and serial entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in enterprise technology in roles spanning from tech to business, including CRO and corporate development. He has lead companies in senior positions at various levels of growth, ranging from early-stage startups through IPO. Caspi is a thought leader with deep domain expertise in computer science, deep learning, AI assimilation in cybersecurity, and big data analysis combined with strong GTM execution. Caspi was selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017 and in 2018 was nominated as a board member of the prestigious Forbes Magazine Technology Council. He has a Masters degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed a Global Executive Program from the joint MIT Sloan Business School / Israeli Technion Institute.
Roland Weigert was born in 1968 and grew up in Hohenried in the district of Neuburg-Schrobenhausen in Upper Bavaria. After passing his A levels and finishing his training as a wholesale and foreign trade merchant, he joined the Federal Armed Forces in 1990 as an officer. At the same time, Roland Weigert studied Business and Organizational Sciences at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and graduated with a diploma degree in Business Administration “Dipl.-Kaufmann (Univ.)”. From 1999, he worked as economic officer in the district of Neuburg-Schrobenhausen and was elected in 2008 Administrative Head of District of Neuburg-Schrobenhausen. He held this position for more than 10 years and left this position after his election to the Bavarian State Parliament in 2018. In 2018, Roland Weigert became Vice Minister and member of the Bavarian State Government.
Tom joined KPMG in January 2020 as the Head of Digital Risk Platform. He has been recently appointed as the Global Head of KPMG Citizen Developer Program and as the Chief Technology Officer in KPMG Netherlands. He has a substantive track record in delivering high profile business strategy and management programs for cyber resilience and governance, risk & compliance (GRC). Tom specializes in helping organizations to develop their vision and strategy, setting their programs up for success and partnering with them to implement their planned digital transformation, cyber resilience and business outcomes. Previously, Tom has held a variety of senior executive roles at Global advisory and leading technology firms. He serves as the Vice Chair of Munich Security Association and is Co-Founder of Munich Cyber Security Conference.
Since accomplishing his degree in Computer Science in 1987 at the technical University in Munich, Mr. Mörl consulted Companies regarding IT-Security. For well-known Companies such as HP, IBM, Siemens, ICL and Bull he had a leading role steering projects in BELGIUM; Germany; France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and the USA. He acted as an independent evaluator and consultant for the European Union especially in regards to ECMA, IETF and ISO standards for IT Security. Since 2000 Mr. Mörl holds a patent for costefficient use of secure processes. In 2002 he founded as Managing Director itWatch GmbH.
Melody Balcet (@MelodyBalcet) is Director, Operational Risk and US Head of Cyber, Technology, Data, and Resilience Risk at Barclays where she is building a US-based team to review and challenge technology risk within the second line of defense. She was previously the Director of the Global Cybersecurity Program at The AES Corporation, where she reported to the Global Chief Information Security Officer providing programmatic oversight of AES’ global cybersecurity implementation. Prior to that, she spent over eleven years with IBM's Public Sector Cybersecurity and Biometrics service area leading its Defense and Intelligence Cybersecurity business and served government clients at Defense and Civilian agencies, including as an advisor on DoD-wide FISMA and cybersecurity performance measurement under the DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity. In 2018, she finished her term as President of the ISACA Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter with over 10 years on its Board of Directors and continues to volunteer with a number of non-profit organizations. Ms. Balcet holds an M.A. with Merit from the University of Manchester, Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDPM) and a B.A. from The College of William and Mary. She actively holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications. Ms. Balcet co-authored a chapter in “Protecting Our Future: Educating a Cybersecurity Workforce” and regularly speaks on GRC, cybersecurity measurement, workforce, and leadership topics.
Gregor is currently editor-in-chief of Augsburger Allgemeine, with a daily circulation of more than 300.000 one of the largest German dailies. Prior to that, he served a Berlin bureau chief of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany's leading business magazine. Previously, he was Europe correspondent for DER SPIEGEL, Germany´s newsmagazine, in Brussels - and from 2007 to 2013 as Washington correspondent for the magazine, covering the White House and two presidential campaigns. Gregor was part of SPIEGEL's WikiLeaks and NSA and was awarded the prestigious Arthur F. Burns and Henri Nannen Prize for his reporting. His best selling first book, co-authored with George Soros (""Wetten auf Europa - Warum Deutschland den Euro retten muss, um sich selbst zu retten""), was translated into more than ten languages worldwide. Before starting his work with SPIEGEL, Gregor headed the Brussels Office of Bertelsmann Foundation, one of Europe’s largest think tanks. He is a graduate of Harvard University (MPA) and Cambridge University (MPhil) and holds a law degree from Munich University. He also studied at Sciences-Po Paris and earned a doctorate in political science. In addition to his writing, Gregor is a frequent radio and TV commentator. He is also a member of the Atlantic Council, a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany and a McCloy Scholar of the German National Merit Foundation. He was named “Editor-in-Chief 2020” and a “Journalist of the Year” by Germany’s leading media publication Medium Magazin three years in a row.
Christopher Krebs is a founding partner of the Krebs Stamos Group, and previously served as the first director of the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As Director, Mr. Krebs oversaw CISA’s efforts to manage risk to the nation’s businesses and government agencies, bringing together partners to collectively defend against cyber and physical threats. At CISA, Mr. Krebs also pioneered the Rumor Control program, which was designed to counter election-related disinformation campaigns.
Mihoko Matsubara is Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation, Tokyo, being responsible for cybersecurity thought leadership. She previously worked at the Japanese Ministry of Defense before her MA at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC on Fulbright. Prior to NTT, she was VP and Public Sector Chief Security Officer for Asia-Pacific at Palo Alto Networks. She served on Japanese government’s cybersecurity R&D policy committee between 2014 and 2018. Mihoko is a prolific writer and has published articles from the Council on Foreign Relations, Lawfare, New America, the RUSI Journal, etc. She published a cybersecurity book from the Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd in 2019, which was awarded by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications in JFY 2020. She has spoken at various engagements internationally such as RSA Conference 2018 and 2019 in San Francisco, the EU Cyber Forum 2019 in Brussels, and CyCon 2015 and 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia. She is Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum, Honolulu, and Associate Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, London.
Robert Kosla is a graduate of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw - Cybernetics Faculty. From 1998-2008 he served as the Deputy Director of the Communication and Information Security Bureau in the Office of State Protection, and then Deputy Director of the ICT Security Department in the Internal Security Agency. From 2008-2018 he was Director at Microsoft CEE HQ in Munich for the National Security and Defense sector in the Central and Eastern Europe region, covering 23 countries, responsible for cybersecurity and implementation of new data processing technologies - including cloud computing. In October 2018, he returned to Government Administration to lead the Department of Cybersecurity at the Ministry of Digital Affairs in Poland, responsible for development of the National Cybersecurity System and establishment of the National Cybersecurity Certification System. Since October 2020 he manages Department of Cybersecurity in The Chancellery of The Prime Minister, e.g continuing development of the National Cybersecurity System, building secure Cloud Computing ecosystem in Poand and supporting Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity Committee.
Gordon Corera has been a Security Correspondent for BBC News since June 2004. In that role he covers national security issues including counter-terrorism, espionage and cyber security for BBC TV, Radio and Online. He was previously a foreign affairs reporter on the Today programme, BBC Radio 4's flagship news programme. Gordon has also been a State Department Correspondent based in Washington DC and the US Affairs Analyst for BBC News. He is the author of a number of books, most recently, Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories and the Hunt for Putin’s spies.
Werner Strasser is driven by his conviction on the need of digital sovereignty and dignity as a new human right. After 25 years of entrepreneurship in the IT during which he founded ProCom-Strasser GmbH, he founded the Austrian based fragmentiX Storage Solutions GmbH in July 2018 where he develops and produces quantum safe storage solutions in close cooperation with the AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology. Due to his professional experience as an IT security and IT forensic expert for several branches of the Austrian government he has a broad understanding of the importance of privacy problems which is the main reason why he devotes his working life to foster his vision of digital sovereignty not only for corporate and government organisations but also for individuals.
Edvardas commenced as Head of the European Cybercrime Centre in July 2020. He is responsible for the central collation of criminal intelligence on cybercrime across the EU, supporting member state investigations into online child sexual exploitation, cyber-dependent crimes, non-cash means of payment fraud, and crime on the dark web. His Centre also collaborates closely with the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), a team of specialist cyber investigators embedded within EC3 from multiple countries. His teams at EC3 further provide digital and document forensic support in complex cases across EU, strategic analysis of threats and trends, liaison with industry, academia and non- law enforcement partners, prevention and awareness raising, and capacity building. Before becoming Head of EC3, Edvardas was Deputy Police Commissioner General of the Lithuanian Police. He was also in charge of the Innovation Group within the Lithuanian police. From 2015 to 2020, Edvardas was a Member of the EUROPOL Management Board. Almost all his career in law enforcement he spent in the area of crime investigation (22 years).
Cyber threats and distrust are on the rise, accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis. More than ever, private and public entities need to sharpen their focus on cyber security and find models and strategies to collectively mitigate cyber risks.
Reason enough for the Munich Cyber Security Conference (MCSC) 2021 to explore the increasingly complex threat landscape, fueled by a growing management complexity, a lack of oversight, and resource scarcity. In this sophisticated threat environment, traditional security tactics are failing and need to be reconsidered.
The debate on digital sovereignty and the necessary adoption of advanced cyber security strategies and how the focus can be shifted to better resilience and active defence will mark this year’s conference edition. The annual conference aims to encourage organisations to revisit their security posture and to foster exchange and exploration of new approaches on how to build a more robust and resilient business world and society.
The event will be broadcasted live and is targeted to a global audience. Only this time it’s different, it will be a virtual encounter that once again bring together top-level industry management representatives with leading figures from academia and politics to connect, debate, and share insights in driving cybersecurity to the next level.
Originally funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Security Network Munich is today a non-profit association of the most important 100 cyber security-related companies and research institutions in the Greater Munich area. As Europe’s leading expert network for information security, it operates as a platform of excellence to foster cooperation, dialogue and innovation in the field of information and cyber security.