2019 Advisory Board

  • David Braue
    Security Journalist, CSO Australia

    With 20 years' experience and 16 industry writing awards – including Australia's Best Technology Journalist for 2010 – I am available to produce high-quality text, audio and video content around topics in science, business, and information technology.
    I have covered nearly every area of information technology, from business process and management strategies; to niche markets like government, security and education; to technology-specific areas like cloud computing and mobile devices.
    Whatever the topic, I have a deep technical understanding and an ability to sift through technical minutiae to convey complex subjects using rich, accessible language. I get great pleasure from breaking down complex concepts and presenting them in a way that educates and informs readers, helping them make effective decisions about the technologies that will improve their working or personal lives.

  • Priya George
    CEO & Security Evangelist, NIMIS Cybersecurity

    Priya is CEO of NIMIS Cybersecurity, a Techstars backed company. Her team has delivered security services to Australian and US intelligence agencies, NAB, ANZ bank, BAE Systems and technology companies. Prior to NIMIS, Priya was the CEO of Necessary Security & National Cybersecurity Institute a security consulting company focused on security architecture, and evaluating emerging cybersecurity technology products. Priya spent the first 13 years of her career leading significant transformation projects in technology, organisational restructure, and people engagement – mining, energy, water, financial services, technology and government. Priya also co-founded an analytics and video software company that came out of two years of technology R&D as part of a motorsport business.

    Passion for: Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Technology, Classic Cars, Good Food, and the Beach.

  • Salil Kanhere
    Professor and Postgraduate Research Coordinator, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney

    Dr. Salil Kanhere obtained a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from VJTI, Bombay, India in 1998. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA as a post-graduate student. Salil received his M.S. and Ph.D., both in Electrical Engineering in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Salil's Ph.D. dissertation was in the area of fair, efficient, and low-latency scheduling in high-speed networks with a particular focus on achieving low implementation complexity for practical use in switches and routers.

    Since April 2004, Salil is with the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

    Salil's current research interests are in the areas of Internet of Things, blockchain technology, sensor networks, mobile networking, security, and privacy. Salil has served on the organising and technical program committees of several international IEEE and ACM conferences. He has presented tutorials and invited talks on his research. Salil is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM. Salil is a recipient of 4 Best Paper Awards and the Humboldt Research Fellowship.

  • Abbas Kudrati
    Professor of Practice in Cyber Security, La Trobe University

    As the Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Microsoft Asia’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, Abbas Kudrati, leads Microsoft’s initiatives and operations to provide thought leadership, strategic direction on the development of Microsoft security products and services and deep customer and partner engagement across Australia, India and ASEAN region. He consults with governments, critical infrastructure organizations and enterprises to enable them to secure corporate data and manage risk while taking advantage of the opportunities presented by today’s intelligent cloud, intelligent edge world.

    Abbas has extensive experience in consulting organizations on cybersecurity strategies and educating and mentoring cybersecurity experts. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2018, Abbas was the Chief Information Security Officer at KPMG Australia where he was responsible for leading the information security, governance, risk and privacy protection programs for more than 20 offices across Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. His list of achievements in this role includes certifying KPMG Australia against ISO 27001 and the early adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

    Abbas is also a part-time Professor of Practice in Cybersecurity with LaTrobe University and an Executive Advisory Board Member for Cybersecurity with Deakin University in Melbourne Australia. Passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, Abbas frequently speaks at cybersecurity seminars and events, and has published number of articles and case studies.

    Abbas graduated from Gujarat University, India with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Auditing and is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Block Chain Expert, among other professional certifications.

  • Joshua Mann
    Head of Origination & Pursuits, Cyber Security, Asset Management & AI, Thales Australia

    Joshua Mann a senior sales professional and Management Consultant with 16 years of experience in Business and Technology, spanning multiple industries including Utilities, Financial Services, Government, Property, FMCG, Education, Resources and Professional Services.
    His key achievements include:
    Building Capability: Joshua has enhanced consulting capabilities for Tier 1/2 advisory firms and System Integrators by leading various bids, mentoring colleagues and delivering training in accordance with his capability skill set.

    Building Trusted Relationships: Joshua’s biggest strength is his ability to gain trust and comfort with colleagues within the organisation and the client organisation alike. He is able to quickly adapt to the
    environment and by doing so he is able to handle challenging situations with a positive and outgoing attitude.

    Transforming Organisations: Joshua has a proven track record of advising senior executives on Business & Technology capabilities for leading organisations. This has ranged from setting the strategy, developing the business case and scoping the end-to-end delivery of either system integrations, consumptive services, operational excellence or related strategic leadership initiatives.

  • Paul Mattiuzzo
    Director, iZAC Coin

    Paul has extensive experience delivering business driven outcomes that are operationally and security critical. Paul has a proven ability to align business with ICT outcomes and formulate innovative and effective solutions. Expertise in managing risk alongside threats and vulnerabilities can be demonstrated by roles encompassing solution design through to implementation. An ability to apply strategic business needs to ICT planning have ensured achievement of desired results in complex business environments.

    Paul has experience in system and project delivery from initiation to completion; which come from numerous roles involving delivery and client management within the public and private sector. Paul’s experience encompasses:

    • Management and delivery of critical systems, working with a strict security focus
    • Strategic business analysis
    • Business continuity & disaster recovery planning
    • Programme & project management
    • Risk management and assessment
    • Enterprise and security architectures
    • ICT operations management
    • Stakeholder relationship management
  • PK Rasam
    Researcher, Whole-brain

    I build Web 3.0 Blockchain Assets (e.g. architecture frameworks, smart contracts, decentralized applications, etc.) on public and private blockchains.

    I am well versed in Ethereum, Bitcoin, Stellar blockchain technologies and currently working with Polkadot, Substrate, DFINITY, Cosmos protocols, and blockchains.

    I have 8+ years of expertise in Blockchain, specializing in Enterprise Blockchain Architecture, Token standards, Mechanism design, Smart Contract development, Blockchain strategy and Distributed Ledger infrastructure services.