VP Plaza Espana Design, Madrid

Speakers – 5th CSO 360 Congress – Madrid 2022!

Opening Keynote Speaker:

Frank Gardner OBE, BBC’s Security Correspondent

Frank spent nine years as an investment banker in New York, London and Bahrain before switching to journalism and joining the BBC in 1995. Frank has reported extensively on the global ˜War on Terror’ in Guantanamo Bay, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.  In 2004 Frank survived being shot six times at close range by Al-Qaeda terrorists in a Riyadh suburb in Saudia Arabia. He went on to write the best selling book Blood and Sand, the poignant story of what can happen to your belief system when the culture you have embraced ends up trying to kill you.  Frank has gone onto write three best selling spy thrillers Crisis, Ultimatum and Outbreak. He was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to journalism. In 2018 he was awarded the University of Southern California’s Tommy Trojan Trophy for distinguished speaking.

As a career broadcaster and a witty and gifted communicator, Frank shares his passion for the Middle East, travel and adventure. He draws on a unique perspective and understanding of both domestic and international security. Frank’s own personal story of survival combined with his extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern history and politics make for a compelling event.


CSO 360 Roundtable – Monday 7 March.
Kindly Chaired by:

Mark Wolsey, Group Security Director, CRH plc (UK)

After 25 years’ service as an officer in the Royal Marines, Mark made the transition into Corporate Security in 2006. He has been the Director of Global Security at Smiths Group, Cadbury, Philip Morris International and PwC before taking up their present position as Group Security Director at CRH. Specialties: Security of People, property, information and reputation. All levels of investigation (including fraud and corruption), risk assessment and mitigation, contingency planning, crisis management, business intelligence and business continuity.

CSO 360 Congress – 8 and 9 March
Kindly Chaired by:

Lady Olga Maitland, Chairman of the Board at Algeria British Business Council; President, Defence and Security Forum; Board Advisor (UK)

Lady Olga Maitland has wide experience in all major Governance, risk Management and Compliance issues in general and global Fraud and Corruption problems in particular. She is a special adviser to a number of dignitaries and a widely sought after speaker at all Major Conferences on several Corporate Governance issues. Lady Olga is a former British MP for the Conservative party. Prior to her political career she was a reporter for the Fleet Street News Agency, a columnist in the London.


International Speaker Panel (so far) including:

Alberto Gallardo works at Decysyon as a Security Coordinator for The Walt Disney Company for Spain and Portugal (Iberia). He is protecting the brand in all the events of the company, as well as the prevention of any risk that may affect to the brand. He also does intelligence reports for security and defense companies, among others.
Prior to his current experience, he worked as Senior Intelligence Analyst for the multinational Prosegur for 5 years, in charge of the elaboration and drafting of intelligence reports for strategic companies in the energy, banking and security field, between others.
Alberto received his Bachelor Degree in Law at the Carlos III University of Madrid. Subsequently, he obtained a Master Degree in Forensic Sciences and Criminal Investigation at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he specialized in terrorism and intelligence studies. He has also studied Security Management at several prestigious Spanish universities. Alberto speaks Spanish, English and Italian.

Armin is currently an Intel Analyst for Deutsche Boerse group, one of the world’s leading stock exchange companies and is based in Frankfurt, Germany. He is responsible for monitoring the company’s worldwide assets and travelling staff from a security perspective, assessing and disseminating threat intelligence, and serves as liaison to national and international security authorities. Before joining Deutsche Boerse, Armin was responsible for Lufthansa airlines for more than 7 years as Regional Security Manager with a focus on the North Africa & Middle East region. He holds a BA in Political Science, a MA in Peace- and Conflict Studies and is part of a research group at the Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin.

Andy Williams is a Director at Crilly Consulting. Andy has over 20 years of international safety, security and crisis management expertise within hotel, real estate development and travel security risk management fields. On the Association and volunteer leadership front, Andy has served as a Regional Vice President for ASIS International, the technical review committee for international security standard PSC1; advised the UK government on counter terrorism and public safety initiatives, presented to the EU Council and most recently published a case study paper on crisis management for United Nations UNISDR.  Andy is a newly elected ‘Member of the Board ASIS Europe’.

Bruno Kalhoj is an international security leader with extensive experience in security strategy, resilience, risk assessment and crisis management for top-tier global military, private and public sector employers in a range of international environments, currently as security director at EY.  Bruno had a career as an Air Force officer before transforming into cooperate security. Beginning in 2007, he have headed high-performing security functions for employers in private and government sectors, initially for the dynamic clothing company, Bestseller, then a three-year period protecting Danish embassies in high-risk environments before leading global security for Maersk. From 2016 to 2020 he have played a lead role in the transformation of the security function at the European Central Bank, motivating an exceptional team that delivers best practice security risk and crisis management. Career highlights include pioneering innovation and cultural turnaround at ECB, professionalising processes, systems and teams to drive major gains in strategy, performance, safety and risk mitigation. At Maersk Oil, he overhauled emergency / crisis management strategy, making crucial improvements to outcomes through enhanced planning, execution and staff training. Since this year he has taken up the task of improving and professionalising a newly formed region in EV consisting of countries in western Europe and Africa.

Charlie has served as CEO of Factal since its founding in 2018, bringing his experience from startups, the news industry and the technology sector. Previously, Charlie was the President & CEO of MSNBC Interactive, LLC. where he chartered the formation of Breaking News as an internal startup under a separate brand. During Charlie’s 13-year tenure, msnbc.com was consistently the #1 news site, as measured by unique users. Following Microsoft’s 2012 divesture of its stake in the MSNBC joint venture, Charlie served as CEO of a video content security company in England; and later as CEO of Seattle-based Mixpo, Inc., a digital advertising platform that was acquired by Netsertive. Charlie is the 2015 recipient of Geekwire’s Hire of the Year award. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Brown University.

Cecilia is a multilingual lawyer, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Compliance and Ethics Specialist. With have 25 years of experience as corporate lawyer and legal advisor for both public and private sectors in South America and Europe, Cecilia spent the last 16 years dedicated to the area of ethics and compliance, with focus on fraud and anti-corruption matters on a global, multi-jurisdictional basis. Specialties: Strategy and advice on ethics, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, fraud, internal investigations, set up and roll out of compliance structure and programs (policies, procedures and tools), multicultural training and awareness, M&A and JV processes (due diligence, post acquisition reviews, integration programme), international law, vetting of 3rd parties, competition law, dealings with government officials, advice on corruption risks with focus on emerging markets.

In May 2017 I reach 20 years working in the security industry, 18 of those recruiting within the corporate security & resilience field. I have placed candidates in senior level and niche roles across 40+ countries and 5 continents in a wide range of industry sectors including oil & gas, mining, pharmaceutical, tobacco, FMCG, food, engineering, technology, telecoms and financial services. In 2013 I joined Barclay Simpson, the world leader in Corporate Governance recruitment, to develop their global corporate security recruitment function. Our consultants, based in offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and New York work with clients throughout the globe and we place permanent and interim positions within internal and IT audit, risk, security & resilience, compliance, legal, and treasury across all economic sectors. Alongside my work at Barclay Simpson I launched Intelligent Access International in January 2017, connecting CSOs to proven security service providers internationally to save time and money. Why pay for a consultancy to fly halfway around the world, or pay a large mark-up when the project is sub-contracted anyway, when you can utilise a reliable local firm who can fulfil your requirements? Whether it be site security surveys in Turkey, executive protection services in Cote D’Ivoire, threat intelligence in Saudi Arabia, brand protection support in Malaysia, security training in Mexico, crisis management support in Russia or forensic investigations in Ghana; IAI are here to help you identify the best resource for you to use in a specific country.

Denise Groves is an expert in international corporate security with extensive experience in travel security, intelligence analysis and crisis management. She has worked for think tanks, corporate intelligence and security consulting firms, and on in-house corporate security teams in the US, UK and Germany. Most recently, prior to her current role with Volkswagen Group of America, Denise served for more than seven years as Director, Group Security at Evonik Industries, where she was responsible for establishing a travel security risk management program, overseeing security-related threat, incident and crisis management activities, and managing a terrorism threat assessment project, evaluating the security posture of more than 100 sites worldwide. Denise has a bachelor’s degree with honors from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, and completed the security management program at the European Business School in Östrich-Winkel, Germany.

Dr. Christoph Rojahn is a managing director in the Forensic Investigations and Intelligence practice of Kroll, based in the Frankfurt office. Christoph has 18 years of experience managing complex and multi-jurisdictional investigations into matters including suspected fraud, economic espionage, bribery and corruption, and money laundering. https://www.kroll.com/en/our-team/christoph-rojahn

Deborah is now owner, founder and CEO of EXELL INTELL, a strategic partner of WILL EXELL and is a recognised leader in business transformation, known by clients for strategy development and vision. She developed her unique blend of applied research and commercial practice in Asia, Middle East, Europe and America. As a board member and CEO advisor, she has been tested in some of the most complex and challenging turnaround programmes of the last 20 years – in banking, technology and consumer brand retail. Deborah was co-founder and Managing Partner of WILL EXELL specializing in helping leaders shape and deliver strategy, with a particular emphasis on organisational alignment. She worked with Fidelity International, Nespresso, Experian, Glencore & Getronics during her 4 years as an active partner in the business. Deborah has held senior positions as MD Organisation Development Unit at Deutsche Bank; Group Head Organisation Development at NatWest Group; Group Head Organisation Development at Lloyd’s Banking Group; Human Capital Advisor to Corporate Change Programmes at Connectology; Global SVP Human Capital Development and Transformation; The Coca-Cola Company; Global SVP Human Capital Development and Transformation at American Express. A content expert, Deborah holds an MSc in Industrial & Organisational Psychology and a BA in Political Economics.

Derek is an experienced leader with over 20 years of professional experience in cyber security and risk management. He is currently the CISO for Deliveroo, where he is developing and implementing a security strategy and roadmap to support the company’s ambitious goals.  Prior to Deliveroo, Derek was the Chief Security Officer for TalkTalk, where he joined post their cyber attack in 2015 to rebuild the brand and protect TalkTalk’s critical infrastructure, assets, and customer data. He is also currently the CISO Advisor for Square Enix West, where he is helping build and steer their cyber security programme, and on the Advisory Panel for AND Digital overseeing their Cyber Security strategy.

Previously, Derek was the Global Head of Security and Risk Management (CISO) at Electronic Arts (EA) where he led a large, global team to protect EA’s intellectual property and sensitive data. Prior to EA, he spent over 6 years at Deloitte where he managed and performed a multitude of information security and risk management engagements for global Fortune 500 companies across various industries.

Experienced and skilled Internal Audit and Compliance Professional with an expertise in Fraud, Internal Controls and Data Analytics, I am CIA, CFE and CRMA. Immediately available, I am looking for a new management position in Internal Audit, Internal Controls, Investigations and Compliance & Ethics. Internal control, Internal Audit and SOX – I have experience in designing and implementing internal controls but also in testing them for SOX compliance. I designed new ways to conduct audits and perform testing using digital and new technologies solutions. I conducted internal audits in various areas (finance, operations, compliance) covering most of the processes. I am proficient in conducting IT audits (hardware, systems, accesses, DRP). I am teaching Internal audit at Vinci Institute (ILV) Data analytics – I developed my own advanced Data Analytics methodology for audit and fraud detection purposes that I presented at the 2014 ACFE European conference (see articles) and I am still working on new ways to use data to identify risks and opportunities. I am part of the data analytics working group of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK and I am teaching data analytics for forensics at Dauphine University and Vinci Institute in Paris. I am co writing the data mining section of the ACI (association of corporate investigators) handbook. Fraud detection and investigations – Creator of innovative tools for Fraud detection, Cowriter of IIA/ IFACI reference books on Fraud and Speaker at conferences on Fraud Risk Management in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe for the IIA/ IFACI, the ACFE and others, where I promoted the importance of forensics training for Internal auditors. Conducted investigations on various topics. Compliance – As Compliance manager, I designed relevant tools to assess and deal with GDPR and Bribery (Sapin 2, UK Bribery Act, FCPA) compliance risks. I also designed a specific methodology to detect bribery with Data Analytics. I trained executives on Bribery and GDPR. As an auditor, I conducted compliance audits on antitrust and specific legislations (transportation, food safety, ethics). Performance and Value management – I worked on how to assess value risks, especially through performance audits. I set up my own work method during my executive master at HEC specialized in Value management (see article), where I studied how to increase value in warehouses.

Dr. Eduardo Solana is Senior Lecturer of Cryptography and Security at the University of Geneva. Amongst others, he has worked for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was Global Subject Matter Expert for authentication solutions. He has twenty five years of experience in the fields of cryptography and information security both in the private sector and the academia. Dr. Solana is a deeply experienced security practitioner, technical writer and regular speaker at the most relevant conferences and symposia in the field. During his extensive career, he has provided consulting services to multinational organizations and states in security related issues.

Gilad is the EMEA regional Director for ERM and Security for CEMEX, a leading building materials company, with direct operations in more than 30 countries and commercial business in another 50. Based in Madrid, Gilad oversees planning and design of risk management programmes worldwide; and implementing and driving the risk management strategy throughout EMEA region. Previously, Gilad worked with the business risk consultancy, Control Risks, focused on supporting operational and managerial teams in delivery of enterprise risk management, security, ethics and compliance, crisis management and business continuity solutions. Gilad has a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, where he specialised in International Law, International Security and The Middle East and North African Politics. Gilad has lived and travelled widely in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.

Justin is a military veteran with 25 years of full and part time experience. With degrees from the University of Durham and King’s College, London, he was initially a corporate finance analyst at JP Morgan Chase & Co before being called up for military service after 9/11. This started a security focused career that led to founding Sibylline. He continues to serve as a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank commander with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry in the UK.  His focus areas are global jihadism, the evolution of cyber and technical threats, and the creation of innovative and effective risk models. He is an acknowledged authority on business intelligence, global risk analysis and governance, the Vice President of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals (AIRIP); a member of the UK Risk and Security Management Forum; on the steering group of the International Security Foundation; and mentors next generation military professionals starting in business through Heropreneurs. He has on-the-ground experience in over 65 countries and is a regular print and broadcast media commentator, as well as the author of Corporate Security Intelligence and Strategic Decision Making, the first work dedicated to the topic.


Jenny Reid is a self-made success, the driving force behind iFacts, is a woman who makes things happen. Where others see challenges, she envisions solutions. She has become an outspoken advocate of change, integrity and innovation. Her solid experience gets her respect, while her fearless attitude is admired by her peers, the media – and her clients. Jenny’s work took her far and wide, including beyond the basic focus on iFacts. She is a regular speaker at conferences in the security as well as the HR and risk markets. Jenny has been asked to speak at conferences in various countries around the globe about the importance of vetting and screening. Jenny started her career in the security industry in 1995 and her integrity and talent was recognised when she became the first woman president of the Security Association of South Africa (SASA) in 40 years. She bought the iFacts brand in 2009 and saw an opportunity to help her clients remove risks and develop progressive solutions to employee screening. From this, Jenny took her idea a step further and developed a holistic enhancement programme, aimed at helping business owners create a loyal, productive and healthy workforce. In 2018 Jenny became a partner in a business 50Plus-Skllls which is a skills platform for the over 50’s who have often retired too soon and either require paid work to live in the later segment of their life or who want to give back to society through work or play. Jenny has since become a Master NLP Coach and created an online health and wellness platform to help people become the best me they can be. Her tag line is Dream It Do It Be It. She specializes in programmes for career development, personal development, health & wellness and retirement planning www.ifacts.co.za www.theorangesa.co.za www.50Plus-Skills.co.za.

Jess Webster is a Commercial Director at Darktrace, where she has worked closely with strategic customers across all sectors across the UK and Northern Europe on improving their security strategies, namely investigating and responding to sophisticated and novel cyber threats with AI.

Born at a very early age and growing up in a culture where cyber was a prefix for anything automated, menacing and malevolent (how history has a tendency of repeating itself), Marcus entered the world of Data Processing as it was known back then after graduating from university. Lured by the flashing console lights (it was also the disco era), the whirl of the magnetic tape and the click clack of the keypunch machine (TSO was still a dream), Marcus became a COBOL programmer, becoming prolific in Michael Jackson’s structured programming methodology (who would have known what future lay ahead for Michael). Having moved into analysis and then data architecture Marcus became the first devolved Information Risk and Security Manager for Barclaycard. After seven years in that role he moved banks and became Head of Information Security for Abbey National plc, now Santander UK. After six years at Abbey and a move into consulting for a large UK utilities company Marcus joined KPMG as a Principal Advisor. Eighteen months later he joined Lloyd’s of London as its CISO and subsequently became its Head of Digital Risk Management and Compliance, also embracing responsibility for data protection and privacy, during his 10 years tenure there. Having worked in IT for over 40 years, specialising in information risk, protection, security and compliance for the latter 27 years or so, Marcus decided to leave full-time corporate life and move to the South Coast of England in mid-2017, ever the seafaring Fisherman’s Friend. As well as being a proud member of the Pulse Conferences family, Marcus now undertakes advisory engagements, provides pro bono consulting and volunteering services and sits on the Cymmetria Advisory Board as Chief Risk Officer.

Meredith Wilson has over 20 years experience in intelligence, government, corporate and international environments. She started Emergent Risk International with the belief that, with the proper strategy and mindset, risk intelligence could add more than worry to an organization’s bottom line. As a former Defense Intelligence Officer as well as an oil and gas industry veteran – first building a risk intelligence function for ConocoPhillips and then for Kosmos Energy – Ms. Wilson has seen how intelligence can function well in both environments, but also how differently these functions operate within their organizations. With that knowledge and an extremely talented and adventurous team, since its founding in 2014, ERI has grown into a multi-national company with offices in the United States (Dallas, Austin, Washington DC and greater Boston), the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Singapore; serving some of the world’s most valuable brands.

Ms. Wilson was a founding member of the Private Sector Intelligence Council (PSIC) and a Founding Board Member of the Association of International Risk and Intelligence Professionals (AIRIP). She previously served on the Business Intelligence Advisory Council for the National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology. She spent much of her early career abroad, living in Southeast Asia and Europe. She, her family, and her three furry coworkers currently call Rhode Island home.

Meyli is a Stanford graduate whose career has spanned consulting and technology, first at Bain and then Google. After spending 17 hours in a terrorist attack while traveling for business, she dealt with heavy fallout in the form of PTSD. Once having overcome PTSD herself, she began to focus on helping others heal. She created an app called Trauma Brace that is actively treating PTSD sufferers across the globe. As the CEO of Brace, Meyli oversees Research and Development, Product Implementation and Marketing. She has also published a book about her experience, called Terrorist Attack Girl, and she often speaks about the intersection between mental health and technology.

– 31 years of professional experience in all areas of security.
– Captain of the german special forces unit Kommando Spezial Kräfte (KSK), advisor for mountain warfare operations, liaison officer for special forces operations in the Kosovo.
– Bachelor’s degree in security and crisis studies at the Police Administrative College in Schleswig-Holstein.
– More than 20 years of experience with Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH as Head of Crisis Management Teams and Security and Crisis Manager.
– Operational Crisis Manager in India during the Mumbai terror attacks 2008. Corporate Crisis Manger during the COVID-19 crisis and many other crises.
– Very high level of expertise in crisis management, business continuity management, risk management and a broad variety of other security topics.

Mike Croll has held some of the most senior appointments in international security management including Head of Overseas Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Head of Security for the European Union’s External Action Service, Director of United Nations Global Security Operations, Facebook’s Head of Security for EMEA. He has worked in Africa for one of the earliest private military companies and he’s been a uniformed security guard at a supermarket. He has spent 30 years working internationally from Baghdad to New York, from Phnom Penh to Maputo. As well as a security specialist, he has also been a diplomat and a British Army bomb disposal officer.

A highly experienced, respected and recognised security, safety and risk expert with proven leadership abilities and a passion for enabling business in a safe, secure and compliant manner. An individual with a wealth of professional expertise in the management and implementation of intricate and complex programmes in a diverse range of environments. Combined with strong communication and motivational skills and the ability to unite a team to common objectives, regardless of boundaries or obstacles.

Direct and accountable for security, safety, environmental and effective risk and assurance matters across the Group and multinational business environment, inclusive of compliance with contractual and international obligations, insurance and customer governance. Responsible to the Board and senior executives to provide extensive physical, digital and cyber security solutions for a complex and highly regulated international business. Implements and continually improves incident and resilience management, ensuring the business has robust continuity planning by working in partnership with senior stakeholders internally and externally. Partners with senior directors throughout the business to enable opportunities through optimisation of business objectives, risk modelling and traveller wellbeing and safety.

As Geopolitical Risk Manager, Ned designed and implemented the geopolitical risk and security intelligence program at American Airlines. Leading a team of analysts, Ned manages the assessment and dissemination of threat intelligence to mitigate security and political risks to American operations worldwide. Ned has also has served in a variety of leadership positions within the US State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and is the current Chair-Emeritus of OSAC’s Aviation Sector Committee (formerly the Aviation Security Working Group.)

Before American Airlines, Ned spent four years at Royal Dutch Shell, where, as the Americas Security Analyst, he was responsible for assessing security and political risks to Shell’s operations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Prior to Shell, Ned spent over two years at Virtual Defense and Development International, Inc. (VDI), where he worked as the principal Security and Intelligence Analyst for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In this capacity, he was in charge of risk analysis covering 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ned has also worked in the United States Congress, as an aide to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and at Morgan Stanley. His graduate coursework focused on both European energy security and terrorism, and his thesis analyzed the threat posed by terrorist radicalization among Muslim immigrants in Europe. Ned has studied, worked, and lived in both Europe and Latin America; he has traveled to over 100 countries.

Ned received his B.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and his M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. He also studied at the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French. Ned was born and raised in New York City.

Patrick Kane is Senior Director Security for Atlas Air, a US airline conducting cargo and public/private passenger operations worldwide.  He is also the past Chair of the OSAC Aviation Security Working Group.  He has over 20 years working in private sector corporate security, most of that time focused on international operations and in particular, the protection of crewmembers and traveling staff.  Since 1996 Patrick has been a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) in good standing under the auspices of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).  He received an International Executive MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain in 2004.  He is also the author of the book Practical Security Training, as well as numerous articles and several security guides, and was a contributing author to the book Personal Security, written by Tanya Spencer.  Prior to entering the private sector, Patrick served as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps.  He welcomes questions, comments and suggestions and can be reached at pkane@atlasair.com.

During her career spanning over 13 years and multiple continents, Pranoti has held security and intelligence roles at a number of multinational companies. Her singular focus through her security career has been to embed security risk management processes into the business as enablers. Pranoti is a relentless challenger of the status quo – keenly focused on results-delivery, and passionate about unlocking the strategic value of corporate security programs. She strives for more inclusivity in security, fundamentally empathetic communication an entrepreneurial spirit in each security manager.

Ray is an experienced Senior Leader & Corporate Executive, General Manager and Security & Risk Professional who straddles both the practitioner and commercial roles. He is a globally acknowledged and well-known thought leader; recognised and highly respected as someone who delivers. Ray has sat on and led global programmes for the World Economic Forum on Cyber Resilience and the Advisory Board for the Information Security Forum. He has held Group CISO/CSO & S/EVP roles for BT, National Grid, Interoute (GCC), TDC Group and Airbus. Ray has been fortunate enough to have held global accountability, ranging from professional services consultancy, through to (C&SI) design, build and run of managed services; including full profit and loss/balance sheet ownership. All while combining his practitioner experience with protection of Critical National Infrastructure in the Energy and Communications sectors. Ray has overseen both as the executive owner/sponsor and integrator, a number of acquisitions and divestments at BT and IBM. He is an avid charity fundraiser and supporter and finally, Ray has held a number of NED roles, albeit currently relinquished for his role in IBM.

Ryan Long is the Head of Global Intelligence at McDonald’s where he helped design and launch the company’s intelligence program. Ryan began his professional career in 2003 as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer and he’s held a variety of analyst, advisory, and management positions in both a reserve and active capacity, to include deploying multiple times to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he served with distinction while receiving numerous decorations. Ryan still serves in the Army Reserves where he commands an intelligence organization focused on analytic, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism support to the United States European Command.

Ryan is also an active board member of the Association Of International Risk Intelligence Professionals (AIRIP), where he previously served a two-year term as AIRIP’s president. As a Veteran advocate, Ryan is a founding board member of the Veterans Leadership Council, the foremost business network for the current generation of Veteran leaders. Ryan’s latest endeavor is the creation of The Business Of Intelligence, a business podcast focused on discussing and innovating the field of private sector intelligence. Ryan has a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Law.

Dr. Robert Coles is the Director of Cumberland House Consulting Ltd, specialising in cyber security strategy, programme delivery and Non-Exec and Board Advisory roles. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Brighton. He holds a number of commercial board positions including Chair of the Crossword Consulting Ltd Board, Chair of the Crossword Cybersecurity PLC advisory board, member of the advisory boards for Think Cyber Ltd, UK bank, a US pharmaceutical and the Government of Singapore Ministry of Health and member of the Tech-Nation Cybersecurity judging panel. Robert has over 30 years of cybersecurity experience and has held a number of Chief Information Security Officer positions, including for the NHS and health and care system, GSK, National Grid and Merrill Lynch.  In all these roles, he owned the information security risk and was responsible for providing leadership across the organisations. He was accountable to the Executive and their Boards for establishing information security strategy and direction, building information security teams and delivering the information security change programme. Prior to these CISO roles, he held a number of “head of” roles at Royal Bank of Scotland, and was the first lead partner, and set up, KPMG’s Information Security Services for EMEA. Robert has extensive links with major industry information security networking groups and government security agencies.  He also has links with a number of universities and participates in leading edge research, particularly with Royal Holloway where he is an Executive Sponsor for the Institute of Information Security Innovation, and Cranfield University where he is an executive sponsor for the Cyber Masters Programme. He was awarded a PhD in psychology by the University of Leeds for his work on the perceptions of information and IT risk and has published and presented on this and other topics.

Simon joined Discovery in January 2017 where he leads the global resilience and international security team. Prior to that, Simon was the MD of a risk management company where he led the land operations, providing security, intelligence and response services to insured clients. Simon began his career in the public sector as a detective in London and then worked for the UK Government deploying around the world. Simon spent time posted to UK embassies overseas, on covert surveillance teams, was part of the UK’s Anti-Kidnap & Extortion Unit and delivered training to the military and government agencies of two countries on behalf of the United Nations in kidnap and crisis response.

Sean is an experienced Corporate Security Director with a demonstrated history of working in the mining and metals industry. Skilled in Fraud Investigations, Internal Investigations, Background Checks, Litigation Support, and Intellectual Property Protection, he has large team management experience. He graduated from IESE Business School – University of Navarra.

Stone Conroy is the Manager for the Geopolitical Analysis & Intelligence team at United Airlines, where he conducts risks assessments of international security issues and provides analytical support to company leaders during crisis situations such as terrorist attacks, political instability, or civil unrest. In addition to his job at United, Stone is currently the Co-Director of the Chicago chapter of the Truman National Security Project. Prior to this Stone spent several years on the Outreach and Engagement team at the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). In this position, he promoted security cooperation and information sharing between the State Department and private sector organizations operating around the world. Stone has also worked a several non-profits in the peacebuilding space, where he focused on the economics of building peace and preventing conflict. Stone was a 2013-14 Boren Fellow in Nigeria where he worked on conflict management programs, in addition to studying a local language that was critical for U.S. national security interests. Stone holds a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and attended Middlebury College for undergraduate studies.

Dr Leivesley chairs regular international scientific meetings on themes of catastrophic risk covering nuclear; novel coronavirus; resilience of CNI including cyber; and resilience from hazardous near earth objects. The focus of work is generic solutions to catastrophic risks across all disciplines and practical applications to government policy and business resilience. She is an Advisor to companies and governments on protection of people and infrastructure and strategies for security and business. Worked across industry sectors gas and petrochemicals; power distribution; hazardous goods transportation by rail; underground and aboveground rail; underground mines; bulk shipping and banks.

As an  International media commentator after 9/11 she has provided services for the BBC World Service and other news outlets on extreme threats – cyber; terrorism;  emerging conflicts – Kabul 2021 evacuation; South China Sea;; aviation losses; nuclear reactor explosions; Polonium-210 and Novichok poisonings, Beslan siege; Iran; DPRK; USA Presidential security abroad; Covid-19, unexplained incidents such as MH370 and chemical incidents. She has contributed to journals and books on major incidents including death and injury in disasters and expedient housing post disaster.  Director of two disaster recovery units in Australia (weather and chemical incidents) in support of community recovery. Trained by British Home Office as Scientific Advisor, CBRN, and Cold War appointment as SA on all aspects of nuclear war.  PhD London University –disasters and catastrophic risk, awarded in field of Economics; Member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists RSES; International Association of Bomb Technicians  and Investigator; Royal United Services Institute, and Information Assurance Advisory Council Community. Panel adviser to the first British IET and CPNI supported publication for Cyber Security in the Built Environment.  

Thomas leads Dragonfly’s strategic intelligence portfolio. His background is in intelligence, with extensive experience advising senior decision-makers of current and future risks. He previously oversaw Dragonfly’s political and security risk analysis for Africa, providing high-quality business-enabling intelligence and analysis to some of the world’s most influential organisations. He is now responsible for Dragonfly’s strategic assessments, understanding the bespoke needs of clients and delivering bespoke intelligence products which inform decision-making.

Tracy Reinhold is Chief Security Officer at Everbridge. He is responsible for advancing Everbridge’s enterprise-level security strategy, as well as working closely with customers and partners to optimize their organizational approach to managing and responding to critical events.
Reinhold has served in executive leadership roles in security and incident management for some of the world’s largest brands. As Chief Security Officer at Fannie Mae, a leader in mortgage financing with more than $3 trillion in assets, Reinhold was responsible for designing and managing the company’s enterprise resilience strategy. He established a robust enterprise response model that enabled senior leaders to respond to security and business disruptions in an efficient and consistent manner. His leadership was instrumental to ensuring the safety and security of all employees, contractors and visitors at locations nationwide, and successfully protecting company assets including over 3 million square feet of office space.
Prior to Fannie Mae, Reinhold served as Vice President of Global Investigations at Walmart. He had been recruited by the retail giant to investigate and protect company interests related to compliance and ethics concerns across its global portfolio. In less than three years, he created and led a team of global investigators in the United States, Asia, Africa, South America and the United Kingdom.
Prior to his commercial roles in security, Reinhold served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for twenty-two years. During this time, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service, served as Associate Executive Assistant Director for National Security, and led the FBI’s intelligence division. Reinhold is a frequent speaker across the industry on topics including “Improving Organizational Resilience Through Enhanced Security Practices” and “The Changing Role of the CSO in Today’s Corporate Landscape.”

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