Assaf serves as Chief Information Security Officer & VP, Enterprise Cyber Security for PayPal where he oversees all aspects of PayPal’s security product and service delivery organization globally. Assaf provides strategic leadership for PayPal Security’s First Line of Defense team, which builds security products, manages security infrastructure, and provides security services for the company’s customer base.
Assaf started his career in Information and Cyber Security in the Israeli defense forces in 2000, where he held various ranks over seven years including Captain and then as Major in the reserves. After his military service, he joined the Israeli Ministry of Finance as the Chief Information Security Officer of the government ISP and eGovernment unit.
In 2010, Assaf co-founded CyberVision, a company which detected malicious software’s command and control channels using AI/ML technologies which was acquired by Verint Systems in 2011. Assaf then led product management for Verint’s Cyber Defense business focusing on developing country-level cyber defense capabilities. In 2013, he co-founded SenseCy, a cyber intelligence company focusing on the acquisition and analysis of malware traded on the darknet and underground forums.
In 2020, Assaf joined the Google CISO Customer Advisory Board, and 2021, Assaf joined the board of advisors for Arnica, a stealth DevSecOps startup.
Since 2018, Assaf has been a mentor in the Israeli-American Council’s Eitanim project, an entrepreneurship program aimed at helping middle and high school youth learn how to envision, plan and execute a business plan.
Futurologist | Author | Professor | Board Director | Chief Scientist
Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioural economics research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future.
His new Australian-first book just released Australia 2030! Where the bloody hell are we?, is a fascinating window into Australian professionals sentiment about the decade ahead, based on a major study conducted before and during the eye of the COVID-19 storm. His other book ‘Youthquake 4.0 – A Whole Generation and The New Industrial Revolution’ has now being translated into Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese languages.
As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured on SKY Business News, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio National, The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg. As an international keynote speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress. As a thought-leader, over 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, each year seek his advice on strategy.
In an executive capacity, he is a member of the Optus Business Leadership team as the Director, Centre for Industry 4.0 where he leads the specialist team creating world-class thought-leadership and innovation on the 4th Industrial Revolution.
In a non-executive capacity, he is an Adjunct Professor Industry at the University of Technology Business School, a director on the board of Community First Credit Union, on the advisory board for REST Super and Wake by Reach and former member of the Australian Payments Council.
Educated in Australia and trained in the USA at Sydney and Stanford Universities respectively, he has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and an MBA. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Group Director IT Security at Nine Entertainment Co
Proven, managerial skills, strategic planning and operational delivery experience in a career spanning 20 years in the Cyber Security industry in Australia and New Zealand. Delivering business outcomes by working and collaborating in global time zone roles to scope, implement, and manage cyber solutions, from the most basic to complex.
Focusing on internal business as well as understanding customer needs and managing effective partnerships are key drivers to success. Delivery is aided by not only governance but effective communication as well as engaging the right people.
To recognize, nurture, educate and empower team members to deliver their best to achieve corporate strategic goals, along with balancing the needs to secure as well as grow business is essential
Chairman and Senior Research Scientist at MIT CISR
Peter Weill’s work centers on the role, value, and governance of digitization in enterprises. Weill joined the MIT Sloan faculty in 2000 to become director of MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). MIT CISR is funded by approximately 100 corporate sponsors and patrons, and undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from Information Technology (IT). As chair, Weill focuses on globalizing the center’s research and delivery. In 2008, Ziff Davis recognized Weill as #24 of The Top 100 Most Influential People in IT, the highest-ranked academic. In Dec 2019, his 2015 MIT SMR article Thriving in an Increasingly Digital Era was recognized as one of The Best 10 SMR Articles in the 2010s.
Peter has worked on digitization issues with the Executive Committees and Boards of more than 40 companies globally. He conducts workshops for key conferences, including the CEO Summits for Microsoft, IBM, and SAP, and the International Monetary Conference.
Ben de Bont joined ServiceNow in July 2019 and currently serves as CISO. Mr. de Bont previously served as CISO for IBM Cloud, CSO for HP Cloud, CISO for Myspace, and led Microsoft’s online incident response team.
Ben co-leads the Technology & Innovation Council for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and as of 2017 has been a board and founding member of the Cybercrime Support Network (CSN).
In 2018, Ben was selected to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholar Program, a joint initiative of the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, merging leaders from across non-profit, military, public, and private sector fields to facilitate solutions to the nation’s most pressing issues.
Ben holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, his thesis in cryptography and encryption. Ben was named 2018 Queensland University of Technology Alumnus of the Year for Science and Engineering.
Liz is an Associate Principle at NOBL, a global organisational design firm born in the US with a new office in Sydney. At Security Edge 2021, she’ll break down what leaders can do to create and retain a high-performing team, drawing on her experience in operations, human resources, and organisational strategy to drive meaningful and lasting change.
Alastair is Australia’s most recognised cyber security leader, and is the Chief Strategy Officer at CyberCX.
His leadership experience includes serving in senior cyber roles across government, as National Cyber Security Adviser, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, as well as serving as Australia’s inaugural eSafety Commissioner. Alastair has also held senior roles across the private sector, including head of eBay’s Asia Pacific Trust & Safety operations, and previously served in the Australian Federal Police for 15 years.
Mitra is a senior Technology and Security Transformation executive with over 20 years’ experience working in the Health, Financial and Professional Services industries. Mitra is a recognised leader in successfully defining and implementing Centres of Excellence Technology and Cybersecurity functions across major International and Australian Banks and most recently in the Health Sector.
Mitra is a trusted advisor to senior stakeholders including Board of Directors and Risk and Audit Committees, enabling effective governance and insights for investment and decision making.
Mitra is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Healthscope. She is in charge of defining and implementing Healthscope’s Cybersecurity strategy, priorities and roadmap. She is actively uplifting the Cybersecurity capability and maturity posture of the Organisation and delivering effective Threat Intelligence and Cybersecurity solutions and services across the Enterprise to 42 Healthscope Hospitals.
Mitra is an active Board Member on the ISACA Melbourne Chapter Board and has extensive experience in governance and oversight of all operational elements of the Chapter activities to ensure the delivery of optimal value and services to the members.
She is ISACA International’s lead liaison to the International Standards Organisation (ISO), working with International experts on the uplift of standards such as AS/NZS 31000 Risk Management, ISO/IEC 38500 IT Governance and ISO 27001/2 Information Security standards.
Imtiaz has over ten years’ experience with creating vision, strategy & execution at Tier-1 Financial institutions and large organizations.
Prior to joining Roads and Maritime Services, Imtiaz was part of security leadership team at Emirates NBD group. Emirates NBD is Dubai’s largest bank & one of the largest multi-national banks in the region.
Imtiaz also held several senior roles at Commonwealth Bank of Australia leading large security portfolios.
GM, Group Cyber Transformation and Delivery at Commonwealth Bank
Experienced Group General Manager, CIO with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry globally (Sydney, London, New York).
Memo is skilled in IT Strategy, and running end to end IT functions globally. Including the leverage of – Data, analytics, cloud, Innovative technology solutions – AI & Blockchain, running and building large globally distributed IT/engineering teams, delivery of large transformative change programs, Cyber Security, and alignment of IT functions to enable business growth and differentiation.
Deep business and industry skills in – Investment banking, Global Markets Trading, Structured Finance and Digitisation, and all financial services. Strong operations and agile disciplines, professional graduated from Australian Graduate School of Management.
Dave has 22 years’ experience in the IT/Security industry and has worked in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for leading international companies including NZ Joint Forces, Mace Group, Syntax Integration and Plan-Net Plc.
Dave joined Link Group in 2013 and is now the global Chief Information Security Officer and was instrumental in Link achieving ISO 27001 certification status in 2015 (the international standard for Information Security).
As Chief Information Security Officer, Dave provides strategic, tactical and operational leadership to protect Link Group’s as well as their client’s information assets and is focused on improving the overall Information Security posture.
Both in Australia and overseas, Dave has worked across all aspects of the IT spectrum and has a detailed understanding of Information Governance, Information Security, Data/Cyber Security, ISO/IEC 27001, NIST, Internal Audit, Business Continuity Management, Disaster Recovery Planning, Project Management, ITIL, ISO/IEC 20000, Strategy, Support Services and Service Delivery.
Abdullah Khan is a dynamic technology leader, passionate about making the complex simple and the simple compelling through driving the adoption and implementation of new ways of working and digital transformations.
With over 14 years’ experience in leading large technology and cloud transformation programs, Abdullah is adept at turbo-charging large organisation’s digitalisation agenda.
His approach to maximise sustainable business value and deliver a competitive edge, centres on approaches such as scaled agile, customer centred design, DevOps, hyper automation, shift left and servant leadership practices. Through these approaches, Abdullah has reduced lead and cycle time by 500%, cost reduction by 70% and created pipelines of customer defined offerings.
Abdullah attributes success to attracting and building high performing teams, a strong engineering capability, and establishing commercially sound, strong partner ecosystems to drive progressive change.
Abdullah holds a bachelor’s degree in IT from Monash University and an MBA from Macquarie University.
As Director of Strategic Research at ADAPT Matt Boon, is responsible for directing and developing ADAPTs research content and positions. In his role at ADAPT Boon advises C-Suite executives across the end-user and technology provider landscape. Boon is also responsible for bringing together groups of C-Suite leaders to discuss and prepare for the myriad of challenges and opportunities they face.
ADAPT host’s numerous industry leading IT focused events annually and Boon is responsible for hosting, chairing and delivering ADAPT independent content and positions to help attendees make informed IT decisions.
Aparna Sundararajan leads the emerging and disruptive technology research agenda within ADAPT’s strategic advisory team. As Senior Research Strategist, her role is to create independent advice for the Australian C-Suite around emerging technologies, trends and investment priorities and developing industry leading content for the ADAPT portfolio of Edge events.
As a technology analyst and marketer, Aparna aligns the burning issues of senior executives with digital business dynamics and emerging technology capabilities to create strategic advice for ADAPT’s Members and Strategic Partners.
Aparna has had 12 years working in the IT services sector, much of it with Gartner, where she developed independent advice for senior IT managers on the emerging roles and responsibilities they face in digital technologies, digital customer behaviour, and business model transformation.
Jim is well known in the local market for delivering on his promise and his entire career has been spent connecting the right people at the right time in roles across Europe, China and Australia.
He founded ADAPT to deliver quality outcomes with integrity and now in our 8th year, growth has been consistent. Jim is still positioned across sales and account management where he delivers innovative results and programs and leads by example.
He also runs entrepreneurial product development and the evolution and clear differentiated value of ADAPT’s offerings. As well as a NSW Small Business Excellence nomination, ADAPT were 55th in BRW’s 2014 Top 100 Start Ups – Jim’s 3rd time there – previously as Founder of Strategic Path, an award-winning ICT publisher, he steered the company to make the list in both 2009 and 2010.