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Technical Advisory Board

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  • Dr David Cook

    Vice President - Academic Boards

    Technology advocate dedicated to advances and the progression of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and cyber security, combined with research and academic engagement in six main areas, Business, Information Technology, International Relations, Security, South-east Asia, and Governance. Fluent in South-east Asian languages

  • Mr Mathias Gaertner

    Director - Technical Advisory Board

    Mathias Gaertner is a publicly accredited and sworn in expert witness for IT, Vice President at NIFIS e.V. MACS Snr CP (Cyber Security), IP3P Lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt/Germany, Information and Computer Science Member Technology of the Steering Committee of the “Initiative IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft” of the German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Vice Chairman Global Information Security Forum, Diplomatic Council Vice Chairman of the National Initiative for Information Security, NIFIS e.V. Technical advisory panel Tripoli Rocketry USA CCIE #11220 since Mar. 2003, emeritus since 2015

  • Ms Aurelie Jacquet

    Chair - Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee

    Aurelie is a member of the NSW Government AI Advisory Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s AI Ethics Committee. She also works on leading global initiatives for the implementation of Responsible AI. To cite a few: • Chair of the standards committee representing Australia at the international standards on AI; • Co-chair of the first accredited global certification program for AI developed under the Global AI Action Alliance for the World Economic Forum; and • An expert for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) working with them on various AI standards initiatives.

  • Professor Kimberlee Weatherall

    Chair - Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee

    Professor Kimberlee Weatherall is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney Law School. Her research spans intellectual property law, the relationship between law and emerging technologies, and international trade law. Her research program has a strong interdisciplinary focus, having included projects with economists, cognitive psychologists, and, currently, social scientists and data science. She has been a member of assorted government advisory committees including the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, and is a past winner of Linux Australia’s Rusty Wrench award for contributions to the open source community for her work on law reforms consequent on the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

  • Mr Louay Ghashash

    Chair - Cyber Security Committee

    Louay is a Director with over 22 years' experience in Information security across number of industries. He has also acted as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) across number of customer engagements including Non-for-Profit and Retails and FSI. Louay has been providing advisory services for number of industries sectors: Banking & Finance, Transport, Government, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Gaming sectors. He has solid experience in providing security advisory for senior managers and Board of Directors. Louay has completed and lead number of large and medium security transformation programs across industries including Finance, Emergency, Utilities sectors, Fast food, City Councils, e-commerce and others. Louay has a solid technical background in technology and security technical solutions and controls. Louay holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master Degree in Networking Systems Engineering. He also holds the following industry certifications: CISA, CISM, CRISC, QSA and ISO27001LA

  • Mr Joseph Dalessandro

    Vice Chair - Cyber Security Committee
    MACS Snr

    Joseph (Joe) Dalessandro, MS, has extensive experience and qualifications in information security, risk management, and audit and has worked around the world in roles in both audit and information security. Joe spent four years in Australia with Vanguard setting up their first Internal Audit department outside the USA, and he then served as Vanguard’s Global Head of Internal Audit for the Asia-Pacific region, covering Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. He also worked in information security at Vanguard’s USA headquarters conducting third-party cybersecurity assessments and providing cyber security controls and regulatory guidance. Joe is currently Head of Security and Technology Audit and Audit Data Analytics for an Australian corporation. He also does private consulting and teaches cybersecurity concepts, including cyber risk, crisis response, and technical security audit in the Graduate programs at Tulane University and Brandeis University both in the USA. Joe is a member of a number of professional associations including the IEEE, ISACA, AISA, and is a Senior Member (MACS Snr) and Certified Cybersecurity Professional with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

  • Ms Karen Cohen

    Chair - Blockchain Committee

  • Mr Peter Runcie

    Vice Chair - Internet of Things Committee

    Peter is an independent consultant assisting organisations engage with the research sector to undertake research and development programs. In recent roles at Data61 Peter led the development of CSIRO’s Future Communities strategy and Data61’s digital innovation mission program addressing smart cities, energy, supply chains and genomics. He is active in the IoT space being on the board of the NSW Smart Sensing Network, a member of the IOTAA Water Sector working group and a member of the Australian Citizen Science Association. His formal qualifications include an MBA(Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and graduation from the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors course. Peter is also an inventor on 28 granted patents in Europe, China and the US in the fields of voice and video communications, data networking, biometrics and the monitoring of civil infrastructure sensing and artificial intelligence.

  • Mr Stefano Tempesta

    Vice Chair - Blockchain Committee

    Stefano Tempesta works at Microsoft in the Azure Confidential Computing product group to make the Cloud a more secure place for your data and apps. Additionally, as advisor to the Department of Industry, Australia, on the National Blockchain Roadmap, his current focus is on helping people gain and own their digital identity.

  • Dr Stephen Hardy

    Vice Chair - Data Sharing Committee

    Dr. Stephen Hardy is the group leader for Data Platform Engineering at Data61, where he leads teams focussed on privacy preserving machine learning and government data analytics. He was previously Technology Director for Computational Analytics at NICTA, running data analytics projects across telecoms, finance, health and government. He also led the $18m, 3-year “Big Data Knowledge Discovery” project funded by CSIRO’s Science and Industry Endowment Fund. Stephen's has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Sydney. He spent 12 years in R&D at the Image and Video R&D Centre at CISRA, Canon’s Sydney lab, where he was Senior General Manager. There he produced a number of innovations that were used in Canon's products worldwide. He is an inventor on 21 US patents and current applications and author of over 20 academic publications.

  • Mr Tom Zorde

    Chair - Internet of Things Committee

    Tom Zorde leads purpose driven communities to future-proof Australia for a changing digital world. He convened and lead volunteers to deliver a free-to-use wireless Internet of Things Communications Network for Western Australia which now enables entrepreneurs, academia, industry, rural and city councils. His efforts were recognised by the Australian Computer Society awarding the project the 2018 Digital Disruptor award for transforming skills of work teams 21 to 200 staff. In addition to launching the world’s first certified internet of things practitioner accreditation in compliance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standards, Tom is a respected leader nurturing collaboration across industry, government and academia, and is a sought-after advisor for organisations embarking on digital transformation. Twitter: @TomZorde LinkedIn: