Advisory Board

The Emerging Cyber Threats Summit program is being developed under the guidance of our expert Advisory Board.


  • Darren Argyle
    Chief Information Security Officer, iCare NSW

    Darren Argyle is an accomplished executive with close to 25 years international information/cyber security experience, broad expertise in providing hands-on leadership, strategic C-level/board direction and programme execution. He is a certified professional with a lively but disciplined approach to advancing secure business in global open-networked digital environments. With an entrepreneurial drive and appreciation of user-experience, he demonstrates a track record of collaborating and developing consensus, with leaders across multiple business units.

    Darren especially specialises in:

    • Leading complex global #cybersecurity transformation programmes
    • Deploying standards; GDPR, NIST, ISF SOGP, ISO27002, ITIL etc.
    • Multi-vendor governance for outsourcing, cloud and managed services
    • Establishing #cyber resilience strategies via leading technology and people gamification
    • Advanced SOC using hybrid capabilities, plus convergence of physical and logical security
    • Embedding cyber-safe aware culture and establishing ambassador programmes
    • Building strong relationships with developer community to apply 'secure by design' principles
  • Paul de Souza
    Founder and President, Cyber Security Forum Initiative USA

    Paul de Souza, Founder/President of CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division) and CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division).

    Paul is the co-author of the book Strategic Intelligence Management (National Cyber Defense Strategy), he serves as an advisor for the MCPA (Military Cyber Professionals Association), and he is a recipient of the Order of Thor Medal. Paul serves as a CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, and Intelligence & Organized Crime Research) Visiting Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Guest Lecturer at The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) Försvarshögskolanand, Institute of World Politics Board of Advisors for The Cyber Intelligence Initiative (CII) Washington D.C., and served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel (INSS) – Cyber Security and Military & Strategic affairs Programs.

    He is also an International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference 2017 (ICSIC) Award Winner Recipient, Ontario, Canada. He served as a Federal Director of Training and Education for Norman Data Defense Systems, and he is also a faculty member at George Washington University, Washington D.C. Mr. de Souza has over 18 years of cyber security experience and has worked as the Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where he designed and approved secure networks for MSS (Managed Security Services). Mr. de Souza also worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and US Robotics as a security engineer. He has consulted for several governments, military organizations, and private institutions on best network security practices and has also presented in the countries of Estonia, Georgia, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Israel, Romania, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, Turkey, as well as all across the United States.

    Some of his publications include: Internet and Internet Communication(s); Strategic Alliance Management – National Security Imperatives and Information and Communications Technologies. Mr. de Souza has a Masters in National Security Studies (MA) with concentration in Terrorism from American Military University, West Virginia WV.

  • Martha McKeen
    Senior Manager – Cyber Outreach Engagements and Skills Development, Commonwealth Bank Australia
  • Chris Mohan
    General Manager – Security Controls & Threat Research and Intelligence, Telstra

    Constantly learning and adapting to cyber security’s humanistic and technical challenges. Working with people, businesses, boards, security experts and the non-tech savvy to show pragmatic security is possible.

    A cyber security professional possessing wide and varied experience in the use, impact, engagment and management of cyber security. This has allowed businesses, across various business sectors, to understand the risks, technology changes and people interaction needed to operate - with reasonable and effective security - in this digitial age.

    Chris’ career has had him fighting in the front-line trenches and battling in boardrooms to instil solid, intelligent, and practical security practices and controls that are relevant to the business and its needs.

    A hands-on problem solver with a high rate of achievement and an appetite for new challenges.

  • Manan Qureshi
    Head of Cyber Resilience, Riyad Bank

    Manan is a senior global Cyber/Organizational Resilience, Information Security, GRC executive with over 14+ years of experience leading teams delivering strategic and operational cyber security, business continuity and disaster recovery services to financial institutions and customers worldwide.

    In his past tenures he has been based in Singapore & APAC, Europe, Middle East and North America with firms like Accenture, KPMG, Devoteam, HSBC and SocGen and currently manages Cyber + Organizational resilience across operations in North America, UK, Middle East and Singapore.

    Manan has been involved in managing service lines, recruiting, growing and retaining talent and introducing innovation across projects of a geo-diverse nature spread across diverse legal and technical jurisdictions.

    He is known for his technical brilliance and ability to communicate and deliver to internal and external clients at all levels.

    Manan is a thought leader, international speaker and an evangelist on Cyber Resilience, Organizational Resilience and GRC as well as innovative and disruptive technologies.

  • Pooja Sharma
    Cyber Security Policy Consultant, Commonwealth Bank Australia
  • The Hon. Angus Taylor MP
    Member for Hume, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security

    Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in NSW.

    Building on his background in economics, Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment, and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.
    Angus was promoted to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for Cities and Digital Transformation in February 2016. He was reappointed to the frontbench after the 2016 Federal election.

    Angus’ portfolios stretch across the whole of government to improve city liveability and tackle long standing issues of traffic congestion, housing affordability and the need to create jobs closer to where people live. He has a focus on regional cities and outer suburban cities.
    With a passion for cutting edge technology and the benefits for citizens of the digital age, Angus authored an essay The Promise of Digital Government which was published by the Menzies Research Centre in 2016. 

    He has gained a reputation amongst his constituents as a keen problem solver, focusing in his electorate on growth opportunities for regional communities and improving telecommunications.

    Prior to entering parliament in 2013 Angus was a Director at Port Jackson Partners where he was a strategy and business advisor on the resources, agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to this he was a partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

    Angus has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours and University Medal) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney. He also has a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His thesis was in the field of competition policy.
    In his private capacity Angus has founded or advised a number of small, fast growing start-up businesses, particularly in the agriculture sector.

    He lives at Goulburn with his wife Louise and their four children.

  • Craig Valli
    Director of ESU Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University

    Craig’s diverse career has evolved from working within the secondary education sector to his currently position as the Director of ECU’s Security Research Institute and Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

    His area of expertise is cyber security, an area that has rapidly developed in both importance and relevance over the last 20 years as we become increasingly dependent on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to run our economies and many facets of everyday life.
    Craig has worked in the ICT education and research sector his entire life. Initially within the secondary sector teaching ICT across a period of 12 years. In addition to this in 1995 Craig was part owner and director of one of Perth’s first Internet Service providers (Global Data Access). Focusing on a new direction in his career he re-entered postgraduate study in 1999 at ECU, completed a Masters of Management Information Systems (Deans List) in 2000 and then started his Doctorate. Shortly thereafter hejoined ECU’s School of Management Information Systems as Lecturer (Computer Security) and in 2007  became Head of the School of Computer and Information Science which in 2009 became the School of Computer and Security Science. That same year Craig became a  Professor of Digital Forensics and ECU was recognized by the Australian Computer Society as being a Centre of Expertise in Security.

    In 2012 Craig became Director of the ECU Security Research Institute (ECU SRI).

    Given his extensive experience in the IT industry, Craig regularly consults with industry and government, focusing on securing networks and critical infrastructures, detection of network borne threats, forensic analysis of cyber security incidents, network security and digital forensics. 
    He has an active research profile with in excess of 100 publications to his name.

  • Steve Zezos
    Manager Security Discovery, Telstra