ADVISORY COUNCIL

Christopher Ahlberg
Co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future
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Christopher Ahlberg
Co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future

Dr. Christopher Ahlberg is CEO of Recorded Future, Inc. and Chairman of Hult International Business School. He advises a series of startups. In 2019 Recorded Future was sold to Insight Partners in an all cash transaction for $780M. Earlier Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO for $195M. Spotfire was founded based on his ground-breaking research on information visualization. He has five granted software patents, and multiple pending. Dr. Ahlberg was named among the World’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation in 2002. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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Ciaran Martin
Ex-CEO, National Cyber Security Centre
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Ciaran Martin
Ex-CEO, National Cyber Security Centre

Professor Ciaran Martin, CB, is Professor of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is also an adviser to Paladin Capital in the United States, and Garrison Technology Ltd in the United Kingdom.

For six and a half years ending in the middle of 2020, Ciaran led the UK’s Government’s work on cyber security. This included establishing the National Cyber Security Centre in 2016, and running it for its first four years. The UK NCSC is now recognised as one of the leading public authorities in the world for cyber security. During Ciaran’s tenure, the UK rose from eighth to first in the International Telecommunications Union’s Global Cybersecurity Index. The NCSC’s approach to intervening to make technology safer, and easier to use safely, and to manage national level incidents proactively has been lauded around the world and Ciaran has been honoured within the UK, Europe, the United States and beyond for his ground-breaking efforts to combat cyber threats.

Prior to running the NCSC Ciaran held a series of senior roles in the UK Cabinet Office. This included: Director of Constitution, where he oversaw the agreement for arrangements for the Scottish independence referendum in 2014; Director of Security and Intelligence, and head of the Cabinet Secretary’s office. He has also worked in the UK Treasury and National Audit Office. Originally from Northern Ireland, he holds a first class degree in history from the University of Oxford.

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Yuval Diskin
Ex-Director of Israeli Internal Security Service
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Yuval Diskin
Ex-Director of Israeli Internal Security Service

Yuval Diskin is the former Director of the Israel Security Agency which he headed for six years from 2005 – 2011, reporting to the Prime Minister. His responsibilities included counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, Israel’s aviation security, VIP protection, and protecting the nation’s critical cyber and computer-dependent infrastructure facilities from computer-based attacks and destruction. After retiring, Diskin started a new career in the tech sector focusing on cyber security.

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Anthony Finkelstein
Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security, HM Government
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Anthony Finkelstein
Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security, HM Government

Anthony is Professor of Software Systems engineering at University College London (UCL) and HM Government Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security. His scientific work is in the broad area of software development tools and processes. Before being appointed to his current role, he was the Head of UCL Computer Science and then Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He has served on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, as a Member of Council of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and was a Founder Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute. He is active as an entrepreneur and is the founder of several start-ups.

Anthony is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). He is also an elected Member of Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to computer science and engineering.

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David Harding
Founder, CEO and Co-CIO, Winton
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David Harding
Founder, CEO and Co-CIO, Winton

David Harding has been at the forefront of systematic investment management for 30 years. He has founded two successful investment management companies: the first, AHL, was sold to Man Group in 1994; he launched the second, Winton, in 1997.

A graduate of Cambridge University, David received a First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Theoretical Physics.

David’s philanthropic interests focus on funding scientific research and the communication of scientific ideas. His notable endowments include the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability at the Cavendish Laboratory, the Winton Centre for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University, the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and the Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum in London.

David sits on the Advisory Board of the Royal Society, the University of Cambridge Development Board, and is an honorary Fellow of the Science Museum, and of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

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Russell Haworth
CEO of Nominet
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Russell Haworth
CEO of Nominet

Russell Haworth is CEO of Nominet, the technology company that runs the UK internet infrastructure.  In addition to managing one of the world’s largest domain registries, Russell leads the development of Nominet’s (i) back-end gTLD registry services, (ii) DNS cyber security threat intelligence, (iii) wireless dynamic spectrum management and (iv) autonomous vehicle data authentication software businesses.

Russell has held senior roles across four continents, covering both established and emerging markets, for Thomson Reuters – including the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. He has a strong P&L, operational, strategy and acquisitions background having completed and integrated over thirty M&A transactions.

Before joining Reuters, Russell worked in London for Deloitte Corporate Finance, and as a strategy consultant for PA Consulting Group.

Russell holds a First Class (US GPA 4.0) Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  He is a chartered member of the Institute of Marketing, and a member of the Young Presidents Organisation.

Russell has a keen interest in global internet trends and new technologies that have the potential to transform how we work, interact and live.  He is a non-executive board member of techUK, and on a number of other advisory boards.

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Alex van Someren
Managing Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners
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Alex van Someren
Managing Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners

Alex is Managing Partner of the Early Stage Funds at Amadeus Capital Partners, and sits on the boards of several Amadeus portfolio companies. Alex has a current investment focus on UK deep technology including artificial intelligence & machine learning, cloud computing/enterprise SaaS, cyber security, digital healthcare, medical technology and optical & quantum technologies. Alex is also a co-founder of CyLon.

Alex left school to join Acorn Computers in the 1980s, where he was involved in the development of the BBC Microcomputer & Acorn Electron. He subsequently co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including web browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market (AIM:ANTP) in 2005 and later acquired by Espial.

In 1996 he co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. As nCipher’s CEO he raised a total of £14 million in venture capital funding before leading the company to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350 million valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008 and is now Thales e-Security.

During 2019, Alex will hold the Clore Visiting Innovation Professorship of the Royal College of Art, and will be a member of the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee. He was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005, and he is currently Chairman of the Development Committee of Kettle’s Yard, one of the University of Cambridge Museums.

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Maria Lewis Kussmaul
Co-Founder of AGC Partners
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Maria Lewis Kussmaul
Co-Founder of AGC Partners

Maria is Co-Founder of AGC Partners. She is a partner in the investment banking group and leads the firm’s cyber security practice. Prior to co-founding AGC, Maria was a co-founder, general and venture partner of Castile Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm. Maria’s early Wall Street career spanned three firms – Smith Barney, Shearson Lehman and Cowen & Co., culminating as global head of Cowen’s data networks & Internet investment banking activities. Previously, she was named to the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for 13 consecutive years. Maria holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Extracurricular:

Maria is a Trustee of the Museum of Science (MoS) in Boston, MA, and chair of the Museum’s Discoverers’ Committee. A former marathoner, Maria now restricts her running to shorter distances and has adopted the annual Washburn Climb of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire’s highest peak, as her chief fundraiser for MoS.  Maria and her husband Wes have three grown children and live in Boston, MA.

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Matt Comyns
Managing Partner of Caldwell
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Matt Comyns
Managing Partner of Caldwell

Matt is the Managing Partner of Caldwell’s Cyber Security Practice and a member of its Stamford office. His focus is on recruiting Chief Information Security Officers and next-level-down top lieutenants in information security for large global corporations and fast-growing private companies, as well as cyber security consultants for leading professional services firms and top executives for cyber security technology companies.

Matt previously led Russell Reynolds Associates’ Global Cyber Security Practice, within the firm’s Technology Sector. Prior to joining the executive search industry, he served as CEO of Pacific Epoch, a consulting firm that specialises in market intelligence and research for U.S.-based companies seeking to invest in and expand into China – until the completion of the firm’s sale. Prior to that, he was a founding partner of BlackInc Ventures, a strategic advisory firm providing clients in the digital media sector with leading outsourced solutions for business, sales and corporate development.

Before launching BlackInk Ventures in 2004, Matt worked with CNET Networks Inc. for nearly seven years, holding various positions including senior vice president/publisher of News.com, vice president of business development, and director of business development at Snap.com. He has also served as a sales manager for Dow Jones Interactive in Asia and as a founding board member of The Online Publishers’ Association.

Matt holds a BA in Political Science from Bucknell University and is conversational in Mandarin. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Music National Service, a national non-profit organisation and movement that supports music as a strategy for public good.

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Min-Liang Tan
Co-Founder & CEO of Razer
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Min-Liang Tan
Co-Founder & CEO of Razer

Min-Liang Tan is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Razer Inc (HKEK Stock Code: 1337). He is also Chairman and CEO of THX Ltd.

His leadership has resulted in the growth of Razer from a two-man startup to a multinational market leader that was honored by Fortune Magazine’s “Unicorn List” in 2015 (private companies valued at US$1 billion or more). Razer went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2017.

Tan was named one of “The 25 Most Creative People in Tech” by Business Insider in 2015. Juniper Research distinguished him as a “Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in Tech” while Tech in Asia has ranked him No. 1 of the 30 top Southeast Asia tech founders. In 2016, he was named one of the “Straits Times Asians of the Year”.

Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore Law School.

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