GLOBAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

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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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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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, and 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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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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Neal Watkins
Chief Product Officer, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
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Neal Watkins
Chief Product Officer, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Neal Watkins joined as the Chief Product Officer at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence in 2015.  He is responsible for leading Applied Intelligence Strategy, Portfolio Management and Innovation function across Financial Crime and Security portfolios.

Watkins is a passionate, committed, and innovative business technology leader, who is driven to build future technology offerings.   He is an executive board member of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and the chair of the AI Portfolio Council, focused on fostering a culture of innovation to identify, validate and solve important market problems.

Prior to joining BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Neal spent ten years working for Symantec in number of roles including Vice President of Technology Sales EMEA and most recently as Vice President of Product Management and Development.  Prior to Symantec, Neal was the head of Presales Technology EMEA at VERITAS.  His career originally started out as a software engineer and over the years had the good fortune to experience many technology orientated roles within the software industry.

Throughout Watkins’ career he has gained a wealth of global experience across EMEA, US, China, Japan and India including board level roles with SNIA Europe and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.  He enjoys mentoring with tech entrepreneurs through groups like CyLon, Seedcamp, Tech London Advocates and TeenTech.

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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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