OUR TEAM

Grace Cassy
Co-Founder
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Grace Cassy
Co-Founder

Grace co-founded CyLon in 2015 along with Jonathan Luff and Alex Van Someren. Prior to founding CyLon, Grace spent 10 years in the UK Diplomatic Service, working on global security policy in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Between 2004-6, she was an advisor to PM Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street, specialising in Asia and national security.

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Jonathan Luff
Co-Founder
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Jonathan Luff
Co-Founder

Jonathan co-founded CyLon in 2015 along with Grace Cassy and Alex Van Someren. Before founding CyLon, Jonathan was a senior British Diplomat, serving in a variety of roles for the UK Government, including as an advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Kirsten Connell
Managing Director
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Kirsten Connell
Managing Director

Since 2015, Kirsten has built up CyLon’s world-leading programmes and has substantially grown CyLon’s network of mentors and investors, as well as helping CyLon startups raise follow-on investment.

Kirsten has over a decade of experience working with early stage startups, and prior to joining CyLon she was General Manager for Seedcamp, helping them grow from 39 investments to 200 over a period of 5 years. Kirsten held a board seat for Capital for Enterprise supporting SMEs across the UK and volunteered for the Cherie Blair Foundation supporting female entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies.

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Miranda Ward
Director of Communications
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Miranda Ward
Director of Communications

Miranda is responsible for communications, PR and marketing at CyLon. Her background is in corporate communications, reputation, and media, but she is also a qualified accountant and has spent 5 years working at a Big 4 consulting firm. Miranda also acts as an advisor to our startups on how to refine brand messaging and communicate their product to target audiences.

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Nic Richards
Programme Manager
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Nic Richards
Programme Manager

Nic is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the programme in London. He is passionate about innovation and the startup community. Prior to joining Cylon, Nic was a Programme Manager at L Marks, where he helped large corporates such as BMW, IAG and Travis Perkins innovate through collaboration and integration with promising startups.

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Nick Morris
Commercial Director
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Nick Morris
Commercial Director

Nick is CyLon’s Commercial Director, leading its business development and partnership initiatives as well as managing the company’s finances. Prior to joining CyLon, Nick spent three years running a technology startup. Following the company’s launch in 2014 by HRH Prince Charles, Nick successfully secured partnerships with a number of globally market leading companies across the UK, Europe and USA. Nick also sits on the Trustee Board of two small charities.

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Joanna Wlazlak
Head of Operations
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Joanna Wlazlak
Head of Operations

Joanna runs the operations at CyLon. She is a qualified lawyer, specialising in industrial design protection law, and is also has a photography degree, but in last four years she has been mastering the art of operations in startups. Joanna also helps with the day-to-day running of the programme, ensuring everything goes smoothly.

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David Chan
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
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David Chan
Entrepreneur-in-Residence

David joined CyLon as Entrepreneur-in-Residence in May 2016. David is the founder of cyber security startup Aroclave. He founded his first tech startup while still an undergraduate at Imperial College and has co-founded/worked in multiple startups in the UK and Silicon Valley doing CRM, eCommerce and cyber security. David has a wealth of experience in business, software development, and startup environments.

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Anton Opperman
Managing Director (Singapore)
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Anton Opperman
Managing Director (Singapore)

Anton leads CyLon’s presence in Singapore, and has 25+ years of experience in wealth management, private banking and investment banking, as well as blue chip consultancies.

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Nicole De Silva
Programme Manager (Singapore)
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Nicole De Silva
Programme Manager (Singapore)

Nicole has previously worked in various roles within global investment banks and local tech startups in Singapore. She’s passionate about entrepreneurship, especially the empowerment of women in the workplace. She leads and volunteers at ‘She Loves Tech Singapore’ which is the world’s largest global startup pitching competition for women in technology.

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Natalie Lange
Operations Manager (Singapore)
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Natalie Lange
Operations Manager (Singapore)

Natalie has worked in various startups in different industries covering health and wellness, marketing and customer service. She has a keen interest in branding and operations, and strives to bring efficiency to every process.

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Michael Francoise
Programme Director
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Michael Francoise
Programme Director

Mike is responsible for structuring and executing the CyLon programme, as well as finding the cyber superstars for the next Cohorts. Mike has a background in startup operations and sourcing, and is passionate about innovation and enterprise.

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Kevin Murphy
CISO-in-Residence
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Kevin Murphy
CISO-in-Residence

Kevin joined CyLon as CISO-in-Residence in September 2018. He has worked in senior information security leadership positions for over 30 years with substantial experience gained within the Public Sector, Telecoms and Financial Services sectors.

Kevin’s experience includes working closely with partners and vendors in ensuring the safe delivery and operation of new services and capabilities. This has included business case and proposition development, market analysis, contract negotiation, delivery, operational assurance, and also marketing and sales.

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Photos by Nick Bowring in London. www.nickbowring.co.uk @nickbowringphoto Photos by Stellar Events Photos in Singapore
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