Stephen is an information technology specialist with more than 30 years international experience including UK, EU, Americas, APAC and MENA regions. He has held numerous CIO and CTO roles across CNI sectors including – defence & national security, oil & gas and extractive industries. Stephen has led the vision, strategy, and roadmap for wide-scale transformations of IT infrastructure and operations, aligning the technological changes with business goals for major international plc and private companies including Ferguson Group Plc, BHP Group Plc, Gencor Plc, CRU, Rio Algom ,Simmons Magee and Global Strategies and Group. Stephen has a BA from Ruskin College, Oxford and a HND in Computer Sciences and Digital Electronics. His professional qualifications include MCSE, CCNA and CCSA.
Elisabetta Zaccaria, LL.B LL.M MA – Senior Advisor
Elisabetta Zaccaria is the founder of Secure Chorus and served as Executive Chairman of the board (2016-2019). Elisabetta has more than 15 years’ international experience in C-suite roles and entrepreneurship in cybersecurity, ICT, defence and national security industries. She was Group CSO & COO (2006-2012) of Global Strategies Group, a defence & national security services and technology company. She played a key leadership role as chief strategist turning the British start-up into a US$600 million-revenue international business in six years. Elisabetta has held numerous board position in the UK, EU and USA and inclusive of US classified companies subject to FOCI regime. She has been the recipient of awards and honours, including: ‘UK’s 50 Women of Influence in Cybersecurity 2019’ (SC Magazine), ‘Women Know Cyber: 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime’, (Cybersecurity Ventures), Entrepreneur Mentor in Residence at London Business School (2014 to date) and ‘ACG National Capital Deal for the Year Award, under US$100m’ for a NASDAQ IPO in 2010. Elisabetta is a LBS Alumni in Corporate Finance. She also holds a LL.B and LL.M from University of Ferrara, and a MA in IR from Hult International Business School.
Alastair MacWillson, PhD EMBA – Senior Advisor
Dr. Alastair MacWillson was formerly Global Managing Director Technology, Security Practice, Accenture (2002-2013) and Global Managing Partner Technology & Risk, PwC (1991-2002). Prior to moving into consultancy, Alastair was in UK Foreign Service (1978-1991). His current appointments include Senior Advisor with the Chertoff Group, Washington DC., Chair of Chartered Institute of Information Security, and Chair of Qufaro at Bletchley Park. Over the past 25 years Alastair has led technology transformation and security projects for major organizations such as World Bank, SWIFT, DTC, LSE, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, NASA, QinetiQ, Shell, Exxon, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Ericsson, BT, Telstra and Vodafone, as well as intelligence, security and defense departments of the UK, US, European, Australian and Indian Governments. Alastair has also acted as an adviser to several governments on technology strategy critical infrastructure protection, cyber security and counter terrorism and has sat on related committees for the US and UK Governments, the European Commission and the United Nations, as well as being an advisor to In-Q-Tel. Alastair holds a B.Sc. in Physics (Lond), Postgraduate Diplomas in Computer Science and Digital Imaging, a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, a D.Phil. in Cryptographic Science, and an EMBA from IMD in Lausanne.
Tarquin Folliss, OBE MA – Senior Advisor
Tarquin Folliss is a former senior British diplomat with more than 30 years in government service in the field of national security. Tarquin left government service in 2013 and has since held a number of appointments with commercial companies involved in cyber. Tarquin has wide operational experience, especially in fusion, collaboration and delivering effects. He retains a keen interest in human nature and how that impacts on technology. He was also a founding director of Othrys Ltd, a strategic international security consultancy. He is currently Vice Chairman of Reliance ACSN, a pure breed digital resilience and information security company. Tarquin holds a MA in History from Trinity College, Dublin and served in the British Army from 1981-1986.