Adam Hembury, Director of Innovation, DLA Piper
Adam Hembury's career spans 30 years and centres on delivering innovation and transformation through strategy and change management across professional services, finance, retail and manufacturing industries, for companies including Ashurst LLP, QBE European Operations, Barclaycard, Barbon Insurance Group, Aviva Investors, Northern Rock, Marsh and PA Consulting. As... Director of Innovation at DLA Piper, Adam champions and drives innovation and change throughout the International firm, helping to initiate genuine innovation and continuous improvement, and enhance the firm's ability to take ideas and develop them into tangible outcomes that add value and create profit. As part of this remit, he also directly leads the service delivery function consisting of Legal Project Managers, Legal Delivery Centre, Legal Technology, Knowledge Management and the establishment of a firm-wide Portfolio Management capability
Simon Jenner, Chief Information Security Officer, Booking.com
Simon is an experienced and forward-thinking CISO and has lead security at some of the world's most prestigious organisations. His reputation for innovation, pragmatism, and execution excellence has seen him lead security in some of the world's leading financial services organisations in the role of CISO at both UBS and JP Morgan for over a decade. More... recently, Simon leads security at Booking.com, the world's third largest eCommerce company and largest vertical on the Internet. With a reputation for technical excellence and a solid data driven ethic, the company has been the number 1 performing stock on the Nasdaq for the last 10 years (PCLN). Simon also supports and mentors a number of 'cyber security startups' to channel his passion for driving continuous improvement and excellence in this space.
Peter Jackson, Chief Data Officer, Southern Water
Peter is Chief Data Officer at Southern Water and is tasked with developing and delivering a data strategy for the organisation. Previously Peter was Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator. Peter is the co-author of ‘The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’ published by... Facet November 2017.
Nigel Brown, Lead for Resilient ICT Strategy, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office
Dr Nigel P Brown works for the Cabinet Office at the centre of UK government in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat. The Secretariat works in partnership with government departments, the devolved administrations and key stakeholders to enhance the UK's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Nigel focusses on security and resilience policy... for the information and communications technologies and energy sectors. He has previously worked for technical and management consultancies, BP Exploration and the Health & Safety Executive. He is a chartered Chemical Engineer and holds BSc, PhD and MBA degrees from Imperial College, London.
Finbarr Joy, Group CTO, Superbet
Finbarr Joy is Group CTO for Superbet, a new entrant into the online betting & gaming industry. His prior roles have included stints driving digital transformation at global operators such as BT, William Hill and Lebara, and he also co-founded and ran a UK-wide e-commerce software development... company through the 2000’s. Finbarr’s early experiences included two years with Netscape, as a member of the team who brought the Internet to the world, and established the enduring model for digital innovation, now the standard amongst the best of the Consumer Internet.
James McKinlay, CISO, Barbican Insurance Group
James McKinlay currently heads up the Information Security function at Barbican Insurance Group, a position he has held since 2017. That was preceded by various senior positions, including a term of SOC maturity assessment and transformation, as well as CISO level cyber risk advisory in Information Security management systems, Security Operations dashboards and incident... response plan improvement at a leading security projects specialist. This built on his 10 years in PCIDSS and ISO27001 environments. At Manchester Airport he was responsible for group level development and delivery of the IS Assurance Plan – an Information Security audit plan supporting PCIDSS, ISO27001, DPA98 and COBIT activity. Experienced at liaising with senior leadership teams to CX and board level to educate key stakeholders on the benefits of good security practice, changing cyber threats and a risk based approach to committing resource. An 18 year career in IT, with over seven years in roles within financial services. Specialist knowledge of producing working information security policies from international standards and frameworks such as CIS, NIST, SANS, NSA, AusDSD and NESA-IAS.
Ajwad Hashim, VP Innovation and Emerging Technology, Barclays
Ajwad Hashim is the Vice President Emerging Technology and Innovation at Barclays. Ajwad has been at Barclays since 2013, in a number of senior positions across business and technology. Ajwad is passionate about the implementation of digital innovation and technology in the financial services, and how digital transformation can impact and change mainstream business... infrastructures.
Kris Blamires, Detective Sergeant - Investigation & Compliance Manager, Metropolitan Police
Kris is an established investigations, compliance and information security leader with over 15 years’ experience in highly sensitive and complex worldwide investigations. He is currently Detective Sergeant - Investigation & compliance Manager at the Metropolitan Police. In this role, Kris is responsible for a wide remit, including... leading and managing a team of detectives through team-building and staff development, and immediate response and management of critical incidents, Kris is passionate about the collaboration of AI and combating fraud cyber-crime.
Stefano V. Albrecht, Assistant Professor, Artificial Intelligence, School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh
Dr. Stefano V. Albrecht is Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, where he is affiliated with the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA). His research interests are in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and game theory,... focusing on the development of systems that can act autonomously to solve problems in complex dynamic environments. His research on multi-agent interaction and probabilistic inference techniques has been published in the leading conferences and journals for artificial intelligence research, and he is actively involved as a technical consultant in science organisations such as DARPA and UK-based autonomous vehicle company FiveAI.
Noura Al Moubayed, Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science, Durham University
Dr Al Moubayed is an Assistant Professor at the department of computer science in Durham University. Her main research interest is in unsupervised deep learning, natural language processing, and optimisation. Dr Al Moubayed obtained her PhD from the Robert Gordon University,... followed by post-doctoral positions in the University of Glasgow and Durham University. She developed machine learning and deep learning solutions in the areas of cyber-security, social signal processing, and Brain-Computer Interfaces. All of which involve high dimensional, noisy and imbalance data challenges.
J. Mark Bishop (PhD), Director of TCIDA (The Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics) and Professor of Cognitive Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London
Prof J. Mark Bishop (PhD) is Director of TCIDA (The Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics) and Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. At TCIDA Mark has led a team that have successfully developed commercial state-of-art analytic systems for procurement (e.g. SpendInsight - a system he co-developed with colleagues at... the University of Reading and @UK plc – famously being deployed by the UK National Audit Office to highlight potential savings in the UK National Health Budget of over £500m per annum. This project was entered as a REF Impact Case Study in REF2014 by Goldsmiths, where it achieved a 4* rating). Mark has also led research using web-analytics for fraud detection and steered basic research into the theoretical foundations of analytics for procurement, which has led to notable advances in state-of-art address parsing, restructuring, deduplication and matching.
Subhajit Basu, Associate Professor in Information Technology Law (Cyberlaw), University of Leeds, Chair, British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA)
Dr Subhajit Basu is an Associate Professor of Information Technology Law where he teaches and researches on the regulation of the internet, including issues relating to privacy, data protection, freedom of expression and also e-commerce. Subhajit aims to explore the challenges that the Internet has created in transforming our lives, especially in the area... of governance and in our legal framework. Understanding and making sense of the increasing amount of “data” that is out there is central to his research. “Big data” can control our lives, and Subhajit is particularly interested in how we can better inform and empower consumers. He is also keen to examine how we can update our legal framework to protect privacy and equip the public with the knowledge needed to make informed choices.
Stephen McGough, Senior Lecturer, Data Science, Newcastle University
Stephen McGough is a Senior Lecturer in Data Science within the Scalable Computing Group in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. Stephen researches in the areas of Cloud Computing, Big Data and Energy Efficient Computing. Before joining Newcastle in 2017, he was an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)... at Durham University (2013-2017), he managed the Digital Institute at Newcastle University (2009-2013), Senior Research Associate University College London (2009), and Senior Research Associate London e-Science Centre, Imperial College London (2000-2009).