DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS

Time: 0900 – 1200 hrs
Venue: Auditorium, Hall 406, Level 4

  • Izumi Nakamitsu
    Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
    United Nations
    Biography

    Ms Izumi Nakamitsu assumed her position as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs on 1 May 2017. Prior to taking on this post, Ms. Nakamitsu served as Assistant Administrator of the Crisis Response Unit at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2014.

    She has many years of experience within and outside the United Nations system, most recently as Special Adviser Ad Interim on Follow-up to the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants between 2016 and 2017. She was previously Director of the Asia and the Middle East Division of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations between 2012 and 2014, and Director of the Department’s Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training, from 2008 to 2012.

    Between 2005 and 2008, Ms. Nakamitsu was Professor of International Relations at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, where she also served as a member of the Foreign Exchange Council to Japan’s Foreign Minister, and as a visiting senior adviser on peacebuilding at the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Between 1998 and 2004, she was the Chef de Cabinet and Director of Planning and Coordination at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, based in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Earlier in her career, Ms. Nakamitsu was a member of the United Nations Reform Team of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She also held positions with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), including within the office of Assistant High Commissioner for Policy and Operations Sergio Vieira de Mello, and in UNHCR field operations in the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and northern Iraq.

    Born in 1963, Ms. Nakamitsu holds a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Law degree from Waseda University in Tokyo.

    She is married and has two daughters.

  • H.E. Dr H. Wiranto
    Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs
    Republic of Indonesia
    Biography

    Wiranto is a retired Indonesian Army General. He was the Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia from February 1998 to October 1999. On 27 July 2016 Wiranto was appointed to the position of Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

    Wiranto was born on 4 April 1947 in Yogyakarta to RS Wirowijoto, a primary school teacher and Suwarsijah. He was the sixth out of nine children. When he was a child, Wiranto dreamed of a military career, but as he grew up he developed the desire to become an architect. However, Wiranto decided to join the Indonesian National Military Academy (AMN).

    Wiranto graduated from AMN in 1968 and spent the early part of his military career in North Sulawesi, far from the centre of power in Indonesia. There he worked his way up from being a Platoon Commander to a Battalion Commander in 1982. From there he was assigned to the Indonesian Armed Forces Headquarters for two years before joining the Army Strategic Command in 1985 as a Brigade Chief of Staff in East Java. In 1987, he was transferred to Jakarta where became Deputy Assistant for Operations to the Army Strategic Command’s 2nd Division Chief of Staff.

    In 1989, his career had a major break when he was selected to become an aide-de-camp (ADC) to the then Indonesian President Soeharto. In 1993, Wiranto became the Chief of Staff of Jakarta Military Regional Command and subsequently became its Commander in 1994. Two years later, he became Commander of the Indonesian Army Strategic Command, and in 1997, he was appointed Army Chief of Staff.
    Wiranto's appointment as Commander of ABRI in February 1998 came at a crucial time. Indonesia was suffering from the effects of the Asian financial crisis and there was widespread opposition to Suharto.

    On 21 May 1998, Suharto announced his resignation from the Presidency and Vice President Baharuddin Jusuf Habibie took over as president. Wiranto was retained as both the Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces and Minister of Defence and Security in Habibie's Cabinet. He immediately began working towards reforming the Indonesian Armed Forces. In August 1998, Wiranto also made a move to appease the people of Aceh by withdrawing the status of Military Operations Region (DOM) from the Province. He continued to do the reform of the Armed Forces. In April 1999, supervised the establishment of the Indonesian National Police as an autonomous entity rather than subordinate to the Indonesian Armed Forces. The Indonesian Armed Forces also went through a name change and became known as Indonesian National Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia / TNI).

    As part of his effort to name a Cabinet which included all elements of Indonesian politics, President Habibie’s successor, KH Abdurrahman Wahid included Wiranto in the Cabinet as Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia from October 1999 to January 2000.

    In August 2003, Wiranto made the decision to run for president after he declared his intentions to participate in the Functional Group (Golkar) National Convention. Wiranto's opponents for the Convention were Akbar, Prabowo, Aburizal Bakrie, Surya Paloh, Jusuf Kalla, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, and Nurcholish Madjid. By April 2004, the month of the National Convention, Wiranto decisively won and became Golkar's Presidential Candidate. As his running mate, Wiranto chose Solahuddin Wahid, the brother of former President Wahid. However, on the Election Day 5 July 2004, Wiranto and Solahuddin came third behind Yudhoyono/Kalla and Megawati/Hasyim Muzadi with 22.19% of the votes.

    In the lead up to the 2004 Golkar National Congress, Wiranto became one of the candidates for the position of Chairman, but another candidate, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla won the election and became Golkar’s new Chairman.

    In September 2005, Wiranto joined Pehimpunan Kebangsaan (Nationhood Union), a mass organization which was created by former Golkar member, Marwah Daud Ibrahim. At the organization's National Leadership Meeting in May 2006, Wiranto said that the organization was a way to test the waters en route to forming a new political party. Finally on 22 December 2006, Wiranto declared the formation of the People’s Conscience Party (Hati Nurani Rakyat / Hanura) and was elected as its first Chairman until 3rd week of July 2016 (became non-active) after he was appointed as Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

  • Rob Joyce
    White House Cyber Coordinator
    United States of America
    Biography

    Mr. Rob Joyce is the Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator at the White House. Rob leads the development of national and international cybersecurity strategy and policy for the United States and oversees implementation of those policies; in this capacity, he ensures that the Federal Government is effectively partnering with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, other branches and levels of government, and other nations.

    Before to coming to the White House, Rob served at the NSA for over 27 years, holding various leadership positions within both focus areas of NSA: the Information Assurance and Signals Intelligence missions. From 2013 to 2017, Rob served as the Chief of Tailored Access Operations (TAO), the NSA’s mission element that provided tools and expertise in computer network exploitation to deliver foreign intelligence. Prior to becoming the Chief of TAO, Rob served as the Deputy Director of the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at NSA, where he led efforts to harden, protect and defend the Nation’s most critical National Security systems and improve cybersecurity for the nation. He was elevated to the Senior Executive Service in 2001.

    Mr. Joyce began his career as an engineer and is a technologist at heart. He received his Bachelors Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University in 1989 and earned a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1993. Throughout his career with NSA, he has been the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards, one meritorious and one at the distinguished level.

    Rob enjoys participating with the Boy Scouts in the annual World Championship of Punkin Chunkin, building a contraption to fling pumpkins for distance. Over the Christmas holidays, Rob runs a computerized light display synchronized to music, which is likely visible from the international space station.

  • The Rt Hon. Matt Hancock MP
    Minister of State for Digital
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Biography

    Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election and he is also the Minister of State for Digital. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. Matt entered Government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial Roles, including for skills and business, and as Paymaster General. He oversaw the expansion of Apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of Government.

    Since July 2016 he has served at DCMS as Minister of State for Digital and is responsible for broadband, broadcasting, creative industries, cyber and the tech industry.

    Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

    Matt is married to Martha and has three young children. He is the first MP in modern times to win a horse race, having raced to victory at the Newmarket July Course in August 2012. He is an avid cricketer and plays for the Lords & Commons Cricket team. Matthew once played the most northerly game of cricket on record, and succumbed to frostbite en route to the Pole. He retains all his fingers

  • Buky Carmeli
    Director General of National Cyber Security Authority
    State of Israel
    Biography

    • Currently, Director General of the Israeli National Cyber Security Authority
    • Former CEO of Sphera Systematic Hedge fund, part of Sphera, the largest Israeli Hedge Funds management group (>$1B AUM)
    • Former Head of M.O.D. cyber and technology defence authority. Published several academic articles in cyber arena. | Ex-Officer at one of IDF's elite technological units.
    • Entrepreneur and founder with over 30 years of experience in leading of large C5I research and development teams.
    • Vast experience in research, development, implementation and practical execution of mathematical algorithms for capital market trading.
    • Engineer, Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computing (B.Sc.) from Ben-Gurion University; Wide knowledge and experience in parallel and supercomputing engineering.
  • The Hon. Dan Tehan MP
    Minister for Veterans’ Affairs,
    Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC,
    Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cybersecurity,
    Minister for Defence Personnel
    Commonwealth of Australia
    Biography

    The Hon Dan Tehan MP is the Member for Wannon in Victoria. He was sworn in as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac on 27 July, 2016.

    He previously served as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Materiel and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac from 18 February, 2016.

    As Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Mr Tehan launched the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program to improve the transition process for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel leaving the military and finding successful and rewarding post-service employment. He has also made improving the mental health of ADF and veterans a priority with the implementation of a range of initiatives, including the provision of free mental health treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and drug and alcohol misuse conditions to anyone who has served in the ADF for one full day. Mr Tehan has also represented the Australian Government at significant military commemorations, including Anzac Day 2016 and the 100th anniversaries of the battles of Pozières and Fromelles in France, 2016.

    As Australia’s first minister with responsibility for cyber security, Mr Tehan has been tasked with delivering the $230 million Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy, including the establishment of the Joint Cyber Security Centres and the Cyber Security Growth Network. He has represented the Government on cyber security at the Australian-Indonesia Ministerial Council on Law and Security.

    Mr Tehan was elected to Federal Parliament in 2010 and has held positions as the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security; Chair of the Victorian Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme; Chair of the Coalition Policy Committee on Economics and Finance; Co-Chair of the Parliamentarians Supporting Cancer Causes; Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health, and; Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism.

    Mr Tehan has also held positions on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia, the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry and the Joint Human Rights Committee.
    Prior to entering Parliament, Mr Tehan worked at senior levels of the Australian Government, including as a Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism. He worked as the Director of Trade Policy and International Affairs at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Deputy State Director for the Victorian Liberal Party and in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he held various roles, including as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Mexico. Mr Tehan worked in agriculture in Australia and overseas and has Masters Degrees in International Relations and Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Mr Tehan is married and lives in Hamilton. He is a passionate supporter of the Richmond Football Club and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

  • YB Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau
    Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
    Federation of Malaysia
    Biography

    YB Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau was born in Tuaran, Sabah, initially graduated in Science Forestry from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM), Serdang in 1983. In 1985, he obtained Certificate in Forest Plantation Management and Forestry Research from various institutions in Japan under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). In 1988, YB underwent Training in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) at the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development (CETDEM). In 1990, he completed Masters in Development Management (MDM) from Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati, the Philippines.

    YB was elected to the Parliament of Malaysia in 1994, at the age of 36 for Tuaran constituency. YB was appointed as Chairman for several boards and companies such as Sabah Cultural Board, Forest Plantation Development Sdn. Bhd., Malaysian Timber Industrial Board and Asian Supply Sdn. Bhd. YB is also a member of Board of Directors of Suria Capital Berhad, Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn. Bhd, and Asian Supply Base Sdn. Bhd.

    YB was appointed as the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in 2015. YB has been awarded with various awards and the most recent one was the award of Seri Panglima Darjah Kinabalu (SPDK) by Tuan Yang Terutama Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah (TYT) which carries the title of Datuk Seri Panglima.

  • Yang Chun Yan
    Deputy Director General, Cyberspace Administration of China
    People’s Republic of China
    Biography

    Ms. YANG Chunyan currently serves as Deputy Director General of Bureau of Cybersecurity of Cyberspace Administration of China. She has long been engaged in policy research on and coordination in the areas of informatization and cybersecurity. Ms. YANG previously held positions in several government organs, including the former Ministry of Electronics Industry, Informatization Office of the State Council, the Advisory Committee for State Informatization Leading Group, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, etc. Ms YANG holds a bachelor degree in law and an EMBA degree. She also has work experience in legal affairs and human resource management.

  • Dr Guillaume Poupard
    Director General of ANSSI, French Cybersecurity Agency (ANSSI)
    French Republic
    Biography

    Guillaume POUPARD is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, and obtained a PhD degree in cryptography in 2000 from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris.

    After his PhD, Mr. POUPARD joined the cryptography section of the Central Directorate of Information Systems Security (that formed the basis of ANSSI when the agency was created) and became head of this section.

    He then pursued his career in 2006 within the Ministry of Defence, initially in the field of governmental cryptography, and progressively moved to cyber defence.

    In November 2010, he was appointed Head of the department in charge of Information Assurance and Cyber Defence at the Ministry of Defence procurement agency (DGA)'s technical directorate.

    In March 2014, Mr. POUPARD was appointed Director General of ANSSI. Guillaume POUPARD is married and father of three children. He is 41 years old.