Dr Greg Austin

Dr Greg Austin is a Professor in the UNSW Canberra Cyber. He concurrently serves as a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute (EWI), with offices in New York, Palo Alto, Brussels and Moscow. He is Australia’s leading research scholar on international security aspects of cyber space affairs. He coordinates a Research Group on Cyber War and Peace at UNSW and leads international research projects on cyber security policy. He set up Australia’s first Master’s degree in Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy (which has few peers anywhere in the world), and teaches four subjects in this degree. Greg is a member of the Cyber Security Advisory Council for the Australian state of New South Wales and a member of the Advisory Board for the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, registered in the United States. He has published two books on cyber policy on China (2014 and 2018), one of a tiny group of scholars to do so. His other publications include five books on Asian security affairs (four are on China), each with a strong interdisciplinary focus, and one additional edited volume on energy security. His research interests concentrate on cyber strategy and diplomacy, security policies of China and Russia, countering violent extremism, and national security ethics. He has held seven university appointments, all in world class universities or departments: War Studies at King’s College (Senior Visiting Fellow), Peace Studies at Bradford (Associate Professor), International Relations at ANU in Australia (Fellow). He has held posts in Australian security policy as Ministerial adviser, parliamentary committee secretary, international intelligence liaison officer and intelligence analyst.

Major General Marcus Thompson

Major General Marcus Thompson was born and raised in country Victoria. On graduation from the Royal Military College in 1988 he was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. He served in a variety of command, regimental and Special Operations appointments including; Command of the 3rd Combat Signals Regiment, secondment to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) as the Senior Advisor Defence Policy and Operations, Headquarters Special Operations as the Director General Special Operations Capability, and Commander 6th Combat Support Brigade.

Major General Thompson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with honours from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from Deakin University, and a PhD in Cyber Security from the University of New South Wales.

Major General Thompson has held the appointment of the Deputy Chief Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force since July 2017.

Kevin C. Desouza

Kevin C. Desouza is a Professor of Business, Technology and Strategy in the School of Management at the QUT Business School. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the China Institute for Urban Governance at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has held tenured faculty appointments at the University of Washington, Virginia Tech, and Arizona State University. In addition, he has held or holds visiting appointments at several institutions including the London School of Economics and Political Science, Università Bocconi, University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of Ljubljana. Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books. He has published more than 100 articles in journals across a range of disciplines including information systems, information science, public administration, political science, technology management, and urban affairs. A number of outlets have featured his work including Sloan Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Research, Forbes, Businessweek, Wired, Governing, Slate.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, PBS, and Computerworld.

Dr. Oleksandr (Alex) Kyselevskyi

Dr. Oleksandr (Alex) Kyselevskyi is one of the founders, acting Managing Partner, Member of Supervisory Board and Chief Scientific Advisor of Intecracy Group (Ukraine). Dr. Kyselevskyi has an Extensive experience and Scientific researches in the fields of Applied mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical modelling; Mechanics, Flight mechanics, Telecommunications; Complex systems control, modelling & optimization; IT Security/Cyber Security; Cryptology and its applications  His background includes the education in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine (Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics), work at the Institute of Mechanics of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics) as Senior Researcher, Scientific Adviser; Associated Professor of the Chair of General Mathematic; at National University of Annaba (Algeria) as Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Informatics, Scientific Advisor of Postgraduate studies. At Softline JSC as Vice –President for Strategic Projects.  Dr. Kyselevskyi scientific and lecturer experience helps him in his current work, focusing on Cyber Security and Cryptography now.  He leads and conducts many projects on IT and Cyber Security for government and commercial companies in Ukraine and abroad.

Michael Ryzhoukhin

Michael Ryzhoukhin has an Extensive experience and Scientific researches in the fields of IT, New Generation Telecommunications design (including technologies of full information cryptographic protection – as CEO),System Integrations Management & Quality Management (as Ericsson - Senior Project Manager), Applied mathematics, Physics, Theoretical physics (as Chief Project Manager), Complex systems control, modeling & optimization (as Chief Project Manager), Mechanics, Flight mechanics, Navigation & High-precision weapons design (MIPT).

His background includes the education in Moscow Institute of Physics & Technical (MIPT), Department of Control Theory and Applied Mathematics, work at Ukraine National Academy of Sciences Cybernetics Institute (Kiev) as Associate Research Officer, Head of Group, Chief Projects Manager & System Architect, at Ukraine National Academy of Sciences, Mathematical Machines & Systems Problems Institute(Kiev) as Chief Projects Manager, at SIGMA-C GMBH (Germany, Munich), as Project Manager, at Ericsson as Senior Project Manager.

Main customers he worked with, were such famous USSR companies as S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation, Molniya Scientific and Industrial Enterprise (NPO Molniya) - Moscow, A.F.Mozhaysky Military Space-Engineering Academy -St. Petersburg, Federal State Unitary Enterprise "NPO Mashinostroyenia" (NPOM) - Reutov, Moscow Institute of Heating Engineering, Cosmonaut's Training Center - Zvezdny gorodok (Star city), Antonov Design Bureau - Kiev etc.

Mr. Ryzhoukhin scientific and professional experience helps him in his current work, focusing on Cyber Security, Cryptography and Telecommunications now.  He leads and conducts many projects on IT and Cyber Security for government and commercial companies in Ukraine and abroad.

Michael Widmann

Michael Widmann is Branch Lead, Strategy Branch of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE)

Commander Michael Widmann was educated at the United States Naval Academy earning a B.S. in Economics and the Naval Postgraduate School earning a M.S. in Space Systems Operations. Michael was commissioned in the United States Navy in 2000 as a Surface Warfare Officer.

In 2005 he became an Information Professional Officer specializing in Naval Communications. His follow-on tours included Information Assurance Officer, Officer in Charge of Afghan National Security Forces Networks and Radios, Operations Officer, Service Chief Representative at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and Staff Officer at the NATO C2 COE.

Commander Michael Widmann reported to the NATO CCD COE in August 2016.

Dr Paul Lieber

Dr. Paul Lieber is an award-winning scholar and practitioner on global strategic communication and information operations, with over two dozen scholarly publications on these topics. A Resident Senior Fellow at United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)’s Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), he’s served as the Command Writer for two USSOCOM Commanders, likewise Strategic Communication Advisor to the Commander of Special Operations Command-Australia.

Within academic environs, Dr. Lieber was a member of the Graduate faculty at Emerson College, University of South Carolina, and the University of Canberra, respectively. Within these roles, he taught across the entire strategic communication curriculum, with a research emphasis on social media-based persuasion and methodological design.

Dr. Lieber holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs and a Masters of Mass Communication from Louisiana State University, likewise a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University

Bryan Cunningham

Bryan Cunningham, CPRI Executive Director is a leading international expert on cybersecurity law and policy, a former White House lawyer and adviser and a media commentator on cybersecurity, technology and surveillance issues. He has appeared on Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and other networks.

Cunningham has extensive experience in senior U.S. government intelligence and law enforcement positions. He served as Deputy Legal Adviser to then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. He also served six years in the Clinton Administration as a senior CIA officer and federal prosecutor. He drafted significant portions of the Homeland Security Act and related legislation, helping to shepherd them through Congress. He was a principal contributor to the first National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, worked closely with the 9/11 Commission and provided legal advice to the President, National Security Advisor, the National Security Council, and other senior government officials on intelligence, terrorism, cyber security and other related matters.

Cunningham is a founding partner of the Washington, DC-Los Angeles firm Cunningham Levy Muse and his law practice has included assisting Fortune 500 and multinational companies to comply with complex, and often conflicting, legal regulations under U.S. federal law, myriad state laws and the numerous specific requirements in the European Union and other overseas jurisdictions.

Mr. Cunningham was founding vice-chair of the American Bar Association Cyber Security Privacy Task Force and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement for his work on information issues.  He has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Biodefense Analysis, the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Cyber Security Task Force. He is also the principal author of legal and ethics chapters in several cybersecurity textbooks.

Dr Dave Ormrod

Dr Dave Ormrod has served on operations in Iraq and worked with multi-national forces in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States over 22 years of military service. Dave’s experience includes a variety of leadership and capability development roles. He is a qualified Capability Technology Manager and a Joint Coalition Information Operations (J39) officer. Dave has extensive practical leadership, management, cyber security, wargaming and simulation experience.

Dave is a PhD graduate of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), with published research in the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, Journal of Defence Modelling and Simulation, International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism and the recent Cyber Resilience of Systems and Networks.

Dave’s research themes explore cyber-effects, modelling and simulation, artificial intelligence, and the underpinnings of social networks and influence activities. Dave is certified with the Australian Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA). Dave is also a Project Management Professional (PMP), a member of the SAP Defence Interest Group Security Working Group, the UNSW Australian Centre for Cyber Security Cyber War and Peace Research Group and the United States Military Cyber Professionals Association.

Lior Tabansky

Lior Tabansky is a scholar of cyber power at Tel Aviv University’s Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center. His current research interests are National Innovation Systems and cybersecurity capacity building; hostile Influence operations via Social Media; comparative defense adaptation.

Lior's doctoral dissertation "Explaining National Cyber Insecurity: A New Strategic Defense Adaptation Analytical Framework" (Tel Aviv University, School of Government and Politics 2018) explains why even the most developed nations remain so exposed to destructive cyberattacks on strategic homeland targets by foreign states.

“Cybersecurity in Israel,” Mr Tabansky's 2015 book co-authored with Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, is the first comprehensive "insider" account of Israeli policy and operations. 

John Curry

John Curry is a Senior Lecturer in Games Development and Cyber Security at Bath Spa University, UK. His research specialisms include: modelling international confrontations and developing new ways to gaming cyber conflict. He has worked on games for the Ministry of Defence, companies in the City of London and other public organisations. In 2018, he was the lead umpire for a game for the Pentagon (Office of Net Assessment). He is also a senior associate for Anquan Cyber and an analyst for the Wikistrat Consultancy. He has also authored/ co-authored/ edited more than 80 books on various aspects of wargaming. His next book due to published in 2019 is The Handbook of Cyber Wargames: Wargaming the 21st Century. 

Munish Sharma

Munish Sharma is a Consultant in the Strategic Technologies Centre at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, India. He is an engineering graduate (Electronics and Communications) and holds a masters in Geopolitics and International Relations. Prior to masters, he was a software engineer for four years with Accenture Services. 

His research interests include cybersecurity, critical information infrastructure protection, space security and geopolitical aspects of emerging technologies. He analyses technologies such as quantum computing and encryption, blockchain, Artificial Intelligence from geopolitical perspective and concepts like cyber power, cyber espionage and cyber deterrence in the context of China. Munish has authored research papers, articles, briefs and commentaries for various journals, magazines and websites. His recent publications include: India's Strategic Options in a Changing Cyberspace (2008), Cherian Samuel and Munish Sharma; “Decrypting China’s Quantum Leap,” The China Journal, no. 80 (July 2018); Securing Critical Information Infrastructure: Global Perspectives and Practices (2017); Securing Cyberspace: International and Asian Perspectives (2016), Cherian Samuel and Munish Sharma (eds.). He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow for 2017-18.


Dr Daniels Skodnik

Dr Daniels Skodnik currently serves as a Governing Body Member, for Defence and Security Policy, of the World Research Centre, a group holding company comprised of research centres registered in Canada, the United States, France, Japan and India. From 2013 to 2016, she was Deputy Commandant and Dean of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense College.

Dr Daniels is the first woman to have been elected by the NATO Military Committee to senior

leadership roles at the NATO Defense College. As Dean, she was the functional head of all academic matters and was responsible for Professional Military Education (PME) and through research and outreach for the advancement of NATO policies. As Deputy Commandant, she advised on political, diplomatic and complex security issues in support of NATO's strategic priorities and challenges to the security of the Alliance.

With more than two decades of senior military and high-profile academic appointments, she lends her expertise at the nexus of international organizations, governments, academia and think tanks.

She has held multiple leadership and management roles in the defence and military sectors dealing with international security, and more recently, with PME as well as NATO policy. She continues to teach, mentor and advise in the fields of international security, NATO policy and the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy. She has also worked extensively, on a bilateral basis, with military and academic institutions worldwide. She has received a number of military awards including General Maister Medal, Armed Forces Medal, ‘Defending the Nation in 1991’ Award. She departed the military service in 2011 with the rank of Colonel while she completed her doctoral studies in Political Science with the thesis focussed on NATO – EU relations and shared strategic interests.

She holds a PhD in Political Science (Political Theory) from LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome (2012), an MA in International Law from the University of Maribor (2006), and a BA in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Ljubljana (2002). Her research focuses on geopolitics, international security policy and defence. Her current research emphasis is on cyber warfare, the future of war, and the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Defence and Security.


Siim Alatalu

Siim Alatalu joined the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in January 2015. As Head of International Relations, his primary role was to lead the development of the Centre’s relations with its growing network of partners from government, military, academia and industry. In 2018 he joined the Centre’s Strategy Branch, being in charge of cyber strategy and policy research and training related to NATO and the European Union, as well as providing subject matter expertise to the Centre’s other flagship projects such as the strategic decision-making layer of exercise Locked Shields.

His prior professional career includes several advisory and managerial positions at the Estonian Ministry of Defence and the Estonian Delegation to NATO. During the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017, he also co-led the development of EU’s cyber policy and strategy, being the Vice Chair of the Council’s Horizontal Working Party for Cyber Issues.


Dr. Sylvain (Sly) Leblanc 

Dr. Sylvain (Sly) Leblanc is an Associate Professor in Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), where he is also serving as Interim Chair for Cybersecurity. He was a Canadian Army Signals Officer for over 20 years, when he developed his interest in computer network operations.

His research interests are in computer security and computer network operations with major efforts in Network Counter-Surveillance Operations, Vulnerability & Security Assessments and Cyber Education.

Dr. Leblanc’s major industrial collaborations are with the Director Cyber Operations Force Development with whom he works on Cyber Policy Conceptual Development and with the Canadian Army’s Land Cyber Mission Assurance Program.


Monica Kaminska

Monica Kaminska is a Research Affiliate at the Oxford Centre for Technology and Global Affairs and a PhD Candidate in Cyber Security at Oxford’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. Her doctoral research focuses on how states deal with cyber security and how they respond to hostile cyber operations. Monica has previously investigated election interference through social media and the presence of misinformation and automated activity on technology platforms, particularly during the 2017 General Election in the UK. Prior to coming to Oxford, Monica worked in the professional services sector in London and also has experience with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She regularly collaborates with Oxford Analytica as an expert contributor. Monica holds an MPhil in Geographical Research from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.


Tom Sear

Tom Sear is a PhD candidate in Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra Cyber at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). His PhD examines sociotechnical security in an era of hyperhistory through a focus on social media.  His research focuses on how pivotal cultural mythologies are incorporated into cyberspace, contribute to informational national identity and civic culture, and might offer protection against influence operations. Tom has made significant public contributions of analytical scholarship to cyber manipulation by Russia and China in the Australian infosphere. Tom came to UNSW CBR, ADFA from a career in higher education research policy and grants administration including Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS). Tom has also had a long association with the international Special Operations network.


Adam P. Henry

Adam P. Henry is Director at Henry Strategic, an Adjunct Lecturer at the UNSW Canberra Cyber and participates in other key projects and programs. He is a cybersecurity education, skills and workforce development expert and researcher. Adam has spoken widely at major conferences in Australia and abroad. He has extensive experience in digital and cyber leadership including transformation, developing, leading and executing technology business solutions and strategies. He is a new thought leader in this field, pushing the boundaries with his research while implementing practical solutions to this global issue. 


Dr Jim Q. Chen

Dr. Jim Q. Chen, Ph.D. is Professor of Cyber Studies in the College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) at the U.S. National Defense University (NDU). His expertise is in cyber warfare, cyber deterrence, cyber strategy, cybersecurity technology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Based on his research, he has authored and published numerous peer-reviewed papers, articles, and book chapters on these topics. He has also taught courses on these topics. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. He received the Graduate Certificate of Information Assurance and Security, Information Assurance Education from Purdue University.


Christopher Dufour

Christopher Dufour serves as a subject matter expert, researcher, senior instructor, and content developer for BlackHorse Solutions, Inc with specific focus on countering foreign influence and digital persuasion. Dufour designed, developed, and executed BlackHorse’s CASO™ course, which trains an innovative critical thinking approach to digital research. He has trained hundreds of federal, military, intelligence, and private sector researchers from multiple countries in innovative digital methodologies. He has designed programs of instruction and associated training for modern digital influence, focusing on the intersection of web-based technologies used by global adversarial actors to achieve strategic outcomes. As part of this work, he has written about and participated in research concerning journalism’s role in defense against adversarial influence attacks, computational propaganda, meme warfare, advertising technology/data, and the inoculation of populations against nefarious cognitive influence. He has produced case studies describing the malign influence from strategic level actors as well as assessments of those actors’ tactics adopted by homegrown extremist movements. Dufour’s work with BlackHorse in these areas supports elements of the U.S. Department of Defense, the State Department, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and several international organizations to include Australia’s Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG). Dufour presently supports skill development in U.S. information operations (IO), military information support operations (MISO), and the digital applications thereof.

Prior to joining BlackHorse, Dufour was a plankholder at the U.S. Army IED Task Force (and later the Joint IED Task Force and JIEDDO), a program manager for influence operations and irregular warfare at the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), a digital influence researcher, and an independent social media marketing consultant. His practical skills include digital applications of psychological operations, strategic communication, public diplomacy support, and other information-based disciplines. Dufour possesses a Masters in Government and Communications from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. He graduated with top honors for his thesis on reforming the U.S. national security apparatus toward shared purpose and effect. He frequently speaks and writes on emerging digital technology and the legal, ethical use of that technology for national security and executive protection purposes.


Dr Scott Knight

Dr Scott Knight is a Professor and Chair of Cyber Security at the Royal Military College of Canada.  Dr Knight was a pilot in the Canadian Air Force his later military experience was focused the development of secure computing networks to be used for handling classified and national security related information.  He was also a military faculty member at RMC where he founded the Computer Security Laboratory, and he continues to lead this research group in his present appointment.  This research group has a close working relationship with the Canadian Forces Information Operations Group and the Communications Security Establishment, and focuses on computer network defence and support to cyber operations.