Speakers


CyberCon Connect will showcase an impressive line up of speakers. Get to know some of our industry leading speakers and check back regularly as new speakers are added to the program.
Stephanie BendixsenStephanie Bendixsen

Stephanie Bendixsen

Conference Host
Stephanie Bendixsen (known by her gamer tag Hex) is an Australian video game critic and television presenter. Bendixsen began her career in 2009 when she joined Good Game as its first full-time female...
Stephanie Bendixsen

Stephanie Bendixsen

Stephanie Bendixsen (known by her gamer tag Hex) is an Australian video game critic and television presenter.

Bendixsen began her career in 2009 when she joined Good Game as its first full-time female presenter, after submitting her own written game reviews and screen testing for the role. It was, truly, a dream come true - as she’d been a long-time fan of the show and had longed to take her place in the reviewer’s chair.

Stephanie has since become a well-known presence in the gaming industry, championing the positive representation of women in video games, as well as their place within the industry itself.

A public profile has provided Bendixsen with a platform through which she can act as a strong and confident voice for women in the gaming community. She has spoken on a number of panels at various gaming events, discussing everything from opportunities for women in the industry – to the necessity of having strong, compelling female characters in games. She has also participated in writers’ festivals across the country with video game story writers and developers to discuss the process of building a narrative in games.

Bendixsen’s previous credits also include Foxtel’s Thrones 360 and National Geographic’s Only in Australia.

In addition to her on-screen exploits, Stephanie’s released her first book for readers aged 8+ with Scholastic Australia. Bendixsen is also a regular columnist for the Herald Sun.

In addition to her passionate love of gaming, Stephanie has always been heavily immersed in all aspects of geek culture. She enjoys science fiction, fantasy, collecting swords and figurines and occasionally slinging arrows at her local archery club. She is also a dedicated servant to her two female overlords, Gandalf and Merlin.

Victor DominelloVictor Dominello

The Hon Victor Dominello MP

Minister for Customer Service, Minister for Digital
Victor Dominello is a senior Minister in the NSW Government, having held various portfolios over the last decade including Aboriginal Affairs, Innovation and Finance. In 2019, he was appointed Austral...
Victor Dominello

The Hon Victor Dominello MP

Victor Dominello is a senior Minister in the NSW Government, having held various portfolios over the last decade including Aboriginal Affairs, Innovation and Finance. In 2019, he was appointed Australia’s first Minister for Customer Service and in 2021 became the inaugural Minister for Digital.

Victor Dominello believes the use of real-time data and technology are the most powerful tools to improve quality of life and reduce suffering.

Victor is a member of the Crisis Cabinet that has led the NSW response to Covid-19. His focus, delivering digital solutions such as the Service NSW QR code check-in feature and the real-time data analysis informing the state’s response.

During his time in the portfolio Victor has been the driving force behind the roll out of the Digital Driver Licence and ePlanning, the establishment of the $1.6 billion Digital Restart Fund and the rapid expansion of the Service NSW app, including its world-leading use of QR codes to deliver the Dine and Discover vouchers.

Christophe Doche

Associate Professor in Cyber Security, University of Wollongong
Dr Christophe DOCHE is currently Associate Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Wollongong. In 2016, he became Executive Director of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub, a $1...

Christophe Doche

Dr Christophe DOCHE is currently Associate Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Wollongong.

In 2016, he became Executive Director of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub, a $10 million collaboration between Macquarie University and Optus. The Cyber Security Hub is the first initiative of this kind in Australia, linking academics in information security, business, criminology, intelligence, law and psychology with industry experts.

As part of this role, he developed deep collaborations with the cyber security ecosystem and introduced several successful academic programs to address the cyber security skills gap. He also led the executive education program and managed the design and delivery of short courses to more than 400 Optus staff. In 2019, he created an event called CyBSA (Cyber Breach Simulation Australia), the first open and large-scale simulation of a cyberattack against a fictional organisation in Australia.

His current research expertise lies in cryptography, more specifically in the design of efficient and secure public-key cryptographic algorithms and he is one of the editors of the Handbook of Elliptic and Hyperelliptic Curve Cryptography.

He was awarded a PhD in Algorithmic Number Theory in 2000 from the University of Bordeaux in France.

Braam Broodryk

Head of Security Strategy
Braam has more than 25 years of international experience in a variety of Security, Technology management and advisory roles, including risk management, auditing, offensive security and strategy. He ha...

Braam Broodryk

Braam has more than 25 years of international experience in a variety of Security, Technology management and advisory roles, including risk management, auditing, offensive security and strategy.

He has built, led and managed teams within Infrastructure, Development and Security environments, set corporate security and technology strategies, brought new products to market, run cyber transformation programs and engagements.

Sally A Illingworth

Co-Founder and COO, LAMPS Media
Sally is a strategic communications advisor and practitioner with a distinguished ability to assimilate, analyse and interpret information. Sally is highly regarded for her approach to narrative desig...

Sally A Illingworth

Sally is a strategic communications advisor and practitioner with a distinguished ability to assimilate, analyse and interpret information. Sally is highly regarded for her approach to narrative design and influence development. Passionate about communicating complex things simply, Sally works with startup and enterprise technology brands on brand awareness, content creation and demand generation initiatives.

Recognised globally as one of Australia's most prolific LinkedIn personalities, Sally is an astute content marketer. As the co-founder and COO of LAMPS Media, Sally and her team own and operate The Reboot Show - a technology focussed digital platform that provides informative and engaging content on technology related topics.

Sally is the Co Author of Wiley published '5G AI Enabled Automation', was one of 12 industry expert contributors to SAP's 2018 White Paper on the Impact of Emerging Tech on Retail, and in 2021 is recognised by News Corp as the 76th Most Powerful Woman to the Northern Territory of Australia.

Marco Figueroa

Former CISO NSW Customer Services
I hold 20 years of extensive experience in senior management roles inclusive of 10 years of cyber leadership responsibilities in government, leading ASX fast-moving consumer goods with international o...

Marco Figueroa

I hold 20 years of extensive experience in senior management roles inclusive of 10 years of cyber leadership responsibilities in government, leading ASX fast-moving consumer goods with international operations in Asia Pacific region, non-government and not for profit organisations managing information/cyber security and technology risk. As a senior executive I operate with an agile and high performing mindset set to achieving strategic and tactical outcomes by inspiring, empowering and supporting people whilst encouraging collaboration and information sharing.

My career objective is to add value to organisations pursuing opportunities in digital transformation programs by developing, implementing and accelerating the speed of secure, resilient and reliable systems through innovation, best practice, leadership and end state vision.

My professional goal is to provide cyber security and technology risk leadership by setting a meaningful cyber strategy, driving its implementation, and ensuring cyber risks are managed within the desired organisational risk appetite. This aim is accomplished through a meticulous risk-oriented approach towards investment prioritisation and the associated selective use of cyber defence technologies, architectures, policies and advanced technology risk governance frameworks designed to protect digital assets, corporate and personal identifiable information in a structured and documented manner.

Jacqueline Kernot

Partner, EY
Jacqui is a senior Cyber Security, and Risk Management professional with over 20 years’ experience. She is currently a Cyber Partner within EY’s Financial Services Organisation, where she is also the...

Jacqueline Kernot

Jacqui is a senior Cyber Security, and Risk Management professional with over 20 years’ experience. She is currently a Cyber Partner within EY’s Financial Services Organisation, where she is also the FSO Consulting APAC Lead for Diversity and Inclusion. Jacqui has dealt with government, federal government, enterprise, carrier and FSI clients within Australia and the UK. She has regular engagement with C level executives in risk and security across both countries.

Jacqui is frequently asked to present on cyber and risk at various conferences globally and within Australia. She is an Inaugural Fellow of the Australian Information Security Association. A former Intelligence officer with the ADF, Jacqui’s focus was Special Forces Planning, NATO engagement and Information Operations.

She is also a founding partner of the Better Cyber Security Coalition, a global group leading thinking on new ways to approach cyber security problems and Chair of the largest and longest running body for women in the IT industry, Females in IT and Telecommunication (FITT), as well as a founding member of the CyberShift Alliance.

Nicholas Martin

Head of Property and Security, AGL Energy
With a career of over 25 years that spans defence, major events, senior corporate positions, and strategic and risk management consulting, Nicholas has experienced first hand the challenges of success...

Nicholas Martin

With a career of over 25 years that spans defence, major events, senior corporate positions, and strategic and risk management consulting, Nicholas has experienced first hand the challenges of successfully delivering security and crisis management programs in both corporate and complex operating environments.

Nicholas started his working career as a Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diving Officer. On completion of his 11 years service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Nicholas held senior operational roles in the Sydney 2000, Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games and the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

The next chapter in Nicholas’s career began with his role as General Manager Security, Strategy at Telstra where he aligned Telstra’s large and diverse regulatory and commercial security services and functions. After nearly four years with Telstra Nicholas assumed the role of Head of Global Security, Macquarie Bank.

Greg McKenna

CEO, Police Bank
I've worked in Banking, Finance, Investments, Economics and Markets for more than 30 years. I am interested in the behavioural aspects of humans interactions with the economy and with corporations, Th...

Greg McKenna

I've worked in Banking, Finance, Investments, Economics and Markets for more than 30 years.

I am interested in the behavioural aspects of humans interactions with the economy and with corporations, That's especially the case when it comes to the human and organisational impacts of technological change on people’s lives and the evolution of business models and organisational structures.

And amid this changing landscape what could be more important than a sense of community, of belonging, and of building a strong bank with members at the heart of everything it does. I've attained a bachelor of Business from Monash University, a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sarah Morgan

Partner, Media and Communication, Vaxa Group
Sarah Morgan is a respected communications specialist with a strong focus on media relations, issue and crisis communications, custom publications, content marketing and stakeholder engagement. Combin...

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan is a respected communications specialist with a strong focus on media relations, issue and crisis communications, custom publications, content marketing and stakeholder engagement. Combining her 19 years of experience as a print and online journalist and corporate communications professional, Sarah has made a name for herself for delivering innovative, targeted and strategic marketing and communications programs that far surpassed original KPIs and briefs.

Sarah was a senior print journalist with several regional newspapers, magazines and online publications in Australia and England, with a key focus on business, property, food and lifestyle. Now she’s a respected communications expert with a vast array of projects, strategies and campaigns to her name. Sarah has worked across a vast range of industries such as recruitment and HR, technology, retail, resources, mining, travel, hospitality, extractive industries, construction, property and not-for-profit organisations.

Sarah has provided strategic communication and stakeholder engagement project management for companies such as Mantle Group, James Squire, RCSA, Clubs Queensland, Cover-More Travel Insurance, InvoCare, Johnathan Thurston Academy, The Big Pineapple, the former five-star Hyatt Regency Coolum resort, Lendlease, Coles Development, Hanson Construction and several residential and commercial development projects throughout Australia.

Abhishek Singh

CIO, UNICEF Australia
Abhishek is currently the Head of Technology, Cyber Security and Privacy (CIO) at UNICEF Australia. He takes great pride in working for UNICEF and in being able to help all children — especially the m...

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek is currently the Head of Technology, Cyber Security and Privacy (CIO) at UNICEF Australia. He takes great pride in working for UNICEF and in being able to help all children — especially the most disadvantaged and marginalised— to lead safe, healthy lives and realise their full potential. The focus of his role is to develop, deploy and manage UNICEF Australia’s technology and Cyber security strategy which aligns with the Digital fundraising and Marketing objectives of the organisation.

As an IT leader, he brings to the table a unique blend of Technology Strategy, Service Management, Solution & delivery skills, Consulting experience with a passion for donor Centricity and innovation. He has over 20 years of experience, working across various industries, international locations, and technologies, providing leadership, and creating value for large organisations. He has worked in the NFP sector for the last 2 years.

In the past, he has worked in the service provider industry which equips him with many digital technology skills and where customer centricity is ingrained. Abhishek is passionate about Cyber Security and privacy, has led managed security initiatives, worked on many security technologies, and believes in Security by Design.

Anders Sörman-Nilsson

Author and Start up founder of Thinque
Anders Sörman-Nilsson (EMBA / LLB) is a futurist and the founder of the think tank and trend analysis firm - Thinque, which provides data-based research, foresight and thought leadership assets for gl...

Anders Sörman-Nilsson

Anders Sörman-Nilsson (EMBA / LLB) is a futurist and the founder of the think tank and trend analysis firm - Thinque, which provides data-based research, foresight and thought leadership assets for global brands across 4 continents.

The company's vision is to disseminate and decode ‘avant-garde ideas which expand minds and inspire a change of heart’, and clients like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, McKinsey, Jaguar Land Rover, Adobe, MINI, Rugby New Zealand and Lego trust his future guidance. He is an awarded keynote speaker who helps leaders decode trends, decipher what’s next and turn provocative questions into proactive answers.

He has published 3 books on digital transformation and innovation including Aftershock (2020), Seamless (2017) and Digilogue (2013), is a member of TEDGlobal, and was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2019.

He is the author of the 2020 Microsoft & Thinque whitepaper How Artificial Intelligence is powering Australian Retail in 2020 and beyond and the co-creator of the Adobe Creative (CQ) Intelligence test. His futurist thinking has been shared by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Review, Monocle, BBC, Esquire and ABC TV.

Amy Ormrod

Director Cybersecurity & Digital Trust, PWC
Amy is a Director within the Cybersecurity and Digital Trust practice at PwC, based in Canberra. Amy has experience leading transformation delivery teams in Australia and New Zealand. Amy specialises...

Amy Ormrod

Amy is a Director within the Cybersecurity and Digital Trust practice at PwC, based in Canberra. Amy has experience leading transformation delivery teams in Australia and New Zealand. Amy specialises in Federal Government clients with a focus on Defence and National Security.

Most recently, Amy has participated in several international engagements including cyber-security research as it relates to future Defence applications, gamification workshops and wargaming forums. Amy’s cyber interests focus on threat intelligence and emulation, human decision-making, culture and behaviours involved in the strategic application and delivery of cyber effects.

David OrmrodDavid Ormrod

David Ormrod

Company Director, Cygence
Dr Dave Ormrod has 25 years of international experience across Defence, Government, Telecommunication and Academic sectors. Dave adopts a risk-based, intelligence-led and mission-focused approach, as...
David Ormrod

David Ormrod

Dr Dave Ormrod has 25 years of international experience across Defence, Government, Telecommunication and Academic sectors. Dave adopts a risk-based, intelligence-led and mission-focused approach, as a trusted partner for strategic cyber-security advice against various threats and across different ecosystems.

Dave has a PhD in Computer Science and is a member of the Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP). Dave enjoys collecting Scotch Whisky and books between adventures.

Adam CunninghamAdam Cunningham

Adam Cunningham

Head of Offensive Security, IAG
Adam Cunningham has been working in the industry for 20+ years, coming from a penetration testing and consulting background Adam has developed Deloittes Cyber Intelligence Centre’s, the fraud and cybe...
Adam Cunningham

Adam Cunningham

Adam Cunningham has been working in the industry for 20+ years, coming from a penetration testing and consulting background Adam has developed Deloittes Cyber Intelligence Centre’s, the fraud and cybercrimes unit of QLD police and ran the design and engineering business for Telstra’s security products.

Adam currently works for IAG Heading up their Offensive Security practice developing and delivering security services to IAG and it’s subsidiaries.

Wayne BaskinWayne Baskin

Wayne Baskin

Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer, Booktopia
If happiness is receiving what you ordered online, you can thank Wayne Baskin. He recently won the Industry Recognition Award at the Online Retail Industry Awards which is the highest award an individ...
Wayne Baskin

Wayne Baskin

If happiness is receiving what you ordered online, you can thank Wayne Baskin. He recently won the Industry Recognition Award at the Online Retail Industry Awards which is the highest award an individual can receive in the Australian Online Retail Industry. It’s little wonder he’s been on the Top 50 People in eCommerce for the past 5 years and ranked Number 8 in 2019.

Wayne started humbly enough as Booktopia’s first developer in 2008. In his first 5 years, he built the company’s bespoke website, their custom Warehouse Management System and was responsible for the implementation of the business’s pricing and inventory algorithms. All in all, the systems he built for Booktopia enabled them to grow to $130 million in revenue.

Today, in his position as Deputy CEO, Wayne is responsible for the overall business strategy, vision and customer experience while also overseeing logistics and the businesses pricing and inventory strategy. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Wayne oversees all R&D for both Booktopia and Angus & Robertson which includes all system development and the business’s integrations into external systems and third-party channels.

Wayne is a generous and thoughtful communicator who has a wealth eCommerce knowledge and experience. This allows him to produce actionable insights to business operations and strategy.

Kate HealyKate Healy

Kate Healy

Head of Security Google Cloud ANZ, Google
Kate is the Head of Security Google Cloud, AuNZ where she leads the security practice, is an advocate for Google Security and helps customers with secure cloud adoption. With a global Cyber security c...
Kate Healy

Kate Healy

Kate is the Head of Security Google Cloud, AuNZ where she leads the security practice, is an advocate for Google Security and helps customers with secure cloud adoption.

With a global Cyber security career of over 20 years, including 5 years in Singapore, Kate has been involved in setting the strategy of some of the largest security transformation projects in Australia.

Kate has held senior roles across some of the largest organisations in Australia (including Telstra, Aleron Security and Commonwealth Bank) and continues to help organisations better manage their Cyber Risk. Kate specialises in designing organisational wide security strategies, identifying emerging trends and innovative controls, translating cyber regulatory requirements and delivering change in processes and technology to reduce risk. Kate’s passion is protecting individuals from the threats of cyber.

Nick Kaldas

Managing Director, Kaldas and Associates
Nick served for 35 years as a Police Officer in NSW Police, the last ten years as Deputy Commissioner. Led a number of significant United Nations investigations and operations, including the investiga...

Nick Kaldas

Nick served for 35 years as a Police Officer in NSW Police, the last ten years as Deputy Commissioner. Led a number of significant United Nations investigations and operations, including the investigation into the assassination of the Lebanese P.M. Hariri and 21 related assassinations; the Joint UN/OPCW investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and held the position of Director of Internal Oversight in UNRWA, a major U.N. body, based in the Middle East.

NIck holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration and an Honorary Doctorate in Letters from Western Sydney University.

Branko NinkovicBranko Ninkovic

Branko Ninkovic

Board Member, AISA
Branko Ninkovic is the founder and Executive Director of Dragonfly Technologies. Founded in 2005, Dragonfly is a thriving cyber security practice servicing Australia's most security conscious ASX list...
Branko Ninkovic

Branko Ninkovic

Branko Ninkovic is the founder and Executive Director of Dragonfly Technologies. Founded in 2005, Dragonfly is a thriving cyber security practice servicing Australia's most security conscious ASX listed organisations. With over 20 years of experience specialising in cyber security, Branko has worked with many well-known and trusted brands to build in their cyber defences. Prior to Dragonfly's inception, Branko held several Technology Leadership roles in Macquarie Bank and Brambles Australia.

Branko is known for his innovative and collaborative approach, coupled with a leadership style that has allowed those that work with him the freedom to explore new and innovative practices. A key to Branko's success is his ability to develop strong, enduring partnerships which are outcomes-driven, providing value to all involved. As a thought leader, Branko is also a knowledgeable and engaging speaker on cybersecurity and business who has spoken at numerous international events.

In addition, Branko is also the cofounder of a healthcare startup, VAXXIN8, a digital platform whose mission is to protect healthcare workers from vaccination preventable diseases. VAXXIN8 was selected as one of the first participants to participate in the Australian Federal Government's Landing Pad program in San Francisco to launch in the North American Market.

Branko has been an AISA member since 2008 and has held prior roles on the ASIA National Board as an advisor between 2009 and 2011. He has volunteered his time in several capacities to help build and advance the industry through AISA. Before joining the board, Branko was the Sydney Branch Chair and was honoured to receive the AISA Branch Chair of the Year in 2019 in response and recognition of his leadership.

Outside of his work in AISA and Dragonfly, Branko is also a volunteer and committee member for the inaugural Sydney FAIR Institute Chapter since 2018. The FAIR Institute is a non-profit professional organisation dedicated to advancing measuring and managing information risk

Daniel SmithDaniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Hearing Australia, CISO
Daniel is a highly experienced CISO with over 20 years of proven success in enabling and driving Cyber Security, IT Governance, Innovation and Operations. Effective in highly complex environments, he...
Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Daniel is a highly experienced CISO with over 20 years of proven success in enabling and driving Cyber Security, IT Governance, Innovation and Operations. Effective in highly complex environments, he has the leadership and management skills coupled with the experience to propel business transformation

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