ADVISORY COUNCIL

Anthony Finkelstein
Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security, HM Government
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Anthony Finkelstein
Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security, HM Government

Anthony is Professor of Software Systems engineering at University College London (UCL) and HM Government Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security. His scientific work is in the broad area of software development tools and processes. Before being appointed to his current role, he was the Head of UCL Computer Science and then Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He has served on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, as a Member of Council of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and was a Founder Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute. He is active as an entrepreneur and is the founder of several start-ups.

Anthony is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). He is also an elected Member of Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to computer science and engineering.

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Christopher Ahlberg
Co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future
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Christopher Ahlberg
Co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future

Dr. Christopher Ahlberg is CEO of Recorded Future, Inc. and Chairman of Hult International Business School. He advises a series of startups. In 2019 Recorded Future was sold to Insight Partners in an all cash transaction for $780M. Earlier Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO for $195M. Spotfire was founded based on his ground-breaking research on information visualization. He has five granted software patents, and multiple pending. Dr. Ahlberg was named among the World’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation in 2002. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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Yuval Diskin
Ex-Director of Israeli Internal Security Service
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Yuval Diskin
Ex-Director of Israeli Internal Security Service

Yuval Diskin is the former Director of the Israel Security Agency which he headed for six years from 2005 – 2011, reporting to the Prime Minister. His responsibilities included counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, Israel’s aviation security, VIP protection, and protecting the nation’s critical cyber and computer-dependent infrastructure facilities from computer-based attacks and destruction. After retiring, Diskin started a new career in the tech sector focusing on cyber security.

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Maria Lewis Kussmaul
Co-Founder of AGC Partners
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Maria Lewis Kussmaul
Co-Founder of AGC Partners

Maria is Co-Founder of AGC Partners, and is a partner in the investment banking group and leads the firm’s cyber security practice. Prior to co-founding AGC, Maria was a co-founder, general and venture partner of Castile Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm. Maria’s early Wall Street career spanned three firms – Smith Barney, Shearson Lehman and Cowen & Co., culminating as global head of Cowen’s data networks & Internet investment banking activities. Previously, she was named to the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for 13 consecutive years. Maria holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Extracurricular:

Maria is a Trustee of the Museum of Science (MoS) in Boston, MA, and chair of the Museum’s Discoverers’ Committee. A former marathoner, Maria now restricts her running to shorter distances and has adopted the annual Washburn Climb of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire’s highest peak, as her chief fundraiser for MoS.  Maria and her husband Wes have three grown children and live in Boston, MA.

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Matt Comyns
Managing Partner of Caldwell
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Matt Comyns
Managing Partner of Caldwell

Matt is the Managing Partner of Caldwell’s Cyber Security Practice and a member of its Stamford office. His focus is on recruiting Chief Information Security Officers and next-level-down top lieutenants in information security for large global corporations and fast-growing private companies, as well as cyber security consultants for leading professional services firms and top executives for cyber security technology companies.

Matt previously led Russell Reynolds Associates’ Global Cyber Security Practice, within the firm’s Technology Sector. Prior to joining the executive search industry, he served as CEO of Pacific Epoch, a consulting firm that specialises in market intelligence and research for U.S.-based companies seeking to invest in and expand into China – until the completion of the firm’s sale. Prior to that, he was a founding partner of BlackInc Ventures, a strategic advisory firm providing clients in the digital media sector with leading outsourced solutions for business, sales and corporate development.

Before launching BlackInk Ventures in 2004, Matt worked with CNET Networks Inc. for nearly seven years, holding various positions including senior vice president/publisher of News.com, vice president of business development, and director of business development at Snap.com. He has also served as a sales manager for Dow Jones Interactive in Asia and as a founding board member of The Online Publishers’ Association.

Matt holds a BA in Political Science from Bucknell University and is conversational in Mandarin. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Music National Service, a national non-profit organisation and movement that supports music as a strategy for public good.

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Min-Liang Tan
Co-Founder & CEO of Razer
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Min-Liang Tan
Co-Founder & CEO of Razer

Min-Liang Tan is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Razer Inc (HKEK Stock Code: 1337). He is also Chairman and CEO of THX Ltd.

His leadership has resulted in the growth of Razer from a two-man startup to a multinational market leader that was honored by Fortune Magazine’s “Unicorn List” in 2015 (private companies valued at US$1 billion or more). Razer went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2017.

Tan was named one of “The 25 Most Creative People in Tech” by Business Insider in 2015. Juniper Research distinguished him as a “Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in Tech” while Tech in Asia has ranked him No. 1 of the 30 top Southeast Asia tech founders. In 2016, he was named one of the “Straits Times Asians of the Year”.

Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore Law School.

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