The great Australian funding debate
Thursday 28 October 2021
5:30PM – 7:00PM
About the event
Join us for a debate on the current state of procurement and policy as it relates to the emerging technology sectors within Australia. Our host will ask the big questions of guests, with two teams - affirmative and negative - battling it out to highlight the opportunities, challenges and required actions to uplift procurement across the nation.
Co-Founder and CTO, Dtex
As Dtex Co-Founder and CTO, Mohan Koo is widely recognized as a cyber security thought leader with a specific passion for the intersection between security and privacy, helping organizations to define a balanced approach. Mohan has helped pioneer “People-centric Security”, leading Dtex to become the first-ever security vendor to successfully implement a “Privacy by Design” technology platform.
Matthew Wilson is the CEO and a co-founder of Penten, a rapidly growing cyber technology company based in Canberra.
Since its inception in 2014, Penten has grown to 140 staff and won high-profile awards such as: AFR and Boss Most Innovative Company and Cyber Business of the Year in the Australian Defence Industry Awards, 2019 and 2020.
Prior to establishing Penten, Matthew led a team that built a cyber security business acquired by Northrop Grumman and a SaaS (software as a service) company which became part of US listed Mitel.
Matthew is on the board of UK cyber security firm Amiosec, and the UNSW Canberra Cyber Advisory Board.
In 2019, Matthew was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2019 Pearcey Award for technology entrepreneurship in the ACT. In 2020 Matthew received a highly commended in the Male Champion of Change category in the Australian Women in Security Awards.
CEO, Cynch Security
Susie Jones is CEO of Cynch Security, an Australian-owned and managed Cyber Security firm that offers software-as-a-service cyber solutions designed specifically for micro and small business owners. Small businesses are increasingly falling under the watchful eyes of procurement teams, leading to Cynch supporting more and more small businesses and startups responding to complex cyber security questionnaires being churned out by big business. This debate is therefore very close to her heart!
Chief Executive Officer, CyRise
Scott Handsaker is the founding CEO of CyRise, a venture accelerator that invests in the best cyber security startups in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this he cofounded his own venture backed startup, as well as cofounding Startup Victoria.
Partner - Cyber Security, Ernst & Young, FAISA
Jacqui Kernot is a cyber security professional with more than two decades' experience across various verticals including Defence, Space, Intelligence, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Government, both here and in the UK and Europe.
Jacqui speaks regularly on diversity and inclusion, cyber security and risk and the intersection of new technologies with the human dimension of the technology industry. She is currently a partner in EY's cyber security business.
Jacqui has previously led large security businesses in excess of $100M, as well as startups in the cyber industry in several geographies. She is a strong leader and speaker who is passionate about and committed to change in our industry and the workplace, to make work a better human experience. Jacqui also chairs Females in IT and Telecommunications, the longest running and largest organisation for women in tech in Australia.
Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber
Michelle was AustCyber’s inaugural Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary, joining the company in January 2017 and was appointed CEO in April 2018. Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University and developed the blueprint for the ANU Cyber Institute.
Before joining the ANU, she held various strategy and risk management roles across the Australian Government, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Australia’s first Cyber Security Strategy, released in 2016. While at PM&C, she was also the architect of the world’s first national security strategy risk framework and managed the Government’s Coordinated National Security Budget across three federal Budgets.
Michelle is a director on the board of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) and co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Cybersecurity.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Business Law) from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is an alumna of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
MP Tim Watts
Labor Member for Gellibrand, Shadow Asst Minister for Communications & Cyber Security
Tim Watts is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Communications, and the federal Member for Gellibrand. Prior to entering politics he was a senior manager at Telstra and previously served as a Senior Policy Adviser to former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and a Senior Adviser in the Victorian Premier’s Office. Tim began his career as a practicing solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jacques where he specialised in the area of telecommunications law. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Monash University and a Masters in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics.