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“The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and share. When you look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people's lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them" 

   - Rabbi Harold Kushner ~



Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Consultant

CEO & Co-Founder of Meta Defence Labs UK & Sri Lanka

Certified Information security & IT Infrastructure consultant with over 23 years IT experience within a variety of technical and management roles. Helping businesses to assess and implement resilient Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) that align with ISO27001 & GDPR requirements.

Helps business with scoping complex business requirements, design and implement secure infrastructure solutions that facilitate secure and improved transactions to maximise profitability, while proactively managing business risks and maintaining compliance.


Maria McDade 
World Wide Business Unit Executive for IBM Storage and Software 
Defined Infrastructure for IBM Systems Lab Services.

Maria has been an IBMer for more than 30 years and has held a variety of roles across the organization, with experience in IBM Storage Systems, IBM Power and IBM Z. She has held positions in technical sales, strategic outsourcing and development and has been an active
certified technical consultant before moving into management and strategy.

Maria spends time working with IBMs clients, business partners and business entities, engaging in how technology can drive value for business. She travels extensively across the globe to understand the different challenges that face clients and partners in this accelerated world of technology adoption, and drives collaborative engagement across the whole of the company to ensure that IBM Systems Lab Services remains essential to those we work with.

Diana Moldovan CISSP, GCIH, GCIA, GSEC and PRINCE2 Certified

UKI & Cyber Operations Lead at Aviva

Expert in incident response and security operations with 7 years of experience in the industry. As the UKI Cyber Operations Lead for Aviva, she leads two teams: Vulnerability Management and Incident Response/Threat Hunting. Previously Diana worked for Deloitte, UK where she was a manager in the Cyber Incident Response team. During her 1.5 years at Deloitte, Diana collaborated with several blue chip clients working on multiple areas of security including incident response, memory forensic analysis, threat intelligence, vulnerability management and attack detection. Before that, Diana worked for Betfair.

During the 5 years, she was incident responder and part of the Threat and Vulnerability Management team, being responsible for monitoring, detection, analysis and response to threats. She was a key contributor in building the vulnerability management programme for Betfair.


Jacqueline A. Hinds MA (HRD) CEIC MCIPD

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership Coach

Jacqueline is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and Leadership Consultant and founder of Wilson Hinds Consulting, Founder and Chair of the Society of Emotional Intelligence UK and Board Chair & International Liaison for the Society of Emotional Intelligence USA
An International Keynote Speaker and a published author. Jacqueline has presented at medical conferences (Netherlands, UK, Rome) and, was honored to present at the Annual 8th International
Emotional Intelligence Conference in Florida, USA, sharing her knowledge of Emotional Intelligence and its role in Transformation and Organisational Change initiatives, within the Corporate arena as
well as Health and Social Care. 

Passionate about empowering and motivating others, enabling them to be the best that they can be Over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resource Development Specialist (HRD), designing and delivering a range of bespoke developmental and coaching initiatives (e.g., Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Change Management, Resolving Conflict and Stress Management), incorporating emotional and intercultural intelligence as a foundation stone in all learning initiatives delivered.


Saurabh Gupta

Senior Manager - Infrastructure Delivery Lead at KPMG UK

I am a self driven and motivated technology leader with over 10 years experience in Infrastructure delivery. I help my clients in delivering their technology solutions while also ensuring these are stable, scalable, consistent and cost effective. My motto is to deliver the technology secure by design, as I strongly believe security is everyone’s responsibility.

My daily objective is to make sure our business  is kept protected from cybersecurity threats and keeping our infrastructure resilient, so we proactively address any vulnerabilities discovered. Thereby reducing potential loss of revenue and damage to their brand value. I strongly believe that women in technology and information security add a different dimension, creativity and perspective to the capability of teams and I am committed to promoting that capability in every platform possible.


Chani Simms BSc(Hons), MBCS, CHFI, CIS LA, CIS LI

Infrastructure, Security & GDPR Consultant | Founder SHe CISO Exec. 
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Meta Defence Labs UK & Sri Lanka

A passionate entrepreneur and Information Systems Security Professional with over 15 years of experience in implementing and securing IT infrastructure solutions. C-level advisor and specialist in helping organisations to implement and manage information security management programs and frameworks.

"I believe it is easy to make the right decisions when you live your values, mine are Trust, Integrity and Commitment. These are the standards that enable us to conduct business ethically."


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