John P. Carlin

Former Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division (NSD)

John Carlin chairs Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk + Crisis Management practice and co-chairs the National Security practice, where he advises industry-leading organizations in sensitive cyber- and other national security matters. He is the author of Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat, which provides an inside look into how we combat daily attacks on United States companies, citizens and government.

Mustafa Al-Bassam

Former Hacker, Security Advisor at Secure Trading, & Doctoral Researcher at University College London

Mustafa was Co-founder of LulzSec a high-profile hacking group which made headlines for its hacks on Sony, Fox, and the FBI. As a result, he was legally banned from the Internet for almost two years. From this he has gained an appreciation for the protection of data and is now focused on educating the public about cyber security, fostering transparency, and protecting against malware.


Charlie Flanagan T.D.

Minister for Justice and Equality

Charlie Flanagan T.D. was appointed Minister for Justice and Equality on 14 June 2017, having previously served as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. During his tenure as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, he represented the Irish Government in the Talks processes leading to the Stormont House Agreement (2014) and the Fresh Start Agreement (2015). Along with the Taoiseach, he co-convened the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit.


Greg Williams

Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine

Transformative trends expert who knows what’s next first. - Distills complex changes into entertaining, engaging, and accessible insights. - Challenges audiences to rethink business models in ways that capitalize on disruptive technologies. Greg Williams is a leading authority on technology trends and how those impact business and society.


Paddy McGuinness CMG OBE

Recent Deputy National Security Adviser in the UK's Cabinet Office, responsible for Intelligence Security and Resilience

Paddy McGuinness  is a senior adviser to businesses and governments in the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle and Far East on data and cyber issues, business resilience and geopolitical and regulatory risks. From 2014-18 he was the UK’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Intelligence, Security and Resilience overseeing national risk assessment, crisis response and recovery and advising two successive British Prime Ministers on aspects of geo-politics, Cyber Security, Counter Terrorism and action by Hostile States.


Jamie Woodruff

Europe’s No 1 Ethical Hacker

In his mid-20s, Jamie Woodruff is one of the world’s leading authorities on hacking and cyber security. Woodruff entered the public eye when he successfully hacked Facebook as part of a student competition at Bangor University where he was studying computer information systems. He has since uncovered security holes in numerous high-profile operations, including Kim Kardashian’s website, which he hacked to reveal that it was putting her fans’ data at serious risk.

Helen Dixon

Data Protection Commissioner For Ireland

Helen Dixon was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland in September 2014. Responsible for upholding the rights of individuals regarding how data about them is used, the role, among other things, requires regulation of a large number of US internet multinationals with European bases in Ireland. Previously Irish Registrar of Companies where she led regulatory enforcement of compliance with the filing provisions of the Companies Acts.


Eddie Doyle

Global Security Strategist for Check Point Research

As Global Security Strategist for Check Point Research, Edwin communicates with international leaders in cyber security, cyber forensics & cyber law enforcement, across the world. Taking best-practices for threat mitigation from the industry’s finest CISOs & from police & military cyber command, Edwin’s responsibilities include sharing cyber defense tactics with media, government agencies & enterprise corporations, via keynote & panel discussions.


Mary-Jo De Leeuw

Executive Director, Platform Internet of Toys. Co-Founder of the Women in Cyber Security Foundation.

Mary-Jo De Leeuw is Executive Director, Platform Internet of Toys (where scientists, toy manufacturers and politicians meet and discuss the breaches within connected toys and also the lack of privacy and legislation loops within it. Mary-Jo is a winner of the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards 2018 for Europe, was ranked #10 by IFSEC as a global cyber security influencer, and has won the global “Iconic Women 2017, Creating a Better World for All” award. She was also co-founder and vice-president of the Women in Cyber Security Foundation and has served on the boards of the ALL Women Economic Forum, Women Leaders@Digital Europe, CyberTRUST and Coding Girls.


Jamie Bartlett

Journalist and tech blogger for The Telegraph, author of The Dark Net

Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he has become one of the UK’s leading thinkers on politics and technology. He is also author of The People Vs Tech (2018) about the relationship between technology and democracy, Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and best-selling The Dark Net (2014) about internet  subcultures, which has been translated into 13 languages.


Valerie Lyons

COO and Senior Consultant, BH Consulting

Valerie Lyons is a highly experienced and respected information security professional. An accomplished Information Security Risk Manager with extensive experience at senior level in the financial services sector, Valerie has a successful track record in delivering business-driven information security solutions. She has a strong focus on team development and leadership, with excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills.

Conor McCaffrey

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPM) and Privacy Consultant for OneTrust

Conor McCaffrey is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPM) and Privacy Consultant for OneTrust, the global leader in privacy management software and marketing compliance software which helps organizations operationalise data privacy compliance and Privacy by Design. At OneTrust, McCaffrey works with privacy project teams and C-level executives across Ireland to automate and strengthen their core GDPR and ePrivacy processes.

PJ Hough

Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer, Citrix

PJ Hough is executive vice president and chief product officer for Citrix and is responsible for providing direction for the company’s current and future technology direction, including the company’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy, and driving product alignment, innovation and growth across the portfolio. Hough brings more than 25 years of industry experience to Citrix, most recently serving as the CVP of Developer division at Microsoft.




David Keating

Group Security Sales Director, DataSolutions – MC for the day

David has been with DS for over 15 years. His role includes the management of all sales activities for our Security and Networking division encompassing numerous world-class vendors such as Check Point, HPE Aruba and RSA Security.


Adrian Weckler

Technology Editor of both The Irish Independent & The Sunday Independent

As Technology Editor of both The Irish Independent and The Sunday Independent,  Adrian has risen to become the country’s most senior journalist in the sector, regularly appearing on national and international television and radio shows to interpret new trends. Appearances include RTE, the BBC, Sky News and a host of other broadcasters. He is also an authoritative commentator on issues that include data protection, internet security, privacy, apps, developments in hardware and many other topics.