CyberCon Connect will showcase an impressive line up of speakers. Get to know some of our industry leading speakers.
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 (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.
Thankyou is a social enterprise that exists to empower humanity to choose a world without poverty. We make products with the utmost care, and give 100% of profits to projects that help end global pove...
Thankyou is a social enterprise that exists to empower humanity to choose a world without poverty. We make products with the utmost care, and give 100% of profits to projects that help end global poverty. At the age of 19, Daniel Flynn was struck by the widespread misery caused by the world water crisis and the excesses of consumer spending in the developed world. He banded together his best friend, Jarryd Burns and then-girlfriend, now-wife, Justine Flynn to launch a social enterprise called Thankyou in 2008. His vision for the company was to create social change by investing 100 per cent of profits from the sales of bottled water into improving access to clean water. Five years later, Thankyou launched its food and body care ranges and made its debut in major supermarkets Coles and Woolworths. These new product ranges allowed Thankyou to support a wider range of life-saving projects that provide improved access to water, sanitation and food.
In July 2016, Thankyou launched Thankyou Baby, a range of nappies, wipes and baby body care products that help get child and maternal health projects to families in need in Nepal and Zimbabwe. Under Daniel’s leadership, the social enterprise has provided over $17 million to humanitarian projects in 20 countries and has impacted 871,000 lives. To date, Thankyou has funded water and sanitation for 545,360 people, child and maternal health for 77,314 people and more than 28 million days’ access to immediate food aid. Thankyou customers are empowered to create social change through simple, everyday purchases of its 50-strong product range.
That Thankyou has managed to achieve all this in Australia’s highly competitive retail landscape is testament to the strength of its founder’s beliefs and business acumen. Under Daniel’s leadership, Thankyou has overcome all manner of obstacles over the past nine years – including countering a perception during its start-up phase that its leadership was simply too young and that its dream of making the world a better place was somehow naïve.
Anders Sörman-Nilsson (EMBA / LLB) is a futurist and the founder of the think tankand trend analysis firm - Thinque, which provides data-based research, foresight andthought leadership assets for glob...
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.
Amna Karra-Hassan founded the first ever AFL Women’s team in Western Sydney and is widely recognised for the diversity she brought to the game and for taking the code to Western Sydney. The Club playe...
Amna Karra-Hassan founded the first ever AFL Women’s team in Western Sydney and is widely recognised for the diversity she brought to the game and for taking the code to Western Sydney. The Club played a critical role in establishing the game in the region, both for women and for its engagement with diverse communities, contributing to the recent inauguration of the GWS Giants in the AFLW.Her courage has been the centre of much conversation and the reason behind the accolades acknowledging Amna's contribution to the community and women’s sport.
Amna shares her experiences on collaborating with community leaders, small business owners, local government, traditional and social media and thought leaders. She shares how she engages in the story telling process to help others overcome adversity, build confidence and resilience, and lead with perseverance and courage. She offers insights on how she lead the growth of the Auburn Giants, and the importance of leveraging media. Countless football metaphors of Amna ‘kicking goals’ have been widely shared and celebrated. Amna believes the heart of innovation, civic participation and community building is a ‘strengths based approach’ and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Amna holds a Bachelor in Organisational Learning from the University of Technology Sydney and recently completed the Advanced Leadership Program with the Applied School of Management. After 9 years, Amna resigned from the Australian Federal Police having led Community Engagement strategies, and contributed to Reform, Culture and Standards portfolio – responsible for driving cultural change within the AFP.
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 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.
PROFESSOR IN CYBER SECURITY, AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
Professor Christophe DOCHE is currently Academic Dean and Program Coordinator for Cyber Security at the Australian Institute of Business Intelligence. In 2016, he led the creation of the Optus Macquar...
Professor Christophe DOCHE is currently Academic Dean and Program Coordinator for Cyber Security at the Australian Institute of Business Intelligence.
In 2016, he led the creation of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub, a $10 million collaboration between Macquarie University and Optus, the first initiative of this kind in Australia, linking academics in information security, business, criminology, intelligence, law and psychology with industry experts.
As Executive Director of the Cyber Security Hub, he introduced several successful academic programs to address the cyber security skills gap and developed deep collaborations with the cyber security ecosystem. He also led the executive education program and managed the design and delivery of short courses for 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.
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.
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 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.
Michael joined the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre in 2017 and is the National Director – Industry. Michael has vast industrial experience including nearly three decades at Sharpe Bros (Australia...
Michael joined the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre in 2017 and is the National Director – Industry. Michael has vast industrial experience including nearly three decades at Sharpe Bros (Australia), one of the nation’s leading road companies. From 2004 -2014, he served as Managing Director of the family business. From 2012 – 2016, he was on the board of HunterNet, a successful industry clustering initiative in the Hunter and Central Coast region and served as Chairman for a one-year period.
Michael is a former Board Member of the Central Coast Local Health District and was a member of the Board Research Committee which was instrumental in planning for the new Central Coast Medical School and Medical Research Institute at Gosford Hospital. He has served in numerous senior roles leading up to his AMGC Directorship, including Board Member at Lifeline Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast and Board Member at Masonicare New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory. He supported the establishment of the Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce as an Advisor to the CEO and is involved in a wide range of community groups.
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...
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.
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 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.
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 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
Director | SRf Creatists
Meet Saroni Roy A multi-hyphenate, Saroni Roy is an Australian actor, Co-chair Equity Diversity-Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), Keynote Speaker, Creative Consultant, AACTAAFI accredit...
Hailing from a family of artists and singers, Performing & Visual Arts is a way of life for her and she got her training in Indian Semi-Classical singing and in several dance forms since the age of three, namely Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Flamenco. She started her career in Screen Acting in leading Film Schools in Sydney and has appeared in a number of Australian, American & European Film and TV productions including Amazon Prime Web Series. Saroni is the face of leading brands like Commonwealth Bank Australia, M.A.C Cosmetics, Nancy Ganz, Pinterest and many more. Her portrait by Australian photographer Stine Munk Jenson won the Portrait Master’s Bronze Award in Los Angeles, the first Indianorigin model to win this prestigious award.
A Cancer-survivor, facing multiple invisible disability, Saroni is a Body-Activist and her story of struggle, success and service has inspired several across the globe, shattering the glass ceiling in several ways. In 2018 Saroni won the Ms India Australia Goodwill Ambassador title at the Miss/Mrs/Mr. India Australia beauty pageant, for her extensive contribution to global community welfare and the UN-SDGs, and has won numerous awards like 2022 Strathfield Citizen of the Year Award, TAFE NSW Contribution to the Community Award 2021, to name a few. Having interviewed the likes of Jason Sangha, Shahrukh Khan, M. Night Shyamalan, Steve Killelea AM, Stuart Rees AM, her forte is peace economics, beauty, wellness, fashion & lifestyle journalism, focusing on the craft and the unique success stories of eminent personalities and the dynamically aspirational young and the restless. Exceeding client expectations & Quality Assurance for all Public Relations collaterals, she has rebranded and repositioned several products, launched new titles, and handled the PR mandate for Luxury & Tech giants like Google, HP, Visa, SAP, ITC Luxury Hotels, Seiko, Bangalore Literature Festival. A Cambridge CELTA graduate, she’s taught ESL & Business ESL at IntermediateAdvanced levels at leading language schools in Sydney.
2020, Saroni christened her diversity, sustainability & social justice initiatives as Saroni Roy Foundation (SRf) & SRf Creatists, perpetuating socio-economic and environmental wellbeing, creating a more peaceful and inclusive ‘one world’ to live and love. She’s the Creator & Producer of the , a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi perpetuating his vision and philosophies and its articulation with the UN-SDGs, ensconced in the values of augmenting Australia-India bi-lateral relations, committed to empower global multi-cultural communities resolve pressing issues the world is faced with.
A sought after Celebrity Inspirational Speaker & Keynote Speaker, Saroni’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Diversity & Inclusion, Positive Peace, Peace Economics, Cultural Intelligence, Gender Equality, Health & Wellness with key focus on Mental Health, Cancersurvivorship, Access & Prevention, Emotional Intelligence, Invisible Disability,
Sustainability, Social-justice, Socio-economic and Environmental well-being. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of a Thought Leader and an agent of Positive Change. A Global Citizen & Influencer, Saroni is an India Australia Business & Community Alliance Youth Ambassador, Institute for Economics and Peace Ambassador and Affiliate, Australia India Business Council Limited.
Saroni has worked in different countries, across diverse industries, helping Organizations and Global Leaders radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership by sharing her life learnings as an entrepreneur, mentor, artist and a thought leader.
Awards & Accolades
2022 Strathfield Citizen of the Year Award, Australia Day Awards & Citizenship Ceremony.
2022 India Australia Business & Community Awards Global Finalist in Community Services Excellence Award.
2021 TAFE NSW Contribution to the Community Award.
Western Sydney University 2021 Women of the West Awards Nominee.
Young Adult Citizen of the Year 2021 Finalist Award at City of Parramatta 2021 Australia Day Awards.
2021 India Australia Business & Community Awards Finalist in Young Community Achiever of the Year & Community Services Excellence Award.
Commonwealth Bank Excellence in Arts & Culture Finalist at 2020 Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence.
‘Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All’ Award at Women Economic Forum Digital Summit 2020.
2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Nominee.
Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) Ambassador.
India Australia Business & Community Alliance Youth Ambassador.
Peace Ambassador Award by IWPG, 2019.
Ms India Australia Goodwill Ambassador 2018.
Global Mentor & SHERO Award, Worldwide SHEroes.
Award of Appreciation & ‘Peace’ Film by Scientology, Hollywood.
"I believe, as an actor/artist and a responsible global citizen, I have the power to create more awareness about pressing issues the world is faced with and be a change maker, and make others’ voices heard too." – Saroni Ro
Director Cybersecurity & Digital Trust, PWC
Amy is a Director in Cybersecurity & Digital Trust at PwC, based in Canberra. Amy has more than 15 years of cyber/management consulting experience leading cyber, business transformation and consul...
Amy is a Director in Cybersecurity & Digital Trust at PwC, based in Canberra. Amy has more than 15 years of cyber/management consulting experience leading cyber, business transformation and consulting teams across Australia, New Zealand and Internationally. Amy has a broad security skill set with expertise across threat intelligence and emulation, OSINT, vulnerability assessments, cybersecurity strategy, governance, risk and compliance.
Amy is an authentic and highly motivated individual, with a great passion to drive impact across the Federal Government and Defence industries in the cybersecurity domain.
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 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.
Simona is a strategic leader with extensive knowledge of how technology enables the customer experience and facilitates growth of business value. Simona brings a wealth of expertise across the Informa...
Simona is a strategic leader with extensive knowledge of how technology enables the customer experience and facilitates growth of business value. Simona brings a wealth of expertise across the Information Management and Technology sector, and has a diverse background in both corporate and government settings across the Banking, Aviation, Energy and Local Government sectors.
Simona has 20 years of expertise of enabling strategic delivery across technology and business functions. She has a proven track record of driving the successful delivery of large scale transformation programs. As the CIO at Sutherland Shire Council, enabling $2.7B of assets, Simona achieved a 2 year digital transformation program in a few weeks, as published in the media: With specialties building and delivering Technology Strategies, Cyber Security, Portfolio Management Offices, Service Management, Portfolio Delivery, Digital Operating Models and bringing Agility to practice, Simona has lead the evolution of IT across top tier brands within the Finance, Aviation, Energy and Government industries.
A strategic thinker with a passion for what she does, leading from the front, engaging and energising strategic partners and stakeholders as well as the wider business in supporting high impact, dynamic solutions to deliver business value. Integral in aligning portfolios to the strategic objectives of the organisation, she has a passion for continuous improvement and empowering businesses to reach their full potential, encouraging innovative thinking enabling best practice through the use of technology.
A people leader, driving cultural change with a growth mindset, priding herself in providing a coaching approach to ensure the team and the individual achieve their full potential.
Company Director, Cygence
Dr Dave is a Director at McGrathNicol, and an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. He has over 25 years of experience securing and enhancing the resilience of agencies and organis...
Dr Dave is a Director at McGrathNicol, and an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. He has over 25 years of experience securing and enhancing the resilience of agencies and organisations, with a varied career ranging from the design of security solutions for critical infrastructure, leading red and blue teams, developing simulation systems, to conducting risk assessments on supply chains.
Dave is an experienced strategic planner, cyber-security program manager, and information systems assessor