March 25th 2020 | Hilton Belfast


David Crozier

Head of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast

David Crozier has significant global technology and cyber security domain expertise developed at CSIT over the last 7 years. CSIT is the UK’s Innovation & Knowledge Centre for cyber security. In his current role, David leads on developing global, national and regional strategic partnerships with public sector organisations, industry, academic institutions and ecosystems with significant interests in cyber security. A founding Partner, David was board appointed President of the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity (Global EPIC) in 2018.

He co-authored the Northern Ireland Cyber Security Framework for Action published by the NI Department for Finance in April 2018 as well as the UK Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis for the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), published in October 2018.  David curates and co-chairs the annual CSIT Cyber Security Summit, leads on the Centre’s marketing and communications activity and has advised the Northern Ireland Organised Crime Task Force Cyber Crime Group since 2013.

He co-founded Liopa Ltd - a CSIT Spin-out company, was Product Manager at Lagan Technologies, IT Manager at Jinny Software and was an eCommerce Consultant with Intel Corporation. He was also previously a Systems Engineer at the Northern Ireland Office.

David holds a BSc (Hons) Computer Science, an MSc Innovation & Entrepreneurship and has recently completed a U.S. State Department sponsored All Ireland Strengthening Cybersecurity Professional Exchange Programme to Washington D.C. and Boston College’s Global Leadership Institute.


Philip Allen

Philip Allen has worked in Further Education for over 13 years. He has taught on and managed IT Apprenticeship programmes from Level 2 to Level 5. These courses have successfully trained over 400 IT apprentices during that time in software development, networking infrastructure and cyber security. He manages a team that created the first Cyber Security Higher Level Apprenticeship in Northern Ireland. He has worked with InvestNI, Department for Economy and Assured Skills on a number of high profile Cyber Security Academies.  He successfully introduced EC Council’s Advanced Cyber Security Analyst and Cisco’s Cyber Security Ops qualifications, the first in Northern Ireland. He is currently working on introducing a Level 3 Digital Forensics Apprenticeship, a Level 3 Cyber Security Apprenticeship and a Level 6 IT Apprenticeship.

Joe Dolan

Head of Northern Ireland Cyber Centre (NI2C)

Joe was appointed the position as Head of the Northern Ireland Cyber Centre on 4th Mar 2019 to lead this new initiative to secure a more effective response to the growing threats of cyber whilst promoting cyber as a great career opportunity in Northern Ireland. Joe is a career Northern Ireland Civil Servant and IT Professional for over 30 years. In this time I have held key operational and advisory positions as Head of Telecommunications for the Northern Ireland Civil service, later leading the foundations for unified communications and services across the public sector. He has acted as Chief Operations Officer in the development of the defence in depth security for the NICS shared services organisation and more recently as Accreditor within the department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural affairs one of the largest and diverse NICS departments.

Mike Hulett

Head of Operations, National Cyber Crime Unit

Mike is the Head of Operations for the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), part of the National Crime Agency, responsible for leading the UK’s Law Enforcement response to cyber crime. The NCCU has around 250 officers based at 4 sites , with a range of investigation, intelligence, technical, digital forensics, data analysis and financial investigation skills.

Mike is responsible for leading the highest level and most complex investigations into cyber crime in the UK, utilising support from across UK & international law enforcement agencies, other UK Government departments and a range of industry partners. NCCU Operations also coordinate and support cyber crime investigations undertaken by police Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) and local police forces across the UK.

The majority of Mike’s career has been spent leading serious organised crime investigations across a variety of sectors including drugs, firearms, money laundering, corruption, kidnap, organised immigration crime and now cyber crime. Mike holds a Master’s degree in criminology from the University of Cambridge, and lives in the home counties with his wife and two young children.

Stuart Lambert

Head of Public Sector Sales, Trend Micro

Stuart runs the Public Sector Team at Trend Micro, managing a team of 8 account managers looking after NHS, Central & Local Government, Blue Light and Higher Education.

Sinisha Patkovic

Vice President, Blackberry Government Solutions

Sinisha Patkovic is Vice President of BlackBerry’s Government Solutions.

Sinisha Patkovic is a Senior Executive at BlackBerry who is dedicated to working closely with Government and Fortune 500 organization Leaders, Boards and IT Executives on Cyber Governance and Business Transformation strategies advising on smarter approaches to processes for faster and better delivery of services.

Sinisha joined Blackberry in 2005, where he had overall responsibility for driving the business with Verizon Wireless across the U.S, with a particular focus on Federal Government agencies in Washington, DC.  In 2008 he accepted the opportunity to develop a Cybersecurity team based in Europe.  Under his leadership, the team provided advisory service on cybersecurity strategies and addressed challenges and concerns related to product security acceptance for classified use. 

From 2009 to 2012 he participated in numerous private and industry consultations with security agencies in the Middle Easter, Europe, and Asia, related to data surveillance, crypto regulations, and privacy of consumer and enterprise products.  Sinisha was a primary contributor in developing the strategies that delivered new solutions for classified communication to NATO and the German Government (the "Merkel phone).”

Prior to Blackberry, Sinisha was with Economical Insurance, where he provided technical expertise in high-value programs that modernized IT architecture into distributed, scalable, and cost-effective service for agile IT practice.  Before the insurance organization, Sinisha was at IBM Canada as Systems Analyst, where he managed technology needs of IBM’s Canada sales and the Call Center.  Sinisha’s early career was at the European Commission, and UN Mine Action Centre where he took a central support role in building a minefield database and GIS maps for humanitarian and de-mining efforts.

Sinisha serves on the board of EEMA, a leading European think-tank for digital identity and trust. He has deep-sector knowledge of enterprise security and IT, as well as mobile and IoT technologies. Sinisha is CISSP-ISSAP certified, and he holds a Master in IT Governance at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics.

Gary Robinson

Board Member and Director, OWASP and Uleska

Gary brings over 20 years’ experience in software and cyber security, and has spoken at many of the world’s largest cyber security conferences.  The cyber security community has recently voted Gary to the Global Board of OWASP (the leading worldwide advisory on internet and website security).  Gary also runs the cyber security company Uleska which provides cutting edge products allowing organizations to keep their systems secure.  In previous roles he was an independent penetration tester, and VP of Software Security at the enterprise bank CitiGroup.

Conrad Simpson

Member, BCS Northern Ireland

Conrad is a co-founder and Director of Cyphra, a specialist cybersecurity company headquartered in Belfast. He has over 35 years’ experience in the IT Industry both locally and across the UK.

Cyphra is the second cyber security business he co-founded, and he has held a number of senior roles including UK Head of the Information Security Services for a large French owned Systems Integration Company.

He was recipient of the 2017 Northern Ireland BCS IT Professional of the Year award. Conrad is highly regarded as an expert in his field having recently been invited to a roundtable meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss how technology and cybersecurity can benefit the entire country.

He is passionate about investing in future cyber skills and has played an instrumental role in helping drive collaborative initiatives for school children across Northern Ireland such as CyberFirst and CyberCenturions.

Wam Voster

Senior Director, Gartner Research

Wam Voster is a Senior Director in Gartner Research focused on security and risk management. He advises clients on security management, security organizations, governance and OT security. Wam has extensive experience in both executing and advising on highly visible security programs in complex multinational environments. He is a seasoned IT professional with a background in the Oil and Gas industry and in the fast moving consumer goods sector. Of his 30 years in the IT industry, the last ten years were dedicated to information security.


Steven Wilson

Head of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), Europol

Steven originates from Ayrshire in Scotland and was a Police Officer in Scotland from 1985-2015.

He performed a variety of senior Detective roles and worked in cover policing, major investigations, sex offender management, CT investigations, witness protection, cybercrime and cyber enabled crime including online child sexual exploitation.

He commenced as Head of EC3 in January 2016 and is responsible for the central collation of criminal intelligence on cybercrime across the EU, supporting member state investigations into Online, Child Sexual Exploitation, Cyber enabled attacks on payment systems and Cyberattacks that impact on critical infrastructure and information systems.

He is also responsible for the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT) a team of specialist cyber investigators seconded to EC3 from multiple countries, providing digital and document forensic support in complex cases across the EU, strategic analysis of threats and trends, and liason with industry, academia and non-law enforcement partners.

Ryan Edge

Senior Privacy Engineer, OneTrust

Ryan Edge is a Senior Privacy Engineer with OneTrust, the market leader in enterprise privacy management and marketing compliance software. In his current role, Edge advises many of the world's leading Fortune 500 organizations on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ePrivacy, and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) solution implementations focused on formulating efficient and effective responses to data protection requirements and marketing compliance requirements as well as building and scaling enterprise-level privacy programmes. Edge frequently speaks at industry events, including global PrivacyConnect workshops, where he provides deep insight into regulatory issues and practical approaches to compliance. Most recently, Edge spoke alongside the world’s leading retailer where they reviewed the CCPA regulation, scope, and the new legal obligations it presents for businesses worldwide. Prior to OneTrust, Edge worked at Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH), a global leader in Supply Chain Management, where he implemented Warehouse Management software solutions for many of the world’s most recognizable companies. Edge is a Certified

Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E, CIPM) and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.