Bob Wilkinson is the CEO and founder of Cyber Marathon Solutions, a cyber security and third party risk management consulting company. He has more than 30 years of progressive experience developing and implementing enterprise operational risk management solutions focusing on Operations and Technology for global companies and clients.
In his last position, Bob worked as a CIO and CISO for a Global Systemically Important Bank (G-SIB). He staffed and implemented a regional Operational Risk Management function, covering Information Security, Continuity of Business/ Disaster Recovery, Third Party Risk Management and Records Management. Additionally, Bob has implemented global Cyber Security and Third Party Risk Management programs, including the supervision of thousands of third party risk assessments. He has extensive experience interacting with government regulators and addressing regulatory findings.
He is a frequent speaker at security and financial industry conferences, and works with companies globally meeting their operational risk management needs.
Bob serves the Shared Assessments Program’s External Advisory Board and is a previous Chairman of the Shared Assessments Program. He also serves as an Avasant Distinguished Fellow, co-leading Avasant’s Information Security / Cyber Security practice.
Bob serves on the advisory board of Obrela Security Industries. Bob’s has been the mentor for George Patsis from his very first professional and entrepreneurial steps and his advice is always considered very carefully in critical strategic decisions and especially towards building our brand and reputation in the global cybersecurity market.
Ian Cook is one of the few truly internationally recognized and respected leaders in the field of Information Technology Security and a well-known security research and Intelligence analyst.
Ian, spent 26 years working in Information Security, pioneered the application of Government intelligence procedures in the corporate sector to predict future security risks and enable security managers to better target their security resources and make more effective strategic decisions.
He has held senior technical and management positions at Saudi American Bank, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Pentest Ltd, and most recently at Team Cymru, an elite non-profit dedicated to making the Internet more secure. On leaving Team Cymru he was awarded the title ‘Team Cymru Emeritus’ which is conferred upon Cymraeg who retire after a particularly noteworthy career and is a mark of distinguished service.
In 2004 Ian spent a one year sabbatical at Cogenta, an exciting start-up company that developed Intelligent Open Source Monitoring Tools for collecting data from the Dark or Hidden Web. This has led to him working with numerous start-ups to help them come to market.
Ian is a long-standing active member of the ‘Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams’ (FIRST), spent 6 years on the FIRST Steering Committee, was the main driver behind the FIRST Best Practice Guide initiative, and was Program Chair for the FIRST 2007 Conference.
For 15 years Ian managed an invite only Security Mailing list that was sent to the main decision makers in the security industry, across all sectors, which has enabled him to have a contacts list – second to none.
Ian serves on the advisory board of Obrela Security Industries. His experience and contribution are invaluable and help the executive board to take the right decisions towards expanding in the Global Cybersecurity Market.
Alexandra Kontojanni has more than ten years of experience in strategy and business development in the financial services industry, both as a Manager and as a Senior Consultant.
Her experience spreads over the private, the public and the third sector (NGOs). She has spent seven years working for Western Union's subsidiary in S. East Mediterranean, holding the position of Commercial Manager. She pioneered the core of the company's new financial products and introduced successfully electronic and mobile channels in order to serve mainstream and unbanked consumers with mobile financial services, customized e-services and prepaid products. Her international experience in project management is broad, covering equally central design and on-the-field operations and implementation.
Alexandra has been actively involved as an Advisor in a variety of projects on rural micro- finance and development for non-governmental organizations such as the Codespa Foundation in the Dominican Republic, CHF in USA and United Way in Greece. She has also worked for the World Bank Institute, as a member of the analysts' team behind the Knowledge for Development program, whose methodology is widely used by the World Bank, in order to assess countries¹ institutional, economic and social development.
Academically she holds a Master of Arts in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C, USA and a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Athens, Greece. Areas of expertise include:
Strategic planning for market entry, network expansion and targeted marketing New Financial and e-Payments Products and Services Developing. Electronic money transfer, prepaid cards, mobile money transfer, automated paying systems Financial Inclusion: Remittances, Payments, e-Money Transfer, Mobile Money Transfer, micro-lending and micro-insurance Legal and Regulatory Compliance for Payment Solutions Business Administration and Financial Control Retail and Distribution Management.
Alexandra serves on the advisory board of Obrela Security Industries. Having all these years of experience in business development and strategy, she provides advices for business growth, innovation and thought leadership creation.