Gerry Pennell – University of Manchester Gerry read Mathematics at the University of Manchester before pursuing a career in software development and project management in a variety of sectors and organisations. Prior to his current role as Director of IT at the University of Manchester, Gerry was CIO for London 2012 for which he was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours List 2013.
Michiel Boreel – SogetiLabs, CTO Sogeti Group Michiel Boreel has worked in the IT Industry for over 21 years and since 2007 has held the role of Chief Technology Officer with Sogeti. Michiel started his IT career at a company now owned by Sogeti advising about the reverse engineering of legacy information systems and migration estimation methods. In 1994, Sogeti asked Michiel to lead a new initiative, called the Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT), a small research and trend spotting group with the goal of inspiring customers to apply new technology in business processes. A constant theme in all of the VINT research is the question what role IT will play in the future society and how technology can be applied to create meaningful business innovation.
Eden Dahlstrom, Director of Research, EDUCAUSE and ECAR Eden Dahlstrom is the Director of Research for the Data, Research, and Analytics unit at EDUCAUSE. She oversees research initiatives on the topics that matter most to the higher education IT community. She is also the principal investigator for the annually recursive research on undergraduate students’ technology experiences and expectations hosted by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research.
Mark Stubbs, Manchester Metropolitan University Mark Stubbs is Professor and Head of Learning and Research Technologies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Over the years he has enjoyed a number of roles in universities: Undergraduate Student, Sabbatical Student President, Senior Lecturer, Module Leader, Personal Tutor, Year Leader, Programme Leader, Principal Lecturer, External Examiner, PhD Student, PhD Supervisor, PhD Examiner, Project Director and is now Professor and Head of Learning and Research Technologies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Mark has also worked as a Management Consultant and been involved in a number of JISC projects, including XCRI. His action-research PhD is in working across organisational boundaries to address complex issues.
Runa A Sandvik, Center for Democracy and Technology Runa is a privacy and security researcher, working at the intersection of technology, law and policy. She is a Staff Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C., a Forbes contributor, and a technical advisor to both the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the TrueCrypt Audit project. Prior to joining CDT, she worked with The Tor Project for four years.
Aaron Walz, President of Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum and the Director of BI Competency Center at Purdue University At the BI Competency Center at Purdue University Aaron is responsible for the strategy, management, and operations of the University’s Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing environments and activities. Prior to joining Purdue Aaron was the Director of Decision Support for the Administrative Information Technology Services group at the University of Illinois.
Per Torsheim, Per Thorsheim is an independent information security adviser based in Bergen, Norway. He is the founder & main organizer of PasswordsCon, the first & only international conference on passwords. Internationally recognized for his work, he has been interviewed and quoted all around the world for his in-depth knowledge into our perceptions and reality of passwords. He is certified CISA, CISM and CISSP-ISSAP, he serves as a subject matter expert for (ISC)2 on the development of the ISSAP credential, and he runs the CISM training in Norway for the third consecutive year in 2014. He was a finalist for The Norwegian Computer Society Rosing IT Security award in 2012.
Cheryl Reynolds, University of Huddersfield Cheryl was appointed as ILT Champion for Maths and Science because of her extensive and imaginative use of ICT as a Science Lecturer. She was quickly promoted to the post of MLE Manager with responsibility for advancing the use of the MLE in all Curriculum areas across the institution. This involved a range of Staff Development activities, including taught sessions, online support and the authoring of instruction manuals and online Help facilities. She also worked closely with the Systems Development team to modify the MLE and include new features in response to user feedback. Cheryl acted as Mentor to new staff, in particular those acting as ILT Champions for their departments. Cheryl managed the creation of the new Foundation Degree in Design and Development of e-Learning at the University of Huddersfield, heading up the Curriculum Team and successfully taking the proposal through the University Validation process. She is now currently Course Leader for this programme and delivers two of the four first year modules.
Erlend Oftedal, Bekk Consulting AS, Erlend is a developer at Bekk Consulting where he is also the head of the security competency group. He is also the chapter leader of the OWASP Norway chapter. He is passionate about secure coding and secure-by-default frameworks that help developers build secure applications. Developer and application security guy with experience from .NET, Java, C/C++ and Lotus Domino projects. Head of the OWASP Norway Chapter. Previous speaking engagements include: NDC London 2013, OWASP AppSec Research EU 2013, BoosterConf 2013, OWASP Helsinki, OWASP Stockholm, Javazone 2012, WebRebels 2012.
Leif Nixon, Linköping University, Leif has been doing IT security in the HPC field for over a decade. He is currently the security officer for the Swedish National Supercomputer Center (NSC), the security coordinator for Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC), affiliated with SUNET CERT as the High Performance Computing coordinator, the The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) security officer.