July 5th 2018 | Central London


Chi Onwurah MP

Chi Onwurah is a British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is also Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Science & Innovation.

From Sept 2015-October 2016 Chi was Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy. From Jan 2013 - Sept 2015 Chi was Shadow Cabinet Office Minister leading on cyber security, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open government and transparency. From Oct 2010 – Jan 2013 Chi was Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Digital Infrastructure working closely with the Science and business community, with industry on Broadband issues, and on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Chi continues to encourage women in STEM.

Prior to Chi’s election to Parliament in May 2010 she worked as Head of Telecom's Technology at the UK regulator Ofcom focussing on the implications for competition and regulation of the services and technologies associated with Next Generation Networks.

Prior to Ofcom, Chi was a Partner in Hammatan Ventures, a US technology consultancy, developing the GSM markets in Nigeria and South Africa. Previously she was Director of Market Development with Teligent, a Global Wireless Local Loop operator and Director of Product Strategy at GTS.  She has also worked for Cable & Wireless and Nortel as Engineer, Project and Product Manager in the UK and France

Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School. She was born in Wallsend and attended Kenton Comprehensive School in Newcastle, where she was elected the school’s ‘MP’ in mock elections aged 17.

Twitter: @ChiOnwurah

Emil Lupu, Professor of Computer Systems Imperial College London and Deputy Director PETRAS IoT Hub

Emil Lupu is Professor of Computer Systems in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. He leads the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and the Resilient Information Systems Security Group at Imperial College London. He serves as Associate Director with the Institute for Security Science and Technology and is the Deputy Director of the PETRAS IoT Security Research Hub – Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things. His research interests focus on the cyber security and resilience of systems including their physical, digital and human characteristics and their ability to continue operating even when they have been partially compromised. For further information please visit: rissgroup.org

Twitter: @LupuEmilC

Angela Parratt, Head of IT & Digital Services, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Angela is Head of IT & Digital Services at Bath and North East Somerset Council which includes the UNESCO world heritage City of Bath.

Local Government is fiscally challenged. Making recommendations on what public money to invest in cyber security compared to delivering front line services requires even more careful consideration when there is so little money about.

Council services support you, your friends and families in their everyday lives, from cradle to grave. Closer working with Health and other agencies enables Councils to deliver better, more integrated services, but this brings other challenges such as different security standards and protocols which are sector or organisation based.

Angela knows as we all do that it’s a case of 'when not if' - so investment decisions in cyber security have to be thought about in that context.

Her career to date spans Local Government, Health, Consultancy, Financial Services and Utilities.

Twitter: @bathnes

Baroness Kishwer Falkner

Kishwer Falkner entered the Lords in 2004. From 2010-15 she chaired the Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.  She has served on several other senior committees of the Lords, including the Constitution Committee, the Joint-Committee on National Security Strategy and several EU committees.  She was appointed Chairwoman of the EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs in 2015, and has led this cross-party committee’s pivotal work on the EU and Brexit over the last two years. 

Kishwer is Visiting Professor at King’s College and Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.  She was Chancellor of Northampton University and has held Fellowships at the University of Oxford (2010), and at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2006).  She also served as the UK’s nominee as High Commissioner at the Organisation on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2016.

Twitter: @KishwerFalkner