Speakers – Conference 2023

Attendees were inspired as these experts shared their insights, knowledge, and experience on pressing cyber topics. They brought a wealth of expertise and fresh perspectives to the stage. 

Stay tuned for the speakers of this year’s conference to be announced in the coming months! 

Alice Leth Sørensen

CEO, Truesec

Ana Ayerbe

Head of DIGITAL CORES Area, Tecnalia

She is President of RENIC (Spanish Network of Centers of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research). She collaborates as expert in working groups of the National Cybersecurity Forum and is member of the SCCG (Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group) of ENISA. Finally, Ana is member of the Board of Directors of the European Cybersecurity Organisation (ECSO) and its Strategic Committee, member of the Women4Cyber Council and founding member of the Spanish chapter

Ana-Maria Matejic

Director of Cyber Security Services & Operations Delivery, Rhea Group

She is a cybersecurity practitioner with a long-standing experience in cyber risk management and transformation programs in cyber. Her experience in consulting and training delivery for various international organizations brought her in Rhea where she is responsible for positioning her teams’ cyber security expertise as a major contributor for the EU level initiatives in digital resilience. With space domain being Rhea’s DNA, Ana is also managing the programs developed with European space actors for strengthening the cyber resilience of the sector.

Anett Mádi-Nátor

President, Women4Cyber Foundation & Vice-President, Cyber Services Plc

Anett Mádi-Nátor has more than a decade of experience in strategic and administrative layers of information security and cyber defence both as a private sector subject matter expert and as a government representative. She is now responsible for Strategic Business Development at a niche cyber security service provider operating internationally. Besides, she is the President of Women4Cyber Initiative and Foundation.

Andrea Szeiler

Global CISO, Transcom

Andrea Szeiler is a mentor and the proud president of Women4Cyber Hungary.  Her passion is to help motivated women to land their dream role in IT security by mentoring them and guiding them through potential challenges which they may face along this journey. She is a regular keynote speaker in international cyber security conferences and round table discussions. She believes cybersecurity is vital for all companies, regardless of their sizes.

Carla Redondo Galbarriatu

Secretary General of the Nacional Institute for Cybersecurity, INCIBE

Carla is a law graduate and a civil servant. As a civil servant she occupied a position in the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. In this Ministry she was an advisor of the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artifical Inteligence. 

David Luengo

Director Brussels Office, Indra

David Luengo is a seasoned Business & Strategy Director with 20 years of experience in Technology, Security, Business Development and Government Affairs. Graduated in Business Administration from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, and David Luengo holds a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Affairs and of a Postgraduate in EU law, both from the Diplomatic School of Spain. 

Dwan Jones

Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ISC2

Dwan Jones brings more than 22 years of experience developing and leading comprehensive strategies to engage multicultural audiences to ISC2. She has extensive experience in strategic communications, multicultural program development, organizational development and has led teams to produce impactful, large-scale initiatives that drive engagement, connection and transformative change to elevate diverse voices.

Eduvigis Ortiz

Founder & President, Women4Cyber Spain

Edu Ortiz has more than 30 years of experience in business and information technology sector using Cybersecurity, Big Data Analytics, AI, Cloud and Digital Transformation portfolio in multinational and multicultural environments. Edu is an industrial engineer (Dominican Republic) and a Fulbright Scholar -Master of Science in Engineering (USA). 

Elena Santiago Cid

Vice President at Women4Cyber Foundation & Director General at CEN & CENELEC

Mrs Santiago Cid leads the CEN and CENELEC Management Centre in Brussels and is responsible of the institutional relations with the European Commission, Council and Parliament, with the EFTA secretariat, with the third European recognised standardization body, ETSI and with the international standards organizations, ISO, IEC and ITU. Mrs Santiago Cid graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has 30 years’ experience in standardization.

Eva Puerta Perez

CISO, Casceis Bank

Hazel Diez Castaño

Global CISO, Banco Santander

Héctor Laiz Ibáñez

Technician National Coordination Centre Spain (NCC-ES)

Héctor is an honorary fellow of the Department of Business Management and Economics at the University of León, where he does research on digital economy and emerging technologies. He has worked in wine export management in La Rioja and in wine economic research at the Vine and Wine Research Institute at the University of León.

Iva Tasheva

Co-founder and cybersecurity lead, CYEN

Iva Tasheva is the co-founder and cybersecurity lead at CYEN, a family-owned micro consultancy established in Brussels in 2018. She helps public and private sector organisations manage cybersecurity governance, risk and compliance (GRC). She has experience in the public, digital, transport, banking, medical devices and non-profit sectors. She is certified ISO 27001 Lead Implementer and ISO 27799 Lead Manager.

Joanna Świątkowska


José Ángel Álvarez

Madrid Cybersecurity Centre Director, City of Madrid

José Ramón Monleón

CISO, Orange

Juan Ramos

Student, U-tad | Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital

Judith Wunschik

Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Siemens Energy

Dr. Judith Wunschik has served as Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Siemens Energy since October 2019. She is accountable for securing Siemens Energy’s business operations, products, data and assets, as well as for ensuring compliance with cybersecurity regulations. She is serving as thought leader for cybersecurity as well as advisor to Siemens Energy’s senior leadership on cyber risks related to products, services, and business operations. 

Karin Kivimäe

Vice President and Treasurer, Women4Cyber Foundation

COO of Guardtime, a global cyber technology company, it was founded with a mission to make the world’s information universally reliable. Karin functions as a strategic organisational leader and company spokesperson, managing teams and projects. Additionally, Karin is Vice-President and Treasurer of the Women4Cyber Foundation, which focuses on building the community and awareness across Europe.

Laura Iglesias

CISO, Vodafone Spain

Leyla Bilge 

Director of Research, Research & AI Team, Gen Digital

Leyla Bilge holds a Ph.D. from Eurecom and Telecom ParisTech on the topic of network-based botnet detection problems. While her day-to-day responsibility is to manage a team of experienced researchers with a Ph.D. to explore new trends and contribute to the overall innovation of Gen Digital, she carries out a significant amount of academic research and publishes articles at the most prestigious cyber security conferences.

Līga Raita Rozentāle

Independant Consultant

Līga Rozentāle is a senior leader with over 20 years experience on government digital transformation, security and public policy.  Currently, Līga is developing an independent consultancy in her own name advising various public and private stakeholders on business development in the areas of digital economy, security and defence, combining her expertise in government and private sector needs on technology, security and future challenges.

Luigi Lenguito

Founder and CEO, Bfore.AI

In 2008, Luigi recognized the need for a shift in the cybersecurity paradigm — from a reactive to a proactive approach. And now, under his leadership, Bfore.AI is pioneering predictive security through its PreCrime solutions. Over his 30-year
career, he gained a range of experience and skills from IT operations to
cybersecurity before launching several entrepreneurial ventures. Originally from Naples, Italy, Luigi remains an active participant in cybersecurity seminars.

Luigi Rebuffi

Founder and Secretary General, Women4Cyber Foundation & Founder and Secretary General, European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

Graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, he initially worked in Germany on the high power microwave systems for ITER thermonuclear fusion reactor. From 2012 to 2016 he was an advisor to the European Commission for the EU Security Research Programme and President of the Steering Board of the French ANR for security research. In 2016 he founded ECSO and signed with the European Commission the PPP on cybersecurity. In 2019 he launched Women4Cyber to promote the participation of women in cybersecurity.

Maite Boyero Egido

Spanish delegate and National contact point cluster 3 – Horizon Europe programme, CDTI Innovación – Ministry of Science And Innovation

Maite Boyero Egido has a long experience in the analysis of technical, technological and societal needs in the fields of disaster resilience and crisis management, fight against crime and terrorism, border and external security, critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity. She holds a MSc in Telecommunication Engineering, an Executive MBA at Instituto de Empresa, and a Masters in Digital Communications at Telecom Bretagne.

Maria Alcolea

Director General, APEP

Maria-Manuela Catrina

Deputy Director, The National Cyber Security Directorate

E. Maria-Manuela Catrina serves in the Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate as Deputy Director, Undersecretary of State. The National Cyber Security Directorate is the competent authority at the national level for the national civilian cyberspace, including the management of risks and cyber incidents. 

Miguel López Valverde

Counsel of Digitalisation, Community of Madrid

Nadia Aimé

Cybersecurity Technical Specialist at Microsoft and Founder of She Leads Digital 

Nadia Aimé, a Cybersecurity Specialist at Microsoft BeLux and a advocate for diversity through inter. She is not only a techie  also the visionary founder of She Leads Digital. Nadia is deeply passionate about empowering women and marginalized communities in the tech and business sectors. Her active promotion of technological innovation is a driving force behind her commitment to achieving equality and fostering an inclusive digital world.

Nina Olesen

Women4Cyber COO & Head of Sector at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

Nina Olesen is Head of Sector at ECSO which she helped establish in 2016 and which is today the unique European public-private organisation focusing on cybersecurity and offering a 360° view on the rapid evolution of the digital environment. Nina is responsible for coordinating and supervising all activities related to WG3 on ‘Cyber Resilience of Economy, Infrastructure, and Services’ and WG5 on ‘Education, Training, Cyber Ranges, and Human Aspects’, including overseeing ECSO’s Women4Cyber and Youth4Cyber initiatives.

Paloma Echevarría

Product Manager, VirusTotal, Google Cloud Security

During her professional career, Paloma has worked in multiple technology companies such as IBM, BNB or Deloitte. Since she was a child, she has been passionate about technology and numbers and that led her to pursue a double degree integrating engineering with economics and management derived from business administration and management. She loves challenges and helping others, so whenever she can, she collaborates with volunteer activities.

Robert Maxwell

Director, University Francisco de Vitoria

Roberto Baldoni

Former Director General, National Cybersecurity Agency Italy (ACN)

Roberto Baldoni served as Deputy Director General of the Italian Intelligence with the responsibility of developing the National Cybersecurity Architecture from December 2017 to August 2021.  Furthermore, he was the chief architect behind the Italian Cybersecurity Strategy released in 2022. Before this, Roberto held a Full Professor position of Computer Science at La Sapienza University of Rome from 2002.

Sara Soleto

Women4Cyber Mentee

Saskia Brugman G. Abril

Women4Cyber Operational Coordinator

Saskia Brugman Garcia-Abril is the Operational Coordinator at the Women4Cyber Foun-dation. She joined W4C in 2020, in her current position she manages the projects and day-to-day operations of the Foundation and works on cybersecurity awareness and ed-ucation issues with a gender perspective. Before joining Women4Cyber, she worked at non-profits in Lebanon and Spain pursuing societal transformations.

Selene Giupponi

Professor, University of Parma. Secretary General and Founder, Wome4Cyber Italy

Tom Chapman

Co-Founder and Director, Iceberg Cyber Security

Tom Chapman is the Co-Founder and Director of Iceberg, a global Cyber Security & Forensic Technology recruitment company, that supports candidates through the journey of finding their dream job and helps organisations to find and retain top security talent.

Vanessa Ventresca

Co-founder and CEO, Cybertalents Spain

Verena Becker

Austrian Economic Chamber |The Austrian Economic Chamber represents more than 540.000 Austrian companies.

Verena Becker is a trained lawyer specialized in cybersecurity law and certified information security and data protection manager. She is policy officer in the Austrian Economic Chamber which represents more than 540.000 Austrian businesses. Encouraging women in the field of cybersecurity is a main concern of her and she is therefore cofounder and president of the Austrian chapter of Women4Cyber. 

Xabier Mitxelena

Director General, BeDisruptive

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