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Part II


PART II - November 11th

Chelsey Slack

Chelsey Slack is Deputy Head of the Cyber Defence Section with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. In this role, she provides advice and supports the development and implementation of NATO’s cyber defence policy. She is actively engaged in NATO’s cooperation with partners and international organisations in this area. 

Previously, she worked at the Canadian Foreign Ministry as part of a Stabilisation and Reconstruction Task Force specialising in conflict prevention. Chelsey earned a Master’s Degree of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. She studied as a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics, at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Lyon in France, and at the University of Ottawa in Canada. 

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Lajla Aganovic

Lajla graduated from the EPFL with a MSc in cryptography and security of systems, but her passion for interacting with people around the world diverted her from the pure scientific career to embrace the world of asset management and venture capital. She first started her career in Lombard Odier (equities portfolio management) for 9 years, obtained the CFA certification, then moved to private investments in Freemont Management (focus on VC strategy, direct investments at growth stage and later-stage co-investments ) and joined Swisscom Ventures in June 2019 in order to fully use her technological and financial skills in a field that she is absolutely passionate about. Recently, Lajla started as Head of Venture Engagement at Logitech to contribute to disruptive innovation programs led by this humble and agile tech leader.


Lisa Schauss

Lisa is part of the Swiss Armed Forces Cyber Command project team and among others responsible at setting up a pre-service cyber training program. She holds a bilingual Master in Economics from the University of Fribourg and has previously worked in the International Relations Office of the Armed Forces Command Support Organisation.


Kathryn Hedley

Kathryn is a Director and Digital Forensic Specialist for Khyrenz Ltd., a SANS Instructor, and a co-author of the FOR308: Digital Forensics Essentials course at SANS, a course that takes after her expertise in Digital forensic fundamentals. She has served as a forensic technical lead and Subject Matter Expert (SME) working in system assurance and evaluation, research, host-based malware intrusion investigation, forensic acquisition, and investigation for both the public and private sectors. She has led various forensic teams since 2010, spending three years embedded within a cross-organizational team, liaising directly with multiple clients.

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Maryam Zayat

Maryam Zayat has been working as a Senior Specialist in Security Politics for the Office of Federal Police since May 2019. She is a specialist for the security policy bodies of Switzerland and is in charge of the strategic and political dossiers of fedpol in the areas of terrorism, security and cyber threats.

Maryam Zayat studied political sciences and law and received her master’s degree (MA Political Sciences) in 2016 from the University of Lucerne. Furthermore, she completed a Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in Digital Risk Management (Cyber Security) at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich (HWZ).

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Sandra Tobler

Sandra is an entrepreneur who worked in the IT space for many years. She worked for IBM in various international roles since 2007. She then joined S-GE and later the state secretary of foreign affairs where she built the expertise for the IT industry and consulted Swiss IT companies with internationalisation strategies. She also opened for the organisation an economic representation in San Francisco.

In 2016, Sandra co-founded Futurae together with two PhDs from ETH Zurich’s System Security Group. Futurae works on seamless end-user authentication and transaction confirmation. As board member of Startupticker or as Ambassador of Swiss Finance Startups Sandra continuously fights for better framework conditions for the Swiss startup ecosystem and in particular a thriving cybersecurity space in Switzerland.

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Petra Marty

Petra Marty is a Strategic Designer, self-employed and is building up the Netpathie association, which stands for network, empathy, awareness and resilience. She is passionate about creating awareness around the handling of data and respectful interactions among fellow human beings in society online. For a long time, she has had the mission to bring together all actors in this field so that the topic can be sustainably anchored.

For the last two and a half years, she was Marketing Manager and co-responsible for the "Internet Safety for Kids & Families" program at Trend Micro, the Japanese Cybersecurity Company, for Switzerland and Austria. Before that, she worked for Swisscom AG for over 12 years in the roles of Event Manager, Project Manager in Sales & Marketing and Brand Manager. In the summer of 2021, she decided to become self-employed in order to be able to devote 100% of her time to her mission.

She is currently completing the Edupreneur training at the Intrinsic Campus and is actively involved in bringing innovation and education together with an entrepreneurial mindset to drive change in the education sector. 

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Janet T. Phan

Janet T. Phan is the founder and executive director of Thriving Elements, a non-profit organization with a mission to create access and opportunities for underserved, underrepresented girls in STEM through mentoring. Check out her TEDx talk on 3 Key Elements to Thriving Mentorship. She is the author of the upcoming book, Boldly You: A story about discovering what you’re capable of when you show up for yourself. 

She is a principal program in engineering for Microsoft. From 2013-2021 she was a global technology program manager for PwC. She has extensive experience in global technical program management the Americas, EMEA, and APAC markets

Janet has found that she is often the only girl at table, not only in the U.S. but also across the world. As a beneficiary of exemplary mentoring, Thriving Elements, a one-on-one STEM mentoring non-profit program, was born with the goal to replicate the quality mentoring she received and scale it to reach as many underserved and underrepresented girls as possible. Check out her HBR and FastCompany articles on mentoring from the mentee and mentors perspectives and listen to podcasts on her story and what it has been like to be a woman in STEM.


Monique J. Morrow

With over 25 years’ experience as a global technology leader, Monique Morrow is Senior Distinguished Architect for Emerging Technologies at Syniverse Technologies where her main role and responsibilities are to provide thought leadership and to develop the strategic direction

and vision for Syniverse's identified emerging  technologies across the company, partners and industry forum. Specific focus areas include extensions of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and other emerging components of Blockchain technologies to Syniverse’s Lines of Business. Emerging technology areas include DLT interoperability; Zero Knowledge Proofs/Data Anonymization, Trust and Identity, AI, Data Ethics, and Mobile Payments. She has worked across the industry including AMD, Ascom Hasler, Swisscom, Cisco and has

been active in the start-up community.

Additionally, Monique is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet a Swiss based non-profit with a focus on digital identity, and ethics in technology. She is also an active member of the IEEE Ethics in Action Executive Committee as well as Co-Chair of the IEEE Ethics in Action Extended Reality Committee.

Monique is Co-Chair of GSMA-Distributed Ledger Technology group and serves as Syniverse’s  representative in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Data Policy Council.. Monique also chairs Hedera’s Decentralized Identity SIG and has been recognized in the industry for her tireless focus on social good. Monique holds over 15 patents and has co-authored several books and was selected as one of the top Digital Shapers 2018 in Switzerland. Forbes Magazine listed her as one of the top 50 women globally in technology. OneWorldIdentity recognized Monique as of the top 100 influencers in

identity for 2019. In May 2019, Monique was recognized by Cybersecurity Ventures as one of the top 100 women

in Cybersecurity. In March 2020, Monique was one several innovators featured in Red Bull Innovator Magazine

In April 2020, Monique was selected as one of the 5 leading figures in Business by the Europa. Forum Lucerne specific to its theme, “Safety and Security in Times of

Uncertainty.” Monique is also 2020 winner WomenTech Network Global Technology Leadership award. She has been recognized as one of top 100 Women in  Cybersecurity in Europe. Monique has an MSc in Digital Currency and Blockchain; and M.S. in Telecommunications and MBA.

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Carola Hug

Carola is COO of the Swiss Cyber Security company Exeon. The ETH Spin-off Exeon develops security software that automatically detects cyber threats in a company’s network. Exeon's platform is used by industry leaders throughout Europe and was awarded multiple times. Carola joined Exeon early on as the first employee without a technical background and is responsible to build up the business side.

Before joining Exeon Analytics, Carola worked in the strategy teams of an international consulting company and a Swiss Asset Manager, investing in emerging markets. Carola has a Master in Management and Economics from the University of Zurich.


Thomas Holderegger

Thomas joined UBS in 2008 and held roles in IT and Business Risk Management, Security Engineering and CTO before taking on his current role. He joined UBS from the Swiss Federal Police and previously the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He holds a Master of Arts in History, a Master of Advanced Studies in Information Security, and an Executive MBA in International Business.

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Part I

PART I - June 10th

Viola Amherd

Viola Amherd was born in Brig-Glis (Canton of Valais) in 1962. She studied law at the University of Fribourg before obtaining her notary diploma for the Canton of Valais. From 1991 she had her own law and notary practice in Brig-Glis. At the same time, she was also actively involved in politics: between 1992 and 1996 she was a member of Brig-Glis Communal Council (executive) and from 2000 to 2012 she served as its president (mayor). In 2005, she was elected to the National Council (parliament). In 2018, the Federal Assembly elected Viola Amherd to the Federal Council. She has headed the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport since 2019.

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Ursina Livers

Ursina is a senior consultant in Risk Advisory Cyber Risk Services. She is currently supporting projects in the area of Security Operation Centres (SOC), cyber security communication, training and awareness as well as identity and access management. Ursina is proficient in understanding the intersections between IT infrastructure and business processes. She is used to deliver high-quality work while facing strict deadlines. Ursina is very passionate about supporting her clients to become more cyber vigilance. Her focus is on topics like Security Operation Centres development and Blue Teaming.

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Laura Mati

Laura is an Assistant Manager in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services team in Zurich. She has worked on several global projects across a wide variety of topics (from R&D target operating model to cyber delivery implementation) and a wide variety of industries (from banking to pharma). Through past engagements, Laura developed extensive know-how in TOM Design and Implementation, Shared Services, and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and is now focusing on Cyber Services Delivery and Service Delivery Models. Laura holds a B.Sc in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan), a M.A. from Tsinghua University (Beijing) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Cyber Security from ETH Zurich.


Barbara Flaad

Barbara Flaad studied Computer Science at the ZHAW and has a CAS in Information Security & Risk Management from the FHNW. She is CISSP certified and joined  SWITCH-CERT as a security awareness specialist in May 2020.

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Myla Pilao

Myla leads security research communications at TrendLabs, Trend Micro’s Research and Development Center. She heads the division of the company that monitors the security threat landscape, including high-profile attacks like advanced persistent threats (APTs) and prevalent digital security threats like mobile, cloud and critical infrastructure. She oversees a team that monitors and manages critical incidents and developments in the threat landscape.

Myla is also an active supporter and advocate on the protection of children online and international movements of stopping the online commercial distribution of inappropriate images of children.

Myla holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the National University in Singapore. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Letters, major in Communication Arts, from the University of Santo Tomas.

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Susanne Emonet

Susanne is Vice President for Product Strategy at Kudelski IoT. With a business background, she has worked in highly technical environment for most of her career, covering different industries from automotive via medical to cross vertical IoT security. 

After several years in Bosch, where she has held various functions from marketing, sales operations and business development to director corporate strategy, she has joined a med-tech startup before she started at Kudelski IoT 2 years ago.


Simone Frömming

Simone Frömming manages the key account business for Microsoft. She studied economics and mechanical engineering in Hanover/Braunschweig. After graduation, she landed in the mainframe computing division of IBM and programmed accounting solutions in the insurance industry. Due to her ambition and high commitment, she became one of the first female sales executives in IT at the age of 30. In most of her career, she dealt with management tasks in software sales (IBM, Oracle, Vmware), as well as with system integration & outsourcing (T-Systems) focusing on German-speaking countries; with a foray into IT distribution with significantly lower margins and major logistical challenges (MD TechData Germany).

In day-to-day customer interactions Cybersecurity is becoming a hot topic. So, Simone is working with all the Cybersecurity Specialists from Microsoft to support the customers.

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Monica Ratte

Monica Ratte graduated in 2012 from EPFL in mathematics (Master) and information security (Minor). After her studies she started working for the Swiss government, firstly as Incident Manager for the Army and then as Federal Commissioner for ICT Security for the whole Federal Administration at the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). In her daily job she draw up IT security directives and advise the administrative units on her implementation.

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Dr. Myriam Dunn Cavelty 

Myriam Dunn Cavelty is a senior lecturer for security studies and deputy for research and teaching at the Center for Security Studies (CSS). She studied International Relations, History, and International Law at the University of Zurich. She was a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies (Brown University) in 2007 and fellow at the stiftung neue verantwortung in Berlin, Germany 2010–2011.Her research focuses on the politics of risk and uncertainty in security politics and changing conceptions of (inter-​)national security due to cyber issues (cyber-​security, cyber-​war, critical infrastructure protection) in specific. In addition to her teaching, research and publishing activities, she advises governments, international institutions and companies in the areas of cyber security, cyber warfare, critical infrastructure protection, risk analysis and strategic foresight.


Ramona Traber

As a senior consultant in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services branch, I support clients as an Identity & Access Management (IAM) expert in reshaping their technology landscapes globally and in adhering to industry and regulatory standards.

Looking back on my professional journey from hospitality and startup development to cyber risk services, the most important common denominators of these experiences are ‘people’ and ‘problem solving’. I am very passionate about people, particularly about how people interact with each other in different, professional environments, and I truly enjoy accompanying organisations in their journey of solving a complex business problem. I found particular interest in the cyber topic due to its fast-developing, innovative and complex nature, requiring a thorough understanding of both people and technology matters.

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Dr. Maya Bundt

Maya Bundt is the Head Cyber and Digital Solutions at Swiss Re Reinsurance. In this role she is responsible to further develop and implement the cyber strategy for Swiss Re's Reinsurance business and to drive digital innovation and solutions. Maya joined Reinsurance from Group Strategy, where she was Chief of Staff to the Group's Chief Strategy Officer. Before that, Maya held a position in the Information Technology Division of Swiss Re.

Maya joined Swiss Re from The Boston Consulting Group where she spent 3 years as a strategy consultant serving a variety of industries. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the ETH Zurich.

Maya is elected member of the World Economic Forum Future Council for Cybersecurity and supports a number of national and international initiatives around the digital economy and cyber risks. She has published several articles on the topic.

Maya is an independent member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss retail bank Valiant, serves in the Cybersecurity commission of ICTswitzerland and as partner for Governance of Digital Risks at the International Center for Corporate Governance.


Elcin Biren

Elcin Biren is an Industrial Engineer specialized in Cyber Security. She has been working in Cyber since 2006 and enjoyed different roles such as IT Lead Auditor, Ethical Hacker, Cyber Operations, Data Leakage Prevention, Security Engineer, Defense Attack Capability Framework, Security Awareness, Consultant or Presales. Her passion is to save the world through cyber security and has been working at UBS in Zurich undertaking different Cyber Security roles for over five years. Currently leading Defense Attack, Capability Framework and Technical Risk Assessor.

Additional to her daily role she speaks at conferences to inspire and retain more women in Cyber. She is currently the Chairwoman of Women Working Groups at the Swiss Cyber Forum and SheLeadsTech Ambassador at ISACA, along with being the UBS Women in Technology External Stream Lead for the Swiss Region, and has volunteered in Global Cyber Communities where she focuses on the diversity topic to inspire young girls to enroll into this industry. 

Last but not least she will be teaching Cyber Security as an adjunct faculty at International University in Geneva from 2021.

She also loves oceans, surfing and researching.

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Ruth van der Zypen-Millard

Ruth is the public affairs and training manager in the Digitalisation and Cybersecurity Section within the General Secretariat of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport. It is her job to keep an overview on all issues related to cyber security and cyber defence in the department and the wide array of activities and requirements within the ministry and to supply information and advice to our Minister Viola Amherd. In her career, she has the habit of landing positions at the interface of communication and politics, including in her time at the U.S. Embassy and the British Embassy in Berne.  She is a Swiss-British national and studied at the University of London and the University of Berne where she earned an M.A. in English and German linguistics. She holds a teacher’s degree for English and German and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in political communication.


Hans Ulrich Amsler

After being an evaluation solution developer in a laboratory environment, Ueli Amsler was then for seven years responsible for the IT of an SME producing solutions for hospital information systems. Later on, Ueli Amsler worked for eight years at Swisscom in the field of major incident management. He was then able to combine his passion for IT and the military by setting up the Operations and Planning division at the Armed Forces Command Support Organisation.

For the past two years, he has been in charge of the Cyber Fusion Center, which, in addition to the Security Operations Center and the military CERT, consists of a team to support surveillance solutions and a team for situational awareness.

Furthermore, Ueli Amsler has recently taken on the role of CISO ad interim in the Armed Forces Command Support Organisation.

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