13th - 15th July, 2021
Virtual Conference

Keynote Speakers

Eliza Manningham-Buller

Baroness Manningham-Buller LG, DCB headed Britain’s Security Service (MI5) from 2002 to 2007, before serving as Chair of the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest charitable funders of medical research and other activity to improve human health. From counter terrorism to pandemics, Eliza has led organisations through remarkable and pressurised times.

Eliza reflects on 20 years as a leader of two very different organisations, but which share many traits and goals in managing the unpredictable and trying to keep millions safe. She outlines how leaders’ priorities must change in order to keep pace with shifting demands from all stakeholders and the constant emergence of new, often unimagined challenges. From existential threats such as climate change and pandemics to diversity and fairness, leaders have to seriously consider an everchanging, complex landscape of priorities that influence both their organisation’s
success and society’s future.

Misha Glenny

Misha Glenny is an author, journalist and specialist on Eastern and Southeastern Europe, organised crime and cybersecurity. He has served as Central Europe correspondent for the Guardian and the BBC. During the late 1980s and 1990s Glenny reported extensively on the Balkan wars of Independence that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia. Since then he has acted as consultant to several European governments and the EU on the Balkans. Glenny has also advised the US departments of State and of Justice on US-European relationships and on organised crime. He speaks regularly at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Misha is the author of several books on Central and Eastern Europe. Away from European politics, he has written the acclaimed book McMafia (which was adapted into a hit BBC drama of the same title), about the problem of international organised crime which, he believes, may now account for more than 20% of global GDP. Alongside this he has been appointed a visiting professor at Columbia University specialising in ‘crime in transition’ looking at the new world of cybercrime. He also co-wrote DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia looking at examples of the new global criminality and the world of cyberattacks.

Robert Hannigan

As a leading authority in cyber security, Robert Hannigan currently serves as the Chairman of BlueVoyant international. He was previously the director of GCHQ, UK’s largest intelligence and security agency. During his time there, he led the creation of the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre and oversaw the UK’s pioneering Active Cyber Defense program.

During his 20 years of public service he served as the Prime Minister’s Security Adviser and was principal Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair on the Northern Ireland Peace Process. He was awarded the US Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2017 and honored by Queen Elizabeth for services to UK national security in 2013.