Our board of directors

Chair - Damien Manuel

As an experienced, results-driven ICT business professional, Damien Manuel has more than 20 years of experience specialising in cyber security, business governance, compliance and risk management.

Damien is the Director of Deakin's Cyber Research & Solution Centre and is the Chair of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level.

In his former role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Damien worked with senior executives in the region to align security architectures to industry best practices. Damien also worked as a senior information security governance manager and later as an enterprise IT and security risk manager at National Australia Bank (NAB), where he was responsible for managing the bank’s information security standard globally. He also held senior roles at RSA, Telstra and Melbourne IT and is currently on CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Committee.

Damien has supported CompTIA for over 14 years through the development of CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and more recently the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification.

Damien’s passion for making a difference motivated him to establish Information Technology community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia.

Underpinning his experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus.

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Deputy Chair - Alex Hoffmann

Alex Hoffmann has worked in the Information Security industry for over 13 years holding various operational and executive positions in the United Kingdom & Hong Kong before returning to his home country of Australia. 

Alex holds a Master of Business Administration degree and several other industry qualifications. 

In addition to being appointed as a Board Director with AISA in December 2017, Alex also sits on the Adelaide branch committee, having previously held the position of Branch Executive. 

In his time with several organisations, and over the past decade in CQRs Australian operations, Alex has held multiple roles including Sales and Operations Manager, and most recently, General Manager. In this position Alex has guided the Australian operations through a period of impressive growth and positive change. 

Alex has a passion for the information security industry, particularly around information security advocacy at the executive level, education sector engagement and graduate development.

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Director - Andrew Evans

Andrew works in the area of governance, risk and compliance and follows a holistic approach to security bringing together physical, people, processes and technology across organisations.  Andrew is currently a security risk partner at Telstra and has over 18 years' experience in cyber security and risk working in Europe, USA and Australia with various organisations in the public and private sectors in areas including, but not limited to: telecommunications, mining, energy, transportation and aerospace & defence.  Andrew holds an MSc in IT Security, a BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems and Networks and is CISSP certified. 

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Director - Branko Ninkovic

Branko is the founder and Executive Director of Dragonfly Technologies. Founded in 2005, Dragonfly is a thriving cyber security practice servicing Australia’s most security conscious ASX listed organisations. With over 20 years’ experience specialising in cyber security, Branko has worked with many well-known and trusted brands to build in their cyber defences. Prior to Dragonfly’s  inception, Branko held several Technology Leadership roles in Macquarie Bank and Brambles Australia.

Branko is known for his innovative and collaborative approach, coupled with a leadership style which has allowed those that work with him the freedom to explore new and innovative practices. A key to Branko’s success is his ability to develop strong, enduring partnerships which are outcomes driven, providing value to all involved. As a thought leader, Branko is also a knowledgeable and engaging speaker on cyber security and business who has spoken at numerous international events.

In addition, Branko is also the cofounder of healthcare start up, VAXXIN8, a digital platform, whose mission is to protect healthcare workers from vaccination preventable diseases. VAXXIN8 was selected as one of the first participants to take part in the Australian Federal Government’s Landing Pad program in San Francisco to launch in the North American Market.

Branko has been an AISA member since 2008, he has held prior roles on the ASIA National Board as an advisor between 2009 and 2011, volunteered his time in several capacities to help build and advance the industry through AISA. Prior to joining the board, Branko was the Sydney Branch Chair and was honoured to receive the AISA Branch Chair of the Year in 2019 in response and recognition to his leadership. Outside of his work in AISA and Dragonfly, Branko is also a volunteer and committee member for the inaugural Sydney FAIR Institute Chapter since 2018. The FAIRTM Institute is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the discipline of measuring and managing information risk.

 

Director - Gergana Winzer

Gergana is the Industry Director of Cybersecurity, responsible for Asia Pacific at Unisys. She is a passionate advocate and thought leader for cybersecurity as well as female leadership and women in IT.

As an IT and cybersecurity professional for more than 14 years, Gergana's mission is to create, support and promote solutions that reduce cyber and data security risks thus empowering her clients to become even more cyber resilient.

Gergana comes from a strong business development and business growth background and her passion for the IT, cybersecurity and privacy has led her to participate actively in the industry as President of the ICT chapter of the Australian-Indian Business Council, ISACA Sydney Board Member, AISA committee member and AWSN mentor most recently.

She is a passionate advocate and thought leader for cybersecurity and female leadership and has been a media commentator as well as a keynote speaker and panellist in a number of industry events and leading conferences since 2014.

She is well respected by her industry peers and was nominated for Most Outstanding Woman in Security in the 2020 and 2021 Australian Women in Security Awards. She won the Community award for the Cyber Leadership Institute in 2020 touching the lives of numerous leaders and contributors in the industry.

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Director - Joshua Craig MIT, CISM, CISSP, GIA(Cert)

Joshua Craig has worked in Information Security, Risk and Compliance for over 15 years in the Australian banking industry with expertise in both commercial and technical sectors.
Joshua holds a Master in IT as well as industry qualifications such as CISM and CISSP, and currently volunteers as the Company Secretary for the Australian Information Security Association. 
Having previously volunteered as a Branch Executive for Melbourne as well as working closely with the AISA board of Directors, Joshua has over 6 years operational experience in assisting the Cybersecurity community of Australia.
Joshua currently works in a senior risk and assurance role for one of the big 4 banks specialising in cyber security and technology risk management. 

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Director - Michael Trovato, GAICD, CISM, CPDSE, CISA

Mike is a cyber security, privacy and technology risk advisor to boards, board risk committees, and executive management including CxOs. He helps key stakeholders understand the obligations and outcomes with respect to regulatory, industry, and company policy compliance and to protect what matters most in terms of availability, loss of value, regulatory sanctions, or brand and reputation impacts balanced with investment.

Key Australian and US roles: Currently IIS Managing Director and Lead Security Advisor; ICG, Global Cyber Practice Leader; and Cyber Risk Advisors, Managing Partner. Prior roles: EY Cyber Security, Asia Pacific, Oceania and FSO Lead Partner; NAB Group, GM Technology Risk and Security; KPMG, Partner Information Risk Management; Salomon Brothers, Internal Audit; MasterCard International, Principal.

Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (GAICD); ISACA Melbourne Chapter Board Member; Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM); Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE); Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA); and has been a PCI DSS Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). SUNY MBA Accounting and Finance and BS Management Science, Computer Science, and Psychology.

 

Director - Dr Suelette Dreyfus

Dr Suelette Dreyfus is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. She leads the core subject in digital privacy and security, and co-runs Masters-level teaching Emerging Technologies. She graduated from Columbia University before going on to complete her PhD at Monash University. 

Suelette leads research projects in the digital privacy and security space, with a particular focus on the end-user experience particularly for consumers online. She has previously co-designed and run projects in e-health testing reporting of errors in hospitals, and exploring barriers to technology adoption in the health-setting. She has expertise in media and has previously trained at and worked on the staff of one of the largest selling daily newspapers in Australia as a journalist. She introduced the first digital security training for Masters level journalism students at her university. She appears regularly in international and Australian media speaking on her areas of expertise.

 

Director - Tony Vizza

Tony Vizza has been involved in the information technology and information security fields for more than 25 years. His information security credentials include CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) and he is a certified ISO/IEC 27001 Senior Lead Auditor. 

Tony has an accomplished, business, technical and engineering background, having completed a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from the University of Technology, Sydney, and recently completed his Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney which included study at Stanford University, The London School of Economics and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is currently studying a Juris Doctor law degree at the University of New South Wales.

Tony has been employed for organisations including software developers, information technology vendors and distributors, managed security service providers, system integrators and mass market retail.  

Tony is a Cyber Security Ambassador for the NSW Government, a member of the Cyber Security Industry Advisory Committee for the NSW Cyber Security Node, member for the Blockchain Australia Data Security Reference committee and has provided expert services to the Australian Government’s Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the Law Society of NSW, the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) as well as numerous boards. Tony is also a longstanding member of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA).

Tony is an expert speaker on information security regularly speaking across the Asia-Pacific region on information security matters. He has also taught and mentored young and aspiring information security students through Victoria University, TAFE New South Wales and TAFE Geelong in association with Infoxchange.

Tony is a contributor and writer for Infosecurity Magazine, CSO Magazine, Security Insider Magazine, Australian Reseller News (ARN), Channel Reseller News (CRN), Australian Cyber Security Magazine and Lifehacker regarding information security, information technology, business and channel strategy. 

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Director - Akash Mittal

Akash has over 15 years of IT background in cyber security, compliance, software enhancement, and process optimization. He has worked in various positions across Australian financial and services sector. With a passion towards information security and he is a strong advocate of the importance of cyber awareness.

Akash has over 10 years of experience working within the highly regulated wealth management sector. In his last role at Equity Trustees as General Manager Technology and Security, Akash established a robust cyber security capability and an effective governance. Akash has recently joined Trustee Executors as an Executive Technology Officer.

Akash likes solving complex and consequential business problems, and acts as a technology and cyber security advisor to executive management and boards.

Akash holds a MSc in Network Systems, BTech in Computer Systems and is SABSA certified.

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Director - Andrew Wan

Andrew is an innovative industry veteran in security and has worked across government, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, health, aviation, banking and finance, logistics, fmcg, retail and hospitality. He is a respected thought leader with over 20 years dedicated in cyber security within government & private sectors with experience in delivering many industry and security firsts at the CISO and director level. Additionally, Andrew has a proven track record in entrepreneurship as well as being a member on a number of boards and think tanks. Andrew is a change agent safeguarding companies by managing risk, making strategic investments, crisis management and ensuring reasonable security practices. 

He is the ex Director of Whole of Government Cyber Security Operations and led Cyber Security in law enforcement with experience in engagement and setting up key working relationships, strategy and policy with other states, federal government, local councils, law enforcement and internationally with partners in Cyber Security, crisis management and threat intelligence.

For a number of years, he was acknowledged as the author of a significant number of threat advisories shared in law enforcement and government within Australia, and counterparts. Andrew has received a number of commendations from NSW Police. 

Andrew is a Director of Truehacking, your leading Cyber Security and Governance partner.

Chartered Security Architect, Certified FBI First Responder, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), MInfoSysSec (C.Sturt), BTech, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Open FAIR, SABSA, CHFI, SANS GIAC (02-2012 exp), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), ITIL, PGCM, Agile Project Manager Foundation, Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), Cellebrite, various offensive security certifications.

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Company Secretary - Chloe Hatzis

Chloe Hatzis is a Data Security Specialist internationally experienced at implementing information security. She has an LLB (Hons) and nearly a decade of experience in business operations, cyber security strategy, international privacy and data protection law, information security management, corporate governance, and cyberlaw training for executive level management. 
Chloe currently volunteers as the Company Secretary for the Australian Information Security Association (AISA). She has been active in the AISA community since 2018 and previously held the position of Deputy Branch Chair for the Melbourne Executive Committee.
Her unique skill-set enables her to bridge the gap between implementing law, technology, business process and security to empower individuals and organisations to make informed decisions about their information. 
Chloe received the AISA 'Volunteer of the Year' award in 2018 and was nominated for ‘the One to Watch’ in the Australian Women in Security awards 2019. 

 

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