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Our Speakers

We work with the best.

Matthew Price, Chief Correspondent, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme


An award-winning broadcast journalist and presenter with over two decades of experience covering some of the biggest stories of the last 20 years. Based in London now, previously Jerusalem, New York, Brussels and Belgrade, Matthew’s work online, on television and on radio has reached hundreds of millions globally and in the UK. He’s won BAFTA, DuPont, Sony and RTS awards among others. His reporting has been equally diverse – from the campaign trail of the last three US presidential elections, the Syrian and Iraq wars, from Libya during the fall of Gaddafi, the Haiti earthquake, Wall Street for the credit crisis, Mexico’s drug wars, Europe’s Eurozone and refugee crises, Britain’s Brexit referendum, to name just a few.


As Chief Correspondent for the BBC’s award winning Today programme, Matthew presents and reports from national and global hotspots. He is leading the corporation’s drive to develop and expand its digital news gathering, experimenting with new video formats and new broadcast opportunities, and opening up his storytelling to a new generation of digital consumers. Through online portals as well as traditional media outlets he presents live for the BBC’s leading shows: anchoring flagship programmes in the field and the studio to cover both breaking news events and provide more considered geo-political in-depth analysis, moving in real-time with the story, hosting live Q&As from the latest flashpoint, taking the audience places.



Tim Hughes, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Digital Leadership Associates.


Tim Hughes is universally recognised as one of the world’s leading pioneers and exponents of Social Selling and he is currently ranked Number 1 as the most influential social selling person in the world (according to Onalytical).


He was responsible for a large-scale sales transformation within Oracle the result of which delivered in excess of $100m in sales uplift and he is currently leading the sales transformation programmes at a number of large B2B companies and is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Leadership Associates.



Edward Gibson, Risk Management, J.D., CISSP, CFE, FBCS, (Ret.) FBI Special Agent, USA


Ed, a Vietnam-era veteran (Army-Airborne), began his professional career as an Attorney in the Office of General Counsel, Amway Corporation, based in Michigan, USA. In 1985, he was appointed as a Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He served in various FBI Field Offices investigating complex frauds, espionage matters (CIA/FBI agents turned traitors), and FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he developed and led the first-ever ‘Operational” Asset Forfeiture / Anti-Money Laundering training program for all FBI Special Agents, backed by a Department of Justice multi-million-dollar training budget. Ed was the first FBI Special Agent to be designated a Special/Assistant United States Attorney (Federal Prosecutor), in the District of Columbia and Eastern District of Virginia, where he investigated and prosecuted White Collar Crime cases involving money laundering and asset forfeiture. In 2000, Gibson was assigned to the FBI’s flagship overseas post – the American Embassy in London, as an FBI Assistant Legal Attaché (Diplomat) where he had primary oversight over all FBI cyber and fraud investigations in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. He was named Acting FBI Legal Attaché, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2003, and subsequently returned to the London Embassy.


In 2005, Ed completed his 20-year FBI career and was headhunted by Microsoft to be its first former FBI Agent to hold the role of Chief Cyber-Security Adviser and Senior Risk spokesperson in the U.K. and Ireland. In addition to establishing Microsoft UK’s first-ever computer forensics training program for Police Constables, and a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Council comprised of CISOs representing over 30 global companies, Ed gave over 250 presentations in 18 countries to commercial companies, government agencies, academic institutions, and customer groups around the world on operating-system and software security, cyber safety, and Microsoft’s unwavering commitment to product security. In 2010, after 10 years in London, Ed returned to the Washington, D.C. metropolis and joined PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Cyber Centre of Excellence. In 2013, he moved to the boutique consultancy Alvarez & Marsal, LLC, Washington D.C. to help establish a dedicated global cyber security division. In late 2014 Ed founded the Embassy Attaché Groups, in start-up stage.


While in the U.K., Ed qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales, achieved the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification, completed a two-year ‘computing’ Diploma at Oxford’s Kellogg College, and was named a ‘Fellow’ of the Chartered Institute of Computing, British Computer Society. In 2010 Mr. Gibson was inducted into the Information Security – Europe “Hall of Fame.” In 2017 Ed attained the CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) certification.


Ed’s cyber presentations (most recently in May 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Shirahama, Japan) focus on the human element of cyber-crime. His ‘Culture of “YES” and why we can’t say NO’ presentations are unique to the industry. His ability to incorporate humorous asides help make the issues we face come alive and real. Audiences, technical or not, walk away with a feeling they can be in control of their internet environment, that there is hope.



Paul De Souza, Founder President, CSFI – Cyber Security Forum Initiative, USA


Mr de Souza is the co-author of the book Strategic Intelligence Management (National Cyber Defense Strategy), he serves as an advisor for the MCPA (Military Cyber Professionals Association), and he is a recipient of the Order of Thor Medal. Paul serves as a CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organized Crime Research) Visiting Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel (INSS) – Cyber Security and Military & Strategic affairs Programs.


He served as a Federal Director of Training and Education for Norman Data Defense Systems, and he also teaches Cyber Defense Strategies at George Washington University.


Mr. de Souza has over 15 years of cyber security experience and has worked as the Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where he designed and approved secure networks for MSS (Managed Security Services). Mr. de Souza also worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and US Robotics as a security engineer.


He has consulted for several governments, military organizations, and private institutions on best network security practices and has also presented in the countries of Estonia, Georgia, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Israel, Romania, Turkey, as well as all across the United States.


Mr. de Souza has a Masters in National Security Studies (MA) with concentration in Terrorism from American Military University, West Virginia VA.