Day 1

Bruce Braes, CSyP, CPP, Director Resilience Consulting at Optimal Resilience

Bruce Braes, CSyP, CPP, is the Director Resilience Consulting at Optimal Resilience. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate security, emergency preparedness and response, quality assurance, logistics, engineering and security consulting. His most recent experience being focused on the mining, metals, oil and gas sectors, as well as major critical infrastructure projects. He holds degrees in security management and risk management and has conducted doctorial research into Organisational Resilience.

Mike O'Neill, Managing Director, Optimal Risk Management Limited

Mike is the Managing Director of Optimal Risk Management Limited, a Risk, Resilience and Security company. After leaving the British Army as a Major Mike developed a second career in risk and security management consulting. He has operated around the World on: risk and threat assessments; crisis response; contingency planning and security planning and testing.

He is a Chartered Security Professional, a Fellow of the Security Institute and past Chairman of the BSIA Specialist Services Section.

Optimal Risk works as a trusted adviser to our clients by helping them identify and avoid risks; mitigate the impact of events, secure their assets and people; investigate misconduct and build resilient businesses.

Renato De Castro, Executive Director, Baumann Group

Member of the global advisory board of Leading Cities, located in Boston, and aInternational Advisor for The World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments, in Seoul.

Senior consultant and executive director of Baumann group, responsible for the offices in Asia and Europe. Official consultant for Smart Cities projects and internationalization strategies. Doctor of Business Administration candidate at Maastricht School of Management – MSM - doctoral research topic: The effects of intense exposure to ICT in Smart Cities in consumer behavior of citizens.

20 years of professional experience in developing market entry strategies and managing researches worldwide.

Tim Rid, Professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London

Rid’s most recent book is Rise of the Machines, out in June 2016, in German as Maschinendämmerung. It tells the sweeping story of how cybernetics, a late-1940s theory of machines, came to incite anarchy and war half a century later. His recent research article, “Attributing Cyber Attacks,” was designed to explain, guide, and improve the identification of network breaches (Journal of Strategic Studies 2015).

Rid’s book Cyber War Will Not Take Place (Oxford University Press/Hurst 2013) analysed political computer network intrusions; a Chinese translation is forthcoming with the People’s Publishing House. His text “Deterrence Beyond the State” (Contemporary Security Policy 2012) opened a fresh conceptual angle on the deterrence debate by exploring Israel’s experience with non-state militants. His articles appeared in major English, French, and German peer-reviewed journals as well as magazines and news outlets.

In 2009/2010, Rid was a visiting scholar at Hebrew University and at Shalem in Jerusalem. From 2006 to 2009 he worked at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation in Washington, and at the Institut français des relations internationales in Paris. Rid wrote his first book, War and Media Operations (Routledge 2007), at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, a Berlin think tank. He holds a PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin.

David Reubens

David has been involved in the UK security sector since 1992, being one of the original security trainers in the earliest days of the Westminster Council Door Supervisor training programme. He ran his own consultancy from 1992-2013, under the names of Meido Consultants and David Rubens Associates, and was from  December 2013 until recently MD of InfraSafe Security International, the international division of InfraSafe, a major US security technology company.

David has also been involved in the academic side of security and risk management, completing his MSc at Scarman Centre, Leicester University in 2006. He was consequently taught on a range of security related programmes at Leicester, Cranfield and the University of Portsmouth, where he is currently in the third year of his Professional Doctorate, writing his thesis on strategic management of hyper-complex crisis events. 

Andy Stanford-Clark FBCS, CITP - Invited

Andy is a British information technology research engineer, specialising in telemetry and publish/subscribe messaging. He leads a research team at IBM, and is a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and IBM Master Inventor.

He is also a visiting professor at Newcastle University, and a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Peer Review College. He regularly gives talks about his profession.

Day 2

Dr Mark Begbie, Business Development Director, CENSIS (Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems)

Mark's career spans commercial and academic R&D in micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), optics and instrumentation. He has first-hand experience of new product introduction and the challenges of incorporating new technologies into the commercial environment.

Before joining CENSIS, Mark held senior roles in design and product engineering of new MEMS products and capabilities for the optical telecommunications sector. He then moved on to the Institute for System Level Integration to deliver innovation support for the emerging UK MEMS sector. As ISLI CEO he drove the integration of wireless and MEMS streams, alongside electronic systems, to deliver new capabilities to companies using Scottish, UK and EU funding mechanisms.

Alex Gluhak, Lead Technologist (IoT), Digital Catapult

Dr Alex Gluhak is the Lead Technologist for IoT at Digitial Catapult, where he is responsible for setting the technology directions in the area of IoT and the creation of strategic programmes and their delivery.  He has nearly 15 years’ of research experience in academia and industry. Since 2006 he has been working in the area of mobile computing and IoT at companies such as Intel Labs, Ericsson and at the University of Surrey. He completed a Dipl.-Ing.(FH) degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg, Germany in 2002 and a PhD degree at the University of Surrey in 2006.

Alex has extensive experience in collaborative Research and Innovation (R&I) activities both at a national and European level. Since 2006 he has successfully initiated over 10 large scale R&I projects and testbeds in the area of IoT. He has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers on IoT related research in application fields such as smart cities, energy and water systems. He has a holistic understanding of IoT systems from devices to cloud, including communications, information processing, data management and application enablement. His current work focuses on lowering barriers for innovation around Low Power Wide Area Networks and establishing common market places for IoT data across heterogeneous IoT platforms.

Michael Kohn, CEO, Stickyworld

Michael Kohn is a U.K.-based architect who left practice in order to address what he felt was a fundamental problem: building owners, users, designers and other stakeholders lacked the tools to connect with one another in order to create better performing buildings, spaces, and communities.

Kohn’s vision for a solution became Stickyworld, the company and product he launched in 2012. Stickyworld is a web- and mobile-based communication tool in which designers post multimedia document of projects and viewers can offer comments or pose questions via virtual sticky notes that go directly on the images.

Daniel O'Connor, Warp It

Daniel O'Connor launched Warp It in 2013. Warp It was created out of a need. While working in the waste management sector, Daniel saw too many perfectly good items being thrown away. It is too challenging for busy staff to find a new home for surplus items, quickly and easily.

Warp It started off in 2005 as a freecycle -style email ring. This proved popular, but there were some major drawbacks. Legal obligations were not dealt with sufficiently. The new owner of the item could not be screened and checked. We also found Emails to be clumsy, annoying, time consuming and they cannot be tracked. This meant the whole process was time consuming for the users, which reduced participation and useable resources were also still going into the bin!

Chris Cooper CEng, co-founder of KnowNow Information

Chris Cooper CEng, co-founder of KnowNow Information and Principle of - Chris is both a social scientist and an IT architect.   Chris has been working in the Smart Cities sector for over 8 years and has a socio-economic approach that makes sure that technology works for the citizen & the city by delivering outcomes that are useful for the many not the few.    Chris is passionate about citizen centric cities and is co-chair of the Smart Cities & Communities (EU) Citizen Centric Data work stream.   Chris is active in the Digital Catapults Personal Data Trust Network and the global Kantara Initiative workgroup on personal identity.    Chris was part of the original team that wrote the BSI's Smart City Interoperability Framework Standard (PAS 181).   KnowNow are Members of the City Standards Institute (at the Future Cities Catapult).

Chris has domain expertise in transport systems, having worked with clients including Network Rail, Heathrow Airport, TNT, TUI Thomson, on a diverse range of projects including: asset management, ticketing systems and operational management systems.  Chris broadened into the smart cities domain where he was the Enterprise Architect for Smart Cities at IBM UK for a number of years. Clients included TfL, Bristol City, Peterborough and the GLA.

Chris established KnowNow Information ( in 2013 with David Patterson (also ex-IBM).  

KnowNow has its own products in the smart city domain  -, as well as offering a design and development service to 3rd parties.


Terry Toms, Founder of RandDTax

Terry Toms, the founder of RandDTax has operated very successfully in the Research and Development Tax consultancy market since 2002.  Along with his team, they have completed scoping and justifying claims for in excess of 700 companies, and gaining an estimated figure of over £46m for grateful clients. The largest claim for one year has exceeded £200k while the smallest recovered around £7k.

Along with an SME client, Terry presented at the 2011 annual conference of the HMRC tax credit specialists, has helped run training workshops for HMRC, as part of an Intellect (UK ICT industry trade body) initiative, and has spoken to a large number of business groups on the subject of R&D Tax. He qualified in banking, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Independent Business where he also serves on the UK Ethics Committee. He is also part of the Initiatives in Business Development (IBD) consultancy network and trained as a business mentor with SEEDA, the South East of England Development Agency.