We’re proud to announce our 2018 speaker line-up:
Jamie Bartlett, Journalist and author of The Dark Net
Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he has become one of the UK’s leading thinkers on politics and technology. He is also author of The People Vs Tech (2018) about the relationship between technology and democracy, Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and best-selling The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures, which has been translated into 13 languages. Jamie also co-authored #intelligence with Sir David Omand, which explores the use of internet intelligence by the security services and the police. His Ted Talk about how dark net technology is changing the nature of cybercrime has been viewed almost 3 million times.
Amber Rudd, MP and former UK Home Secretary
Amber Rudd served as Home Secretary from 2016 until 2018, and has served as MP for the East Sussex constituency of Hastings and Rye since the 2010 general election. As Home Secretary she oversaw policing in England and Wales as well as international security. Earlier this year, she announced that the Home Office would be setting aside £50m in the next year to bolster cyber capabilities within UK law enforcement, including £9m as part of a crackdown on the dark web, £5m to be invested in local and regional policing to help set up dedicated cyber crime units in every police force in the country, and funding to develop a new national cybercrime training programme for police.
Dido Harding, Former CEO the TalkTalk Group
Dido Harding spent seven years as Chief Executive of TalkTalk plc, Britain’s challenger telecoms company. She oversaw the transformation of the company’s customer service following the de-merger from Carphone Warehouse, turning Britain’s most complained about telecoms operator into an award-winning provider. She led the regulatory, political and media campaign for greater competition in the sector, leading to the eventual break-up of BT in 2017. She also led TalkTalk through one Britain’s most high-profile cyber attacks, being praised by a Parliamentary Committee for her transparent and strong crisis leadership.
Mark Geoghegan, Managing Director of Euromoney Insurance Group (event chair)
Mark’s unconventional career spans (re)insurance broking and financial journalism. A graduate in Spanish, he spent over 7 years broking and producing (re)insurance of all classes from Spain and Latin America at Unison member broker Gil y Carvajal (now Aon Spain) in London and at Heath in Madrid, before leaving the market behind for a career in journalism. From 2002 to 2005 Mark was managing editor of FSA-regulated stock investment advisories Red Hot Penny Shares and The Fleet Street Letter before joining Reinsurance Magazine as editor in March 2005. He joined Insider Publishing in August 2008, editing The Insurance Insider and IQ magazine and is founding Chairman of the Lloyd’s and London Market Ibero American Club.