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Founding Members

The enclosed below list are details of founding members of a chapter who helped us significantly to start this chapter. 


Alireza Nahid
Alireza has 15 years of experience in Information Technology with 10 years focus on Information Security drawn from a 
wide range of organisations from smaller start-ups through to multinational corporates.   Alireza has studied Master of 
Information Security and holds a number of certifications such as CISSP, ISSAP, CISA, MCSE and SCF. His areas of 
expertise include Governance, Risk and Compliance, Enterprise Security Architecture and Strategy, Business Continuity 
and Disaster Recovery and Information Security Program Management. Alireza has a valuable combination of technical, 
management and business experience. His excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills enable him to 
successfully engage stakeholders from senior management to technical specialists.

Amber Umair
Amber is an Information Security professional with 8 years of experience in Financial and Service Industry. She started her career as a network engineer in Banking industry, worked as a network consultant with IBM and gradually stepped into the information security arena. She has experience in the establishment and implementation of information security policies and frameworks, IS projects management and security awareness campaigns. She is CISSP, ITIL, CCNA, JNCIA, JNCIS certified. To pursue her passion for emerging IS trends and technologies, she is working as a PhD. candidate at University of Technology, Sydney(UTS). Her focus areas are social networks information forensics and cybersecurity.

Andrew Wan
Andrew is an innovative industry veteran in security. He is a respected thought leader within government & private sectors with experience gained delivering many industry and security firsts. He has a proven track record that includes managing multimillion dollar businesses and security consulting in large multinational corporations. He has gained extensive cross industry experience in cloud, mobility, telecommunications, architecture, forensics, ethical hacking, data centre, product management and helping large companies gain security certifications. Andrew is a change agent safeguarding companies by managing risk, making strategic investments, and ensuring reasonable security practices. He has authored security whitepapers and is interested in forensics, crypto currency and p2p transactions.

Dan Kennedy
A specialist operating in Australia and NZ with a decade of experience. Covering systems administration, security architecture, penetration testing, network security and risk & compliance roles with bespoke Aussie organisations. Dan is a hardened connoisseur of the security arts, where he is regularly found performing penetration testing and red team engagements across the industry. Helping organisations better understand their risk profile and assist them with building and implementing smarter, brighter and efficient ways to tackle today and future situations. Dan is a CISSP who's also a QSA, CREST CRT, OSCP and SCF Chartered Security Architect.

Jay Hariish
Jay Hira is an innovative and adept information security practitioner with close to 10 years of experience, having successfully delivered information security advisory and assurance engagements to global clients predominantly in banking and financial services, telecommunications and insurance industry sectors. Jay is CISSP, CISA, CISM, CEH, CHFI and PRINCE2 certified practitioner, and is an active member in various security forums in Sydney.

Joseph Mikhail


Karan Khosla
An Information Security Consultant with a strong compliance and technical background, and experience in sectors including Government, Financial, Insurance, Healthcare, Retail and Recruitment.Karan regularly works with the management and technical stakeholders to implement practical and business enabling security strategies.

Kelvin Zhou, CISSP
Kelvin is an IT specialist with more than 10 years of experience enhancing corporate performance through skilled alignment of IT resources with company goals. A Cyber security expert with proven record of success safeguarding company operations through oversight of all aspects of security policy and infrastructure with demonstrated business acumen for leveraging technologies and processes in support of corporate objectives.

Kosol Justin Nou

Mukesh is a highly motivated Cyber Security professional with over 20 years of experience in IT consulting, finance, healthcare and utility sectors. He enriched his experiences by working in various organisation, sectors and countries like India, Philippines, Switzerland, the USA and Australia. Mukesh gained his CISSP in 2005 
and owns many other certifications like TOGAF, CISM, CCSK, SCSA, MCSE, CNA etc.  Previously Mukesh worked with organisations like eHealth NSW, WIPRO Technologies, GE Capital Americas, CSC India, Dell Perot System, Union Bank of Switzerland, iHealthcare Ltd., SIEMENS & PCS Computers and he is currently establishing and leading the OT Security practice as a strategic SME for Asia and ANZ of DXC Technology. 

Nitin Ram
Nitin is a CISSP certified professional with more than 9 years experience in management and maintenance of  information & network security principles, processes and technologies across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, financial and government. Nitin is passionate about information security and is interested in understanding and implementing latest industry wide security initiatives, trends and requirements.

Naveen Sharma
Prior to settling in Sydney, Naveen worked in pre-sales and sales in Dubai for 5 years. He has more than 10 years of local work experience in System, application and Infrastructure security in commercial and public sector. An avid supporter of aligning information security with the organisation's business objectives. In his spare time, he practice Tai Chi for balance and harmony.

Prashant  Haldankar
Prashant is a highly experienced and passionate information security professional with strong experience in governance, risk and compliance space. Prashant has gained extensive experience within Australia and internationally and has over 15 years of experience in information technology and information security. He has worked in various roles in Australia and overseas for government, private sector and consultancy firms to establish and implement information security strategies and frameworks. He also has excellent management and interpersonal skills with proven experience in stakeholder and relationship management. His strong technical background which combined with business focus has ensured successful implementation of governance frameworks. With his strong business driven approach and attention to detail he has assisted large and medium sized organisations, locally and globally and across various industry verticals, to successfully achieve their end goals.

Prashant Shrivastava

Udaya Wijesinghe
Udaya is a highly motivated information security professional with Network, Internet & IT systems experience spanning over 14 years includes highly specialised in the field of IP Network & Security during last eight years. He provides technical leadership in security architecture, security auditing, penetration testing and risk assessment in carrier networks. Udaya is CISSP, CEH, CCSE, CCSA, CCNP Security, CCSP, CCNA and JNCA certified and holds a number of titles such as  CEng(ECUK), MBCS CITP and MACS CP.

Yun Hee Kwak