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National symposium on cyber strength through ethnic diversity

27 June 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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In this symposium, attendees will hear from inspirational speakers looking at current and future initiatives aimed around increasing diversity in the cyber sector. Attendees will also be able to provide feedback into the initiative and policies going forward. The Symposium will consist of Keynote speech, invited talks, panel sessions and round table workshops.

Supported by: Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)

Keynote Speaker:

    • Jitender Arora, NSE & UK CISO, Technology & Digital Services, Deloitte LLP

Hear from the leaders:

    • Simon Hepburn, CEO, UK Cyber Security Council
    • Sue Lowe, Head of Cyber Growth and Innovation, Dept. of Science, Innovation and Technology
    • Daljinder Mattu, Senior Policy Lead Cyber Security, Dept. of Science, Innovation & Technology
    • Freha Arshad, Managing Director, Accenture
    • Jagvinder Singh Kang, Partner, International & UK Head of IT, Mills & Reeve LLP
    • Clare Norton, Operations Manager UK &Europe, School of Coding
    • Ruby Motabhoy, Innovation Lead, Plexal and Cyber Runway
    • Adam Entwistle, Project Officer, IMO Charity
    • Jazz Bhambra, Strategic Technical Lead, Nettitude Group
    • Prashant Pillai, Associate Dean, University of Wolverhampton
    • Zeshan Sattar, Senior Director, Learning & Skills Certification, CompTIA
    • Anitha Chinnaswamy, Associate Professor in Cyber Security Management, Aston Business School
    • Shahrzad Zargari, Principal Lecturer in Cyber Security & Forensics, Sheffield Hallam University

Brief Schedule:

9:00am: Registration and Networking. Refreshments on arrival

9:30am: Start of Event

4:30pm: Close of Event

About The Ethnic Minority in Cyber (EMiC) Network

While there is a growing cyber security skills gap and high shortage in the UK cyber sector, a recent survey found that only 17% cyber professionals are from the ethnic minority background across all cyber roles. The EMiC network is a network for the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority cyber academia, professionals and businesses with the long-term aim of significantly improving representation across the cyber sector.



27 June 2023
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Park Regis Hotel
160, Broad St
Birmingham, B15 1DT United Kingdom
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