Who We Are

Industry professionals and research experts bringing 40+ years of cyber-security expertise.

Meha Shukla

Cyber-risk management, business transformation and business assurance expert of over 27 years with global experience across various industry sectors (Finance, Title insurance, Telecom, Manufacturing, Automotive, Meteorology and Health Care). 

Meha is an expert in security, assurance and compliance for cyber resilient IoT based services for smart city.  Her research at University College London (UCL) on “Effectiveness of Cyber security risk management for Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) under Network and Information Security (NIS) legislation in UK” produced valuable recommendations to the UK Government and she continues to provide policy recommendations to improve NIS effectiveness in the UK. 

Her current PhD research is on “cyber-physical security of smart street infrastructure of London” and is engaging with European Horizon 2020 project to enhance the futuristic smart city security models.

David Ryder

30+ years’ success leading technology innovation for high-growth organisations, including Lloyds Register, Ericsson, Verizon, GSMA, Turk Telecom, ESPN and BT. Plus helping Start-ups and Scale-ups develop and expand their capability globally.

An accomplished leader with proven ability to deliver highly-successful commercial and technical programmes across digital, driving revenue growth and business process transformation on a global scale. Equally at ease taking a tech start-up to its next growth stage, turning around a flagging business, or producing stellar results for an established corporation. Deliver critical roadmap to leverage available and emerging technologies to drive business transformation initiatives. Proficient working at senior level both with clients and internally to identify potential problems, growth areas and offering addressable solutions. Methodologies include Business Development and Sales, Digital Transformation Frameworks, GTM principles, Partner Identification and on-boarding, Innovation frameworks including Incubators and accelerators, Agile Project and Product Development methodologies, Business Cases, Delivery Management, Pre-Sales including RFP responses and Bid development. Fully conversant with IoT, Big Data Lakes, Analytics, Cloud, NLP, AI/ML, 3/4/5G, Wi-Fi, LTE, Content Engines, Digital Advertising and Multimedia System (IMS).

Derek Tam

Technologist with over twenty-five years of international experience (North America, Europe, CIS, Asia and Middle East) in technologies, investment and private equity. 

Strong successful record of accomplishment in managing technology operations across the globe in businesses ranging from startups in Silicon Valley to top NYSE and LSE listed companies.  Having over a decade of working experience as the lead technologist in a HNWI family office, taking lead investment decisions on venture opportunities on a regular basis.  Major venture projects over the years spanned across multiple sectors, including Cybersecurity, Cloud Infrastructure and IoT, Mobile Communications, Drones, Privacy, Distributed Ledger, Digital Advertising, Renewable Energy, Maritime Port Infrastructure, Smart Logistics and Warehousing, Insurance and Payments. 

In the past five years, Derek has established a cybersecurity consultancy specializing in High Net worth Individual protection and cyber insurance products.

Marco Franken

Project management specialist in R&D, innovative solution delivery, management of data platforms, Big Data interrogation, advertising and brand effectiveness tracking and consumer insight.

Extensive client-side and consulting experience working for and with global blue-chips including Philips Electronics, Borg-Warner, Inmarsat, EBay, Google, Facebook, Shell, Metrolife, Shire Pharma, Tarmac, Bloomberg and Hilton Group. SAP, Citibank, European Space Agency, China Mobile, Tata, Rolls Royce, Shell, Softbank, Google, Volvo Ocean Race and Bloomberg. 

Maco has been an active participant for over 30 years in projects sponsored by the UK Government, EU Horizon 2020 and other international cooperation bodies.