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Dr. Sascha-D. Bachmann, LL.M LL.D

State Exam (Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Germany), Ass Juris, LLM
(Stell, RSA), LLD (UJ, RSA) Attorney (Munich High Court), FHEA
Associate Professor in Law
Visiting Associate Professor in War Studies – Swedish Defence University

As a British-German academic I joined the University of Bournemouth as an Associate Professor in International Law in August 2013. Prior to joining Bournemouth I worked as a Senior Lecturer in International and European Law at the University of Portsmouth and as a Reader in International Law at the University of Lincoln. I have been a member of the SLS since 2008.

In 2016 I was made an Extraordinary Visiting Professor (AP) in War Studies in the Department of Military Studies at the Swedish Defence University, Stockholm in recognition of my academic contributions to Military studies.

My teaching and research focus is on international legal subjects and work on research projects involve colleagues from the UK, South Africa, Israel, Sweden, the USA and Australia.

I was educated in Germany (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München), South Africa (Stellenbosch University and University of Johannesburg) and the United Kingdom (University of Portsmouth).  Prior to completing a LL.M at Stellenbosch University, I was admitted as a German Rechtsanwalt (attorney at law) at the High Court of Munich.

My research (more than 40 outputs) is often interdisciplinary and shows a clear nexus to new Security Challenges in 21st Century: be it Hybrid Warfare, Bankrupting terrorism, on Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations, Russia’s use of Lawfare within its legal, military and historical context:

Since October 2012 I published over 18 academic pieces on the subject of Hybrid War and Conflict, some of which were published in leading international journals. I presented on Hybrid War at NATO in April 2016, at the Austrian Ministry of Defence in November 2015, at the Swedish Defence University in April 2016, the South African National Defence Force, the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University and the Royal Danish Defence College.

I am a former army officer (Lieutenant Colonel - German Army Reserve) with operational experience and career professional in law and higher education. In the last 20 years I have worked in various capacities and functions in the USA, the Middle East, South Africa and various European countries. I was seconded to the 23rd US MAR Rgt as a visiting exchange officer in 2006.

I co-authored two submissions of evidence to the UK Parliament’s Defence Committee on Hybrid Warfare and Russia’s Arctic ambitions which were published in 2016 and 2017. I also presented to the Austrian MoD and had a piece published in its Annual Security Assessment.

I am a regular contributor to  NATO’s Legal Advisor Web (LAWFAS) with my publications being used as NATO reference documents (Legal Advisors Worktop Functional Area System (LAWFAS) by  The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).

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William Bond

William Bond, MSIT Graduate Student, Department of Information Technology, College of Computing and Software Engineering, Kennesaw State University. He will be receiving his Master of Science Information Technology from Kennesaw State University in the Fall of 2017. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology from Kennesaw State University in 2016. He received an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Network Specialist from North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville, Georgia in 2012. His research interests include Web Services vulnerabilities and mitigations, Information Security and Data Analytics. He served in the United States Army as a Field Artilleryman and as a Non-Commissioned Officer. He is a member the Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.

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Noelle Cowling

Noëlle van der Waag-Cowling is a military science professional with 25 years of experience in the Department of Defence, South Africa and 20 years of experience in South African Higher Education at Stellenbosch University.  She is the co-ordinator of the Cyber Project at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa.  She has served as assistant editor of the journal Scientia Militaria, published in various national and international scientific publications and been a participant in international military education projects.  Noëlle teaches fifth dimension warfare and low intensity conflict in the Department of Military Strategy, Stellenbosch University.

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Dr. Hakan Gunneriusson

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Lech Jenczewski

Lech J. Janczewski MEng (Warsaw), MASc (Toronto), DEng (Warsaw), ITCP

Dr Janczewski has over forty years’ experience in information technology. He was the managing director of the largest IBM installation in Poland, and project manager of the first computing centre in the Niger State of Nigeria. He is Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, Department of Information Science and Operations Management. His area of research includes data security management with the special emphasis on cyber terrorism. Dr Janczewski wrote above 300 publications presented in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books. His last book, Cyber Conflicts and Small States, was published in January 2016 by Ashgate Publishing (United Kingdom). He is the chairperson of the New Zealand Information Security Forum, secretary of the IFIP TC-11 committee (Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems) and the Fellow of the Institute of IT Professionals (former New Zealand Computer Society).

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COL Lazlo Kovacs

Colonel Laszlo Kovacs is a professor at the National University of Public Service (NUPS). He graduated from the Military Technical College as an electronic warfare officer in the Hungarian Army in 1991. During his military career, he served in various positions in different electronic warfare units. He earned his master's degree at NUPS in Budapest in 1999, and his Ph.D. in the field of military technical science in 2004. He has been working in military higher education since 2002.

Colonel Kovacs is a full-time professor in the Department of Electronic Warfare at NUPS, Hungary. He engages in scientific research in cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, information warfare and critical information infrastructure protection. He won the Research Scholarship for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences with cyber terrorism research themes in 2005 and 2009. He leads Ph.D. students as a scientific adviser in the fields aforementioned. He also serves as the head of the NUPS Cybersecurity Research Team.

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Dr. Csaba Kraznay

Dr Csaba Krasznay, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and conducts research on cybersecurity at the National University of Public Service, Hungary. He leads the Cybersecurity Academy at NUPS as a Program Director. He is a member of board at the Hungarian E-government Association and Voluntary Cyberdefence Coalition. He received his MSc in 2003 in Electrical Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and his Ph.D. at NUPS. He was elected to the “Most Influential IT Security Expert of the Year 2011”. He is also employed by Balabit where he acts as a Security Evangelist. He is responsible for the vision and strategy of Balabit's Privileged Access Management solutions.

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Neal Kushwaha

Mr. Neal Kushwaha's background focuses on the IT security, physical security, IT infrastructure, and physical datacentre design for classified spaces. With over 21 years of experience in the domain, he has helped private and public sector organizations make their datacenters and systems work for them. He has successfully moved 30 data centers covering 3 continents. Annually, he hosts a conference on cyber and data centers in Ottawa, Canada known as DCAR.

When he is not working at Impendo Inc., he is busy training to climb his next big mountain. Neal is an accomplished mountaineer and was the lead of a spring 2014 Lhotse/Everest ascent team. As habituated as he is with the ever-strenuous responsibility for the lives of an international ascent team, seeing his shadow in the clouds and watching the sun crest over the curvature of the earth are sights that will most likely never tire him.

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Dr. Edward L. Mienie

Academics: BA (Law), University of South Africa, 1984; Ph.D. International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University, 2014; International Relations, Trade, Finance, Media, and Law Courses, School of Diplomacy in South Africa, 1987-1989; Courses in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation, World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 1996; SAP & ASAP Certification (Walldorf, Germany), Enterprise Resource Planning, 1998; Leadership Training, South African Infantry, 1978-1979. Professional Experience: Executive Director Strategic & Security Studies Program & External Relations, UNG, 2017; Associate Vice President Executive Affairs, UNG, 2015-17; Executive Advisor, Applied Software Technology, 2002-2015; SAP Software Consultant, 1999-2010; Diplomat, South Africa, 1987-1998: Deputy-Ambassador to Switzerland, 1994-1998; Political Advisor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, South Africa, 1992-1994; Political Advisor to Ambassador and US Government/Congressional Liaison, Washington, D.C., 1989-1992; Active Military Conscript (Angolan War), Infantry, 1979-1983. Research Interests: State Fragility; Role of Public Diplomacy in Conflict Management; Counter-Terrorism; Nuclear Non-Proliferation. Language Skills: English (fluent); Afrikaans (fluent); German (fluent); Dutch (functional); Flemish (functional).

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Victor C. Parker

Victor Parker is an assistant professor of law in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. Prior to joining UNG as an adjunct in 2001, Parker owned his own law firm.

In addition to his role in the Mike Cottrell College of Business, Parker serves as a faculty advisor to the student government association at UNG.

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Dr. Bryson R. Payne

Dr. Bryson Payne is the founding Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at the University of North Georgia, an NSA Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. He is also a tenured professor of computer science at UNG, where he has taught aspiring cyber professionals since 1998. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), among other industry certifications. He was also the first Department Head of Computer Science at UNG and enjoys working with K-12 schools worldwide to promote computer science education.

Featured in CIO magazine, Campus Technology, and the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Payne is the best-selling author of Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming (2015, No Starch Press), now published in five languages (Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and English). His new book, Learn Java the Easy Way (2017, No Starch Press) hit the shelves this fall, and he’s a popular online instructor with over 20,000 students enrolled from more than 150 countries, including the highly-rated Udemy course Real-World Ethical Hacking (2017).  He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia State University and has published articles in scholarly and trade journals, in addition to speaking regularly at regional and national conferences on computer science and cybersecurity education.

Dr. Payne lives north of Atlanta, Georgia, with his lovely wife, Bev, two sons, Alex and Max, and three cats, Leo, Rocky and Pixel.

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Dr. Hossain Shahriar

Dr. Hossain Shahriar is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA since Fall 2012. He received his PhD in Computing from Queen’s University, Canada in 2012. His research interests include cyber security, particularly application (web, mobile) security vulnerabilities and mitigation approaches, risk assessment techniques, and metric-based attack detection. He also teaches cyber security courses in BSIT and MSIT degree programs such as Ethical Hacking. Dr. Shahriar has published more than 60 peer reviewed articles on various research topics within cyber security in International Journals, Conferences, and Book Chapters including ACM SIN, ACM SAC, IEEE HASE, IEEE COMPSAC, Computer & Security, and ACM Computing Survey. He has been a reviewer for many international journals and PC member of international conferences on software, computer, and application security. He served as Fast Abstract Chair in IEEE COMPSAC 2015-2017, Program Chair in ACM SIN 2016, Publicity Chair in IEEE COMPSAC 2017, Publication Chair in ACM SAC 2017 -2018, and Student Research Competition Chair in ACM SAC 2016. Currently, he is also a Co-PI of a funded research project from National Science Foundation on Secure Mobile Application Development aiming to develop open source labware resources. Dr. Shahriar is a professional member of ACM, SIGAPP, and IEEE.

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Given Shingange

Shingange is Director of Connecting The Dots Training and Consulting Services. He is also the founder of a Non Profit Company that deals with Career and Organizational Development, as well as the 2IC of Regiment President Steyn a reserve force unit in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Shingange is a former permanent force member of the South African National Defence Force (currently serving as a Reserve Force member) and a graduate of the South African Military Academy. He is currently studying towards an MPhil in Knowledge and Information Systems Management at Stellenbosch University.

Shingange has worked in different industries, occupying various senior positions. He has worked in the Private Security Sector, Construction, Waste Management, Training, and the Hospitality Sector. He has also provided consulting services to different organizations in the public and the private sector. He is currently working on developing Mobile Apps and working on the development of ICT security platforms.

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Bruce W. Watson

Bruce Watson is chief scientist at IP Blox – a developer of leading edge technologies for deep-packet inspection, with a focus on performance and virtualization. Academically, he is co-founder and co-director of the distributed FASTAR Research Group, director of the Centre for Decision Making and Knowledge Dynamics, and co-director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research. Bruce holds a professorship at Stellenbosch University and a visiting professorship in the Department of Computer Science at King’s College London. With more than a dozen researchers, his FASTAR Research Group performs fundamental research in new algorithms and implementations for high performance pattern matching.

Watson’s first Ph.D is in computing science and engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, after studying discrete mathematics and computer science at the University of Waterloo. He later returned to Eindhoven as chair of Software Construction. Watson’s second Ph.D, in computer science, is from the University of Pretoria in 2012.

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Iuri Khijakadze

I am Iuri Khijakadze, a junker at the National Defence Academy of Georgia. I was born in Russia on 21st of December, 1995. I grew up and live in Kutaisi, Georgia.  

Before joining the NDA, I have finished a high school (2011) and the Cadets Military Lyceum (2014). I have been awarded for exceptional academic performance as well as for sports achievement (boxing).

My interest in IT and cyber issues has driven me to increase my knowledge in those fields. I follow a goal of constant learning and development in order to become a successful officer in service of the homeland.

I am married and I have a little daughter.

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