GOV. TOM RIDGE

The Honorable Tom Ridge, first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania

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GOV. TOM RIDGE

The Honorable Tom Ridge, first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania
Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania.
During his DHS tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000-plus employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. Tom Ridge served as Secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until February 1, 2005.

GERARD ARAUD

Gérard Araud, a retired career diplomat, held numerous positions within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the course of his career, Mr. Araud gained specialized knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East, and strategic and security issues.

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GERARD ARAUD

Gérard Araud, a retired career diplomat, held numerous positions within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the course of his career, Mr. Araud gained specialized knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East, and strategic and security issues.
Gérard has written numerous journal articles, was published in Commentaire and Esprit, and writes a column for the French weekly Le Point.
Following retirement, he became Senior VP for Strategy at Richard Attias & Associates in NYC and a Trustee at the International Crisis Group.
Mr. Araud holds engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE in Paris; graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; and is an alumnus of Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

JULIETTE KAYYEM

Juliette Kayyem presently serves on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and is faculty chair of the Homeland Security Program there.

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JULIETTE KAYYEM

Juliette Kayyem presently serves on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and is faculty chair of the Homeland Security Program there. She is the CEO of Grip Mobility, a technology company looking to provide transparency in the rideshare industry. She also provides strategic advice to a range of companies in technology, risk management, mega-event planning, venture capital and more.

Kayyem served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Before that, she served as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor. She has also served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism and a legal advisor to US Attorney General Janet Reno. She is a CNN national security analyst and the author of several books, including Protecting Liberty in an Age of Terror, with Philip Heymann.

She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

DANIEL REISNER

Daniel Reisner served as the head of the IDF’s International Law Department for almost a decade. In this capacity, he was responsible for advising Israeli leadership on international law, the Middle East peace process, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and counter-terrorism operations.

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DANIEL REISNER

Daniel Reisner served as the head of the IDF’s International Law Department for almost a decade. In this capacity, he was responsible for advising Israeli leadership on international law, the Middle East peace process, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and counter-terrorism operations.
Following his retirement in 2004, Daniel entered private practice. For the last 11 years, he is a partner at Herzog, Fox & Neeman where he heads the firm’s international law, defense, national security and international trade and compliance practice groups. Reisner is widely viewed as a leading international authority in these fields.
Daniel also pursued a career in academia. He teaches at two Israeli academic institutions and publishes on a wide variety of subjects. Daniel is a sought-after lecturer and panelist, both in Israel an abroad.

BUKY CARMELI

57YO, is the Former Director General and Founder of the Israeli National Cyber Security Authority (NCSA), under Prime Minister of state of Israel, and the Former Head of MOD Cyber Defense division.

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BUKY CARMELI

57YO, is the Former Director General and Founder of the Israeli National Cyber Security Authority (NCSA), under Prime Minister of state of Israel, and the Former Head of MOD Cyber Defense division. Carmeli, an Electronics Engineer, served for more than 17 years in famous 8200 military unit in various managerial and development positions, in the field of Intelligence and Cyber technologies; Mr. Carmeli is one of the early founders in the Israeli cyber security field, since early 90's, and today advises to various companies and governmental entities; Mr. Carmeli is also the official Cyber Security advisor of the Israeli Central Elections Committee to secure elections in Israel against cyber-attacks. On the Financial field, Mr. Carmeli has many years of experience in Systematic and Algorithmic trading, in both the development and execution side, and hedge-fund management on the other; at his last position in the Fintech industry, before recruited by Prime Minister, Mr. Carmeli served as a General and Fund Manager of Sphera Systematic Hedge fund; Sphera is the largest Hedge Fund management group in Israel.