Ásgeir Helgi Jóhannsson, hdl, Iceland

Attorney at law since 2005, partner at Atlas Legal services, since January 2018. Fifteen years of various experience in litigation, consulting and teaching. Before starting his own practice he was head of legal services for retail banking at Landsbankinn hf. 2011-2017.
Has sat in various boards such as Auðkenni hf. from 2011-2017 and participated in committees and workgroups including implementation of eIDAS regulation into national legislation in Iceland.
Taught law at the University of Akureyri from 2007-2010 and today he teaches seminars on topicx such as PSD2, eIDAS, consumer loans and more. Last but not least he is a tenor in the male choir Karlakórinn Esja.

Annette Olofsson, CAE of the Swedish Transport Agency, Sweden

Annette Olofsson is the CAE of the Swedish Transport Agency since 2012. In 2017 she became well-known within IIA Sweden in the wake of a government crisis concerning the Transport Agency and the next year she received an award from Transparency International in Sweden for integrity as CAE during the events that led to the so called IT-scandal in Sweden. Annette has had previous experiences from navigating through rough waters, including a case in Larry Rittenberg's and Patricia Miller´s study "the Politics of Internal Audit" by IIA in 2015. She has twenty years of experience in different fields of public and private sector auditing, including seven years in Internal Audit, and has also been CAE in local government.

Hans Nieuwlands CIA CGAP CCA RA, 

Hans Nieuwlands CIA CGAP CCA RA has more than 20 years of internal audit experience leading internal audit functions for several industries including the financial sector, utilities and retail. Hans is an active volunteer for The Institute of Internal Auditors, and has been working for the Board of Trustees of the Internal Audit Foundation and the Committee of Research and Educational Advisors. He is past president of ECIIA and of IIA Netherlands.
Hans is also member of the editorial advisory board of Internal Auditor and of the advisory council of Global Perspectives and Insights. In 2007 Hans received the prestigious Victor Z. Brink award for distinguished services for global Institutes of Internal Auditors. Prior to his career as internal auditor he worked eleven years as external auditor for KMPG. Since 2008 Hans is the CEO of IIA Netherlands.
Hans is the author of the books Auditing Anti-bribery Programs and Sustainability and Internal Audit. He is a recognized speaker on various topics including Culture, Sustainability and Quality Assurance, at The IIA’s international, regional and national conferences from Canada to Australia.

Heiðar Þór Guðnason, Specialist in computer and phone forensics, Iceland

Heiðar is currently working for the District Prosecutor, formally the Special Prosecutor Office (SPO), with emphasis on computer forensics and data analysis. He was involved in the work for most of the committees appointed by the Icelandic parliament (Althingi) regarding the fall of the Icelandic banks in 2008 like the Special Investigation Commission (SIC). Heiðar has many different certifications in the forensic field like IACIS CFCE and CAWFE, Cellebrite CCO and CCPA, Clearwell E-discovery, Politihogskolen NCFI and is holder of the SANS Lethal Forensic Coin.

Jenni Leppälahti, Planning Director, Executive office, National Audit Office Finland

Since 2002, Jenni Leppälahti has been working at the National Audit Office Finland in various roles related to auditing. In her current capacity, she is Planning Director, responsible, amongst other things, for leading and coordinating the audit planning process. Prior to this she waas Principal Financial Auditor (from 2013-2017), where she managed and carried out financial audit. In two absences from the National Audit Office, she worked as a Financial Auditor for the European Court of Auditors (from 20011-2013) and as an Internal Auditor at the European Commission (from 2004-2006).

Linda Lillestøl, deputy/CAE, Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Linda Lillestøl has been employed at the Norwegian Ministry of Defence since 2009 and has acted as deputy/CAE since 2011. The MoD Internal Audit is a resource pool consisting of 14 employees that delivers the internal audit function to the Secretary General and four out of five of the underlying government entities, as well as the whistleblower hotline for the sector and most entities. Both as deputy CAE and acting CAE Ms Lillestøl has led the internal audit through a period of strategic development and increased workload. From 1991-1998 she worked with the Auditor General within, among others, developing audit methodology and professional development of her section. She has many years of experience from finance, strategy and business development, as well as financial-, performance- and internal auditing.

Oslo school of business (BI): Master of Management (1999)
IIA - Certified Internal Auditor (2012)
IIA - Certification in Risk Management Assurance (2012)

Naohiro Mouri, IIA Global Chairman of the Board 2018 – 2019

Mouri-san is Executive Vice President and Chief Auditor of American International Group (AIG), a global property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance company based in New York. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Mouri-san has held a number of chief auditor positions. Before joining AIG, he was a Statutory Executive Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor for MetLife Alico Insurance K.K. Japan. He also led the audit departments at J.P. Morgan Asia Pacific; Shinsei Bank; Morgan Stanley Japan; and Deutsche Bank Japan. He began his career at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta and Tokyo.

Nolan Williams, Compliance - Financial Crimes CEO Office, Arionbanki

Nolan leads the Financial Crime Compliance function at Arion Bank, and has over 20 years’ experience, in security, compliance, and risk management. He holds degrees from Manchester and Oxford university. He is currently in the final year of a master’s program in Law and Financial Crime Compliance, at the University of Law, Chester.
Nolan spearheaded the implementation and regulatory Compliance of the 4th Money Laundering directives at Arion bank. He has been the figurehead of a cultural change in the bank, heavily focused on, the bank’s financial crime risk status, policies, and procedures, to include the three lines of defense, and training and awareness. Previously, Nolan spent sixteen years at Goldman Sachs London.

Nolan holds the highest level membership status of the International Compliance Association, and is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is a highly sought after speaker and expert in his field.

Paul Sobel, COSO Chairman

Paul J. Sobel, CIA, CRMA, QIAL, is Vice President/Chief Audit Executive for Georgia-Pacific, LLC, a privately-owned forest and consumer products company based in Atlanta, GA. He previously served as the CAE for three public companies: Mirant Corporation, an energy company based in Atlanta, GA.; Aquila, Inc., an energy company based in Kansas City, MO.; and Harcourt General’s publishing operations based in Orlando, FL.

In 2018, Paul was appointed Chairman of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). He is leading the Board for a three-year term in the development of guidance and thought leadership on enterprise risk management, internal control, fraud and governance.

Pirjo Shaer, Professional Practice, Government Internal Audit Agency, United Kingdom

Pirjo Shaer joined the United Kingdom’s Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) when it was established in 2015. Her role within the Agency’s Professional Practice team includes supporting the Internal Audit Profession for UK central government and other government internal audit profession related activities, such as conducting EQA reviews. Pirjo has a special interest in promoting best practice and effectiveness of Audit and Risk Assurance Committees. Prior to her current role, Pirjo worked for HM Treasury, the UK’s Finance and Economics Ministry, leading a variety of policy and strategic audits. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and has extensive internal audit experience gained in both the public and private sectors, more specifically in the manufacturing sector, both in the UK and Europe.

Richard Chambers, IIA President and CEO

Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, is president and CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the global professional association and standard-setting body for internal auditors. Chambers has more than four decades of internal audit and association management experience, mostly in leadership positions.

Stephen Grossman,“Deception Detection & Statement Analysis as Key Fraud Investigation Tools”

With over 25 years international experience, Stephen Grossman isarecognised Subject Matter Expert in profiling (behavioural & psycholinguistic), deception detection and investigative interviewing (conversation management). He isaseasoned fraud and complex crimes investigator who has consulted and trained police, government and corporations (including banking and insurance, technology, retail, construction, manufacturing and blockchain). Mr. Grossman has designed fraud and insider/external threat reduction programmes and train-the-trainer programmes.

He often speaks on deception detection, deception and fraud, investigative methods, investigative interviewing, understanding fraud and fraudsters, extortion, fraud reduction and risk mitigation, eliciting information, and statement analysis.

Sigríður Olgeirsdóttir, COO at Íslandsbanki

Sigríður Olgeirsdóttir is COO at Íslandsbanki since 2010. The bank‘s mission is to be #1 in service and customer needs are always in the forefront. The bank is determined to grow with its customers into the 4th industrial revolution.

Before joining Íslandsbanki Mrs. Olgeirsdóttir held a variety of roles, mainly CEO jobs within the IT industry, including AX Business Intelligence A/S, Ax Business Intelligence HF and Humac (Apple reseller in the Nordics). Her Board of Directors seats include Sensa, Save the Children, Sirius IT A/S, and Reitir hf.

Mrs. Olgeirsdóttir earned MBA degree in 2005 and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2017. She specialises in transformation, turnarounds, strategy, digitalization and running business with highly educated employees with expectation and willingness for success.

Theódór R. Gíslason, Co-founder & CTO

Information security professional, with decades of experience in information security

Theódór has decades of experience of working professionally in the space of offensive information security with his interests focusing on penetration testing, exploit development, offensive tooling and vulnerability research. Theódór has performed security assessments, penetration testing, incident response, and security consulting for many of large global organizations, including financial, government, and other technology oriented companies. Theódór currently leads the operations team at Syndis and is helping to drive the Syndis vision forward.

He is a popular instructor and speaker in Iceland, having for instance taught university-level technical computer security courses at both the University of Iceland and Reykjavik University between 2012-2015. Theódór has also presented at various conferences on state-of-the-art topics relating to information security.

Prior to co-founding Syndis, Theódór worked for Capacent, TERIS, and KPMG, where he performed technical offensive security consulting and assessments.

Ýmir Vigfússon, PhD, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer

Professor in residence, security educator and system builder.

Ýmir is Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Reykjavik University. He leads the research strategy of Syndis. Ýmir obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2009, where his dissertation was nominated for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation award, and worked as a research scientist at IBM Research on innovations in distributed systems.

With more than 16 years of experience in computer security, Ýmir is a pioneer in offensive exploitation of computer software. He invented various techniques to leverage security vulnerabilities in software, and wrote many of the first "Format string" and "Heap overflow" exploits. His TEDx talk on why he teaches people how to hack went viral in 2014. Ýmir has published over 30 academic articles, holds 4 patents and loves cats. His professional web site is ymsir.com.

Additional key speakers soon to be announced.

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