7th Annual QED Conference on Cybersecurity

Towards operational resilience


Gianluca Pescaroli

Lecturer in Business Continuity and Organisational Resilience, UCL Institute for risk and disaster reduction

Dr. Gianluca Pescaroli is Lecturer (assistant professor) in business continuity and organisational resilience at University College London. His research investigates how to build and improve the ability to maintain operations during disruptive events, how to minimise their impacts, and how to increase the resilience of the public and private sectors. This includes learning to understand complex challenges such as cascading risks, critical infrastructure failures, cross-sectoral interdependencies, and compound dynamics. Gianluca contributed to strategic documents such as the UNISDR Guidelines on National Risk Assessment, and edited reports such as the Guidelines on Cascading Effects of Wide-Area Power Failures (compiled for London Resilience). He is currently one of the lead authors of the European Commission Joint Research Centre's Flagship Report on 'Science for DRM 2020: Acting Today, Protecting Tomorrow' (sub -section on emergency facilities). In the last months, he supported the development of a stress test decision making support tool for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (European Office), and worked on hybrid threats and the cascading effects of global navigation satellite systems disruptions.


Boris Augustinov

Policy Officer, DG FISMA, European Commission

Biography coming soon.

Jonathan Davis

Senior Director Cybersecurity, Visa

Jonathan Davis is currently Senior Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Awareness and joined Visa in 2014. He leads Visa’s Key Controls and Security Awareness Programmes, and works closely with Visa’s Government Engagement and Regulatory Affairs Teams, consulting on policy and regulatory issues related to cyber and operational resilience, as well as data privacy. Jonathan spent the first four and a half years of his tenure at Visa’s headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is now seconded to Visa’s London office, where he is focused on UK and European regulatory environments.

With over 20 years’ experience in Information Technology, Information Risk Management, Cybersecurity, and business leadership, Jonathan’s background spans a broad variety of sectors, including roles in banking, fintech, consulting, legal, and government environments. His roles have included Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) program management and execution, leading Information Security consulting engagements at multiple Fortune 500 firms, business development, IT operations, and project management.

Jason Harrell

Head of Business and Government Cybersecurity Partnerships, Technology Risk Management, DTCC

Jason Harrell is Executive Director and Head of Business and Government Cybersecurity.

Partnerships at DTCC. In this role, he is responsible for partnering with business and technology stakeholders to assist with understanding and meeting their cyber compliance obligations. He is also responsible for the strategic direction on DTCCs cyber advocacy and accountable for strengthening DTCCs relationships with trade associations, standard setting bodies, supervisors, and other interested parties. Jason also provides thought leadership in the areas of cybersecurity and resilience. Jason was previously the Head of TRM Risk Analysis and Reporting where he enhanced DTCCs cyber risk assessment and performance metrics programs.

Prior to his roles at DTCC, Jason was the Corporate Senior Information Risk Officer for BNY Mellon Investment Management where he was accountable for the design and delivery of cybersecurity risk management services across BNY Mellon Investment Management. He previously held several cyber security-related positions within IT, Risk and Business Operations at BNY Mellon, ABN AMRO, Royal Bank of Scotland and the New York Board of Trade.

Jason has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology (IT), Privacy, and Cybersecurity Risk Management experience within the financial services sector. He is a regular speaker and panelist on cybersecurity and resilience including events hosted by EuroFi, Moodys, SIFMA, Institute of International Finance, and Investment Advisors Association. He has also published several articles on these topics.

Jason currently holds several certifications in technology, information security and data privacy.

Marina Kaljurand

Member of the European Parliament

Kaljurand was elected to the European Parliament and started her duties as MEP on July 2nd, 2019 after resigning from the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu). She is the member of the Estonian Social Democrats Party since June 2018.

Kaljurand was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019). She is the Commissioner of the Global Commission of the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) that she chaired (in 2017-2019) until she was elected to the Estonian Parliament. Kaljurand served as Estonian Foreign Minister in 2015-2016.

Kaljurand has served twice as the Estonian National Expert at the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (GGE), in 2014-2015 and in 2016-2017. She began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and held several leadership positions, including Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs (Legal Adviser), Undersecretary for Trade and Development Cooperation, Undersecretary for Political Affairs. She served as Ambassador of Estonia to the State of Israel, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Canada and the United States of America. Kaljurand headed the legal working group at the Estonian accession negotiations to the European Union and was the Chief Negotiator in Estonian accession negotiations to the OECD.

Marina Kaljurand graduated cum laude from the Tartu University (1986, LLM). She has a professional diploma from the Estonian School of Diplomacy (1992) and MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (F95).

Patrick Papsdorf

Head of Payments Oversight section, European Central Bank

Patrick Papsdorf is Head of Section of Payments Oversight in the Directorate General Payments and Market Infrastructure (DG-MIP) at the European Central Bank (ECB), which oversees payment systems, schemes and instruments to ensure their safety and efficiency. Prior to this, Mr Papsdorf was part of DG-MIP’s market infrastructure management, where he led both the TARGET analytics team and compliance team, and was closely involved in the running and development of key market infrastructures.

Before joining the ECB, Mr Papsdorf worked in a commercial bank and at the Deutsche Bundesbank. He was also on secondment to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.