Edward Oates Symposium Speakers

Peter M. Fonash is currently the chief technology officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications. Prior to this appointment, Fonash was deputy manager and director of the National Communications System (NCS). Fonash has also held positions at the Defense Information System’s Agency (DISA) Joint Combat Support Applications Division and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Information Technology (IT) Architecture Council. He also wrote DISA’s strategic plan and managed the development of the Technical Architecture for Information Management—the forerunner of today’s Enterprise Architecture. Fonash has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a doctorate in information technology and engineering from George Mason University. 

Jacques Francoeur is an industry leader with over 25 years of experience driving greatly needed change in the security space. He is founder and executive director of Union of Concerned Cybersecurity Leaders (UCCL), is a think tank organization focused on addressing the root causes of the nation’s current cyber security challenges. He is also chair of the Bay Area Council’s Security Subcommittee on Threat Intelligence Sharing, which has the mandate to define and help resolve the current legal, technical, and operational challenges to sharing threat intelligence and to improve how Bay Area organizations cooperate in sharing such information.

Previously, Jacques was part of Ernst & Young’s Information Security Advisory team, and was a thought leader in E&Y’s Security Center of Excellence. He is the co-founder and former executive director of the Bay Area CSO Council, a member-based nonprofit organization of Chief Information Security Officers based in Silicon Valley. He holds a bachelor’s of applied science and master’s of applied science in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Tami Gallupe is Oracle’s director of global privacy and North America information security. She provides global leadership and strategic oversight in security and privacy, and advises on regulatory compliance, security vulnerability mitigation and business risks. With more than 14 years of industry experience, her technical and business knowledge includes expertise in product security, information security, and data privacy. Previously, Gallupe held key positions in Microsoft’s Security Response Center and in Oracle’s Global Product Security organization. She influenced industry direction in product security vulnerabilities management, established and led cross-functional teams in multifaceted corporate security initiatives and played a key role in establishing Oracle’s Critical Patch Update program. She holds a master’s degree in information security management from Colorado Technical University and has earned numerous industry certifications. As an advocate of cybersecurity education, she also actively mentors students and young professionals.

Mark D. Iwanowski has more than 27 years of operational and investment experience in the technology sectors. He recently joined Cognizant Technology, one of the fastest growing Fortune 500 companies, where he is working directly with the CEO to set up a new corporate venture/incubator group. Most recently, Iwanowski was a managing director with Trident Capital, focusing on investments in cleantech and IT, software and communications. Previously, he was senior vice president of global IT and CIO for Oracle Corporation, the world’s largest enterprise software provider, where he managed global resources in 145 countries, including Oracle’s On Demand (SaaS/cloud) operations. Prior to that, he held executive positions with SAIC, Raytheon and Honeywell and was a principle in two successful startups. Prior to entering the startup and corporate business world, Iwanowski spent time in professional football with the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. 

Mike Lyons currently serves as chairman and CEO of Zanttz, Inc. a cybersecurity company based on technology developed through a tech transfer partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is also associate professor-consulting in the Stanford University School of Engineering and a managing director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm. Previously, he served as a venture partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and as a venture partner for ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was also an entrepreneur-in-residence at Vanguard Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and a senior advisory director of Investcorp, a large New York-based late-stage venture capital firm. He was a co-founder and general partner of Zilkha Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital partnership focused on IT and biotechnology companies, principally located in Silicon Valley. He currently serves as a director of Real-Time Innovations, a privately held software company. He holds degrees in engineering physics from Cornell University, electrical engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Pepperdine Presidential Key Executive Program.

Leonard M. Napolitano Jr. is currently director for computer sciences and information systems at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore. Previously, as Sandia National Laboratories’ deputy director for exploratory systems and development his responsibility was the development of bioscience/biotechnology capabilities. The work included building numerous partnerships with industry, academia, and other national laboratories. Napolitano’s previous experiences include the management of the Advanced Concepts Department, the Scientific Computing Department, and the Center for Computational Engineering at Sandia. Napolitano has been involved with improving California’s educational system and was a member of the Joint Legislative Commission for the California Master Plan for Education. Napolitano received a bachelor’s in humanities and science, a bachelor’s in art and design a bachelor’s in civil engineering and a master’s in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in computer architecture for computational mechanics from Stanford University. He is a member of Sigma Xi and a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.

Nathan Nayman is head of California State and Local Relations for Visa Inc. He is responsible for Visa’s government and community relations efforts in San Francisco, the greater Bay Area and California. He also contributes to the implementation of Visa’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. As an entrepreneur, Nayman helped establish a chain of successful retail video establishments in the 1980s. Prior to joining Visa Inc., Nayman spent eight years as executive director for The Committee on Jobs, a coalition of San Francisco’ s largest private sector employers. He serves on numerous boards, including the California Workforce Investment Board, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose Chambers of Commerce, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, TechNet, the Bay Area Economic Institute, The John Burton Foundation for Foster Youth and JVS. He holds a master’s in health services administration from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

John S. Serafini is a director at Allied Minds, where he manages the firm’s investments in technologies originating from U.S. federal research institutions with domain expertise within cyber and homeland security, wireless communications and C4ISR defense technologies. Previously, he was a principal at Good Harbor Consulting, where he partnered with Paladin Capital and Richard Clarke, the former White House special advisor to three US presidential administrations, as a venture capital/growth equity investor and M&A specialist with sector concentration in cybersecurity and managing investments impacted by national security regulations. As a former U.S. Army infantry officer, Serafini served with the 82d Airborne Division and the United Nations Security Battalion – Joint Security Area of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Serafini holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Stephanie O. Sparks is a shareholder of the 60-year-old law firm Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel. She chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property, Privacy and Data Security Team. Sparks counsels business clients on privacy law, data security, and records management issues and has guided many clients through the aftermath of data breach crises resulting from stolen computers, website hackers, phishing scams, employee or third-party negligence. She also counsels Internet service provider (ISP) clients in complying with the law. Sparks leads the firm’s Electronic Discovery Team, given her knowledge about issues involving electronically stored information, computer forensics and records management. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Sparks was named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, as chosen by her peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine.

Gary Warzala is the chief information security officer of Visa Inc. and is responsible for all aspects of the information security program, including business continuity and IT risk management. Previously, Warzala was SVP, global head of IT risk management at Aon, where he developed and led a global organization with programs covering risk management, information security, IT compliance and privacy, continuity services and information management. Warzala began his IT career with GE Aerospace, where he transitioned from technical infrastructure roles to senior management positions in telecommunications, architecture, application development and information security. Warzala holds bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and an MBA from Xavier University.

Eric Winsborrow has more than 20 years of senior level experience in high technology companies. Winsborrow is currently executive vice president and general manager of commercial solutions for ZanttZ, Inc., a Silicon Valley-funded cybersecurity company that creates solutions for the U.S. government. Previously, he was vice president of product marketing for McAfee, where he conceived and executed the most successful launch in company history: Total Protection Solutions. Previously, he ran product management for Symantec’s flagship enterprise client and server security, a $450 million portfolio, and led product management for Cisco’s Unified Communications Software Business Unit in the early days VoIP technology. Winsborrow holds a bachelor’s in engineering physics and economics from McMaster University, Canada, and an MBA from IIST, Japan. 

Warren Yu is chief learning officer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Cebrowski Institute. Yu served as a naval officer aboard the U.S. Seventh Fleet flagship, a guided missile cruiser, an amphibious assault ship and with the U.S. Army in Baghdad, Iraq.  A graduate of the Naval Academy, the Naval War College and the Naval Postgraduate School, he holds master’s degrees in finance and information technology. He has designed and delivered courses on change management and disruptive technology for senior military leadership and several federal agencies. Yu is currently working with the Navy's premier supercomputing center to fuse weather and military data for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief response.