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General (Ret.) Keith Alexander, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, IronNet Cybersecurity

General (Ret.) Keith Alexander is one of the foremost authorities on cybersecurity in the world. A four-star Army general, General Alexander was previously the highest-ranked military official of USCYBERCOM, NSA/CSS, where he led these DoD agencies during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq when attempted cyber attacks against the U.S. were on the rise. 

In recognition of increasing importance of cybersecurity, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates appointed General Alexander as the first commander of USCYBERCOM, a newly created military institution charged with defending the nation’s security in cyberspace against sophisticated cyber threats to businesses and government operations in an increasingly interconnected world. 

A leader with vision and a pragmatic approach to tackling the ever-changing cyber threat landscape, General Alexander built IronNet to bring his knowledge and experience to the private sector and address a critical gap between cyber threats and available security technology.

Catherine L. Mann, PhD, Managing Director and Global Chief Economist, Citibank

Dr. Catherine L. Mann has been the global chief economist at Citibank since February 2018. She is responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Prior to this position, she was chief economist at the OECD, where she also was director of the Economics Department and was finance deputy to the G20 (2014-2017). Prior to the OECD, she held the Barbara '54 and Richard M. Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, where she also directed the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance (2006-2014). She spent 20-plus years in Washington, DC (1984-2006) where her positions included senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; economist, senior economist, and assistant director in the International Finance Division at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; senior international economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers; adviser to the chief economist at the World Bank.

Reid Sawyer, Managing Director, Head, Emerging Risks Group, Marsh Advisory

A nationally recognized expert, Reid actively advises numerous senior government, industry leaders and Boards with particular emphasis on cyber, geopolitical, and strategic risk advisory. In additional to his leadership role with Marsh Advisory, Reid also serves as a member of the New York City Fire Department’s Terrorism Task Force, providing subject matter expertise on resiliency, preparedness, and cyber issues for leaders in New York City. He also served on the University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Threats Advisory Board from 2016 to 2019.

In his last government position, Reid served as the senior intelligence strategist for the Middle East and South Asia at U.S. Central Command, leading the organization’s most elite analytical team, for which he received the Director of National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. Reid was also selected for a prestigious fellowship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his fellowship year, he led the first summit on intellectual property theft through cyber means.

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