IPA Board of Advisors

Christopher MacPherson – Senior Technology Strategist

Christopher joined frog in September 2016.  He focuses on the to design and application of data, technology, and the experience to enable transformational change. Christopher came to frog from the global macro-hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, where he designed and built a talent research team. Prior to Bridgewater, Christopher spent more than a decade working U.S. national security issues for the federal government, most recently as a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Combating Terrorism and Special Operations, where he oversaw Information Operations and countering violent extremism activities as well as the research and development of irregular warfare technologies. He has been a Presidential Management Fellow with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, served on the National Security Council in the White House Situation Room, a computer scientist for the National Security Agency, a speechwriter for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a researcher for the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy, and a software developer for an internet startup company. He received both the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal and the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for his time spent in Afghanistan. Christopher holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, an M.S. from the U.S. National Intelligence University, and a degree in Computer Science from Hamilton College in upstate New York.He has published articles and spoken on religion and terrorism and civil-military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Christopher grew up on a maple syrup farm in western Massachusetts, plays the drums, and loves to ski.

Kenneth H. Heffner, PhD
Honeywell Senior Fellow Engineer – Aerospace

Honeywell Space Systems; Clearwater, Florida.  Lead/Support new Cyber Physical Systems / IoT R&D and New Product Development/Introduction.  Aerospace Technology Leader for Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSS). Aerospace Lead for New Critical Infrastructure Systems Engineering Modeling for CPSS.  Aerospace Lead for Systems Security Engineering Workforce Development. Aerospace Lead for new Computing Paradigms and Supporting Technology. Honeywell Engineer/Technology Fellow – Systems Security Engineering 2009 – 2017 : Honeywell Space Systems; Clearwater, Florida – Lead/Support new Space Systems Platforms R&D and New Product Development/Introduction. Aerospace Technology Leader for Protective Technologies – Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSS). Aerospace Lead for Critical Infrastructure Systems Engineering Modeling for CPSS. Aerospace Lead for DoD Better Buying Power through Systems Engineering.  Aerospace Staff Inertial Systems Engineer 2006 – 2009 : Honeywell Space Systems; Clearwater, Florida – Led/Supported New Space System Platform R&D. Space Inertial Systems R&D Lead – Aerospace Technology Leader for Systems Security Engineering [Anti-Tamper, Information Assurance, others]. Certified Corporate Senior Six Sigma Black Belt 2004 – 2006 : Honeywell Corporate; Morristown, NJ. Led High Impact Systems Engineering Projects in Honeywell’s Aerospace Business Unit using Lean and Design for Six Sigma processes. Drove change in the engineering organization through VPD™.  Acquired Anti-Tamper TRL 3-4 DoD technology development program and establish technical leadership position.  Led the establishment of an Aerospace-wide Anti-Tamper business growth plan and an Anti-Tamper business-technology team.  Project Staff Design Engineer 1998 – 2004 : Honeywell Space Systems; Clearwater, Florida -Technical Director for $2M/Year satellite communications materials technology development programs. Director for two classified R&D Laboratories – Clearwater, FL.  Project Staff Materials Scientist 1995 – 1998 : Honeywell Space Systems; Clearwater, FL. Project Leader for new electronic systems technology programs enabling miniaturization, thermal management and rad-hardening enhancements to products to reduce otherwise prohibitively high costs. Technical Director for a development program for novel coating technologies used in electronic packaging ($22M over six years) Experience & Skills Design for Six Sigma (HW, SW and Growth) and Lean- Leading/Developing People and or Teams  External Customer Interaction – Leader – Ran/Running Business – $ Millions Velocity Product Development – Expert . Program/Project Management – Multiple >$1M Projects. New Product Introduction – Leader Education University of South Florida – Tampa, FL PhD. Chemistry 2004 Certifications, Awards, Licenses & Patents Certification: 00002307 – Six Sigma Black Belt Certification 2010 Honeywell Outstanding Engineer Award 2005 – Quest for Excellence: Business Division Team Leader Award – Next Generation Fiber Optic Gyro 1998 – Honeywell Outstanding Engineer Award 1996 – Honeywell Corporate Technical Award 1989 – Honeywell Outstanding Engineer Award 1987.

Troels Oerting – Group Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Barclays Bank Plc.

Troels joined Barclays as Group CISO on 1st February 2015 and in December 2016 he was appointed to Group CSO, overseeing a new horizontal Security organization that includes: Group Cyber Security (GIS), Group Physical Security, Group Intelligence, Group Investigation, Group Resilience and the newly established Joint Operation Centre’s (JOC) located in UK, India and US. Troels reports to the Group Chief Operations Officer and is a member of O&T/Group Service Company Executive Committee.

Before joining Barclays Troels held the position as the first Director of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), an EU wide centre in Europol with the task to assist Law Enforcement agencies protecting EUs 500 Million citizens from cybercrime. Before being appointed to Head of EC3, Troels held the position as Assistant Director in Europol’s Organized Crime Department and Counter Terrorist Department. He has also held positions as Director of the Danish Serious Crime Agency and Director of Operation in the Danish Security Intelligence Service.

Troels has been an external lecturer in cybercrime to several Universities and his Barclays Cyber Security team has been awarded several times as the best in the industry.  He holds several international advisory roles amongst them: Special Advisor to Interpol, Board member of the Cyber Defense Alliance, Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security of the WEF, the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford and he is Chairman of the Global Cyber Alliance.
In his spare time, he likes to enjoy the nature; fishing, sailing, hiking and is also presently trying to get a private pilots certificate.
He is the author of a Thriller: Operation Gamma – published in Denmark, and many academic articles.

CARMINE CICALESE – President and Founder of CYBER CIC, LLC

Carmine Cicalese is the President and Founder of CYBER CIC, LLC a consulting business to provide customers with cyber, information and cognitive security strategies and courseware. CYBER CIC assists the Indiana National Guard with the CyberTropolis range strategy and resource plan and advocates for CypherPath – a next generation Software Defined Infrastructure operating system. Carmine teaches an Introduction to Cyber Warfare to Navy Program Managers so they can design cyber resilient airworthy platforms. He also advises National Defense University on cyber wargaming.
Carmine draws from his twenty-nine-year military career culminating as a United States Army Colonel on the Army Staff as the Chief of Cyberspace and Information Operations. He led the Army’s efforts to establish the necessary strategy and policy for its contributions to the cyber mission force and tactical cyberspace capability. Throughout his military career, he led demographically and functionally diverse organizations accumulating a wealth of leadership knowledge and experiences in a variety of austere, garrison and educational situations. Carmine earned a Masters of Science from University of Maryland University College and a Masters of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He has significant public speaking and teaching platform experience. Carmine volunteers for the Military Cyber Professionals Association and for the Knights of Columbus.

Matt Armstrong – http://mountainrunner.us

Mr. Matthew Armstrong is a writer and speaker on public diplomacy and political warfare. His focus is on the organizations, authorities, and concepts that affect intended objectives. He is an adjunct lecturer with the Joint Special Operations University and an Associate Fellow at King’s Centre for Strategic Communication at King’s College London. From August 2013 through December 2016, he served as a Governor on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, since renamed the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate into this part-time role, he provided strategic guidance and oversight over the U.S. government’s international media and many of its Internet Freedom operations. Since 2012, Mr. Armstrong has served as a Member of the Board of The Public Diplomacy Council, and from 2014 to 2016 as the Board’s Secretary. The PDC is a nonprofit organization committed to the importance of the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. In 2011, Mr. Armstrong served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy where he reoriented the organization to its core purpose of “advocacy and oversight over U.S. government efforts that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.” This Commission is a federal body established in 1948 to advise the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress. It does not work for the State Department but serves both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government. In March 2017 and October 2015, he testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on the subject of political warfare. In October 2016, he was inducted into the Psychological Operations Regiment at Fort Bragg as an Honorary Member. Mr. Armstrong possesses a B.A. in International Relations and a Master of Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. He studied European security and the Middle East at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He currently resides near Zürich, Switzerland, with his wife, two children, and dog (a rescue from a Romanian shelter).

Tony SgroCEO EdVenture Partners

Aaron LobelPresident – America Abroad Media

MG(R) Al BatscheletPartner – Horizon Strategies

Mike LedbetterVice President for Cyber – COLSA Corp