Huawei Breakfast Forum

2nd August
View Docklands
51-53 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Melbourne


Huawei Breakfast Forum

2nd August
View Docklands
51-53 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Melbourne


Huawei Breakfast Forum

2nd August
View Docklands
51-53 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Melbourne

Risk management in a global technology environment

There has never been a period of sweeping change like the era we are experiencing right now.

Business models, supply chains and even whole economies are evolving at an accelerated pace, presenting huge challenges and enormous opportunities.

Vastly expanded connectivity and the proliferation of devices coupled with the arrival of powerful commodity processing options and transformative software platforms has quite simply changed the way the world works.

Underpinning all of this are the rapidly evolving networks and the innovations that drive their development, the complex global supply chains that feed their manufacture, and the international standards-setting that oversees their interoperability.

A new global reality has emerged in the world of technology and innovation in which North America and Europe are no longer the only source of technical and business leadership. Technical standards and service improvements are increasingly springing from ‘non-traditional’ providers.

We have arrived at a moment in time where these powerful forces have driven a philosophical and technical shift in the way the world secures its networks and protects its customers’ data.

Cybersecurity is the paramount conversation of our age. As a global technology leader in the telecommunications sector, Huawei is rightly a leading voice in that conversation.

This forum brings together the most senior levels of cybersecurity and risk management professionals in Australia across industry and academia for an open-door discussion on the practical challenges faced in the current world technology environment.

We aim to strip away the fear, uncertainty and doubt that has muddied the debate and to focus on the practical issues these forces present for technology professionals.

Discussion points will be on:

  • Evidence-based decision making through a lens of geo-technology risk
  • The development and use of global technology against the backdrop of fraught international relations
  • Technical standards development and the impact of geopolitical trade tension
  • The potential impact of Balkanization of telecommunications and other technologies
  • The pros and cons of globally collaborative technical innovation 



Registration begins


Opening remarks from

James Riley, Editorial Director,  


Welcome Address

John Lord AM FAICD, Chairman, Huawei Technologies (Australia)


Cybersecurity and the future of global technology supply chains

Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies (USA)


Evidence based risk assessment in multivendor/multijurisdictional networks

Dr. Hank Wolfe, Associate Professor of Information Science, University of Otago


The case for an Australian telco security assurance centre

Dr. Mark Gregory, Associate professor, RMIT


Coffee Break


PANEL DISCUSSION: Addressing complexity, cybersecurity’s global issue

Panel Moderator:
James Riley, Editorial Director,


  • Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies
  • Paul Brooks, CEO, Internet Australia
  • Dr. Mark Gregory, Associate professor, RMIT
  • Dr. Hank Wolfe, Associate Professor of Information Science, University of Otago
  • Adam Ni, Visiting Fellow - Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University


Closing Remarks and Key Learning from

James Riley, Editorial Director,


Morning tea and networking


Close of forum


Official Event Host


Speaker Bios

John Lord

John Lord

Chairman, Huawei Technologies (Australia)

As well as Chairman of Huawei Technologies (Australia), John is presently Chairman of DMS Maritime Services Pty Ltd and a member of the Victorian Government’s Defence Council as well as other State Government Boards. In a voluntary capacity he is Captain and Chairman of Huntingdale Golf Club. He is a former Chief Executive and Director of the Marine Board of Victoria, and a member of the Australian Maritime Group and the National Plan Committee for maritime emergency responses around Australia.

John was Executive Director of P&O Maritime Services, and was also a Director of Australian Maritime Systems, Austen Maritime Services Pte based in Singapore, and P&O Maritime Services UK and South Africa. He served with the Royal Australian Navy for over 36 years and retired with the rank of Rear Admiral.

Donald Andy Purdy

Donald Andy Purdy

Chief Security Officer,  Huawei Technologies (USA)

Andy is Chief Security Officer for Huawei Technologies USA overseeing Huawei USA's cyber security assurance program, and supporting Huawei’s global assurance program.

Andy is the Huawei global lead for the East-West Institute Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative and serves as the Vice Chair of the Open Group Trusted Technology Forum, which developed the Open Trusted Technology Provider Standard (O-TTPS), recognized as ISO/IEC 20243.

Andy was the senior cyber security official of the U.S. Government from 2004-2006. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Andy was a member of the White House staff where he helped to draft the U.S. National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (2003), after which he went to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he helped to form and then led the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

Dr. Mark Gregory

Dr. Mark Gregory

Associate Professor - Network Engineering, RMIT University

Dr Mark A. Gregory is an senior telecommunications and network engineering academic at RMIT University and is very interested in making contacts with organisations that would like to collaborate on research or consulting projects. He has had significant success with research projects and is looking for new challenges and funding for research projects.

A personal goal is to finish the development of a business asset decision management system that incorporates, time, cost and performance prediction and real-time data collection from deployed and operating assets and business systems.

Dr Gregory is available for media interviews in the areas of telecommunications, networks and Internet security. He has experience as a company director, was an elected member of the Engineers Australia Victoria Division Committee 2010-2012, is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Dr. Hank Wolfe

Dr. Hank Wolfe

Associate Professor of Information Science, University of Otago

Dr. Wolfe has been an active ICT professional for more than 59 years. He has earned a number of university ICT degrees culminating with a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Otago (Virus Defenses in the MS/DOS Environment). The first ten years of his career were spent programming and designing systems in the manufacturing environment; the most notable was one of the first fully automated accounting systems in the U.S. The next ten years of ever increasing responsibility was devoted to serving in the U.S. Federal Government rising to the position of Director of Management Information Systems for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

In 1979 Dr. Wolfe took up an academic post at the University of Otago and for the past thirty-five or so years has specialized in computer security (retiring on the 13th of June 2018). During that period he has earned an international reputation in the field of electronic forensics, encryption, surveillance, privacy and computer virus defenses.

Over the years he has provided advice on security matters to major government bodies within New Zealand as well as government organizations in Australia, Panama, Singapore and the U.S.; and additionally to New Zealand businesses and the major New Zealand Internet Service Providers.

Dr. Wolfe is a regular invited and keynote speaker at international conferences having spoken at over 60 conferences, in more than 20 countries, during the past 30 years. He addresses security and privacy issues – both technical and policy.

His primary research interest is centered around the discipline of mobile phone security, electronic forensics, surveillance, and private communications techniques.

Adam Ni

Adam Ni

Visiting Fellow - Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University

Mr. Adam Ni is a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. His main areas of interest include China's foreign and security policy, with a current focus on China's evolving strategic (space, cyber and nuclear) forces.

Over the last decade, he has worked in academic, government and private sector positions on a variety of China-related issues, including political economy, foreign investment, and foreign policy. He is a frequent commentator on geopolitical and China-related issues for Australian and international media.

Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks

Chair, Internet Australia

Sometimes described as a "Serial CTO", Paul's expertise in telecommunications network design, planning and operation stems from extensive hands-on experience in Broadband Access and large-scale data networking. He has a practical and pragmatic knowledge of communications protocols, leading equipment suppliers, carriers & service providers and the Australian regulatory environment derived from hands-on experience in several start-ups, consulting projects and executive positions in service providers large and small.

Paul has direct experience in wide-scale residential NGN access network deployment and in global backbone network design and operation, serving as CTO for a number of carriers and start-ups.

Since 2003, Paul has been an industry consultant, providing leaderships and technical expertise to service providers, regulators and enterprises in Australia, New Zealand, and several other countries.

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