Our Board of Directors

Damien Manuel

Chair - Damien Manuel

As an experienced, results-driven ICT business professional, Damien Manuel has more than 20 years of experience specialising in cyber security, business governance, compliance and risk management.

Damien is the Director of Deakin's Cyber Research & Solution Centre and is the Chair of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level.

In his former role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Damien worked with senior executives in the region to align security architectures to industry best practices. Damien also worked as a senior information security governance manager and later as an enterprise IT and security risk manager at National Australia Bank (NAB), where he was responsible for managing the bank’s information security standard globally. He also held senior roles at RSA, Telstra and Melbourne IT and is currently on CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Committee.

Damien has supported CompTIA for over 14 years through the development of CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and more recently the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification.

Damien’s passion for making a difference motivated him to establish Information Technology community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia.

Underpinning his experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus.

Email: damien.manuel@aisa.org.au


Alex Woerndle

Vice Chair - Alex Woerndle

Alex brings over 20 years' experience as a director and executive manager across a range of technology and information security businesses, ranging from Startup to large listed organisations. Alex is presently Executive Director for Elevate Security Solutions, providing independent information security advice, management and governance programs to executive management and boardrooms of corporate clients. Prior to Elevate, Alex was National Sales & Marketing Manager for CQR Consulting.

Between 2002 and 2011, Alex was co-founder and CEO for Distribute.IT, one of Australia's largest domain name registrars and web hosting providers, guiding it from start-up to ultimately holding almost 10% of the .au domain name market. It was in this role that Alex learnt the lessons of solid information security practices first-hand. He now uses that experience to advocate for improved information security governance and awareness through his various speaking and media engagements.

Alex is a director for numerous technology start-ups, and has also previously served as Director on the board for .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), and numerous domain name industry policy-setting panels, including establishment of the Information Security Standards for domain name registrars. Alex holds a B.Bus (Accounting), a Post Graduate in Applied Finance and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Email: alex.woerndle@aisa.org.au


Helaine Leggat

Director - Helaine Leggat

Helaine Leggat is one of a few people in the world to hold a bachelor of law degree together with CISSP, CISM,CIPP and CIPP/IT Credentials. Helaine has specialised in information (cyber) law, information security, information governance and information privacy since 2000 and has provided services to public and private sector organisations globally across all sectors.

In 2012 she settled in Melbourne where she co-founded Information Legal, a uniquely differentiated risk and advisory service founded on a belief that cyber law is empowering and that it is essential that individuals and organisations know their rights.

Helaine's professional affiliations and memberships are numerous, and include her appointment as a Member of the Expert Network for the Australian Department of Industry and Science and inclusion in the Ducere Global Faculty of thought leadership. Her understanding of the relationships between people, information technology, global business and international imperatives lie at the heart of Information Legal strategy.

Her current energies are directed at establishing recognition of new norms in Cyberspace, including the adoption of active defence and the development of international law and ethics in support of a continuing rules-based global order.

Email: helaine.leggat@aisa.org.au


Lisa Musladin

Director - Lisa Musladin

Lisa was successfully elected by the AISA membership in December 2016 to re-join the AISA board. Prior to this, Lisa served as the National Events Director for both the 2014 and 2015 AISA National Conferences. During this time, the AISA National conference rose to be the single largest information security conference in Australia.

Outside of AISA, Lisa is the Territory Manager for RSA's Federal Government business based in Canberra. Prior to joining RSA, Lisa was at IBM for just under 10 years in numerous capacities.

Lisa's goal on the AISA board is to position AISA as the leading industry association for information security professionals, whilst providing value for our members and broader industry.

Email: lisa.musladin@aisa.org.au


Karl Vogel

Director - Karl Vogel

With over 20 years in security & a long international career, Karl Vogel has an global understanding of the detailed technical challenges and complex business needs, all required to achieve real outcomes. Karl's background as a technologist with practical hands on, consulting, and leadership experience, has culminated in results that make a difference for industry and community throughout the globe.

Today Karl works as a Global Security Specialist in the field of SoC and Incident Response. Within this role he shares best practice, knowledge, and experience derived from his active involvement with business, personal research and market analysis. His professional network is as diverse as the countries that he works within, with connections throughout, Government, Finance, Higher Education, Manufacturing and Telecommunications.

Email: karl.vogel@aisa.org.au


Karl Vogel

Director - Louisa Vogelenzang

Louisa’s career in cyber security commenced in the early 2000's at nCipher (Cambridge, UK), a technology start up (acquired by Thales in 2008) specialising in encryption solutions. Louisa quickly found her niche in translating this highly technical field into business language and for 8 years she successful managed and grew year on year, a key part of their European business.

One of Louisa’s passions was to live in Australia and when the opportunity arose in 2012, there was no hesitation. However, starting again in a new country and building a new professional network from scratch was daunting and after some research, Louisa joined AISA and still remembers with fondness the warm welcome she received from the Branch Executive at the time;

"It made a huge difference to those first few months and helped me to build some fantastic relationships outside of work that are still part of my network today" .

Louisa spent her first 4 years in Australia with Dimension Data, initially as a Security Specialist and was then successfully appointed to Security Practice Manager, where she led a team of 30 technical specialists and was responsible for delivering on a $65m budget. Louisa joined Telstra in 2016 where she works as National Manager within the Global Security Products Group.

Louisa has been contributing to the AISA Melbourne committee since 2014 where she has played an active role as well as representing AISA at the national conference in 2016 chairing one of our panels. Louisa is passionate about Australia and the opportunity we have for our economy to prosper in the digital age when we get Cyber Security right. She is also an advocate for diversity of thinking in our profession and looks forward to openly welcoming new members to AISA.

Email: louisa.vogelenzang@aisa.org.au