Branch Executive

Laith Shahin

Laith is the founder and CEO of Secolve, Australia’s next generation OT specialist cyber security firm aiming to protect the nations critical infrastructure and industrial control systems by working closely with organisations to bridge the gap between security and OT.

During his time in the cyber security space Laith has become passionate about understanding what causes organisations to fall victim to cyber-attacks and working with security and IT teams to overcome challenges faced to help them uplift their security. Through his journey Laith got to understand the criticality that lies in OT environments and industrial control systems and identified the need for an OT focused cyber security firm that works closely with organisations to help identify and address its OT risks and threats.

In addition to being the Sydney Branch Chair for the Australian Information Security Association, Laith is also a Cyber Security Ambassador for the NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node.

Deputy Branch Chair

Amit Chaubey

A seasoned Technology & Cybersecurity risk professional spanning a career of over 20+ years across the Asia Pacific, with extensive experience of managing IT & cyber risk in the Financial, Technology services and Critical Infrastructure and has worked with Citibank & JP Morgan Chase covering Asia Pacific operations based out of Singapore. Accredited by Australian Computer Society (ACS) as Certified Cyber Professional (CP) and holds CRISC, ITIL, ISO27001 Auditor certification. A member of multiple Executive Advisory Board, Deputy Chair for AISA (Australian Information Security Association) NSW committee, Cyber Ambassador for AustCyber NSW Innovation Node & Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Committee Members

Laura Lees

Laura has over 20 years experience in Information Technology focusing on Cyber Security for more than 15 of those including senior positions in Banking and Finance Security teams. She joined the AISA Sydney Branch committee in 2008. As an active member, she has helped organise National conferences and Annual Member's Lunches along with regular branch meetings.

Outside of AISA, Laura is the Head of Information Security - APAC at the Link Group along with also volunteering on the Sydney ISACA Chapter's Board of Directors as their current Treasurer..


Dilip Samji

Dilip Samji is the Director of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics for DRC Australia, Pty. He holds a Master of Information Systems Security  and second Master in Cyber Security From Charles Sturt University   and a Certified Forensics Examiner (CFCE) from IACIS (USA).  Dilip’s vast knowledge has been developed over 38 years in IT and his career has spanned in Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, South America and Australia. 
Dilip specializes in Data Recovery, Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, currently supervises a Digital Forensic investigations team, involving matters that range from bullying emails, IP theft,  divorce, financial crime, disgruntled employee, disclosure of confidential information,  Cybercrime,  assisting Lawyers and Barristers  on both Civil  and Criminal litigation  as well testifying in the Sydney District , Local Court and ASIC - ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission as Expert Witness. 


Erika Salmon

I am someone who throws themselves at every opportunity and constantly strives for a high standard in the quality of work I produce. Passionate about numerous ICT technologies and trends, I am particularly interested in IoT, Cyber security, and Data Infrastructure Engineering.

My experience with ICT can be attributed to subjects undertaken for my degree, internships, various extra-curricular activities and personal projects. Innovation and entrepreneurship are also areas I explore and through co-curricular courses, I have further developed my creativity and critical thinking, while also studying product development, ideation and business structure & processes.


Gergana Winzer

Gergana Winzer is the Industry Director of Cyber Security, responsible for Australia and New Zealand at Unisys. She reports directly to Chris Kloes, the Vice President Security globally.
Gergana comes from a strong business development and business growth background as the Director for Ground Labs Australia and New Zealand and before that Stickman Consulting and her passion for the IT and cyber security industry has led her to be President of the ICT chapter of the Australian – Indian Business Council, ISACA Sydney Board Member most recently. Gergana is a passionate advocate and thought leader for cyber security and female leadership and has been a keynote speaker and panelist in a number of industry-related events and leading conferences in the country since 2014.


Nicki Doble

Nicki Doble is an experienced C-suite business technology executive who is globally recognised for delivering strategic IT and digital transformational projects that drive sustainable performance gains with multi-year business benefits.

As the global CIO of Cover-More Travel Insurance, Nicki provides strategic oversight for operations, including the cyber security plans for more than 15 countries. Nicki has proven experience in ensuring Board members and business executives prepare themselves for the increasing role that cyber will have on the future success of the business and day-to-day operations. 

Nicki is renowned for creating cultures that enable change to flourish and has proven experience in strategy creation and execution delivered across global businesses. 

Named in the Australian CIO50 list for 2020, Nicki is in high demand as an author, spokesperson, presenter and expert who is regularly invited to speak at business, technology and industry events.  Nicki is a proud board member, as a Non-Executive Director and an advisor, and is respected for her intuitive advice and leadership, particularly with a laser focus on cyber security and data privacy. 


Jeff Whitton, FAICD, CDPSE

Jeff is an adept technology and cyber security industry subject, matter expert. He has worked in the ICT and cyber security industry for forty years in C-suit Executive and Board level roles, successfully leading technology and innovation companies in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he is an experienced board member and chair expert in board meeting processes, governance and regulatory compliance. Currently, he serves as a non-executive and executive director and chair on several not-for-profits, public, government and higher education boards.

He is a founding director of Yirigaa, an Indigenous Cyber Security and Technology company. The Yirigaa mission is to maximise genuine outcomes for First Australians and other diverse groups in the critical areas of Cyber Security, Data Sciences, and Software Development.

Other Industry related roles:

Ambassador, Cyber Security, NSW Department of Investment, 
Short Course Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney in cyber security for company directors.
Mentor and Instructor work-integrated learning programs with Macquarie University Cyber Security Master Degree students. 
Executive Member, Infrastructure committee of the board of trustees, Western Sydney University.