New South Wales Branch Committee Members

Branch Chair

Amit Chaubey

A seasoned Technology & Cyber security professional spanning over 20+ years across the Asia Pacific, with extensive experience of managing IT & cyber risk in the Financial, Technology services, and Critical Infrastructure, based out of Sydney. Accredited by Australian Computer Society (ACS) as Certified Cyber Professional (CP), holds CRISC, ITIL, ISO27001 Auditor certification. A member of multiple Executive Advisory Board, AISA Sydney Executive (Australian Information Security Association), Cyber Ambassador (NSW Cyber Hub) Investment NSW, and Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Branch Deputy Chair

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. 

Committee Members

David Geber

David is a passionate and skilled cyber security executive with over 30 years of experience successfully leading technology, cyber security, risk and compliance functions. David enjoys leading organisations through their ongoing cyber journey with expertise in developing and implementing cyber security strategies for Fortune 100 and ASX companies. In his current role as a Chief Information Security Officer, he is responsible for all aspects of cyber and sees success where cyber is pervasive throughout an organisation and is regarded as a business enabler. David holds a Masters of Business from Charles Sturt University, is CISM certified and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

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.

    

Michelle Gatsi

Michelle is a Technology Consultant within the Cybersecurity – Financial Services Practice at EY. Currently, she specialises in Cybersecurity Strategy, Risk, Compliance and Resilience (more commonly known as Governance, Risk & Compliance).

Michelle completed her Criminology and Social Science studies at Western Sydney University, followed by a Professional Certificate in Cyber Security Risk Management, which she attained from Harvard University in 2021. She has since taken great strides to develop her career and make her mark in the industry.Since joining EY in February 2022, Michelle has participated in many client-facing engagements and contributed to several internal projects, including the University of New South Wales/EY Sandbox Program & Showcase. She regularly contributes to the Australian Women in Security Magazine and was recently nominated for the “One to Watch in IT Security” Award ahead of the 2022 Australian Women in Security Awards.

Michelle continues to acknowledge the help and support of many professionals within the industry who have mentored and guided her in her journey. Michelle desires to contribute to the growth of the cybersecurity industry, particularly on the topic of diversity and inclusion, as this area is very passionate about.  Michelle believes that as an AISA Committee member, she will have more opportunities to connect other rising cyber professionals with the strong support network they need to break into the industry and flourish in their cyber careers.  

Michelle also enjoys spending her rare quiet moments at the beach, riding horses and playing tennis.

 

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.

 

Nivedita Newar

Nivedita (Nivi) Newar is Head of Cyber Security Strategy & Governance at the University of New South Wales. She is responsible for developing, delivering and overseeing enterprise-wide cybersecurity policies, risk management, enterprise security architecture, controls assurance, security awareness, compliance, and strategy. She is in a senior leadership position and directly reports to the CISO.

Nivi has previously worked at Vodafone for four years as an Enterprise Security Strategy & Architecture Lead. She helped develop, implement, and monitor a strategic, comprehensive enterprise cyber security management program. Nivi’s educational qualifications include Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunication and MBA in IT (Specialising in Networking, Infrastructure & Security). She has been a continuous learning enthusiast, and her industry certifications CISSP, SABSA, CRISC, CISM, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, AWS-Cloud Practitioner, CCSK, TOGAF and ITIL. She was a finalist for Australia’s Most Outstanding Women in IT security at the 2021 Australia Women in Security Awards.

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