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Keynote Speakers

Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Kingdom of Tonga

Hon Sovaleni is the Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Standing Committee. He is also a member of Public Accounts, Privileges, and Foreign Affairs and Security Standing Committees.

Hon Sovaleni was formerly the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga from 2014-2017. While serving he setup the Tonga CERT, led the development of a new Communication Act, Communication Commission Act, and the new Cybercrime Bill. As Minister of MEIDECC he was also responsible for Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication.

Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Public Enterprises (MPE), he led the state owned enterprises (SOE) reform programme that focused on board governance, improved compliance and improved financial performance.

Hon Sovaleni has previously served as Deputy Team Leader, of the Tonga/ADB Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR). His main roles include developing technical, economic, social, and environmental criteria for screening investment options under the project.

As the Manager of the Pacific ICT Outreach Program (PICTO) at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) he led the development of the regional framework and policies to guide ICT as a key tool for development in the Pacific Islands. He also managed the EU ACP funded ‘ICT Access for the Poor’ project and engaged twelve (12) parliaments in the Pacific.

Hon Sovaleni served more than 10 years as a senior official at the Ministry of Finance. While at the Ministry he established the Government of Tonga Network (GOTNet) linking most ministries with fiber optic cables. He worked on the first cybercrime legislation in the Pacific – Computer Crime Act 2003, and led the implementation of the Government’s Finance and HR systems. He was the Deputy Secretary (DS) for Finance – Corporate Services when he left to join SPC.

Hon Sovaleni holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Computation from Oxford University, as well as Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of the South Pacific (USP), and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Auckland University, New Zealand.

Hon Sovaleni will give a keynote address on “Tonga’s Cyber Security Preparation & It’s Economic Advantages”


Professor Andy Jones

Prof Andy Jones has a long history of research and publication in cyber security and cyber forensics. He is currently the professor of cyber security and director of the Cyber Forensic and Security Research Centre at the University of Herefordshire, in the United Kingdom. He is a renowned conference speaker and former program chair at the University of Kalifa, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has 181 recent research items with over 600 citations that include protection and forensics of cyber physical systems. Prof Jones will give a keynote address on the topic of cyber maritime security and safety that will consider vulnerabilities in the automation of control systems for the navigation and steerage of shipping.


Dr. Stephen Thorpe

Dr. Stephen Thorpe is an academic, educator and business facilitator who specializes in security in the online world. He is the Head of External Relations and Development at the School Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and the Editor-in-Chief of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal for social and computing security. His areas of research interest include cloud computing, information security, online group negotiation, social networking risk, virtual teams, e-Government, secure group facilitation, virtual worlds and education, multi-stakeholder engagement, information technology governance and computer mediated communication.
He is to give a keynote address on security issues and e-Government, and the business advantages of security preparation in all modes of electronic communication.


Jung Son

Jung is a Digital Forensic Analyst with the New Zealand Police High Tech Crime Group, based in Auckland.  As a Digital Forensic Analyst, he provides digital forensic services which includes evidence acquisition, evidence analysis, malware analysis, reporting, and expert witness testimony. He is an active member of International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Prior to joining New Zealand Police, Jung worked with the local government, the education sector, and in the private IT industry. In these roles Jung conducted various investigations involving computer misuse, web server hacking, and server analysis.

He is to give a keynote address on the recovery of windows artefacts and the challenges that investigator faces in the forensic environment.