Tarah Wheeler was the cybersecurity czar at Symantec—one of the world’s top cybersecurity firms with over $4 billion in sales, and global leader in keeping private citizens and corporations safe from cyber attacks. She is currently the Senior Director of Data Trust and Threat and Vulnerability Management at Splunk; Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America; Principal Security Advisor and CEO at cybersecurity firm Red Queen Technologies, and member of the board of Fizzmint, an end-to-end employee management company she founded. She has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios (including the games Halo and Lips) and architected systems at encrypted mobile communications firm Silent Circle. She’s been named the top female cybersecurity influencer in the world by Onalytica. A serial entrepreneur, she’s also a founder of Infosec Unlocked (an initiative to add diversity in Infosec conference speakers), the Women in Tech Council (to increase women’s participation in tech conference speaking), and Hack the People Foundation (a nonprofit mentorship initiative focused on underprivileged people in technology).
Wheeler is also the head author of Women In Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories. Described as “jam packed with insights from women in the field” by Forbes, Women in Tech helps women of all backgrounds, orientations, and abilities navigate new or ongoing careers in STEM fields—from security to engineering, computer coding to game design. Throughout the book—as in her funny, empowering, and straight-shooting talks—Wheeler is the ideal advocate for fairness, dismantling the most pervasive biases against diverse tech professionals. But she’s also pragmatic, offering invaluable tips for women on salary negotiation, interviews, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and much more.
Wheeler holds an MSc from Portland State University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a Certified Scrum Developer (CSD). She is also a pre-candidate for a PhD in Complex Systems and Political Science from the University of Michigan and a National Science Foundation Fellow. A Texas holdem poker player, she acquired her startup funds by cleaning out poker rooms in the Northwest and Las Vegas.
Funding Societies Malaysia
SINEGY Technologies (M)
Kelvyn Chuah currently serves as the Founder and Managing Director of SINEGY. From Penang, Kelvyn is recognized to be one of the youngest Malaysian to obtain the Series 7 qualification in Wall St., New York. Subsequently, his professional career started in market-making and eventually included arbitrage in foreign equities. He has established trading desks across several institutions before returning to Malaysia to pursue other ventures prior to SINEGY.
Tokenize Technology (M)
Raja Adam is the Chief Financial Officer of MoneyMatch, a Malaysian FinTech company specialising in crossborder payments and remittances for businesses and consumers.
MoneyMatch is part of the pioneer batch of sandbox entrants under the Malaysian central bank (BNM) Fintech Regulatory Sandbox and has since graduated into a fully licensed entity with close to MYR 800 Million in gross transaction value since June 2017.
He was formerly the Vice President of FinTech Association of Malaysia (FAOM) in 2018, and is presently a Committee Member & Lead for Regulatory Affairs and Technology (RegTech). FAOM is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing and fostering a vibrant FinTech industry for Malaysia in an appropriately regulated environment.
Adam started his career as a capital markets regulator; he was a unit leader under Ecosystem Development for the Innovation, Digital & Strategy business group of Securities Commission Malaysia and part of the policy development team formulating the Equity crowdfunding and P2P lending framework for Malaysia.
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FinTech Association of Malaysia