APAC Volunteer Leadership

Dr. Ryan Ko

CSA APAC Research Advisor

Dr Ryan Ko is the Head of the Cyber Security Lab at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and the CSA APAC Research Advisor. He also serves as Affiliate Faculty Member at the Idaho State University’s National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC), USA. Recipient of the (ISC)2 ISLA Award in 2014 and the inaugural CSA Ron Knode Award in 2012, his research interests are in the area of cloud security, focusing on data provenance, real-time situation awareness, and homomorphic encryption. Co-founder of the CSA Cloud Data Governance and Cloud Vulnerabilities working groups, he was part of the founding group of experts which created the (ISC)2-CSA Certified Cloud Security Professional certification’s CBK, and is the principal investigator of the NZD 12mil MBIE-funded STRATUS cloud security project.

Dr. Nantawan Wongkachonkitti

Head of Marketing APAC

Nantawan serves as the Director of Innovation and Research and was formerly the Director for IT Intelligence Operations Division for Electronic Government Agency (Public Organization), Thailand. She has been working in the computer and telecommunication field for over 14 years. She manages Electronic Government Agency’s Operations Division for all IT Thailand Government. She is currently served as a secretary of CSA, Thailand Chapter which developed Cloud Control Matrix 1.3 on App Store for dual languages (Thai and English) called “Cloud Control Self Assessment”.

Benildus Nadar

Head of Membership APAC

Benildus provides senior advisory services in area of Information Technology with a concentration on Information Security and Risk. Currently with Ericsson, Benildus worked in IBM, Fidelity Investment, Comodo etc in a career spanning 14 Years. Benildus is the founder and chairperson of the CSA Bangalore Chapter, one of the biggest chapters for CSA worldwide.

Dr. Steven Wong

Co-chair, CSA APAC Education Council

Dr. Steven Wong is an Associate Professor and Programme Director at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) where he heads the undergraduate ICT degree programmes. He spearheaded one of SIT’s flagship degree programmes in Software Engineering in 2014 and also leads the first Information Security degree programme offered by an autonomous university in Singapore. Steven obtained his undergraduate degree with 1st class honours in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and his PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. Steven have over a decade of academic and industry experience, and was involved in several multi-million dollar funded research projects. Currently, Steven is also serving as a board member of the Cloud Security Alliance (Singapore), an Executive-Committee member of the Association of Information Security Professionals and is a committee member of the Singapore Computer Society Infocomm Security SIG. He is also currently the Chairman of the IEEE Consumer Electronics (Singapore) Chapter.

Dr. Raymond Choo

Co-chair, CSA APAC Education Council

Dr Raymond Choo is a Senior Researcher at the University of South Australia. He has co-edited “Cloud Security Ecosystem” (Elsevier 2015), and (co)authored two books (Springer 2008; Elsevier 2014 – Forewords written by Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist and Chair of the Electronic Evidence Specialist Advisory Group), seven Australian Government refereed monographs, 15 refereed book chapters, 77 refereed journal articles, 51 refereed conference articles and six parliamentary submissions. He has been a Keynote/Plenary Speaker at conferences organized by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, A*Star, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University (2015), CSO Australia and Trend Micro (2015), Anti-Phishing Working Group (2014), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (2014), Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (2014), Nanyang Technological University (2011), and National Chiayi University (2010). More recently in 2015, he is an Invited Expert at events organized by UNAFEI, INTERPOL and Taiwan Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau, and the Special Issue Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing “Cloud Security Engineering”, IEEE Cloud Computing “Legal Clouds”, Future Generation Computer Systems “Cloud Cryptography”, Journal of Computer and System Sciences “Cyber Security in the Critical Infrastructure”, Pervasive and Mobile Computing “Mobile Security, Privacy and Forensics”, Digital Investigation “Cloud Forensics”, Multimedia Tools and Applications “Multimedia Social Network Security and Applications”, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology “Internet of Things (IoT)”, and ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems “Embedded Device Forensics and Security”. In 2009, he was named one of 10 Emerging Leaders in the Innovation category of The Weekend Australian Magazine / Microsoft’s Next 100 series. His other awards include the Highly Commended Award in the 2014 “Best Chapter in a Book” Category by Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, 2010 Australian Capital Territory Pearcey Award, 2009 Fulbright Scholarship, 2008 Australia Day Achievement Medallion, and British Computer Society’s Wilkes Award for the best paper published in the 2007 volume of the Computer Journal. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and the Australian Computer Society.

Wee Meng Thoo

Head, Innovation Initiative APAC

Wee Meng Thoo has held various business leadership positions in HP, Oracle, VMware, Ooredoo (formerly QTEL) and NEC in the ICT industry with 20 years of experiences across Asia Pacific and Middle East region.

He currently runs an incubation firm working with private equity institutions engaging with Technology and non Technology firms in Tech Start up Business, Reinventing Business through Technology adoption, Restructuring Organization, Reach to Markets Globally and helping them realized their Exit Plan, be it Buyout or IPO.

Prior to this, Wee Meng Thoo was serving as the Chief Commercial Officer in NEC-STEE Cloud Service, a joint venture company between NEC and Singapore Technologies. He was instrumental in building the company from scratch into a formidable Managed Cloud Services Provider in Asia.

Wee Meng Thoo is also serving as the Senior Advisor to the Administration Commission for Software Park in Fujian Provincial Government in China since 2007, advising on IT export initiatives for Chinese Fujian based ICT Enterprises going Global.