Encounter in the Dark Web – Meet the Hackers!

Date: 25 March 2021

Time: 13:00 – 15:00 GMT

Price: $350


You’ll meet real, top, Black-Hat hackers who have tested, breached and compromised top industry systems and lived to talk about it. You will be shown the hacker threat landscape as well as real-world examples and cases of actual attacks carried out by the hackers. We will discuss the motivations for cyber-attacks, types of attacks, the future of cybersecurity and how artificial intelligence is going to shape our post-COVID world.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Personal stories from real hackers
  • Hacker motivation, communication, and community
  • Choice of target companies
  • Role of Artificial Intelligence in hacking
  • The Dark Web
  • Future of hackers and hacking in a post-COVID-19 world

Who Should Attend

  • Non- IT Professionals
  • IT Professionals
  • Management Executives
  • Business Analysts


Jake Leslie Davis


He was a member of the hacker group ‘Anonymous’ and was arrested and convicted of a number of infractions including unauthorised computer access and assisting criminal activity amongst other offences. After serving his time he now informs a wide audience about the ‘hacker culture’, cyberwarfare, psychology of hackers, the nuances of hacking and the future of cybersecurity.

Jamie Woodruff


He entered the public eye when he successfully hacked Facebook as part of a competition. He has since uncovered security issues in numerous high-profile operations. He finds existing exploits by infiltrating companies, for example, impersonating a Domino’s pizza delivery boy at a large financial institution and gaining access to their server room via pick-locking.

Dr. Meera Sarma


Dr. Meera Sarma has over 20 years of experience in researching hackers. She holds a PhD (on how hackers innovate) in Information Systems, from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. She has worked with Governments, the police. and a number of public and private sector organisations on profiling hackers, social engineering, cyber terrorism, policy development and data protection.

Dr. Thomas Matheus


Dr. Thomas Matheus has over 27 years of management, consulting, research and higher education experience. He holds a PhD from Warwick University, UK. Dr. Matheus has published on hackers, from a management perspective. Most recently, he has published on Cybersecurity and AI for developing economies.

Grant Newton

Executive BoD

Grant has vast management experience in an Executive Director capacity within a number of medium to large-scale healthcare, insurance and information technology enterprises from setup to day-to-day management. Executive positions previously held include: Chief Executive Officer and Principal Officer of CAMAF (Chartered Accountant’s Medical Aid Fund), Group Chief Executive and Executive Group Board Chairman of the Eternity Group and Group CEO of Sanlam Healthcare.

He holds an MBA from Oxford University and is currently enjoying the challenges of a DBA programme through the University of Liverpool.

Juan Piacquadio


Juan is a digital transformation and business growth executive with over 20 years’ experience in the technology space and has led organisations across the US, EMEA, APAC and LATAM regions. This includes roles at Siemens, NEC, HP, NCR, St Jude Medical and Skanska. He is currently the CIO of Quarles Petroleum and a member of Cystel’s board of directors.

While he is a thought leader and keynote speaker in the areas of cybersecurity, enterprise agility and data analytics; he is also a member of the adjunct faculty at California Baptist University, Colorado Christian University and Columbia International University.

Juan holds an MBA from the University of La Verne and a MS in IT from Azusa Pacific University. He is a published author and business administration doctoral candidate at the University of Liverpool, UK