Bundestag Staffers

Hagen Colberg
Legislative Adviser
Office of Thomas Jarzombek, MdB (CDU)

Hagen Colberg is a legislative adviser to Thomas Jarzombek, a member of parliament since 2009 and spokesman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group on the digital agenda. He began working at the German Bundestag in January 2011 after studying at the Martin Luther University in Halle (Saale) and graduating from Potsdam University with a diploma in political science.

Christine Hegenbart
Policy Adviser
Office of Julia Obermeier, MdB (CSU)

Christine Hegenbart is policy adviser to Bundestag member Julia Obermeier, who serves on the Defense Committee and represents Germany in the Council of Europe. In this capacity, Christine covers all Europe-related topics, focusing on cybersecurity issues of the German Armed Forces. Before joining Obermeier‘s office, she worked for five years as a research assistant for a political foundation focusing on trans-Atlantic relations and cybersecurity. She also previously served as research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome and worked on the challenges for the NATO arising from cyberspace. Christine completed a master’s degree in German literature, history and psychology in Munich and Vienna. She holds a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Munich.

Nils Leopold
Senior Adviser on Domestic Policy
Alliance 90/Greens Parliamentary Group

Nils Leopold has been senior policy adviser to the Green Party in the German Bundestag since 2015. He focuses on information technology security and data protection, e-government and related domestic security issues. He was a member and participant of the Bundestag parliamentary inquiry committee on the Snowden revelations since it began in 2014. From 2010 to 2013, Nils served as senior adviser to Dr. Konstantin von Notz, co-chairman of the Alliance 90/Greens Parliamentary Group and speaker on domestic policies, digitalization and security issues. Previously, he served as head of private sector oversight at the data protection authority of Schleswig-Holstein, ULD, from 2004 to 2007. He was trained as a lawyer and practiced in Berlin from 1999 to 2003, specializing in legal informatics and information law issues.

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Congressional Staffers

Troy Clair
Chief of Staff
Office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)

Troy Clair is chief of staff to Congressman G. K. Butterfield, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and previously served as a senior aide to former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). Previously, Troy was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as senior adviser to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability at the Department of the Treasury. Troy has held leadership roles on local, state and federal campaigns. In 2004, he served as a regional field organizer for the 2004 presidential campaign of John Kerry. In 2016, Troy served as North Carolina state director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The New York native holds a political science degree from Duke University where he graduated cum laude and was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Kirsten Duncan
Senior Professional Staff Member
House Committee on Homeland Security

Kirsten Duncan is a senior professional staff member for the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection under Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). She works on cybersecurity issues including the protection of federal networks and improving the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber workforce. Before joining the Committee on Homeland Security, Kirsten worked as a professional staff member for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology focusing on cybersecurity research and development, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and policy issues specific to NIST. She previously worked as director of client services for Washington law firm Moss, McGee, Bradley; a professional staff member for the House Committee on Education and Labor; and was a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Education. She earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Connecticut and her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.

Nicholas Leiserson
Legislative Director
Office of Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)

Nick Leiserson is the legislative director for Congressman Jim Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and the co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus. Leiserson serves as Langevin’s principal advisor on an array of issues, particularly homeland security, judiciary, and technology policy. He is the co-lead staffer for the Cybersecurity Caucus and also the curator of the Caucus’ weekly news roundup. He is a founding board member of the Congressional Tech Staff Association and an active participant in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s vulnerability disclosure process. Leiserson recently spoke at ShmooCon 2017 about the implications of federal policy for information security researchers and has discussed congressional cybersecurity policy on numerous panels. He holds a degree in computer science from Brown University. When not on the Hill, he can be found singing with the award-winning Alexandria Harmonizers, an all-male a cappella chorus.

Dahlia Sokolov
Staff Director, Subcommittee on Research and Technology
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Dahlia Sokolov is the Democratic staff director for the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology under the leadership of Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson. In this role, Dahlia advises committee members on oversight and legislative issues regarding the National Science Foundation; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; interagency science and technology initiatives, including cybersecurity; STEM education across the federal government; international science and technology cooperation; federal policies for university research; all matters relating to competitiveness, technology, standards and innovation; and science and technology at the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security. During her first two years with the Committee, Dahlia worked on energy issues, including nuclear energy research and development. Dahlia joined the committee staff as an American Institute of Physics Congressional fellow in 2004 and joined the professional staff in 2005. Before coming to the Hill, Dahlia completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. She has a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

European Parliament Staffers

Peter Ide-Kostic
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Peter Ide-Kostic is an administrator and policy analyst within the Secretariat of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament. He is also a former administrator of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment Unit (STOA). He specializes in cybersecurity, cybercrime and information security. He has a background in electrical engineering. Before joining the European Parliament, he worked for 14 years for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, with a focus on corporate security.

Joanna Kaminska
Policy Adviser
Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)

Joanna Kaminska is a foreign policy adviser at the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, where she advises members of the European Parliament on the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, energy security, cybersecurity, hybrid warfare, countering propaganda, and the European Neighborhood Policy. Prior to joining the European Parliament, she worked as a policy coordinator in the Secretariat General of the European Commission where she was responsible for the reform of the evidence-based decision-making system and development of the evaluation methodology in the area of external relations. Joanna is also a senior research associate at the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB). She holds Ph.D. from University of London, Royal Holloway College, where she was a Chevening scholar and published extensively on foreign policy issues. Her last book published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2014 is entitled, “Poland and the EU Enlargement: Foreign Policy in Transformation.” Before her starting her Ph.D. she was a director of the Eastern program at the Pulaski Foundation, a Polish foreign policy think tank.

Kristiina Milt
Research Administrator
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Kristiina Milt is a research administrator at the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs in the European Parliament. She is primarily conducting research for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). She previously worked as an administrator at the LIBE Secretariat. Kristiina’s research focuses on justice and home affairs, including cybersecurity, data protection and trans-Atlantic dialogue. She has degrees and further training in law and international relations, she is a fellow of the U.S. government’s Voluntary Visitor Program. Kristiina is a native of Estonia.

Agnieszka Wawrzyk
Parliamentary Assistant
Office of MEP Michal Boni (Poland)

Agnieszka Wawrzyk is a policy adviser to Michal Boni, MEP from Poland on issues within the remit of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), in particular related to the digital single market, cybersecurity, fighting cybercrime and data protection. Before joining the European Parliament, Wawrzyk was a Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Counsellor of Poland to the EU working on data protection, cybersecurity and EU-US relations, and before that she was head of the EU unit in Poland’s Ministry of Interior during the Polish Presidency to the EU Council. Wawrzyk holds a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on police cooperation. In addition to her native Polish, she speaks Dutch, English, French and Spanish.

Private Sector

Alan Duric
Co-founder and CTO
Wire Swiss GmbH

Alan Duric is an experienced technologist and serial entrepreneur who has worked in the real-time communication sector for over 15 years. He co-founded Wire in 2014 as an always-on, end-to-end encrypted, European messaging solution, with the intent that both personal and business communications should be private, rather than subject to a sharing economy used to collect data and profile users. Alan co-founded Telio Holding ASA (now NextGenTel Holding ASA) in 2004, serving as CTO and interim CEO, and took the company public via the Oslo stock exchange. He also co-founded Sonorit and its U.S. subsidiary Camino Networks, a start-up that built products for speech processing, coding and transmission for Internet-based networks which was later bought by Skype/eBay. He is an early pioneer of VoIP (Internet Telephony) and active contributor to a number of today’s internet (IETF, ETSI and ITU) standards.

At Global IP Sound, Alan devised, steered standardization efforts and was responsible for iLBC (internet Low Bitrate Codec), an IETF and CableLabs standard, which became seed for WebRTC, an open source standard used by billions of people through communications apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Global IP Sound was acquired by Google Inc. and Alan operated as Google’s adviser during the M&A process. Alan specializes in open-source, large-scale network, voice, security, software, enterprise and big data architecture. Within these areas, Alan serves as an adviser to a number of technology start-ups.

Derek Harp
Co-founder and Board Director
NexDefense, Inc.

Derek R. Harp is a serial entrepreneur, tinkerer and organizer. As founder and manager of multiple companies, he provides significant leadership, entrepreneurial experience, technological vision, and extensive fundraising knowledge to his start-up enterprises. He has raised more than $20 million in seed and early stage capital and has been a frequent commentator on the topics of entrepreneurship, capitalization, “bootstrapping a business,” and security. Since 1997, Derek has served as founder, co-founder, adviser and seed investor in more than ten companies. In May of 2012, he founded NexDefense, Inc., in order to address the security needs for Industrial Control System asset owners. Derek is also the founder and Chairman of Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS2AI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local practitioner peer groups around the globe. Prior to his entrepreneurship career, Derek served as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer with experience in communications and physical security, combat information management, crypto management and intelligence. Derek holds a B.A. from Miami University of Ohio and has served on the board of directors for chapters of Junior Achievement, Marburn Academy and the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). He is currently an adult leader of the BSA Cub Scout Pack 21 in Brookhaven, Georgia.

Azita Sharif
Founder and CEO
Daedalus Software, Inc. and BINDS

Azita Sharif, a biotechnology engineer and entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of Daedalus Software, Inc. and BINDS (Biospecimen Inventory Network for Discovery Science), both headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The products she has developed focus on solutions for precision medicine, research biobanking, discovery science and transplant surgical applications. She is also the founder of CountMeIn!, a nonprofit organization that democratizes biobanking and research participation. Azita began her career in the semiconductor industry as an R&D engineer. From engineering, she made the transition to high-technology and life science investment. Since then, she has been involved with many start-ups and investment management programs in both the United States and Argentina. She is a lifetime Kauffman Fellow and a member of Springboard Enterprises, an organization dedicated to building high-growth, technology-oriented companies led by women. Azita is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Engineering, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Business School.

Travis Todd
Co-founder and CEO
Silicon Alle

Travis Todd is an American serial entrepreneur living in Berlin, Germany. He started his Berlin career as a front-end design and development consultant for Unlike, Simfy and other Berlin-based technology companies. He founded Silicon Allee, Berlin’s foremost international tech community, as well as start-ups Buddy Beers and Toast. Travis has been leading technology start-ups at an executive level since 2007. In 2014, he helped successfully bring One Spark, a crowdfunding festival to Berlin. Currently Travis is part of the internationalization team for Factory, building collaborative start-up campuses around the world, and also serves as CEO of Silicon Allee, leading their new campus in Berlin Mitte.