Keynote Speaker

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Colin James
Head of Cyber Security AMAP and Vodacom, Vodafone Group Ltd

Colin has been involved in the IT and more specifically the cyber security industry now for over 25 years, and has been in the role of Head of Security with Vodafone NZ for the past seven years. In 2019 Colin moved into a new role within Vodafone Group becoming the Head of Cyber Security for the AMAP region (Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific), including the Vodacom markets in South Africa.

Still based in New Zealand Colin’s responsibilities now include developing the long-term security strategy for the AMAP region and managing cyber risk across all the markets. He is responsible for ensuring Vodafone markets in the region are prepared to navigate the future threat landscape, and can provide a safe connected experience for it global customer base. Working on a global stage Colin is managing cyber risk and threats in markets from New Zealand and Australia through to Qatar, Egypt, Ghana, India, and South Africa.

He began his career by joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force and spent 11 years in the military on various deployments and operations.

Passionate about a safe digital society, Colin has been a Netsafe board member since 2014. Outside of work he can be seen at the Auckland Observatory, where he is involved in public lectures on astronomy and celestial navigation and acts as the CTO for the Observatory and Planetarium.