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Knowledge Academy:
The Corporate Risk Professionals' Videos Series for Rethinking Risk

In this curated video series, we’ll examine key vectors in risk management alongside industry experts—and explore why access to the right information at the right time is essential to effective threat management.

Dr. Sandra Bell

CEO & Founder, The Business Resilience Company

Sandra is a risk and resilience professional with over 30 years’ experience of the design and management of strategic, business friendly resilience, security, continuity and risk solutions in public and private sectors. Sandra has acted as an advisor to the UK Government on the creation of the National Security Strategy and the National Information Assurance Strategy.

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She was formerly Chairman of the British Standards Institute’s committee on Societal Security Management where she looked after risk Management, organisational resilience, business continuity, crisis management and PCI standards at both the national and international level. She has delivered comprehensive security solutions during London 2012 at three Olympic Venues including Team USA’s High-Performance Training Centre and China Central Television’s UK operation. Sandra also identified the injury mechanism associated with explosive blast and patented a material system that now forms the basis of all modern bomb disposal equipment. 

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Mike O Neill

Group Managing Director, Optimal Risk

Mike’s first career was in the British Army where he was an Officer in The Parachute Regiment. After leaving the Army as a Major in 1990 he worked in risk and security consulting as a freelance for several different organisations until setting up his own consulting firm in 1993. He is now the Managing Director of Optimal Risk Group - Resilience, Risk, and Security advisors.

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Mike has operated around the World providing close protection services; risk and threat assessments; crisis response; contingency planning and security planning and testing for Fortune 500 companies in several sectors as well as national governments on critical national infrastructure.


He is a Chartered Security Professional and sits on their Regulation authority; a Fellow of the Security Institute and holds the ASIS CPP and PSP certifications.


Optimal Risk Group works with clients to manage risk, maximise opportunities and survive and thrive.

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Joe Levy

Senior Director, Enterprise Sales, Dataminr

Joe holds dual bachelor degrees from Florida State University and completed graduate work at University of California, Berkeley. He served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a drill sergeant and combat engineer, and is an instrument rated private pilot.

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Joe Levy is Senior Director, Enterprise Sales at Dataminr. Previously he held go-to-market leadership roles at Gavin de Becker and Adobe, and co-founded the OSINT competitive intelligence software company clearCi.

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Homayun Yaqub

Head of Corporate Solutions, Dataminr

Homayun Yaqub is Head of Corporate Solutions Practice at Dataminr. Prior to Dataminr, he was chief strategist at Forcepoint and a security leader at JPMorgan Chase. He was also a founding member of The MASY Group, a global intelligence and risk consulting firm.

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Homayun began his career as a U.S. Army officer and has held leadership and executive roles in the Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community. He holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in international business from James Madison University.

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John Meakin

Former CISO and Executive Advisor on Cyber Security

Dr. John I. Meakin is a specialist in information and cyber security with over 30 years’ experience as a CISO in a wide range of businesses and markets, including banking, oil and gas, retail, and pharmaceuticals. 

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He retired as the Chief Security & Risk Officer at Burberry in 2017 and for the past few years has held advisory and interim CISO roles in various businesses, including Equiniti Group, Ingka/IKEA Group, GlaxoSmithKline, and HSBC. Prior to Burberry he was Chief Security Officer for the luxury goods conglomerate Richemont International SA in Geneva, with oversight of physical, information and cyber security. Previously, he has built and led security functions in a range of Banks, notably the Royal Bank of Scotland, Dresdner Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. He has also been Chief Information Security Officer of BP and Reuters. He has a Ph.D. in experimental solid-state physics from Cambridge University.

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Chris Brozenick

Senior Director, Dataminr Product Marketing

Chris currently serves as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Dataminr and leads the go-to-market efforts for Dataminr's enterprise products, Pulse, and for the Dataminr for News product line.

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Chris has built and launched several dozen B-B and B-C applications over his career. Chris' focus the past seven years has been in the enterprise risk management and security sectors, leading product marketing and product management efforts for a variety of industry leading SaaS offerings in the space.

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Helen Sutton

SVP EMEA & APAC, Dataminr

With over 20 years of business leadership, Helen Sutton has a deep expertise in providing technologies that matter to a highly diverse customer base.

Prior to joining Dataminr as the SVP of EMEA and APAC in 2020, Helen led teams at Splunk in the delivery of software solutions into Security buying centres and spent 3 years at DocuSign where she led the Enterprise team across Northern Europe.

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Helen has also led businesses in larger companies, such as her tenure as Managing Director at Private Equity owned Unit4 and over 12 years at SAP working across the organisation before becoming a key part of the UKI Leadership Team.

The breadth of expertise gained from working within leadership functions across these varied and complex organisations, coupled with considerable knowledge of the challenges faced by the risk and security professionals, has provided Helen with an expansive understanding of what is required to deliver business and operational continuity across the corporate domain. This insight informs her strategy and approach into aligning the real-time advantage offered by Dataminr’s AI platform to the risk management strategies and protocols of corporate enterprises across the EMEA and APAC market.

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Lloyd Figgins

CEO, The TRIP Group

Lloyd Figgins is a travel risk expert, author and CEO of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP) Group. A former police officer, Lloyd has worked in over 80 countries, including some of the world’s most hostile and remote regions. He has encountered risk in many forms including extracting clients from a coup in Madagascar and establishing evacuation routes for personnel operating deep inside the DRC.

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Lloyd often provides commentary in the media, making regular appearances on the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Sky News, LBC and Talk Radio. Lloyd writes for numerous national print publications on the subject of travel safety & security and is author of The Travel Survival Guide published by Portico.

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Hugh Farquar

Vice President of Product for Physical Security, Dataminr

Prior to founding WatchKeeper in 2019, Hugh spent 15 years in corporate security and crisis management, having worked for private security companies operating in high-threat environments to the largest financial institution in the world, Citibank.

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Hugh Farquhar is the Vice President of Product for Physical Security at Dataminr. Hugh was the Co-Founder and CEO of WatchKeeper, a real-time unified situational awareness platform to manage global physical security threats at scale, which was acquired by Dataminr in June 2021.

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