Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter draws from his expertise in national security and entertainment to illustrate the power of unconventional thinking to creatively and effectively solve problems amid 21st century risks.
You may be asking, how in the world does a rock musician wind up as a national security expert? As it happened, it only took a few issues of Aviation Week magazine to pique Jeffrey Baxter’s interest in military technology and missile defense systems. He became self-taught in this area, as many geniuses do, and then wrote a paper that proposed converting a ship-based anti-aircraft missile system into a rudimentary missile defense system. He passed on this paper to a local congressman, and his career as a defense consultant began. A consultant to the Department of Defense with a high-level security clearance at the Pentagon, he now advises top military and civilian groups on asymmetrical warfare, next-generation technologies and unconventional strategies.
Previously, Jeffrey had a long and successful career in music and entertainment as a founding member of the group Steely Dan, and a Grammy winning guitarist with the Doobie Brothers. In his presentations, Jeffrey highlights creative, unconventional problem-solving and planning techniques by showing audiences how to apply knowledge gained in one area to advance goals in completely different fields. He explains how to approach issues with new “logic templates” and how to leave preconceptions behind. Through humor and lateral thinking, he helps audiences map effective strategies, rediscover the drive to innovate and ignite passion in their careers.
Alex Stamos is a cybersecurity expert, business leader and entrepreneur whose career has focused on improving the security and safety of the Internet. The former Chief Security Officer of Facebook and the former Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo, he is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University, where his teaching and research focuses on international security and cooperation. During his time at Facebook, Stamos led a threat intelligence team of engineers, researchers, investigators, and analysts charged with understanding and mitigating information security risks to the company and safety risks to the 2.5 billion people on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The New York Times called Stamos “a celebrated figure in privacy and security circles,” and Tech Crunch said he is “widely regarded as one of the smartest people working in the security space.”
During Stamos’ time at Facebook, he led the company’s investigation into manipulation of the 2016 US election and helped pioneer several successful protections against these new classes of abuse. According to The New York Times, through that work he became known for his role as a “strong advocate inside [Facebook] for investigating and disclosing Russian activity on Facebook.” Alex represented the company to regulators, lawmakers and civil society on six continents, and has served as a bridge between the interests of the Internet policy community and the complicated reality of platforms operating at billion-user scale. In April 2017, he co-authored “Information Operations and Facebook,” a highly cited examination of the influence campaign against the US election, which still stands as the most thorough description of the issue by a major technology company.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, born in 1978, helped build the WikiLeaks platform from late 2007 to September 2010, and acted as its spokesperson under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt. He quit WikiLeaks over disputes about its strategic orientation, lack of transparency and management style.
Domscheit-Berg wrote a book about his experiences “Inside WikiLeaks”, that was published in early 2011, was translated into 23 languages and was one source for the subsequent Hollywood movie “The Fifth Estate”.
Before WikiLeaks, Domscheit-Berg worked for various fortune 500 companies, mainly building enterprise-scale wireless and wired networks for the automotive and transport industries.
Domscheit-Berg today is involved with various internet projects related to privacy and anonymity, and furthering the decentralization of the Internet’s infrastructure, Running a small innovation lab in Brandenburg’s countryside, he passionately teaches kids about electronics and technology, and grows vegetables in a networked garden.
In 2015, he will be working on bringing the open fiber broadband revolution to Germany.
A network security expert by trade, Domscheit-Berg is an advocate for transparency and freedom of speech by heart, deeply caring for equal access to knowledge and information in a globalized world. Selected a Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2011, he has presented and debated on future chances as well as risks in a digitized and networked world in a multitude of both national and international conferences and fora, spanning a broad range from universities via commercial venues to the World Economic Forum, and is regularly present in national and international media on said topics.
Glenn Schoen is an American-Dutch senior security and crisis management advisor who heads risk advisory firm Boardroom@Crisis BV. He has over 30 years’ experience working from the US and the Netherlands serving several hundred Fortune 1000 clients as well as a number of governments and international institutions including the UN, EU and World Bank. Prior to founding B@C in 2015 he served as Business Unit Director of G4S Risk Advisory, Senior Manager at Ernst & Young Security and Integrity Services, and Director of Analysis for International Security Management and TranSecur. Outside regular positions, Glenn also lectured for 10 years at Georgetown University’s SSCE program, and did volunteer work at among others the White House Presidential Personnel Department.
Mr. Reinhold has served in executive leadership roles in security and incident management for some of the world’s largest brands. As Chief Security Officer at Fannie Mae, a leader in mortgage financing with more than $3 trillion in assets, Mr. Reinhold was responsible for designing and managing the company’s enterprise resilience strategy. He established a robust enterprise response model that enabled senior leaders to respond to security and business disruptions in an efficient and consistent manner. His leadership was instrumental to ensuring the safety and security of all employees, contractors and visitors at locations nationwide, and successfully protecting company assets including over 3 million square feet of office space.
Prior to Fannie Mae, Mr. Reinhold served as Vice President of Global Investigations at Walmart. He had been recruited by the retail giant to investigate and protect company interests related to compliance and ethics concerns across its global portfolio. In less than three years, he created and led a team of global investigators in the United States, Asia, Africa, South America and the United Kingdom.
Prior to his commercial roles in security, Mr. Reinhold served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 22 years. During this time, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service, served as Associate Executive Assistant Director for National Security, and led the FBI’s intelligence division.
Mr. Reinhold is a frequent speaker across the industry on Improving Organizational Resilience Through Enhanced Security Practices. He will be delivering a session at the upcoming 64th annual ASIS event in Las Vegas on the topic of “The Changing Role of The CSO in Today’s Corporate Landscape.”
Chief Technology Officer, Everbridge
CSO, Fannie Mae
Former Director of Global Security, E&Y
Head of Security, The Francis Crick Institute
CSO, The Southern Company
VP Global Safety and Security, Marriott