our Working Group
CEO Cyacomb and Chair of OSTIA
Ian Stevenson is CEO of Cyacomb, a company helping law enforcement, social media and cloud companies find and block harmful content from paedophiles and terrorists. Ian is a technologist and entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience bringing new technologies to market getting them into the hands of users who can benefit.
Adam started his first business in 1999 at the age of 15. Dubit was one of the world’s first social media networks. It went on to become one of the most popular websites for teenagers in the UK, and became one of the earliest firms to implement online safety tech. Adam subsequently worked with the UK government to develop the first online child protection laws; he then left Dubit to set up Crisp in 2005. Today Crisp is the expert in weaponized communication defense. Crisp offers an enterprise-grade solution trained on 15+ years of online harm detection which utilizes a proprietary predictive intelligence graph that discovers, tracks and predicts the spread of harmful content on messaging apps, social platforms and beyond.
Richard Pursey is a seasoned entrepreneur having successfully started and sold a number of technology companies in both the services and software sector. Following this success, he became an active private investor before founding SafeToNet where he is Group CEO. Richard has held various board level positions including NED for an NHS Primary Care Trust (Berkshire West) where he learned about mental health issues and the societal problems surrounding child abuse. He was Chairman of the Thames Division of the Institute of Directors and sat on the board of the Southern Division of the CBI.
Dr Anna Vartapetiance is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Co-Director of Securium and Visiting Fellow of Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS). In 2017 Anna was acknowledged by the Home Office as an Exceptional Talent in Natural Language Processing, Cyber Security, and Data Sciences. She has a PhD in Computational Approaches for Deception Detection and Master’s in computer science. Since 2007, she has focused her efforts in designing and developing systems for “Safer Internet”, from prevention of online gambling addiction, to detection and prevention of online abuse. Anna is an advocate of Women in Tech and Entrepreneurship and has received various awards including British Computer Society’s best speaker award for promoting Women in Computing.