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GSX 2019 General Sessions

GSX General Session Presentations

GSX is designed to address the comprehensive nature of security, creating an integrated experience focused on understanding the changing landscape, and the tools and tactics to proactively anticipate and mitigate threats. Every year, attendees hear from global leaders who offer insider insights into some of the most important issues facing security management professionals worldwide and the latest technologies changing our industry and our lives.

Monday, 9 September | 8:30 – 10:00 am

Navigating the Geopolitical  Landscape:  Security Risks and Hotspots

Ian Bremmer GSX 2019 General Session speakerIan Bremmer, Ph.D
President, Eurasia Group

Ian Bremmer will bring his keen understanding of global trends, politics, and economics to this fast-paced discussion of what’s happening around the world—both in emerging markets and on the political front lines. You’ll hear about emerging risks and hotspots, and explore the implications for security worldwide.

A dedicated intellectual entrepreneur, Ian Bremmer is the president of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. Bremmer’s career spans academic, investment, and policymaking communities, with a focus on global macro-political trends and emerging markets in which “politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes.” Bremmer’s work to define the business of politics has accordingly focused on making political science relevant to the global marketplace.

Bremmer created Wall Street’s first global political risk index, a ground-breaking methodology leveraging political science to assess investment risk. He is also the author of several bestselling books including The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?, and The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall, selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2006.

Tuesday, 10 September | 8:30 – 10:00 am

Bold Solutions for Changing Times

Steve Demetriou speaks at GSX

Steve Demetriou

Steve Demetriou
Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Jacobs

Great companies recognize they need to think differently about the future, to deliver bold solutions for changing times, to harness technology and big data to make strategic decisions that serve clients in our increasingly complex world.

Jacobs, a global professional services company, is already advancing down this path. Steve Demetriou, Chair and CEO, will provide insight into what it takes to create a more connected and sustainable world and discuss how Jacobs is delivering innovative thinking and impactful ideas to connect people and places with the means to work smarter and live better.

Joe Olivarez, speaker at Global Security Exchange

Joe Olivarez

Demetriou has steered a profound reshaping of Jacobs’ business portfolio, operations and culture. He brings more than 35 years in leadership and a broad international business perspective to the discussion of next-generation solutions. After his remarks, Demetriou will be joined on the stage by Joe Olivarez, Jacobs’ Chief Security Officer, for an informative Q&A session, observing first-hand, what it means to bring security to the table in the overall equation for success.

Maria Teresa Septien

The Q&A session will be lead by Maria Teresa Septien, Managing Director, Latin America, AFIMAC Global.





Wednesday, 11 September | 8:30 – 10:00 am

Geopolitics and Security

General John F. Kelly
U.S. Marine Corps (RET)

GSX Keynote speaker Gen. John F. Kelly

Gen. John F. Kelly

In a world where dictators are falling and rising, governments posture for a greater impact on the global stage, and information is the critical currency, who will emerge and where will opportunities exist? The face of security changed forever on 11 September 2001 and General Kelly, a 4-Star General, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and White House Chief of Staff, has protected the United States both abroad and at home. His unique ability to provide first-hand insight into the evolving geopolitical landscape around the world is valuable when contextualizing the United States’ security priorities from a historical, current, and future perspective. Gen. Kelly will share his insights—on Wednesday, 11 September during the keynote address at GSX—on the trends, risks, and potential rewards amid the ‘hot spots’ around the globe, and the role the U.S. plays (and should play), in our nation and world’s security.

Secretary Kelly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970 and went on to serve in a number of command, staff, and school assignments. During his command of SOUTHCOM, he worked closely with professionals in U.S. law enforcement, particularly the FBI and DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security, dealing with the flow of drugs, people, and other threats against the U.S. homeland. He went on to become the Secretary of Homeland Security before serving his country again as White House Chief of Staff until January 2019.

General Kelly’s keynote presentation will start Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day off at 8:30 am. GSX will honor members of the military and law enforcement with a full complimentary day of education sessions and access to our exhibit hall—an interactive learning lab full of immersive experiences and cutting-edge technology. Use code “THANKS” when registering and bring your ID onsite.

Thursday, 12 September | 8:30 – 10:00 am

Protecting Assets in the Age of Cybersecurity Leaks and Scandals: How to Plan When Risk is a Moving Target

Tarah Wheeler
Cybersecurity Policy Fellow, New America

(Open to all GSX registrants, including Expo-Only registration.)

Tarah Wheeler GSX general session cyber speaker

Tarah Wheeler

Brigadier General Stephanie Horvath speaks at GSX

Brigadier General Horvath

Ms. Wheeler will be introduced by Brigadier General Stefanie Horvath, current leader of enterprise service delivery for the state of Minnesota. After her presentation, the General and Ms. Wheeler will lead a lively Q&A session drawn from their very different vantage points related to cybersecurity.


Reports of cybersecurity leaks—and major scandals—have dominated headlines for years. Cybersecurity attacks are doubling every year. Phishing scams are at an all-time high. These days, it isn’t an IT manager answering for security breaches, it’s CEOs and business owners. Do you have a comprehensive plan in place to protect your most important assets? If something goes wrong, how will you react, put out fires, and recover lost trust? Have you considered the consequences of information falling into the wrong hands in 10, 20, 30, or 40 years?

Tarah Wheeler is an engineer who went from the keyboard to leading the world’s top red teams and data privacy teams. An offensive security researcher, she is currently the Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America, leading a new international cybersecurity project. She is an inaugural contributing cybersecurity expert for the Washington Post, and a Foreign Policy contributor on cyber warfare. In this talk, she brings depth, warmth, and sparkling humor to an otherwise complex, but necessary, subject. From cryptocurrency to how the Internet of Things might provide a gateway to hackers, and absorbing how a robust cybersecurity plan operates to covering security at live events, Wheeler offers a razor-sharp breakdown of what you need to know—and do—to protect yourself, your partners, and your clients.