Speakers 2017-09-21T14:51:09+00:00


We will continue to add to this list as we confirm speakers for the Technology Safety Summit.

Keynote Speakers

  • Julie Inman Grant, the eSafety Commissioner
  • Julie Oberin, Chair WESNET
  • Andrew Scott, Head of Technology within Telstra’s Chief Technology Office.
  • Cindy Southworth, founder of the SafetyNet Project, Executive Vice President, National Network to End Domestic Violence.


  • Samantha Yorke, Google
  • Jason Holandsjo, Telstra
  • Mia Garlick, Facebook
  • Amanda Karpeles, Safe Tag

Technology Safety Experts

  • Karen Bentley, National Director, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Heidi Guldbaek, Technology Safety Specialist, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Kaofeng Lee, Technology Safety Specialist, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Erica Olsen, Director Safety Net, National Network to End Domestic Violence


  • Helen Campbell, Women’s Legal Service NSW
  • Detective Bryan Franke, C2Solutions
  • Inspector Regan Carr, QLD Police
  • Acting Superintendent Marc Hogen, QLD Police
  • Nikki Lowe, 1800Respect
  • Emily Maguire, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
  • Bonnie Millen, Women with Disabilities
  • Leanne Sinclair, Victoria Legal Aid


  • Nicola Henri, RMIT.

Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President, NNEDV

Cindy Southworth leads the communications, development, technology, finance, and international efforts of NNEDV. She joined NNEDV in 2002 after she founded the Safety Net Project to address technology and Violence Against Women. Through the Safety Net Project Ms. Southworth works with private industry, state and federal agencies, and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in this digital age. She has testified before Congress and is on many task forces and committees that address justice, privacy, technology, and safety in the Justice, Elections, Defense, and Human Services arenas.

Ms. Southworth has a Masters Degree in Social Work and has worked to end violence against women for 24 years at national, state, and local advocacy organizations. She has spent the past 16 years focusing on how technology can increase victim safety and how to hold perpetrators accountable for misusing technology. Ms. Southworth also serves on the Airbnb’s Trust Advisory Board and the Advisory Boards of MTV’s A THIN LINE digital abuse campaign and the Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference. The NNEDV Safety Net Project is one of 5 organizations internationally that serves on the Facebook Safety Advisory board.

Detective Brian Franke, President and Founder 2C Solutions, LLC

Detective Bryan Franke is a 29-year veteran of the Longmont Police Department. He is currently assigned to, and was instrumental in forming, the Cyber Crimes Unit, as well as the development of the Boulder County Computer Forensics Lab; a combined computer forensics lab made up of personnel from four agencies. He has been qualified as an expert witness multiple times. Detective Franke has performed forensic examinations on computers, cell phones, GPS units and other portable devices such as tablets, external HDD and various types of flash storage. He is the President and Founder of 2C Solutions, LLC; an organization dedicated to training other professionals on how to investigate, prosecute, and proactively monitor the use of technology by probation clients, as well as how to deal with various digital crime/technology based investigations. 2C Solutions, LLC

Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner

Julie Inman Grant was appointed as the eSafety Commissioner in January 2017.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe.

Julie’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach.

At Twitter, Julie headed up Public Policy for Australia and South East Asia, managing a range of public policy issues, including online safety and countering violent extremism. Julie also built Twitter’s ‘Rules and Tools’ for safety, and conceptualised and piloted #PositionofStrength, which now serves as Twitter’s global female safety and empowerment program.

Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe, where she worked with governments across the region on issues such as innovation and digital transformation, creativity and STEM skills development and cybersecurity.

Erica Olsen, Safety Net Deputy Director, NNEDV

Erica Olsen is a Deputy Director of the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Since joining NNEDV in 2007, Erica has advocated on behalf of survivors of intimate partner violence by educating and advocating victim service providers, policy makers, and technology companies on issues of technology abuse, privacy, and victim safety. She has provided more than 185 trainings to over 10,000 technologists, attorneys, law enforcement, victim advocates, and other practitioners in the United States and internationally.

Through the Safety Net Project, Erica works with private industry, state, and federal agencies and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in this digital age. She has contributed to Congressional testimony, administrative regulatory comments, and participates on committees that address privacy, technology, and safety. She regularly provides consultation and feedback to leading technology companies on the potential impact of technology design, reporting procedures, and user interface on survivors of abuse. She also provides technical assistance on technology safety to professionals working with survivors.

Erica’s prior work at the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence included writing curriculum and training statewide on a project focusing on the intersection of domestic violence and disabilities. Erica has a Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Center for Women in Civil Society.

Jason Holandsjo, Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Telstra

Jason is the Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Telstra. He is responsible for setting and managing the overall Telstra compliance monitoring and reporting framework, as well as direct accountability for the Privacy, Ethics, Competition and Data Compliance programs.

Previously, Jason was the Chief Compliance Officer for the Toll Group, managing the design and implementation of Toll’s global compliance program, including its privacy program, across Toll’s operations in 55 countries.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University. He practised as a solicitor in a regulatory environment at ASIC and APRA and in private practice at Hall & Wilcox. Prior to joining Toll, he practised in-house at UniSuper and Australian Unity as part of their senior management teams in Operations.

Julie Oberin, National Chair, WESNET

Julie Oberin is the CEO of Annie North Women’s Refuge and Domestic Violence Service in regional Victoria, Australia.  She has worked in the domestic and family violence sector for more than 25 years. Julie has published, delivered conference papers nationally and internationally on domestic and family violence and homelessness, and undertaken important research on women’s domestic and family violence services across Australia.  She is an experienced practitioner both working with women and children who have experienced violence, and also with men who have used violence against family members.

Julie is the National Chair of WESNET (the Women’s Services Network) Australia’s leading women’s organisation working on the elimination of domestic and family violence. She is also the contract manager of AWAVA the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance. Julie currently chairs or sits on a range of other committees and boards including the Victorian Statewide Steering Committee to prevent violence against women and their children; Chair of the Loddon Campaspe Family Violence Advisory Committee; Regional Chair delegate on the Victorian Statewide Family Violence Advisory Committee; and Australian Board member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters.

She was a member of the COAG Advisory Panel on Violence Against Women and co-chaired the Technology Round Tables. Julie also regularly attends the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations and has presented at several side events on technology-facilitated abuse and its intersection with violence against women.

Karen Bentley, National Director SafetyNet Australia, WESNET

Karen Bentley is the National Director of the WESNET SafetyNet Australia program which she helped establish in Australia in 2011 by working with the US-based Safety Net program. The program examines the intersection between domestic violence and technology. A technology enthusiast and strong women’s advocate, she combines both passions to lead and manage WESNET’s work on technology safety. Major projects include the WESNET-Telstra SafeConnections program which provides smartphones to women impacted by domestic and family violence, the Safe Technology for Women project that provides advanced training to frontline agencies, and working with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner to help design and deliver the eSafety for Women training program.

Karen has BSc (Hons) from the Australian National University and has been working in the Violence Against Women sector since 1998 in federal government, with national and state organisations and in frontline agencies.

Kaofeng Lee, National Trainer, WESNET

Kaofeng Lee is a National Trainer for the Safety Net Project at WESNET, where she provides trainings on technology safety topics. Prior to joining WESNET, Kaofeng was a Deputy Director of the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Safety Net Project. In her 9 ½ years with NNEDV, Kaofeng worked with victim service providers, technology companies, and policymakers to improve safety and privacy for victims of intimate partner abuse. She provided more than 80 trainings to over 10,000 practitioners in the United States and internationally on issues of technology abuse, privacy, and victim safety. She has written Congressional testimony, administrative regulatory comments, and participates on committees that address privacy, technology, and safety.

Kaofeng’s previous professional experience included working as a bilingual advocate for a local domestic violence program, editing for a publications and design agency, and providing project management for a top 5 accounting firm, where she learned that listening is most important, the Oxford comma should be king, and obsessing over details is totally okay. Kaofeng has a Masters in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication from Iowa State University.

Heidi Guldbaek, National Trainer WESNET

Heidi Guldbaek is a National Trainer for the Safety Net Project at WESNET, which includes lots of travel, lots of coffee and most importantly, lots of opportunity to empower front-line workers to better assist their clients when experiencing technology- facilitated abuse.

Heidi has worked in the anti-violence against women sector as an educator, advocate and activist since 2007 and couldn’t imagine a better place to be!

She has extensive experience in working with victims and victim advocates to ensure that the voices of women escaping violence are heard in policy, program and legislation development to overcome structural oppression and injustice and has previously held the role of National Law Reform Coordinator for Women’s Legal Service Australia.

Heidi is also currently working collaboratively in the international arena on the Mandatory Training and Prevention Education Sub-Committee of the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition, an international coalition of practitioners and survivors working to advance a grass-roots driven international convention on the prevention violence against women

Heidi has a Bachelor Degree in Behavioural Science and a Masters Degree in Human Rights.