29/06/21 - Diversity & Inclusion in Cyber Webinar Series 05

29/06/21 - Diversity & Inclusion in Cyber Webinar Series 05
Race, Ethnicity and Diversity – Our Perspective

Diversity and Inclusion in Cyber Security Webinar Series: 05


Race, Ethnicity and Diversity – Our Perspective

We have 3 fantastic speakers:

Rohit will focus on ‘What are microaggressions and what are organisations doing to combat this’.
Owanate will talk about how the relative lack of ethnically diverse leaders have been discussed and addressed within firms and the implications this has on future hiring growthplans.
Bev has a very inspiring story to tell, from her background, to how her career started and how she has progressed. She will also share some key things that she has learned during her journey.  

The session includes Q&A and is hosted by Saritha Arun.

Our Host

Saritha Arunkumar, BE MBA PhD is a Security Leader and Master Inventor

Saritha has 20+ years of experience all being in IT Security space and has been working in a wide span of roles such as Security Lead, Consultant, Specialist, Senior Architect, and now Security Leader.

Saritha has gained deep expertise in Identity and Access Management solutions, Decentralised Identity, Blockchain Security, Web Services security, and Public-key Infrastructure, Cryptography, Privacy solutions, and Internet security. Saritha has created reference architectures and best practices for security blockchain solutions and applied them to various clients across the globe. Most of the projects that she has been involved in revolve around creating end-to-end security architectures, designs, and security solutions. Her research contributes to the wider community has been demonstrated from time to time by chairing and presenting at Internal security seminars/workshops.  She has enhanced her personal eminence through external collaborations and connections and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

PhD in Mobile Security, MBA Operations Management, Winner of Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2018, Winner of 50 most influential women in cyber-security UK by SC,  Highly Commendable Disruptor and Top 100 most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK 2018 and 2019, Winner of TechWomen50 2017, Runner up of Women of the Future 2013, Outstanding Innovation Award winner 2017 at IBM, IBM Hero 2019 – these are some of the accolades.

Our Speakers

Owanate Bestman, Founder of Bestman Solutions


Owanate is the founder of Bestman Solutions, a search and selection firm dedicated to meeting the demand for cyber security skills.  Owanate advises CISO’s and Heads of on market factors which could impact their headcount goals and designs bespoke solutions to address this.  Firmly embedded in the cyber security space, he possesses a strong network of exceptional technical and non-technical security practitioners who have assisted leaders in meeting their business objectives. 

Owanate has spent almost a decade recruiting in the Cyber Security field, securing individuals and teams which meet specific technical and/ or leadership requirements for some of the world’s most innovative firms, to the mutual benefit of individuals’ career progression and the needs of the company.  Before this Owanate recruited Technology and Operational Risk specialists, during this period he was successful in staffing several high profile banking regulatory programmes. He founded Bestman Solutions in 2020.