ECCWS Biographies

Below are the ECCWS Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Thaddeus Eze is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at the University of Chester. He is the founder and convener of the IEEE UK & Ireland YP Postgraduate STEM Research Symposium, Vice Chair, IEEE UK & Ireland Young Professionals, a technical committee member for a number of international conferences (e.g., ICAS, CYBERWORLDS, EMERGING etc.), and currently runs the Computer Science departmental research seminar series. His research interests include Trustworthy Autonomics, MANET and Cyber Security (specifically, Return Oriented Programming, Policing the Cyber Threat and Cyber Education) and he has a number of publications in these areas.

Dr Lee Speakman is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for Cybersecurity at the University of Chester. Lee has worked in Defence since 1999. He has gained experience in Intelligence, Strategy, Electronic Warfare, Communications, and Networking.  He gained his PhD in MANETs from Niigata University, Japan, in 2009, and returned to Defence to work in Cyber and Information Security, and related areas.  He joined the University of Chester in 2015 as the Programme Leader to develop and deliver Cybersecurity courses.  His research interests are in software and system security.
Dr Cyril Onwubiko is the Secretary, IEEE UK & Ireland, Chair, IEEE UK & Ireland Blockchain Group, and Director, Cyber Security Intelligence at Research Series Limited, where he is responsible for directing strategy, IA governance and cyber security. Prior to Research Series, he had worked in the Financial Services, Telecommunication, Health sector and Government and Public services Sectors. He is a leading scholar in Cyber Situational Awareness (Cyber SA), Cyber Security, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Data Fusion & SOC; and interests in Blockchain and Machine Learning. He is the founder of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation & Collaboration (C-MRiC) Detailed profile for Cyril can be found on

Keynote Speakers

Mini Track Chairs