ICCWS Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs


Noëlle van der Waag-Cowling is a military science professional with 25 years of experience in the Department of Defence, South Africa and 20 years of experience in South African Higher Education at Stellenbosch University.  She is the co-ordinator of the Cyber Project at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa.  She has served as assistant editor of the journal Scientia Militaria, published in various national and international scientific publications and been a participant in international military education projects.  Noëlle teaches fifth dimension warfare and low intensity conflict in the Department of Military Strategy, Stellenbosch University.


Dr. Louise Leenen is a Principal Researcher in the Cyber Defence research Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa. She holds a PhD Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Wollongong in Australia. Her research focus is on artificial intelligence applications in the defence environment, cyber defence and ontology development. Before joining the CSIR she worked in the defence industry and has 17 years’ experience as a computer science lecturer both in South Africa and Australia. She is the Chair of the IFIP Working Group 9.10 on ICT in War and Peace.

Key Note Speakers


Sascha Bachmann Assessor Jur, LL.M, LL.D  is a former Army officer (Lieutenant Colonel - German Army Reserve) with operational experience and career professional in law and higher education. In the last 20 years he worked in various capacities and functions in the USA, the Middle East, South Africa and various European countries. Sascha is currently an Associate Professor with Bournemouth and has been there since 2013. In November 2017 he was appointed (Professorial) Research Fellow at CEMIS, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University. Sascha was educated in Germany (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München), South Africa (Stellenbosch University and University of Johannesburg) and the United Kingdom (University of Portsmouth). He has been working with NATO, US CENTCOM, US AFRICOM, the Austrian Ministry of Defence, the Swedish Defence University, the Qatari Armed Forces, the Royal Danish Defence College and the South African National Defence Forces on the subjects of Hybrid War, Lawfare and InfoOps. Sascha is a regular contributor to NATO’s Legal Advisor Web (LAWFAS) with his publications often being used as NATO reference documents.

Mini Track Speakers


Evgeny N. Pashentsev, DSc.Leading Researcher at the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Professor at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Director at the International  Centre for Social and Political Studies and Consulting. Member of the international Advisory Board of Comunicar (Spain) and the editorial board of The Journal of Political Marketing (the USA). Author, co-author and editor of 34 books and more than 100 academic articles published in Russian, English, Spanish, Italian, Serbian and Bulgarian languages. Presentation of papers at more than 150 international conferences and seminars for the last 20 years in 18 countries. Areas of research: strategic communication, international security, perspective technologies and social development.


Dr Jackie Phahlamohlaka completed an MSc in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Dalhousie University in Canada as well as a PhD in Informatics from the University of Pretoria. He is the Competency Area Manager at the CSIR, South Africa. He completed the Executive National Security Programme (ENSP) from the South African National Defence College in 2007; and has since supervised more than 40 Commandant Research Papers (CRPs) in subsequent Programmes of the College as well as being a regular presenter to the Programmes on the topic of Broadband Access and National Security, with an ICT focus on Cybersecurity. Through this programme, Jackie has become a key Science, Engineering and Technology mentor to Senior Officers and Generals in the South African National Defence Force. His research interests are in ICT and Socio-Economic Development, Web-based Group Support Systems, and most recently, Broadband access and National Security. In these domains, Jackie is extensively published and continues to give regular talks both nationally and internationally.


Dr Joey Jansen van Vuuren is the coordinator of the Cybersecurity Centre of Innovation for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa). The Centre focuses on the promotion of research collaboration, cybersecurity education and the exchange of cyber threats in Higher Education and Industry. She spent more than 20 years in academia and research. As the Research Group Leader for Cyber Defence (CSIR) she gave the strategic research direction for the research group that was mainly involved in research for the South African National Defence Force and Government sectors on Cyber Defence. Her research is focused on cybersecurity and government policy. She has presented talks at national and international forums and has also been invited as keynote speaker at international conferences.