Board members

Maria Zidkova – Board Member

Maria Zidkova completed her MAS Information Security at Hochschule Luzern (HSLU) in 2017. She is an experienced and cybersecurity passionate security officer in government sector, currently engaged at OIZ (City of Zurich). Primarily focused on cloud security governance, risk and compliance she is designing and implementing consulting strategies and governance programs for internal customers on their cloud journey. She is responsible for establishing cloud security governance for MS Azure Platform.

Monika Atanasova – Board Member

Experienced security strategist in highly regulated sectors, adept at designing and implementing robust security measures while ensuring compliance with applicable regulations. Knowledgeable cyber security enthusiast who stays up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices, and a skilled cyber third-party risk management specialist with expertise in conducting risk assessments and developing vendor risk management programs. Experienced contractor and negotiator with excellent communication skills, able to identify potential partners and collaborators, negotiate contracts and manage ongoing relationships. Entrepreneur with a strategic mindset and technical expertise in high-value sectors such as finance, clean energy and electric mobility, with a proven track record in successful team and partnership management.

Holger Schindler – Board Member

Self-motivated IT Project Manager experienced in supporting network infrastructure for multi-user and remote environments. Adept at communicating with key stakeholders in assessing project needs. Innovative and solutions-focused IT Risk & Security Manager.

Lars Ruddigkeit – Board Member

Lars Ruddigkeit completed his PhD in chemistry at the University of Bern in 2013 with a focus on computer-aided drug design. He began his professional career at Accenture in technology consulting in Big Data and Data Science. At UBS, he specialized in operational machine learning and cyber security as a machine learning architect in the Financial Service industry. He is Co-Lead of the Cloud Security Alliance Swiss chapter and a contributor to the Cloud Security Alliance working groups for Zero Trust and Artificial Intelligence. He is currently responsible for the Swiss state as Account Technology Strategist at Microsoft Switzerland. His Expertise compromises Artificial Intelligence, Adversarial Machine Learning, Compliance, Cloud und Cyber Security. He receives the Juanita Koilpillai Service Award in 2023 from the Cloud Security Alliance.

Rolf A. Becker – Board Member

Rolf A. Becker has designed, implemented, executed and performed Cloud Risk Governance for global adoption of cloud for a large global Financial Institution. where he was Head of Cloud Governance globally. This included the definition of a risk control governance and management framework for cloud based infrastructure and platform services, and the delivery of a comprehensive supply chain cloud control assessment, remediation and control framework. Following his retirement, Rolf A. Becker provides consultancy to fortify Cloud Risk Governance and Third Party Risk Management. Earlier engagements included delivering the Client Data Confidentiality Program Portfolio for the CISO of this global Financial Institution, as well as 30 years of experience in risk management of this global Financial Institution. Rolf A. Becker is Co-Chair of Cloud Security Alliance Swiss Chapter and of the Cloud Security Alliance Enterprise Authority To Operate (EATO) Working Group. He has been the Co-Founder and Chair of the European User Group Enterprise & Cloud Data Protection User Group (EuUG).

Michael Deckert – Board Member

S̩bastien Contreras РBoard Member

Sébastien Contreras is co-chair of the Enterprise Authority to Operate Working Group of the Cloud Security Alliance which aims to deliver an assessment and certification service on 3rd party service providers for highly regulated companies. He is responsible for Outsourcing & Third Party Risk at Pictet Group, including Cloud Security Governance. Prior to that he was responsible for Group Confidentiality & Information Management at Tetra Laval Group, and for Information Security Strategy & Architecture at Merck and Merck Serono. His professional career encompasses 20 years of experience in Information Security across highly regulated industries such as Banking, Pharmaceutical & BioTech, Manufacturing & Food Processing.

Yves Gogniat – Board Member

Yves Gogoniat’s fascination with new technologies led him to focus on information and technology law. He is an expert on data protection, IT, contract, and corporate law. Since then he also counsels Fintech companies in this area. Besides being admitted to the Swiss Bar Association, he is a CIPP/E certified privacy expert.Additionally, Yves acts as external DPO for clients. He has gained experience in various law firms and public administration. He likes to engage in privacy and academic discussion by regularly publishing and speaking in his field of expertise.

Giulio Faini – Board Member

Giulio Faini started his career as an academician in cryptology and security before moving into more practical side of technology across different industry sectors and countries. Throughout 20 years of career he obtained multiple certifications like Cisco CCIE, CISSP, SABSA Foundation, ISO27001 Lead Auditor. He owns a Master degree in Computer Science from the Milan State University and Master Business Information Management from Solvay Business School in Brussels. He is currently engaged in Oracle as EMEA Cloud Technologist.