Marcus Aurelius wrote that inner strength comes often from remembering.

In the year in which we celebrate Mandela’s centenary it is worth rereading one of his favourite poems. The strength of his spirit ensures.

Invictus

By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 

 

Andre Pienaar, C5 founder, and General Alexander, the founder and CEO of IronNet, accept the crest of the HMS Queen Elizabeth from the First Sea Lord during the Atlantic Future Forum

Atlantic Future Forum
HMS Queen Elizabeth hosted the first Atlantic Future Forum today (22-10-2018) whilst anchored in New York Harbour.
The Forum was formed from a collective body of experts to promote engagement between Government, Military and Industry in a framework for dialogue and cooperation in the Cyber and Artificial Intelligence domains.
Pictured is The First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy Sir Philip Jones KCB, ADC presenting a ships crest to Andre Pienaar and General Keith Alexander of C5 Capital

C5 Capital to sign landmark Atlantic Future Forum Accord on cyber security and artificial intelligence

Managing partner and founder Andre Pienaar will also join a plenary session during the Forum, a UK Government-sponsored event in New York on the HMS Elizabeth

 

Artificial intelligence and its role in cyber security will be a key topic during the Forum, which gathered senior members of the UK & US Governments and international business leaders

 

London, 20th October 2018 – C5 Capital Limited (“C5”), the specialist venture capital firm focused on investing in cloud computing, cyber and artificial intelligence, announces managing partner and founder Andre Pienaar will take part in the inaugural Atlantic Future Forum (“the Forum”), being held on Monday, 22nd October in New York. The Royal Navy’s new flagship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth will host the joint drive between the UK and US to outpace adversaries on the cyber battlefield. During the Forum, Andre will also participate in the plenary session ‘How artificial intelligence will shape the world of the future.’ He will also sign the new Atlantic Future Forum Accord (“the Accord”).

The Forum will bring US and UK industry and military together in the face of changing warfare and the fight against growing cyber threats, both at home and abroad. It will combine the brightest minds, innovators and tech entrepreneurs from across government and industry to collaborate on the changing cyber landscape Britain and its allies now face. The Forum will be an opportunity to explore the emerging trends and technologies that will dominate the world ahead and to cement the leading role that the UK and US will jointly play in shaping them. They will be joined by political leaders, policy makers and sector specialists.

 

Andre will also be a signatory of the Accord, a commitment from the UK and US to work with a new committee of firms in cyber and artificial intelligence to ensure that the ‘special relationship’ remains the world leading partnership for cyber security, defence and artificial intelligence amid a climate of rapidly changing threats. It will be signed by both Government and industry experts, providing a future framework for cooperation between UK and US industry and military on cyber and artificial intelligence. The committee will form a sub-committee of the UK Board of Trade and will be supported by the UK Department for International Trade. The Accord features a commitment to meet again in a year’s time for a follow-up summit, which will become an annual event.

 

Andre Pienaar, managing partner and founder, C5 Capital said, “The Atlantic Future Forum will be a historic event, bringing together not only the US and UK Governments, but also some of the world’s leading technology and cyber security companies. Recent years have seen rapid growth in the percentage of the world’s population that is online, and the Forum recognised the need for investment and careful consideration of how we protect internet users. It’s crucial that we make the online world as safe as we’re making our physical world. We are honoured to be a part of this first meeting and are looking forward to providing our expertise and global reach as we continue to work with some of the world’s leading organisations in this crucial area.”

 

General (Ret) Keith Alexander, former Director of the National Security Agency (“NSA”) and Chief of the Central Security Service (“CSS”), as well as founder and CEO of C5 portfolio company IronNet Cybersecurity, will also attend the Forum. He will be speaking at a panel session entitled How do we gain decision advantage through cyber security and develop the policies we need?

 

Gen. Keith Alexander, IronNet Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board, IronNet said, “Cyber has become an element of National Power. It is important that we employ the latest technologies, rules and procedures to ensure the security of Governments, commercial entities and individuals.  This inaugural Forum, which truly is ‘hands across the water’, is a historic and important occasion for both governments and private business. I’m extremely pleased to be a participant, and to see so many other senior business leaders and government officials discussing topics of such high importance.”

The Forum is part of the QNLZ in NYC Expo: a series of themed events designed to showcase the Government’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda and to celebrate the special relationship between the UK and US. The day will include a number of plenary sessions and meetings organised by The UK Department of International Trade.

 

In addition to the plenary and expert sessions, the Forum will also include keynote addresses from the Rt. Hon Dr. Liam Fox, MP, UK Secretary of State for International Trade; Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as an evening reception hosted by Captain Jerry Kid, Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Dr. Fox will also present the Board of Trade Awards.

 

Pictures of the event and videos of the speeches will be available from the Royal Navy following the event.

 

 

For press enquiries contact:

John Merva on: jmerva@hudsonsandler.com or 0207 796 4133

Emily Jones on: ejones@hudsonsandler.com or 0207 796 4133

 

About C5 Capital

C5 Capital Limited (C5) is a specialist venture capital firm, focused on Innovative Technologies in Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing. Headquartered in London, C5 also has offices in Washington, Munich, Luxembourg and Bahrain.

 

For more information, visit: www.c5capital.com

 

About IronNet Cybersecurity

IronNet Cybersecurity’s founding mission is to redefine cybersecurity based on next generation technology, cutting edge engineering, and a leadership team with decades of military, intelligence, and commercial experience.

 

Founded by General (Ret) Keith Alexander and a team of highly experienced strategic, operational, and technical cybersecurity experts, the company’s goal is to continue the mission of securing the nation in cyberspace based on the leadership team’s experience in conducting full-spectrum cybersecurity operations and building cybersecurity forces.

 

IronNet provides best-in-class cyber defense using complex behavioral modeling, big-data analytics, and advanced computing capabilities to delivers unprecedented network visibility, early threat

detection, and targeted, business-informed mitigation actions and also provides for collective defense by sharing and correlating threat and event data across multiple companies and sectors.

IronNet is based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

 

For more information, visit: IronNetCybersecurity.com.

 

 

 

I feel very privileged to be a founding member of ONE’s Global Leadership Circle.

ONE Announces Influential Leadership Network to Accelerate Mission-Driven Resources

WASHINGTON — The ONE Campaign, the global nonprofit organization cofounded by U2 lead singer Bono to fight extreme poverty, is delighted to announce the creation of the new Global Leadership Circle to recognize and engage a diverse group of top financial supporters and champions who share ONE’s deep commitment to helping the world’s poorest. This group of leaders, which include some of the world’s leading philanthropists, foundation and corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, will not only help ONE sustain its ongoing work, but will also provide invaluable expertise and vision to help ONE fight extreme poverty and eradicate preventable disease.

“As a famous rock star once said, ‘Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live,’ ” said Gayle Smith, the chief executive officer of The ONE Campaign.“But in order for ONE to achieve this vision and move us closer to a world without extreme poverty, it will take strong, audacious leadership. That’s why we’re thrilled to launch the ONE Global Leadership Circle. We could not be more grateful for this group of impressive leaders who will offer their ideas, perspectives, and assistance to help ONE advance its life-saving mission in the months and years ahead.”

“We are humbled and honored to work with such a generous and visionary group of supporters who are helping fuel ONE and lending us their brains to be a more effective and modern advocacy organization,” said Bob Pilon, chief development and partnerships officer. “As the demands grow for increased financial resources, partnerships and creativity to achieve our mission, the Global Leadership Circle will play a pivotal role in shaping ONE’s future.”

ONE Global Leadership Circle founding members include:

  • Lynne Benioff (United States)
  • Ryan and Cindy Beedie, Beedie Development (Canada)
  • David Giampaolo, Pi Capital (United Kingdom)
  • Theresia Gouw, Aspect Ventures (United States)
  • Michelle Grogg, Cargill, Incorporated (United States)
  • Alec Litowitz, Magnetar Capital (United States)
  • Angelo Moratti, Saras S.p.A (Italy)
  • André Pienaar, C5 (South Africa)
  • Diane Whitty, JPMorgan Private Bank (United States)
  • Zouera Youssoufou, The Aliko Dangote Foundation (Nigeria)

About the ONE Global Leadership Circle

The ONE Global Leadership Circle (GLC) was initiated by the board of directors to recognize a diverse group of top financial supporters and surrogates of ONE who share the organization’s deep commitment to ending extreme poverty and preventable disease. It is also a group that will help shape ONE’s future with ideas, perspectives, and assistance in advancing various elements of our work. ONE is currently seeking like-minded philanthropists who have a deep understanding of advocacy and commitment to promoting civic engagement coupled with an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that will help modernize and propel ONE into the future. For more information, please contact Bob Pilon, chief development and partnerships officer, at bob-dot-pilon-at-one-dot-org.

The ONE Campaign is a non-partisan campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 9 million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.