Advisors

Ben Lyon

ADVISOR / Shareholder / Director

Ben is a Silicon Valley veteran and highly experienced executive, General Counsel, Transaction Specialist, Dealmaker and Member/Advisor to senior executive teams and Boards of Directors for Silicon Valley, San Francisco, SoCal and International technology companies spanning Cybersecurity, Nano-tech, AI, Iot, Bio-phama, Fintech, Telecom, SaaS/PaaS, and Mobile technology.  

Significant successes include Ingenio (sold to AT&T) and TellMeNetworks (sold to Microsoft).  

Ben is a Director of BankVault Pty Ltd but until it becomes a US company he does not act in the capacity of General Counsel. 

Whitfield Diffie - Turing Prize Laureatte

ADVISOr/Shareholder

Whit Diffie is a pioneer of public-key cryptography, a former “Sun Fellow” at Sun Microsystems, and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. 

In 2015 Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman were awarded the $1M Turing Prize (computing’s Nobel Prize) for the invention of public-key encryption. The Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange is the foundation that secures almost all Internet communication.  Every device, every browser, has this algorithm embedded natively, facilitating over $4 trillion per day in global transactions.

The discovery is a work of genius.  A mathematician by background, Whit’s deep non-intuitive insights discovered a fundamental principle that allows two independent parties to set up a common security-secret in public, and then use this to encrypt their communication across that same public network. 

Steven Tot

ADVISOR / Marketing

Steve has 25 years of international ICT, SaaS and cloud experience spanning Australia, the UK, and Silicon Valley in various roles including Go-to-Market, product marketing, pre-sales solution consulting, sales & account management, Partner & Alliance management to a senior leadership level. Steve is a former Head of Global Consulting and General Manager, ICT Channels at Telstra.  He is passionate about disruptive technology that enables customers to improve their business advantage. 

Brett Looney

ADVISOR / SHAREHOLDER

Brett is an engineer/entrepreneur and technology leader. He co-founded the technical consulting firm L7, which was acquired by Amcom (now Vocus). He later served as Amcom’s Head of Innovation, and after the Vocus acquisition moved to AWS as a Solutions Architect  Brett currently divides his time between advising new startups incubating cloud-based technologies.

David Mierowsky

ADVISOR / SHAREHOLDER

David brings BankVault years of successful experiences growing technology companies.  He Founded Fundi Software (Acquired by Rocket) — an IBM global partner and a leading provider of tools of IMS and CICS systems.

Mark Sayer

ADVISOR / BANKING CYBERSECURITY

Mark was Head of Security, Strategy and Architecture at National Australia Bank where he developed the vision and strategy for security, lead a high performing team of Security Architects and developed an agile access and authentication platform. Previously he was a senior member of a security start-up that went through an IPO. His is passionate about innovation and bring 20 years’ experience as a cyber professional.
 

Warren Merritt

ADVISOR / SHAREHOLDER

Warren is the Deputy Chairman of Lockton Insurance Group Australia with over 31 years experience in the insurance industry as a Broker/Advisor and with global experience covering Australian, Asian and UK markets in Senior Advising capacities. He was head of Asia Region for JLT and has delivered innovative, cost saving, finance efficient results for many of the largest organisations in Australia and Asia.

Richard Maltman

ADVISOR / SHAREHOLDER / Director

Richard is the General Counsel and a Director of BankVault Pty Ltd in Australia. He has a career spanning corporate law in Australia and serves as Executive Director of Aphelion Legal, a boutique law firm specializing in energy, resources, corporate and commercial law. He has extensive experience in resources developments and transactions in internationally.