Our People

Sapien Cyber people, team, board

Global Cybersecurity Knowledge and Experience

Board Members

Mary Hackett

Mary Hackett

Executive Chair

John Poynton AO

John Poynton AO

Deputy Chair

Harry Karelis

Harry Karelis

Executive Director & Founder

Mary Hackett

Mary Hackett

Executive Chair

Mary Hackett has an extensive career in the resource sector, spanning more than 30 years, with senior executive roles in Brown & Root, Woodside, and General Electric. Her most recent executive role being CEO of General Electric Oil & Gas for Australasia.

Mary is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of the ESS (Environment, Social and Safety) committee for Northern Star Resources, Chair of Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre, Non-Executive Director of Strike Energy and Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Finance committee for Clean Marine Fuel Institute.

A Graduate of AICD and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Mary holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Galway, Ireland.

John Poynton AO

John Poynton AO

Deputy Chair

John Poynton is a Member of the Future Fund Board of Guardians (Australia’s sovereign wealth fund). He is also the Chair of Strike Energy Limited and Chair and Co-Founder of Poynton Stavrianou.

Mr Poynton has previously served as Chair, Deputy Chair or Non-Executive Director of a number of ASX Listed companies, Federal Government boards and education institutions. These include Multiplex Limited, Austal Limited, EFIC, the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Business School at the University of Western Australia.

Mr Poynton is an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and is a past recipient of a Western Australian Citizen of the Year award in the Industry and Commerce category. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an honorary Doctor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Harry Karelis

Harry Karelis

Executive Director & Founder

Harry graduated from The University of Western Australia with Bachelors and Honours in Science majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology as well as a Masters in Business Administration. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Cybersecurity Operations from the University of New South Wales/Australian Defence Force Academy.

He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute in the United States. He has over 30 years’ experience in the capital markets with roles in financial analysis, funds management and private equity investing both in Australia and overseas.

He has also been an angel investor in a number of start-up companies in Australia and overseas and sits on the boards of several private and public companies.

Key Personnel

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Chief Strategy Officer

Craig Valli

Craig Valli

TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR & FOUNDER

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Chief Strategy Officer

Mark is an experienced C-level executive with more than 30 years of strategy, marketing, product development and sales experience, in Australia and internationally.

Mark has served in many roles, including Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of Network Security at WatchGuard Technologies Inc, VP Worldwide Sales at Softection and VP Asia Pacific for Procera Networks.

In the late 1990’s, while Engineering Manager at Randata, Mark led the team that developed the encryption system for the RODNET (Australian Military backbone) and was also involved in the Pacific Class patrol boat project for the Royal Australian Navy. He began his career as a design engineer on the Rapier missile system for Cossor Ltd (Raytheon).

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Curtin University.

Craig Valli

Craig Valli

TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR & FOUNDER

Craig  has over 35 years’ experience in the ICT Industry and consults to industry and government on cyber security and digital forensics issues.

He was the Inaugural Director of Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute and Professor of Digital Forensics. His main research and consultancy is focussed on securing networks and critical infrastructures, detection of network borne threats and forensic analysis of cyber security incidents. 

He has previously held an academic position on the Interpol Global Cyber Crime Experts Panel as well as numerous security related conference committees.  He has over 140 publications to his name on security related topics. Craig is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society