More speakers confirm

As well as JPEO CBD, JPM Sensors and SCDF, we also now have a speaker from the Office of the Secrtary of Defense. We are delighted to welcome Vanessa Eddy, Senior Biodefense Advisor for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security onto the programme! More information on the programme can be found here

Four days of bitesize lectures, a virtual exhibition, all kinds of prizes to be won and all for FREE! Pre-register via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and registration will go live on October 2.  


Our Exhibitors list is growing by the day.  We plan to publish the full list in the next few weeks, so hold on to your hats masks - it's going to be a goodie.

Professor Martin Kulldorff

Martin Kulldorff, PhD, is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a biostatistician and epidemiologist in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research centers on developing and applying new disease surveillance methods for post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance and for the early detection and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks.

Dr. Kulldorff has developed new sequential statistical methods for near real-time post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance, where the purpose is to use weekly or other frequent data feeds to find potential safety problems as soon as possible. He has also developed tree-based scan statistic data mining methods for post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance. Keeping the outcome definitions flexible, the methods simultaneously evaluates thousands of potential adverse events and groups of related events, adjusting for the multiple testing inherent in such an approach.

Another major research area is spatial and spatio-temporal disease surveillance, for which he has developed various scan statistics for disease cluster detection and evaluation; and for the early detection and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks. These methods are used by most federal and state public health agencies around the world, and by many local public health departments and hospital epidemiologists.

Vanessa Eddy

Ms. Vanessa Eddy is the Senior BioDefense Advisor for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

Ms. Eddy leads interagency and Department of Defense efforts on the National Biodefense Strategy and its implementation; and advises on U.S. domestic response to biological and other chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats.  Ms. Eddy has over 17 years of experience working across the interagency and multinational forums in CBRN and international policy.  She is a pandemic and biothreat expert and excels at risk mitigation, strategy, and public health response in planning, response, and recovery efforts. 

Her experience and goals include developing mid-to-long term strategies, recovery plans, and creative measures to ensure the U.S., its strategic interests, and international partners are able to adapt and succeed in any threat environment.  Prior to her time in Homeland Defense, Ms. Eddy chaired a standing committee and led policy development and planning for nuclear policy at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Ms. Eddy holds a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University with a focus in National Security and Global Medical Health Policy and Bachelors of Political Science and Business Administration with a concentration in International Studies from Columbia College.

Bitesize Boston 2020 Programme Update

We are pleased to announce new speakers have been added to the CBRNe Convergence 2020 - Bitesize Boston Programme.  

Signing on to join us, and bringing interesting talks to the table, are: 

  • Dr Jason Roos, Deputy JPEO for CBRN Defense

  • Michael Chua, Director HazMat Department, Singapore Civil Defence Force

  • Christopher Seacord, Joint Program Manager Sensors

  • Dr Martin Kulldorff, Professor at Harvard University Medical School

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Cyrus Jabbari

Cyrus Jabbari is currently performing a graduate fellowship in the U.S. government. He is a recent graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, having attained an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and advanced language training in Persian (Farsi).  He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Jabbari’s research focuses on Middle East affairs, particularly on Iran and its affiliates, and on CBRN issues.  He recently co-authored (with Dr. Philipp Bleek) “Acid Reign of Terror: The Use of Caustic Substances in Terrorist Activities” in CBRNe World.

Mr. Jabbari has worked at organizations including the United Nations Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, ANSER, and the Congressional Research Service.

Samantha Sonnett

Samantha Sonnett is a police officer with the New York City Police Department where she is a lead instructor for the COBRA Unit (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, and Radiological Awareness). As a COBRA instructor she and her team are responsible for training approximately 5,000 uniformed members of the service annually in the proper response and mitigation of CBRNe incidents. The COBRA Unit works collaboratively with the Center for Domestic Preparedness to ensure that the largest city in the nation remains at the ready to combat emerging CBRNe threats.

            Ms. Sonnett is a veteran of the Unites States Air Force. She holds numerous certifications in the CBRNe/Hazmat field and is a certified instructor not only for the NYPD, but she also travels the nation on behalf of Texas A&M’s Extension Service and Pro Board accreditation service to certify first responders in WMD/Hazmat operations.

            Ms. Sonnett has 17 years of experience with the NYPD and is focused on the progressive growth of the departments CBRNe capabilities. She is also an advocate for the expansion of CBRNe programs within police department’s across the nation.

Phil Ashworth

In 2017 Phil Ashworth was appointed Managing Director Exensor Technology Ltd (UK), part of the Bertin Group. He has responsibility for all business related activities into the UK and The Americas for all Exensor and Bertin defence related products, specifically; Ground Sensors, CBRN and Optronics.  

Phil served 27 years in the British Army from 1980 – 2007 as an ISTAR specialist with a focus on Electronic Warfare and Linguistics, retiring in the rank of Major. During his service he had operational experience with all ISTAR/CBRN systems, working closely with UK, NATO and US Forces  in  the United Kingdom, Germany and Cyprus including operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Gulf Wars 1 & 2. 

On retirement from the Army Phil joined Industry as Business Development Specialist for Land Systems. Initially focused on the ISTAR domain he quickly grew his role to encompass all Land capabilities, including  ISTAR, UAS, Electronic Warfare, Communications, Optronics and CBRN systems.

New Bitesize Boston Programme Available

An updated programme for our Bitsize Boston event is now available. Click here: to see the line up of speakers we have prepared for our first virtual outing!

Anthony Koski

Anthony Koski has 10 years of Defense experience serving 9 years as a Program Manager for the US Army TACOM Security Assistance Directorate managing Foreign Military Sales programs supporting partner Nations around the world. He served as the Deputy Program Manager of the Counter-ISIS Train & Equipping Fund (CTEF) Security Assistance Program, During his time in this role he managed a budget of $1.1 Billon and lead the acquisition of Ground Wheeled Vehicles and Small Arms Weapons for Iraqi defense forces during Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

He served as the TACOM Liaison Office for the Security Assistance Office in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2014-2015 managing acquisition programs valued at over $260 million.  He was awarded the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award for his work in equipping the Afghan Security Forces. Prior to his work in Afghanistan Anthony held multiple high visibility Program Management roles in security assistance managing programs valued at over $500 million primarily support the CENTCOM AOR.

Currently, Anthony is the Senior Business Development Manager at AirBoss Defense Group (ADG). In this capacity he is responsible for identifying new business opportunities and developing strategic initiatives for growth in the areas of CBRNE threat mitigation and response. Anthony holds a BS in Finance from Oakland University.

Al Mauroni

Mr. Al Mauroni is the Director of the U.S. Air Force Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He has more than 35 years’ experience in Department of Defense counter-weapons of mass destruction (WMD) policy and program development.  In his current position, he oversees the development and execution of Air Force education, research, and outreach initiatives relating to counter-WMD and nuclear deterrence operations. He also teaches electives and advises student research at the Air University.

Mr. Mauroni served as a U.S. Army chemical officer for seven years before leaving active duty in 1992. Between 1992 and 2011, he supported the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological-Chemical Command, J5 and J8 Directorates in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Asst. Secretary of the Army for Elimination of Chemical Weapons, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Headquarters Air Force Strategic Plans and Policy (A5XP) as a defense contractor. He worked as a government civilian for the A5XP for nearly two years prior to taking his current position at the Air War College.

Mr. Mauroni holds a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University.  He is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles, to include articles in War on the Rocks, Modern War Institute, Texas Security Review, and Joint Forces Quarterly.  His latest book is Countering WMD: Assessing the U.S. Government’s Policy (Rowman-Littlefield, 2016).

Lt. Col. Edoardo Cavalieri D'Oro

Lt. Col.  Edoardo Cavalieri d'Oro has worked for the Italian National Fire and Rescue Services since 2004 and heads the CBRN unit in the region of Lombardy from the Milan headquarters since 2013.

He graduated in nuclear engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan and then specialized at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the areas of risk assessment applied to nuclear non-proliferation, and in the area of management and system design. Later on, he graduated at Tor Vergata University in Rome obtaining the certification as advisor in civil protection against CBRN events.

In 2018 he was nominated as national expert in CBRN and sits on a panel of national experts at the Directorate General European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid currently working on the design of new CBRN international modules for emergencies.

In addition to the tasks related to the CBRN, from 2018 Edoardo holds the position of national coordinator for the INSARAG activities of the Heavy USAR team certified at the end of 2018.

He has participated in various missions including the earthquakes in Italy in 2016 and in 2012, and in the planning operations of the Genoa Bridge and Bologna Bridge accidents in 2018.  At the end of 2019, he headed the USAR Coordination Cell of the earthquake in Albania managing more than 15 teams and 500 units. Following the devastating explosion that occurred in in summer of 2020 in Lebanon, he has been sending CBRN specialists to map chemical risks in the affected area. During the covid.19 crisis, he designed the only laboratory for the diagnosis of SARS-COV-2 managed by fire and rescue services operators.

Edoardo is the author of various publications in the field of risk assessment, of the NBCR and of the use of rescue technologies, including the system called Space Fly Multiagent (SFM) designed for the emergency response of major NBCR events.

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