Board of Advisors

Geopolitical Data Advisors

Lord Anthony St. John, Advisory Board Chairman

Lord Anthony St. John of Bletso is a Member of the UK Parliament and was appointed as Chairman of RIWI’s Advisory Board in September 2014. He is a Crossbencher in the UK House of Lords. Lord Anthony is a former analyst at County NatWest Securities and then Smith New Court Plc and served as a consultant to Merrill Lynch until 2008. He was President of Global Sales and Marketing for the International Group. Between 2004 and 2012, he was Non-Executive Chairman of Spiritel Plc, and served as a Non-Executive Director at Regal Petroleum, Sharp Interpak, WMRC and Pecaso. He has been on the Advisory Board of Infinity SDC, Chayton Capital and Ariya Capital with a focus on business opportunities in Africa. He is a Non-Executive Director of Albion Ventures LLP and Chairman of the Governing Board of Certification International. He is Chairman of Alexandra Rose Charities. Lord St John is also an extra Lord-in-Waiting to HM The Queen. He is a Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications and the Lords Information Committee. He is Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary South Africa Group, an Executive Committee Member of the All Party Africa Group and a Council Member of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee. He served as Chairman of the charity Citizens Online, from 2001 to 2008. Lord St. John has been a member the new House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning since June 2017.

Elizabeth Howe, OBE, Global Advisor on the Rule of Law

Born and educated in Wales, UK, Ms. Elizabeth Howe is the former General Counsel of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP). She obtained her law degree from Exeter University, England in 1977 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature for England and Wales in 1980. Ms. Howe has been a public prosecutor since 1980, a member of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Executive Board and the Office of the Criminal Justice Reform Board. She is a Higher Court Advocate and is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of ILAC (The International Legal Assistance Consortium). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL) and is an Honorary member of the IAP. In January 2008 Ms. Howe was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her service to the Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales and in 2011 received an award from the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law for advancing its aims. She is a Trustee of a Hospice for the terminally ill and a Governor of a School Academy. In July 2015 she was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England.

Ron Moultrie, Senior Advisor, Global Risk and Threat Analysis

Mr. Ron Moultrie is CEO of Oceanus Security Strategies, LLC. During a career that spanned 36 years, Mr. Moultrie served in several of the U.S.’ most challenging national security assignments including as a member of CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service (SIS), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the United States military as a Russian Linguist, and as the Director of Operations of the National Security Agency (NSA). Ron was the first African American (and minority) in NSA’s history to lead its global operations and is also one of the Agency’s most decorated officers. Mr Moultrie was recently selected by U.S. Secretary of the Navy, to participate in a review of the U.S. Department of the Navy’s cybersecurity. Ron received a Bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Maryland and earned his Master’s degree in Russian Studies from the United States Defense Intelligence College. He also completed Senior Executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife Darlene reside in Annapolis, Maryland. They are very involved in various charitable activities.

Alex Urbelis, Head, Cyber Threat Assessment & Internet Policy

Alexander J. Urbelis is a lawyer and self-described hacker with more than 20 years’ experience with information security. Alex was information security counsel and later Chief Compliance Officer of one of the world’s largest luxury conglomerates. He has worked in the Office of General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, the US Army JAG Corps, as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and as an associate in the New York and Washington offices of Steptoe & Johnson. He is currently a founder of and partner in the Blackstone Law Group and CEO of a separate information security consultancy.

Alex holds a BA, summa cum laude, in Philosophy from Stony Brook University, a JD, magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School, and the BCL from New College, Oxford University. Alex was the Technology Editor of the Vermont Law Review and an Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal.

Dr. Frederick Lowy, OC, Human Subjects Research Ethics Expert

Dr. Frederick Lowy, OC, served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto from 1980 to 1987. In 1995 he became the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University. He held this post until August 1, 2005. He is former Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Director of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and professor at, and chair of, the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. He was the founder and first Director of the University’s Centre for Bioethics.

Dr. Lowy was the first Chair of Canada’s Tri-Council (Medical Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Working Group on Ethics of Research on Human subjects. Dr. Lowy sits on the board of directors of Dundee Corporation, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Sauvé Scholars Foundation. In 2000 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto (1998), McGill University (2001), and Concordia University (2008). He served as Interim Executive Director of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation (2007–2008) and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sauvé Foundation in May 2008. He is Senior Advisor to the President of the Trudeau Foundation.

Data Advisors

The additional full biographies of our data advisors below are available on request. RIWI maintains other formal advisors and partners in cyber- and international security. Public advisors include:

Dr. Lawrence Spero, Brain Behavior and Computing Advisor

Mr. James Merkur, Financial Advisor

Mr. Cary J. Green, Global Business Advisor

Mr. Fred Stupart, Global Finance Advisor

Mr. Steven Chiu, Global Internet Trends Data Advisor

Dr. Adam DiPaula, Global Market Research Data Advisor

Dr. Adalsteinn D. Brown, Statistical & Public Health Data Advisor

Ms. Claudia Hepburn, Entrepreneurship Advisor

Mr. Peter Langley, Patent & Trademark Attorney


Legal Advisors

Ms. Alexis Stewart, LL.B., Barrister & Solicitor

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Blackstone Law Group LLP

Origin Ltd.

Bereskin & Parr LLP


External Auditors



Secure E-mail and Cybersecurity Partner