From The Top – How Technology & Innovation are Revolutionizing the Defence & Security Sector

March 13, 2023 | 
From the Top

International Deal Gateway is proud to announce the launch of our new video series, “From The Top – How Technology & Innovation are Revolutionizing the Defence & Security Sector.”

“I can’t think of a time when we’ve faced such a combination of quite severe threats, all at once.” Sir Michael Fallon, former UK Secretary of State for Defense.

Sir Michael shares his unique perspective, drawing from his extensive experience in the field, and highlights the critical role that emerging technologies play in shaping the future of defense in this thought-provoking interview with International Deal Gateway’s CEO, Elizabeth Priestman. Together, they explore the remarkable ways technology and innovation are transforming the defense sector.


Pictured above: IDG’s CEO Liz Priestman sits down with Sir Michael Fallon to get his insights on how technology is driving innovation in the defence and security sector.


Throughout history, each passing decade has been marked by a dominant theme that has shaped the course of events, ranging from war and technology to government policy. As we venture deeper into the current decade, this pattern continues with major global developments such as the pandemic and the escalating Russia/Ukraine conflict. Investors need to remain vigilant as new themes and disruptions can have a significant impact on the markets. Current trends indicate that this decade will be characterized by power struggles, resulting in increased domestic military spending for enhanced security.

To stay abreast of the latest developments in this rapidly evolving landscape, we invite you to explore IDG’s insightful video series, “From The Top – How Technology & Innovation are Revolutionizing the Defence & Security Sector.” This series offers a unique perspective on how technology is transforming the industry, and features a keynote interview by IDG’s CEO, Liz Priestman, with Sir Michael Fallon, a renowned global leader who served as Secretary of State for Defence for the UK from 2014 to 2017.

Our series showcases distinguished executives who provide a comprehensive overview of the latest advancements in defence and security technology, including autonomous drones, facial recognition technology, and quantum cyber security solutions. They offer insights on how AI is being leveraged to create a safer world, with weapons detection and authentication of identity through facial and palm biometrics. Furthermore, they discuss significant breakthroughs in missile detection sensors and the utilization of drone data collection and analysis. Through their expertise, our executives demonstrate how technology is driving innovation in the defence and security sector in IDG’s informative and captivating video series. Click here to learn more.



Learn more about the distinguished speakers:


Sir Michael Fallon, former British Member of Parliament and the Secretary of State for Defence (2014-17)

Sir Michael Fallon is a former British Member of Parliament and the Secretary of State for Defence (2014-17). Sir Michael was first elected to Parliament in 1983. He has served as a Minister in four Conservative governments. He was Schools Minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major; Business and Energy Minister under David Cameron, and Defence Secretary for both David Cameron and Theresa May.

Appointed to the Cabinet as Defence Secretary in July 2014, Sir Michael had overall responsibility for the armed forces and a £35 billion annual budget.  He had charge of the British contribution to the counter-Daesh campaign in Iraq and Syria, and led the Strategic Defence and Security Review of 2015. He represented the UK at the NATO summits in Wales, Warsaw and Brussels.

Sir Michael is presently Deputy Chairman of the oil company Genel Energy PlC, and also writes and broadcasts on defence and security matters.


John Livingston, Chairman, Skyfish

John Livingston has served as Skyfish’s Executive Chairman since co-founding the company with Orest Pilskalns in 2014. John brings more than 30 years’ experience both leading and advising software companies. He served as CEO of Absolute for 20 years and grew the company to a $1B market cap. In 2013, John began angel investing and mentoring technology startups and their founders. John is involved in Skyfish’s day-to-day operations, marketing, sales, & hiring.


Bill Frain, CEO & Director, Liberty Defense

With 30 years of experience in the security technology industry, Bill was the former Senior Vice President for L-3 Security & Detection Systems (NYSE – LHX), the world’s leading supplier of security inspection systems. In this role Bill led global sales, business development, & key account management. Previously, Bill was the CFO at Vivid Technologies prior to its acquisition by PerkinElmer which led to the eventual sale of the security and detection systems division to L-3 Technologies.


Francis Bellido, CEO, Quantum Emotion

Dr. Bellido has over 35 years of international experience in Cybersecurity, Healthcare and Financial industries and was appointed CEO of Quantum eMotion Corp. in January of 2020. Dr. Bellido has an MBA, a MSc. in pharmaceutical sciences and a Ph.D. in sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and he has published over 40 original manuscripts and communications in peer reviewed scientific journals.



Dominic O’Dierno, Co-Founder & Executive VP, Q5id

Dominic O’Dierno is the Executive Vice President and co-founder of Q5id. In 2001 he co-founded SureID Inc., the leading provider of identity management and access control solutions for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, serving as its Senior VP of Strategic Development. Dominic was responsible for SureID’s intellectual property, strategic partnerships, capital funding requirements and investor relations.


Martin Cronin, Executive Chairman, Syniad Innovations

Martin spent over 20 years in international diplomacy with the British Government with appointments across the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North America spanning counter-terrorism, conflict resolution, trade and inward investment. Following a posting as Consul-General to Western Canada, Martin joined the private sector, serving as CEO and Director of several private and public companies in the public safety and defence sectors, including Patriot One Technologies (PAT:TSX), before joining Syniad Innovations in 2021.Martin has a BA in International History and Politics with Economics from the University of Leeds.