About IScann Group
IScann Group is an intelligence company that leverages open-source information to enable organisations to derive timely, relevant and actionable data-driven insights, based on a proprietary intelligence gathering approach. By utilising proprietary methodologies, the Group monitors global security trends, tracks social media and is at the forefront of exploiting digitalisation.
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Advisors at IScann

Senior Advisor

Tate Nurkin is a distinguished nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, specializing in US-China competition, defense technology, and global defense industry analysis. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Duke University.

Senior Advisor

Dzirhan Mahadzir is an accomplished freelance defense journalist and analyst based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a sought-after speaker and has extensive experience in defense-related subjects, with notable contributions to esteemed publications and guest lecturing at various military institutions. He holds an MA in Defense and Security Analysis from the University of Lancaster, UK, and an LLB Law Degree from the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Senior Advisor

Yuster Yu is an accomplished professional with significant roles in cyber security, systems integration, and defense programs. He holds an MA in International Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and his impressive career has earned him accolades and recognition for his contributions to the field.

Senior Advisor

Arnaud Sobrero is a seasoned expert in Aerospace, Defense, and Security with over 12 years of international experience. He has excelled in sales, marketing, and strategy roles at prestigious organizations, showcased exceptional analytical skills, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Cyber Security at King’s College London.

Senior Advisor

Kent brings over 10 year of experience in Crypto, blockchain and Fintech. Kent’s career in technology and communications has spanned numerous appointments in Mongolia, India, Egypt, Azerbaijan, and Singapore. Starting out as a project manager of software development projects for AIESEC, he eventually became the Chief Technology Officer of GoldenPay, Azerbaijan’s first online payment services provider.

Senior Advisor

Bringing over 25 years of experience in the Energy, Oil and Gas industry. His career has spanned numerous leadership appointments throughout Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific.  Formally with BP where he held positions in London, Aberdeen, Cleveland USA, and latterly leading teams based in Tokyo and Beijing. Philip was Vice President, IHS Markit, based in Singapore where he headed development and management of IHS Energy and IHS Energy Insight teams. Prior to the merger of IHS and CERA in 2004, Philip led CERA’s Energy team in Asia Pacific.

Tate Nurkin

Senior Advisor

Tate’s research and analysis are focused on Indo-Pacific military capabilities and geopolitical competition; the effects of emerging technologies on security and defence communities, and the future of military capabilities and competition. Additionally, he has over 22 years of experience in the design and delivery of scenario planning, wargames, and red teaming exercises. As well as advising IScann Group, he is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with Forward Defense within the Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. Tate is also the Founder of OTH Intelligence Group LLC, a Partner with One Defense, a defence technology strategic advisory and horizon scanning firm. He has published several works including Atlantic Council’s Strategy White Paper: A Candle in the Dark: A US AI Strategy for National Security, a paper on Japan-US defence collaboration in artificial intelligence and unmanned systems, and a U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s report entitled China’s Advanced Weapons Systems.

Dzirhan Mahadzir

Senior Advisor

Dzirhan has 25 years of extensive experience in military defence and tactical strategy, particularly in the ASEAN region. Alongside his Senior Advisor role at IScann Group, Dzirhan is a regular contributor for leading defence journals and provides his analysis at Defence forums. He has lectured at the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College on various topics pertaining to strategy and military history, and regularly briefs the Malaysian Armed Forces and visiting delegations from military institutions such as the US National Defense University, USAF Air War College and the Australian Staff College. He has published several works such as Asian Military Review: COVID adds to Malaysian Defence Funding Problems; USNI News: Navy, Coast Guard Keep Up Operations in Africa; USNI News: SECDEF Esper: U.S. Will ‘Keep Up The Pace’ of South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operations; and Shephard Media: Malaysiam Auditor Takes Aim at A400Ms and Submarines.

Hsiao-pin Yu (Yuster)

Senior Advisor

Yuster has 30 years of military and national security experience. Previously, he served as President of the Institute for Information Industry in Taiwan and as a Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Department, Executive Yuan, Taiwan,. It was here that he provided strategic insights on the development of the cyber security industry, focusing on intelligence operations, research and analysis. He has served in the Taiwan Navy including being Special Assistant to Secretary General, National Security Council, Taiwan, Naval Attaché to the United States. Heavily involved in US-Taiwan military relations, he has also coordinated key foreign policy programmes and is a widely sought after speaker on the subject.

Mike Gywnn​

Senior Advisor

Specialising in people and market development, Mike is a performance training expert focused on how data analytics can be leveraged for great growth. In addition to his advisory role at IScann Group, Mike is the Founder and Chief Developer at PM Development, where he runs a wide range of in-house events, project management and performance training courses. He has also held roles at Jane’s Information Group, The Media House & Caspian Media Ltd. Mike also leads IScann Group’s Charity initiative, in particular support for the Pancreatic Cancer UK foundation.

Stephenie David

Senior Advisor

Stephenie is an accomplished global corporate communications and marketing professional, with a proven track record across multiple industries including broadcasting, healthcare, financial services and insurance. She has more than 20 years of proven expertise in brand and PR strategy, crisis and reputation management, internal and change communications, as well as marketing and sponsorship activation. Previously, Stephenie was the Chief Communications Officer at Mundipharma, building the company’s global corporate narrative and reputation. Additionally, Stephenie has held senior communications roles at Barclays, Aviva Asia and ESPN Star Sports.

Wain Beard

Strategic Business Advisor

Until his retirement in 2012, Wain held various senior level positions including Senior Vice President of Asia and the Americas for IHS Markit, Senior Vice President, Sybase, Asia and the Americas and Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific Operations, Oracle. An experienced senior executive with over 35 years of experience, Wain counsels IScann Group on business strategy. He currently sits on the Board for Advisors for BStrong4Life® based in Napa, California and Global Sales Advisor for RedCard Solutions also based in California.

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Tate Nurkin

Senior Advisor
Tate Nurkin is a distinguished nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Forward Defense and Indo-Pacific Security Initiative. With over twelve years of expertise at Jane’s by IHS Markit, including as Executive Director of the Strategic Assessments and Futures Studies Center, he focuses on US-China competition, defense technology, and global defense industry analysis. Tate’s accolades as an author and speaker shine through his contributions to influential publications and prestigious testimonies. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Duke University, currently residing in Charlotte, NC.

Dzirhan Mahadzir

Senior Advisor
Dzirhan Mahadzir, an accomplished freelance defense journalist and analyst based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, he has guest lectured at the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College from 1999 to 2003, covering various subjects on strategy and military history. Dzirhan is a sought-after speaker, regularly presenting on the Malaysian Armed Forces and the nation’s defense developments to esteemed delegations from institutions like the US National Defense University, USAF Air War College, and the Australian Staff College. Since 1998, he has been a prolific contributor to renowned publications like Defence Review Asia, Military Technology Magazine, Janes Defence Weekly, and many others. Dzirhan’s academic achievements include holding an MA in Defense and Security Analysis from the University of Lancaster, UK, and an LLB Law Degree from the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Hsiao-pin Yu (Yuster)

Senior Advisor
Yuster Yu, an accomplished professional, has held significant roles throughout his career. Notably, as President of the Institute for Information Industry, he initiated transformative reforms and established special education programs. As a Cyber Security Senior Advisor, he provided strategic insights and integrated intelligence operations. Additionally, Yuster successfully managed his self-owned cyber-security research and analysis company, Pacific Research Services, LLC. His versatile expertise extends to systems integration as the Partner and CEO of Ensemble Integrated Services, LLC, and as Vice President and COO of Jupiter Integrated Services. Yuster’s exceptional contributions to national security and defense programs are evident during his tenure at the National Security Council and as an Assistant Naval Attaché to the United States. He holds an MA in International Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, demonstrating his commitment to continuous learning and professional growth. Fluent in English, Chinese, and Taiwanese dialect, and with a foundation in German, Yuster’s impressive career has earned him accolades like Phi Kappa Phi, the Minister of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and the Navy Commander in Chief Distinguished Service Medal.