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

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.