GCA Governing Council (GCAGC)
Dr. Akashdeep Bhardwaj
Dr. Akashdeep Bhardwaj stands as a distinguished member of the Governing Council at the Global Cybersecurity Association (GCA), bringing a wealth of expertise to the organization’s mission. With a strong background in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, he has emerged as a trailblazer in the field. Holding a BE in Computer Science from Savitribai Phule University, Pune, Dr. Bhardwaj’s academic journey reached its pinnacle with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in cloud security. His relentless pursuit of knowledge further led him to secure a post-doctoral fellowship in Computer and Information Science, underscoring his commitment to academic excellence.
With an extensive career spanning 29 years in the IT sector, Dr. Bhardwaj’s insights and contributions have left an indelible mark. Presently, he serves as a professor of Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, where he imparts his comprehensive knowledge to the next generation of professionals. His proficiency spans the entire spectrum of cybersecurity domains, exemplifying his versatility and depth of understanding in the field.
Beyond his professional achievements, Dr. Bhardwaj’s passion shines through in his commitment to youth awareness and future readiness in cybersecurity. This passion aligns with his role as a GCA Governing Council Member, where he plays a pivotal role in shaping the organization’s strategies and initiatives. His vision extends to fostering a culture of preparedness in cybersecurity among the youth, ensuring that they are equipped to face the challenges of an increasingly digital world.
Dr. Akashdeep Bhardwaj’s remarkable journey, from academia to industry, reflects his dedication to advancing the field of cybersecurity. His presence on the GCA Governing Council adds a unique perspective to the organization’s endeavors, and his dedication to youth awareness underscores his status as a true visionary in the realm of cybersecurity.
Jyothi Ramaswamy is a distinguished member of the Governing Council at the Global Cybersecurity Association (GCA), contributing her extensive expertise to the organization’s strategic direction. With a strong academic foundation, she holds a B.Tech in Electronics and Communication and a Master of Science in Software Systems from BITS Pilani. Her academic journey is a testament to her commitment to excellence and continuous learning.
As the Governance, Risk & Compliance Lead for Cyber Security Services at TCS, Jyothi Ramaswamy embodies a wealth of experience in the cybersecurity landscape. With decades of dedicated work in Information Security control definition, implementation, and verification, she has solidified her position as a thought leader in the field. Her deep understanding of governance, risk management, and compliance bolsters her role in shaping cybersecurity strategies.
Beyond her accomplishments in the industry, Jyothi’s commitment to education and training is a cornerstone of her influence. Her role as a trainer in cybersecurity and privacy underscores her dedication to spreading knowledge and fostering the growth of professionals in the field. Her memberships in esteemed organizations such as ISACA and IEEE speak to her engagement in industry best practices and trends.
Jyothi Ramaswamy’s list of certifications is a testament to her expertise and dedication to continuous improvement. Holding certifications such as CRISP: Certified Risk Professional from BSI, CRISC: Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control from ISACA, and CISM: Certified Information Systems Manager from ISACA, she demonstrates a commitment to high standards and professional development. As an APMG accredited ISACA chapter trainer for CISM and CRISC, she further contributes to the professional growth of her peers.
In her role as a Governing Council Member at GCA, Jyothi Ramaswamy combines her multifaceted experience, education, and dedication to drive forward the organization’s mission. Her insights into cybersecurity, governance, and compliance make her an invaluable asset, and her commitment to education ensures that the next generation of cybersecurity professionals is well-prepared to face the challenges of the digital age.
Rohit Choudhri stands as a prominent figure in the leadership team of the Global Cybersecurity Association, harnessing his expertise to further the organization’s mission of strengthening global cybersecurity. Armed with a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Industrial Management from the esteemed Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, coupled with his studies in International Business at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Delhi, Rohit’s academic foundation is fortified by his comprehensive experience.
With over 30 years of proficiency spanning IT and Manufacturing Industries across India and North America, Rohit has garnered a wealth of insights that he channels into his role as a cybersecurity leader and consultant specializing in audit and compliance. At present, he spearheads the Cybersecurity, Audit, and Compliance practice in North America, showcasing his aptitude for strategic leadership in the cybersecurity landscape. Rohit’s vision extends to expanding the GCA Network across North America, cultivating partnerships and associations that bolster the global influence of the organization. Through his concerted efforts, he not only fortifies the cybersecurity landscape but also contributes to elevating the prominence of GCA on the global stage.
Roopali Mehra is an influential member of the leadership team at the Global Cybersecurity Association, leveraging her diverse skill set to steer the organization’s mission of bolstering global cybersecurity while nurturing the next generation of professionals. Armed with an MSc in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and an MBA in Finance from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, USA, Roopali’s academic excellence is matched by her 28-year tenure across varied sectors such as Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Aviation.
As a fervent Youth Employability Advocate, she is resolutely dedicated to closing the gap between education and industry prerequisites, shaping the future of cybersecurity by cultivating emerging talents. With a reputation as a Cybersecurity Network Builder, she is adept at orchestrating strategic partnerships that unite stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, synergizing efforts to confront the evolving challenges of the cybersecurity sphere. Roopali’s visionary outlook extends to playing a significant role in public policy and advocacy, working towards establishing a common platform that bridges government and cybersecurity industry stakeholders.