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Global cyber-security company Clearswift to host latest GlobalWelsh Academy masterclass

04 Jan, 2019

GlobalWelsh has partnered with global cyber-security company, Clearswift, to host a GlobalWelsh Academy masterclass for ten top Welsh cyber-security companies on 28th January. 

Welsh-born Clearswift CEO and GlobalWelsh Founding Patron, Heath Davies, has invited 18 business leaders from ten Welsh cyber-security companies to join him, and members of his executive management team, at St David's Hotel in Cardiff, for an intensive interactive masterclass where they will explore ideas and solutions to their specific growth challenges.

The ten participating companies were personally selected by Mr Davies, in collaboration with Cyber Wales and the Business Wales’ Accelerated Growth Programme, and include: Pervade Software, Hut Six Security, Awen Collective, WolfBerry, Prizsm Technologies, Fortium Tech, Westgate Cyber Security, Charmwood Risk Management, Cybata and Security Foundry

John Davies from Cyber Wales commented: “Wales has the fastest growing digital economy outside of London, as well as the largest globally recognised cyber ecosystem in the UK, so we know that there is a huge opportunity here in Wales. It’s fantastic to have a grassroots initiative like GlobalWelsh which can connect companies in the Welsh Cyber Clusters with leading people in industry who can provide a different perspective and bring valuable knowledge to the table."

“Wales has the fastest growing digital economy outside of London, as well as the largest globally recognised cyber ecosystem in the UK, so we know that there is a huge opportunity here in Wales." 

Mr Davies left Wales over 30 years ago to pursue opportunities that weren’t available to him in Wales. He went on to carve out an impressive and successful career in technology, previously holding the positions of CEO of Alterian PLC and Sword Group PLC, and now Clearswift. He has extensive international experience building his businesses across global markets including Europe, North America, Australia, Vietnam, China, India and South Africa. Mr Davies comments:

“I have always looked for ways in which I could give back and GlobalWelsh has given me a platform to do this. Wales is clearly rich in tech talent and has great potential in the cyber-security space. I am looking forward to spending time with these companies, listening to their stories, their challenges, and sharing my knowledge and experiences with them.”

"I have always looked for ways in which I could give back and GlobalWelsh has given me a platform to do this."

Like many successful Welsh people who have left Wales, Mr Davies remains passionate about his roots. GlobalWelsh is helping Welsh businesses forge unique connections and opportunities between those living inside and outside of Wales, which in turn can help strengthen Wales’ business landscape, Walter May, CEO of GlobalWelsh, commented:

“It’s time for Wales to capitalise on the power of its diaspora. One of the ways to do this is by harnessing the wealth of worldly knowledge and experience of expats like Heath with businesses here in Wales. These sorts of opportunities are only available through the cultivation of connections and the building of community networks which is what we’re here to do. I want to thank Heath for his continued support as a Founding Patron and for providing this unique and valuable opportunity.”

"It’s time for Wales to capitalise on the power of its diaspora. One of the ways to do this is by harnessing the wealth of worldly knowledge and experience of expats like Heath with businesses here in Wales."

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What is GlobalWelsh Academy?

GlobalWelsh’ global mentoring initiative GlobalWelsh Academy aims to connect successful expats with Wales-based organisations to offer support in the form of workshops, talks, masterclasses and mentorship. Its aim is to enable those who have left Wales, and gone on to lead successful careers, a vehicle by which to give back through the medium of sharing knowledge and experience. It brings together opportunities only made possible through the careful cultivation of relationships with GlobalWelsh’s global diaspora network of patrons, pioneers and community members.