GISEC 2018 is the regions gathering place for all who thrive on the business of internet security. It serves an international dialogue on cyber threats, market needs, and innovative solutions with keynote speakers comprised of industry executives and heads of state from around the region.

GISEC is the region’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of internet security. It serves an international dialogue on cybersecurity strategy, threats, market needs, and innovative solutions with keynote speakers comprised of industry executives and heads of state from around the globe. Topics include IOT, fintech protection of critical infrastructure, transportation, cyber investments, big data and more.

The GISEC conference program, attended by 400 C-level executives from 15 countries is the place to go to take the pulse of the industry, learn about the latest trends and hear from top visionaries. GISEC 2018 experience will include a fast-paced, highly curated 3-day stage program where we will be inviting:

  • Most exciting global brands talking about the future of cybersecurity for their company
  • Challenger Brands under 30 who are changing the way the cybersecurity industry is looked
  • Hackers, Inventors, and Explorers with ideas that will create a the cyber safe future we actually want.


  • Mr David Cass, Chief Information Security Officer, Cloud & SaaS, IBM

– formerly the CISO for Elsevier and Freddie Mac, David is now a global information security leader at IBM, one of the world’s most iconic companies with an $80bn revenue and 375,000 employees

  • Dr John I Meakin, renowned global information security leader

– formerly CSO of Burberry and Richemont Group (Cartier, Montblanc, Piaget etc); and formerly CISO of BP and Reuters, and head of cyber security at Standard Chartered and Royal Bank of Scotland

  • Mr Chin Kiat Chim, Chief Information Security Officer, DHL Express

– The world’s largest international courier, which employs 325,000 people and as part of the Deutsch Post DHL Group is part of a $60bn revenue business

  • Mr Alejandro Becerra Gonzalez, Group Chief Information Security Officer, Telefónica, Spain

– one of the world’s largest telecoms companies with 120,000+ employees and $55bn revenue

  • Mr Jarkko Rautula, Group Chief Information Security Officer, Ikea Group, Sweden

– the world’s largest furniture retailer with 183,000 employees and $37bn revenue

  • Mr Selim Aissa, Chief Information Security Officer, Ellie Mae, USA

 Formerly Chief Security Strategist of Intel and Global VP Information Security of VISA

  • Mr Thomas Degardin, Group Chief Information Security Officer, Bouygues, France

– one of the world’s largest construction companies

  • Mr Andrew Rose, Chief Information Security Officer, major air traffic control organisation
  • Mr Alberto Hernández Moreno, Chief Executive Officer, INCIBE – Spanish National Cyber Security Institute, Spain

– one of the principal Spanish government security agencies charged with increasing cyber security of Spanish industry

  • Dr Rudra Murthy, former Chief Information Security Officer, Digital India – Ministry of Home Affairs, India

– the Ministry’s vast programme covering IT infrastructure and the development of e-governance applications

  • Ms Dee Deu, Chief Information Security Officer, British Land

– the largest property investment company in the UK, with almost $20bn of assets; Deu is a finalist for Security Leader of the Year 2017 – Women in IT Excellence Awards

  • Mr Mike Pitman, Chief Information Security Officer, Dunnhumby

– formerly CISO of the John Lewis Partnership, Mike now heads up information security for Dunnhumby which is the global leader in customer data science, empowering retail businesses everywhere to thrive and compete in the modern data-driven economy and is owned by the supermarket giant Tesco.

  • Mr Mohammed Hamad A. Al Neyadi, IT Security Section Head (CISO), Department of Finance, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

– the government department administering public finances and the sovereign wealth funds which re-invest excess oil profits

  • Mr Abdulla Bader Al Sayari, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Health (HAAD), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

– the government department which oversees all healthcare information from hundreds of hospitals and clinics dealing with over 10m health episodes a year

  • Mr Mamoun Alhomssey, Chief Information Officer, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, United Arab Emirates

– a renowned, award winning regional bank with $1.5b revenue and $27bn of customer deposits

  • Mr George Eapen, Chief Information Security Officer – MENAT, General Electric, United Arab Emirates

– one of the world’s best known engineering companies with over $9bn revenues in the Middle East and over 4,200 employees in the region

  • Dr Abdullah Alothman, Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Culture and Information, Saudi Arabia

– the government ministry responsible for regulating all media within the Kingdom and communications to other countries

  • Ms Rasha M. Abu AlSaud, Chief Information Security Officer, A Major Middle Eastern Bank HQ’d in Saudi Arabia

– the second largest bank in the Middle East with over $117bn in assets and more than 5m clients

  • Mr Dany Ibrahim, Chief Information Officer, American Express Saudi Arabia

 one of the world’s most recognised credit card companies with a $130m revenue in Saudi Arabia

  • Dr Mohamed Benaichouche, Chief Information Officer and IT Director, Arabsat, Saudi Arabia

 one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, carrying over 500 TV channels and 200 radio stations

  • Mr Nasser Zagha, Chief Information Officer, Bank of Jordan

 the second largest bank in Jordan with over $2.1bn in customer deposits

  • Mr Ahmed Duwaih, Senior Manager IT Security, Abu Dhabi Airports

 a major aviation infrastructure company in the Middle East, operating prestigious brands like Abu Dhabi Duty Free and Abu Dhabi International Airport which sees over 30 million passengers a year.

  • Mr Sherif Yehia Abd ElGhany, Head of IT Networks, Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority

 the government authority that regulates the financial service industry in Egypt, supervising all non-banking activities including capital markets, commodities, insurance and mortgage finance

  • Mr Rinaldo R Oliveira, Head of IT Risk & Governance, Risk and Compliance, Commercial Bank of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 a major UAE bank with over $12bn in customer deposits and over $17bn of assets

  • Mr Rizwan Arain, Chief Information Security Officer, Habib Bank AG Zurich

 headquartered in Switzerland, and named as a finalist for the 21st Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program for its use of information technology in Finance

  • Mr Anshul Srivastava, Chief Information Officer, Union Insurance, United Arab Emirates

 one of the oldest insurers in the Middle East which takes over AED870m in premium revenue a year

  • Mr Dileep Somani, Chief Information Officer, OTE Group, Oman

 one of Oman’s fastest growing and most successful business groups, with interests in automobile retail and construction

  • Mr Alaba Oluwayimika, Head of IT Operations, Dangote, Nigeria

 Africa’s largest company by revenue with 26,000 employees and annual profits in excess of $1bn