Conference Speakers 2020


Conference Speakers 2020

Delve into the minds of information security experts

  • Adel Alhousani

    Adel Alhousani

    CISO, Dubai Customs
    Adel has been the CISO and IS Manager for Dubai Customs for over 10 years to formulate short and medium operational objectives for IT Security within the Dubai Customs Operational Plan.
  • Ali Rebaie

    Ali Rebaie

    President, Data Science Anthropologist
  • Anatolii Vovniuk

    Anatolii Vovniuk

    Former Head of IT, Naftogaz of Ukraine
  • Basel Alomair

    Basel Alomair

    Associate Professor & Founding Director, National Centre for Cybersecurity Technology (KACST) (Saudi Arabia)
  • Brian Pierce

    Brian Pierce

    Former Director Information Innovation, DARPA
    Dr Pierce very recently led DARPA (part of the US Department of Defence)’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) which is responsible for developing military grade AI, Data Analytics and Cyber solutions
  • Brigadier General Khalid Al Razooqi

    Brigadier General Khalid Al Razooqi

    Director General, Artificial Intelligence, Dubai police
  • Corbett Hoxland

    Corbett Hoxland

    Regional Business Manager for Security and IT Optimization, HP Inc
  • Corey Thomas

    Corey Thomas

    CEO, Rapid7
    Technology executive with broad experience directly leading sales, marketing, and engineering teams to sustainable growth
  • David Cass

    David Cass

    CISO, Cloud & SaaS, IBM
  • Dee Deu

    Dee Deu

    CISO, Xoserve
  • Dr Fadi Aloul

    Dr Fadi Aloul

    Professor and Department Head of Computer Science, American University of Sharjah
  • Faisal Sibai

    Faisal Sibai

    SVP & CISO, At a major Middle East based sovereign wealth fund
    Expert in Information and data security, Risk assessment, Network Security, Internet of Things (IoT) and more
  • Francisco Gaspar

    Francisco Gaspar

    Lead Cyber Security Architect, Telefonica
    As Lead Cyber Security Architect, Francisco leads the Telefonica Cyber Defense Center to continually assess existing infrastructure and services in relation to regulatory and industry requirements
  • George Eapen

    George Eapen

    Global CISO, Petrofac
    Key holder to information security of 12,750 employees across 24 global offices of Petrofac group
  • Glenn Arild Pettersen

    Glenn Arild Pettersen

    Head of Security and Emergency Preparedness, Høegh LNG
  • Grigorios Fragkos

    Grigorios Fragkos

    Director Cyber Security Advisory Service, DARKMATTER
  • Gurjit Singh

    Gurjit Singh

    SVP Real Estate, Dubai World Trade Centre
  • Hadley Newman

    Hadley Newman

    Managing Director, Omobono
  • Hamid Arshad Qureshi

    Hamid Arshad Qureshi

    Territory Sales Manager - Middle East, Thales eSecurity
  • Hani Foad Hadi

    Hani Foad Hadi

    Solution Architect, IBM Middle East
  • Hani Nofal

    Hani Nofal

    Vice President, INS, Security and Mobility, Gulf Business Machines
  • Hans Christensen

    Hans Christensen

    Director, Dubai Silicon Oasis
  • Hany Goerge

    Hany Goerge

    Sales Engineer, Mimecast
  • Hassan Ahmedyehia A Dennaoui

    Hassan Ahmedyehia A Dennaoui

    Presenter, Radio DJ
  • Heide Young

    Heide Young

    Co-Founder, Women in Cyber Security Middle East
    15 years’ experience spanning three continents and serves on the leadership team for Australian Women in Security Network
  • Helge Ulrich Husemann

    Helge Ulrich Husemann

    Global Product Marketing Manager, Malwarebytes
  • Herro Zoutendijk

    Herro Zoutendijk

    Regional Director MEA, EclecticIQ
    Has 30 years of experience in ERP, BI, Big Data, AI, Information Governance, Information Security and Intelligence in government, healthcare, financial sector and industrial business sectors
  • Hessa Al Nahdi

    Hessa Al Nahdi

    Chief Information Security Officer, UAE Department of Culture and Tourism
  • Himanshu Sharma

    Himanshu Sharma

  • Ian Khan

    Ian Khan

    Technology Futurist
    TEDx Speaker, documentary film maker, and author who has helped 5000+ organizations understand emerging tech
  • Ian Trump

    Ian Trump

    CISO, AMTrust International
    An ITIL certified IT professional with 25 years of experience in IT security and information technology
  • Irfan Al Hasani

    Irfan Al Hasani

    Chief Economist, Dubai Economy
    A senior economist at the Dubai Economic Council (DEC) and a think tank of the Government of Dubai/ UAE in the economic-decision making.
  • Jad Abdulsalam
  • James Bore

    James Bore

    IT Security Manager, Merlin Entertainment
    Cyber security and hacking specialist responsible for the safety of millions of visitors of the worlds second largest amusement park operator
  • James Hadley

    James Hadley

    Founder and CEO, Immersive Labs
    Ex-GCHQ security researcher and instructor who launched the world’s first Digital Cyber Academy
  • James Mason

    James Mason

    Senior Intelligence Analyst, Cyjax
    Analyst with a renowned knowledge of the trends, traders and tactics of the darknet
  • Jamie Whitcombe-Jones

    Jamie Whitcombe-Jones

    Security Programme Director, Allianz Insurance
  • Jamie Woodruff

    Jamie Woodruff

    Europe’s number 1 ethical hacker and the man who hacked Kim Kardashian
    Identified vulnerabilities in Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube and other applications
  • Jason Dibley

    Jason Dibley

    Director, QCC Global
    Active in countering espionage operations for 20 years, and develops new procedures and solutions for emerging surveillance threats
  • Javier Gómez Velázquez

    Javier Gómez Velázquez

    Threat Intelligence Analyst, EclecticIQ
    A CTI professional who analyzes intelligence and is working in a very interesting initiative to make actionable CTI
  • Jeffrey de Graaf

    Jeffrey de Graaf

    Managing Director EMEA, Knowbe4
    A cybersecurity guru with over 15 years experience in IT security help organizations manage the cybercrime social engineering tactics through awareness trainings
  • Jens Christian Høy Monrad

    Jens Christian Høy Monrad

    Head of Intelligence EMEA, FireEye
    References 15+ years of experience to help organizations understand risks associated with their operational structure
  • Jeremy Bennett

    Jeremy Bennett

    Head of Corporate Security, SWIFT
  • John I Meakin

    John I Meakin

    Group Chief Information Security Officer, CSK
    A specialist in information security with more 20+ years of experience and he was one of the very first CISOs with Reuters in the late 1980s.
  • John Watters

    John Watters

    EVP & Chief Corporate Strategy Officer, FireEye
    Served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of several large diversified investment companies for 15 years, managing their principal investments
  • John Woo

    John Woo

    CEO, Filing Cloud
  • Jonathan Hughes

    Jonathan Hughes

    Head of Vodafone Business Security Group, Vodafone
    A business leader who drives successful information security consulting businesses and helps organisations to meet the challenges of today's cyber security threats
  • Jonathan Reichental

    Jonathan Reichental

    CIO, City of Palo Alto
    One of 20 Most Influential Chief Information Officers in the United States (2016), and experienced IT leader with 28+ years of experience
  • Jorge Sebastiao, CISSP

    Jorge Sebastiao, CISSP

    CTO Ecosystem, Huawei
    Over 30 years of ICT experience, covering, innovation, architecture as well as risk management, compliance, auditing, certification, business continuity, & disaster recovery
  • Joseph Bradley

    Joseph Bradley

    Global Vice President IoT, Blockchain, AI and Incubation Businesses, Cisco
    Advocate for IoT movement, and global speaker about leadership in digital age
  • Joseph Louis Barrow

    Joseph Louis Barrow

    Cyber Threat Intelligence Team Lead, Digital Shadows
    A cyber threat intelligence team lead who manages and monitors emerging threats
  • Juned Ansari

    Juned Ansari

    Ethical Hacker, DARKMATTER
    A cyber security professional with more than 10 years of hands-on experience
  • Kamran Ahsan

    Kamran Ahsan

    Senior Director, Security Solutions, Etisalat Digital
  • Kevin Mittnick

    Kevin Mittnick

    The world’s most famous hacker and formerly on the FBI’s most wanted list
    Ex-hacker who hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge now works as global security consultant
  • Kiran Zachariah

    Kiran Zachariah

    Vice President – IoT Business Solutions, Etisalat DIgital/Subex
  • Kristo Vaher

    Kristo Vaher

    CTO, Estonia
    Chief of Technology for Estonian government who is spearheading its long term architecture and technology vision
  • Lucy Hedges

    Lucy Hedges

    BBC Presenter and Technology Editor, UK Metro
    Vibrant technology editor and presenter specializing in consumer technology, with over 10 years’ experience in print, online & broadcast media platforms, and live
  • Maitham Al-Lawati

    Maitham Al-Lawati

    General Manager, Oman Data park
    Seasoned speaker with expertise in risk management, compliance, and cyber security
  • Manu Nair

    Manu Nair

    MD, Oregon Systems
  • Marc French

    Marc French

    Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer, Mimecast
    An expert with more than 25 years of technology experience in engineering, operations, product management, and security
  • Marcin Masłowski

    Marcin Masłowski

    Head of IDT Governance Risk and Compliance, British American Tobacco
  • Marek Pałys

    Marek Pałys

    Head of Product Strategy, Startup Development House
    Expert in lean product strategy and development and a solution finder
  • Marloes Pomp

    Marloes Pomp

    International Partnership & Strategy Director, Dutch Government
    One of the most prominent personalities in the Blockchain industry working on building a connection between various governments and the blockchain
  • Martijn Dekker

    Martijn Dekker

    CISO, ABN Amro
    Guardian of the ABN AMRO information security and is also a member of the security board for IBM and RSA
  • Masaaki Tokuyama

    Masaaki Tokuyama

    CEO, AnchorZ
  • Mats Carrgard

    Mats Carrgard

    Senior VP Business Performance, Virgin Mobile
    Executive with over 15 years in the telecommunications industry, in telecom operators (MNO and MVNO) as well as vendors/service providers.
  • Menno Vlietstra

    Menno Vlietstra

    CIO, Urenco
  • Michael Meli

    Michael Meli

    CISO, Julius Baer
  • Mikkel Growth-Andersen
  • Mo Ahddoud

    Mo Ahddoud

    Security expert who currently serves as Chief Information Security Officer
  • Moaiyed Al Bargan

    Moaiyed Al Bargan

    Regional player contributing to Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision and a pillars of the Kingdom’s economic evolution
  • Moaiyed Albargan

    Moaiyed Albargan

    Head of Information Security, TAQA
  • Moeen Qaemi Mahmoodzadeh

    Moeen Qaemi Mahmoodzadeh

    Information Security and Quality Manager, Almarai
    Champions and drives the cloud security strategy and considerations across all the company Cloud provisioned services
  • Mohamed A. Riffai

    Mohamed A. Riffai

    Chief Information Officer, National University of Science and Technology of Oman
    Strives to advance the success through creating an environment that features creativity and technology excellence that advances learning, teaching, research and administrative functions
  • Mohamed Youssef

    Mohamed Youssef

    Lead Cybersecurity Consultant – Metro and ICS, Thales Middle East
  • Mohammad Ibrahim

    Mohammad Ibrahim

    Business Architect for Public Sector, SAP
  • Mohammad Khaled

    Mohammad Khaled

    Adjunct Professor for Business and IT, Abu Dhabi University
    A seasoned IT leader with 15+ years track record of transformation Technology, Information, Security and delivering challenging IT Solutions and projects
  • Mohammed Lawand

    Mohammed Lawand

    Founder, Cyber-Mo
    Guides organizations in building cyber risk models and establish information security management systems
  • Mohammed Morad

    Mohammed Morad

    Senior Solution Engineer, SentinelOne
  • Mostafa Mamdouh

    Mostafa Mamdouh

    Sr Cyber Security Solutions Architect, Ingram Micro
  • Muneer Zuhdi

    Muneer Zuhdi

    Partner – MEA Region, Bell-Labs Consulting
  • Nathan Swain

    Nathan Swain

    CISO, ADSS Group
    Global Senior leader in Cyber Security within financial services government including IT Risk, cyber Resilience, Threat Intelligence and Security Defence Design and testing
  • Nigel Gibbons

    Nigel Gibbons

    Associate Director and Senior Advisor, NCC Group
    Cybersecurity and cloud computing consultant who introduces fresh approach to entrenched attitudes on cybersecurity and threat prevention
  • Nour Al Attasi

    Nour Al Attasi

    Managing Director Middle East, SenseTime
  • Nour Fateen

    Nour Fateen

    Senior Solution Engineer, Recorded Future
    Assists customers in realising their threat intelligence goals using the power of machine learning
  • Nyla Tariq

    Nyla Tariq

    Co-Founder, Mirai
    Worked and consulted with schools, think tanks, incubators, non-profits & policy makers across 4 continents, and 5 countries - the U.S, Brazil, Greece, India and the U.A.E
  • Ott Vatter

    Ott Vatter

    Director e-Residency, Government of Estonia
    Entrepreneur and current government innovation catalyst as MD at the first governmental start-up: e-Residency by the Republic of Estonia.
  • Paul Copping

    Paul Copping

    Vice President Corporate Development, Sightline Innovation Inc
    7 years of experience at TRL Ltd as Corporate Development Director, and 20 years of senior commercial management in the international telecoms industry
  • Paul Down

    Paul Down

    Senior Director, Proofpoint
    Over 15 years of experience focusing on employee behavior analytics, criminal cyber investigations and Insider threat detection and prevention
  • Paul Epping

    Paul Epping

    Chapter Lead, Singularity University
    Specialist in IT security and an innovator futurist with extensive knowledge of business and clinical processes in healthcare for over 25 years
  • Praveen Joseph Vackayil

    Praveen Joseph Vackayil

    Cybersecurity Consultant and Trainer, Ingram Micro
    A cybersecurity professional and a trainer with 10 years of experience in e-commerce, technology and banking sectors
  • Prof. Dr. Roman Beck

    Prof. Dr. Roman Beck

    Head, European Blockchain Centre
    A Blockchain economist and an assistant professor who published over 30 journal and 80 peer-reviewed conference articles
  • Rahul Sasi

    Rahul Sasi

    CTO, CloudSEK
  • Rama Vedashree

    Rama Vedashree

    CEO, Data Security Council Of India
  • Rasha Abu AlSaud

    Rasha Abu AlSaud

    SVP – Head, Information Security Risk, National Commercial Bank (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ray Irving

    Ray Irving

    Managing Director, Global Business Services, FS-ISAC
  • Remo Marini

    Remo Marini

    Chief Security Officer - Head of Group IT Operations Risk & Security, Generali
  • Richard Starnes

    Richard Starnes

    Chief Security Strategist, Capgemini
    Recipient of many awards over his 20 years including Information Systems Security Association - International Fellow in 2015
  • Rick McElroy

    Rick McElroy

    Head of Security Strategy, Carbon Black
    Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with 20 years of information security experience
  • Robert Learney

    Robert Learney

    Lead Technologist, Digital Catapult
    Involved in developing new programmes to help cross-industry groups explore technology’s potential to unlock economic growth in UK
  • Roland Daccache

    Roland Daccache

    Senior Technical Engineer, Crowdstrike
    A cybersecurity professional with more than 10 years of experience across the worlds of vendor, system integrator, service provider and consulting firm
  • Roland Ristig

    Roland Ristig

    Head of IoT Global Expansion, Vodafone Business
    Leading Vodafone IoT transformation in over 20 of their operating companies
  • Rowland Johnson

    Rowland Johnson

    International Director, CREST
    An industry expert with comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity and risk management
  • Safdar Hussain

    Safdar Hussain

    Lead Data Scientist, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
    Specialist in AI, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, compliance and operation risk
  • Salman Yusuf

    Salman Yusuf

    Managing Director, Takeleap
    Found on 2017 " Most Influential People in Dubai" list from Arabian Business Magazine
  • Sean Paul McGurk

    Sean Paul McGurk

    Executive Director Information and Cyber Security, Emirates nuclear energy corporation
    An expert with over 35 years of experience in advanced systems operation, cyber threat intelligence and information systems security
  • Sherif Hazzaa

    Sherif Hazzaa

    Managing Director - Intelligence Support & Security Consulting, ISnSC
    20 years of professional Information Security experience, concentrating on Information Assurance during last 12
  • Shiba Prasad Mandal

    Shiba Prasad Mandal

    Ethical Hacker
    True to his discreet digital profile, he explore issues of digital privacy
  • Shujat Mirza

    Shujat Mirza

    Chapter President, The VRAR Association
    Media and advertising professional with 12 plus years of experience in diverse media fields which span across(Digital AR | VR , Print, Radio, and Events)
  • Siddhartha Murthinty

    Siddhartha Murthinty

    Chief Solutions Architect, Spire Solutions
    Cybersecurity expert with more than 11 years of experience in Enterprise Risk Management, Information Security Audits & Managed Security Services
  • Simon Clifford

    Simon Clifford

    Director of Digital & Data, The Police ICT Company (UK)
  • Simon Taylor

    Simon Taylor

    Channel Manager – ME & South Asia, Credence
  • Sky Kurtz

    Sky Kurtz

    Co-Founder, VENCE
    Driven EIR actively focused on agriculture technology solutions to increase the productivity of farms
  • Slam Laqtib

    Slam Laqtib

    Sr. Product Manager, Thales e-Security
    A well-known figure in the encryption world as speaker and technology evangelist with over 20 years’ experience
  • Steven Bambury

    Steven Bambury

    Head of Digital Learning & Innovation, JESS
    Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Fellow, and two-time winner of the GESS Award for Best Use of ICT
  • Steven Ross

    Steven Ross

    Technical Director, Endgame
    Leading strategic engineering projects focused on detecting malicious activity using cloud-based streaming analytics
  • Tariq Maayah

    Tariq Maayah

    Industry Director - Telco & Media, SAP
  • Thomas Hanappi

    Thomas Hanappi

    Head of IoT Sales, Middle East, Vodafone Business
  • Tirender Wig

    Tirender Wig

    Cofounder and CEO, Innefu
  • Ville Patrikainen

    Ville Patrikainen

    Company Security Officer, P&O Ferries
    Maritime expert with 19+ years’ experience in shipping industry works with stakeholders to develop CT procedures and maritime best practices for security breach prevention.
  • Vivek Silla

    Vivek Silla

    Co-founder and Vice President,
    An expert in cyber security governance, risk management, compliance, operational risk and financial crime prevention
  • Zakaraya AlAshek

    Zakaraya AlAshek

    Director, Solution Marketing – IoT Solutions, Etisalat
  • Zeki Turedi

    Zeki Turedi

    Senior Strategist, Crowdstrike
  • Ziad Antoine Nasrallah

    Ziad Antoine Nasrallah

    Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

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