Speakers

Martin Sivorn, Head of Cyber Security, UK Government Digital Service


Martin is an experienced Head of Cyber Security with a proven track record in building teams, driving outcomes and delivering digital transformation in a hands-on and strategic capacity. He is currently the Head of Security at Government Digital Service, a role he has held since the beginning of 2018. In this position, Martin is responsible for ensuring that...more


Ashraf Aboukass, Global Head of Security Architecture, Schroders


Ashraf has over 15 years' experience in the industry and has worked in an number of sectors including finance, transport and broadcasting. Ashraf left BAE Systems in 2016 as a Cyber Security Consultant where he worked with a number of high profile organisations such as SWIFT and Talk Talk on technical engagements post high profile cyber security incidents. Ashraf...more


Phillip Davies, Director of Anti-Piracy, Sky


Phillip holds a Masters in International Criminal Justice and is Director of Anti-Piracy for Sky UK & Ireland leading efforts to tackle digital piracy affecting Europe’s largest broadcaster. Phillip, a former Head of Hi-Tech Crime for UK law enforcement, is a fellow of the British Computer Society and Chartered Institute of IT and a fellow... more


Richard Meeus, EMEA Director of Security Technology and Strategy, Akamai Technologies


Richard is Akamai’s EMEA Director of Security Technology and Strategy. With over 20 years’ experience, Richard is responsible for designing and building secure solutions for some of the world’s most influential organisations. Starting out as a hardware engineer, his career has progressed alongside the tech industry as a whole, transitioning from a hardware to...more


Suresh Nair, Chief Information Security Officer – MENAT, GE


Suresh is currently Chief Information Security Officer - Middle East, North Africa & Turkey (MENAT) at GE Global, a position he has held since 2018. In this role he is responsible for defining Cyber Security strategy for MENAT region and providing strategic leadership to IT Security related projects & initiatives. Suresh supports all GE businesses including...more


Matthew Platten, Anti-Fraud Solutions Consultant, Cyxtera


Anti-Fraud Solutions Consultant at Cyxtera, Matthew truly understands the trends and nuances of the ever-changing IT security industry. With over 15 years of IT security experience in the Middle East and Europe, Matthew focuses on helping organisations with their current fraud prevention and detection strategies every step of the way - from identifying the key security...more


Muhammad Babar, Head of Compliance, MoneyGram International


Muhammad is a Technology enthusiast with over 15 years' experience in the Banking and Payments technology/compliance spheres and is currently at the forefront of MoneyGram’s Digital revenue initiatives from a Global perspective. He graduated as a Computer Engineer from the University of Huddersfield- UK in 2002, and worked as a Software Developer / Design Architect...more


Jerome Bei, Sales Engineering Manager, Accellion


Jerome is a seasoned SE Manager and evangelist with more than 15 years’ experience in the cybersecurity space. Having worked for major security vendors such as Lumension, Sourcefire and Cisco, Jerome now heads up the EMEA security engineering team for Accellion. With his software engineering background, Jerome has been responsible for the development... more


Ashish Khanna, Information Security Officer, Dubai Health Authority


Ashish Khanna is the Information Security officer (GRC Subject Matter Expert) working with a public sector organization in Dubai, a position he has held since 2015. He is an experienced information security strategist and has managed a portfolio of mission critical projects. He has over 12+ years of proven track record for successfully completing highly complex...more


Richard Davis, Cyber Security Strategist EMEA, Proofpoint


Richard Davis is International Cybersecurity Strategist at Proofpoint, where he drives the product marketing and cyber security strategy across EMEA. He is also responsible for the enablement of Proofpoint’s sales teams and channel partners across the EMEA market. He provides expertise on key regional cybersecurity strategies such as people-centric security,...more


Kausar Mukeri, Head of Information Security, InvestBank


Kauser Mukeri is a senior Cyber Security/Technology expert, specialising in design, implementation and maintaining complex IT infrastructure and Security setups. Kauser has extensive experience in working at various Banks & Financial institutes in Middle East (GCC) and India. He has designed & built cybersecurity and technology setups from scratch for three...more


Jose Varghese, co-founder and Head of Managed Detection and Response Services, Paladion


Jose Varghese is the co-founder and Head of Managed Detection and Response Services for Paladion, a leading AI-Driven MDR provider. He has over 18 years’ experience delivering managed security services and has built robust cyber security programs for large Fortune 500 companies.  Jose’s primary role is leading a large SOC that specializes in intelligence...more


Astrid Hansen, Chief Controls Officer and Head of Information Security, MENA, Barclays


Astrid has more than 12 years of experience in the areas of technology assurance, information and technology risk and compliance within Global Financial Services. Brought up in the innovative Scandinavian technology market, Astrid has worked both in assurance and consultancy at EY across the Nordics and Africa, before branching into the Financial Industry Sector. Astrid...more


Nicolai Solling, Chief Technology Officer, Help AG Middle East


Nicolai Solling is the Chief Technology Officer at Help AG Middle East. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing Help AG’s professional services, support services, and technical vendor management across the region. In addition to overseeing technical services and solutions delivered in the market, he is also involved in coordinating the enablement of teams...more


Ilham Ismail, Head of IT, Hospitality Management Holdings


Ilham Ismail is the Head of IT at Hospitality Management Holdings.  Ilham has over 20 years of experience as a specialised IT professional, managing complex and large projects, system and network administration and hardware support.  He has a proven ability in designing and delivering robust system products, programmes for technical solutions and orientations,...more


Bahi Hour, SE Director, META, Attivo Networks


Bahi Hour comes with more than 15 years of extensive experience in cybersecurity solutions architecture, design and implementation. Today, Bahi runs systems engineering for Attivo Networks across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Previously, Bahi worked as a Technical Director for Exclusive Networks covering the Middle East region. He holds a master’s degree of...more


Ronaldus Peeters, Managing Director EMEA, Synack


Ron Peeters is a seasoned IT industry executive with more than 30 years of experience in IT. He has worked for an array of advanced technology companies in Europe, Asia, and North America. As Managing Director, he is responsible for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for Silicon Valley based Synack, Inc., a rapidly emerging market leader in offensive security...more


Hashim Saeed, Head of Information Technology, Azizi Developments


Hashim Saeed is the AZIZI Group Head of Information Technology, a role he has held since October 2017.  He has led a dynamic IT management career with 17+ years of experience effectively managing and delivering integrated IT enterprise solutions and is a strategic thinker who understands the bigger picture, combined with technical expertise and people skills...more


J. Peter Bruzzese, Microsoft MVP (Office Apps and Services), Mimecast


J. Peter is a Mimecast evangelist and eight-time awarded Microsoft MVP with a special focus on enterprise security for Exchange/Exchange Online. An internationally published tech author, technical speaker, journalist for InfoWorld and co-founder of both ClipTraining and Conversational Geek.


Muhammad Rizwan Khan, Head of Compliance, Al Dahab Exchange


Mr. Rizwan Khan, CAMSFCI, CFCS has contributed in the anti-money laundering (AML) for last 2 decades and relies on his vast policing experience when speaking to various groups. He is one of the innovators of the RCMP’s Proceeds of Crime Program and associated as Head of Compliance in “Al Dahab Exchange” in addition to being an investigator and undercover operator...more


Sebastian Madden, Chief Development Officer, Protection Group International


Sebastian Madden has been working on national cyber security issues for 23 years. He is a former UK Senior Civil Servant and PGI’s Chief Corporate Development Officer. He has led PGI’s international cyber capability building projects for the last six years. These include designing and building national cyber security centres, running training and exercise programmes,...more


Andy March, Platform Specialist, EMEA, Okta


Andy March is a software developer passionate about building secure intuitive software and has been developing secure systems for over ten years. He has worked with some of the world’s largest organizations to build software for everything from fighter planes and ATMs to e-passport and customer loyalty programs. He is a firm believer that code wins...more


Jason Steer, Director of EMEA Presales, Recorded Future


Jason is a techie at heart and has built and broken computers and networks since 1996! Jason has worked at a number of successful technology companies over the past 15 years, including IronPort, Veracode & FireEye. Jason has worked as a media expert with the BBC, CNN & Al Jazeera  and has worked with both the EU and UK Governments on cybersecurity strategy.


Paul Steiner, Regional Manager Middle East, Accellion


Paul has been with Accellion since 2001. He is currently Regional Manager for the Middle East and also manages Strategic Key Accounts in the DACH region. Paul started his career as a Management Consultant with McKinsey&Co in Germany, before he founded his own petroleum enginnering software and consulting firm.  In the early 1990s he moved to the Silicon Valley...more


Oussama Bachour, Senior Systems Engineer, Fortinet


Oussama Bachour carries more than 20 years of engineering experience in networking and cybersecurity systems architecture, design and implementation. Today, Oussama runs systems engineering for Fortinet in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to this current role, he lead the systems engineering for Juniper Networks within and across different geographies and territories...more


Shafiullah Mohamed Ismail, Senior Manager, Security Architect & IT Governance, Mubadala Development Company


Shafiullah Ismail is the Information Security professional (cloud security Expert) working with Mubadala Business Management Services (MDC BMS) in Abu Dhabi. BMS is a shared services company offering IaaS and SaaS to clients. During his 14 years in the cyber security industry, Shafiullah has worked with many technologies in different... more


Roland Stride, Director, Darktrace


Roly is the Regional Director for Darktrace Middle East, he has extensive experience in risk analysis and management across a number of sectors including Defense, Oil & Gas and Financial Services. Roly’s specialism lies in the application of AI and machine learning in order to futureproof and protect an organization’s core business assets against...more


Michael Yeardley, Senior Director, Product Strategy, ThreatMetrix


Mike Yeardley joined ThreatMetrix in 2017 having worked at Lloyds Banking Group for 11 years, and other UK Banks prior to that. At Lloyds, Mike was Initially responsible for managing small teams in the Credit Risk and Collections functions; during the last 7 years Mike was responsible for leading teams across the Fraud division. Mike has held leadership roles, initially...more


Kamel Heus, Regional Director, EMEA South & MEA, Centrify


Kamel has more than ten years’ experience working in the IT industry. With more than five years working in the Middle East and Africa, he has a very good understanding of the dynamics of businesses based in this region. With his strong technical background, he has become a trusted advisor to many organisations, helping them to select and identify solutions which...more


Ahmed Husain, CEO, Reload, on behalf of Protection Group International


Ahmed Ali, Founder of Reload CERT, the first private CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) in the Gulf region and now a regional advisory for building Cyber Fusion Centers  He consults on proactive measures to cyber threats, assists in responding to incidents and design mitigation processes. He has helped many financial institutions and large corporations in...more


Robert Cookson, Group IT Director, NOW Health International


Robert is the Group IT Director at NOW Health International, a position he has held since 2016. In this role he is responsible for the infrastructure and security of this major healthcare organisation. Before NOW Health, Bob held a number of senior positions in Operations, IT and systems management at a number of various organisations.