Hussain AlKhalsan, Chief Information Security Officer, ZAND

Hussain Al Khalsan joined Zand as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in June 2019. In his role, he overseas and manages the Cyber Security Programme of Zand. He is a seasoned professional with 15 years of experience in IT Security, Information Security and Cyber Security purely in the banking and financial services industry.

Rajesh Yadla, Head of Information Security, Alhilal Bank

Rajesh has almost 15 years of experience in information security and technology risk management.  He is heading the information security function in Al Hilal bank and responsible for protecting information assets in on-premises and cloud from external and internal threats. Before joining Al Hilal, he worked in Group42 to establish the information security...more

Shafiullah Ismail, VP, Cybersecurity & Risk, Mubadala Capital

Shafiullah Ismail is an Information Security professional (Cloud & Security transformation expert) working with Mubadala Capital, a leading global investments firm. Shafiullah is passionate about transforming security as business enabler through number of digitization initiatives. During his 16+ years in the cyber security industry, Shafiullah has worked with...more

Aloysius Cheang, Chief Security Officer, Huawei UAE

Aloysius Cheang is currently the Chief Security Officer of Huawei UAE responsible for driving the company’s cybersecurity vision of building a safe and secure intelligent connected digital world in the UAE and Islamic nations globally. He is also a Board Director for US-based (ISC)2, as well as UK-based cyber leadership think tank, the Centre... more

Ben Kite, Senior Defence, Intelligence, Security and Cyber Adviser, Kearney

Ben Kite was commissioned into the British Army’s Intelligence Corps in 1990, retiring in April 2022 as a Major General. During his thirty-two year career he conducted intelligence and Security operations both in the UK as well on deployments to Germany, Belize, Bosnia, Kosovo, South Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also worked on Defensive Cyber issues, most noticeably...more

Philippe Lopez, Regional Chief Security Officer, Mastercard

Philippe has deep security, resilience and technology domain experience, with over two decades spanning industry and government in highly sensitive and secured ecosystems across multiple global jurisdictions.
Philippe is currently the regional Chief Security Officer for Mastercard, working to protect his work colleagues and the payments ecosystem for 80+ countries...more

Vikalp Shrivastava, Global CISO, Kerzner International

Vikalp Shrivastava carries over 22 years of experience into different technology leadership roles and currently holds the Global CISO Role for Kerzner International, based in Dubai, UAE. 
Vikalp worked for multibillion dollar casino resort...

Vikalp also lead large cyber-attack protection companies and vendors as head for APAC in his past and worked with several different industries such as news media, Banks, Telecoms, Oil & Gas, technology and critical infrastructure companies etc.
  Vikalp is a well-known name in the information and cyber security world as leading thought leader.

Hussein Shafik Bahgat, Regional Information Security Risk Officer (CISRO), Africa and Middle East & UAE, Standard Chartered Bank

Hussein is an Information and Cyber security professional with more than 25 years of experience. He Joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2015 as the Regional Head of Information Security for Africa, Middle East & UAE.  He has managed Information... Hussein is a member of many financial industry collaboration groups, formal banking committees and associations around the region that are focused on cyber security intelligence, regulatory development and Cyber security maturity. He is a passionate Cyber crime fighter who believes in fighting cyber crime through transparency and collaboration within the banking industry and is one of the founding members of the UAE Cyber Intelligence sharing platform TASHARUK. Hussein graduated from Solvay Brussels School in Belgium. more

Renato de Castro, Executive Director, RMA Advisory

With over 20 years of experience as a global executive across Asia, the Americas and Europe, Renato de Castro is one of the foremost Smart City Experts and Metaverse shapers. A world-renowned speaker, he has delivered keynotes internationally on Smart Cities, AI, the Internet of Things, and Innovation. He is co-author of the revolutionary Neural Smart City...more

Cumai A. Housn, Co-founder, Biennale.io

Transformational leader in the data-driven Marcomms industry, Cumai is the co-founder of Biennale.io, a global, community-driven art and culture metaverse, an ecosystem for artists and art enthusiasts that leverage the power of future blockchain and distributed computing technologies. Equipped with big data, data science, and design thinking skill sets, he spearheaded...more

Ramy AlDamati, Co-Founder / Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), AlBrza

Eng. Ramy AlDamati is a Cybersecurity & Blockchain expert holding master’s degrees in Information Security from University of Hertfordshire. He has 18 years’ experience in the field with a strong focus on smart and resource efficient systems. During those years, he has worked in multiple International Cybersecurity vendors like...

​As a Co-Founder of (AlBrza), the Emirati Platform and the first of its kind, brings together future initiatives to align with the UAE vision and directives of the government in to materialise the UAE Government Centennial Plan (2071). His aim is to make it the Only Arab Platform focusing in Emerging Technology & Entrepreneurship. And for his ambition to make the cryptocurrency ecosystem safe and secure, he founded TrustyCrypto. 

​Eng. Ramy AlDamati is also an expert & Certified Trainer in emerging technologies delivering Training, Consulting & Implementations on FinTech, IoT, CyberSecurity, Blockchain/Cryptocurrency, EdTech, RPA & AI.  His courses in (AR & EN) delivered to many local and international organizations helped raise awareness to all levels of people.  more

Zaheer Shaikh, Chief Information Security Officer, Al Maryah Community Bank LLC

Zaheer Shaikh is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Al Maryah Community Bank LLC, with 22 years of experience as an Information Technology (IT) professional with strong expertise in IT management, Information, Cyber Security, and IT enterprise architecture. Being a founding team member of the bank Mr. Shaikh has been demonstrating expertise in establishing...more

Michael Byrnes, Director, Solutions Engineer iMEA, BeyondTrust

Michael Byrnes is the Director, Solutions Engineer iMEA for BeyondTrust. He has acquired a wealth of cyber security experience in a number of engagements over the last 10 years with a diverse set of IT companies across the Middle East. Thanks to his various roles as a security consultant, a systems engineer or within pre-sales, he gained extensive expertise in network...more

Hamid Qureshi, Territory Sales Manager, Middle East & Africa, Entrust

Hamid Qureshi is directly responsible for the Entrust Data Protection Solution business in the Middle East. Hamid’s primary focus is to cultivate existing relationships with key customers and expand into new areas leveraging the expanded data security portfolio of Entrust.  Hamid has over 20 years’ experience of helping organisations, across all industry...more

Kapil Matta, Regional Manager, Enterprise - MEA, Malwarebytes

A postgraduate in Business (Finance & Economics) from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, with a bright academic profile and an illustrious career in Banking, Risk Management & Technology Consulting. Kapil is a self-starter with strong mentoring, teamwork and inter-personal skills and high adaptability to new challenges, as demonstrated by successful...more

Bader Shaath, Solutions Engineer, Cloudlfare

Bader is Solutions Engineer at Cloudflare, the leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Chris focuses on helping companies become faster and more secure online. Every day, Bader helps companies transition from traditional, on-premise systems to a cloud-based security solution.

Gopan Sivasankaran General Manager – META, Secureworks

Mr. Gopan has over eighteen years of information security experience on various roles ranging from security analyst, implementer, consultant, architect and various leadership positions.Being the first employee of Secureworks Middle East, Gopan is onto his 9th Year in Secureworks leading the business in the META region.He holds Bachelor of Technology in IT and also...more

Sam Clever, CEO & Founder, Nostraverse

Nabil Bousselham, Team Lead Solutions Architecture, EMEA North & Middle East, Veracode

Nabil Bousselham is Team Lead Solutions Architecture, EMEA North & Middle East at Veracode. In this role, Nabil works with Veracode's enterprise customers in the EMEA region to support them integrate application security testing techniques in their SDLC / DevOps teams and implement mature AppSec programs. Nabil has been in the IT industry for 18+ years now and...more