Speakers

Martin Leo, Managing Director, Regional Head of Technology Business Controls, State Street Bank


Martin Leo is Regional Head of Technology Business Controls for State Street Bank, responsible for 1st line technology risk management across APAC. He has over 25 years of experience in diverse strategic and hands on leadership roles in the industry. Prior to State Street was the Head of Asia Risk at Morgan Stanley IM and earlier with ING as Chief Administrative Officer...more


Ashraf Aboukass, Global Head of Security Architecture, Schroders


Ashraf has over 16 years' experience in the Information security industry and has worked in a number of sectors including finance, transport and broadcasting. Ashraf left BAE Systems in 2016 as a Cyber Security Consultant where he worked with organisations such as SWIFT and Talk Talk on technical engagements post high profile cybersecurity incidents. Ashraf studied...more


Nicola Lishak, Head of Information Assurance, Royal Mail Group


Nicola is the Head of Information Assurance at Royal Mail Group, driving and embedding change and behaviours in how the business manages information security risk and data compliance, as part of Royal Mail’s GDPR journey. With a background in Corporate and Information Security and more recently Privacy regulations in the UK and EU, Nicola has a unique story and...more


Sumit Puri, Chief Technology Officer, Evercare Group


Sumit Puri is Chief Technology Officer for the Evercare Group. He is an execution focused, proactive IT leader with over 25 years of experience in technology and operations and has a highly successful track record of driving Enterprise digital strategy and process at top consulting and multinational organizations like PricewaterhouseCoopers, GE Capital and Prudential...more


Mohamad Mahjoub, CISO Middle East, Veolia


Mohamad Mahjoub is a Cyber Security Expert with over 15 years of experience. He is a certified CISSP, ISO Risk Manager, CISA, PMP, and ITIL. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Lebanese American University, where he graduated with magna cum laude. Since 2012, Mohamad has delivered many IT courses to fresh graduates, IT professionals,...more


Goher Mohammad, Head of Information Security, L&Q Group


Making his mark as one of the youngest IT leaders in Omnicom Group back in 2004, Goher has a huge passion for Technology with a drive not just do things well but do things better. Having had to deal with more comprehensive but secure and controlled structures in Citibank and Merrill Corporation to more agile environments within Omnicomgroup and Photobox...more


Dr. Erdal Ozkaya, Head of Information Security, Standard Chartered Bank


Dr. Erdal Ozkaya currently works at Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Information and Cyber Security in a Managing Director status. He is a leading Cybersecurity Professional with business development, management, and Academic skills who focuses on securing the Cyber Space & sharing his real-life skills as a Security Advisor,...more


Aizaz Zaidi, Head of Operational Risk and Transformation, Al Masraf Bank


Aizaz Zaidi is an experienced finance professional, currently holding the position of Head of Transformation and Operational Risk at Al Masraf Bank. Aizaz has a demonstrated history of 28 years of experience in the banking industry and is skilled in Risk Management, Information Security, AML & Compliance, BCM, Internal Audit, Fraud Risk Management & Investigations....more


Ziauddin (Zia) Ansari, Head of Cyber Defense Center, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank


Ziauddin Ansari is the Head of Cyber Defence Center at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, a role which he has held since November 2018. Zia is a result oriented professional with over 16 years of versatile experience in Information Security, he is an expert in leading and setting up Security Operations Centres/Cyber Defense Centres for financial organizations. Prior to his current...more


Christos Christou, Chief Compliance Officer, Lulu Exchange


A professional Compliance Officer working 28+ years in the banking and non-banking industry.  He has a BSc/Associateship degree from IFS, London, and an MBA from the University of Liverpool; He is CAMS® certified professional and he also has long experience in Project Management (ex-PMP® certified).  He started his career from operations,... more


Bilal Ahmad, Head - Information Security, Union Coop


Bilal Ahmad has 13 years of experience in Information Security with 10 years of consulting experience in Cybersecurity. Currently, Bilal works as the Information Security Officer at Union Coop and manages the Information Security Program which involves people, process and technology. In his previous job at Gulf Business Machines, Bilial was the Sr. Information...more


Ismail Jani, Information Security and Compliance Manager, Engineering Office


Ismail Jani is currently the Information Security and Compliance Manager of Engineering Office. Ismail is an enthusiastic Cybersecurity, Information Security and GRC professional with over 14 years of global experience across varied sectors which includes Banking, Telecom and Healthcare. In his role at EO, Ismail manages the cybersecurity incident and response team....more


Gita Butzlaff, Head of Compliance & MLRO, Beehive P2P


Gita is currently the Head of Compliance & MLRO at Beehive UAE, MENA’s first regulated peer to peer (P2P) lending platform. Skilled in Compliance, Trade surveillance, Risk Management, Financial Crime Compliance, Securities and Asset Management, Gita is an experienced Head of Compliance with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry....more


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


Fabian Libeau, VP, EMEA, RiskIQ


Fabian Libeau currently serves as VP EMEA for RiskIQ and is responsible for RiskIQ’s sales and support operations in EMEA. RiskIQ is the leader in digital attack surface management, providing the most comprehensive discovery, intelligence, and mitigation of threats associated with an organization’s digital presence. 

Prior to this role Fabian...more


Ron Peeters, Managing Director EMEA, Synack


Ron Peeters is a seasoned IT industry executive with more than 30 years experience in IT working for an array of advanced technology companies around the world. 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 testing and controlled crowdsourced...more


Islam Soliman, Presales Manager Middle East, Pulse Secure


Islam joined Pulse Secure in 2019 and is responsible for the presales activities in Middle East. He built up strong expertise at HP Networking and CADD Emirates before joining Pulse. He is specialized in Networking Security solutions at Pulse Secure bringing the Zero Trust Secure Access solutions to customers.


Ameya Talwalkar, Chief Product Officer, Cequence Security


Ameya is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Cequence Security, a company disrupting the application security space. Over the past five years, Ameya has helped several Fortune 500 companies secure their web, mobile and API applications from fraud and business logic abuse. Ameya has over 20 years of experience in Cyber Security in a variety of domains such...more


Ammar Enaya, Regional Manager Middle East/Turkey,Vectra AI


Amar Enaya leads Vectra's business in the Middle East and Mediterranean region and brings over 25 years of experience in consultative selling of networking and security solutions. Previously, he held the position of Regional Director MEMA at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and General Manager Middle East at Aruba Networks.


James Connolly, Expert in application of AI, Darktrace


James is an expert in the application of AI in cyber defense and has extensive experience in operational applications of AI to optimize clients’ revenue and planning operations. In his role as Country Manager James is involved with technical delivery, business development and commercial leadership for Darktrace’s UAE business operating out of Emirates Towers,...more


David Anumudu, CISSP,CSSLP,CISM, Solution Architect, Flashpoint


David Anumudu's IT career spans over 30 years working in a wide range of roles including software development, product management, scalability testing, application security and risk intelligence. David's role as a Solution Architect for Flashpoint involves working with both enterprise and public sector customers across EMEA to help them develop and drive their risk...more


Dan Woods, VP Shape Intelligence Center, Shape Security


Dan Woods is the Vice President of the Shape Intelligence Center at Shape Security, a startup based in Silicon Valley. Shape protects over 1.6 billion internet users for the world’s largest retailers, banks, airlines and government agencies. Shape has created a unique and effective platform to defend websites against new forms of attack that use AI at massive scales. Prior...more


Andrew Barnard, Senior Sales Engineer, Shape Security


Andrew is a Senior Sales Engineer at Shape Security. Andrew works with global brands across EMEA to deploy Shape as a primary line of defence, preventing fraud and protecting against the most sophisticated impersonation attacks. Today the Shape Network protects over 1.7 billion accounts from account takeover and deflects over 45 million attacks per day. Andrew...more


Rafay Ghani, Sales Manager, Middle East and India, AppGate


Rafay Ghani is the Territory manager for Appgate, responsible for the Appgate business in Middle East and SAARC Region. With 11+ years’ experience of selling IT technology solutions, of which eight have been in the domain of IT Security solutions and services. Rafay’s experience covers:

  • Fraud Prevention, Cyber Threat Intelligence, end point protection,...
  • Big Data Analytics.
  • Data Security and Privacy, Two Factor Authentication, email Security, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Encryption Solutions.
  • Software Defined Perimeter 
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Chris Cheyne, SOC Director, Si Consult


Chris Cheyne is the SOC Director and CTO for SI Consult, a global organisation empowering its clients with bespoke cybersecurity procedures and technology. Responsible for operating five Security Operation Centres across the UK, Middle East and India, Chris specializes in threat hunting and intelligence, endpoint detection and response, SOC monitoring, behavioural...more


Feras Tappuni, Managing Director, Si Consult


Feras Tappuni is the CEO and founder of Si and is charged with responsibility for overseeing all the technical and financial aspects of the company. Feras has dedicated his life to cybersecurity and is driven by the desire to offer his clients the highest degree of protection against todays cyber threats. Founding the company in 2005, Feras has delivered complex security,...more


Faiz Shuja, CEO & Co-Founder, SIRP


Faiz has over sixteen years of experience in designing, implementing, and managing secure technology infrastructures. Has been involved in information security management, enterprise security operations, honeynets, threat intelligence, and forensics analysis. Currently Co-founder for SIRP. SIRP is a Risk-based Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR)...more


Rohit Sinha, Cyber Security Specialist, Zimperium


Rohit Sinha is a cybersecurity specialist and has worked in the industry for more than 10 years. He has spent this time working on a broad spectrum of security technologies and services from the design and implementation of secure DC architectures, to niche anti-malware solutions, to technical risk management. He has worked in organizations such as Dimension Data,...more


Rajiv Raghunarayan, Senior Vice President of Products and Marketing, Cyberinc


Rajiv serves as the Senior Vice President of Products and Marketing at Cyberinc and heads the product management, marketing, and strategic alliances functions. Rajiv has over two decades of experience in technology and marketing leadership positions at companies such as SentinelOne, FireEye and Cisco. His past experience includes areas of network security, email...more


Syed Abid Ali, CCO & Co-Founder, PhishRod


Abid is a cybersecurity enthusiast and has overall 15 years of experience in cybersecurity and technology management. He is a technoprenuer and founded PhishRod as a platform to empower end users against phishing attacks. The platform has emerged as the fastest growing phishing defence solution across Middle East.


Matthew Platten, Anti-Fraud Solutions Consultant, Cyxtera


Matthew is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and ISO27001 Lead Auditor with over 19 years of technology security experience in Middle East, South East Asia and Europe. As Appgate TFP Presale manager in Middle East, Matthew assists Governments, Financial institutions and Enterprises identify weaknesses in their current fraud prevention...more