Ebrahim AL-Alkeem, Information Security Manager, ENEC
Ebrahim AL-Alkeem is a global digital leader specializing in the effects of Artificial intelligence and other exponentially developing technologies on the economy, Healthcare, and society, Ebrahim explains the threats and opportunities created by these new developments. During his 13 years in the cyber security industry, Mr. Ebrahim... has worked with many technologies in different positions from technical to management. Currently, he is managing the information security department within ENEC and acting as CISO. He holds Master of Science in Information security and a bachelor degree in communication engineering from Khalifa University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studies at Khalifa University. Ebrahim presented many international and domestic seminar and published many papers in security related field. In 2015, Ebrahim won Tamayaz Excellence Award, Appreciation award in the category of inventions of information technology & smart services. Also, he is an active member of many of engineering associations across the world.
Craig McEwen, Global Head of Cyber Operations, Anglo American
Craig McEwen is the global Head of Cyber Operations at Anglo American, a position he has held since 2017. Before this role, Craig held a number of senior roles in threat intelligence and cybersecurity at Vodafone and other internationally established institutions. Craig has worked primarily in the defence sector, and has experience and expertise in managing large... budgets, running large scale projects and navigating spending constraints when it comes to cybersecurity investment.
Antonio Dionisio, Group CIO, MIG Holdings
Antonio is a senior executive with more than 24 years of experience working in ICT. He spent 12 years of his career working for Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and 12 years in the Insurance industry, notably as Director in charge of the Security, Continuity, Compliance and IT Risk Centre of Excellence for AXA Mediterranean and Latin American region. He... was a permanent member of the Group Security and Continuity Strategic Council and lately held positions as Senior IT Director and CIO. He is now in charge of IT Transformation for MIG Group of companies and is sponsoring the Group Information Security and Business Resilience Program. Antonio holds a Computer Science degree, Information Systems Security post-graduation and an Advanced Management Certificate from Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics.
Tim Ayling, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention Lead, Kaspersky Lab
Tim has over 20 years’ experience in the cybersecurity and anti-fraud industry, beginning straight after university in 1997. Beginning in technical support, and working as a System Engineer, Tim began his leadership career when he established Entrust Inc. in Australia in 2003, being made Vice-President Asia Pacific in 2006. Tim has held numerous leadership roles... in large cybersecurity vendors, including Trend Micro, RSA Security, and now Kaspersky Labs, as well as spending time in the cyber-security practise of KPMG. Tim holds an MBA from the Warwick Business School, and an MSc in Secure e-Commerce from the Royal Holloway University, University of London.
Frank Murray, CISO, Associate Vice President – IT Security, Risk & Business Resilience
Frank has over 12 years of experience in technical IT Security and Risk in defense, legal and insurance sectors. With experience in both operational and strategic security functions, Frank has the unique skillset of Red teamer turned Architect. In previous roles Frank was instrumental in the delivery of ISO 27001 and 22301 certification for the world’s... largest law firm, and worked extensively on projects for the US, UAE, British and Australian military. Prior to joining MIG, Frank was Security Architect for AXA Group in the Gulf region, implementing a comprehensive Security Transformation program. He is now leading the IT Security, Risk & Business Resilience unit for MIG Group of companies. Frank holds a Computer Science degree and CISSP, CEH, CISA, CISM, GIAC GCIH and GMON certifications and is a member of the GIAC Advisory Board.
Michael Hirschfeld, Cyber Security Adviser, SABSA
Michael is a Cyber Security Adviser with David Lynas Consulting providing high level assistance on Cyber Related matters. He was formerly the Chief Information Officer and CISO at the Australian Commonwealth Department of Finance and where he had executive responsibility for ICT as well as physical security within that agency. He has previously held senior roles... with a number of Australian government agencies including as Assistant Secretary for ICT Planning and Governance at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Assistant Secretary, ICT Efficiency Review undertaken in 2009. Through his public sector career, Michael has worked in nine agencies responsible for delivering a range of Commonwealth services to the Australian community. He has been involved in both business and technology systems, advising on issues such as security, audit outcomes and risk management. He was head of Technology Security for the Australian Taxation Office in the early noughties. Michael has been involved in Security for the past 18 years and has been effectively educated by a group of excellent technical staff. He was involved in a number of early working groups defining the direction of whole of government initiatives in both E-Government and e-security including the "Secure Communications" and "On-line Authentication" working groups and has been a member of the Protective Security Policy Committee. He takes a leadership role in the delivery of ICT and security services to organisations focussing on risk analysis, governance and assurance, policy and awareness in building effective and practical security measures. He has a diverse background and has been managing major projects since the mid 80’s. He began his career as a programmer and project manager on Building Control and IT systems and holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Diploma in Education and a Master of Business Administration. In 2011 he participated in the Executive Leadership Program delivered by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
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... and making sure they are good at delivering the technologies Help AG takes to market. Since joining the company in 2008, he has successfully grown the technical team by more than 200% and has been heavily involved in the design, deployment, and operation of some of the most challenging network and security infrastructures for enterprise customers across a variety of industry sectors. Solling has been in the IT and network industry for over 20 years. He is one of the most well-known names in the industry thanks to his in-depth knowledge of cybersecurity technologies combined with his vast experience in security solutions, integration as well pre-sales and design. He is a great speaker and has been part of multiple distinguished panels and keynote sessions both regionally as well as internationally. As a thought-leader, he has authored numerous publications on various trends and topics in cybersecurity. Prior to joining Help AG, Solling worked as a Systems Engineering Manager for Juniper Networks in the Nordic region. He has also worked with Cygate Denmark and Cisco earlier. The love for technology caught Solling quite early in life; he had found his passion at the age of 8, when his family got its first X86 PC machine.
Malay Upadhyay, Technical Head Middle East, Sophos
Malay Upadhyay is the head of Sophos’ technical team in the Middle East where he leads a team of engineers. He received a Masters in computer science from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He has been involved in the information security field for more than 12 years and when not tinkering with security tools, Malay talks at trade... shows and raises awareness of security issues at public events.
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... ethical hacking. Ron is a Dutch National with a MBA from Case Western Reserve University in High Tech Marketing.
Ilmaz (Kory) Kashkooli, Managing Director, TNCT
ILMAZ (KORY) KASHKOOLI is the founder of TNCT, a Cyber Security System Integrator team that no matter what has always stayed loyal to its core values of professionalism, integrity, and innovation. Kory has more than 17 years of experience in the IT industry most of which has been focused on network security, virtualization and cloud security. Throughout this... journey, he has had various roles such as: network engineer, IT instructor, technical support engineer, pre-sales engineer, and an entrepreneur. As a technical and people person who is passionate about technology and intrigued with nature, he firmly believes in the spirit of team-work and sees it as a key and determinant factor that significantly contributes to the success of a complex cyber-security project as well as sustainability of the deployed technologies. In the past 10 years Kory and his team in TNCT have successfully completed more than 70 complex network security implementation projects for various customers ranging from government, banking, utilities, oil and gas, hospitality, health care, retail, and insurance throughout UAE, Oman, Qatar, and Canada.
Bharat Gautam, Head of Information Security, DAMAC Properties
Bharat Gautam is addicted to everything related to Cyber Security/Information Security and is always trying to contribute to the Cyber Security fraternity. Bharat Gautam brings in multi domain experience and is spear heading the Information Security vertical as Head of Information Security for a leading luxury real estate developer in Dubai. Bharat has previously... worked with some of the biggest IT consulting companies for many years & brings in 14 Yrs. of core Cyber Security knowledge.Bharat is aware of the ever changing threat landscape & the need to improve our Security posture to remain ahead of the Internal & External threats.
Andy Renshaw, Senior Director, Market Planning, Fraud and Identity, ThreatMetrix
At LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Andy helps solve the complex challenges of the evolving fraud, identity and authentication market, getting to the root of business problems and architecting solutions to match. Andy brings deep industry expertise from working in the financial services industry, skilled in Banking, Credit Analysis, Fraud solutions, Risk transformation,... and Anti Money Laundering. He is a driven and highly motivated leader with exceptional analytical skills and a creative approach to strategic thinking.
Shuman Ghosemajumder, CTO, Shape Security
Shuman is CTO at Shape Security, whose technology platform protects the web and mobile applications of the world’s largest banks, airlines, and retailers, against advanced fraud and cybercrime. In 2018, it was ranked by Deloitte as the #1 fastest-growing company in Silicon Valley and named by Fortune as one of the leading AI companies. Shuman previously... led global product management for click fraud protection at Google, enabling $23B in pay-per-click annual revenue. He joined Google in 2003 as one of the early product managers for AdSense and helped launch Gmail. He is co-author of CGI Programming Unleashed (Macmillan Publishing), a contributing author to Crimeware (Symantec Publishing), and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford University. In 2011, the Boston Globe named him to their MIT150 list, as one of the top innovators of all-time from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ian Evans, Managing Director, EMEA, OneTrust
Ian Evans serves as Managing Director for EMEA at OneTrust, a global leader in privacy management and marketing compliance software which helps organisations operationalise data privacy compliance and Privacy by Design. Evans is a diversified senior executive with over 20 years of experience in data privacy and CRM technology applications and services. In his role,... Evans supports thousands of multi-national brands across the European, Middle Eastern, and African regions, leading the delivery of technology solutions to secure and privatise customer and employee personal information under new privacy regulations. Prior to OneTrust, Evans served as Vice President and Managing Director for EMEA at AirWatch (acq. by VMware in 2014 for $1.54B). AirWatch now serves more than 20,000 global customers and is recognized as the undisputed market leader in enterprise mobility management.
Mike Pitman, CISO, Dunnhumby
Mike is a senior information security professional, with over 18 years’ experience who has worked at CISO level at a number of national & International organisations, across a variety of industries, including public sector, manufacturing, HR, Finance & Retail. He is currently the CISO at dunnhumby having recently taken up the position in February 2018,... where his responsibilities include security risk management, security consulting and security operations. At dunnhumby he is leading a global information security transformation programme, which puts the security at the heart of the business and aims to make it the differentiator from their competitors when it comes to bidding for new business. Before joining dunnhumby, Mike headed up the information security function at the John Lewis Partnership for 3 years and was Global CISO at Adecco prior to that.
Nour Fateen, Pre-sales Consultant, Recorded Future
Nour Fateen is a cyber-security specialist with more than five years in experience in the industry. Currently at Recorded Future, Nour has previously held positions in Cisco Systems and Goldman Sachs. Nour graduated with a Masters in Electronic Engineering & Nanotechnology from University College London. Nour has spent the last three years helping some of the... largest businesses in the world improve their security posture using threat Intelligence.
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,... but after 4 years he moved into training within the bank due to his excellent knowledge and training talent, whereas since 1996 he worked part-time as a tutor/adjunct lecturer for professional academies and universities in Europe; in 2000 he was assigned as a group project manager for Compliance projects within the Bank he worked for and he continued in management positions within Compliance, designing and implementing policies, procedures, and systems. In mid-2013 he moved to UAE and since then he is the Chief Compliance Officer for Lulu International Exchange, managing and directing the compliance and AML/CFT function for the Group having presence in 10 countries around the world.
Andrew de Lange, Solutions Consultant, Anomali
Andrew de Lange is a solutions consultant for Anomali. Andrew has over 15 years experience in cyber security, with the bulk of that time spent in Financial Services and Banking, he is an evangelist for Cyber Threat Intelligence collaboration initiatives and community-driven defence.
Brian Byagaba, Senior Manager Information Security, Commercial Bank International
In his current role, Brian leads the Information Security team of Commercial Bank International (CBI), which is a UAE based bank. At the top of his agenda is working with CBI’s senior leadership team to prioritize and align security initiatives with the bank’s evolving strategy and risk appetite. This is especially important considering the fast pace of changes... within cyber security, (new threat actors, changing methods and motives of attack) and how banks do business today. Brian started out in risk management, consulting for clients across multiple industries; from financial services to telecom, retail and oil & gas companies. In his 15 years security profession experience, Brian has worked in leading institutions such as PwC, Barclays Bank delivering risk projects across Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia in numerous capacities. Roles included Head of Operational Risk and Information Security, Assistant Manager Systems and Process Assurance, Chief Operating Officer – Technology Risk, Vice President Internal Audit and Chief Internal Auditor. He holds industry certifications including CCISO, CISM, CISA, FCCA and an MBA from Durham University.
Adam Lalani, Group Head of IT, Tristar Transport LLC
Adam Lalani is the Group Head of IT for the Tristar Group of Companies. . Tristar is a fully integrated liquid logistics company servicing the downstream oil and gas industry with one-stop fuel logistic solutions offering surface transport, ocean shipping, dangerous goods warehousing, fuel farm management, Aviation, Petroleum Retail, Chemicals, and turnkey fuel supply... operations. The company has a presence in 18 countries spread across the GCC, Africa, Asia, Pacific and Central America and employs more than 1,800 people.In his varied career, he worked for one of the UK’s oldest high street chains tasked with a Y2K driven phase-out of old IBM AS/400 mainframes, before working on an automation project for 150 stores across the UK that provided real time sales data from each outlet. Later, he worked as the IT Manager for Europe and the Middle East for the steel trading subsidiary of Arcelor Mittal (Macsteel) before joining ESHIPS as Head of IT & Administration – working on projects that included the early adoption of various cloud-computing technologies. He moved to Tristar as a result of their US$90 million acquisition of ESHIPS in March 2016. At Tristar, Adam led the implementation of the region’s first production Blockchain SCM solution as well as the Group’s various Digital Transformation efforts. Adam is a certified ITILv3 Expert, a PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner, a Member of the British Computer Society and holds an MSc in Computer Network Management.
Slam Laqtib, Sr. Product Manager, Thales
Slam Laqtib is a well-known figure in the encryption world as speaker and technology evangelist with over 20 years’ experience. As a Silicon Valley software veteran, Slam has designed innovative key management and data protection technologies and solutions; he has also architected and deployed numerous data protection solutions for enterprise and government... organizations, globally. Prior to joining Thales eSecurity, his previous experience includes stints at Ingrian, SafeNet, and Gemalto as well as other market leaders in the security space. Slam has worked and lived in Africa, Scandinavia and the US. Slam spoke in several eCrime conferences worldwide.
Balaji Nagabhushan, Group Chief Administrative Officer, Tristar Transport
Balaji is Group Chief Administrative Officer at Tristar Group. Experienced in setting up Governance, Controls, Compliance, AML, Risk & Investigation functions in banking & finance, Balaji is a natural leader managing teams efficiently and able to connect & convince top management. He has the important certifications necessary to continue... improving my skills & knowledge in the subject areas.
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... Healthcare, Aviation, Power, Oil & Gas in the MENAT region. Before this position, Suresh was Regional Leader for Gulf and Turkey. Here he aligned security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives for the Gulf & Turkey Region, ensuring that information assets and technologies are adequately protected. Suresh has been at GE since 2016. Before GE, he held a number of senior positions across the cybersecurity solutions industry.
Neil Haskins, Head of Security & Technology Operations, Careem
Neil is a senior executive specialising in Information and Cyber Security with nearly 30 years of architectural, operational and leadership experience. He holds memberships in the Institute for Information Security Professionals and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security studies. He has operated within in both internal security organisations... and external consultancy practices, He is credited with designing, delivering and implementing enterprise security programmes and provided thought leadership to Fortune 500/FTSE 100 organisations. Neil is currently the Head of Security & Technology Operations for a $2.5bn company. He has had articles published in several newspapers and magazines. Neil was a security expert referenced in the NHS "WannaCry" incident and has been published as a cryptocurrency expert in Forbes, InfoSecurity Magazine, The Independent and most recently, Bobs Guide.