Illyas Kooliyankal, Chief Information Security Officer, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Illyas Kooliyankal is an information security professional with 25+ years of core experience within the IT and Cybersecurity space and an executor of many successful and effective Information & Cybersecurity Transformation Programs for banks and other financial institutions. Illyas is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank,...more

Majed Alshodari, CISO, Allied Cooperative Insurance Group

Eng. Majed Mohammad Alshodari is the current CISO of the Allied Cooperative Insurance Group (ACIG). He is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer & Certified Digital Business Transformation Officer and has over 20 years of international professional experience at both the senior management and technical hands-on level in holding, contracting, banking, supply...

  • First Saudi awarded as the BEST CISO in the world for 2018 Finalist
  • First Saudi awarded as Transformation Program Management
  • First Saudi instructed Certified CISO course in Saudi Arabia
  • First Saudi awarded as the best CEO in the Summit of SMB of the year award 2019
  • The winner of Arab CISO Award 2019
  • and Awarded in the COVID 19 Superheroes Tech awards 2020
  • He is also the Ex-Chairman of the Saudi Emerging Technology Forum 2019

Shahab Siddiqui, Global Head of Cyber Security, Petrofac

Shahab is currently the Global Head of Cybersecurity at Petrofac. He is a Cyber Security professional with more than a decade of extensive experience working in various domains of Information Security having expertise in SOC operations, Log Monitoring, Information Security Risk - Governance & Compliance, ISMS Auditing & implementation and PCI DSS. 

Mike Loginov, CISO & CPO Executive Director, NEOM

Mike is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) Executive Director at NEOM. He leads on strategy development, delivery and management of data and is responsible for cybersecurity and information security requirements across all aspects of NEOM. He is a critical member of the team developing NEOM’s technology and digital capabilities...more

Ed Sleiman, Head of Information Security, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Ayad (Ed) Sleiman is an accomplished senior Cybersecurity director with executive level experience in providing leadership and security programs across a wide range of areas. He is currently the Head of Information Security at KAUST and is an active speaker at security and risk management conferences. Ed understands and articulates the impact of cybersecurity on (digital)...more

Saqib Chaudhry, Head of Digital Innovation and Development, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

A thought leader with over 20 years of experience in Cyber Security, IT Infrastructure Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Business Resilience, Data Privacy, Audit & Compliance. Saqib is currently the Head of Digital Innovation and Development at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD). Prior to this role, Saqib held the role of Chief Information...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

Abubakar Latif, Director of Cyber Security, BNET - Bahrain Network

Abubakar is a Cyber Security Strategist with 14 years of international experience in Cyber Security strategy development, data privacy, and CERT design and implementation. As an Advisor to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority in Bahrain, Abubakar has led the Cyber Security policy and strategy for the Telecom Sector. Abubakar has played a leading role...more

Dr. Hossam Nabil Elshenraki, Associate Professor, Dubai Police Academy

Dr. Hossam Nabil Elshenraki is an experienced Investigator with a demonstrated history in teaching & training in the fields of cybercrime investigation, law enforcement and criminal investigation. Dr. Hossam currently works at the Dubai Police Academy as Associate Professor in criminal investigation and cybercrimes investigation. In this role, he is the Head of...more

Roland Daccache, Team Leader – Sales Engineering, Crowdstrike

Roland Daccache is a cybersecurity expert with over 12 years in the field. Currently the Sales Engineering Team Leader at CrowdStrike META, Roland is a team builder of cybersecurity experts, and has run multiple large-scale projects including two major Security Operations Centers in the GCC. Roland is an expert in digital forensics, threat hunting, and incident...more

Ron Peeters, Vice President Middle East and Emerging Markets, Synack

Ron Peeters is a seasoned IT industry executive with more than 30 years experience working for an array of advanced technology companies around the world.  He is Vice President of Middle East and Emerging Markets for Silicon Valley based Synack, Inc., a rapidly emerging market leader in offensive and crowdsourced security testing. Normally Ron is every month...more

Hani Abdul Qader, Systems Engineer, TrendMicro

Hani Abdul Qader is part of Systems Engineering at Trend Micro, GCC based out of Abu Dhabi looking at Government Sector and major enterprises. Hani has over 15 years of experience in information security, infrastructure services, and unified communication solutions. In his role he works closely with senior management and technical teams to act as a security advisor...more

Jan Tietze, Director Security Strategy EMEA, SentinelOne

Before joining SentinelOne in 2020, Jan Tietze served in senior technical and management roles ranging from engineering to CIO and CTO roles for global IT and consultancy organisations. With a strong background in enterprise IT and an early career in senior field engineering roles in Microsoft and other security and consulting organisations, Jan understands...more

Abdelkader Cornelius, Threat Intelligence Analyst, Recorded Future

Abdelkader is an industry leading Threat Intelligence and Cybercrime Researcher.  Over the last 15 years he has collaborated with numerous enterprise organisations, investigative authorities and law enforcement agencies to identify and eliminate cyber-threats across Europe. He has real-world experience of working on blue, red, and purple teams to test the...more

Romit Gupta, Cyber Security Account Director, Darktrace

Romit Gupta is a Cyber Security Account Director at Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense. At Darktrace, Romit works with leading organizations in a range of industries from private equity to media and entertainment to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Romit’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to 4000 customers...more

Ilia Sotnikov, Vice President of Product Management, Netwrix Corporation

Ilia Sotnikov is responsible for Netwrix product vision and strategy. He has over 15 years of experience in IT management software market. Prior to joining Netwrix in 2013, he was managing SharePoint solutions at Quest Software (later acquired by Dell).

Craig Harber, Chief Operating Officer, Fidelis Cybersecurity

Craig Harber is the Chief Operating Officer at Fidelis Cybersecurity. Prior to Fidelis, Harber served a distinguished career at the National Security Agency (NSA), and most recently USCYBERCOM, where he held senior technical roles driving major initiatives in cybersecurity and information assurance, having far reaching strategic impact across the Department of...more

Anil Bhandari, Chief Mentor & Thought Leader, ARCON

Anil Bhandari is an inspired innovator, technologist, and thought leader in Information Risk Management. He serves as a Mentor & Thought Leader and provides his invaluable insights for the future growth and development of ARCON. He mentors the product technology roadmap with his insightful knowledge in the areas of Risk Management, Internal...more