Speakers

Bassel Assah, Head of InfoSec and Business Continuity, Bankmed


Bassel Assah is the Head of InfoSec and Business Continuity at Bankmed Group. He is a passionate Information Security and Business Continuity expert with more than 15 years of experience. He holds an MSc. in Computer Science from Syracuse University NY, along with an MBA and BSc. in Computer Science from American University of Beirut. Bassel is also CISSP certified...more


Taimur Ijlal, Head of Cloud Security & DevSecOps, Network International


Taimur Ijlal is an experienced Information Security and Data Protection executive with over 18 years of experience in cyber-security, enterprise risk assessments and cloud technologies like Azure and AWS. Taimur is currently the Head of Cloud Security & DevSecOps at Network International where he is responsible for handling the cloud security portfolio across...more


Shakeel Ahmed, Head of Infrastructure & IT Security, Leading Investment and Development Company Based in Abu Dhabi


Shakeel Ahmed is an experienced information security professional with almost two decades of experience covering a range of industries including financial services, government and technology services. Currently, Shakeel is the Head of Infrastructure & IT Security at a leading investment and development company based in Abu Dhabi. His specialities include IT Security...more


John Elliott, Director, Industry Standards, Mastercard


John is a member of the Industry Standards team at Mastercard. He participates in many of the PCI SSC working groups developing and maintaining various PCI Standards. Before joining Mastercard, John held senior information security roles in a variety of sectors including the financial services and airline industries. John’s involvement in the PCI standards and payment...more


Sreedevi Jayachandran, Information Security and Risk Advisory, MIG Holding


Sreedevi Jayachandran specializes in Pro-active Threat Management, Incident Management and Response, SOC designing and establishment with a holistic approach. A cyber security enthusiast with 10 years of industry experience in multiple domains like Security Device Management, Malware Analysis, Vulnerability Assessments, Use-case Development, ISMS policy implementation...more


Mohammad Faheem, Cyber Security Lead, Chalhoub Group


Mohammad Faheem is a senior security professional and architect with over 15 years of experience in delivering large scale cyber security and infrastructure transformation projects. He has experience in delivering complex security programs for customers operating across Europe and Asia with varying regulatory, compliance and industry-specific requirements. He has...more


Frederik Weidemann, Chief Technical Evangelist, Onapsis Inc


Frederik is a cybersecurity expert and Chief Technical Evangelist at Onapsis. He has presented over 50 times at SAP and security-related conferences including RSA, Troopers, SAPPHIRE, TechEd, SAPinsider, ASUG, DSAG, and OWASP. He has focused on SAP security for the last 14 years and is the co-author of the first book on secure ABAP programming. Frederik also frequently...more


Wissam Abed, Leader – Financial Intelligence Unit - Middle East & South Asia, Western Union


Wissam Abed – Leader – Financial Intelligence Unit – Law Enforcement Outreach & Investigation for Middle East and South Asia Region (MESA) based in Dubai. Wissam joined Western Union in Dec 2014. His previous roles were with MashreqBank based in Dubai as a Team Leader; National Bank of Dubai as a Risk Manager; Visa International as a Fraud Control Manager...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


Srikant Dasondhi, Cyber Security and Compliance Specialist, Alef Education


Srikant Dasondhi is a Senior Cyber & Cloud Security Specialist with more than 13+ years of experience covering various domains of Information security. He has vast experience working with Education, Media and Banking industries in the UAE. Srikant 
specialises in Security Monitoring (SOC), Cloud security, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM),...more


Dan Fein, Director of Email Security Products, Darktrace


Based in New York, Dan is the Director of Email Security Products for the Americas. He joined Darktrace’s technical team in 2015, helping customers quickly achieve a complete and granular understanding of Darktrace’s world-leading Cyber AI Platform and products. Dan has a particular focus on Antigena Email, ensuring that it is effectively deployed in complex digital...more


Luna de Lange, Partner and Data Protection Officer, KARM Legal Consultants


Luna is a Partner Lawyer, Data Protection and Deputy Anti Money Laundering Officer at KARM Legal Consultants, practicing in the specialised fields of IT, Cyber / Information Security and Threat Intelligence; Policy, Regulation & Governance drafting and compliance; Data Protection & Privacy; Data Governance and Compliance; Fintech; RegTech; as well as...more


Roland Abi Najem, Cyber Security Consultant & Instructor, American University of Science & Technology


Roland Abi Najem is a Cyber Security & Digital Transformation Consultant & Expert. He is the Founder and CEO of Revotips – Expert Tech Consultants in G.C.C. and Arab Countries. He was the I.T. & Cyber Security Consultant at the Ministry of Information – Kuwait and the Personal Consultant for the Minister of Information From 2014 till 2016. Roland...more


Trevor Dearing, Technology Director, EMEA, Illumio


Trevor is an experienced technology expert, who has been at the forefront of new technologies for nearly 40 years. From the first PCs through the development of multi-protocol to SNA gateways, initiating the deployment of resilient token ring in DC networks and some of the earliest use of firewalls. Working for companies like Bay Networks, Juniper and Palo Alto Networks...more


Nour Fateen, Presales Manager, UKI & META, Recorded Future


Nour Fateen is a cybersecurity specialist with over seven years of experience in the industry. Currently at Recorded Future, Nour has spent the last three years helping some of the largest businesses in the world improve their security posture using security intelligence. He has previously held positions in Cisco Systems and Goldman Sachs. Nour received a Master in...more


Simon Brady, Managing Editor, AKJ Associates Ltd


Simon is a former journalist, editor and publisher specializing in wholesale financial markets, particularly the technology intensive areas of derivatives, securities trading, cash management and FinTech. He has sat as an Executive Director on the main board of a FTSE-250 listed media company and has spent a lifetime travelling the globe talking to CEOs, CFOs and...more


Thom Langford, Security Advocate, SentinelOne


Thom is an industry engaged and sought after information security subject matter expert and speaker. As Security Advocate for SentinelOne Thom is able to further explore his passion of communicating and educating on information security topics to a global audience through storytelling, humour and plain language .He is the founder of  (TL)2 Security (tl2security.com),...more


Migchiel de Jong, Systems Engineer, Illumio


Migchiel de Jong, CISSP CSSLP, has developed hardware and software for the nuclear medicine and nuclear industry for 10 years before joining Rational Software. During the 5 years at Rational Software (later acquired by IBM) he was involved in many software development process improvement projects mainly in the embedded systems space. The last 15 years the focus has...more


Kostas Lotsis, Senior Sales Engineer, Firemon


Kostas is a Senior Sales Engineer, working as part of the EMEA team at Firemon. He has over 20 years of experience in the security industry, working in various roles including engineering, operational & consulting roles for major financial, telecommunications and government organizations. His areas of interest include firewall engineering, cloud security, compliance...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


Michael Byrnes, Director of Solutions Engineering Middle East, India & Africa, BeyondTrust


Michael Byrnes is the Director, Solutions Engineer MEIA 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 enterprise across the Middle East.


Amjad Khader, Enterprise Sales Manager, LogRhythm


Amjad Khader is a seasoned cybersecurity expert with 16+ years progressive business and technical experience. Passionate about solving todays security problems and currently Regional Sales Manager, working hard to strategize with LogRhythm customers to ensure they reach their professional goals. Experience with different security vendors and contributing in the success...more


Miles R. Tappin, VP, EMEA, ThreatConnect


Miles R. Tappin, VP, EMEA leads ThreatConnect’s efforts in sales, sales engineering, business development and channels through the next phase of growth in the EMEA region. With his 20 years of experience in the cyber security market, he brings an exceptional track record of building and leading teams to deliver breakthrough revenue growth. Tappin joins ThreatConnect...more


Lonnie Benavides, Head of Infrastructure and Application Security, OneLogin


Lonnie Benavides is an accomplished cybersecurity leader with more than 20 years industry experience, and is currently the Head of Infrastructure and Application Security at OneLogin. Lonnie began his career as a communications encryption specialist in the U.S. Air Force and went on to conclude his military service as a Technical Lead of the first red team in the...more


Hatem Ali Global Services and Intelligence Lead, MEA, FireEye


Hatem Ali is the regional lead for FireEye Global Services and Intelligence (GSI) division, covering Middle East and Africa. Prior to this role, Hatem held many cyber security technical and sales positions within companies like HPE, RSA, IBM-ISS, and Fortinet.  Hatem has devoted the last 20 years working with organizations across multiple industries on the...more