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5th INFORMATION SECURITY CONFERENCE FOR THE FINANCIAL SECTOR
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Dr. Andy Khawaja

Founder & CEO, Allied Wallet - Allied Wallet

Dr. Andy Khawaja

Founder & CEO, Allied Wallet - Allied Wallet

Speaker Bio

Dr. Andy Khawaja is a world-renowned entrepreneur with a Ph.D in Humane Letters and most commonly recognized for his successful digital payments company, Allied Wallet. Dr. Khawaja is the Founder and CEO of the globally leading online payment service provider. He and Allied Wallet have been featured in dozens of live interviews and over 100 publication covers for their ability to secure buyers and sellers with PCI Level 1 Security and mitigate cross-border transactions in 196 countries globally.

In 2005, Dr. Khawaja founded Allied Wallet to connect global buyers and sellers. Fluent in five languages, he has been very active in delivering payment tools to people of many cultures and continents. In the last 10 years, he led Allied Wallet’s expansion from its Los Angeles headquarters to additional operational centers in Germany, India, Macau, Hong Kong, and London. These operational centers enable over 150 million Allied Wallet users to transact in 164 currencies worldwide, and

Dr. Khawaja has been able to create tens of thousands of jobs all over the world. Dr. Khawaja is a proven job creator and gives young entrepreneurs an opportunity and a chance to start their businesses. Whereas many banks may deny new ventures, Dr. Khawaja has built an infrastructure that promotes and supports entrepreneurship, growth, and success. Dr. Khawaja has been featured in articles by dozens of periodicals including: Forbes, Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Digital Transactions, Fortune, INC, LA Business Journal, Finance Monthly Global, Start Your Business, LUX, New Business, Sunday Telegraph, The Green Sheet, The Guardian, and Wired Magazine. The cover features of these publications have referred to him as the Creator of the Virtual Wallet, the Creator of Global E-Payments, the Messiah of E-Commerce, and even Mr. Generous.

For over a decade, Dr. Khawaja and Allied Wallet have stood at the forefront of innovation and advancement in the payment industry. The company has experienced rapid growth every year, and has been recognized by INC Magazine and LA Business Journal several times as one of the ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies’. This growth can be attributed to Dr. Khawaja’s philosophy, vision, and his natural ability to lead and innovate. Dr. Khawaja continues to guide Allied Wallet towards success and is driven by his own motivation. His motivation is not based on what he can do for himself, but on what he can do for others.

Over the years, Dr. Khawaja has been tirelessly dedicated to giving back to communities and encouraging the entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow. He has traveled the world to give speeches to hundreds of thousands of students. He has been honored as a keynote and commencement speaker at international business and entrepreneurial events held at Sheikh Zayed University, Abu Dhabi University, Lebanese American University, Lithuanian Youth Summit, and the Baltic States University with students from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Dr. Khawaja’s efforts as a motivational speaker, dedicated mentor, and a successful entrepreneur have been recognized most recently by Pope Francis and the Vatican, after receiving the honorary medallion of goodness and philanthropy.

Dr. Khawaja is fast becoming one the most active political players in the United States. His views and expertise on issues ranging from the Middle East to cyber security & banking are ones he has shared with government leaders at the national, state, and local level. He has met with numerous White House officials from both the Obama & Trump administrations, Congressional House & Senate leadership and members, and cabinet officials. He also works closely with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, members of the California legislature, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom on issues of importance to his home state. Between speaking engagements, charitable functions, and business meetings, Dr. Khawaja travels constantly to meet with our world leaders. As a well-known philanthropist, his mission is simple. He strives to give back and create services that enable others to flourish.

Mr. Guillermo Christensen

Partner & Chair, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations - Brown Rudnick

Mr. Guillermo Christensen

Partner & Chair, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations - Brown Rudnick

Speaker Bio

Guillermo Christensen is a partner in the White Collar Defense & Government Investigation Group and Chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice at Brown Rudnick. Guillermo advises multinational corporate clients on various enterprise risks involving information systems security and data security ("cybersecurity") and insider threats to corporate systems. He has conducted confidential internal investigations relating to cybersecurity incidents, allegations of foreign corruption, and violations of export controls and economic sanctions. Guillermo regularly represents clients seeking to secure approvals from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) for acquisitions of U.S. businesses by foreign buyers involving national security issues. In all these areas, Guillermo brings a wealth of international business, intelligence, and national security experience to his practices and provides his clients with broader perspectives for troubleshooting complex and unusual problems.

In the government, Guillermo was a CIA intelligence officer and a diplomat with the U.S. State Department. From 2001 to 2002, he was also the CIA Fellow to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, an intelligence community position designated for officers on the cusp of the most senior responsibilities. From 2002 to 2004, Guillermo was on loan from the CIA to the FBI and to a national counterterrorism fusion center to help improve intelligence collection and analysis of emerging threats. He most recently served in a policy role as the Science and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he led multi-stakeholder policy reviews of encryption, cybersecurity and cross-border data flows.

In private practice, Guillermo has worked on a variety of complex international matters - including FCPA and OFAC investigation and dual use and high-technology exports. He has served clients across the financial, technology, energy and defense sectors, and has worked on matters in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

In the cybersecurity field, Guillermo is a thought leader on the topics of intelligence collection, counter-measures, business opportunities for emerging companies, and corporate governance. Building upon his experience in the intelligence and national security realms his focus is on helping clients integrate information and network security practices into their enterprise risk process, and facilitating companies’ adaptation to technical and human (insider) threats and system vulnerabilities. When breaches or insider threats are suspected, Guillermo leads Brown Rudnick’s multidisciplinary team to carry out investigations, manage crises, and assist clients in the remediation process. Guillermo also frequently speaks on cybersecurity topics to audiences nationwide – he is currently involved in drafting a Sedona Conference Working Group 11 project on data security for law firms.

Guillermo is active with several prominent organizations including as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he serves on the selection committee for the International Affairs Fellowship. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary. He was a 2016 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

Mr. Ali Rashid Al Mohannadi

Executive General Manager - Chief Operating Officer - Qatar National Bank

Mr. Ali Rashid Al Mohannadi

Executive General Manager - Chief Operating Officer - Qatar National Bank

Speaker Bio

Mr. Al Mohannadi is now holding the position of Executive General Manager and Group Chief Operating Officer for Qatar National Bank since January 2012.

Mr. Al Mohannadi joined QNB in 1996 and has been promoted to various positions within the IT Division escalating to him becoming the General Manager of the whole division in 2008. Under his leadership, numerous initiatives were implemented leading QNB to become a pioneer in the field of e-services.

He is a member of QNB International Expansion Committee and participated in opening branches in Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Singapore, Geneva and London-Paris integration.

In 2010, Mr. Al Mohannadi was appointed General Manager of Retail Banking leading the expansion of the local network and services and enhancing the services for QNB First segment.

Also, under his leadership, Qatar National Bank (QNB) has won several national and regional awards such as but not limited to:

- The Best Mobile Services “mServices” award during the QITCOM Awards, in recognition of its pioneering role in promoting mobile payment services in the country and the region

- The Best Mobile Application payment award for its Tap and Pay card option at the Smart Card Awards Middle East 2012.

Mr. Al Mohannadi is a Board member of QNB in Turkey, QNB Egypt and QNB Tunis. He also serves in several other committees within QNB Group.

Major Jassim Al-Sulaiti

Assistant Director, Public Transportation Security Department - Ministry of Interior

Major Jassim Al-Sulaiti

Assistant Director, Public Transportation Security Department - Ministry of Interior

Speaker Bio

Major Jassim Al SULAITI joined Qatar police in 2000. He was working at the preventive security department from (2005-2011).

He was a seconded officer at IPSG INTERPOL SECRETARIAT GENERAL from (2012-2017). He was appointed as Criminal Investigation Officer in 2012 at the Financial Crimes Section. He became the Head of Financial Crimes in 2014. His Section role was combating Money laundering, Fraud schemes and Terrorist Financing. During his mission in INTERPOL, he initiated an expert group meeting against social engineering fraud, represented INTERPOL as a speaker in different missions, coordinated two major conferences and joined five operations against money laundering.

In 2017, he was appointed as head of Intelligence Information Section at the National Command Center. In 2018, He became the Assistant Director of Public Transport Security Department.

Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani

Chief Business Officer - Ooredoo

Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani

Chief Business Officer - Ooredoo

Speaker Bio

Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad bin Nasser Al-Thani joined Ooredoo in 2009 and carries with him over 15 years of experience in telecommunications operations and local government entities. In his current role, as Chief Business Officer he is Responsible for end to end profit and loss accountability for Ooredoo Qatar’s B2B portfolio including Connectivity, ICT and Mega Projects as well as the Qatar Data Centre. His role mainly focuses on developing and implementing the Business BU Strategy and Business Plans ensuring alignment with Corporate Strategy and Group Strategy. Providing strategic direction and leadership for Business BU and to the Strategy of Ooredoo as a whole. Driving growth strategy to expand Ooredoo’s presence in other B2B markets within the wider MENA region.

Sheikh Nasser has created value across multiple business sectors - he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Al-Siliya Sports Club for 10 years, and is currently a board member of Masraf Al Rayyan Bank, Ooredoo Kuwait, Asiacell and Arab Sat. Sheikh Nasser also represents Ooredoo at the United Nations Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva.Sheikh Nasser has an MBA from the University of Wales and ranked 1st in Qatar for his General Secondary Education. Sheikh Nasser dedicatedly works with a range of charities across Qatar and the region.

Ms. Sara Khamis Al-Khelaifi

Head of Cyber Security Section - Qatar Central Bank

Ms. Sara Khamis Al-Khelaifi

Head of Cyber Security Section - Qatar Central Bank

Speaker Bio

Sara Alkhelaifi is a computer engineer with 12 years of experience at Qatar Central Bank. She is responsible for mitigating the risks toward the financial infrastructure and the surveillance of the cyber security maturity in the financial sector by issuing regulations to be complied by banks and financial entities in Qatar. She is leading a team with qualified cybersecurity skills to accomplish high level projects. Since 2016, she has contributed in many projects to leverage the cybersecurity in the financial sector, such as SOC and cybersecurity awareness projects to contribute applying the Qatar National vision 2030 and the national cyber security strategy in Qatar. Believing in the importance of co-operations as a key to gain better cybersecurity level, she is representing QCB at many committees like FS-IREC with the ictQatar and the supreme committee in Qatar who is responsible for world cup 2022 regarding cybersecurity.

Regarding her academic qualifications, she has studied computer engineering and graduated from Qatar University with a bachelor degree, and has Master’s degree in strategic business unit management from HEC Paris.

Dr. R.Seetharaman

Group Chief Executive Officer - Doha Bank

Dr. R.Seetharaman

Group Chief Executive Officer - Doha Bank

Speaker Bio

Dr. R. Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank, is a recipient of multiple doctorates from leading universities in the world, including a PhD in Global Governance by European University and PhD in Green Banking and Sustainability from Sri Sri University.

In 2017, he was recognized and conferred by the Government of India with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians by the Government of India. Dr. R. Seetharaman was honoured with the “Green Economy Visionary Award” in 2016 by Union of Arab Banks for his contribution in promoting Green economies. Recently, he was honoured with “Global Excellence Award in Renewable energy” as well. He was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Banker Middle East to honour his contribution to the industry and his support for the environment and the business. He has also received “Life time Achievement Award” from the Institute of Directors. Being a leading top-tier Bank CEO, he has transformed Doha Bank as one of the best performing Banks in the Middle East region. He has been named "Best CEO in Middle East" Four times in the last 12 years.

He is a Chartered Accountant and holds certificate in IT systems and Corporate Management, whilst being a Gold medallist in his graduation Bachelor of Commerce. He is a prominent personality in the banking industry throughout the Middle East and being a high profile economist, he is invited on a regular basis by international media such as BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, Sky News, ABC and Bloomberg to share his views.

Major General Arthur Denaro

Former UK Defence Special Advisor (Middle East)

Major General Arthur Denaro

Former UK Defence Special Advisor (Middle East)

Speaker Sessions

- 10:30 to 10:45

Speaker Bio

During his distinguished career, Major General Arthur Denaro's appointments have included Commandant at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Middle East adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence and Chief of Staff of the UN Protection Forces during the Balkans conflict. Among his recent appointments, Major General Denaro was Trustee of the Prince's Trust and adviser to the courts of the Emir of Qatar. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire and an Extra Equerry to HRH the Prince of Wales.

Major General Arthur Denaro CBE speaks with experience and great insight on how to motivate, inspire and lead others in testing times.

Major General Denaro's distinguished career began when he was commissioned into the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars; his life as a young officer included being involved with clandestine operations worldwide with UK Special Forces.

Prestigious appointments during his career included commanding his Regiment in the War to Liberate Kuwait, and becoming Chief of Staff of 44,000 troops during the Balkans conflict. The UN Protection Forces in the Balkans were drawn from no less than 31 different nations and they had to operate in a particularly complex and often cruel environment. Major General Denaro's role included ensuring international relations were maintained despite fraught and often-dangerous events, including the vital military link between Koffi Annan, who was then UN Special Adviser to the Balkans, and the military on the ground.

He was awarded the OBE in the Gulf War Honours List and the CBE in 1995 following the Balkans Conflict. Other appointments of note during his career have included Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of British Forces Cyprus.

Between 1997-2000, Major General Denaro was Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where British and overseas graduates were being trained as the future leaders of their 'beloved soldiers'. He was also the Middle East adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff for six years until 2002.

Lt. Abdulaziz Hamed Al Marwani

Information Security Officer, Cyber Security Centre - Ministry of interior

Lt. Abdulaziz Hamed Al Marwani

Information Security Officer, Cyber Security Centre - Ministry of interior

Speaker Sessions

- 10:45 to 11:00

Speaker Bio

Abdulaziz Hamed Al-Marwani an information security officer working at the cyber security center at the ministry of interior Qatar. Abdulaziz has started his career in the field of cyber security in May 2014 and has spent his last 4 years developing his skills within the center. Abdulaziz has earned qualifications for his Master of science in cyber security from Hamad Bin Khalifa at may 2018 while the bachelors from Texas A&M as an electrical engineer at 2014. Abdulaziz has gained many skills from his experience within the cyber security center and its different programs that are the cyber security operation center, the incident response program and other projects within the cyber security center that are part of the e-shield program as he was one of the founding members of the e-shield program. Abdulaziz plans to further his experience within the field by pursing higher education and help others expand their educations.

Eng. Khalid N. Sadiq Al-Hashmi

Assistant Undersecretary of Cyber Security - MOTC, Qatar

Eng. Khalid N. Sadiq Al-Hashmi

Assistant Undersecretary of Cyber Security - MOTC, Qatar

Speaker Sessions

- 11:00 to 11:15

Speaker Bio

Khalid Al-Hashimi has more than 18 years of experience in the Information Technology field, with particular expertise in cyber security, information infrastructure and ICT systems planning. In his role as Under Secretary for Cyber Security-QCERT, Qatar's National Program that safeguards the country's information and communications systems. Khalid leads a team that works closely with government agencies, financial institutions, energy sector, businesses, and citizens to address cyber security risks, protect sensitive information, and ensure the safety of children on the Internet.

Khalid has been instrumental in the development of a national strategy for cyber security, focusing first on critical sector services within the country. Recognizing that cyber security is not confined to national boundaries, he has worked closely with many security teams worldwide to develop integrated response systems and a robust information network as well as participated in drafting Cyber Security related Laws.

Khalid played an imperative role to establish GCC CERT Committee and was appointed chairman for the 1st year; the committee addresses cyber security threats in the Gulf region. Further,

Prior to joining ictQATAR, Khalid worked as the IT Operation & Support/Security Executive Manager for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha where he was in charge of the overall planning and execution of IT operations for the event. Khalid was an active member of the Qatar Armed Forces and served as an IT Manager for the Armed Forces before being retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel (Air/Eng.)

A Qatari citizen, Khalid holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering from the University of Michigan (Michigan, USA), a Bachelor of Computer Science from University of Ohio (Findlay, USA) in addition to domain certification in CISSP, CISM, and ITIL.

Dr. Noora Fetais

Director - KINDI Center for Computing Research, Qatar University

Dr. Noora Fetais

Director - KINDI Center for Computing Research, Qatar University

Speaker Sessions

- 11:15 to 11:20

Speaker Bio

Dr. Noora Fetais is the Director of KINDI Center for Computing Research at Qatar University (QU). She is also an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Qatar University. Her expertise is in Visualization for Cybersecurity. Dr. Fetais holds a PhD from the University of Sussex (UK). She is a member of the first batch of Qatar Leadership Center (Current and Future Leaders Program 2011-2013), and is currently joining the first batch of QLC Executive Master in Leadership, Policy and Innovation at Georgetown University. She is currently holding various professional positions including; Vice Chair of IEEE-Qatar Section, Qatar Ambassador of Women in Data Science (WiDS) at Stanford University, among others. Dr. Fetais is the first Women to chair the Faculty Senate of Qatar University, a member of Qatar-UK Alumni Networking, and a member of the Board of Advisors for Qatar Academy is part of the Qatar Foundation (QF) for Education, Science and Community Development.

At the national level, Dr. Fetais is invited as a speaker at the Qatar Fourth Information Security Conference for Financial Sector 2017 and 2018, and at the regional level; she has been invited by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) as a distinguished speaker at the Conference on Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering. Moreover, at the international level, Dr. Fetais been invited to attend and present at the Science Collaboration Symposium on Cyber Security that held at the University of Manchester. She has participated as a distinguished speaker and presenter in a number of regional and international conferences and has published a number of research papers, also has led many research teams funded in the field of her specialization.

Dr. Fetais has been selected as one of 63 regional level finalists in the Study UK Regional Alumni Awards, one of nine finalists in the MENA region, and one of three finalists in MENA region for the Professional Achievement Award category in 2018. She was awarded the British scholarship (Chevening) and she is a member of different international professional associations such as ACM, IEEE, ASEE, and others. Dr. Noora also participated in organizing and chairing a number of sessions and panels at different conferences and workshops at the state level and participated in judging awards to some of these conferences and competitions at different levels.

Mr. Ian Glover

President - CREST

Mr. Ian Glover

President - CREST

Speaker Bio

Ian has worked in the IT industry for the last 40 years and has been working in information security for the last 36 years - and has enjoyed nearly every minute of it. As President of CREST he has taken it to a position of influence in the technical security industry and has been instrumental in many major industry initiatives. These include the award winning Cyber Essentials scheme, which assesses basic levels of cyber hygiene; and the CREST, Bank of England and Government project to develop the STAR and CBEST Schemes that are designed to provide higher levels of assurance for critical parts of the UK financial services and other parts of the critical national infrastructure. He also helped to develop and implement the UK Government CIR (Cyber Incident Response) and CREST Cyber Security Incident Response (CSIR) schemes.

Internationally he is working with governments and regulators to establish or develop CREST chapters in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and the USA. He is also supporting member companies in many other regions. Prior to representing CREST, Ian was one of the founders of Insight Consulting, a leading specialist information security consultancy. The business was purchased by Siemens. He then sat on the Board of Siemens Communications. Prior to establishing Insight Consulting has worked for the MoD, Treasury (CCTA) and Ernst and Young.

Mr. Remy Faures

InfoSec Manager - World Bank

Mr. Remy Faures

InfoSec Manager - World Bank

Speaker Bio

Remy Faures works as manager for security operations at the World Bank Group (WBG) which provides developing countries with grants, leveraged loans, guarantees, and policy advice to improve economic and social conditions worldwide.

Based in Washington D.C., Mr. Faures is responsible for providing information security services and developing capabilities that ensure the protection of the WBG information assets in a manner that supports the WBG's mission to free the world of poverty.

Since joining the WBG Office of Information Security in 2007, Mr. Faures helped build out and lead the team, developing a Next Generation Cyber Security Strategy aimed at protecting critical information assets, and establishing information security monitoring and incident response capabilities operational 24/7. His primary areas of focus covers security monitoring, incident response and the engineering of detective and preventive security controls.

In his current position, Mr. Faures oversees the cyber security intelligence function, which includes developing relationships with key U.S. and international organizations and analyzing emerging threat information in order to share and disseminate actionable cyber security intelligence information both to internal and external stakeholders. Mr. Faures previous positions at the World Bank Group focus on network engineering and architecture. Prior to joining WBG, Mr. Faures worked as a consultant at HP and for the French Department of Foreign Affairs, specializing in the areas of telecommunications and network infrastructure.

Mr. Faures holds a Master’s degree in telecommunication engineering from Telecom Lille 1 (France) along with Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications.

Mr. Thierry Frigout

Deputy-Director, On-site Banking Supervision Division - Banque De France

Mr. Thierry Frigout

Deputy-Director, On-site Banking Supervision Division - Banque De France

Speaker Bio

After having completed studies in accounting and finance, Thierry Frigout entered Banque de France in 1997 and focused since then on internal audit and inspection topics. Starting with banking inspections, he joined the cash department in 2005 and was involved in the set-up of the cash industry supervision in France. Moving then to the information security department, he contributed to the development of the internal methodology for assessing the risks related to IT projects based on European tools. In order to complement this professional background he joined the division in charge of the oversight of non-cash means of payment in 2009, taking part in the preparation of the annual report of the Observatory of payment card security and the authorization of payment institutions.

He then applied for an internal program aiming at promoting to Banque de France Inspector, which he completed in 2017 after spending three years in its internal and external audit departments.

Thierry Frigout was appointed as deputy director of the onsite banking supervision division in 2018 which covers the planning of onsite inspections and the management of its 150 team members.

Ms. Magdalena Mielcarz

Managing Director, EMEA Head of Channel & Enterprise Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions - Citibank

Ms. Magdalena Mielcarz

Managing Director, EMEA Head of Channel & Enterprise Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions - Citibank

Speaker Bio

Magda leads the execution of Channel and Enterprise Services (CES) strategic objectives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region since October 2015. Her team manages and develops digital platforms & connectivity services that support multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations in cash management, bank account management, payments, receivables, liquidity management, investment services and trade services. She also leads the Treasury and Trade Solutions engagement with the Commercial Bank, driving the growth and penetration of TTS products in this client segment.

She joined Citibank 18 years ago in Poland, as a student of Warsaw University, supporting Electronic Banking Solutions. Since then, she has worked in 4 countries & 2 regions in various roles including product development, product sales and business strategy. She was actively involved in Citi’s integration with Bank Handlowy in Poland and the acquisition of Forum Financial Services. She moved to United Kingdom to serve as Chief Operating Officer for TTS EMEA in 2012 from New York, where she was responsible for Planning and Analysis for TTS globally.

Magda was named One of Top 10 Emerging Women Talents in Business by Rzeczpospolita (daily Polish business newspaper) in 2014, also filmed and featured on the largest Polish internet portal (www.onet.pl) as a successful Polish professional in London’s City in their 2015 edition. She is a member of CitiWomen Network in UK and is focusing on young talent recruitment in Financial Services, as well as women career advisory and mentoring. Co-founder and Board Member of Beach Volleyball Foundation in Poland - non-profit organization that promotes beach volleyball.

Mr. Joseph Gan

Co-Founder and President - V-key

Mr. Joseph Gan

Co-Founder and President - V-key

Speaker Bio

Joseph is an experienced technologist and digital security pioneer who holds multiple patents. Prior to founding V-Key, he was Head of the Cryptography Lab in the Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT); R&D Manager at D’Crypt Pte Ltd; and IT Coordinating Officer for OCS Singapore Armed Forces. He designed the core technology which forms the basis for V-Key’s product suite. Joseph holds both an MSc and BSc in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, California, which he attended on a Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholarship.

Ms. Georgina Kyriakoudes

CEO and Co-Founder - Dcentric Solutions

Ms. Georgina Kyriakoudes

CEO and Co-Founder - Dcentric Solutions

Speaker Bio

Georgina is a Big Four London certified accountant with professional experience in auditing, finance and ecommerce. Since 2015 she has been dedicated to blockchain; designing and delivering seminars to international companies; advising start-ups on how to harness the full potential of blockchain and tokenised economies; and speaking at notable conferences. Additionally, she is one of only 50 people worldwide to hold an MSc in Digital Currency, in which she completed her thesis in healthcare and blockchain, and is now implementing an electronic healthcare blockchain solution.

Mr. Nebil Ben Aissa

CEO - QPay Int.

Mr. Nebil Ben Aissa

CEO - QPay Int.

Speaker Bio

Mr. Nebil Ben Aissa is a 20+ year veteran in electronic payments, mobile banking, cloud computing, social commerce, and virtual currency.

He has successfully started, built and grown tech companies, acquired/sold businesses, operated and managed teams across continents, and sustained aggressive shareholder growth.

Currently, he is a majority shareholder of QPAY International Corporation; Qatar's first independent electronic payment processor.

Mr. Ben Aissa is committed and responsible to help build a safe and secure Qatari electronic payment ecosystem for consumers and businesses.

Mr. Scott McKinnon

Security Architect, SDDC Architecture Team EMEA - Vmware

Mr. Scott McKinnon

Security Architect, SDDC Architecture Team EMEA - Vmware

Speaker Bio

Scott has worked with network security for over 15 years covering numerous technology areas; secure access, AAA, public key infrastructure, network and application-level encryption, security policy enforcement and formal product certification.

He has held roles in post-sales, pre-sales, consulting and product management for networking and security vendors, working with customers to resolve product implementation issues, define architectures and create solutions. Scott has contributed to security architectures and worked with industry participants, the IEFT and national assurance schemes on standards as well as driving security features into network products.

Scott has an BEng in Engineering and an MBA in Technology Management and has worked in France, the US and as well as his native UK. He joined VMware in September 2015 to work with Public Sector Accounts in the defence, intelligence and central government arena before joining the SDDC architecture team to focus on security, compliance and regulations.

Mr. Osama Al-Zoubi

Chief Technology Officer (MEA) - Cisco

Mr. Osama Al-Zoubi

Chief Technology Officer (MEA) - Cisco

Speaker Bio

Osama Al-Zoubi is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cisco Middle East and Africa. A key area of focus under Osama’s leadership is the development and execution of technical strategies for digital transformation for the Middle East and Africa region.

Osama drives technology strategy and innovation, through working closely with Government Agencies, Enterprise Customers, Private Sector and Partners across the region. His focus is on developing Business and Technology Architectures to deliver on government priorities, drive innovation, and partners to accelerate country digitization.

Osama is experienced and regarded as a technical leader who leads the Systems Engineering, Innovation, and Architectures organization for Cisco in the Middle East and Africa. In his role, he partners with all customers across the region to drive innovation and digital transformation.

Osama has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), and a Masters in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in Illinois, Chicago. Osama joined Cisco in 2001 in Chicago, IL USA.

Osama enjoys volunteering, reading, volleyball, swimming, traveling, teaching, coaching and development.

Mr. Karan Oberoi

Head of Security & Analytics, Global Software Product Management - Diebold Nixdorf

Mr. Karan Oberoi

Head of Security & Analytics, Global Software Product Management - Diebold Nixdorf

Speaker Bio

Based out of the Netherlands, Karan Oberoi heads the domains Security and Analytics within Diebold Nixdorf’s global software product management team. Karan is responsible for domain strategy, product roadmap and go-to-market. Since 2014, he has been helping financial institutions all over the world in securing their ATMs against various threats and providing a vision for the next generation security platforms. Karan holds an MBA in International Business in addition to a Bachelors in Computer Engineering. He is a technophile and is active in the Amsterdam Fintech & business community.

Mr. Mirza Asrar Baig

CEO - CTM360

Speaker Bio

Mr. Mirza Asrar Baig is a serial entrepreneur and visionary business-builder who is the founder and CEO of CTM360, a Cyber Threat Management company (Bahrain), and IT Matrix, an Information Security company (Saudi Arabia).

Mr. Mirza is a Computer Science graduate from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM - Dhahran, Saudi Arabia). With a passion for GCC-based research and innovation, he has been serving the Information Security / Cybersecurity requirements of the GCC Financial Sector for over 20 years. During this time, he has also contributed to the region via numerous speaking events providing insight on current and emerging threats specific to GCC based organizations.
In 2006, Mirza initiated the PCI compliance program for the Saudi Financial sector that eventually resulted with every acquirer in Saudi being PCI-certified by end of 2011. Furthermore, with his vision of a Cyber Threat Management center in GCC, he has initiated multiple R&D initiatives and regional collaboration efforts that have resulted in a spin-off, CTM360, based out of Bahrain.

Team CTM360 has developed a comprehensive Cyber Threat Management offering that currently services 25 of the top 50 GCC banks as well as a host of other marquee names. CTM360 has managed in excess of 60,000 unique cyber incidents though a cloud-based, subscription platform, backed by a dedicated 24 x 7 x 365 team. In addition to the banking and financial industry, CTM360 caters to multiple sectors, including aviation, oil & gas, conglomerates, government bodies, healthcare and SWFs.

Mr. Simon Ingham

SVP enterprise solutions - KYC Global

Mr. Simon Ingham

SVP enterprise solutions - KYC Global

Speaker Bio

Simon Ingham joined KYC Global Technologies after time delivering technical change programs across retail and wholesale businesses, leading a technical sales team in the construction industry before running a group of businesses with interests in a number of sectors.

Mr. Bora Goknar

International Sales Manager - Cardtek

Mr. Bora Goknar

International Sales Manager - Cardtek

Speaker Bio

Graduated from Management Information Systems as bachelor science and had a Master’s Degree in Information Technologies. More than 7 years experience in banking and finance sector in context of IT security, product management and Pre-sales experience. Expert in digital and mobile payment systems, omni channel banking products. Currently working at Cardtek as International Sales Manager and responsible for the Middle East and Africa Region.

Dr. Jaouad Al Khaliki

Founder - 30Tech

Dr. Jaouad Al Khaliki

Founder - 30Tech

Speaker Bio

Dr. Jaouad is the founder of 30Tech, a new company which mission is to secure digital nations. His technology focus is on cryptography, governance, consensus algorithms and distributed ledger technologies to break the ice in the adoption of these technologies for Fintech and government bodies in general. The vision is to establish the first cashless digital nation through computing research, software engineering and legal frameworks definition.

Dr. Jaouad spent the last 25 years in multiple countries as CIO, CTO and researcher leading highly skilled technology teams in oil and gas, digital media, 3D computer animation, automotive, aerospace, biosciences, manufacturing and construction industries. His recent major project in Qatar was the design of the information systems for Baladna, the leading and largest dairy & meat producer in Qatar.

After his research and teaching in France, Dr. Jaouad designed, led and delivered cutting edge systems in the fields of distributed computing, scientific simulation, design and engineering solutions all around ubiquitous computing. He holds multiple awards from IBM and other organizations.

Mr. Henk Jan Hoogendoorn

Managing Director - Financial Sector Office, QFC Authority

Mr. Henk Jan Hoogendoorn

Managing Director - Financial Sector Office, QFC Authority

Speaker Bio

Henk Jan Hoogendoorn is the Managing Director, Financial Sector Office at the QFC Authority, where he is responsible for delivering on QFC's mission of attracting financial and regulated businesses to Qatar through the QFC platform, in line with the Second Financial Strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030.

He has extensive experience in international finance, management, and transforming and building businesses in the financial sector. Henk has held senior management roles at ABN AMRO Bank and Deutsche Bank in the Netherlands and the Middle East and has a solid track record of implementing businesses in the financial sector.

Prior to joining the QFC, Henk served as Mashreq Qatar's Country CEO and Managing Director of Deutsche Bank, Head Non Bank Financial Institutions, where he was responsible for Insurers, Pension Funds, Fintech, and implementing strategic and business plans in Europe.

He holds a Master degree in Law from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and has participated in executive education at the London Business School and INSEAD.

Lt Col (Retd) Oz Alashe MBE

CEO & Founder - CybSafe

Lt Col (Retd) Oz Alashe MBE

CEO & Founder - CybSafe

Speaker Bio

Oz Alashe MBE is CEO and Founder at CybSafe, an innovative and fast-growing British cyber security company based at the prestigious Level39 tech community in Canary Wharf.

A former UK Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, Oz is now focused on making society more secure by helping organisations effectively address the human aspect of cyber security.

He and his team have developed a software platform that leverages advanced data analytics and cognitive technologies to measure and improve cyber security awareness, behaviour and culture.

He has extensive experience and understanding in the areas of intelligence insight, complex human networks and the human component of cyber security risk. He is also passionate about reducing societal threats to stability and security by making the most of opportunities presented through advancements in technology.

Oz’s dynamic and socially-driven mission approach have attracted attention and interest from influencers and decision makers keen to address the realities of cyber security and the impact on people, business and community.

He is regularly asked to comment in the national press as well as speak at events, often talking about issues relating to intelligence, cyber security and the socio-tech challenges faced by society.

He is also a keen advocate of social investment and has worked with several mentorship schemes and charities that aim to help young people from all walks of life fulfil their potential.

Oz is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was made an MBE in 2010 for his personal leadership in the most complex of conflict environments.

Mr. Sebastian Madden

Director for Cyber and Technology, PGI Group

Mr. Sebastian Madden

Director for Cyber and Technology, PGI Group

Speaker Bio

He is PGI's Group Director for Cyber and Technology. He leads PGI's work to build and strengthen governments' cyber capacity and capability. This includes work with a GCC government's national cyber security unit to improve critical infrastructure protection; work with British police and specialist operations units to develop a national police cyber training programme; work in the GCC to improve judges and prosecutors' understanding of cyber crime and cyber security; and work with senior law enforcement officials from Southern and Eastern African countries on regional cyber structures. Before joining PGI, Sebastian worked for eight years as a strategy consultant specialising in government cyber and national security structures.

Dr. Ahmed Bouridane

Head – Computer and Electronic Security Systems Lab. Northumbria University - UK

Dr. Ahmed Bouridane

Head – Computer and Electronic Security Systems Lab. Northumbria University - UK

Speaker Bio

Ahmed Bouridane received an "Ingenieur d'Etat" degree in electronics from "Ecole Nationale Polytechnique" of Algiers (ENPA), Algeria, in 1982,

an M.Phil. degree in electrical engineering (VLSI design for signal processing) from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, U.K., in 1988, and

an Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (computer vision) from the University of Nottingham, U.K., in 1992. From 1992 to 1994, he worked as a Research Developer in telesurveillance and access control applications. In 1994, he joined Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, U.K., initially

as Lecturer in computer architecture and image processing and later on he was promoted to Reader in Computer Science. He is now a full Professor

in Image Engineering and Security and leads the Computer and Electronic Security Systems Group at Northumbria University at Newcastle (UK),

and his research interests are in imaging for forensics and security, biometrics, homeland security, image/video watermarking, cryptography,

steganography/steganalysis for secure communication and visual computing. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 publications and one research book on imaging for forensics and security.



Professor Bouridane is a Senior Member of IEEE

Dr. Roberto Di Pietro

Professor in Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Lab - Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Dr. Roberto Di Pietro

Professor in Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Lab - Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Speaker Bio

Prof. Dr. Roberto Di Pietro is currently full professor of cyber security at the HBKU College of Science and Engineering, Doha-Qatar, leading the effort to establish a world class research and innovation center in cyber security. Prior to that, he served as Global Lead for Security Research at Bell Labs from 2013 to 2017. In that capacity, he coordinated three Security Research Depts.---based in Paris, Munich, striving to lead security research in alignment with the strategic business goals and to move research results into innovation.

Besides his position at Nokia Bell Labs, Dr. Roberto Di Pietro was also Professor at University of Padova (with tenure). Prior to the above assignments, he was a faculty at University of Roma Tre (Roma, Italy), always dedicated to security research, research mentoring, and innovation.

In 2011-12 he was awarded a Chair of Excellence at University Carlos III, Madrid, for his research results in security. In 2011 he co-founded a research-inspired start-up, providing innovative commercial solutions in the domain of Access Control (exited 2015).

From 2013-2015 he was the scientific director of a participation-restricted EU project devoted to devise novel digital forensics tools to support the investigation of EU anti-cartel agencies.

He started his Computer Scientist career back to the 1995, serving for a few years as senior military technical officer, within the Italian MoD, managing complex ICT projects with focus on security, aiming at supporting investigations, forensics, and operations.

His research interests include Blockchain Technology, Cloud Security, Distributed Systems Security, Wireless Security, On-line Social Networks Security, OSINT, Intrusion Detection, Access Control, Forensics.

Dr. Savanid Vatanasakdakul

Visiting Associate Professor in Information Systems - Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar

Dr. Savanid Vatanasakdakul

Visiting Associate Professor in Information Systems - Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar

Speaker Bio

Dr. Savanid Vatanasakdakul holds a PhD in Information Systems from the University of New South Wales, where she received a prestigious Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award (APA). Her research interests include IT risk management and governance, strategic fit and alignment in information technology transfer to Asia, and implications of national culture, governance aspects in technology utilisation among organisations. She has been appointed as the editorial board member of the Journal of Global Information Technology Management, and secretary and founding committee member of SIGGreen at the Association of Information Systems. She has worked as an IT consultant for Deloitte Touch prior to entering academia. Furthermore, she has experience in teaching the IT auditing course in Australia, Germany, Thailand and Qatar.

Prof. Azzam Ibrahim Sleit

Research Professor - KINDI Center for Computing Research

Prof. Azzam Ibrahim Sleit

Research Professor - KINDI Center for Computing Research

Speaker Bio

Azzam Sleit is currently working as a Research Professor at KINDI Center for Computing Research, Qatar University. He is a Former Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Jordan (2013-2015). Before that, he worked as a Professor of Computer Science, King Abdulla II School for Information Technology, University of Jordan, where he functioned as the Dean (2015-2016) and the Assistant President/Director of the Computer Center (2007-2009). In April 2016, Prof. Sleit competed for the presidency of the University of Jordan and made it to the final top three candidates. Before joining the University of Jordan in 2005, Dr. Sleit was the Chief Information Officer at Hamad Medical/ Ministry of Public Health, Qatar. Dr. Sleit has over twenty five years of experience and leadership working at all levels of government, private and international sectors. Before joining Hamad Medical, Dr. Sleit was the Vice President of Strategic Group & Director of Professional Services of Triada, USA, where he introduced the NGram Technology and Associative Memory Structures. The application of NGram technology helped Ford Motor Company to identify patterns of auto-parts failure and State of Michigan to recognize patterns of child abuse. Dr. Sleit served as the Regional Manager of Professional Services with Information Builders, USA. He oversaw six branches in the Midwest region of the United States with responsibility for program design and oversight of all projects in the region. From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Sleit was in charge of MetSource, a strategic unit of Metlife responsible for providing outsourced IT health insurance services for large companies such as AT&T, ABB. Dr. Sleit has participated in numerous research activities related to Cloud Computing, Imaging Databases, Data Mining, Health and Management Information Systems and Software Engineering. He authored more than one hundred refereed research papers published in reputable journals and conferences. Since 1987, Dr. Sleit has taught Computer Science courses at various universities in the United States and Middle East maintaining high teaching standards. Dr. Sleit holds B.Sc, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from Wayne State University, Michigan.

Prof. Abdelaziz Bouras

Professor in Computer Science - Qatar University

Prof. Abdelaziz Bouras

Professor in Computer Science - Qatar University

Speaker Bio

Dr. Abdelaziz Bouras is currently Professor in Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Qatar University and Manager of the Pre-Award Department at the Office of Research Support.

He was holding the ictQATAR Chair position and working at the Digital Incubation Center of the Ministry until Sept. 2016. Prior to that he was Director of a Research Laboratory in France and Manager of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Center of the University of Lyon.

Dr. Abdelaziz currently contributes to several international programs, such as the NIST Cyber-Physical Systems framework and leading a project on industry integrated graduate education, focusing on Cybersecurity case studies.

His current research interests deal with Software Lifecycle Management and Information Systems, including Information Security, and managing the Information and Software Engineering Research Cluster of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Qatar University.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Dorani

Chair of Department of Information Technology - Community College of Qatar

Dr. Mohammed Al-Dorani

Chair of Department of Information Technology - Community College of Qatar

Speaker Bio

Dr. Al-Dorani graduated from the George Washington Graduate School of Business with particular emphasis on technology. The subject of his doctorate thesis was on developing a central information system database for the Six Gulf Countries. After Dr. Al-Dorani attained his Ph.D., he was appointed by his government of Qatar, to represent that nation at the Gulf Cooperation Council located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al-Dorani served as "The Director of Computers, Post, Telegraph, and Telecommunication" for the Six Gulf Nations, remaining in his work there for eight years. While having a full-time job at the GCC, he taught senior courses at the Computer Science College at King Saud University in Riyadh. Also, he consulted at Sabic and Al-Yamama Publishing on computing and networking systems. He then left Qatar and became the Acting CEO for the Iridium project of the Middle East sector. The project was a multi-billion-dollar global effort, that was centered through the Motorola company and involved the participation of over one hundred nations.

Dr. Al-Dorani is Currently serving as the Chair of the Information Technology Department at the Community College of Qatar, where he oversees the first bachelor program on Cyber Security and Networking in Qatar. Dr. Al-Dorani has published his first book on cybersecurity titled "Cyber Danger & GCC Countries." The book is available on Amazon and also now working on his second book on Cyber Security published very soon. Currently, he is working on his second book on cybersecurity for publication in December 2018.

Eng. Ahmad Mohamed Al Kuwari

CEO - MEEZA

Eng. Ahmad Mohamed Al Kuwari

CEO - MEEZA

Speaker Bio

As Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Ahmad AL-Kuwari leads the IT Services, Operations, Sales & Marketing and Finance Team Departments. In this capacity, he is also responsible for corporate initiatives for MEEZA’s executive team.

Eng. AL-Kuwari is a multi-skilled IT expert with more than fifteen years in the Qatari IT industry. He works with a comprehensive and strategic understanding of IT environments, including business & local culture, technical and organizational change.

Before his appointment as CEO, Eng. AL-Kuwari was the Chief Operations Officer; he worked on developing internal IT policies & procedures, improving Business Processes & advised on IT strategies.

Prior to joining MEEZA, Eng. AL-Kuwari was the PMO Manager at Qatar Foundation IT Directorate, prior to that role Eng. Al-Kuwari held many management roles as the i-Gov Program Manager at the Supreme Council of Information & Communications Technology (ictQATAR) and the Head of Telecommunications & Networks at the Public Works Authority (ASHGHAL).

Eng. AL-Kuwari holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales and a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Qatar University, Qatar Leadership Centre Alumni and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from The University of Hull, his additional professional qualifications

Mr. Sachin Singh

Senior Manager – Cybersecurity Platform - Ooredoo Qatar

Mr. Sachin Singh

Senior Manager – Cybersecurity Platform - Ooredoo Qatar

Speaker Bio

Professional with over 20 years of Product Marketing experience, and having delivered strong sustainable profitable revenue growth and other business results in all assignments. Possess multi-domain experience – Unified Communication, IT Security, Networking, Enterprise Solutions, Managed Services, Telecom Products/Solutions and Services.

Prior to joining Ooredoo Qatar in 2017, Sachin has worked with world leading Telecom & ICT organizations such as Avaya, Nortel Networks, Eurostar, Batelco & Gulfnet. Sachin is responsible for developing and implementing marketing plans for new and existing products lines (ICT & Managed Services), competitive intelligence, promotions, pricing, product management & development and key product messaging.

Mr. Mahmud Awad

Chief Business Officer (CBO) - Vodafone Qatar

Mr. Mahmud Awad

Chief Business Officer (CBO) - Vodafone Qatar

Speaker Bio

Mahmud Awad leads the Enterprise team at Vodafone Qatar.

Before joining Vodafone, he was VP of Corporate Sales at du in Dubai. During this time, he created new revenue streams, introduced more industry specific solutions and established an end-to-end sales approach. Mahmud has held other executive roles with Ooredoo, Nokia Siemens Networks and Siemens.

Education

- MSc, Electrical Engineering – University of Aachen (Germany)

- BSc, Electrical Engineering – University of Aachen (Germany)

Mr. Philippe Dhainaut

Head of Application and Infrastructure Security - SWIFT

Mr. Philippe Dhainaut

Head of Application and Infrastructure Security - SWIFT

Speaker Bio

Philippe Dhainaut is the Head of Application and Infrastructure Security at SWIFT. In his current role, Philippe leads a global team of security professionals who help to ensure that security is imbedded in all SWIFT services and products. He has over 20 years’ experience in Cyber Security and strong finance professional skilled in Risk Management, Security Awareness, Secure Software Development Live Cycle Application Security, PKI, Cloud Security and Information Security Management. He is also currently deeply involved in DevSecOps SWIFT transformation.

Based on PwC experiences, Philippe have a broad experience in various industries characterized by a major dependence on ICT. These include financial (clearance and settlement, retail banking and financial messaging) and governmental services.

Mr. Maitham Al-Lawati

General Manager of Risk, Compliance & Managed Security Services - Oman Data Park

Mr. Maitham Al-Lawati

General Manager of Risk, Compliance & Managed Security Services - Oman Data Park

Speaker Bio

Maitham Al-Lawati is the General Manager of Risk, Compliance & Managed Security Services at Oman Data Park, he is part of the executive management team that joined to establish the first cloud & managed service provider in Oman. Prior to joining Oman Data Park he was heading the Information Security Department at one of the local leading banks, he has also served at Ernst & Young and various other organizations. Maitham holds a BSc degree in Information Systems from Sultan Qaboos University, he also boasts several professional certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CRISC, C|EH, ISO 27001 LI, CCNP:Security , ISC2 CCSP. Maitham has more than ten years of experience in cyber security and is a seasonal international speaker

Mr. Claude Schuck

Regional Manager, Middle East and Africa - Veeam

Mr. Claude Schuck

Regional Manager, Middle East and Africa - Veeam

Speaker Bio

Claude Schück’s experience spans more than 20 years, leading numerous teams in the IT industry. He was previously responsible - at various IT Vendors - for running their Channel Organization for Southern Africa, as well as running Large Enterprise business units across Africa.

He joined Veeam 2 years ago, heading up the Africa Business and has recently re located to Dubai to lead the Middle East Veeam Team.

Mr. Neil Robb

Threat Intelligence Analyst - Secureworks CTU

Mr. Neil Robb

Threat Intelligence Analyst - Secureworks CTU

Speaker Bio

Neil is a highly motivated cyber security professional with a proven track record in the successful delivery of Cyber Security Threat Detection projects. For the past 5 years, Neil has been the Global SOC Lead within a Swiss Investment Bank working in both London & Zurich head offices. Today, Neil is a Threat Intelligence analyst within the Secureworks Counter Threat Unit. The CTU operate in the field of cyber intelligence - researching new cyber-threats and gathering actionable indicators. The Secureworks CTUTM is dedicated to responding to attacks on networks of both national and international significance, our primary objective is to protect our client’s information and operations from today’s most advanced security threats - we do this by applying CTU research and threat intelligence into all aspects of Secureworks cyber security solutions.

Mr. Rob Van Straten

Executive Vice President - SaiGlobal

Mr. Rob Van Straten

Executive Vice President - SaiGlobal

Speaker Bio

Rob van Straten joined SAI Global as Executive Vice President of Sales, Advisory and Alliances in May 2017, responsible for the company’s risk software, ethics and compliance learning sales operation throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. Van Straten’s 25-year career spans executive positions at a number of private and public technology and services companies focused on innovation and growth execution. Most recently, van Straten was Global Head of Sales and Professional Services at Nasdaq Inc., responsible for their BWise, GRC software business unit. A globally recognized risk management industry thought leader, fluent in several languages, van Straten holds a degree in Information Technology and is committed to driving focused, sustainable practices through implementation of ethical business cultures.

Mr. Shams Hasan

Infrastructure Solutions Manager - Middle East, Turkey, Africa (META) - Dell EMC

Mr. Shams Hasan

Infrastructure Solutions Manager - Middle East, Turkey, Africa (META) - Dell EMC

Speaker Bio

Shams Hasan is the Infrastructure Solutions Manager for Dell EMC, covering Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META). He is responsible for business and technology thought-leadership, strategic programs, and product strategy in META. Shams works with key customer business leaders on their Digital transformation agendas aligned to business strategy. As both an engineer and a business person, he has 15+ years of experience in technology leadership and strategic roles. With a diverse background from startups to large enterprises, from profit to non-profit organizations, Shams brings a unique blend of customer insights, a passion for people and innovation, and a broad understanding of technology’s role in the business agenda. His interests focus on emerging technology and innovation accelerator trends, their impact and relevance to economic and consumer evolution, and the role of ‘digital’ in today’s business strategies. In his personal time, Shams is active as a mentor, speaker, and advisor in K-through-12 as well as higher-ed education; he is also a past TEDx speaker.

Ms. Shaikha Hamad Al-Hitmi

Legal Researcher - Qatar Central Bank

Ms. Shaikha Hamad Al-Hitmi

Legal Researcher - Qatar Central Bank

Speaker Bio

Shaikha Hamad Al-Hitmi is a Legal Researcher at the Qatar Central Bank. She received a bachelor's degree from Qatar University – collage of Law in 2015. She has a degree in international arbitration from the Qatar Chamber. She has many legal scientific research in the financial and banking sector and also in Leadership, charisma and the art of dealing with the public. She also has many posts in seminars at Georgetown University and Qatar University and also attending conferences of the most important are the your- money, IBA Association of International Lawyers.

Ms. Maryam Al-Fehani

Incident Response Coordinator, IT Department - Qatar Central Bank

Ms. Maryam Al-Fehani

Incident Response Coordinator, IT Department - Qatar Central Bank

Speaker Bio

Maryam Ahmed Al-Fehani received her bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Information Systems in 2015 and her Master of Science degree from Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Cyber Security in 2018. She is currently the incident response coordinator, as the incident response coordinator, she has been working with several entities including governmental organizations like Q-CERT and MOI to raise cyber security resilience for Qatar Central Bank. Her research in the Cyber Security field is focused on social bots and their use to spread misinformation and propaganda.

Mr. Roland Allen

General Manager EMEA - FutureX

Mr. Roland Allen

General Manager EMEA - FutureX

Speaker Bio

Over the past 10 years, Mr. Allen has focused on strengthening Futurex’s global presence. In his current role, Mr. Allen is focused on overseeing Futurex’s strategic relationships with Tier One customers, partners, and industry stakeholders; working with Futurex’s team of industry-certified Solutions Architects; and developing and maintaining sustainable global partner and distributor alliances. Mr. Allen has been directly involved in implementations of Futurex’ s cryptographic devices that form the Hardened Enterprise Security Platform and the VirtuCrypt Cloud Encryption Solutions for a diverse range of industries.

Mr. Allen has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, including banking and financial solutions and services, the payment card industry, relational database management, trusted identity, automated testing and intrusion detection services, during which time he has traveled to over 100 countries. Mr. Allen previously held senior positions in organizations including ACI, Identrust, NCR and Oracle. Mr. Allen also has a background in marketing and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Mr. Phillip Larbey

Global Managing Principal,CENTA & Associate Director - NCC Group

Mr. Phillip Larbey

Global Managing Principal,CENTA & Associate Director - NCC Group

Speaker Bio

Phillip has 35+ years’ experience in the financial sector and held senior executive roles with AIG in the UK, New York, and Zurich Global Corporate in London. Phillip joined the Bank of England in 2013 as an industry specialist focusing on emerging risk impacting UK financial stability, and was subsequently appointed Head of the Bank’s cyber functions, including investigations, forensics and regulatory support. In 2017 Phillip joined NCC Group to create/lead the global consultancy ‘CENTA’, working with governments, regulators and private sector firms globally to advise/assist with the development of cyber frameworks/tools used to develop cyber resilience capabilities and maturity.

Mr. John Titmus

Director - Crowdstrike

Speaker Bio

John Titmus CISM, CISA, CISSP, CCNP, CCSE, MBCS is an information security consultant, with over 16 years of Information Security knowledge, including; administration, operations, management, and strategy development. He has proven experience in the areas of information risk management, incident response, computer forensics, cyber investigations, threat modelling, perimeter security, compliance, PCI-DSS, ISO and SOX.

John provides technical and strategic guidance to large global enterprises, blue chip organisations and government agencies on how stay protected and prevent damage from today’s sophisticated and destructive attackers.

Mr. Gautam Sarnaik

Founding Director & CEO - Aaroh Smart Business Solutions

Mr. Gautam Sarnaik

Founding Director & CEO - Aaroh Smart Business Solutions

Speaker Bio

Gautam Sarnaik is the Founding Director and CEO for Aaroh. Gautam is a seasoned IT GRC and Information Security professional having 20+ years of experience and more than 10 years in the GCC, including Qatar. Before founding Aaroh, Gautam has worked across number of reputed IT, IT Security and Management Consulting firms in across regions. Gautam is an Engineer (Electronics and Telecommunications), CISA, BS 7799 Lead Auditor and member of ISACA since 2003. He is also member of the Business Continuity Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers and Life Member of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India).

Mr. Murat Huseyin Candan

CEO - Barikat Cyber Security

Mr. Murat Huseyin Candan

CEO - Barikat Cyber Security

Speaker Bio

Mr. Murat H. CANDAN is the CEO of Barikat Cyber Security. He has been working on various cyber security roles for the last 20 years and has presented among many security events discussing state and improvements for cyber security. Barikat is a leading and innovative Turkish company providing comprehensive cyber security and network security solutions. Their 100+ security specialists in Ankara, Istanbul and Amsterdam provide information security at more than 300 customers. Their customers include banks, finacial institutions, insurance companies, industrial companies, energy service providers, health care providers and service providers as well as public administration, ministries, army, navy, land forces and air forces. Barikat holds NATO certified security clearance for premises. Their customers benefit from Barikat’s experience, professionalism and reliability in the auditing, consulting, architecture and integration of leading network and data security solutions. Barikat provides comprehensive latest cyber security solutions with its specialized departments like Barikat Academy, Research and Development, Cyber Security Operations Center (SOC as a Service), Pre-sales and post-sales. They deliver state of art managed and SOC services from our ISO 27001 certified Cyber Security Operation Center 7/24 located in Turkey.

Mr. Hasan Darwish

Territory Sales Manager - Symantec

Mr. Hasan Darwish

Territory Sales Manager - Symantec

Speaker Bio

Hasan Darwish joined Symantec as Territory Sales Manager for Enterprise business in Qatar following the company’s acquisition of Blue Coat, Inc. completed in August 2016.

In his role, he is responsible for growing Symantec’s business in the region and Specially Qatar and effectively increase the company’s market share. He has more than a decade of experience in networking, telecommunication and security industry.

Prior to joining Blue Coat, he supported companies including McAfee and Midis Group within the sales and commercial sectors across Qatar, Kuwait and Levant.

Hasan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science Information from American University of Science & Technology.

Mr. Giorgio Mosca

Director, Competitive Analysis, Strategy and Technologies at Security & Information Systems Division - Leonardo

Mr. Giorgio Mosca

Director, Competitive Analysis, Strategy and Technologies at Security & Information Systems Division - Leonardo

Speaker Bio

Director Strategy and Technology – Security & Information Systems Division – Leonardo

Giorgio Mosca is Director Competitive Analysis, Strategy and Technology in the Security & Information Systems Division of Leonardo, a major multinational Aerospace, Defense & Security Group.

He began his career in 1991 as Head of ICT for Foreign Subsidiaries in an engineering multinational and from 1996 he became Corporate Industrial Controller for the International Division of the Company.

Starting in 1999, he coordinated the innovation and business development for digital appliances and services in a major household goods’ Italian-based multinational, working for two years in the United States as the CEO of a startup business in the home automation sector.

He joined Finmeccanica in 2004, where he held the positions of Group CIO and Senior Vice President Group Purchasing and ICT in the Group’s Shared Services Company. In 2009 he moved to one of the Group’s OpCos where he assumed the role of VP Business Development and Marketing through several mergers’ phases, eventually working on the strategic process that led to the perimeter of the current Division.

He is member of the Board of Directors of Eurotech, Chairman of the Board of the European Organization for Security (EOS), Board member of Confindustria Digitale and President of its Cyber Security Steering Committee, Board member of Anitec-Assinform and Chair of the Smart City sector of SERIT.

Mr. Phil Cuff

Founder & CEO - TokenOne

Mr. Phil Cuff

Founder & CEO - TokenOne

Speaker Bio

Philip Cuff is the CEO of Australian company, Token One, a cybersecurity software company that enables organizations to replace passwords, tokens, and other forms of authentication security with a digital version of a One-Time Pad, an encryption technique used by the FBI and other intelligence agencies in the Cold War and before that cannot be cracked.

TokenOne’s globally patented technology provides the strongest form of authentication security but is also extremely simple. TokenOne achieves 'Highest Security at Scale'.

In 2016, Phil was invited to present to 4 star generals and members of the US intelligence community, as well as professors and industry experts from around the world at a 3 day cyber security event at Pentagon City outside Washington DC. TokenOne was then invited to the US National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence which is run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the United States (or “NIST” for short).

Then, in June 2017, TokenOne was selected by NIST for a consortium project at the same US Center of Excellence alongside industry giants RSA and Splunk.

Now, 14 months later, TokenOne has just become the first cybersecurity company in Asia, let alone Australia, ever to successfully complete such a project and has been written up in NIST’s published draft guidelines for Multifactor Authentication for Electronic Commerce in the United States.

Phil has previously held founding and leadership roles in several security-related technology companies and holds an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Western Australia.

Mr. Alaa Ajweh

Regional Account Executive, Financial Sector Industry Qatar and Oman - Microsoft QSTP LLC

Mr. Alaa Ajweh

Regional Account Executive, Financial Sector Industry Qatar and Oman - Microsoft QSTP LLC

Speaker Bio

Alaa Ajweh is the financial services account executive for Microsoft in Qatar and Oman. He helps his customers lead the way in digital transformation by leveraging Microsoft’s industry and technical expertise.

Mr. Dario Perfettibile

CEO - Totemo

Speaker Bio

Dario Perfettibile is the CEO of totemo, an IT security vendor providing solutions for email encryption, secure managed file transfer and secure mobile communication.

A co-founder of totemo, Dario is responsible for managing the company’s finances, corporate development, and new market investments. Before helping found totemo in 2001, Dario was Managing Partner at my.eVision Ltd. Dario is member of the Cyber Security Commission of ICTswitzerland.

Mr. Engin Yuce

Cyber Security Architect - Havelsan

Mr. Engin Yuce

Cyber Security Architect - Havelsan

Speaker Bio

Mr. Engin Yuce works as a Cyber Security Architect in HAVELSAN, an affiliated company of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Information Security and a B.Sc. degree in Physics Engineering both from Hacettepe University.

During his career he has led the evaluation, selection and implementation of new information system / information security technologies and has been deeply involved in the full-scale execution of core IT projects of many sectors including MSSPs and mobile operators. He extensively took an active role in the duties of designing, implementing and managing numerous countrywide critical infrastructures of government agencies and military forces.

He has expertise in areas such as high available enterprise datacenter & campus network design, multi-layered network security architectures, defense in depth strategies, zero trust security model, business continuity & disaster recovery topologies, micro-segmentation, network orchestration, so on.

Mr. Evrim Eroglu

Head of Security Infrastructure Operations Team - Vakifbank

Mr. Evrim Eroglu

Head of Security Infrastructure Operations Team - Vakifbank

Speaker Bio

Evrim Eroglu is the Head of Security Infrastructure Operations Team at Vakifbank, one of the biggest bank in Turkey. Vakifbank has approximately 1000 branches, 4000 ATMs and 16,000 employees, and plays an important part in financing the country’s domestic and commercial trade. Evrim has more than eighteen years of IT experience at several banks. His team is mainly responsible for the operations of security infrastructure (IPS, Web and Email Security, APT, AV, NAC etc..) as well as Microsoft environment and endpoints.

Mr. Rajesh Gopinath

VP (Sales Engineering) - Cyber Security - Paladion

Mr. Rajesh Gopinath

VP (Sales Engineering) - Cyber Security - Paladion

Speaker Bio

Rajesh, a B-Tech in Electronics is a strategic leader part of Paladion core cyber security team with more than 15 years of association. He has held multiple leadership positions within Paladion including Head - Global Security Operations Center & Head - Vulnerability Management teams. In the past 4 years, he has provided technical leadership for Paladion in the MEA region by heading the Sales Engineering team driving Paladion’s MDR driven offerings. He has spoken at multiple events in the past such as MECON, Qatar – Paladion Cyber Security Summit, UAE and Cybercon Africa.

Mr. Theodoros Christoudes

Professional Services Security COE Leader - NCR

Mr. Theodoros Christoudes

Professional Services Security COE Leader - NCR

Speaker Bio

Theodoros is the Professional Services Security COE Leader, for Middle East and Africa Region.

He is a graduate of the Royal Holloway, University of London holding a MSc Degree in Information Security and a BSc Degree in Computer Science from the University of Reading. Theodoros is also an ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Theodoros started his professional career in 2006. Between 2006 and 2009, he worked in the UK for Symantec Corporation as a Security Analyst at the Security Operations Centre for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region where he carried out security incident triage duties, investigated information security issues, emerging digital threats, vulnerabilities and signatures.

In 2009, he returned to Cyprus and joined KPMG until 2015. As a Senior Advisor Theodoros managed and performed IT Audits of systems involved in the financial reporting process in the banking, financial services, telecommunications, construction, transportation and semi-governmental sectors. He was also responsible for Internal Audit, Data Analytics and ISMS compliance projects in various countries.

In 2015, Theodoros joined NCR Corporation as the Professional Services Security COE Leader for Middle East and Africa. He is responsible for the implementation, support, improvement and promotion of a number of Security solutions and services.

Mr. Abdirahman Hassan

IT Governance and Quality Assurance manager - QIIB

Mr. Abdirahman Hassan

IT Governance and Quality Assurance manager - QIIB

Speaker Bio

Mr. Abdirahman Hassan is a diversified professional with 16 years of proven experience in information technology and information security with extensive focus on Cyber Security, IT Service Management, IT Governance, Technology Risk, Business Continuity and Project management.

Mr. Hassan is a Computer Science Graduate from Brunel University (London, UK). He earned various certificates titled as ITIL Expert, COBIT, and ISO 20000 Service Management with passion to process information. Furthermore, he continually demonstrated superior competence in ensuring IT and information security capabilities are strategically applied into a business focused operation in order to meet the designated objectives. Mr. Hassan extended his services to positively impact the Qatari and the international community as being a chairman of the board of trustees in AL Mahd International School (Doha/Qatar) providing valuable insights on school’s performance as well as being a technical advisor for some of the leading companies in UK, France, Malaysia and Australia.

Mr. Hassan worked in the UK and France prior joining QIIB in 2012, starting with some technical roles before moving to IT Service Management and IT Governance. He is currently the IT Governance and Quality Assurance manager at QIIB where parts of his responsibilities are implementing ITIL and COBIT Governance processes. His roles are not only limited to providing tools for effective internal control but also for better IT and security Governance alignment that allows bridging crucial gap between technical issues, risk management, IT quality control, strategic alignment, IT value delivery and assisting information security department in the development and delivery of a comprehensive information security strategy to optimize the security solutions.

Dr. Hesham Mohameden

Head of Cyber Security - QIIB

Dr. Hesham Mohameden

Head of Cyber Security - QIIB

Speaker Bio

Dr. Hesham Mohameden is a focused and driven Cyber and Information Security Professional with 20+ years industry experience. He is PhD holder in Information Security and earned various Cyber and Information Security related certification. He joined QIIB in 2008 delivering improvements QIIB Information Security and privacy posture while ensuring the realization of business benefits and aligning with overall organization strategies.

He is holding “Chief Information Security Officer” position, in his current role he is responsible in leading the overall development, implementation and adoption of the Information Security Strategy, Information Security Management and Operations.

He delivered various Cyber and Information Security projects, also he helped QIIB to gain industrial certification such as PCI-DSS, and currently working on ISO27001 certification, also he built Security Operation Center (SOC) and formed Incident Respond Team which detect, analyze, and respond to cybersecurity incidents using a combination of technology solutions and a strong set of processes.

Dr. Alex Constantinidis

Chief Information Security Officer - QNB

Dr. Alex Constantinidis

Chief Information Security Officer - QNB

Speaker Bio

Dr Alex Constantinidis is the Chief Information Security Officer for QNB Group. He is an accomplished information risk and security professional with Banking and Big Four consultancy background. Alex has worked in various capacities across the three lines of defense focusing on protecting organizations from Cyber Security threats. Alex has a track record in security research and he been a presenter at International Information Security Conferences and hacker boot camp courses

Mr. Rami Alimorad Mansouri

Manager, IT Security & Governance - Barwa Bank

Mr. Rami Alimorad Mansouri

Manager, IT Security & Governance - Barwa Bank

Speaker Bio

- Over 10+ years experience in the IT industry
- Holding senior role in cyber security and IT Governance in banking sector
- Extensive experience in various Infrastructure / security projects and systems
- Managing IT risk and Audit
- Having CISSP, CISM, CEH, MCP, ITIL, PMP
- Advising and devising solutions to today’s security challenges posed to his work area
- Providing leadership regarding the current threat landscape and the challenges for operation and how to tackle them
- Formulating detective and preventative controls as part of a multi-layered security strategy
- Working with diverse technologies and vendors with regards to APT, antimalware, threat hunting, EDR, behavioral monitoring, SIEM, vulnerability management, endpoint protection ,etc.
- Successfully redefining security monitoring and vulnerabilities fixing on risk based approaches for a more effective result
- Have managed several challenging projects across the bank such as SOC, data center, SIEM, Vulnerability management, etc
- Maintaining strategic relationships with major vendors as part of responsibilities.

Mr. Prem Kumar Boddu

Chief Information Security Officer - Doha Bank

Mr. Prem Kumar Boddu

Chief Information Security Officer - Doha Bank

Speaker Bio

Prem is a senior information technology executive, with over 14 years of IT experience and a track record of delivering profit-driven technology solutions. He is currently working as Chief Information Security Officer for Doha Bank. He was previously Chief Manager for Information Security at Vijaya Bank in India. Prior to that he held several key risk and technology management positions in various public sectors Banks in India. He is experienced in delivering operations for Security Operations Centres (SOC), and implementing and managing technical controls for Information Security standards and regulatory compliance. As well as his practical experience in handling security products such as SIEM, DAM and PIM. He come from core IT background in addition to Governance & Regulatory knowledge, to second the same he has list of certifications such as CISA, CISSP, CAIIB, CEH, ITIL, CPISI, ISO27001LA and ISO22301LA.

Mr. Edward Ayman Ganom

Head of Information Security - CBQ

Mr. Edward Ayman Ganom

Head of Information Security - CBQ

Speaker Bio

Edward Ayman Ganom is a senior cybersecurity expert with over 15 years of international experience in information security architecture and technology risk management. He currently holds the position of CISO at The Commercial Bank in Qatar. Previously, Edward held several key technology and risk management positions in the financial and public sectors in the USA and the Middle East. He participated in drafting national cyber security policies and strategies and cybercrime legislation. Edward holds two bachelor degrees, one in Electronics Engineering and one in Political Science from two American universities. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a recognized speaker at technology, security and risk conferences.

Mr. Simon Hales

Regional Head of Security Risk - HSBC Middle East

Mr. Simon Hales

Regional Head of Security Risk - HSBC Middle East

Speaker Bio

Simon Hales is a security professional with over 29 years of international experience in the public and private sector. He currently holds the position of Regional Head of Security Risk at the HSBC Bank in the Middle East. Previously, Simon was the Group Head of Information Security Risk for HSBC Group, and has held various key corporate security leadership roles in a host of countries in the Americas, and Asia.

Qatar National Bank
Qatar Islamic Bank
Doha Bank
Gulf Exchange Company
Arab Bank
General Insrance
Mashreq Bank
Ooredoo
Al Dar Exchange
Alfardan Exchange
Khaliji Bank
Ahli Bank
Ahli Bank
Arabian Exchange Company
Al Zaman Exchange
Eastern Exchange
Qatar Airways
Qatar Development Bank
Rayan Bank
Qatar International Islamic Bank
International Bank of Qatar
BNP Pariba
Standard Chartard Bank
Vodafone
Commercial Bank
Meeza
Progress Soft