Middle East Business Director, Diligent
Qais is an entrepreneurial executive with 20 years of experience in developing IT Hardware and Software businesses in the Middle East region. Experienced in setting up businesses coverage in the region and helping organisations gain market share leadership. Qais is a responsible for developing Diligent’s in-region presence and growth strategy in the Middle East, as well as business development and sales, thereby elevating the Diligent brand through customer success.
Prior to his relationship with Diligent, Qais served as Managing Director for SAP in the UAE, was Founder and board member of Encloud and General Manager for EMC in the Gulf and Levant region. Qais is passionate about leveraging his business experience to deliver value from innovative technology solutions to enterprises in the Middle East region.
Managing Director for The Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, Sims Recycling Solutions
Stephen Phelan has been living in Dubai for over 17 years and currently serves as the Managing Director for The Middle East, North Africa and Turkey for Sims Recycling Solutions, the global leader in the secure, sustainable and responsible reuse and recycling of electronics.
Before joining Sims, Stephen managed the setup of the Middle East’s first national E-Waste recycling campaign in the United Arab Emirates in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, Dubai Municipality and The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which won the Lloyds TSB Small Business of the Year Award 2007.
Prior to that Stephen served as a technology specialist for FedEx integrating client networks in to the FedEx systems for the automation of shipping documentation and customs clearances.
James Dartnell is the Dubai-based editor of the Middle East’s leading enterprise technology magazine, CNME, and its sister online platform, tahawultech.com. An accomplished technology journalist and discussion moderator, James has previously served as master of ceremonies for international end-user conferences on behalf of Huawei, Etisalat, TP-Link and other leading technology vendors. James also has strong experience hosting industry panel discussions and has hosted forums on behalf of clients including SAP, Microsoft, and Cisco.
Chief Information Security Officer, General Electric MENAT
George Eapen is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for GE in Middle East, North Africa & Turkey. In his role, George is responsible for defining Cyber Security strategy for Enterprise IT and OT for the region and provide strategic leadership to IT Security related projects and initiatives for all GE businesses in the region. George is also responsible for protecting GE critical assets in a growing region which spans 18 countries and 7000 work force George joined GE in 2006 with GE Healthcare in India and has since held roles of increasing responsibilities and progressed to his most recent role as Chief Information Security Officer for MENAT. During his tenure with GE, George worked in multiple domains (Product Life cycle management, ERP, Infrastructure, Supply Chain & Commercial IT) and multiple businesses (GE Healthcare, GE Appliances, GE Capital, GE O&G, GE Aviation and GE Corporate). George is a graduate of GE IT leadership program (ITLP), GE Six Sigma Black Belt program and graduate of GE Executive leadership program (CAS).
Information Security Manager, Souq.com
Aladdin Dandis is the Information Security Manager of Souq.com, subsidiary of Amazon. Previously, he worked as a Security Compliance Officer at Jordan eGovernment Program and Senior Security Engineer at EHS, under the Hakeem programme for managing national EHR system. He holds an MSc in CIS from the University of Sunderland and BSc in Physics from Yarmouk University, and other professional certifications, like CISM, CGEIT, CEH and TOGAF.
Elizabeth De Freitas
Regional Manager, Darktrace
Elizabeth is a Regional Manager at Darktrace. She has over 8 years’ experience working in multinational enterprise software companies. As a member of the Darktrace team; Elizabeth works worldwide with a range of large companies to deliver and advise on cyber security solutions.
Dr. Marios Panagiotis Efthymiopoulos
Dean College of Security and Global Studies, Associate Professor in International Security and Strategy, American University in the Emirates
Dr. Marios Panagiotis Efthymiopoulos is the Dean at the College of Security and Global Studies, at the American University in the Emirates. He is an Associate Professor of International Security and Strategy.
He has held a variety of academic research positions in the past, at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, George Washington European Center for Excellence & the Business School, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, all of which were in Washington DC and the University of Cyprus, Department of Social and Political Science. While a post-doc researcher, he was affiliated with the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of the NATO Defense College, Rome (SC-105, 2005).
Professionally, he is advisor and member of the Council on Geostrategic Affairs, attached to the President of the Republic of Cyprus. He is also the Founder and CEO of Strategy International (www.strategyinternational.org ) think tank. As invited Academic Professor and speaker, Dr. Efthymiopoulos presents his views, critical analysis, comparative analysis and consultations for a variety of national and international organisations and institutions.
His publications include books, edited books, chapters, peer reviewed journals and published papers. He is listed in the “Marquis Who is Who” Encyclopedia of Leading Personalities in the World based in Vienna. His latest publication is in “Cyber-Democracy, Development and Defense” by Springer (2014-2015). His upcoming book is titled “Handbook Cyber-Democracy, Cyber-Development & Cyber-Defense” and is due for publication by Springer in 2018. More information about Marios can be found on his website at www.efthymiopoulos.eu.
Head of Information Security, Abu Dhabi Government Entity
Irene is the Head of the Information Security Section at a government entity in Abu Dhabi. With a focus on Governance, Risk & Compliance, she is responsible for the execution of the ADSIC Information Security Programme, and the NESA Information Assurance Standards, both of which are mandatory to all government entities on government & Federal level respectively. She offers 27 years of combined and diverse experience in IT (Security, Operations and Strategy), Quality & Excellence (ISO & EFQM), and Project Management. She has worked in various industries and region and led strategic initiatives in Asia, Middle East, Europe and America. An emerging seasoned speaker, panelist and adviser on Information & Cyber Security Conferences, Irene has participated in a number of conferences in Asia, Middle East and Europe. At an Industry Congress in London in 2015, she presented a case of Information Security Standards implemented in Abu Dhabi which won the Innovation in Cyber Security Awards. Her opinion is also sought by leading Information Security Magazines and vendors on issues related to recent and latest cyber security attacks or technology. As an advocacy and community voluntary work, she is the Adviser of the PIITA (Phil. International IT Alliance), delivers talks and awareness sessions to Filipino organizations in the UAE, and blogs at LinkedIN. She was also a contributor in the book ‘The Cognitive Early Warning Predictive System Using the Smart Vaccine’. Irene acquired her Masters of Science in IT from University of Wales, and holds various certifications including ITIL, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Lead Auditor and Lead Implementer for ISO 9001 & ISO 27001, CEH, EFQM Certified Assessor, & Certified Knowledge Manager. She is also a recipient of International and Local awards, to name significant few the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the Globe 2016; Middle East Security Awards Information Security Executive; Stevie Awards (New York) Female Executive of the year 2013; The Filipino Times IT Professional of the Year 2016.
Senior Security Architect, SecureWorks
As Senior Security Architect, Paul is an experienced professional with over 12 years of extensive experience in information system security. He has provided professional consulting, designed, implemented and maintained complex information Security solutions. He specializes in information security solutions that help organisation to enhance security posture such as Security Information and Event Management, Network and Endpoint Forensics, Data Loss Prevention, Vulnerability Management, Endpoint Security etc. His extensive experience and thorough understanding of information security space helps customers in choosing the right technologies and platforms, integrate them together to provide defence in depth security solutions.
Director Business Development, Virtual Forge GmbH
As Director Business Development at Virtual Forge, Andreas overseas general development of Virtual Forge and co-shapes its offerings. His focus areas are sales and partner management for the market leading SAP security and performance software of Virtual Forge.
Before joining Virtual Forge, Andreas worked 10 years for SAP AG, was partner at Pecaso and senior executive at Accenture.
Ebrahim Al Alkeem
Head of information Security Governance, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
Ebrahim Al Alkeem holds an MSc in Information Security and bachelor’s degree in communication engineering from Khalifa University. He is currently finalising his PhD thesis for submission. He has completed specific coursework covering health care security, IoT security, and governance related issues. He has more than 12 years of experience in governance and security related subjects, his responsibility is to oversee the security architecture and compliance of government entities. Ebrahim is a regular presenter at domestic and international conferences, and has published numerous papers in the security related field. In 2015, Ebrahim won the Tamayaz Excellence Award, Appreciation award in the category of inventions of information technology and smart services, and he is an active member of engineering associations across the world.