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 Officer, Financial Services GCC
Mohamed has more than 23 years of experience in IT of which more than 12 years was spent as a CIO/COO in the Financial Services industry (Conventional and Islamic). Mohamed has been working for major financial services, conglomerate and software services companies in the region. He has had the distinction of being an executive team member on establishing four Islamic Finance startups in GCC and North Africa and he has led the IT team on the first ever transformation of a conventional Bank into an Islamic Bank (National Bank of Sharjah into Sharjah Islamic Bank back in 2001).
Mohamed has worked for major financial services organisations such as Commercial International Bank – Egypt, Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait, Abu Dhabi Islamic. He has also previously worked as an Advisor with Booz and Co, and helped to establish the first Islamic Bank in Libya (Libya Qatari Bank).
Currently Mohamed is the founder and CEO of Entrepreneur Advisory Group – Middle East and engaged in assignment in KSA as Technology Advisor to the CEO of Bank Albilad – Saudi Arabia. Mohamed has strong expertise in IT strategy, Governance, Applications Services, Networking, Information security and Infrastructure management. Mohamed holds an MBA from Manchester Business School (MBS) and received the award of Middle East Ambassador of Manchester Business School in 2013. He has been rated amongst the top 50 CIOs in the Middle East 2012 by CNME magazine and has been nominated as one of the technology leaders in the Middle East by FT Summit in many years
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.
Entrepreneur, Advisor on Digital Identity Matters and Founder, IDnextplatform
With the enormous speed of technological digitalisation transformation nowadays, Robert believes that it will influence, constitute and shape our society where you are able to control your identity on attribute level within a secure and privacy-regulated basis.
As an expert for 10+ years, Robert strives to share his knowledge and experience regarding several topics about digital Identity, security, privacy, mobility, risk management and compliance with various of organisations in different type of sectors. He also advises and consults various organisations (in public and private sector) related to digital identity.
Robert is founder of the IDnext platform, a pan-European open and independent platform to support and facilitate innovative approaches in the world of the digital identity, creating awareness about digital identity, providing a knowledge and networking platform for experts in IT, Business and Marketers as a European centre of expertise.
Global Head of IT Security (CISO), Intertek
Dane is currently the Global head of IT Security (CISO) at Intertek. Dane also spent several years as a Director of IT Security at Zurich Insurance Company, in charge of business information security for a number of APAC, European and Middle Eastern countries. His earlier roles include Head of Information Risk and Security at Virgin Mobile (Australia), and CSO – Financial Services (APAC) at EDS. Dane has over 15 years of experience in IT Security, and holds a Master in Business IT Management from the University of Technology Sydney and several security certifications and accreditations.
Independent Data Architect
Barbara Peruskovic has been working for almost 20 years in the field of information architecture. As senior data architect, advisor and coach, she guides organizations to form their own solutions, visions and teams while facing data challenges. With years of hands-on experience with different tools, techniques and organization models, she learned to favour the approach of practical wisdom. Meaning that one can learn the principles of action, but applying them in the real world, in situations one could not have foreseen, requires experience of doing. She has helped many multinationals and governmental organizations gaining such experience.
Her field of specialization is the design and implementation of data platforms that meet highest privacy and security standards.
Michel de Goede
Enterprise Architect, Alliander
Michel de Goede has been in general and IT consulting for over 30 years and has built a serious track record of advising, transforming, reorganizing or automating organizations. Michel has been a Strategy Consultant / Enterprise Architect with Alliander for about 7 years covering topics from IT to Risk and Security and from Startups to Valuation or Post Merger Integration. Alliander, the number one Dutch Grid Operator, is a leader in new developments such as smart grids, electric vehicles, smart metering, internet of things, mobile, consumerization, renewables and hence has launched various new business initiatives whereas operations should still be as cost effective and efficient as possible. The crossroads between traditional grid operations and new business ventures make Alliander a very exciting place to work. Michel holds an international MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Information Risk Management Consultant, Sony Europe Ltd.
Yogesh is an Information Assurance professional with more than 14 years of experience in Security Project Management, Risk Management, Security Architecture and Security Operations. He is a founding director of RightCue Consulting that provides niche consulting services in the field of business and IT risk management. In his 6 years long association with Sony as an Independent Security Consultant, he has successfully managed and delivered multiple projects on Data Privacy, Cyber Security, Forensics and Information Governance.
Yogesh is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and CCSK (Certificate in Cloud Security Knowledge).
Enterprise Architect and Information Security Officer, DELTA N.V.
As an Information Security Officer at DELTA N.V, Erik is predominantly working in the area of IT risk management and security awareness. His risk management approach is based on processes and data so business owners can easily recognize and value risks.
Security awareness is Erik’s favorite topic. He has finished a study on a methodology to setup an awareness program where he worked with behavioral science- and communication specialists.
Erik is CISM certified and has 20 years’ of experience in Energy trading and Retail and Internet Service provider companies working as an Information Security Officer and Enterprise Architect.
Head of Confidentiality and Information Security, Europol
Armin started his career at Federal Criminal Police Office level in one of the EU Member States in the computer crime division as an IT forensic team leader. Later he joined Europol as Senior IT Project Manager and was given the opportunity to eventually take a new position within the security unit leading the confidentiality and information security section.
Senior Cyber Security Consultant, EU Institutions Chief Information Security Officer – SISC Ltd UK
Niran Seriki is an experienced Senior Cyber Security Consultant and a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) with expertise in Cyber Security as well as dealing with Senior Board Level Management on Enterprise Security Strategy & Programs, identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining cyber security-related processes to reduce the organization’s operational and cyber risks.
He has over 25 years’ international, technical and management experience, planning and running global security projects, with specific passionate interests in Global Threat Intelligence Management, Vulnerability Management, Compliance and Risk Management.
He is quite passionate about Cyber Security and making Security work without jeopardising Business progress and achievement in organisations. He currently consults for the European Institutions and the private sector.
Information Risk Manager, Wärtsilä
The risk and security management disciplines have developed radically within the last 15 years. Like you, Kaj has seen the rise of standards and regulations relating to security and risk management. The other prevalent trend has been internal organisational transformation (e.g. organisation structures, targets and business models).
Kaj is the Information Risk Manager for Wärtsilä Corporation where he combines the risk management practises to the identification and protection of critical business data and systems. Kaj has 20+ years of experience from different businesses and from international and domestic organisations. He has worked with NYSE listed companies (Citi, IBM, JCI) and with local market leaders (Tapiola-Group, S-Bank ltd). In these positions he has seen and worked with different kinds of organisations and environments.
Kaj has been an active speaker in different training programs and seminars. He has also been a member in many security guideline and standard related work groups. His mission is to develop such risk management practices and processes so that they match the organisational governance and management model
Chief Information Security Officer, Karolinska University Hospital
Markus Ekbäck is an information security expert with over 20 years’ experience ranging from the banking sector, to private and central government authorities responsible for information security governance. Previously, he spent several years with the Swedish Migration Board, the Swedish Security Service and the Swedish National Dept. Office. For the past three years he has worked as CISO at the Karolinska University hospital in Stockholm. His areas of expertise include signals security, national security, general security management as well as continuity management, compliance management and information security education.
Markus is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Information Security Management Professional (ISMP)
Senior Researcher, Information Security, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
Rieks is a senior scientist at TNO, working in the areas of governance/risk management and the specification of business processes and supporting IT. At the side, he is also member of the board of governors of an organization for primary education.
All his life, Rieks has had an interest in exploring ‘other ways’ to make and do things. Landmarks along this way include his writing with fellow students of the operating system and development tools for the world’s first hand held computers for Matsushita around 1980, and the architecture and algorithms for the PCC-ISES (the worlds fasted asymmetric crypto chip of the late eighties). After joining KPN Research in 1999 (which became part of TNO in 2006), Rieks interest shifted to bridge the gap between the business and IT (technology).
Currently, together with some colleagues, Rieks is developing new paradigms for serving the business with IT in the new world where small organisations nibble away at larger ones, business relations become more and more ephemeral and ad hoc. The latest results include a method for doing networked risk management (2010), for designing knowledge-intensive processes that do away with work-flows (2013), and operationalizing ideas about universal economic transactions (2015).
Job rotation within Unisource (which later became AUCS, Infonet and then BT Infonet) has led to managing projects of delivering messaging and directory related services. In the last ten years and in his position as Managing Director of IDentity Next, he has been able to extend his knowledge and experience by managing and delivering digital identity, security, risk management and compliance projects/programmes in a variety of sectors like government, education, financial and telco. Robert is also board member of EEMA since 2004.
Head of IT Finance, Tullow Oil
Chris has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Innovation Management and Project Management working across the civil engineering and energy sectors. He holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology, Business Administration and International Business Transactions as well as certifications in Industrial Control System Security Management. His articles on information management and business strategy have been published in research forums, textbooks and mainstream business publications including CIO Magazine, Business Information Review and Knowledge Management Review.
Head of Operational Risk, EMEA at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Sam Lee is Head of Operational Risk, EMEA for SMBC. He has previously been head of operational risk at RBS, Barclays Wealth and Credit Suisse Private Banking and has ridden a number of the industry’s challenges. Sam started his career training as a chartered accountant and left the profession immediately after qualifying and entered the world of investment banking as an internal auditor before moving to operational risk and initially setting up the operational risk framework and department for CSPB – He has stayed with Operational Risk ever since and has been focused on the embedding and transformational aspects of Operational Risk.
Senior Information Security Architect, Thomson Reuters
Andy Boura has a passion for technology, science, and business. He brings technical depth of knowledge together with broad development process, business, and management experience. This allows him to take a holistic strategic view of technology, information security, and risk management. He advises on enterprise and technical security architecture of internally developed and third-party applications; and contributes to technical strategy, policies, and standards.
Thomson Reuters has over 50,000 employees in over 100 countries and is trusted by many of the biggest organisations in the world to provide business critical services and deliver accurate and timely information to professionals. As such, information security is critical in almost everything Thomson Reuters does.
IT Technical Security Lead, Shell International
An information risk management professional with 20 years’ of experience from the oil and gas industry, Randi was born in The Netherlands, gained engineering degrees in the UK and USA before embarking on an IT security career. Over the years, her roles and responsibilities have spanned technical security to governance and assurance, and she is currently working in the Joint Venture IT area.
Information Security Manager, Kennedys
David Wood has over 14 years’ experience in information security, from access control with Halifax Card Services, to non-compliance management with Lloyds Banking Group. He has worked for Kennedys for over 3 years, overseeing the ISO 27001 certification programme, and general Information Security management.
David Robinson MBE
Head of Global IT Security, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
David Robinson MBE is the Head of Global IT Security for Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms, who advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. David leads the delivery and strategy for IT security services across the firm in a flexible and responsive approach to the business. He has a wealth of experience gained from 22 years as a communications and electronics engineer with the RAF where he worked in numerous sectors including aircraft simulation, Radar, data handling & processing networks, training, procurement and information security; his military career was followed by a little over 13 years in senior security roles in the private sector with both C&W and Fujitsu where latterly he held various posts including company CSO.
Chief Information Officer, Watchfinder & Co.
Jonathan Gill has spent the last twenty years working in the IT sector, specialising in complex IT systems for the education, health, engineering, accountancy and retail industries. His experience with web front-end systems dates back to 1999, but his core focus is on developing bespoke information management systems. His most recent work has been for Watchfinder & Co., a Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track Hot 100 ‘Ones to Watch’ company, building the company’s entire IT infrastructure to support rapid growth and maintain a stock roster of well over 4,000 high-value luxury items across multiple locations whilst catering to 1 million website visitors each month.