Sr. Regional Cybersecurity Specialist, Microsoft
Hesham Saad is a Sr. Regional Cybersecurity Specialist in Microsoft part of the global Cyber Defence team unit and focusing on SOC Operations, Threat Management and Hunting, DFIR, Advanced Analytics & SIEM management with more than 15 years of IT & Cyber experience and a multi-national Cyber speaker.
Director of Child Safety Department, Child Safety Department – Sharjah
Hanadi Saleh Al Yafei graduated with a BA in Mass Communications with honours from the Higher College of Technology in Dubai. She started her professional career at Dubai Ladies Club and moved to Sharjah Ladies Club where she worked in Marketing and Sponsorship for six years.
In 2013, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), appointed Al Yafei as Department Director at SCFA and Director of the Child Safety Campaign. In 2018, Her Highness announced the establishment of the Child Safety Department, with Al Yafei appointed as its Director.
She is a member of the Child Protection Higher Committee at the Ministry of Interior and the Steering Committee of the Sharjah Child Friendly City Project, a d the National Bullying Prevention Committee.
In 2017, she obtained a Professional Diploma in Child Protection with honours from the University of Sharjah. She is currently studying to obtain an Executive MBA at the University of Sharjah.
Director of Information Services Department, Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC), UAE
Dr. Marwan Al-Zarooni has extensive experience in the areas of information security management, network security and computer forensics. He has written several academic papers and presented them in such conferences as the Australian Information Warfare & Security Conference, the Australian Computer, Network & Information Forensics Conference, and the Australian Information Security Management Conference. He holds a master’s degree in Information Security and Intelligence from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Computer Science from the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He also holds the highly regarded professional certification as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Vice President of Global Security Transformation, People 2.0
I have over 15 years experience in technical governance, risk and compliance (GRC) working in both advisory and leadership capacities around the world to design and implement solutions to keep businesses running safely in line with global best practice. My main areas of professional practice are: Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Information Security & ISMS Crisis / Incident Management Risk Management I have a high working knowledge of ISO22301, ISO27001, ISO31000, Cyber Essentials, FCA RAISP, NIST 800, PCI-DSS, CPNI’s DDD, FAIR, ATT&CK, SOX, ITIL and TOGAF frameworks.
VP Technology Audit, DP World
Shaytel is the VP, Technology Audit at DP World. She brings a wealth of experience and has delivered Internal Audit, Assurance and Advisory services globally within the DP World Group globally. She is passionate about good governance and controls in technology and cyber security, and how these can help businesses drive smart processes and effective outcomes. Shaytel has extensive experience in technology risk management, IT controls assurance, internal audits, emerging technologies, regulatory compliance and related areas. She has led and managed several large tech risk, internal audit and assurance engagements for a global portfolio of entities.
Prior to joining DP World, Shaytel has worked at PWC Canada, Technology Assurance and Consulting practice.
General Manager & Head of Cybersecurity, Middle East Turkey and Africa, Atos
Amit Roy heads Atos’s Cybersecurity Practice for Middle-East, Turkey and Africa (META) regions. Amit is responsible for driving the Cybersecurity business strategy, growth and revenue for the region and is committed to provide value delivery towards customer’s unique cybersecurity challenges. Amit is engaged with several Information Security forums in the region, providing latest insights in Cyber Security and related topics. In his 20 years of leadership roles in Senior Management, Cyber Sales and business operations, Amit has gained strong competencies in business strategy, sales & marketing, business alliances and building strong customer led teams that achieve business goals and meeting customer requirements.
Executive Chairman and Founder, CloudSEK
Rahul Sasi is the Executive Chairman and Founder of contextual AI company CloudSEK which builds products to predict cyber threats even before they occur. Rahul is well-known for his significant open-source contributions to the cybersecurity landscape and has spoken at events and conferences in over 22 countries. He is also part of the working committees of The Reserve Bank of India, where he is the youngest member of the digital lending committee, and MeitY.
Strategic Advisor & Director, Finesse
Arun Tewary, an acclaimed IT veteran is a Strategic advisor & Director at Finesse. Arun Tewary’s association with Middle East has been for over 25 years and known in the IT industry as one of the leading CIOs. Arun has 4 decades of international professional experience in Information Technology and business transformation through automation and process reorganization across numerous industry verticals in various capacities. He has successfully transformed organizations through digital acceleration and agile processes. He has worked across Manufacturing sector, Retail, Trading, Real Estate, Food & Beverages, Aviation (aviation catering), and Information Technology. He worked mostly on Tier-1 ERPs – SAP, Oracle and JD Edwards in large organizations, including the largest SAP implementation in Gulf region.
Arun has demonstrated success in strategy planning and execution and advisory/consulting service with stellar record of serving as Board Member for multiple groups as well as councils. Proven background in establishing new business lines, facing digital transformation challenges, implementing new IT operating models, and deploying technology plans. Adept at developing global digital business platforms, ensuring organizational transformation, executing intelligent hybrid models, and deploying JD Edwards E1, SAP, as well as other ERP systems. Empowering business leader with demonstrated success. Managing teams of professionals internationally while ensuring professional growth. Instrumental in maintaining cordial relationships with key stakeholders to ensure continuous growth and success. Articulate communicator with excellent interpersonal and analytical skills. He has worked with Tata Steel, India, Essar Steel India, Al Futtaim Group, UAE, Emaar Properties, UAE and Emirates Flight Catering, UAE. Arun is an active member of CIO Majlis, UAE. He is a challenger and at the same time a leader in collaborative working.
Chief Information Security & Data Privacy Advisor, Premier Real Estate Group
Hafiz is a seasoned speaker and a Certified Data Protection Officer with over 16 years of full-time working experience in the field of Governance, Risk, Compliance, Information & Cyber Security, Data Privacy, Business Continuity, and Risk Management as a Lead Auditor and Lead Implementer. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, PECB Certified Trainer, and ISACA-APMG Certified Trainer. He serves on ISACA-UAE as a Board Member. He conducts regular training, workshops, and webinars on the latest trends and technologies in the field of Digital Transformation, Information & Cybersecurity, and Data Privacy.
Information Technology and Business Advisory professional
Dr Fene Osakwe is an Information Technology and Business Advisory professional with over a decade of experience. He specializes in Cyber Security, IT Audit and Controls, IT strategy, Governance, IT Risk and Sarbanes- Oxley for companies quoted on the New York stock exchange.
He sits on the Board of several startup but rapidly growing companies in Africa and has consulted for over 30 multinational companies. He has worked in South Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Europe, middle east and Latin America and holds over 10 IT professional certifications including CISA,CISM, CCISO and several others. He was a Board member of ISACA for 4 years and won an award for service excellence. He has worked in Deloitte Nigeria, Ghana, Netherlands and South Africa
He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the Swiss School of Business Geneva for being one of Africans leading voices in IT Risk and Governance and is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School. He has spoken at over 43 international conferences in the last 2 years.
Group IT Infrastructure & Security Manager, Ittihad International Investment LLC
Shahab uddin is a Group Infrastructure & Security Manager of a UAE based conglomerate Ittihad International Investment LLC. The role provides this organization with strategic security thought leadership, while bringing them tangible working programs and tools for compliance, risk management, a governance framework as well as delivery of broader shared security services. Shahab brings rich experience of more than 15 years in cybersecurity, privacy, technology compliance and assurance.
He has strong academic background with MS IT, and he holds various leading certifications in Information Security and IT assurance which include CEH, CND, CISM and have attended numerous international and local training.
He has delivered lectures and trainings to many enterprise users on Information Security Management and IT Security Awareness.
Head of Information Security-Middle East, Asia & Continental Europe, Maximus Gulf
Amit Bhatia has more than 20 years' experience as an information security governance professional and has strong expertise in risk management, information security, governance framework, technical security architecture, information security awareness program, and data security and privacy domain. He has demonstrated expertise in establishing and implementing large information security programs for the leading financial companies in the UAE and leading the execution of key governance initiatives, e.g., ISO 27001, NESA, PCI-DSS, GDPR, and Cloud Data Security Framework, to safeguard the critical business information of the organization. He has successfully formulated information security strategies and worked in collaboration with C-Level executives, chief compliance, and risk and privacy officers for their seamless and successful execution. Previously, he worked with leading banks in the UAE, Emirates NBD, Mashreq, and Dunia Finance as part of the senior executive team.
Director of Information Security (CISO) DAMAC Properties
Jeevan is a passionate cybersecurity professional currently heading information security at DAMAC Group. A technologist with big picture mindset and attention to detail, with over 16 years of overall experience, he has played various roles in IT Management, project management, and Infrastructure prior to moving into cybersecurity domain 7 years ago. Jeevan enjoys addressing complex problems with simple and basic solutions. Outside work, Jeevan likes to travel and, on a quest to complete visiting at least 100 countries.
Vice President, Solution Architecture, International Markets, HUMAN Security, Inc
Mark joined HUMAN Security in January 2021 to lead and build an international technical sales team across EMEA and APAC. He has held several global and EMEA responsible senior leadership roles at such vendors as Trend Micro, Bitdefender, and Malwarebytes culminating in more than 20 years of experience in cyber security. His role at HUMAN Security focuses him on ensuring HUMAN’s product offerings add maximum value by mapping the technical solution to a business issue.
Former CISO, EAD, Abu Dhabi Government
Kuldeep has over 40 years of business experience in IT and Information Security. A start up expert, he set up three Data Center businesses and held positions of Director Commercial with eHDF (Dubai Holding), Director Operations with ENRON and General Manager (IT) with Reliance. Also set up an award-winning green DC at EAD, Abu Dhabi.
He has been Consultant with Equinix, Dubai World, JFZA, du, IDC, Saudi Inteltec and many others.
In his earlier inning as Colonel, he participated in military operations, managed Mission Control Centers and commanded a Signal Regiment. He has been Dean of the Faculty of Computer Technology and worked with Department of Electronics as EMI/EMC specialist
He is BE (Electronics), MBA and MTech (Cranfield UK). Kuldeep has recently retired as CISO and IT Advisor with Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi Government.