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Mr. Sarkis D. Yoghourtdjian

Advisor and Assistant Director for banking supervision and regulation, Federal Reserve System, USA

Mr. Sarkis D. Yoghourtdjian

Advisor and Assistant Director for banking supervision and regulation, Federal Reserve System, USA

Speaker Bio

Mr. Yoghourtdjian is an Advisor and Assistant Director for banking supervision and regulation at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC. In addition to his official responsibilities at the Federal Reserve Board, Mr. Yoghourtdjian serves as an Advisor to the IMF and a Consultant to the World Bank by taking part in technical assistance and advisory missions to a wide-range of economies around the world. Mr. Yoghourtdjian also served as Advisor to the Bank for International Settlements' (BIS) Financial Stability Institute during its formative years. He is the Co-Chairman of the Advisory Group of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Financial Regulators' Initiative as well as Chairman of the Consultative Group of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Regulators? Initiative which is part of the U.S. Government's Middle East Partnership Initiative. From 1984 to the end of 1989, Mr. Yoghourtdjian was a senior Commissioned Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago responsible for the assessment of safety and soundness of banks and bank holding companies. He joined the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in late 1989 and served in various capacities in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation before his official appointment as Advisor in January of 2006. Mr. Yoghourtdjian worked at Bank One in Wisconsin prior to joining the Federal Reserve. He has taught at Gateway College in Wisconsin and lectured at many other universities. Mr. Yoghourtdjian is the recipient of the University of Wisconsin's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award as well as the recipient of the Federal Reserve Board's Special Achievement Award.

On November 16, 2012, Mr. Yoghourtdjian was honored as the Man of the Year by the Union or Arab Banks during its annual gathering in Beirut. He is the first non-Arab to be conferred such an honor.

Mr. Yoghourtdjian has been a speaker in a number of international seminars and conferences around the world on bank supervisory and regulatory issues.

Colonel Cedric Leighton

Founder & President, Cedric Leighton Associates Colonel, USAF, Retired

Colonel Cedric Leighton

Founder & President, Cedric Leighton Associates Colonel, USAF, Retired

Speaker Bio

Cedric Leighton is the Founder & President of Cedric Leighton Associates, a Cyber Risk consultancy. He is a retired US Air Force Colonel.

An intelligence and cyber operations expert, he served on the Joint Staff and with the National Security Agency. His many military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Bronze Star.

Currently, Colonel Leighton advises clients on Cyber Security solutions and strategies. He has appeared on Al Jazeera America, Bloomberg TV, CNN, Fox and PBS.

Colonel Leighton graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and holds a Master's Degree in International Studies from Angelo State University.

Mr. Rakesh Asthana

Managing Director & CEO, World Informatix
(Former Director & Deputy CIO, World Bank)

Mr. Rakesh Asthana

Managing Director & CEO, World Informatix
(Former Director & Deputy CIO, World Bank)

Speaker Bio

Mr. Asthana, former Director and deputy CIO of the World Bank, is spearheading his new IT Company, World Informatix to become a trusted partner of client countries. He brings 32-years' experience in IT senior leadership and has implemented four complex business transformation projects. As Director in charge of Cyber Security he was responsible for an information security strategy and implementation of a $20 million information security program. He worked with McKinsey to define World Bank's 'Next Generation Cyber Security' program. His US-based Company offers strategic consulting, advanced cyber security products and cost-effective cyber security services.

Dr. Jacques Hagelstein

Deputy CISO, SWIFT

Dr. Jacques Hagelstein

Deputy CISO, SWIFT

Speaker Bio

Dr Jacques Hagelstein started an academic career in the field of software engineering before joining SWIFT, where he held the position of Chief Architect, then Head of Security Risk Management, and now Deputy Chief Information Security Officer. In the recent years, he evolved the SWIFT security practices to accommodate for a changing landscape where Advanced Persistent Threats and state-driven cyber attacks have become the most worrying threats.

Dr. Angelika Plate

Director of Strategic Security Consulting, help AG

Dr. Angelika Plate

Director of Strategic Security Consulting, help AG

Speaker Bio

Angelika Plate studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Hannover University, which she finished with a PhD in Mathematics. Since then, Dr. Angelika Plate has been working as an expert in the area of information security for more than 15 years, dealing with many different subjects including risk assessment and management, development of policies, procedures and technology solutions.

She has worked with the German Information Security Agency from 1993 - 1998 and, since then being an independent consultant (from Spring 1998 onwards), with many different commercial and government organizations

Since 1994, she has been involved in information security standardization in ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27, which is the standards group dealing with the ISMS standards. There, she has successfully completed the editorship of the world-wide well known standard ISO/IEC 27002:2005 and ISO/IEC 27006:2006 and supported the development of ISO/IEC 27001:2005.

She has just successfully completed the editorship of the ISMS auditor guidelines standard ISO/IEC 27007 and recently been selected as editor of the revision of ISO/IEC 27001 and of the revision of ISO/IEC 27006. Angelika is also member of the group initiated by the ISO Technical Management Board develops the ISO guide for integrated management systems.

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.

1st Lieutenant Eng. Medawi Saeed Al Qahtani

Officer Of Cyber Crime Investigation Center (CCIC), Criminal Investigation Department (CID)

1st Lieutenant Eng. Medawi Saeed Al Qahtani

Officer Of Cyber Crime Investigation Center (CCIC), Criminal Investigation Department (CID)

Speaker Bio

Captain Engineer Medawi holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Engineering at the University of Qatar, majoring in Computer Science, Medawi started his career work at the Ministry of Environment and was acting head of networks and applications for the information systems department.

Medawi then moved to Ministry of interior and was assigned to work as an officer of cyber-crime investigation center at the criminal investigation department.

He participated in many seminars and workshops specialized in fighting cyber-crime, he also participated in numerous courses and conferences on the evidence and digital exchange of information and the use of the internet fighting against crimes and terrorism, addition to participating in scientific symposium on the use of internet to combat drugs. Moreover, participating in the discussion of updating Cybercrime Law - Qatar (2014).

1st Lieutenant Hamad Eid Al-Qahtani

Information Security Officer Information Security Department – MOI

1st Lieutenant Hamad Eid Al-Qahtani

Information Security Officer Information Security Department – MOI

Speaker Bio

1st Lieutenant Hamad holds a bachelor degree from Bradford College, Leeds Metropolitan University in UK, majoring in Computer Business Solutions, he was appointed to lead many different technical teams in the public and private sectors in Qatar, and he is currently a lieutenant in Information Security Department at the Ministry of Interior.

Lt. Al Qahtani participated in many seminars and conferences related to the field of Information Security Management System (ISMS), and holds a degree as a training specialist in the field of information systems.

Eng. Khalid N. Sadiq Al-Hashmi

Deputy Minister Assistant for Cyber Security - MOTC

Eng. Khalid N. Sadiq Al-Hashmi

Deputy Minister Assistant for Cyber Security - MOTC

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. Eneken Tikk-Ringas

Senior Fellow for Cyber Security

Dr. Eneken Tikk-Ringas

Senior Fellow for Cyber Security

Speaker Bio

Eneken Tikk-Ringas is the Senior Fellow for Cyber Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies based out of the Middle-East office in Manama, Bahrain. She will work to add a strategic cyber security dimension to a number of IISS's programmes and activities

Before joining IISS, Eneken worked as legal adviser and the head of the legal and policy team at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia. She was one of the lead experts to analyze and write about cyber attacks against Estonia in 2007 and has since worked with many governments and international organizations on strategic cyber security matters. Prior to joining the NATO Centre she worked as attorney in the field of information technology, focusing on EU regulations and standards for security of private and national information systems. She has consulted Estonian public authorities on legal and policy issues related to deploying and managing national information systems and service.

Eneken serves as international research associate at the Georgetown University Center for Law, Technology and Security and has long teaching experience at Tallinn Technical University and Swedish National Defence College.

Eneken speaks Estonian, English, German and Russian. She holds a PhD in law from the University of Tartu in Estonia. She has written numerous articles on strategic cyber security issues, is a frequent speaker at international cyber security conferences and serves as expert in the UN Disarmament and International Security Committee's Group of Governmental Experts.

Eng. Muhammad Mudassar

Assistant Director Presales & Solutions

Eng. Muhammad Mudassar

Assistant Director Presales & Solutions

Speaker Bio

Muhammad Mudassar is Asst. Director within Ooredoo New Line of Business, responsible for leading core expert teams building innovative SMART Solutions for Enterprise ICT, DataCenter/Cloud & Mega Project Businesses.

While managing a broad portfolio of ICT Solutions, he along with his team closely monitors emerging trends and security threats from consumerization of IT, its impact on Enterprises, SME & Smart Cities and strive to address such threats & challenges with cutting edge technologies while leveraging Ooredoo expansive & global footprint.

Muhammad Mudassar, has more than 14 years of diversified experience in integrated ICT/Telecom Strategy Planning and Project/Operations Management. With several IT, Security & Management Certifications, he holds MBA in Technology Management from WIU USA, PGD from MIT USA and Electronic Engineering degree from MUET.

Mr. Gary McIntyre, CISSP, MA

Senior Security Solutions Architect - Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia

Mr. Gary McIntyre, CISSP, MA

Senior Security Solutions Architect - Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia

Speaker Bio

Mr. McIntyre is an information security professional serving private and public sector organizations globally for 15 years, focused on the development and operations of large-scale information security programmes. In that time, Mr. McIntyre has been a technical architect, project executive and a senior information security consultant, working with a wide variety of government, financial services and corporate organizations. A passionate generalist, his expertise includes developing long-term strategies for information security services, security intelligence and operations, policy development, the development of certification and accreditation programs, the design and deployment of complex information security controls architecture, penetration testing and information security education. In the past five years, he has focused on the management of international security operations delivery within large financial services clients, and recently joined Cisco Security Services. He lives in Dubai.

Outside of Cisco, Mr. McIntyre has been an instructor for (ISC)2 since 2001. An active participant in a variety of security industry forums, Mr. McIntyre is also an author and frequent speaker on information security issues and solutions.

Mr. Dimitrios Serpanos

Principal Scientist
Qatar Computing Research Institute

Mr. Dimitrios Serpanos

Principal Scientist
Qatar Computing Research Institute

Speaker Bio

Dimitrios Serpanos is Principal Scientist of the cybersecurity team. He has long experience on embedded systems and security, ranging from hardware to application and service security.

He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University, USA (1990) and a Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece (1985). He has been a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, T.J. Watson Research Center (1990-1996) and a faculty member in Greece (1996-2013).

Dr. Serpanos has served as President of the University of Western Greece (2010-2013) and as Director of the Industrial Systems Institute in Patras, Greece (2008-2013).

He has published extensively in books, scientific journals and conferences; he holds 6 inventions and 2 US patents.

Ms. Dorothy Crossan

Head of Doha Resilience Plan
Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Ms. Dorothy Crossan

Head of Doha Resilience Plan
Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Speaker Bio

Dorothy spent ten years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office followed by twenty-five years in the Metropolitan Police in London, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector and specializing in strategic security planning at New Scotland Yard. The initiative proposed today is based on an approach adopted in London to assist industry in the preparation and delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games. This initiative continues to flourish in London in legacy and is being developed in Glasgow to support the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Mr. Barry Wong

senior business leader & regional head for Customer Security & Risk Services, Asia/Pacific

Mr. Barry Wong

senior business leader & regional head for Customer Security & Risk Services, Asia/Pacific

Speaker Bio

Barry is responsible for spearheading the coordinated deployment of innovative technologies and solutions to help MasterCard member financial institutions in Asia/Pacific Middle East & Africa to manage fraud risks and enhance their fraud mitigation controls. He works closely with law enforcement agencies to combat payment card crime, as well as with government institutions to provide support in aid of legislation against card fraud and data protection. Prior to his eleven years with MasterCard, Barry worked as Regional Security Advisor for a multinational oil company, a big-four audit-firm, and 13-year with the Hong Kong Police.

Mr. Mirza Asrar Baig

CEO - CTM360

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.

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

Mr. Prakash Madda

Assistant General Manager, Reserve Bank of India

Mr. Prakash Madda

Assistant General Manager, Reserve Bank of India

Speaker Bio

Prakash Completed Graduation in Computer Science and Masters in Statistics- Operations Research, Worked as a Financial Engineer in HCL Technologies Ltd., Bangalore, Joined as a Research Officer in Reserve Bank of India in year 2006. Prakash was assigned as Assistant General Manager in Department of Information Technology since last 7 years with areas of Specialization : Network & Security , Data center Operations.

Mr. Fadi Mutlak

Leader of the Cyber Risk Services Practice

Mr. Fadi Mutlak

Leader of the Cyber Risk Services Practice

Speaker Bio

Fadi Mutlak, Leader of the Cyber Risk Services Practice with Deloitte, Middle East Fadi Mutlak is a Partner & the Leader of the Cyber Risk Services Practice with Deloitte in the Middle East, and in his current role is responsible for servicing 16 countries with 5 distinct services offerings including (1) Cyber Security (2) Identity & Access Management (3) Privacy & Data Protection (4) Security Management & Transformation and (5) Security Operations. With over 14 years of Information Technology & Security related experience.

Fadi is a capabilities-oriented security specialist with notable success directing a broad range of corporate Cyber Security initiatives participating in strategy, planning, analysis, and implementation of information-security solutions in direct support of business objectives. Fadi has managed various assignments and teams related to Information Security & Cyber initiatives for a number of clients throughout North America, The Middle East and the South Pacific including a breadth of industry expertise in Public Sector, Financial Institutions, Energy and Resource and Technology Media & Telecommunications.

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. Charlie Harrow

Security Consultant, NCR

Mr. Charlie Harrow

Security Consultant, NCR

Speaker Bio

Charlie Harrow is NCR's Global Solution Manager for Self Service Security. He has 24 years' experience in Self Service and currently has responsibility for the Security and Compliance of NCR products. This includes fraud resistance, electronic security, cryptographic products and services, including global security standards and certifications. He is also responsible for alternative and emerging methods of Self Service Authentication such as Biometrics. Charlie represents NCR Corporation as Technical Expert on the ASC X9 PIN security standards committee; he is NCR representative on the PCI Security Standards Council and regularly consults with other global and regional standards and regulatory bodies.

Dr. Christoph Capellaro

Director - MENA Information Security Leader E&Y

Dr. Christoph Capellaro

Director - MENA Information Security Leader E&Y

Speaker Bio

Christoph joined EY in 1999 and is currently leading the InformationSecurity Competency in the MENA region out of the EY office inKuwait. Before that he build up the Information Security Servicesfor EY in Germany and later became responsible for the areaGermany, Switzerland and Austria. Christoph supported a number ofmultinational companies in improving their security organization andarchitecture. His major field of interest is to promote the InformationSecurity Function in companies to become an important element ofexecutive board attention and decision taking processes. Christoph isauthor of several books on security of digital money and complianceaspects of IT security and holds several patents in cryptography.

Mr. Jorge Sebastiao

LOB Head GSS

Mr. Jorge Sebastiao

LOB Head GSS

Speaker Bio

Jorge Sebastiao is International Speaker on security and a seasoned managed services & security professional focused on business value; Jorge brings experience, creativity, structure & innovation to Managed Services, ICT "Information and Communication Technology", ICS "Industrial Control Systems " and homeland security solutions. With over 26 years of ICT experience, covering, managed services, information security as well as risk management, compliance, auditing, certification, business continuity, and disaster recovery. Served sectors include oil & gas, banking, financial, telecom, government, defense, health care, and education. He created the process A6 of security: Assess, Architect, Apply, Administer, Awareness and Agility. He architects practical & business focused solutions using standards and industry best practices.

Mr. Sebastiao has been the speaker at numerous international conferences.

Personal Quote: "Security is a continuous skilled process... which requires thought and attention to detail..."

Mr. Greg Day

VP & Chief Technology Officer, EMEA.

Mr. Greg Day

VP & Chief Technology Officer, EMEA.

Speaker Bio

As VP & CTO Greg Day is responsible for FireEyes's technology strategy and security thought leadership across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. With over twenty years' experience in the security industry Day is widely acknowledged as both thought leader and experienced practitioner in the security industry. As a senior consultant to blue chip clients in industry and government, he works closely with CISOs and other senior executives to develop and share security best practice. He is also a trusted adviser to government organisations and global enterprises, contributing to policy development and carrying out independent assessments for leading organisations in sectors where security is mission critical.

In addition to his role with Fireeye, Day is a member of a number of industry security groups including vice chair of Intellect's cyber security group; which he was selected for by fellow security professionals, and the steering committee for CISP (Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership).

Mr. Alain Thibaud

EMEA Director

Mr. Alain Thibaud

EMEA Director

Speaker Bio

Alain Thibaud is EMEA Palo Alto Networks's Director Systems Engineering, with 15+ years of international pre sales and management experience in IT security industry. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Alain started his career at Sun Microsystems playing a key role in building e-commerce security Architectures and solutions as well as leading Security group supporting sales team of Sun Microsystems across France and in Africa.

Over the last few years and prior to moving to Palo Alto Networks, Alain moved to F5 initially managing F5's South Europe as Manager Systems Engineering, to then take on the EMEA Director Systems Engineering position with EMEA Pre sales responsibilities. Subsequently he became F5's WW VP Field Systems Engineering based in Seattle with full accountability across all theaters managing F5's pre sales organization.

Mr. Christiaan Beek

Global Director of Threat Intelligence

Mr. Christiaan Beek

Global Director of Threat Intelligence

Speaker Bio

Christiaan Beek is the global Director of Threat Intelligence for McAfee Labs. He's responsible for Malware Research & Threat Intelligence, leading a team of 40 top researchers within McAfee Labs. In his previous role at McAfee, he was the Director of Incident Response and Forensics for the McAfee Foundstone team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is an active member of MFCIRT, performing reverse engineering of malware, digital forensics (Windows/mobile devices), forensic data mining as well as coaching security teams within his region. Christiaan is a passionate instructor and cybercrime specialist who has developed multiple training course like the Malware Forensics and Incident response class that is taught around the world, workshops and presentations as well as contributed to the best-selling security book, "Hacking Exposed". In 2010 and 2011 Christiaan spoke at the BlackHat conferences in Barcelona,Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi. He has been invited and has spoken at several international conferences, press-conferences, television and writes for several online magazines.

Mr. Antonio Forzieri

EMEA Cyber Security and ISS Technology Lead - Technology Sales and Services

Mr. Antonio Forzieri

EMEA Cyber Security and ISS Technology Lead - Technology Sales and Services

Speaker Bio

At Symantec Antonio Forzieri is responsible for the Cyber Security offering for EMEA from a technology perspective. Previously Antonio worked in Symantec as a Security Practice Manager, running the security technology sales team in Italy. Before joining Symantec, Antonio worked for a number of Italian companies with EMEA wide responsibilities dealing with Compliance, Endpoint Security, Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Ethical Hacking, Fraud Management and Security Education topics. Amongst other activities, Antonio supports public and private organization during significant security outbreaks and fraud investigations.

Antonio Forzieri holds a degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Politecnico di Milano where he is also a lecturer for the course "Internet: Mobility and Security" and he teaches the Master Class "Fraud Management" for the Security Specialist Master at CEFRIEL.

Mr. Cyril Voisin

CSO for Middle East and Africa - Microsoft Corp
Executive Security Advisor in Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group for France

Mr. Cyril Voisin

CSO for Middle East and Africa - Microsoft Corp
Executive Security Advisor in Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group for France

Speaker Bio

Cyril is responsible for the overall conduct of Microsoft's security strategy in Middle East and Africa, and to fulfil his mission he works as an advisor with Cyber Policy Makers and Advisors, National CERTs, Government Elites, Chief Information Officers and Chief Security Officers of strategic organizations, Law Enforcement Forces, as well as Partners and international Microsoft teams.

His expertise spans information security, privacy and compliance for cloud, critical infrastructures, national consumer awareness, incident response management, cybercrime fighting and new security architectures.

Prior to his appointment as MEA CSO, Cyril was Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Gulf.

Mr. Oliver Volkl

Senior Manager - Head of Information Risk Management

Mr. Oliver Volkl

Senior Manager - Head of Information Risk Management

Speaker Bio

Oliver joined KPMG Fakhro in 2012 in Qatar/Bahrain. Prior to joining KPMG Qatar/Bahrain Oliver worked with KPMG Germany 6 years and another audit company in Munich, Germany from 1999 to 2005. Oliver has exposure to working with companies in multiple jurisdictions apart from Qatar including Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Austria, Finland, Poland and Russia. Due to his experience in the financial services sector regarding IT systems and IT security topics, he has also gained good experience according to core banking systems and further relevant IT systems in the banking sector.

Mr. Neil Fernandes

Head of Risk Services - Visa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Mr. Neil Fernandes

Head of Risk Services - Visa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Speaker Bio

Current Position and Responsibilities

Neil Fernandes Visa’s Head of Risk Services for the Middle East and North Africa. He is responsible for Payment System Risk and works with banks, merchants, government, regulators, law enforcement agencies and other key stakeholders to ensure the payments ecosystem remains secure and cardholders, banks and merchants alike benefit from the advantages of electronic payments.


Other Information

Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Neil has over 20 years of experience in fraud and risk management across multiple markets. During his career, he has managed a myriad of functions such as fraud vigilance, credit underwriting, fraud detection, risk analytics, authorizations and acquiring risk across all retail banking products.

Mr. Andy Morris

Solutions Lead, Financial Crime

Mr. Andy Morris

Solutions Lead, Financial Crime

Speaker Bio

Andy joined ACI (EMEA) Worldwide at the end of July 2007 and had worked in the financial services sector since the mid 1985's. He started his career with Barclays Bank PLC before joining Carreker Ltd, in 1999, as Manager of their EMEA Risk and Compliance group. Throughout his career Andy has focused on the Financial Crime, Payment and Exception processing.

During his 8 year career with Carreker Andy was responsible for the growth of their international financial crime business with software installations representing sixteen clients in the UK, Northern and Republic of Ireland, as well as South Africa. Attachments to Carreker's USA Product Management Group, also gave Andy exposure to the USA and ASIAPAC Financial Crime communities. This included the introduction and realization of benefits through the "CxC" initiative in Australia that focused on shared industry intelligence in respect of current account fraud threats. Andy has also co-authored several white papers on Employee Fraud, as part of joint vendor initiatives organized by the Americas, Santa Fe Group.

Responsible for leading and championing all ACI Worldwide's compliance and financial crime interests within the EMEA region. Andy has worked with numerous Tier 1 organizations across the region. Leading efforts around thought leadership, and providing consultative guidance to some +80 regional financial crime customers, across a wide range of payment and identity related threats.

Mr. Chris Woods

Director - Information Security, MEEZA

Mr. Chris Woods

Director - Information Security, MEEZA

Speaker Bio

Chris Woods is the Information Security Director at MEEZA and has 16 years of practical, architectural and management experience within Information Security having worked across a broad spectrum of roles and responsibilities for Multinational corporations.

Chris started his career in penetration testing then has held positions such as Chief Security Officer at European Space Agency, Security Practice Lead at HP and undertaking Cyber Security roles within Government military intelligence.

Chris was at the forefront in creating and launching the first Certified Commercial Security Operation Centre in Qatar. Chris merges extensive hands-on experience with innovative leadership that drives teams towards excellence.

He holds a BSc in Computer Science and a number of security related certifications and frequently contributes to the Security community in Qatar and GCC.

Mr. Hatem Ali

Sales Manager for North Gulf, RSA, the Security Division of EMC

Mr. Hatem Ali

Sales Manager for North Gulf, RSA, the Security Division of EMC

Speaker Bio

Hatem Ali is the sales manager for North Gulf, RSA, the Security Division of EMC. Prior to this role, Hatem held many technical and sales positions with security vendors like IBM Security Systems and Fortinet.

Hatem has spend the last 12 years advising customer across Telecommunications, Banking, Oil and Gas, and Government entities on the best practices to tackle their security challenges, spanning areas like security organization and architecture, security best practices, security consultancy, network security, host security, vulnerability management, and applications security.

Hatem has a degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) both from the American University in Cairo, and is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, and is an active CISSP member.

Mr. Ahmed Husain

CEO, Reload

Mr. Ahmed Husain

CEO, Reload

Speaker Bio

Founder of Reload, the first private CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) in the Gulf region and now a regional distributor for cloud security and big data solutions. Reload assists its partners and resellers to solve customers' security pain points by incorporating the latest tests security technologies.

He consults in cyber threats, assists in responding to incidents and design mitigation processes. He has helped many financial institutions and large corporations in securing their networks. He worked closely with retail, investment, and central banks in the region to achieve the highest security defenses; He also speaks regionally and internationally on topics of information and cloud security.

Mr. Mohamed Abdel Kader

Regional Manager, HP ESP Solutions Architects, Middle East and Africa

Mr. Mohamed Abdel Kader

Regional Manager, HP ESP Solutions Architects, Middle East and Africa

Speaker Bio

Mohamed Abdel Kader's information security experience spans across the past 12+ years. His experience is attested by several vendor-independent security certifications which he held across the years: CISSP, CISM, CEH, PCI QSA, and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. Mohamed currently heads the solution's architects for HP Enterprise Security Products for Middle East & Africa. Prior to that, Mohamed held a managerial position in Big 4 consulting firms and Internet Security Systems (acquired by IBM 2006).

Mr. Haikel Mejri

Senior Manager, PWC

Mr. Haikel Mejri

Senior Manager, PWC

Speaker Bio

Haikel Mejri is a Senior Manager at PwC, based in Dubai. His Masters Degree topic was Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Implementation on JavaCards. He has 14 years of experience in cyber security, cryptography and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). This includes leading 4 national large eSignature, Public Key Infrastructure and Digital Trust Services programs in the region including KSA and Oman. Haikel has also worked with an inter-bank company founded by a central bank and 13 other banks to review its Electronic Signature implementation for clearing Electronic cheques; and has conducted an Information Security assessment for a national payment gateway.

Mr. Samer Shbeeb

CCIE, CISSP, CISA, CEH, CHFI

Mr. Samer Shbeeb

CCIE, CISSP, CISA, CEH, CHFI

Speaker Bio

Has been working in the IT industry for the last 20 years, and involved in IT security since 2000, he worked with International companies like NCR, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Cisco systems were he currently works, in his current role with Cisco systems, he is part of the Global security advisory virtual team, and part of the EMEAR security TAG team.

Samer is Solutions-oriented IT Specialist with notable success directing a broad range of corporate IT initiatives while participating in designing planning, analysis, and implementation of IT solutions, in direct support of business objectives.His core competencies include

  • Network and security Audit & Analysis
  • Large Scale Network Design based on different technologies
  • Design, Implementation Audit and Assessment of Complex Security Solutions based on industry standards and controls
  • Data Integrity & Recovery
  • Business Impact Analysis
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Risk Assessment
  • Regulatory Adherence