Ambassador Ron KirkSenior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices
Co-Chair of both the International Trade and Sports Law practices
Ambassador Ron Kirk
Senior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices
Co-Chair of both the International Trade and Sports Law practices
Speaker BioRon Kirk is Senior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices. He is Co-Chair of both the International Trade and Sports Law practices. He is also a member of the Public Policy, Crisis Management and Private Equity practice groups.
Ambassador Kirk focuses on providing strategic advice to companies with global interests. Prior to joining the firm in April 2013, Ambassador Kirk served as the 16th United States Trade Representative (USTR) and was a member of President Obama's Cabinet, serving as the President's principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues.
Ambassador Kirk was nominated to be United States Trade Representative by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the United States Senate in 2009. The office of USTR is responsible for the development and oversight of U.S. trade policy, including strategy, negotiation, implementation and enforcement of multilateral, regional/bilateral and sector-specific trade agreements. Ambassador Kirk successfully negotiated the conclusion and Congressional passage of trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and Korea, and Russian's entry in the World Trade Organization. He was also responsible for U.S. trade policy involving agriculture; industry; services and investment; intellectual property; environment; labor; development and preference programs.
Ambassador Kirk draws upon more than 30 years of diverse legislative and economic experience on local, state and federal levels. As the first African American Mayor of Dallas from 1995 - 2001, he earned a reputation for bringing together diverse coalitions to get things done. During his tenure as Mayor, Ambassador Kirk expanded Dallas' reach to the world through a range of trade programs, including numerous trade missions. He also passed seven budgets that focused on the critical needs of the city while maintaining and even lowering taxes. His economic development efforts helped secure more than 45,000 jobs and investment of more than $3.5 billion in Dallas. To protect citizens he increased the public safety budget by $128 million, and while he was Mayor, Dallas saw its lowest crime rate in 20 years. Previously, Governor Ann Richards appointed him as Texas Secretary of State, he served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen and he was named as chair of Texas' General Service Commission. Ambassador Kirk also served as a City of Dallas assistant city attorney.
Prior to joining USTR, Ambassador Kirk was a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where his principal area of practice was public finance and public policy.
In 2014, Ambassador Kirk was named one of the "28 Men of Change" by BET Networks and ICON MANN in a special initiative for Black History Month featuring "inspirational figures" from multiple countries and a wide array of industries. The initiative shared "the journeys of 28 contemporary trailblazers whose formula for success includes empowering others, and who credit their personal and professional advancement to their continued investment in philanthropy." He has been actively involved in the community and has been recognized by a number of state and national organizations. He is currently serving as a Trustee for Austin College and the University of Texas Law School Foundation as well as the Advisory Commission for the Center for American Progress.
Ambassador Kirk was featured in Law360 as part of its Minority Powerbrokers Q&A series in 2014. He has been named one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal and one of the nation's top government relations lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America. He is the recipient of the University of Texas Distinguished Alumni Award, Woodrow Wilson Center for Public Policy's Outstanding Public Service Award, the Young Texas Exes Award, and the Austin College Distinguished Alumni Award. Ambassador Kirk also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Degree from Austin College and the Mickey Leland Leadership Award from Texas Southern University.
Ambassador Kirk was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and sociology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979. He is married to Matrice Ellis-Kirk, and they have two daughters, Elizabeth Alexandra and Catherine Victoria.
Ambassador Kirk is admitted to practice in Texas and the District of Columbia Bar.
Mr. Ali Ahmed Al KuwariGroup Chief Executive Officer - Qatar National Bank
Mr. Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari
Group Chief Executive Officer - Qatar National Bank
Speaker BioMr. Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari became Group Chief Executive Officer at Qatar National Bank in July 2013. Mr. Al Kuwari has extensive banking experience having joined QNB in 1988. Prior to joining QNB, Mr. Al Kuwari was working for Qatar Petroleum for 4 years.
Prior to being appointed as Group CEO, Mr. Al Kuwari was the Executive General Manager & Group Chief Business Officer, a post he held for over six years. He was responsible for all business lines of QNB and instrumental for QNB becomes No. I Bank in Middle East & North Africa.
Mr. Al-Kuwari is member of several boards and is the Chairman of QNB Capital (the investment banking advisory arm of QNB Group) and is the Chairman of QNB Indonesia, a subsidiary in Indonesia. He is Vice Chairman of CBI in the UAE. He is the Chairman of MasterCard Advisory Board for the Middle East and Africa and board member at Milaha and vice chairman of Qatar Exchange and board member of QFBA.
Mr. Al-Kuwari has a Master of Science in Management Information System from the University of Seattle Pacific (1987) and a Bachelor in Math and Computer Science from Eastern Washington University (1984). Mr. Al-Kuwari has also attended a number of Executive Programs at Wharton School of Business, London Business School, Cambridge University and Duke University.
Mr. Jayesh PanchalChief Information Security Officer - IMF
Mr. Jayesh Panchal
Chief Information Security Officer - IMF
Speaker BioJayesh Panchal is the Chief Information Security Officer for the International Monetary Fund an organization of 189 countries striving for global economic stability. In this role Jayesh leads and directs all aspects of information security governance, risk management, and compliance.
Mr. Attila CsajbokSenior Financial Sector Specialist - World Bank
Mr. Attila Csajbok
Senior Financial Sector Specialist - World Bank
Speaker BioAttila Csajbok is Senior Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank’s Vienna Financial Sector Advisory Centre (FinSAC). His main responsibility is to provide technical assistance to World Bank clients in the areas of financial stability and macroprudential policy, as well as conducting financial crisis simulation exercises. He joined the FinSAC team in 2012. Previously he was Deputy Head of Financial Stability at the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB, the central bank of Hungary). He had been with the MNB for 15 years, working in various areas like financial markets, monetary policy and financial stability. During these years he had actively participated in the transformation of the MNB into a fully-fledged inflation targeting central bank. In his previous role as Head of the Monetary Strategy Division, he had a direct experience of day-to-day monetary policy decision-making. At the onset of the financial crisis, he joined the MNB’s Financial Stability Department where he was responsible for macro stress-testing and forecasting. He has publications on various topics such as extracting information from financial asset prices, monetary policy rules, central bank governance, foreign currency lending, macroprudential policy coordination and financial crisis simulations. Mr. Csajbok has an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Dr. David WhyteHead of Cyber Security - BIS
Dr. David Whyte
Head of Cyber Security - BIS
Speaker BioDr. David Whyte is currently the Head of Cyber Security at the Bank for International Settlements. In his role as Head of Cyber Security, he is responsible for the development of the cyber security strategy and associated policies for the Bank as well as overseeing their design and implementation.
Mr. Alain RaesChief Executive, EMEA and Asia Pacific – SWIFT
Mr. Alain Raes
Chief Executive, EMEA and Asia Pacific – SWIFT
Speaker BioAlain Raes was appointed Head of the EMEA region of SWIFT in September 2007 and added the role of Chief Executive Asia Pacific in January 2013. He is based in Singapore. Alain was previously Director of the Continental Europe region at SWIFT, covering securities and banking sales activities and spending time in Paris as well as Brussels.
1st Lieutenant Eng. Medawi Saeed Al QahtaniOfficer 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 BioCaptain 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-QahtaniInformation Security Officer Information Security Department – MOI
1st Lieutenant Hamad Eid Al-Qahtani
Information Security Officer Information Security Department – MOI
Speaker Bio1st 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-HashmiDeputy Minister Assistant for Cyber Security - MOTC
Eng. Khalid N. Sadiq Al-Hashmi
Deputy Minister Assistant for Cyber Security - MOTC
Speaker BioKhalid 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.
Mr. Shaik AbdulkhaderChief Technology Security Officer - Vodafone Qatar
Mr. Shaik Abdulkhader
Chief Technology Security Officer - Vodafone Qatar
Speaker BioShaik Abdulkhader is currently associated with Vodafone Qatar as Chief Technology Security Officer and is responsible for end-to-end information security management, providing a balanced blend of business ennoblement while minimizing information security risks and keeping customer data secured from internal and external threats.
He is a performance-centered information security professional with over 20 years of international experience in multinational telecommunications and banking institutions in India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the US. He holds security certifications such as CISSP and CISM, and a Diploma in Cyber Law.
More about me
- Highly passionate for cyber security, information technology, people leadership and inspiring business excellence, I have always aligned business objectives and delivered impressive results.
- For over two decades of my extensive experience, I have established myself as a trusted Cyber security professional for my clients, customers and my employers for implementing secure technology solutions based on business needs. I offer a blend of technical expertise, business knowledge, and strategic acumen to forge unbreakable relation with my business partners and management team.
- Extensive experience in building global “best of class” security organizations, which have been highly effective and efficient at the same time. I have been handling a wide range of leadership & technical roles in managing Information security Governance, risk management and compliance in most challenging environments. Great knowledge and experience at professionally Introducing leading and niche security technologies to enterprises worldwide.
- In addition to my business and technical knowledge, I am a great peoples person who believes that an organization’s growth is related to its skill development. I have build medium (10+) to large team (100+) globally disbursed teams from scratch. Equally important, I am an excellent communicator having worked in multi-cultural environment with high proficiency in interacting with people from all walks of life.
Ms. Dana El SalemCEO - Fan Factory ltd
Ms. Dana El Salem
CEO - Fan Factory ltd
Speaker BioDana has been at the forefront of digital media since 1994 when she co-founded Clockwork, a Stockholm based multimedia and award winning agency that built the first interactive platforms online. In May 1996 Dana co-founded Yahoo! Europe, built the Yahoo! Europe production team and implemented the rollout of 40 online services for the European local territories. Dana then moved into Television in 2002 and managed the launch, programming, rebranding, and scheduling alignment of Sky Italia, MBC, ITV, where she specialized in On Air audience retention. She was awarded the World Gold Promax award in 2005.
Dana is now Founder & CEO of FanFactory Ltd, a consumer lead generation and consumer intelligence tech agency. FanFactory was awarded the Tech 100 Insider award 2013 as top 100 tech companies in the UK.
Dana is also an established international speaker and a mentor within the tech community. Dana sits on the Grand Jury of MIT as well as the WSA.
Mr. Andrew FitzmauriceCEO of Templar Executives
Mr. Andrew Fitzmaurice
CEO of Templar Executives
Speaker BioAs CEO of Templar Executives, Andrew Fitzmaurice has led a number of interventions to support FTSE 100 companies and with his Templar Executives Team, designed cyber security transformation programmes to address shortfalls in ´holistic cyber security maturity´ through addressing holistic security issues: people, culture, processes and Information Communications Technology.
Mr. Mitch ScherrCEO - Vauban
Mr. Mitch Scherr
CEO - Vauban
Speaker BioMitch is a co-founding partner at Vauban and has successfully implemented internet strategies for companies for over 23 years. He is a market-driven CEO, having taken successful businesses from zero to exit. Mitch is named in two US Patents, and has spoken on cyber security in major media outlets, including Internet World, Business 2.0, The Wall Street Journal, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN
Mr. Ebbe Benali PetersenCEO of BitRater Group and Former Head of Section at the Danish Defence Intelligence Service
Mr. Ebbe Benali Petersen
CEO of BitRater Group and Former Head of Section at the Danish Defence Intelligence Service
Speaker BioEbbe has made a highly successful career in combating cyber-crime, which qualifies him to provide real-time, contextual, and predictive threat intelligence about all aspects of current and future threats. His address can span the whole spectrum of potential cyber-attack or focus on any element that is necessary to implement an in-depth defence against the cyber-criminals of today and tomorrow
Mr. Peter ConnollyDirector of Consulting Services - ThinkingSafe
Mr. Peter Connolly
Director of Consulting Services - ThinkingSafe
Speaker BioPeter Connolly is the Director of Consulting Services at ThinkingSafe and delivers physical and cyber security risk management solutions for financial institutions and governments.
Peter led the UK’s first hybrid (physical, personnel and technical) Red Team penetration test blending open source research; Wi-Fi attack; hostile reconnaissance; surveillance; phishing; spoofing; wider social engineering (by phone, online and in person); physical intrusion; and computer network exploitation.
Peter is currently pioneering work in the UK banking sector on holistic (including social engineering) threat intelligence, anti-vishing (phone social engineering), insider threat mitigation, anti-bribery and corruption, training and awareness, and travel safety in extreme risk countries.
Peter is also working with the UK Penetration Testing industry to help professionalise the social engineering skills of the UK’s accredited ethical hackers.
Background. Peter left the British Army as an infantry Major after an intensive 12 years leading Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism (CT) operations around the world. Peter also led all UK military evacuation planning, kidnap response, counter-piracy, capacity building and CT across East Africa.
Mr. Cyril VoisinCSO 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 BioCyril 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. Stephen BaileyHead of Privacy, NCC Group’s Risk Management and Governance Practice
Mr. Stephen Bailey
Head of Privacy, NCC Group’s Risk Management and Governance Practice
Speaker BioStephen is the cyber consulting lead at NCC Group and has worked extensively across the Middle East. He specialises in the people risk aspects of cyber security and was one of the authors of the UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure’s guidance on managing employee risk.
Mr. Mertol OzyoneyRegional Solutions Consultant Manager – EECIS & MEA, Oracle
Mr. Mertol Ozyoney
Regional Solutions Consultant Manager – EECIS & MEA, Oracle
Speaker BioMertol ?zy?ney, always exited for challenges, 20 years ago found himself designing custom storage subsystems for super computers. Since then he is still on the same track, trying his best innovating solutions to complex data storage and protection problems.
During the last 20 years, Mertol has gained experience by working at various different positions in storage industry, including, sales, sales consultancy, product management and business development.
Mertol, now leads a highly skilled team of consultants to cover a region consists of more then 100 countries
Mr. Clinton FirthPartner and AIM Cyber Leader (Africa, India and Middle east) - EY
Mr. Clinton Firth
Partner and AIM Cyber Leader (Africa, India and Middle east) - EY
Speaker BioClinton Firth is a global thought leader in Cybersecurity and is the Partner for EY Cybersecurity across Africa, India and Middle East. Clinton brings clients a unique business perspective as an experienced Cybersecurity executive with successful senior roles including consulting, managed security operations, threat intelligence and solution design. This is complemented with diversified experience and background that has spanned commercial, government and Defense clients. Clinton’s unique experience has helped many customers with Cybersecurity issues ranging from board level, strategy, and managed services to consultative threat intelligence. Meanwhile all conducted in a pragmatic, solution orientated approach and delivery relevant to the client’s business.
Mr. Shams HasanInfrastructure Solutions Manager - Middle East, Turkey, Africa (META) - Dell EMC
Mr. Shams Hasan
Infrastructure Solutions Manager - Middle East, Turkey, Africa (META) - Dell EMC
Speaker BioShams 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, product knowledge, and marketing programs around Infrastructure and Enterprise Solutions. In this role Shams works closely with CxOs on their Digital, IT, Workforce, and Security transformation agenda aligned to the business. Shams also handles media relationships and responsibilities for the region and is an active industry spokesperson in many external business forums. He has over a decade of experience in digital technology leadership and strategy roles as a Customer in startups and large enterprises with multiple data centers. Shams has MBAs with honors and distinction from Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Mr. Dirk KollbergSenior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team - Kaspersky
Mr. Dirk Kollberg
Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team - Kaspersky
Speaker BioDirk Kollberg is a senior virus analyst at Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab. He joined the company in September 2013. From his base in Hamburg, Germany, he monitors the threat landscape, analyzes structures and the underground economy. He is a regular speaker at conferences and a contact for TV, print and online media.
Dirk has come as an outsider in 1999 in the IT security industry. He is an electric engineer, has been working as software developer and 3D artist before he joined IT security. After eleven years, he left McAfee as Malware Research Lead and spent three years at Sophos as Senior Threat Researcher. As a researcher, he analyzed viruses, worms and Trojans, created signatures for detection and removal, examined botnets, specialized in the field of threat intelligence with detailed analysis about the threats and develops new approaches for protection.
Mr. Scott MansonCyber Security Leader for Middle East, Africa and Turkey - Cisco
Mr. Scott Manson
Cyber Security Leader for Middle East, Africa and Turkey - Cisco
Speaker BioScott leads Cisco’s Cyber Security Sales and Operations across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey region.
Scott’s primary focus is to enhance Cisco’s Security Architecture business by helping customers defend themselves before, during and after security incidents. Scott’s responsibilities include driving security product and services sales, marketing, thought leadership and forging strong partnerships with Cisco’s channel partners and System Integrators. A key focus is aligning Cisco’s security organisation to capitalise on the company’s breadth of capability and credibility to address security as a fully integrated architecture, enabling Cisco’s customers to go faster and capture the opportunity of key market trends like digitisation.
Scott joined Cisco in September 2010 as Regional Manager for Emerging Markets taking Cisco’s Secure Next generation Data Center and Cloud Computing offerings in to the Middle East, Africa and Russian markets. Over the last two year’s Scott led a team of sales specialists and consulting engineers to take the same innovative solutions and go-to-market structure that worked in Data Center for customers, across Cisco’s adjacent portfolios in Networking and Collaboration.
Scott has over 19 years of experience in Information Technology sales and consulting. His technology background includes Data Center Infrastructure, Security and Management, Middleware and Application technologies.
He is ITIL certified and versed in the principles of Business Service Management (BSM).
Mr. Omar Al BarghouthiGulf & Levant Security Services Leader - IBM Middle East
Mr. Omar Al Barghouthi
Gulf & Levant Security Services Leader - IBM Middle East
Speaker BioOmar Al Barghouthi is IBM's Gulf & Levant Security Services Leader with 13 years of regional technology experience in the IT/Information Security and Networking domains. Al Barghouthi holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the American University of Sharjah. Prior to IBM, Al Barghouthi worked for several multinational, government and semi government organizations in UAE. Strategy and Information Consulting has been his focus for the last 7 years, Al Barghouthi holds several certifications in Security and Management, CISSP, CISM, ITIL Expert, Six Sigma, CCIE. A veteran expert in helping clients build better strategies in information security and align with their business strategies ensuring preserving their most valuable assets.
Mr. Nebil Ben AissaCEO - QPay Int.
Mr. Nebil Ben Aissa
CEO - QPay Int.
Speaker BioMr. 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.
Dr. Issa KhalilPrincipal Scientist - Qatar Foundation
Dr. Issa Khalil
Principal Scientist - Qatar Foundation
Speaker BioIssa Khalil received PhD degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University, USA in 2007. Immediately thereafter he joined the College of Information Technology (CIT) of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) where he served as an associate professor and department head of the Information Security Department. In June 2013, Khalil joined the Cyber Security Group in Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of Qatar Foundation, as a Senior Scientist, where he recently promoted to principal scientist. Khalil’s research interests span the areas of wireless and wireline network security and privacy. He is especially interested in cloud security, botnet detection and takedown, and security data analytics. His novel technique to discover malicious domains following the guilt-by-association social principle attracts the attention of local media and stakeholders. Dr. Khalil served as organizer, technical program committee member and reviewer for many international conferences and journals. He is a member of IEEE and ACM and delivers invited talks and keynotes in many local and international forums. In June 2011, Khalil was granted the CIT outstanding professor award for outstanding performance in research, teaching, and service
Dr. Thieyacine FallAssistant Professor Thales, ) Chair Cybersecurity at Qatar University CISSP, CISA, CRISC, ITIL
Dr. Thieyacine Fall
Assistant Professor Thales, ) Chair Cybersecurity at Qatar University CISSP, CISA, CRISC, ITIL
Speaker BioDr Thieyacine Fall has been newly appointed at Qatar University.
He has extensive experience in information security and technology from Management (policy, governance, strategy, audit and risk assessment)
to Processes, Operations (including Outsourcing) and implementation of Technology (Architecture & solutions) in depth.
His Past engagements in Cybersecurity have covered Transportation,
Automation industry, Financial services (Deutsche Borse Systems, SCOR, AXA, Zurich Financial services), Healthcare, Government, Defense, Retail food and Telecommunications
Dr. Khaled HarrasDirector of the Computer Science program - Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar
Dr. Khaled Harras
Director of the Computer Science program - Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar
Speaker BioDr. Khaled Harras, is an Associate Professor at Carnegie Melon University Qatar (CMUQ), and Director of the Computer Science program there. Dr. Harras is the founder and director of the Networking Systems Lab (NSL) at CMUQ. For the past 14 years, he has been working on the areas of challenged and opportunistic networks, video sensor networks, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), ubiquitous and pervasive systems, mobile edge computation/networked architectures, and cyber security. He also has expertise in the domains of wireless and mobile networks measurement, building real systems and testbeds, designing and implementing architectures and frameworks based on real data. Dr. Harras has more than 80 refereed publications in numerous international prestigious journals, conferences, and workshops, and 4 US patents. Along with his research group in the past few years, he has won the best computing research award in Qatar twice, received two best paper awards, and his work has been featured online various venues like MIT Tech Review and Tech the Future. To date, he has been involved in or managing research grants that amount to more than 3 Million USD, and has supervised over 30 different personnel including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research engineers.
Dr. Ahmed BouridaneHead – Computer and Electronic Security Systems Lab. Northumbria University - UK
Dr. Ahmed Bouridane
Head – Computer and Electronic Security Systems Lab. Northumbria University - UK
Speaker BioAhmed 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. Sebastian MaddenDirector for Cyber and Technology, PGI Group
Mr. Sebastian Madden
Director for Cyber and Technology, PGI Group
Speaker BioHe 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.
Mr. Mirza Asrar BaigCEO - CTM360
Mr. Mirza Asrar Baig
CEO - CTM360
Speaker BioMr. 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. Mohamed TahaRegional Sales Manager – North Gulf, Egypt, and Levant Hitachi Data Systems
Mr. Mohamed Taha
Regional Sales Manager – North Gulf, Egypt, and Levant Hitachi Data Systems
Speaker BioMohamed has 25+ years of experience in IT across Middle East, He Joined HDS 3 years back, based out of the regional HQ in Dubai. He worked for 2 years as GM for Saudi Arabia, and now he is leading HDS business in North Gulf, Egypt, and Levant. He works with Hitachi’s new clients to identify areas where Hitachi’s data management solutions can make a significant difference to their operational outcomes. This extends from classic infrastructure through to cloud services, content solutions and converged platforms. Prior to working at HDS, Mohamed worked for 8 years with Dell in the Middle East and 8 Years with IBM helping clients with their complex IT systems, high-end Storage and Compute requirements.
Mr. Maged Antoun FaragallaQuality management systems consultant - Gulf Development Centre
Mr. Maged Antoun Faragalla
Quality management systems consultant - Gulf Development Centre
Dr. Yazan BoshmafQatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU
Dr. Yazan Boshmaf
Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU
Speaker BioYazan Boshmaf, PhD is a Research Scientist in the Cyber Security group at Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU. His work is centered around the security of large-scale social and information networks. Broadly, Dr. Boshmaf’s research spans cross-disciplinary areas, and combines techniques from distributed systems, machine learning, and social computing to tackle emerging network and computer security problems. He has received various international and institutional awards for his research on analyzing the security and privacy of malicious social bots. As part of his research, Dr. Boshmaf worked with various teams at Microsoft, Telefonica, Facebook, Sophos, SAP, and Intel to solve business-critical software systems problems.
Dr. Boshmaf received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2015) under the mentorship of Prof. Matei Ripeanu and Prof. Konstantin Beznosov. His doctoral thesis characterized the threats posed by automated fake accounts in the social Web, and provided the design of a system to efficiently and effectively defend against them. This system is currently deployed by online social networks to protect hundreds of millions of users worldwide.
Mr. Ian CuthbertsonEMEA Director, Pre Sales - RSA
Mr. Ian Cuthbertson
EMEA Director, Pre Sales - RSA
Speaker BioResponsible for RSA NetWitness Suite technical sales across EMEA. Focusing on Full Packet Capture, Malware and End Point forensics. Working with the largest and most complex Information Security environments, protecting companies from nation state attackers and advanced adversary groups.
Mr. Ivan HorniakExpert ICT Solutions - Ooredoo Qatar
Mr. Ivan Horniak
Expert ICT Solutions - Ooredoo Qatar
Speaker BioIvan Horniak works at Ooredoo Qatar in the role of Expert ICT Solutions. He has more than 17 years of telecommunication experience.
As part of his role, he focuses on the development and management of next generation ICT solutions in support of Qatar 2030 National Vision.
He has responsibility for developing competitive strategies and products to address the changing needs of Ooredoo’s B2G, B2B and B2C propositions. Ivan also provides strategic leadership for the development of Ooredoo’s Managed Security Services portfolio and has played a key part in implementing a full security setup for Qatar’s critical infrastructure.
Ivan has a degree in International Affairs and International Economics, and has worked with major companies such as T-Mobile, Telefonica and O2 in the UK, Czech Republic and Slovakia.