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CYBERSECURITY INNOVATION SERIES (CSIS) - UAE EDITION - 2022: SPEAKERS

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, UAE Government

Dr. Al Kuwaiti is currently holding the position of the Managing Director of the National Data Centre under the Supreme Council for National Security. He is also working as Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Homeland Security Program at Rabdan Academy. In his current role Dr. Al Kuwaiti aims to create a fully governed approach to data privacy, sharing and processing as well as the unification and connectivity of government systems and digitization towards a smart government
In 2013, Dr. Al Kuwaiti joined the National Electronic Security Authority and held He held various positions. As the Executive Director of Government Operations, where he managed the National and International government relations. Executive Director of Operations Analysis and Cyber Security. In 2011, Dr. Al Kuwaiti was the Chief Technical Analyst at Ministry of Interior where he directed and managed various technical and administrative tasks. He also held other positions, such as
Operations Director and CTO of the Counter Terrorism Center. He was also stationed as a Defense, Air, and Naval Military Attaché at the Embassy of The United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C

Aloysius Cheang, Chief Security Officer, Huawei UAE

Aloysius Cheang is currently the Chief Security Officer of Huawei UAE responsible for driving the company’s cybersecurity vision of building a safe and secure intelligent connected digital world in the UAE and Islamic nations globally. He is also a Board Director for US-based (ISC)2, as well as UK-based cyber leadership think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies (CSCIS). In his career spanning over 22 years, Aloysius had delivered direct business values in strategic, complex, multi-year and multi-million dollar technology and cyber program for Global 500 organizations worldwide while managing large multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team spread across 5 continents and 4 major time zones time after time. Prior to his current appointment, Aloysius was a Co-Founder and Managing Director for Cloud Security Alliance Asia Pacific (CSA), the Worldwide Head of Security for Vodafone Global Enterprise and a Security Practice Leader with PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore, having started his career with DSO National Laboratories in Singapore focusing on Defence R&D. As a globally recognized cybersecurity expert, Aloysius defined the term “Cybersecurity” having authored ISO/IEC 27032 “Guidelines for Cybersecurity” and his professional perspectives are highly valued by major international media such as the BBC, Times, Wall Street Journal, ZDNet, ISMG, MSN News, CXO Insights, Teletimes International, Xinhua News, SCMP, Phoenix Media, The Hindu, The Nation, Bangkok Post, Economic Times Daily, China Times, The Straits Times, ChannelNewsAsia, Zawya, The National, Gulf Business and Al Bawaba.

Sultan Al-Owais, Digital Lead, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs

Sultan Al Owais leads cyber security and Digital Transformation teams for the ministry of Cabinet Affairs. Sultan has 15 years of cyber security experience across different vital sectors within the UAE, and has become a known public speaker and acknowledged expert in the field.

Dr. Lt. Col Hamad Khalifa Swuidan Al Nuaimi, Head of Telecommunication Division, Information Technology Center, Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters

In 2002, Dr. Lt. Col Hamad joined Abu Dhabi Police and started working as a Network technician, at the same time, my passion for educational qualifications was under my target. Thus, I worked hard in parallel and earned my HD (Higher Diploma) degree at CNET ( computer Network Engineering Tech ) from the HCT ( Higher College of Technology ) AlAin city , as well as my Bachelor degree in computer Networking. In 2009, he moved to New York State and applied for SU (Syracuse University) where he completed his Master Degree in Telecommunication Network Management. In 2018, he has earned my higher degree in PHD Project Management from the British University in Dubai.

Dr. Srijith Nair, InfoSec Director, Careem

Dr. Srijith Nair is currently Director of Information Security at Careem responsible for Data security, Privacy protection, Enterprise Identity and Access Management. Previously he held the role of Group Technology Product Manager at Booking.com in Amsterdam leading its cybersecurity products as well as those of Chief Strategy and Product Officer at Axiomatics, a security startup based in Sweden. He has a PhD in Computer Security from Virje University, Amsterdam. He has spoken in several conferences and summits, has published several peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conferences and has several international patents under his name.

Nicholas Charnley, Vice President Cyber Security, TAQA – Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC

Emad Haffar, Director, Security Consultant Team, META, Kaspersky

Emad is an experienced information security professional with a demonstrated track record working in the domain of cybersecurity. Responsible for managing and guiding a team of security consultants with the sole objective of supporting and growing Kaspersky enterprise business in the region.
Emad is a key contributor in driving large strategic projects with direct involvement in the planning, designing and consulting activities of complex solutions; he possesses extensive experience in threat intelligence application and and speaks at numerous events across the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

Richard Uhunmwagho, Regional Head, Information and Cybersecurity – Middle East & Africa, Standard Chartered Bank

Experienced Cybersecurity & Data Privacy leader with years of experience across various sectors, leveraging my expertise which cuts across diverse geographical regions, sectors, and regulated industries. He is currently the Regional Head of Information & Cybersecurity at Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to that, he had stints with Emirates NBD, Deloitte, BDO were he focused on Cyber risk management, cyber maturity of security programs and bridging the gap between Cybersecurity and the business.

Imran Shaikh, Chief Technology Officer, Virgin Mobile UAE

Imran Shaikh is a Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Mobile UAE and has spent over 20 years in Information Technology leading Digital Transformations for large Canadian Technology organizations like Rogers, Loblaws and Shaw Communications. Imran is currently working on shaping the Metaverse Strategy for Virgin Mobile UAE.

Dan Caban, Director, Mandiant Consulting (META), Mandiant

Dan Caban is a Director for Consultant Services at Mandiant in Dubai, UAE. He has more than 17 years of experience in digital forensics, incident response, and remediation consulting. Dan manages a team that delivers Incident Response, Strategic Readiness, Technical Assurance, and Cyber Defense Transformation services across the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. He and his team have responded to intrusions involving targeted threat actors in market verticals that include government, finance, healthcare, transportation, and energy. The knowledge and experience gained when responding to breaches is used to help power the proactive and strategic services that are delivered across to his customers in the region.

Laurence Elbana, Regional Sales Director Middle East, PICUS

Laurence has been in Cybersecurity Sales since 2007 based in Dubai. He has worked with large multinational vendors encompassing the spaces of IAM, Encryption and now Breach and Attack simulation with Picus Security. Laurence has a deep understanding of the customer and partner ecosystem across the middle east and Africa and has been addressing the needs of customers till date and assisting with their decision making on their Cybersecurity investment. In his new role he is focusing on evangelising the need to validate security controls and help customers make the right investments and achieve optimal ROI in doing so. In amongst this the ecosystem of partners in the region and a GTM that’s relevant to support customer’s needs has all been and is part of the objectives to move forward successfully.

Taha Hussain, Specialist – Information Security, DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority)

A seasoned IT security professional, Taha has a post graduate degree in Computer and Systems Security from University of Greenwich, London. He has earned many reputed industry certifications including CCIE-security and CISA. Taha reports to CISO, and is currently architecting and leading information security projects at DEWA

Jacob Mathew, Head of Information Technology, Government of Abu Dhabi Entity

Jacob has been working in UAE for the past 23 years. He has over 12 years of work experience in Cybersecurity and holds several cyber security and related certifications including CISSP, GRCP, TOGAF, ITIL, CGEIT and Certified Professional Forensics Analyst (CPFA). He is currently working for the Abu Dhabi government after 18 years of experience at Big 4, in Dubai, and a year at Aramco in Saudi Arabia. Jacob has worked and consulted in several industries, including Financial Services, Oil and Gas, Government, and Education. He has also participated as a panelist in a number of regional information security seminars. He has a passion for information security and is currently preparing to be a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) from ISC2.

Jeevan Badigari, Director – Information Security (CISO), DAMAC Group

Jeevan has over 16 years of professional experience in Cyber security, IT, and project management combined. Having started early his career at the age of 18, he has been passionate about technology and security from the start. Jeevan has worked with several tech multinational companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Accenture as well as large regional companies in UAE across retail, entertainment, and construction industries. Jeevan holds MBA from the University of Phoenix with a concentration in technology management and lives in Dubai with his wife and daughter. Outside professional life, Jeevan likes to travel and has visited 36 countries so far and he aims to finish at least 100 countries in the next 10 years

Shafiullah Ismail, Vice President – Cyber Security & Architecture. Governance & Risk, Mubadala Capital

Padam Sundar Kafle, Head IT and Automation, Healthcare Information Technology, Aster Hospitals – UAE

With over 15 yrs of Healthcare Technology Work Experience, Padam is the winner of UAE Innovation Award 2020. Along with that he has onboarded All Dubai Hospitals (Aster) to NABIDH in Record breaking time and the First in UAE to have Complete Cloud based Datacenter.

 

Umesh Moolchandani, Chief Information Officer, Bin Dasmal Group

Umesh Moolchandani is a seasoned senior IT professional with strong business acumen and leadership skills leveraging over 2 decades of experience of creating business value through technology. He’s well versed in implementing profound transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models through innovation, creativity and application of proven technologies to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of a mix of digital technologies and their accelerating impact. He has keen interest and understanding of IT Management, Project Management, Infrastructure Management, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, ERP Implementation, AI & ML, IoT and Blockchain Technology. Umesh is proficient in ensuring optimum allocation and utilization of technological resources and skilled in building cross-functional teams, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and making critical decisions during challenges. Umesh has extensive leadership, business and technology expertise in the manufacturing, distribution, shipping, retail and service sector.

Zaheer Mubarak Shaikh, Chief Information Security Officer, Al Maryah Community Bank

Adam Docrat, Head of Information Technology, Aster Retail GCC

Adam is an IT Professional with over 20 years in the IT Sector with experience in the UK, South Africa, Qatar and the UAE. He is currently working at Aster DM Healthcare as their “Head of IT – Retail GCC”, I have previously been the IT Director at LIFE Pharmacy, Masafi Water and the IT Manager for Al Mana Fashion Group. I have implemented a large number of enterprise level ERP’s and was the first in the world to implement MS Dynamics AX 2012 R3 in Azure. Focused predominantly on identifying IT Business Requirements and implementing solutions to drive change across the business yielding both Financial and Operational benefits

Bader Husni Zyoud, Senior Information Security & Risk Management Specialist & Incidents Manger, Government Entity

Bader has ten years of extensive hands-on experience in cybersecurity, risk management, governance, threat intelligence, SOC management, artificial intelligence, security transformation programs, incident management, implementation of business resilience and project risk capabilities in terms of information security, strategic planning, procurement, and negotiating, business development, projects management, IT and Security Audit Leader, cybersecurity infrastructure management(On premise and cloud), vendor’s & third party risk management , design and implementation of a Security Architecture for Critical Infrastructure. Worked a cross different industry “Government, Academic, Finance, IT, Cyber Security, Consultation & Advisory. Proven skills in tackling and solving problems with a history of achieving cost savings and enhancing systems functionality

Hosam Hittini, Head of Security Operations Center, Multinational Fintech

Hosam Hittini is a cyber security professional with solid experience in Purple Teaming, Threat Hunting, Security Operations, Incident Response, and Risk Management. He has helped organizations in strategic transformation of their SOC and cyber defense systems. He has experience in Financial Services, the Telecom Industry, and Industrial Control Systems. He earned his Master’s Degree in Information Security in 2016. He is also both a published author and a reviewer of research papers in respected journals like IEEE and MDPI. He is currently holding nine GIAC certifications, he is a member of SANS Advisory Board as well.

Ashraf Esmat Khalil, Head of Solution Architect, Huawei Cloud ME

Ashraf is an expert in Cybersecurity, Network and Cloud Architecture owing more than 20 years of experience in IT and different business sectors. Currently working as senior Cloud Solution Architect, and worked as senior design manager, and consultant for large enterprises and service providers. Led the design and the delivery of large scale network and security architecture for multiple service providers and large enterprises in the gulf region. His technical and business expertise have been proven and endorsed by achieving more than 20 Expert level certificates in Cybersecurity and Network, and Cloud Architecture, Risk Management, Project Management and Quality Management.

Amit Bhatia, Head of Information Security, 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.

Sudeep Chatterjee, General Manager, Middle East and India, MetricStream

Sudeep Chatterjee is the General Manager for Middle East and India at MetricStream. Sudeep is an aggressive sales strategist with a distinguished career spanning over 19 years of experience leading high-growth sales operations. He has extensive expertise in client need analysis with a consultative approach to software and application sales. Sudeep has been able to forge strong professional relationships and build consensus across internal and external stakeholders to bring the best strategies to life. A strong cross functional team leader with a successful track record of strong sales growth, Sudeep is also an astute communicator and negotiator adept at establishing rewarding business relationships. Prior to his current role at MetricStream, Sudeep worked as the Associate Director of Sales – Governance Risk and Compliance Solution until October 2013. After leaving MetricStream, Sudeep was the Vice President of Sales at Atlas Systems Inc, based in Bengaluru, India, for a year and a half. Sudeep holds a BCOM Honors, Commerce from Calcutta University. Additionally, he graduated with a PGDBA in Marketing from ICFAI Business School (IBS).

Shivani Jariwala, Director in Cloud Security, CPX

Shivani is currently Director in Cloud Security Services in CPX. A trusted advisor for cyber security, Shivani has helped develop and deliver trust, provide the necessary leadership and enhanced overall cybersecurity maturity for organizations around the world. She has a successful track record of working with various C-level executives and with state, national and multilateral bodies across various industry verticals.

She is the President of Cloud Security Alliance – UAE Chapter. A speaker and thought leader on topics such as cloud adoption, cyber security and regulatory challenges.
Shivani earned a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University.

Hatem Ali, Regional Manager – Gulf, Mandiant

Hatem Ali is the regional manager for Mandiant Global Services and Intelligence (GSI) division, covering the Gulf region. Prior to this role, Hatem held many cyber security technical and sales positions within companies like HPE, RSA, IBM-ISS, and Fortinet. 
Hatem has devoted the last 20 years working with organizations across multiple industries on the best practices to become more resilient to cyber risk, traversing areas like security organization and architecture, security operations, threat intelligence, cyber security consulting, governance, risk, and compliance (GRC).
Hatem has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the American University in Cairo, and cyber security public policy diploma from Harvard University, and is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, and an active CISSP member. 

Kashif R. Rana, Group Head of IT, HSA Group

Kashif R. Rana is currently the Group Head of IT for HSA Group, where he is driving the digital transformation and implementing the Cloud strategy. Prior to joining HSA, Kashif was the Vice President Technology & innovation for Etihad Aviation Group – the parent of Etihad Airways and five other airlines – where he was managing the transformation of the Group’s digital landscape and customer experience. He led the implementation of the employee enablement tools, AI, Big Data, SAP and digital tools with Watson technology.

Hulk Zhang, Cybersecurity Specialist, Huawei

Hulk Zhang is currently a Cybersecurity Specialist in Huawei UAE. Before joining Huawei, Hulk was a PhD researcher in information security at ISG of Royal Holloway University of London. His research focused on applying modern control theory into enhancing the resilience of the cyber-physical system through a robust mathematical model.

El bachir EL ALAOUI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Manager – Asia, Middle East and Africa, ENGIE

El bachir is an IT Professional with over 20 years of professional experience in infrastructure, cybersecurity and project/program management. He has worked in Europe and the Middle East across various sectors (Energy, Finance, Luxury, Construction, …). He is currently working at ENGIE as a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Manager for Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Prince Rana, Information Security, Risk and Governance, Seddiqi Holding

Prince Rana is leading Information Security, Risk and Governance for Seddiqi Holding in the UAE. He has over 14 years of ‘professional experience in Financial Services, Retail, Consulting (Big-4) and Telecom industry.
He is responsible for Overall InfoSec Strategy and Governance at Seddiqi Holding Manage and oversee security controls Implementations across the group.
Prince holds a master’s degree (MBA) from ICFAI University, and professional accreditations from Harvard & ISACA in Risk Management. 

 

Tilak Ratnayake, Group IT Security Manager, Gulf Agency Company

Jasmita Malik, Assistant Manager Information Security, Landmark Group

Shahab uddin, 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.

Dr. Fene Osakwe, Council Member, Forbes Technology Council Member

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. He was a Board member of ISACA for 4 years and won an award for service excellence. He is a 2022 Forbes Technology Council member, and invitation only community of International Tech Executive. He has spoken at over 43 international conferences in the last 2 years.

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