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MEET OUR SPEAKERS: SMART CYBERSECURITY MENA

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

Pillairkulam Parthasarathy, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), First Abu Dhabi Bank

He has 29 years of work experience in financial industries including banks, out of which, he has been CISO for large banks of UAE & India for the last 16 years. His core responsibilities lie in aligning information security to bank’s core business functions and is currently leading the information security of the largest bank in the GCC.

Hisham Mohamed, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Emirates NBD Egypt

Over 10 years of work experience in IT Security, being mainly the Chief Information Security Officer, working for different institutions. Delivering unique & valuable contributions to most sophisticated and biggest multinational organizations for Digital Transformation and applying Proactive Security Approach. Being exposed on various interviews, talks, articles about the achievements, successful stories, contributions, leadership style. Internationally received accolades and awards on numerous occasions including ‘CISO of the year’ awards from various publications, bodies, and events.

Javed Jabbar, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Samba Bank Pakistan

Javed is an experienced and highly accomplished Information / Cyber Security and IS Audit Specialist with more than 20 years of career in banking and telecom industries. He has multiple world-renowned credentials and have been recognized by (ISC)2 through honoring Information Security Leadership Achievement (ISLA) Award. He is currently serving as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at SAMBA Bank Ltd. (Pakistan).

Eng. Majed Mohammad Alshodari, Chief Cyber Security Officer, SALAMA Cooperative Insurance Company

With numerous awards and accolades under his sleeves and the experience of chairing multiple conferences and initiatives, Eng. Majed is a prominent executive in the region. He is the Co-Founder of the Shared Services Cooperative Association for Shared Services in the region and MENA, Founder of MAITTC Consultancy, he has over 19 years of international experience at both senior management and technical hands-on in holding, contracting, banking, supply chain, Oil & Gas, real estate, construction, insurance, automotive, and investment services industries in addition to real-time systems and digital transformation once come to the shared services along with other business depts.

Werno Gevers, Regional Manager Middle East, Mimecast

Werno is the Middle East Regional Manager at Mimecast where he focuses on supporting businesses throughout the region with their cyber resilience strategies. His experience includes helping one of the world’s leading airlines to build a defence strategy against email-borne attacks and has worked across South Africa, East Africa, and the Middle East. He also helps customers implement continuity and data recovery ensuring they are able to quickly return to business-as-usual in the event of a successful breach or cyberattack.

Karthik Ananda Rao, Technical Consultant, Zoho Corporation – ManageEngine

An enthusiastic and passionate presenter, having presented ManageEngine solutions at over 200+ destinations. He has over 15+ years of experience in IT and most of his time has been dedicated to promoting ManageEngine software. He has had the privilege to be a Guest Lecturer at the Caledonian College of Engineering, Oman and also at the National Institute of Ministry of Public Administration, Malaysia.

Louay Shaat, Senior Security Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services(AWS)

Louay is a Senior Security Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services. Louay has over 15 years of experience working in Australia, New Zealand and Germany. With AWS, he spends his days working with customers, from startups to the largest of enterprises, helping them build cool new capabilities and accelerating their cloud journey. He has a strong focus on security and automation to help customers improve their security, risk, and compliance in the cloud.

Eng. Abdullah Biary, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), United Cooperative Assurance

Abdullah received his master’s degree from Washington D.C. at the well-recognized George Washington University majoring in Cyber Security. He has also been a key speaker in large events and has received awards recognized globally. During his career he has established the Cyber Security Department from the initiative, acquiring the key skilled staff as well as developed the Policies, Procedures and Standards for the organization.

Mohammed Al-Doseri, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Tas’heel Finance   

Mohammed is responsible for defining and executing Information Security and Cybersecurity Strategy in alignment with the organization’s goal of providing a secure, seamless, and enhanced security and customer experience. Framing information security plans, guidelines, policies, and short-term strategies, and lead information security planning processes to establish a comprehensive information security program. Mohammed has over 14 years of experience in Banking sector focusing on Information Technology and Information Security. Currently besides his role in Tasheel Finance, Mohammed has been appointed as Chairman of SAMA Cybersecurity Committee for Financial Sector, Saudi Central Bank-SAMA. He is also an Advisory Board Member in CISO Forum and International Advisory Board member for CCISO in EC-Council.

Kiran Kumar PG, Head of Security Advisory, Digital14

He is a visionary security leader with a thought of building strong security work culture in the organization. He strongly supports the business drivers and enables the organization to ‘Go to market’ strategy. He manages security posture across the organization by implementing various technologies. Along with this, he has multiple awards like MESA (Middle East Security Award) twice for implementing best security program in the region.

 

Jawad Khalid Mirza, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Askari Bank

Holds 17 Years of diversified experience in the areas of Information / Cyber Security, Branch less Banking, & Program / Project Management with Financial and Telecom sectors of Pakistan. Currently serving in Askari Bank as Chief Information Security Officer, after serving in Allied Bank and MCB Bank on similar roles.

Jawad Alalawi, Director Of Information Technology, Al Yousuf Exchanges & Money Transfers

He has over 20+ years’ experience in technology with more than 15 years’ experience in the banking sector, payment systems. He has also won awards in 2019 and 2020 by the World CIO 200 awards – Bahrain Edition. He is a leader and coach with deep experience in technology, holding demonstrable strength in Information Security. He is an information systems architect, business solutions designer and a business transformational agent. He also possesses strong API, Digitalization and automation skills transforming company culture to reduce manual work, improve systems effectiveness and integrate regulations into work processes.

Syed Murtuza, Information Security Manager, Al Fanar

Syed Murtuza is an accomplished Information technology professional with passion to create secure and resilient environments where information risk is a business enabler in achieving strategic goals, effective decision making and improve stakeholder transparency of IT controls.
He is specialized in IT disciplines of IT security, IT audit & IT operations and with experience in IT management and governance, information and cyber security, IT controls and frameworks, process improvements, IT risk management, project management, quality management and IT business resilience.

Srinivas Mathala, Head of Cybersecurity, OSN

He is an internationally seasoned and awarded Senior Management Executive in Cyber Security, with a proven competency to strategise, execute and govern complex multi-domain security portfolios. He is specialised in managing diversified Cybersecurity operations, IT compliance and IT risk management domains, with nearly two decades of experience in the field. Employing his experience gained by being part of CMMI level organisations, he developed and implemented innovative and effective cybersecurity processes contributing to Digital and Cloud transformational programs.

Eng. Hashem Al-Azizi, Cybersecurity GRC Manager, TAQA

Eng. Hashem Al-Azizi is a Cybersecurity GRC Manager in TAQA (The Industrialization & Energy Services Company) with 7+ years of experience in IT and Cybersecurity Governance Domain, providing services ranging from governance, risk and compliance consultation in addition to support and implementation of the national and international cybersecurity standards and frameworks such as ISO 27001,ISO 22301, SAMA, NESA, SACS-002 and NIST CSF.

Mohammed Alobaid, Cybersecurity Section Head, Advanced Petrochemical Company

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