Laura Buckwell Former News Anchor, Event Host & MC
Former News Anchor, Event Host & MC
Smith Gonsalves Director & Principal Consultant, CyberSmithSECURE
Director & Principal Consultant, CyberSmithSECURE
Nicolai Solling Chief Technology Officer, Help AG
Chief Technology Officer, Help AG
Nicolai Solling is the
Chief Technology Officer at Help AG, the
cybersecurity arm of Etisalat Digital. He is
responsible for overseeing Help AG’s professional services,
support services, and technical vendor
management across the region. Additionally,
he is also involved in
coordinating the enablement of teams and
making sure they are good at
delivering the technologies Help AG takes to market. Since
joining the company in 2008, he has
successfully grown the technical team by more than 200% and has been heavily
involved in the design, deployment, and operation
of some of the most challenging
network and security infrastructures for enterprise
customers across a variety of industry sectors.
Solling has been in the IT and network
industry for over 20 years. He is one of the most well-known names in the
industry thanks to his in-depth knowledge of cybersecurity technologies
combined with his vast experience in security solutions, integration as well
pre-sales and design. Prior to joining Help AG, Solling worked as a Systems
Engineering Manager for Juniper Networks in the Nordic region. He has also
worked with Cygate Denmark and Cisco earlier.
Hesham Saad Sr. Regional Cybersecurity Technical Specialist, Microsoft
Sr. Regional Cybersecurity Technical Specialist, Microsoft
Hesham Saad is a Sr. Regional Cybersecurity Technical Specialist
in Microsoft part of the global Cyber Defence team unit and focusing on SOC
Operations, Threat Management and Hunting, DFIR, Advanced Analytics & SIEM
management with more than 15 years of IT & Cyber experience and a
multi-national Cyber speaker. (39)
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Prasanth Prasad Business Unit Head Spire Solutions
Business Unit Head Spire Solutions
Prasanth is an experienced Business Unit leader with a
demonstrated history of working in the Data Center industry. Skilled in Breach
and Attack Simulations, SIEM, Vulnerability Management, Penetration Testing,
DAST, Privilege and Identity Access Management, Data Protection, Storage Area
Network (SAN), Blade Technology, Storage, Data Analytics, AI, Data Lake and
Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Strong business development
professional with experience in handling large projects and customers.
Tausif Sayyed Head, Data BU, Spire Solutions
Head, Data BU, Spire Solutions
Jason Steer Director of EMEA presales, Recorded Future
Director of EMEA presales, Recorded Future
Nadim Abdulrahim Global Government Industry Expert - Huawei Enterprise Business Group
Global Government Industry Expert - Huawei Enterprise Business Group
As an industry leader in government and public safety industry, Mr. Abdulrahim is a Global Government Industry Scientist at Huawei on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enable governments, emergency services, city authorities and other government organizations to prevent, detect, respond and recover quickly and effectively from changing economic environments and threats to public safety. He is a well sought after solution specialist, using his vast design experience to digitally transform challenging customer requirements into workable mission critical solutions that can be utilized to make communities and cities safe.
With his extensive hands-on experience in delivering turnkey integrated mission critical command & control solutions for multiple government and private agencies, Mr. Abdulrahim is a natural expert to assist public safety, security and customs agencies realize the solutions that satisfy their end-to-end functional and operational requirements today and in the future, apply best practices to achieve project management excellence during delivery and respective maintenance and lifecycle transformation requirements to assure continued 24/7 operation and evolution, in addition to setting up essential training requirements.
With over 32 years of experience in the Safety and Security industry, Mr. Abdulrahim started as a consultant with Dar Al Handash in London in 1987. He has held multiple positions in design, sales, project management to executive management in multi-cultural environments in Europe and the Middle East, specializing in delivering large scale turnkey integrated security solutions.
Prior to joining Huawei, Mr. Abdulrahim was Regional Director [CEO] for Siemens Enterprise Security in the GCC region and Head of the Center of Competence (CoC) for Middle East and Asia. Mr. Abdulrahim spent 15 years at Siemens, joining in 2001 as a Regional Sales Manager to establish the security offering in the region. Under his leadership, Siemens became a market leader in command and control solutions for public safety in the GCC with prestigious C3 references including Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police, Palm Island, Qatar Pearl, Qatar NCC, Qatar Asian Games 2006, CICPA, RGO among others.
Over the years, Mr. Abdulrahim has specialized in ICT solutions, Integrated Security Solutions (PSIM, CCTV, Access Control, Intrusion Detection), Command & Control and Crisis Management operational and functional planning, Integrated Call Center Mission Critical Communication (Telephony, Tetra, LTE, Intercom), Computer Aided Dispatch, GIS (2D/3D), Customs and Border solutions, Education solutions, Smart City and Safe City E2E roll-out, Intelligent Traffic Sysytems, Critical Infrastructure and Smart Campus solutions, Video Surveillance with Analytics, Sovereign Cloud and Data Centers solutions, PA & Sound Reinforcement, Acoustics, A/V & Video Wall, Control Room Design, Wireless Transmission, Risk & Threat Analysis, Fire Detection and Protection, in addition to assisting with setting up SOP’s for client procedures.
Syed Abdul Qadir Executive Director, Technology Consulting & Cyber Risk Assurance, PwC, Pakistan
Executive Director, Technology Consulting & Cyber Risk Assurance, PwC, Pakistan
Award Winning cybersecurity professional at one
of the Big Four accounting firms.
Sion Retzkin Head of Technical Channel Enablement EMEA & APAC, Pentera
Head of Technical Channel Enablement EMEA & APAC, Pentera
Sion brings to Pentera’s team over 20 years of experience in product, project management, sales, pre-sales, and technical roles.
Sion began his career in Cyber Security in the IDF and prior to Pentera, worked at companies like Cronus Cyber Technologies, Cybonet, Matrix, and others.
Sion is also the author of the book: Hands-On Dark Web Analysis.
After performing various roles at Pentera, Sion is now Head of Technical Channel Enablement for EMEA & APAC.
Harshit Agarwal Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Appknox
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Appknox
Harshit Agarwal, Co-Founder and CEO at Appknox is a tech enthusiast. A serial entrepreneur, Harshit is one of the very few early members and moderators of India's largest startup group, Bangalore Startups.His eight years of startup and technological experience set the way for him to co-found Appknox in 2013.
Harshit has worked with over 300+ enterprises, ranging from top financial institutions to Fortune 500 companies, to establish security standards that assist organizations in securing their mobile applications and shortening the time required for security testing.
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Nuno Oliveira Software Development Group Manager, Checkmarx
Software Development Group Manager, Checkmarx
Nuno is a software group manager at Checkmarx, where he manages and
contributes to the development of SAST products.
His expertise in parsing and compilers helped improve Checkmarx’ static
analysis in the past few years.
Nuno has a PhD in Computer Science and is a regular invited lecturer in
Portuguese universities with teaching and supervision duties.
Barak Hadad Head of Research, Armis Labs
Head of Research, Armis Labs
Barak Hadad is the Head of Research at Armis Labs, responsible for hunting zero days and reverse engineering. Formerly an embedded R&D team lead in the Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence, his current focus is unraveling the mysteries of various embedded devices.
While breaking a factory production line is Barak's idea of fun at work, in his free time Barak enjoys gaining as many hobbies as possible, including windsurfing, volleyball, skiing, water-ski, volley-ski, ball-water-ski, and of course his favorite, wind-ball-surf-volley-ski.
Ahmed Al Zarouni VP & Head of IT Department, Investment Corporation of Dubai
VP & Head of IT Department, Investment Corporation of Dubai
Karim Hosny Attia CEO & Founder, UBIRCH Cyber Security LLC
CEO & Founder, UBIRCH Cyber Security LLC
CEO at UBIRCH, Entrepreneur & Thought Leader Digital Transformation & Media
Since the early 90's, Karim has been an entrepreneur and business angel in the digital economy. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and his passion is the establishment and development of new markets based on digital transformation of existing business models through application and constant innovation of technology.
Karim has created and successfully grown companies from the ground as well as held senior international positions in enterprises like DENTSU AEGIS and Deutsche Post DHL.
He helps shaping the industry by taking leadership in trade associations and JICs like the IAB or BVDW as well as being a frequent speaker at conferences.
Mitun Zavery Regional Vice President, Sales Engineering EMEA, Sonatype
Regional Vice President, Sales Engineering EMEA, Sonatype
Mitun has a wealth of experience in
DevSecOps architecture, development and management. Currently working with
Global Enterprise Organisations, Mitun helps protect Enterprise company
software by remediating risk and preventing vulnerable software components
entering your software supply chain.
Muhammad Rehan Head, Infrastructure BU, Spire Solutions
Head, Infrastructure BU, Spire Solutions
Mark Reeves Vice President Revenue Operations EMEA, Jumio Corporation
Vice President Revenue Operations EMEA, Jumio Corporation
has 30 years experience building strategies to help organisations leverage the
latest technologies to grow their business, increase customer revenue, expand
Global presence and improve the customer journey.
George Mehrej Director of Alliances & Channel - MENA, Immersive Labs
Director of Alliances & Channel - MENA, Immersive Labs
Sultan Al-Harbi OT SOC Manager, IT Belt
OT SOC Manager, IT Belt
Security and Information Technology leader with a track record across different
industries and transformation programs. Proud to led effective teams and
deliver on missions serving national objectives. Strong leadership, vision, and
execution capabilities. Highly driven and goal oriented, leveraging knowledge,
insight, and purpose.
Yasmine Idrissi Azzouzi Cybersecurity Program Officer, ITU
Cybersecurity Program Officer, ITU
Yasmine is a Cybersecurity Programme Officer in the cybersecurity division of ITU's Bureau for Development, focusing on capacity development and inclusion in cybersecurity.
Notably, she is the global coordinator for the Women in Cyber programme, a project aiming to help overcome the digital gender divide and to increase the number of women leaders in cybersecurity.
As a member of ITU's Youth Task Force, she also leads Youth4Cyber, an initiative to expose young people to the cybersecurity field and encourage them to take on the cybersecurity challenges of tomorrow. She also assists on activities related to Child Online Protection, notably training development for national policymakers, educators, parents and children.
She holds a Master's degree from the University of Geneva in International and European Governance, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.
Bahaa Hudairi Regional Director
Bahaa has over 20 years’ experience in IT and
over 16 years specializing in the area of IT security. Bahaa has held multiple positions
with security and mobility vendors both Technical and sales roles. Throughout
his career, Bahaa has acquired multiple vendor and security industry
certifications including CISSP certification while holding leading positions
with companies such as McAfee and MobileIron. Bahaa also has unique Mobile and
Cloud Security expertise in the META region and has helped multiple customers
with their mobility strategies and needs.
Nizar Wafa Duo Account Executive - MEA, CISCO
Duo Account Executive - MEA, CISCO
Duo Account Executive, Nizar leads Cisco
Secure Access by Duo Line of business in the Middle East and Africa, He
is an SME with more than 13 years of experience
in various Cybersecurity Domains particularly access management,
Security monitoring and Zero Trust.
Sheik Abideen Regional Director - MEA, Securonix
Regional Director - MEA, Securonix
Abideen is a veteran in the Cyber Security industry with 20+ years of
experience, mainly in the Middle East Market. He joined Securonix in 2019 as
Regional Director and has been credited with driving the overall business in
Apollinaire Moreno Public Cloud Sales Lead, Fortinet International Emerging Markets
Public Cloud Sales Lead, Fortinet International Emerging Markets
Based in Dubai (UAE), Apollinaire is in charge of developing Fortinet’s Public Cloud business in the International Emerging Markets. He has extensive experience in Cloud, having worked on Cloud-based PBXs as early as 2003.
Previous to Fortinet, Apollinaire worked for Tata Communications where he led a team of Solutions Architects covering the company’s full portfolio of managed services, including Security, Hybrid Clouds, Networking and Unified Communications.
Other experience includes several years with Cisco in the Emerging Markets, where Apollinaire occupied various roles in the area of Collaboration technologies: Sr Manager Consulting Systems Engineers, Regional CTO and Sales Lead. He has a solid experience in Communications Technologies, after 11 years at Nortel Networks, where he was a Partner Manager, a Systems Engineer and a Senior Systems Engineer Manager.
Apollinaire holds a Masters in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
He is fully adapted to the desert climate of Dubai, and with his wife and daughter, he enjoys the many activities that this city has to offer - his favourites are Scuba Diving, Desert Camping and Triathlon.
Gilles LORIDON CEO, GLOBAL SECURITY NETWORK
CEO, GLOBAL SECURITY NETWORK
LORIDON has worked as an IT Consultant for 28 years and specialized in Cyber
Security for more than 23 years. In 1999, Gilles joined the European Leader in Strategic
Security, as a Senior Security Consultant and later on, took the position of
CEO of Global Security Network, its Middle East branch. Gilles has been leading
and implementing successful Cyber Security projects for Security Agencies, Military
Departments, Nuclear & Electricity companies and Oil & Gas corporations
in Europe, Africa, Asia, as well as in the Middle East. Gilles has been
conducting Cyber Security Audits & VA/PT, ISA 62443 CSMS implementations,
Risk Assessments and Awareness Training in the Energy and Governmental sectors.
Gilles is certified ISA/IEC 62443 Cyber Security Fundamentals Specialist and an
elected leader of ISA UAE Section.
Gilles is a
Senior Consultant for more than 22 years in InfoSec and for 27 years in IT. He
has been leading and implementing InfoSec projects for Security Agencies and Energy
companies in EMEA. As prime consultant, Gilles has been conducting, InfoSec
Audits, ICS CSMS implementations and Awareness Training.
Nuclear Security & Safety Consultant, Gilles worked for 8 years on the Safety
Analysis Reports for CLA and OLA. He was the principal consultant on the Cyber
Security Plan, Chapter 19.3 AIA and Chapter 19.4 LOLA.
Gilles LORIDON, MSc in Computer Science from French IT Engineering
has worked as IT Consultant for more than twenty-three
years and in the Cyber Security field for more than eighteen years.
Gilles started his career in 1994 as a Military
Engineer for the CEA, the French Nuclear Energy agency, in the Nuclear
Emergency Response Team. This team is part of the first responders in case of a
In 1997, he moved to the USA and worked for the US
government as a project leader for the development of innovative Economic
In 1999, Gilles joined the European Leader in Economic
Intelligence, CEIS, as a Project Leader and later, took the responsibility
of its Middle East Branch.
During the last eighteen years as CEO of
Global Security Network, he has been
leading and implementing successful cyber security projects for governmental Agencies,
Critical infrastructure companies and Military Departments in Europe, Africa,
as well as in the Middle East. Gilles’ main role is to the Subject Matter
Expert on ICS/SCADA Cyber Security and on the relevant standards (ISO 27001,
IEC 62443, ISF IRAM) and regulations (US NRC 5.71, UAE NESA, NEI, etc…).
Gilles is ISA certified ISA 84/IEC 61511 SIS Fundamentals
Gilles is participating to many conferences in the
MENA region presenting, peer reviewed, DataDiode cases studies and ISC/SCADA
cyber security related subjects.
Gilles conducted many Information Security Awareness sessions in the Oil
& Gas and the Nuclear sectors for hundreds of employees with a focus on
Gilles developed and delivered Safety and Security training
for the UAE Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation including the APR 1400
Safety Systems and the Safety
Sunil Peer Regional CDTO - Cloud BU, Huawei Middle East
Regional CDTO - Cloud BU, Huawei Middle East
Experienced business professional with 25+ years
experience in ICT Solution business
development, Industry Solutions ,Technology Services and consultancy across
multinational organizations across the globe.
In-depth knowledge in the ICT environment
in regard to technology Solutions like Cloud,
BCDR, Data Warehousing and ICT transformation Solutions across various
Pranav Bhoptkar MEA Cybersecurity Director, Honeywell
MEA Cybersecurity Director, Honeywell
Seasoned technology leader with 15+ years of experience in the industrial control systems, enterprise software, cybersecurity and services. He has helped several organizations with their cybersecurity journey.
At Honeywell, Pranav leads the Cybersecurity practice for Middle East and Africa comprising of Sales and Technical Solution consultants for Honeywell Connected Cyber, enabling customers with their cybersecurity programs in various verticals like Energy, Utilities, Metals and mining.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Instrumentation and control and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Business.
He is a certified GICSP and helps to drive cybersecurity awareness and education into industrial control system communities in the region and India.
Syed Ashfak Ahmed Regional Manager - Cyber Products ATOS
Regional Manager - Cyber Products ATOS
Muhammad Rehan has more than 16 years of experience in Infrastructure, Security and NOC/SOC solutions. He currently is the Director of Infrastructure Management Solutions at Spire Solutions with key Focus on NSOC Solutions and Security Consulting Services. His responsibilities include consultation on designs, configuration, and implementation.
He has proven skills and success in providing strategic solutions for client business applications, security operations management, incident response, OT and IT infrastructure management.
Syed Abid Ali Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer of PhishRod
Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer of PhishRod
Syed Abid Ali is the Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer of PhishRod, the fastest growing security awareness & automated phishing incident response platform across Middle East, North Africa & APAC region.
Realizing the need for human centric cyber security, he founded PhishRod and provides leadership for product development, sales operations & expansion across the regions through partner network.
Prior to PhishRod he served as Country Manager for McAfee and his areas of interest include Enterprise Security Awareness Frameworks, Automated Phishing Incident Response & Integrated Threat Intelligence
Brian Egenrieder Veteran sales strategist and executive leader
Veteran sales strategist and executive leader
Brian Egenrieder is a veteran sales strategist and executive leader with over 30 years of enterprise software experience. His expertise in sales, sales management, business / channel development, marketing and executive leadership, gives Brian a unique perspective in helping early-stage companies build from the ground up and in also helping established companies hone their strategies and processes to consistently increase revenue while controlling costs. He has vast experience in selling into the Fortune 500 / Global 2000 as well as the SMB markets, experience in both commercial and government sectors, and experience in working in both domestic and foreign markets. He has been employed at a multitude of Software companies with a wide array of technology solutions, including IBM, webMethods, Deltek, Sterling Commerce, and others, giving Brian a broad spectrum of knowledge in high tech enterprise sales and marketing. He currently holds the position of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) for the rapidly growing Mobile Security company SyncDog. He is helping them to continually increase their global footprint and change the way the world goes about getting work done on their mobile devices.
MURALIDHARAN VELLAT DIVISION MANAGER, Bulwark Technologies
DIVISION MANAGER, Bulwark Technologies
cyber security sales specialist with over 19 year of experience in the Middle
East region. Currently heading the corporate security division of Bulwark
Technologies having a successful track record of driving large enterprise
sales, selling Information security
solutions – hardware, software, cloud and hybrid, across the whole of Middle
East, Levant and the Indian Sub-continent to all verticals that include Telcos
& Service Providers, Oil & Gas, Banking Sector, Ministries, Utilities, Manufacturing,
Healthcare, Education and other corporate institutions.
Previous to Fortinet, Apollinaire worked for Tata Communications where he led a team of Solutions Architects covering the company’s full portfolio of managed services, including Security, Hybrid Clouds,