11:00 – 11:10
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Moderator Remarks

Carmen Marsh President, United Cybersecurity Alliance, USA

11:10 – 11:40
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   FIRESIDE CHAT: Blueprints of Tomorrow: Education, Empowerment, and Opportunities •Engaging the next generation with technology and helping them grow their digital skills is the key to the world''s future development• Building on the ability to leverage the transformational power of the digital divide - How are enterprises investing in the corporate pipeline to attract young talent into this field?• The rise of internships and outreach programs for students in STEM fields to create more apprenticeship opportunities

Pei Ling Lee Head, Cyber Strategy & Outreach Unit, INTERPOL, Singapore

Lieutenant Colonel Francel Margareth Taborlupa Battalion Commander, 7th Signal Bn, Army Signal Regiment, Philippine Army

Carmen Marsh President, United Cybersecurity Alliance, USA

11:40 – 11:55
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   A New Pathway for a Resilient and Integrative Cybersecurity Workforce While more women have risen in cybersecurity leadership roles over the past 3 years, less than 10% worked directly on measures to improve, implement, and innovate on security measures in their industry.

We propose a cultural shift in the workforce through a better 0-day training program that empowers women to have an active and successful security and data-driven role within their organization.  We are committing 350,000 AED to assist women in the Middle East in securing leadership roles in cybersecurity.

Elisabeth Beiter Chief Administrative Officer, Pvotal Technologies, USA

11:55 – 12:15
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Addressing the Global Cybersecurity Workforce Gap: Strategies to Support and Retain Women in Cybersecurity • The global cybersecurity workforce gap and findings from the (ISC)² 2022 Workforce Study
• Recent improvements in diversity within cybersecurity
• Ways we can continue to support women entering cybersecurity
• Ways we can provide pathways to success and opportunities for women entering the field

Clar Rosso CEO, (ISC)², US

12:15 – 12:35
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Empowering the African Digital Economy through Investment in Cybersecurity An overview of the MTN cyber posture and understanding of enterprise-wide security programs and initiatives that can be used to achieve security maturity above industry standards

Celia Mantshiyane Chief Information Security Officer, MTN (Mobile Telephone Network), South Africa

12:35 – 12:50
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Insights of the Digital Defense Report Billions of customers around the world allows us to aggregate security data to understand the scope and scale of digital threats around the globe. With such diverse threats coming from so many sources, it is incredibly difficult for our customers to anticipate when and where they might be attacked and how to effectively defend themselves. This is why we share our unique insights on how the digital threat landscape is evolving and the crucial actions that can be taken now to manage the risks.Key areas:         
•   The state of Cybercrime
•   Nation State Threats          
•   Devices & Infrastructure
•   Cyber Influence Operations          
•   Cyber Resilience

Nia Zumot Cyber Security Specialist, Microsoft, UAE

12:50 – 13:50
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Panel Discussion: Building a Cybersecurity Workforce • What are the efforts extended by organizations to expand opportunities for women to join the field of cybersecurity?  Addressing the cyberskill gap for the recent grads and newbies in cybersecurity
• An average of 25% of women hold cybersecurity jobs in comparison to men. According to Microsoft, there are more than 2.5 million open cybersecurity jobs worldwide, how can we encourage more women into filling this space?
• What are the methods to swiftly bridge the organizational skill gaps as well as diversify operational thinking? Attracting young talent and training them to join the cyber workforce
• Connecting minds across the globe, the power of collaboration to increasing cyber resilience  - Leveraging AI for end-to-end cyber resilience

Ms. Iman Mahmoud Odeh Ahmed Director of Cybersecurity Development, Oman National CERT


Sithembile Songo Group Head: Information Security, Eskom Holdings [South Africa]

Abeer Khedr Head of Cyber Security, National Bank of Egypt, Egypt

Vidya Valbh Head of Cyber Strategy and Cyber Risk & Governance, Careem, UAE

Shamma Bin Hammad Founder and CEO, CyberHero, UAE

Asma Kotb Cyber Security Manager, Confidential, Egypt

Heide Young Founding Partner, Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME), UAE

13:50 – 14:10
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Leadership Roles in Cyber Security • How to stay ahead of challenges
• Being a transformational cybersecurity leader

Neha Yadav Global Head of Information Security Assurance & CISO, RAIN, UAE

14:10 – 14:30
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Women Leaders in Cybersecurity in the Middle East

Shamma Bin Hammad Founder and CEO, CyberHero, UAE

14:30 – 15:10
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Spotlight Egypt: Panel Discussion: Infosec Women Leaders Efforts to strengthen digital transformation in Egypt along with creating robust cybersecurity ecosystem

Asma Kotb Cyber Security Manager, Confidential, Egypt

Walaa SalahEldeen Group Cyber Security Director, Telecom Egypt, Egypt

Abeer Khedr Head of Cyber Security, National Bank of Egypt, Egypt

Dr. Reham A. Elmayet Telecom Expert, ICT Development Department, League of Arab States, Egypt

15:10 – 15:30
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Live Demo: Integrating OWASP Open-source Projects to Create an Effective AppSec Pipeline This demo discusses how organizations can improve their software security by integrating open-source tools from the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) into their application security (AppSec) pipeline. These tools can automate vulnerability scans, enhance code quality, improve threat modeling, and streamline security testing. By doing so, organizations can ensure comprehensive and practical software security, covering every aspect of the development process from development to deployment.

Vandana Verma Board Member, OWASP, India

15:30 – 16:30
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Panel Discussion: Mitigating the Extend of Phishing Attacks It has been recorded that in 2022, there was a 61% increase in the rate of phishing attacks compared to the previous year – How are organizations tackling the increase in sophisticated attacks?• What are the various methods cyber experts are using to remain on top of their game as BEC campaigns are increasing? Handling the aftermath!• How are organizations taking the lead on cyber risks– unleashing your cyber risk powers against constantly evolving cyber threats?

Heide Young Founding Partner, Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME), UAE


Jelena Matone Senior Head, CISO, European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg

Eng. Dina AlSalamen VP, Head of Cyber and Information Security Department, Bank ABC (Jordan), Jordan

Ro'ya Hatamleh Cyber Security Specialist Microsoft, UAE

Roja Kiran Basukala Deputy Director, Telecommunications Authority & Vice President, Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation, Nepal

16:30 – 16:40
Inspire [Women in Cybersecurity]   Closing Remarks