Speakers- 4th CISO 360 Middle East Conference – Dubai 2023

2023 International Speaker Panel includes

Aloysius Cheang is currently the Chief Security Officer of Huawei Middle East & Central Asia responsible for driving the company’s cybersecurity vision of building a safe and secure intelligent connected digital world geographically across 21 countries regionally and functionally across 57 countries globally.

He is a Board Director for UK-based cyber leadership think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies (CSCIS) and most recently, for ISC2.

In his career spanning over 20 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 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 the 1st edition of 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, ITP, Telecom Review, Teletimes, The National, Khaleej Times and Al Bawaba.

Bart is the Chief Data & Analytics Officer at HSBC Middle East. He has been in the region since 2012 having worked in various leadership roles. Throughout his career, Bart worked for international companies, focusing on Finance, IT and Consulting. Bart is a thought leader in CDO & Analytics holding two Master’s degrees: in IT (Scotland) and in Economics (Poland). He is also a public speaker and a data evangelist currently working with big data & analytics experts spanning across all industries.

Currently serving as Group CIO of Petrofac (FTSE 250) and In this remit, i am leading the Digital transformation of the Company, building best in class Cyber capabilities and develop Digital products to deliver better business outcomes for Customers . I am also driving the Cloud transformation program in the Company where we are upgrading our technology landscape (1000+ Applications) and also implementing ERP Fusion Cloud. I am leading a Global team of 500 IT professionals to support a global work force of 12000 employees based across US to Asia Pacific.

Before joining Petrofac, i spent 13 years with General Electric (GE) where I had an accelerated and diverse career with experience in multiple international executive leadership roles in Cybersecurity, Digital transformation and Technology space. My most recent role at GE was heading Cybersecurity practice for GE International regions ($60B revenue) as a CISO with a team of 100 employees.

George is a graduate of GE IT leadership program (ITLP), GE Six Sigma Black Belt program and graduate of GE Corporate Audit Staff (CAS), a fast track Executive leadership program of GE

George is an International speaker on multiple Cyber Security conferences including IBM Think 2020, Microsoft Ignite 2019, RSA 2022.

George is also Board of Advisor for IBM Security, Continuity Software and Seed Group.

Kais Barakat is a senior information security specialist and business process excellence engineer with a successful track record of over 25 years in diversified areas within IT and Information Security. In the last few years Kais played a major role in transforming the Information protection program and GRC functions within Saudi Aramco. Kais is PMP, CISM, ISO 27001, CRISC, COBIT 5.

Irene is responsible for the execution of the ADSIC Information Security Programme, Security Governance, Risk and compliance to IT Security Policy. She offers 27 years of combined and diverse experience in IT (Security, Operations and Strategy), Quality & Excellence. She has worked in various industries and region and led strategic initiatives in Asia, Middle East, Europe and America. An emerging seasoned speaker on Information and Cyber Security Conferences, Irene has spoken in a number of conferences in Asia, Middle East and Europe.  Irene acquired her Masters of Science in IT from University of Wales, and holds the following certifications: ITIL V3, PMP, ISO (QMS and 27k) Lead Auditor and EFQM Assessor. Irene is Co-Founder of Women in Cyber Security Middle East, which promotes and increases women’s participation in the field of cyber security.

Rik Ferguson is the Vice President of Security Intelligence at Forescout. He is also a Special Advisor to Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), a multi-award-winning producer and writer, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In April2011 Rik was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame. Rik isa researcher, storyteller, and futurist. He helps governments, law enforcement, businesses and individuals to understand the complexities of technology, and its intersection with cybercrime, contributing to global initiatives to combat cybercrime and reduce risk through participation at the United Nations, European and national Parliaments. Over his twenty-five plus years of professional practice, he has taken deep dives into the cybercriminal underground and helped the wider world understand the threats of today and how those threats might evolve over time. A recognised futurist and world-renowned speaker, Rik has spoken at global events including RSA Conference, Mobile World Congress, Milken Institute, RUSI, GITEX, Infosecurity, Virus Bulletin, e-Crime Congress, IPExpo, CloudExpo, Webit, GovSec, and many more, and is often quoted by media around the world. Rik joined Forescout in 2022. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as Vice President Security Research at Trend Micro for 15 years Rik Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wales and has qualified as a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP).. We are all connected. Not everyone has positive intentions. I help the rest of us understand the risks and challenges of our digital world.

CIO  head of IT at  EAL bank  joined 2016 till now, Deputy –GM  for E-channel at National bank of Egypt from 2008 till 2016
Manager E-channel at Arab bank from 1994 till 2008
Plus other working experiences in IDSC cabinet of minsters  , Mantrac
I am PMP certified  , MCSD certified
Hold master’s degree from Nottingham university in IT
Hold post graduate diploma in IT
And Engineering degree from AIN shams university

Matthias is a dedicated and highly qualified IT Security Professional with a consistent track record of success spanning over 22 years of diversified experience developing and implementing IT security processes as well as leading IT security governance programs. He brings demonstrated expertise at identifying and mitigating security risks by conducting comprehensive business process reviews and developing appropriate plans and solutions to meet the highest of network protection standards. His leadership, interpersonal communication and negotiation skills allowed him to lead and manage diverse, cross-functional teams in international and multicultural environments, and maintain effective relationships with key project stakeholders as well as C-level decision makers. Main areas of expertise are in the development and implementation of solid IT infrastructure and network security systems, polices, governance and crisis response, with especial skills in security infrastructure, analysis, response, compliance and ISMS according to ISO 27001. Matthias works currently as SecurityBear (CISO) at HARIBO in Grafschaft and is responsible for global information security management in more than 25 countries. After studying Network Computing at the Technical University of Bergakademie Freiberg, he worked as Senior IT Security Consultant and IT Security Trainer in several companies, among others, at Verizon, NESEC GmbH and Kabel Deutschland (Vodafone). Before HARIBO, Matthias worked as Chief Information Security Officer of HELLA and Schaeffler in Germany being responsible for the complete Information Security Management. He holds the following credentials and certifications: ISO 27001 ISMS Manager, CISM, CISSP, PRINCE2 Practitioner, CoBIT Practitioner, EC Council – Certified Ethical Hacker, Checkpoint CCSE PLUS (NG/NGX).

Born at a very early age and growing up in a culture where cyber was a prefix for anything automated, menacing and malevolent (how history has a tendency of repeating itself), Marcus entered the world of Data Processing as it was known back then after graduating from university.

Progressing from programming into analysis and then data architecture Marcus became the first devolved Information Risk and Security Manager for Barclaycard.  After seven years in that role he moved financial institutions and became Head of Information Security for Abbey National plc, now Santander UK.  After six years at Abbey and a move into consulting for a large UK utilities company Marcus joined KPMG as a Principal Advisor.  Eighteen months later he joined Lloyd’s of London as its CISO and subsequently became its Head of Digital Risk Management and Compliance, also embracing responsibility for data protection and privacy, during his 10 years tenure there.

Having worked in IT for over 40 years, specialising in information risk, protection, security and compliance for the latter 27 years or so, Marcus decided to leave full-time corporate life and move to the South Coast of England in mid-2017, ever the seafaring Fisherman’s Friend.  As well as being a proud member of the Pulse Conferences family, Marcus now actively volunteers for the heritage Swanage Railway where he is the Commercial Director, Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice and care provider, a local school as a governor and is a guest lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.

Lady Olga Maitland, Founder, Defense and Security Forum and Chairman, Copenhagen Compliance – has wide experience in all major Governance, risk Management and Compliance issues in general and global Fraud and Corruption problems in particular. She is a special adviser to a number of dignitaries and a widely sought after speaker at all Major Conferences on several Corporate Governance issues. Lady Olga is a former British MP for the Conservative party. Prior to her political career she was a reporter for the Fleet Street News Agency, a columnist in the London.

A well-versed, adept communicator, with more than 20 years in the Cybersecurity field, Lorna has an MSc, and is CISSP certified. She is currently working in Gartner as a CISO Advisor and Partner. She is a known speaker in security events in the region with several published blogs and articles. She also runs security awareness sessions to Boards of Directors, non-security Executives, VPs and GMs in organizations.  Lorna got her B.Sc. in Communications and Electronics Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo-Egypt; Computer Networks Diploma from Information Technology Institute (ITI), Cairo – Egypt; M.Sc. in Information Technology and Security from University of Nottingham, Nottingham-UK. Lorna’s journey into security started with her joining Internet Security Systems (ISS) in 2003 after almost two years extensive experience in the network arena. She was responsible for all technical related activities in the region. She moved on to the more specialized security industries of Telco and Financial Institutes and was responsible for six countries.  After the IBM acquisition of Internet Security Systems in 2007, she smoothly transitioned into the IBM security environment as a Senior Information Security Specialist for IBM Security Services.  Since then, she worked on large and small projects alike with the same dedication and Customer-Satisfaction goal. She got to be known with her extensive knowledge of security products, professional services and managed security services. Her experience in the Gulf and Levant region became unparalleled when it came to information security consultancy. Lorna joined Gartner in 2019 and currently holds the role of CISO Advisor and Partner. She has worked with more than 45 Cybersecurity Leaders/CISOs in the region, across different industries, to help them achieve their security goals and overcome challenges.

Prakash is a senior management executive with over 20+ years of core Information / Cyber Security & Technology corporate experience with leading Fortune 100 multinational corporations & unicorn start-ups like GE, IBM, Target Corporation, PayU, Accenture & Royal Bank of Scotland. His professional experience spans across Banking, financial, telecommunications & IT service industries in India, USA, Europe, Australia, Canada and EMEA.

Prakash has extensive exposure & “hands-on” expertise in leadership at CxO board, Corporate security consulting, Cyber Security, Cyber warfare, Ethical hacking, Surveillance audits, Legal Regulatory Compliance, Computer Forensics, Law Enforcement cyber-crime prevention, Risk & Compliance based on standards & regulatory requirements of ISO27002, PCI DSS, HIPAA, GLBA, FISAP, FSA/FCA, FISMA, OCC, PIPEDA & BASEL.

• 15 Security & compliance global certifications- Certified CISSP, CISM, CISA, CEH, ISO27001:2013, CPISI, Six Sigma Green Belt, CCNA,
• Winner of 24 corporate awards & numerous industry recognitions.

Prakash is currently Senior Vice President & Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at OYO responsible to manage IT, DevOps, DBA, Dialer, Network & Cyber Security operations across 35 countries. Prakash helms a security strategy for OYO’s systems globally, including regions such as India, Southeast Asia, Europe, the US and the UK. Prakash is also responsible for leveraging technologies such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence to enhance cyber security functions from the ground.

Prakash also runs a personal website focusing on Information security world. He is a strong supporter of Entrepreneurship & Start-up Ecosystem (IT/Non-IT).

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With 28 years’ experience in the Cybersecurity space, Peter is a seasoned global practitioner and technology pioneer, having created numerous offerings in this space. His background spans from operational security response management, systems engineering, and complex technical vendor integrations — to strategic alliances throughout the security and risk markets. His areas of expertise are in Public Key Cryptography (PKI), Secure Communications, Endpoint Protection and Threat & Risk management. He has developed and brought dozens of security products to market internationally and is on a constant journey, assisting partners and clients as the Cybersecurity market continues to meet the challenges of the day.

Robert is the Interim Head of Information & Technology Security Strategy at DS Smith PLC. He also holds a number of board positions including Chair of Crossword Consulting Ltd Board, Non-Executive Director of Crossword Cybersecurity PLC, Chair of the Board at Think Cyber Ltd and advisor to the Government of Singapore Ministry of Health. He is also a Governor/Trustee and Audit Committee Member of the University of Brighton.  Robert has over 35 years of audit, risk and security experience and has held a number of senior leadership positions, including CISO for the NHS and health & care system, GSK, National Grid, and Merrill Lynch and Head of InfoSec at Royal Bank of Scotland, and he was a partner at KPMG.
Robert is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Assurance Research and Engineering at George Mason University, Washington DC. He is also an Honorary Professor at UCL. He was awarded a PhD in psychology by the University of Leeds for his work on the perceptions of information and IT risk and has published and presented on this and other topics. He continues to undertake research in these areas. He was also awarded an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Dr Leivesley chairs regular international scientific meetings on themes of catastrophic risk covering nuclear; novel coronavirus; resilience of CNI including cyber; and resilience from hazardous near earth objects. The focus of work is generic solutions to catastrophic risks across all disciplines and practical applications to government policy and business resilience. She is an Advisor to companies and governments on protection of people and infrastructure and strategies for security and business. Worked across industry sectors gas and petrochemicals; power distribution; hazardous goods transportation by rail; underground and aboveground rail; underground mines; bulk shipping and banks. As an  International media commentator after 9/11 she has provided services for the BBC World Service and other news outlets on extreme threats – cyber; terrorism;  emerging conflicts – Kabul 2021 evacuation; South China Sea;; aviation losses; nuclear reactor explosions; Polonium-210 and Novichok poisonings, Beslan siege; Iran; DPRK; USA Presidential security abroad; Covid-19, unexplained incidents such as MH370 and chemical incidents. She has contributed to journals and books on major incidents including death and injury in disasters and expedient housing post disaster.  Director of two disaster recovery units in Australia (weather and chemical incidents) in support of community recovery. Trained by British Home Office as Scientific Advisor, CBRN, and Cold War appointment as SA on all aspects of nuclear war.  PhD London University –disasters and catastrophic risk, awarded in field of Economics; Member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists RSES; International Association of Bomb Technicians  and Investigator; Royal United Services Institute, and Information Assurance Advisory Council Community. Panel adviser to the first British IET and CPNI supported publication for Cyber Security in the Built Environment.

Sylvain Hirsch is a cyber security professional with extensive experience in incident response, cyber threat intelligence and cyber resilience strategy. He started his journey in cyber security with a master’s degree in digital investigation and identification at the University of Lausanne.
Sylvain worked for Credit Suisse’s Threat Detection and Response team in Zurich and Singapore. He then worked as an Incident Responder at Mandiant in Singapore. In this role, Sylvain led investigations of advanced and persistent threats, performed Purple Team Exercises to identify security gaps, and conducted trainings to enhance organization’s defense and response capabilities. Sylvain is currently part of Mandiant Strategy Services, now part of Google Cloud, helping organizations with their cyber resilience strategy, assessing their cyber maturity, improving their defense and response capabilities, and conducting cyber attack simulations with technical and executive teams.
Sylvain is also actively involved in several cyber communities and is leading a network of more than 200 cyber professionals from the public, private and academic sectors in Singapore.
Sylvain is a guest lecturer at the University of Lausanne and has presented at multiple cyber security conferences over the past 2 years.

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