Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Call for Speakers! 4th CISO 360 Middle East Conference – Dubai 2023

The 2023 programme is currently being researched and produced. If you would be interested in getting involved as a Speaker, please let us know. We would also welcome your input on companies, topics or specific persons you would like to see included on the agenda this year. We welcome your input into shaping the agenda. Please email with your thoughts. Many thanks.

2023 International Speaker Panel (to date) 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.

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).

Having worked in IT for nearly 40 years, specialising in information risk, protection, security and compliance for the latter 26 years or so, Marcus decided to retire in mid-2017 but was quickly lured back to take on an advisory role for a Tier 1 UK bank.  At the start of 2018, Marcus also joined the Cymmetria Advisory Board as Chief Risk Officer. In his previous role at Lloyd’s Marcus was responsible for ensuring that risks to IT and information were understood and correctly mitigated in a cost effective manner throughout the corporation, both in the UK and in its overseas locations.  His role extended to providing second line of defence assurance to this effect to Executive, Senior and Line Management.  Marcus also had corporate responsibility for Data Protection and Privacy and provided thought leadership on emerging digital related risks pertinent to the Lloyd’s market. Prior to joining Lloyd’s, Marcus was a Principal Advisor for KPMG, working in IT Advisory and specialising in information security strategy definition and implementation.  Before that Marcus was Head of Information Security for Abbey National plc, a leading UK bank, a position he held for six years following seven years as Information Risk and Security Manager for Barclaycard, a leading card issuer and merchant acquirer and part of Barclays plc.

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.

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).

Personal Web:

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.

Tarun is a seasoned professional with 23+ years of ‘exclusive’ experience in areas covering Cyber / Information Security, IT Risk Management, Data Protection and Privacy.  In his leadership roles, he has had the distinction of building Cyber Security capabilities (people, process & technology) grounds up for organizations (with extensive experience in managing large teams). Currently he is CISO with a large global automobile major.  In his past roles, he has been Director – Cyber Security with Big 4 firm; Global CISO with a leading global Business Process Management (BPM) organization & General Manager – Global Security Services with a large global IT Services organization. Tarun has extensively been involved in providing Cyber / Information Security services to domestic (India) and international clients representing broad industry sectors.  He brings a 360 degree experience in Cyber / Information Security as a Provider (Consulting) and Consumer (as CISO) of services.  He has extensive experience in establishing Road-Map and Investments for Cyber / Information Security, Security Governance and IT Risk Management practices.  His proficiency covers Cyber Security Strategy & Roadmap, Governance, Risk, Compliance & Controls, Threat & Vulnerability Management, Operations, Data Privacy and Business Continuity. Tarun brings in experience of playing an effective change agent by managing cross-functional teams to deploy Cyber / Information Security programs (enterprise-wide) and maturing them. He has been recognized with various industry honours (in India) viz., Visionary CISO Award 2022; Top 100 Infosec Maestros Award 2021, 2014; Top 100 Defenders Award 2020; Top 100 CISO Award 2014, 2012.  He brings worldly recognized credentials of CRISC, CISM, CISA, CISSP and ISO27001 LA.

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