Palazzo Versace Dubai, United Arab Emirates

CISO 360 Middle East Congress 

Chaired by:
Marcus Alldrick
Digital Risk Management, Security and Compliance Advisor

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. Marcus doesn’t have much spare time but what he has he enjoys in Dorset on the South Coast of England where he and his husband live.

International speaker panel

*additional speakers to be announced shortly 

Aladdin Dandis is the Information Security Manager of, Subsidiary of Amazon. Previously, he worked in different information security positions such as Jordan eGovernment Program and EHS, under Hakeem program for managing national EHR system. Aladdin is specialized in security and privacy related fields, especially in GRC, Security Architecture and Cloud Security.
Aladdin holds MSc in CIS from University of Sunderland and BSc in Physics from Yarmouk University, and other professional certifications, e.g. CISM, CGEIT, CEH, ISO 27001 LI and TOGAF. Aladdin is also a member of internationally recognized organizations, such as ISACA and ACM.

A leader with major operating tenets as driving technology transformation through thought leadership, design thinking, innovation, analytics & delivering value to stakeholders. Anshul is a global technology leader and change practitioner who has been instrumental in driving technology transformations for businesses in the range of multi Billion USD as revenues.

Experience has been around taking up strategic technology initiatives, architecting, delivering and managing it at an enterprise level.

Anshul has several notable career accomplishments, wherein he has led, created and launched the key Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud, ecommerce, mobile and business intelligence initiatives for various Financial Institutions across the world.

Currently in a leadership role as Chief Information Officer Information Technology and Digital Officer in Dubai, leading the IT Strategy, Technology Transformations, Analytics, software delivery, architecture and Cloud for Union Insurance (UAE, Oman and Bahrain) across all lines of Business (Life, General (P&C) and Health Insurance) Creating and Driving big strategic Initiatives aligning IT transformation to deliver business value. Major Cloud transformations impacted the bottom line of Union by multimillion AED in the first year. Transformation on Digital added multimillion revenues in Life, P&C and Health lines of business.

Robert is a security, intelligence and EOD executive with a UK Military background. He has broad strategic and operational experience and has advised senior staff, diplomats and government officials on aspects of security, intelligence, threat analysis, crises management, and resilience strategies. He has been the UN Security and EOD Advisor; Liaison officer for the UNMAS and UNOPS and has experience with NATO, the GCC, African Union, OSCE, EUPOL, FCO and others. Robert is a respected expert, has specialist research background on suicide bombing and has provided thematic briefs on worldwide security issues relevant to UNMAS/UNOPS missions.

Madame Bhavani Suresh is a Well-qualified and talented professional with almost 20 years (around 10 Years in Oil and Gas Field) of experience in various Information Systems fields encompassing, Business Continuity Management, Information Security Management, IT Operations Management, Systems administration, programming, System Analysis, Project management, training users-team members and developing solutions for clients. Expert in Management Systems and has supervised and directed more than 300+ projects including government, semi-governments, multinationals and local organizations in UAE and across the Middle East. These projects focuses on QMS, EHSMS, OHSMS, ISMS, ITSM, BCMS, Project Management and various other Management Systems. Possesses excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.


She is currently the President of ISACAUAE Chapter. An ambassador of International Business Women’s Group and a member of different international organizations. Trained more than 300 Senior Management Engineers/Officers at various levels and functions in the domain of Occupational Health, Safety, Environment, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and conducted numbers of Skill Development workshops. Managed, Conducted, and supervised numbers of certifications and surveillance for IMS. Audits by different Certification bodies at different corporate establishments in GCC and non-GCC Countries.

Provide professional quality and environmental management solutions for total quality management and continual process improvement. Recognize key opportunities and/or challenges of the business and collaboratively establish the best practices, for achieving desired results by facilitating the implementation to increase performance and accomplish functional and organizational goals.

Dimitrios is currently employed as the Group Chief Information Security Officer for MTG.

He is an experienced senior Information security and Risk professional with over 20 years’ experience in Risk Management, IT audits and Information security. Before joining Modern Times Group, Dimitrios held positions at NetEnt, Entraction, Innova S.A and Intracom S.A.

Dimitrios holds a M.Sc. in Information Security and is a Certified Lead Implementer for ISO 27001:2013, Certified Information

Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) professional and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe (CIPP/E).

Dimitrios’ Information Security focus lies with: standards compliance, privacy, risk management, vulnerability management, penetration testing and social engineering.

Edward Ayman Ganom is a senior cybersecurity expert with over 15 years of international experience in information security architecture and technology risk management. He currently holds the position of CISO at The Commercial Bank in Qatar. Previously, Edward held several key technology and risk management positions in the financial and public sectors in the USA and the Middle East. He participated in drafting national cyber security policies and strategies and cybercrime legislation. Edward holds two bachelor degrees, one in Electronics Engineering and one in Political Science from two American universities. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a recognized speaker at technology, security and risk conferences.

My team and I manage the wireless telecommunication for AD Police,  Starting from the designing of our based location to the activation of the network itself. I had two degrees from HCT ( Higher college of Technology) which are HD higher diploma in science of Network and Bachelor in Network computer, Also I’m pleased with my TNM ( Telecommunication and Network Management) master degree from SYRACUSE University, NY United State of America.
My managerial experience has provided me with most valuable first hand
experience of organizational and corporate change and inspired my passionate interest in
organization management and administration. In my first management position, with Abu- Dhabi police as a Network Section Manager, from 2005-2009 and 2012 to 2016. However, I spent four months working in one of the Information Technology company in Boston ,MA united state of America, I had the valuable of experience of successfully record of customer satisfaction as well as figured out the differences between the business overseas and my own country.  I’m CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)  , CCNP (Cisco Certified Networking Professional ) and ITIL certified(Information Technology Infrastructure Library). Moreover, had a successful course training in leadership preparation in Abu Dhabi Police  training department.

Dr. Sally Leivesley, Director, Newrisk Ltd and Co-Founder, TEG7 Group LLPadvises companies and governments on catastrophic risk where losses to companies and governments may involve critical functions essential for operations and reputation. She runs exercises to stress test critical function failures and resilience capability. Dr. Leivesley is known for her appearances on aviation terror attacks, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab and other international terrorism, cyber breaches, CNI protection and government policy on the BBC World Service, ITV This Morning and other UK based media and European, Middle East and Australian media. She raised the forensic importance of the risk of cyber hijacking of flight MH370 which was the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary and has been a commentator on the risks relevant to Donald Trump economic, terror and nuclear influences during his Presidential campaign and on his election. Dr Leivesley works in conjunction with The Exercise Group7 (TEG7) a London based group of companies that specialise in resilience operations for cyber-attacks, international terrorism and nation state threats and solutions for business and government-critical infrastructure.  The focus is on testing through exercises, assurance and pen tests using an integrated approach to all hazards including social factors.  ( In the UK she has been a member of the technical committee for the first IET (formerly IEE) guidance document on Resilience and Cyber Security of Technology in the Built Environment which was supported by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. She is also a member of the British Register for Security Engineers and Specialists established to advise at a strategic level on terrorist and other extreme threats to critical infrastructure. She interfaces with a USA company to extend exercising for aviation and energy industries.  Dr Leivesley originally trained as a Scientific Advisor with the British Home Office. She is a specialist in CBRN.

Dr. Mohammad Khaled is the Futurist, Digital Transformation, Information Security Experts, and Corporate Excellence with responsibility for Digital Transformation, Information Security, Excellency and innovation.

Dr. Mohammad Khaled) worked in IT and services transformations along with the Information Security at several mega government organizations, including Department of Energy, Regulation & Supervision Bureau, ALROWAD IT Solutions, Subsidiary of the Privatizations Group of Ministry of Interior), Department of Finance and Abu Dhabi Police. Notable is his 16 years as transformations for previous company & description.

Dr. Mohammad Khaled received PhD first of its domain and aligned with , special training, study abroad in discipline or field from British University in Dubai.

Dr. Mohammad Khaled professional interests focus on Artificial Intelligent, Block chain, Smart Safe City, Cyber Security and Resilience, Future Accelerations, Future foresight and Innovation, and he handled recognized projects were also the following are some of his current publications:
• Role of corporate governance on future foresight, future accelerations and citizens happiness
• Information Sharing Framework for National Resilience
• Governance, Risk, and Compliance in Information Technology: The Establishment of Best Practices for Government Entities
• Governance, Risk and Compliance “GRC” for Internet of Things “IOT”
• Evaluating and Measuring Governmental Smart and online Service in Terms of the Quality -The Case Study of UAE
• Nature and Quality of Smart Government Services: The Case of the UAE Services: The Case of the UAE
• Digital Infrastructure: Enabling Smart City and Safe City for future accelerations and future foresight
• SMART Policing on Smart City and Safe City for people happiness
• BYOD Technological: Next Generation Business Development Programs for Future Accelerations, Innovations and Employee Happiness
• Role of corporate governance on future accelerations and people happiness
• The Best Practices for Establishing and Implementing Smart Government for Special Needs and Disabled People
• Reducing the Experience Gap for Engineering Graduates by the Introduction of Problem-Based Learning Curriculum to the Bachelor of Engineering Degree Courses
• The Best Practices and How to Attract People to Use Smart Government
• Future foreseeing from mobile and smart learning
• Others 9 publications

In addition, Dr. Mohammad Khaled was recently honored with the
• Catalysts Awards 2018 – Government CIO
• Happiness Ambassador from The Way To Happiness Foundations International from USA 2018 on the occasion of the international day of Happiness.
• Abu Dhabi University Alumni Community Ambassador winner for the year 2017.
• Happiness Ambassador because of the international happiness from Corner Stone International Colleague because of getting 98% of student’s satisfaction for the year 2017. Affiliations with Wolver Hampton University UK.
• Future accelerator lead for the year 2017 from London Metropolitan College for my outstanding contribution on the IT industry.
• Youngest Arab achiever awards 2016 for the category youngest Arab leader for outstanding contributions on the government services.
• One of the best 100 Chief Information Officer 2018 over the Middle East.
• One of the best 100 Chief Information Officer 2017 over the Middle East.
• One of the best 100 Chief Information Officer 2016 Middle East.
• Government IT visionary from IDC Award 2015.
• IDC Best Innovation Award for public services sector 2014.
• Supply Chain and Transport Awards 2014 “Best transport technology solutions of the year”.
• Network Middle East Innovation Awards 2014 “Networking Professional of the Year”.
• Channel Meddle East Award 2014 “System Integrator of the Year”.
• Arabian Computer News Arab Technology Awards 2013 “Health Implementations of the year”.
• Arabian Computer News Arab Technology Awards 2013 “Public Sector Implementations”.
• Network Middle East Innovation Awards 2013”Wireless implementation of the year”.
• Others

Dr. Mohammad Khaled know his continues contributions to the IT Industry, assuring the alignment with the governmental and business objectives, as well as Youth Supporting due to his believe that the youth are the future.

In his role, George is responsible for defining Cyber Security strategy for Enterprise IT & OT for the region and provide strategic leadership to IT Security related projects & initiatives for all GE businesses in the region. George is also responsible for protecting GE critical assets in a growing region which spans 18 countries and 7000 work force George joined GE in 2006 with GE Healthcare in India and has since held roles of increasing responsibilities and progressed to his most recent role as Chief Information Security Officer for MENAT. During his tenure with GE, George worked in multiple domains (Product Life cycle management, ERP, Infrasrture, Supply Chain & Commercial IT) and multiple businesses (GE Healthcare, GE Appliances, GE Capital, GE O&G, GE Aviation and GE Corporate) George is a graduate of GE IT leadership program (ITLP), GE Six Sigma Black Belt program and graduate of GE Executive leadership program (CAS)

In his role, George is responsible for defining Cyber Security strategy for Enterprise IT & OT for the region and provide strategic leadership to IT Security related projects & initiatives for all GE businesses in the region. George is also responsible for protecting GE critical assets in a growing region which spans 18 countries and 7000 work force George joined GE in 2006 with GE Healthcare in India and has since held roles of increasing responsibilities and progressed to his most recent role as Chief Information Security Officer for MENAT. During his tenure with GE, George worked in multiple domains (Product Life cycle management, ERP, Infrasrture, Supply Chain & Commercial IT) and multiple businesses (GE Healthcare, GE Appliances, GE Capital, GE O&G, GE Aviation and GE Corporate) George is a graduate of GE IT leadership program (ITLP), GE Six Sigma Black Belt program and graduate of GE Executive leadership program (CAS)

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

Irene is the Head of the IT Security Section and acting CISO at the Western Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi.  She is responsible for the execution of the ADSIC Information Security Programme, Security Governance, Risk & 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 & 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.

Jenny Reid is the CEO of iFacts, one of the leading online employee screening & engagement service providers in South Africa today. Based on the premise that removing the people risk will ultimately help organisations to prosper, iFacts ensures that companies thrive with honest, ethical and productive employees and services providers.

In 1995 Jenny joined the security industry at an investigations firm, where she was ultimately appointed as Managing Director. During this time she was also the first woman to ever be appointed as President of the Security Association of South Africa. iFacts started in 2001 and Jenny bought it out 100% in.

Never content to rest on here laurels, Jenny has taken the iFacts brand to new heights and is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to ensure companies maintain true value in their organisation and enhance it.

Jenny’s strong leadership style and outspoken views on corporate crime and political corruption have made her a highly sought after local and international conference speaker and NLP coach. She is also part of the Cheri Blair Foundation Mentee Alumni.

Jenny is also the founder of Adventures for Love, an organisation made up of like-minded women who embark on a number of physical adventures around the globe to raise awareness and funds for various charities and conservation efforts. Jenny lives in South Africa with her husband, Neil.


Jonathan Martin, based in London, is the Anomali Operations Director, covering Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Before joining Anomali, he was one of the first employees of ArcSight in EMEA, helping to grow the company from its infancy through the acquisition and successful integration into HP’s Enterprise Security Products division.

Prior to ArcSight he worked for British Airways as well as a number of security companies including CyberGuard & Critical Path. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Bradford, UK

Joseph Makram , Chief Information Officer since 2016 at ( Egyptian arab land bank a 138 years old bank) The primary responsibilities to change the bank and people to reach the standards of the 4th industrial era .
With management support we are building a state of art data center ,and all the compass infra structure is done in months , many large projects for ATM ,data cleansing , portal , aml , risk are now in place .
Prior to joining Eal. Bank , Joseph was part of the change mangment and renovation for the largest bank in egypt national bank of egypt, a bank with 450 branch and more then 5 million clients , as a deputy general mamager of e-business he managed many projects Some where nation wide projects And shared in pci certification, and busiding new skills to old and new IT staff.
He also did spend spent 14 years in as manager of e-bussines in arab bank one of largest banks in middle east with 600 branches world wide and he developed many successful projects and was the first bank in 1999 to introduce visa payment online at theses early stage .
Joseph total IT industry experience is more then is 25+ also he holds PMP certification for years and holds his MSc.IT FROM NOTTIGHAM university Uk and many other professionals certifications.

Kamran Ahsan brings over 20 years of professional experience primarily focused in Information Security and has served IT service provider organizations in areas of strategic development of security solutions, security risk management, security policies and procedures enforcement, standards and reference architecture development; and security education.
Serving as a Senior Director in Etisalat Digital, he is accountable for the entire business function of Digital Security Solutions for Government, Enterprise and SMB sectors.

Kamran is a frequent speaker on digital security affairs in renowned international and local conferences and workshops. He earned a Masters in Applied Science (MASc.) degree in IT Security from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2002. He is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) from EC Council, a Certified Payment Card Industry Security Implementer (CPISI) and holds professional certifications in ISO (ISO 27001 Lead Auditor) and the IT Governance Framework (COBIT).

Kumar Prasoon is the Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Safeer Group. In this prominent role, he makes technology recommendations for the group’s executive management on the aspects of business intelligence, cloud computing, enterprise 2.0, integrated systems architecture and virtualization. Kumar Prasoon is an ICT Industry Process Centric seasoned Enterprise Architect and Business Process Management Expert. Kumar Prasoon excels at leading cross-functional teams across Americas, Europe and Asia ; coordinating multiple projects with exceptionally strong understanding of the business issues driving software development based on experience both as a seasoned Enterprise Architect as well as Interface Manager with solid approaches towards Integration Technologies / Service Oriented Architecture using external interfaces concerning Systems Integration / Systems Architecture / System Infrastructure support for Mission Critical Applications. Being the founder of Fuzzy Analytics Framework and Modern Industrial Complex Mathematical Calculus for Emerging Technologies. Mr. Prasoon is also the global leading Industry Researcher, Scientist and Technology Evangelist for Smart Systems, Smart Retailing, Smart Cities , Smart Parking, Smart Engineering, Smart Instrumentation, Smart Metering and Industry Quantum Mechanics employing the Modern Emerging Technologies. He chairs as an advisory board member with numerous national and international consortiums in the capacity of consulting, research and bringing supreme Industry Innovations. Another strong facet is his contribution to the Academia Sector for the Global Universities from Far East to West where he has mentored, coached and executed successful projects with hundreds of incumbents in Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates in Engineering, IT, Business and Management in the areas of Emerging Technologies, Emerging Markets and Emerging Systems.

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.-

Lee Barney is a passionate believer in using Security as a business enabler; he does this through challenging the preconceptions of the industry and by changing the mind set of those who work in Security to be more pragmatic.  Having worked in Defence, Consulting, Finance and now Retail, Lee has a breadth of knowledge about what works well and what doesn’t work at all. Lee advocates a healthy relationship with the Chiefs of an organisation pointing out that our industry is built on Executive buy in not scare mongering. Lee is the Head of Information Security for Marks and Spencer.

Manan is a senior global Cyber/Organizational Resilience, Information Security, GRC executive with over 14+ years of experience leading teams delivering strategic and operational cyber security, business continuity and disaster recovery services to financial institutions and customers worldwide.

In his past tenures he has been based in Singapore & APAC, Europe, Middle East and North America with firms like Accenture, KPMG, Devoteam, HSBC and SocGen and currently manages Cyber + Organizational resilience across operations in North America, UK, Middle East and Singapore.

Manan has been involved in managing service lines, recruiting, growing and retaining talent and introducing innovation across projects of a geo-diverse nature spread across diverse legal and technical jurisdictions.

He is known for his technical brilliance and ability to communicate and deliver to internal and external clients at all levels.

Manan is a thought leader, international speaker and an evangelist on Cyber Resilience, Organizational Resilience and GRC as well as innovative and disruptive technologies.

With more than 10 years’ experience in the Information Security field mostly in the finical sector, Michael is an expert in analyzing, developing, and optimizing Information security management systems. He has a very good knowledge of security standards, monitoring security compliance with laws & regulations.

North Cyber are team of former intelligence officers with expertise in covert online operations and digital forensics. The company teaches government and corporate clients how find and fix the unseen holes in their security. They specialise in all levels of capability including low-tech and no-tech hacking, using freely available information to circumvent vastly expensive but ineffective security systems. The teaching draws on many and varied real-world examples from the private and government sectors, from the perspectives of the attacker and incident responder. Participants in these courses will evaluate their own experience on the course in gaining additional skills and understanding of the threats to their organisation and they will gain confidence in tackling these catastrophic risks to the comparate or government operation

Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos holds an LLB from Athens Law School and an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law and a PhD in Law from the University of Strathclyde, School of Law. He has taught Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, E-commerce Law and Human Rights Law for Strathclyde and Edinburgh Law Schools and is now a Senior Lecturer in Law and Cybercrime working for the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), University of Portsmouth. Vasileios has designed and is the course leader for the new ICJS BSc in Criminology and Cybercrime starting this September. He is also the Director of the Portsmouth Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, a project funded by Hampshire Constabulary, aiming to increase awareness and build resilience to cybercrime in the local community through research and public engagement activities with SMEs and vulnerable populations. Vasileios is the Chair of the ICJS Research Ethics Committee and Vice-Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee and is also an IISP Certified Forensic Investigations Practitioner.

He has published in UK and US peer reviewed journals on the topics of computer misuse law and insider unauthorised access, the impact of social media during the Arab Spring and also Internet regulation in the People’s Republic of China. His new monograph by Palgrave Macmillan, Living with Hacktivism: From Conflict to Symbiosis, focuses on hacktivism and discusses the challenges faced by the US and UK criminal justice systems when dealing with such phenomena. In this book, Vasileios puts forward an alternative rationale and practical responses to hacktivism with the aim of ameliorating the inefficiencies and injustices identified in current approaches.

An experienced Senior Leader & Corporate Executive, Security & Risk Professional, Ray is a globally acknowledged and well-known thought leader; recognised and highly respected as someone who delivers. Ray has sat on global programmes for the World Economic Forum on Cyber Resilience and the Advisory Board for the Information Security Forum. Ray has held Group CiSO/CSO & EVP roles for BT, National Grid, Interoute, Redwood Technologies and Airbus UK.  He has been fortunate enough to have held global accountability, ranging from consultancy, through to design, build and run of managed services; including full profit and loss ownership for multiple business lines, while combining this experience with protection of Critical National Infrastructure in the Energy and Communications industries.

Richard Hollis is the Chief Executive Officer for Risk Factory Ltd, a unique information security risk management consulting firm specialising in providing cost-effective, independent information risk management services. Richard possesses over 25 years of “hands on” skills and experience in designing, implementing, managing and auditing information security programs.

Over the course of his career Richard has served as Director of Security for Phillips, Paris, and Deputy Director of Security for the US Embassy Moscow Reconstruction Project as well as a variety of sensitive security positions within the US government and military.  In addition to his work with Risk Factory, Richard serves on several security technology company boards and security industry advisory councils.

Richard is a celebrated public speaker and seasoned ISACA CISM, CRISC and CSX certifications trainer. Richard has presented to hundreds of audiences across the world on a wide variety of information risk management topics and techniques.   As a recognised industry authority, he has published numerous articles and white papers and appeared on national and international broadcast news shows as well as being cited in a wide range of press including the BBC, MSNBC, Radio 4, the Financial Times, Time magazine and various others.

Simon A. Scales is a recognised leader in global regulatory compliance, ABC, Fraud, Anti-Tust / Competition and AML investigations 30 years of experience managing complex corporate investigations, including employee misconduct, insider threat and reputational risk. He has successfully managed cross-border assignments around the world, from the UK and Europe to emerging markets including China, India, South America, and the CIS (former Soviet Republics).

As the former Head of Investigations (EMEA) for BP (London, UK), he led investigations into violations of BP’s Code of Conduct and of laws and regulations including the UK Bribery Act, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the UK Proceeds of Crime Act. Prior to his position at BP, Simon served as the Director of Global Investigations for TNT NV (Amsterdam, NL), where he was responsible for the management of global investigations and associated TNT group risk, directing investigation teams working in more than 120 countries into ABC, AML, Fraud, Compliance, Reputational Risk, and governance concerns.

Earlier in his career, Simon served as a Detective with the Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police, where he led investigations of major, complex crimes, including the planning and execution of sensitive overt and covert operations for anti / counter terrorism, racial & violent crime and intelligence commands.

Simon has vast public speaking credentials, is a visiting lecturer to the University of Portsmouth (Institute of Criminal Justice Studies), and has had numerous articles published in leading journals and international media. He is a graduate of the University of Nottingham Trent Business School, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also an alumnus of the Institute of Professional Investigators, a member of the Society of Forensic Interviewers, and a founding member of the Corporate Investigations Council.

Sofiane Chafai is an Information Security professional with over than 20 years of experience in managing ICT and security transformation programs, process and system implementation, business consultancy and business continuity management for a large blue chip companies in Middle East and North Africa in Finance, Telecom, Government Services, Oil and Gas industries.

Sofiane Chafai is contributing to the Information Security Community as (ISC)2 EMEA Advisory Board member, ISACA active member and charter member of the Algeria Information Security Association. The scope of his work includes governance, risk management, compliance, audit and business resilience.

Sofiane Chafai has been involved in several IT audit of the large international banks, Telecoms and mobile companies.

He participated in developing Information Security and compliance framework for government entities, providing assistance for GRC system and process implementation, developing  national ePayment and ecommerce  systems regulatory framework .

Sofiane Chafai has published multiple articles in magazines and is a regular speaker at international conferences. Sofiane Chafai is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Satyan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from London Business School , UK and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Bombay University,

An astute technology leader with over 20 years’ experience across multi-national organizations : Emirates Airline, Compaq, Tandem, DXB Entertainments, Dubai Parks & Resorts, he has led transformational changes across various organizational portfolios, delivering significant cost reductions and building capability of people, processes and technologies

He has extensive experience in the air transportation and entertainment industry , having successfully implemented a number of large-scale IT projects with a direct impact on passengers and customer experience.

He has a strong track record leading organizations from vision through execution. Successfully established operating models through driving consolidation, standardization, architectural road-maps, strategic sourcing, shared services.

He is passionate about digital innovation and his main interest is in contributing to the improvement of customer experience in the entertainment industry through the introduction of innovative concepts and solutions.

Tim joined Barclay Simpson, a governance recruitment company,  in 1991 and has gained immense experience in governance recruitment across all sectors. Tim is responsible for Barclay Simpson’s Middle East Division which recruits across all areas of governance including security and resilience, internal audit, compliance and risk.

Tim has an in-depth understanding of the market for governance professionals in international markets and is able to draw on both an extensive network of contacts built up over twenty five years and the experience to advise on the most effective approach to any recruitment challenge. He undertakes both local and global searches and has placed a diverse range of corporate governance executives into the middle East region.


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