The Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai

Call for Speakers! CSO 360 Middle East

The programme for 2021 is currently being produced. We would very much value your input into companies, topics or specific persons you may like to see present. Please email if you would like to suggest speakers for this event.

2020 speaker panel included 

Chaired live from the Studio by:

Simon A. Scales FCMI, (former) Head of Investigations (FTSE 100) and Director of Global Investigations (AEX) companies

Simon has over 30 years significant investigative, security and compliance related experience, formed from an extensive corporate and law enforcement background. He is recognised for having conducted complex Bribery, Corruption, Fraud and Misconduct investigations worldwide, in regulated and non-regulated arenas. He is internationally recognised for his public speaking credentials and his vast experience, having successfully led, directed and managed investigation, ethics, compliance and integrity teams within Europe, the USA, Africa and the Middle East. He has also been instrumental in delivering investigative services to the key emerging markets of South America, India and China.

Opening Keynote by

Paul Beaver, Strategy Advisory Consultant

Through his firm, Beaver Westminster Limited, Paul Beaver provides timely and accurate strategic advice and influence.  He brings experience from serving the House of Commons Defence Committee for 15 years and his regional understanding of MENA and the Northern Group, including the Baltics, to tackling the government affairs issues of clients within aviation, defence and national security. For 10 years, Paul worked for the international publishing house, Jane’s, including as Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly. He made JDW into a household name in 1990 broadcasting during the Liberation of Kuwait. His media experience also includes being a freelance war correspondent in Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone for Sky News and a studio presenter for BBC News 24. Paul retired from the Army Reserve in 2013 at the rank of Colonel, late of the Army Air Corps, and in 2017, the Chief of the Air Staff appointed him Honorary Group Captain of No 601 (County of London) Squadron. He is also a charity trustee and takes public service very seriously. Taking a few years off to write a historical biography of his hero and mentor, the leading aviator Captain Eric (Winkle) Brown, he has returned to advisory, bringing his experience and expertise together to assist clients with the emerging paradigms of cyber, space, climate change and new technologies. As a keen pilot, Paul is keen to help develop Britain as the centre for new flight technologies, systems and power plants. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and chairs the special interest group on heritage. He is also a vice president of the Spitfire Society and has the iconic machine in his logbook. Recently Paul has become involved in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Diplomacy and Development, acting as a ‘sounding board’ for senior figures; he is working with two European nations as an advisor on Britain’s post-BREXIT options; he also runs a private breakfast club where Britain’s closest allies meet to talk through common issues of concern.

Closing Keynote by

Paul Moxness, Managing Partner, NorthPoint International (Canada)

Formerly Vice President, Corporate Safety and Security, Paul had a 31-year career with Radisson Hotel Group. His work took him to over 60 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He oversaw the development of corporate and operational training programs including Crisis Management, Travel Safety, Challenging Environment Pre-deployments, and General Manager Certification. His collaboration with government and non-government organizations includes contributing to the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum Antalya Memorandum on the protection of soft targets, the OSAC white paper on best practices for crisis management and evacuation as well as representing the European hotel industry organization in the Operator’s Forum of the EU Action Plan for Improved Protection of Public Spaces. In June 2019, he addressed the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on local engagement and public-private partnership for the protection of soft targets. Most recently, he contributed to the OSCE Security Committee meeting on public-private partnerships in October 2020. Paul is currently Managing Partner at NorthPoint International, a company providing affordable access to world-leading expertise. NorthPoint delivers a range of programs to hospitality companies and organizations, educational institutes, and government agencies to help build awareness and capabilities at all levels, making travel and hospitality more secure for everyone.

International speaker panel included:

Andy Williams is VP Business Development and Quality Assurance for Safehotels, an international hotel security certification company based in Sweden. Andy has over 20 years of international safety, security and crisis management expertise within hotel, real estate development and travel security risk management fields. On the Association and volunteer leadership front, Andy has served as a Regional Vice President for ASIS International, the technical review committee for international security standard PSC1; advised the UK government on counter terrorism and public safety initiatives, presented to the EU Council and most recently published a case study paper on crisis management for United Nations UNISDR.

Corporate Governance professional with hybrid expertise in Compliance, Risk, Audit, Security and leading highly sensitive and complex Fraud & Forensic Investigations worldwide. Contributed to promoting Corporate Culture of Ethics & Integrity for multinationals, creating and managing large diverse in-house teams. Worked and Lived in Ukraine, Netherlands, UK and Israel. Held leadership responsibilities in Europe (CEE), CIS/FSU, Central Asia, Africa. MBA, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information systems Auditor (CISA) ,Certified in Financial Crime Prevention;
Has practical hands-on experience during US Department of Justice (DOJ) DPA Monitorship and Serious Fraud Office (UK) investigation;
A seasoned public speaker having spoken at a wide range of public conferences and contributed articles to a range of publications.
Commercially driven business partner with a track record of excelling in achievement of KPIs.
Key skills include:

– Building and maintaining robust lines of Defence;
– Uncovering material losses and contributing to Recovery;
– Developing robust Governance & Resilience systems to safeguard Assets & Data.

Bina Hensel (Surati) is the Senior Europe Analyst at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Bina has been with OSAC for almost six years, helping the U.S. private sector assess various risk factors in ensuring the safety of their personnel and operations abroad. As a part of OSAC Major Events team, she has also provided on-the-ground daily security assessments to the U.S. private sector during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Paris, France and during the 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Using her professional and educational expertise on counterterrorism, Bina has also instructed Eastern and Central European law enforcement professional on the theory of terrorism, at the International Law Enforcement Agency in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to joining OSAC, Bina worked as a Senior Manager for the Information Technology (IT) and Media & Entertainment portfolio at the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Bina has also worked at McLarty Associates as well as the Atlantic Council. Bina holds a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cedrick Moriggi is a C-Suite Professional (CSO, CISO) with 20+ years of experience in banking, mining, extractive, building, military and service sectors. He is an innovator and results-driven leader who has successfully integrated multi-cultural teams and stakeholders to create, improve, transform, and downsize corporate functions and businesses. Cedrick has extensive consultant and advisor to the chairman, CEO, members of the executive board, and leaders on the protection (Safety and Security), resilience, and recovery of the company’s most valuable assets (human, physical, digital, and reputation. Cedrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management, an EMBA and is an associate Professor at EDHEC Business. Cedrick has dual Swiss and Italian nationality and has served as an officer in the Swiss Army (antiterrorism, intelligence and military justice as a military judge).

Chris is Sr. Director, Global Security & Investigations (Asia, Europe & Africa) at Mattel, Inc, based in China. His specialties include:
-Corporate security management
-Supply chain & manufacturing security
-Ethics & compliance inquiries
-Forensic investigations
-Brand protection
-IPR investigations & enforcement
-Civil & criminal enforcement support
-Manufacturing & supply chain security
-Product leak investigations & enforcement
-Fraud, theft & kickback investigations

In May 2017 I reach 20 years working in the security industry, 18 of those recruiting within the corporate security & resilience field. I have placed candidates in senior level and niche roles across 40+ countries and 5 continents in a wide range of industry sectors including oil & gas, mining, pharmaceutical, tobacco, FMCG, food, engineering, technology, telecoms and financial services. In 2013 I joined Barclay Simpson, the world leader in Corporate Governance recruitment, to develop their global corporate security recruitment function. Our consultants, based in offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and New York work with clients throughout the globe and we place permanent and interim positions within internal and IT audit, risk, security & resilience, compliance, legal, and treasury across all economic sectors. Alongside my work at Barclay Simpson I launched Intelligent Access International in January 2017, connecting CSOs to proven security service providers internationally to save time and money. Why pay for a consultancy to fly halfway around the world, or pay a large mark-up when the project is sub-contracted anyway, when you can utilise a reliable local firm who can fulfil your requirements? Whether it be site security surveys in Turkey, executive protection services in Cote D’Ivoire, threat intelligence in Saudi Arabia, brand protection support in Malaysia, security training in Mexico, crisis management support in Russia or forensic investigations in Ghana; IAI are here to help you identify the best resource for you to use in a specific country.

Denise Groves is an expert in international corporate security with extensive experience in travel security, intelligence analysis and crisis management. She has worked for think tanks, corporate intelligence and security consulting firms, and on in-house corporate security teams in the US, UK and Germany. Most recently, prior to her current role with Volkswagen Group of America, Denise served for more than seven years as Director, Group Security at Evonik Industries, where she was responsible for establishing a travel security risk management program, overseeing security-related threat, incident and crisis management activities, and managing a terrorism threat assessment project, evaluating the security posture of more than 100 sites worldwide. Denise has a bachelor’s degree with honors from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, and completed the security management program at the European Business School in Östrich-Winkel, Germany.


→ Security risk management professional with experience in threat intelligence and a passion for innovation.
→ Oversee security operations for Uber’s multi-billion dollar business across Western & Southern Europe.
→ Focus on crisis & incident management, risk assessment, workplace violence, travel security and training.
→ Working with an international team that builds the plane whilst flying it, and ceaselessly innovates.
→ Building a best-in-class security program, showing business value and offering trusted risk-management advice.
→ Made things better, faster or cheaper.
→ Worked internationally & with international colleagues to develop strategic and tactical solutions to challenges.
→ Focus: M&A governance, operations centre builds, business continuity & platform security concept build-out.
→ Various threat intelligence & crisis response roles, with experience working in West & South Africa
→ Familiarity with incipient roles and/or teams.
→ Bsc & Msc obtained whilst working in progressive leadership roles in the hospitality industry.
→ Assorted trainings & qualifications in both security or data (eg Tableau, SQL, Excel) spaces.
Often travel, commonly speak publicly, volunteer when possible, met a Prince once.
Open to discussing opportunities, projects & voluntary experiences. Particularly interested in great matches in Western Europe, USA, MENA – Saudi, Dubai, Lebanon, China, Mexico and Brazil.

Gal is a visionary leader with 39 years of security expertise both in the public and private sectors. In his current role at Signify he oversees physical security (security operations); Digital security (including Cyber) and Actionable Intelligence. Previous roles: STMicroelectronics – 13 years, CSO dealing with Risk Management, Physical & Logistics Security, Brand Protection, Product Security, Business Continuity and Crisis Response, as well as Business and Competitive Intelligence.  Philips Lighting – 1.5 year, CSO of a centralized security department, Cyber and products domain included. European Semi-conductor Industry Association – ACTF – Founder & Chairman (involved with TAPA DoD/DoJ/ICE/CBP/HLS/FBI/NCIS/ASIS) and SIA/ESIA-ACTF member) Governmental Security – 23 years. BA & MA studies in International Relations.

James E. Weston became Deputy Executive Director for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in June 2020. Mr. Weston manages all activities of the OSAC program office staff which is dedicated to supporting the U.S. private sector by exchanging security information, analysis and threat warnings to protect personnel, facilities and intellectual property abroad. He previously served as Chief of the Research and Information Support Center from 2013 to 2020.

Before coming to OSAC Mr. Weston served as the Chief of the Policy and Planning Division where he led all Diplomatic Security policy, standards and regulations development and interagency agreement coordination for the Bureau. Mr. Weston was also Executive Secretary for the Overseas Security Policy Board, the DS Firearms Policy Review Board and was Bureau point of contact for the Benghazi Accountability Review Board recommendations.

Mr. Weston previously served as Chief of the Policy Analysis Staff and Special Assistant to the DS Deputy Executive Director. Before coming to DS, Mr. Weston was an Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Immigration and Naturalization Service where he earned a Meritorious Service Award.

Mr. Weston holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University.

Justin has been CEO of Sibylline, a strategic risk consultancy providing geopolitical analysis, investigative services, threat monitoring, intelligence consulting, training, and embedded personnel, since 2010. Since that time the company has grown from his initial concept into a trusted organisation with more than 60 analysts spread from Singapore to Silicon Valley, and over 100 blue chip clients. As a trusted independent advisor, the company is built on a combination of exceptional people, genuine through leadership and a relentless focus on adding value to clients. Justin joined the British military in 1995 and has served full and part time up until the present day. His experience includes operational service in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a tour as the personal staff officer to the Duke of Westminster. Outside the military, Justin has degrees from KCL and the University of Durham, specialising in Islamist extremism and policy issues in the South China Sea. His initial civilian experience was as a front office investment banker, where he was part of the M&A team at JP Morgan Chase and Co.g, gaining valuable insight into the needs of senior business people. Outside of Sibylline and the Army, Justin is a board member of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals; a member of the Risk and Security Management Forum; an organiser of the International Security Foundation’s annual dinner; a mentor for the UK charity Heropreneurs; and author of Corporate Security Intelligence and Strategic Decision-Making, the first book on the topic. He has on-the-ground experience in over 65 countries and is a regular print and broadcast media commentator who routinely speaks at both public and private events worldwide.

Liz has worked on Latin America issues for the past 10 years, and specifically in corporate intelligence for the past 5 years. Liz is currently at Sibylline Inc as a LATAM Regional Intelligence Analyst, embedded at a client site in Mexico City. Prior to her current position, she was a Project Officer at the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) at the Organization of American States (OAS), a Project Manager at Southern Pulse, as well as the Security Analysis and Operations Manager at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). While her background is primarily in intelligence analysis, she has experience conducting investigative and due diligence projects throughout Latin America. In her current role, she works on projects exploring client risks associated with transnational criminal organizations, regional migration, as well as the role of social media and disinformation in Latin American elections. She received her Masters of Public Diplomacy from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Richmond. She is fluent in Spanish, and has traveled throughout the region, including to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and she currently resides in Mexico.

After 25 years’ service as an officer in the Royal Marines, Mark made the transition into Corporate Security in 2006. He has been the Director of Global Security at Smiths Group, Cadbury, Philip Morris International and PwC before taking up their present position as Group Security Director at CRH. Specialties: Security of People, property, information and reputation. All levels of investigation (including fraud and corruption), risk assessment and mitigation, contingency planning, crisis management, business intelligence and business continuity.

Malcolm is a South African citizen with over 20 year’s international work experience in the risk management field. He held several senior management positions in leading multinationals, across different sectors and geographies. Malcolm is currently Head of Risk Management & Technical Support, based in Qatar. His previous roles include Global Head of Security at Sasol; Group Head of Security & Safety Services at Nedbank; CEO at Checkport (Pty) Ltd; Director at MCS Associates; Africa Head of Security at Diageo plc; Regional Security Manager Sub Saharan Africa at Shell; and Head of Security at Old Mutual. Malcolm consult in the fields of organization development, strategy and enterprise risk management. He facilitates leadership development topics that help move individuals and teams in the desired direction to achieve their goals. Malcolm also speaks on corporate governance and business-related topics that aims to strengthen business acumen of fellow risk professionals and functional heads. Malcolm currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer on ASIS Global Board of Directors. Malcolm holds a Henley Executive MBA, a Bachelor of Law, and is a Graduate of Executive Leadership in Information Assurance.

Mehdi joined the African Development Bank as a young professional in 2004 and has worked in various departments including internal audit, agriculture & agro-business and water supply & sanitation before joining the integrity & anti-corruption department as principal investigations officer. He has led highly sensitive and complex investigations into sanctionable practices within the Bank and in Bank-financed projects, and participated in settlement negotiations with multinational companies found to have engaged in fraudulent and corrupt practices in Bank-financed activities. Mehdi participates in the review of policies, guidelines, directives and manuals pertaining to the integrity framework of the Bank; also conducts outreach programs for regional offices, civil society organizations and anti-corruption agencies in African countries, and regularly represents the Bank in various international forums. Mehdi holds a master’s degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University.

As Geopolitical Risk Manager, Ned designed and implemented the geopolitical risk and security intelligence program at American Airlines. Ned manages the assessment and dissemination of threat intelligence, to mitigate security and political risks to American operations worldwide. Ned is also the current Chair of the US State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Aviation Security Working Group (ASWG) and on the Executive Board of the OSAC Latin American Regional Council (LARC). Ned previously worked at Royal Dutch Shell, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Congress, and Morgan Stanley. Ned received his B.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and his M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. He also studied at the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. His graduate coursework focused on terrorism, specifically radicalization among Muslim immigrants in Europe. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.

An international ethics, compliance and investigation specialist with experience gained in 100+ countries, at global companies, FCA/FSA, SFO, consulting firms, military and law enforcement. Collaborate to design and implement/establish corporate investigations (and ethics & compliance) function/teams from scratch and help established investigation (and ethics & compliance) teams transition to international good practice standards, that added value to my employer. Consulting – Director – UK Lead for International Investigations and ABC/Compliance Programs. Designed a strategy for a new investigations service line, presented this strategy to Partners and received approval. Then implemented this strategy, conducting all business development activities with law firms and corporate entities and leading the engagement with clients to provide solutions for challenging investigation issues, and conducting existing compliance program reviews and the design and delivery of new, fit-for-purpose ABC/compliance programs. Regional Ethics & Compliance Manager – Designed and delivered an innovative ethics and compliance and investigations program for a large regional multi-faceted business in a high risk region. I influenced colleagues, stakeholders and 3rd parties through a strategic and coordinated communication and engagement program, resulting in an ethical culture being embedded. The program delivered a large increase in ethical issues being raised and a significant increase in the quality of investigations. Undertaken a large number of regulatory investigations (including FCPA and UK Bribery Act) in more than 40 countries, with both internal and external counsel. Several reported to DOJ/SEC/SFO and other agencies. 15+ yrs experience managing and conducting significant/complex investigations (fraud, bribery, corruption, HR, competition/anti-trust, tender rigging, Intellectual Property, COI etc.) and providing pragmatic compliance advice.

Lady Olga Maitland 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.

Peter was appointed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as its first Director of Aviation Security in May 2013. Peter led the transfer of the Aviation Security function (and some 90 posts) from the Department for Transport (DfT) to the CAA, which took place as planned on 1st April 2014. Peter now leads the Aviation Security Directorate within the CAA, as a member of the CAA Executive Committee, developing its regulation and compliance roles within the context of the CAA’s broader aviation regulation responsibilities. This includes regulatory responsibility for cybersecurity in aviation. A key aim is to evolve aviation security regulation into a process that is more performance and risk based.  Before joining the CAA, Peter served for 5 years as the Director Security & Business Continuity for the Home Office. Prior to joining the Home Office, Peter had served for 32 years in the Royal Air Force, from which he retired as an Air Commodore in April 2007.  Peter’s last appointment as Air Officer Force Protection combined the roles of Commandant General of the Royal Air Force Regiment and Air Officer RAF Police (formerly Provost Marshal RAF).

Pranoti Surve is the Senior Manager, Global Security Programs, at Philip Morris International. During her career spanning over 13 years and multiple continents, Pranoti has held security and intelligence roles at a number of multinational companies. Her singular focus through her security career has been to embed security risk management processes into the business as enablers. Pranoti is a relentless challenger of the status quo – keenly focused on results-delivery, and passionate about unlocking the strategic value of corporate security programs. She strives for more inclusivity in security, fundamentally empathetic communication an entrepreneurial spirit in each security manager.

Dr. Vasilis Karagiannopoulos is a Reader in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), University of Portsmouth.Vas graduated from Athens Law School and completed an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law and a PhD in Law at the University of Strathclyde. He is currently the Director of the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, which was recently awarded a National Cyber Awareness Award in the National Cyber Awards 2020 sponsored by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. He has also developed and led the launch of the innovative BSc in Criminology and Cybercrime in 2018 and has published in national and international academic journals and magazines on various cyber-related issues. He is currently working on national and international Clinic projects funded by the EU Commission, the UK National Cyber Security Centre and the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats.


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 We are always looking for:

  • keynote insights or cutting-edge ‘live’ demos
  • innovative best practice corporate case studies
  • fresh ideas from future-facing persons and companies
  • actionable takeaways
  • the world’s smartest thinkers and doers in security, resilience, cyber, privacy, resilience, risk, governance, compliance – BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY!

 Speaker Rules of Thumb when it comes to programming and presenting at virtual events!

  • A virtual presentation should be half the length of a physical one. Focus on the physical presence of you as a speaker; that’s the experience people are not getting when they work from home!
  • Use PowerPoint sparingly, if at all. It is tough to read slides when they are a picture within a picture. People would much rather see your FACE! Place presentation prompts at the same level as your camera!
  • Try to turn a presentation into an interview or a fireside chat. This will increase authenticity and viewer-appeal. TV chat shows are popular for a reason. Pulse will confirm experienced anchors and chairpersons with nerves of steel. People who can listen to the Delegates, adjust their questioning on the fly and manage to keep the audience engaged when things go wrong!
  • Give news. Hold back important announcements to specific points i your session, and only release that news on other channels after the broadcast!
  • Leave plenty of time for questions. Pulse will gather Question Panels  for a few Speakers at a time so stay around after your session!
  • Create a rhythm to your presentation. Create a flow between use of slides (if needed) or between yourself and fellow speakers if you are doing a joint session.
  • Content rule of thumb – “say what you can’t show, show what you can’t say”. Use talking heads about the vision but employ videos or a slide for internal cases studies to demonstrate the latest innovation in your office or factory!

We welcome your input into shaping the agenda!

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