Dr. Al Kuwaiti is the Head of the Cyber Security Council in the UAE. He is currently holding the position of the Managing Director of the “National Data Centre under the Supreme Council for National Security”. He is also working as Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Homeland Security Program at Rabdan Academy.
In his current role, Dr. Al Kuwaiti aims to create a fully governed approach to data privacy, sharing and processing as well as the unification and connectivity of government systems and digitization towards a smart government. Working alongside the UAE’s digital transformation agenda, Dr. Al-Kuwaiti has put together an implementation plan to protect the UAE cyberspace through emerging technologies such as Cloud, Big Data and AI.
H.E. Dr. Al Kuwaiti is a board member of “UAE Council for Digital Wellbeing”, “Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority”, “Federal Geographic Information Center”, “United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) – College of Information Technology (CIT) Advisory Committee” and “Emirates Ict Innovation Center (EBTIC) – Khalifa University Committee”. He was the main Keynote speaker for more than 50 international, regional, and national Cybersecurity Events.
In 2013, Dr. Al Kuwaiti joined the National Electronic Security Authority where he held various positions. As the Executive Director of Government Operations, he managed the National and International government relations. In 2011, Dr. Al Kuwaiti was the Chief Technical Analyst at Ministry of Interior where he directed and managed various technical and administrative tasks. He also held other positions, such as Operations Director and CTO of the Counter Terrorism Center. He was also stationed as a Defense, Air, and Naval Military Attaché at the Embassy of The United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Al-Kuwaiti has published numerous studies and lectured at many conferences such as IEEE, RSA, Cyber Warfare Europe, Tele Strategies, ISS World MEA, IDEX, International Anti-Cyber Crimes Conference, Future War Summit etc., Dr. Al- Kuwaiti presented the UAE Cyber Security Framework at INTERPOL in Singapore. He organized various events such a paper-s National Cyber Security Exercise and Cyber Quest.
His interests are consulting on detecting, monitoring and responding to cyber warfare, Network Forensics, Corporate Governance & Process, and national cyber policy. He is an honorable member of Society of Engineers, IEEE Society, Golden Key National Honor Society and Computer Society. He is a visiting lecturer on Cyber Security at universities such as Khalifa University and National Defense College in Abu Dhabi.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Al-Kuwaiti holds a Doctorate in Computer Engineering and Network Security from George Washington University in the U.S. and a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Computer Networks. He also holds a M.A. degree in International and Civil Security. Dr. Al-Kuwaiti has won various awards such as Best Lecturer, Dean honors list, leadership Awards, best Design Projects.
In 2021, Dr. Al-Kuwaiti’s was an ambassador of collaboration between the government and cyber agencies. Under his leadership, key public- private partnerships were established between the UAE Cyber Security Council and leading local and international cyber security organizations with the goal of making a positive contribution to the UAE cyber agenda. Additionally, bilateral agreements established with countries both within the region and across the world contributed towards mutual information sharing, capacity development and legal assistance aid treaties.
Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Al-Kuwaiti, the UAE advanced 42 positions in the Global Cybersecurity Index, rising 5th place globally from 47th place in 2017.
In 2002, Dr. Lt. Col Hamad joined Abu Dhabi Police and started working as a Network technician, at the same time, my passion for educational qualifications was under my target. He has earned his HD (Higher Diploma) degree at CNET ( computer Network Engineering Tech ) from the HCT ( Higher College of Technology ) AlAin city , as well as my Bachelor degree in computer Networking.
Holds Ph.D degree in Engineering with specialisation in Digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence & Cyber Security. He has some of the most prestigious and worldwide recognised security certifications. He has been an expert speaker and panel member in security events and summits
Heide Young is the Founding Partner and Board Member of Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME), a globally recognized group focused on empowering, supporting and increasing the percentage of women in cybersecurity. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Arab International Cybersecurity Summit, Mentor for CyberSafe Foundation CyberGirls 2022 Fellowship, Liaison for Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), and formerly part of the leadership team for Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) and a FITT (Females in IT&Telecom) Mentor.
She is internationally recognized as an active and contributing member to the global cyber security community. A seasoned frequent international keynote guest speaker, international judge for women in cybersecurity awards, and official mentor to women in cybersecurity from Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Driven by passion, she is dedicated to increase female presence in cyber security through her mentoring, volunteer activities and outreach programs she champions. She is committed to demystifying cyber security and the careers within, so that young girls and women have the opportunity presented to them on how to get involved in cyber security, contribute, and be heard.
In her current role, Heide is the Manager of Cyber Strategy & Engagement, she is responsible for co-developing the cybersecurity unit’s strategy and engagement model, developing pragmatic and creative solutions to reduce risk, identifying issues and threats with potential impact to the strategic objectives, and ensuring consistent alignment throughout the strategy development. Prior to this she was the Head of Cyber Security Strategy within the defense sector where she oversaw the overall infrastructure of information systems and data security. She was responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the entire cyber security posture. Heide has a proven acumen for identifying issues and threats with the potential to impact the strategic objectives of an organization. Applying systematic risk management strategies that have a proven and measurable impact.
David Colombo is a tech entrepreneur, keynote speaker, advisory board member and cyber security expert from Germany. His cyber security research is globally recognized and David is known worldwide through international media such as Bloomberg, CNN and Business Insider. He is also a popular guest in tech podcasts and at various conferences in the fields of technology, innovation, and especially cyber security.
David has already been invited by Fortune 500 executives as well as governments from around the world to share his insights. With his company Colombo Technology, he pursues his mission to have a positive impact on the future of technology and, in particular, on the extremely important topic of cyber security.
Keynote Topic: How to hack Teslas and why the digitalized future needs to be Secure.
Qualified IT Security “Information Security” – professional with 14+ years of experience across diverse organizations and distinguished for effectively resolving mission critical issues as well as extensive experience in delivering and executing different projects related with Applications and security. Currently functioning professionally and being expert in the Cyber Security governance and risk, expert in security Standards, ‘NESA Office, ISR from DESC and ISO 27001’ in a leading entity in Dubai – UAE, seeking challenging senior managerial assignments with a reputed organization. Has huge interest and passion in learning new technologies and a hard worker to implement and test new security systems for the organization. A very good team player as well as a good learner.
Eng. Noura Al-Sulaimani, is Head of Information, Communication and Technology at Masdar, where she focuses on IT and cyber security governance and operations. She specifically focuses on providing technical leadership, foresight and senior level ICT/Cyber Security advice and information to meet needs and guide strategic and operational decision-making at Masdar.
She also applies Information Cyber Security building programme that include all the important assets of Masdar, its staff, processes and technologies and the relationship between them.
Mrs. Noura has over 12 years’ experience in cyber security, she holds a BSc. In Network Engineering and two master’s degrees where she focused on how to secure encrypted networks as part of a scholarship, she received to conduct on-the-job research in France and the second is in designing and coding of information system and encryption algorithm.
Her areas of interest are in AI and ways to harness AI and Metaverse in IT and Security solutions.
Hala working as Regional Cyber Security Risk Manager for a leading international bank and she has more than 16 years of experience in banking industry. She is a public speaker in Cyber Security. and passionate about Cyber security field. She has experience in Cyber Risk management, Information Security, Technology, Business Continuity Management, and IT Governance. She hold a Master’s degree in Quality Management, and the BSc in Management Information Systems, and she is certified in CISSP, PCIP, PMP (Project Management Professional), ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, COBIT Foundation & COBIT Implementation in addition to having a diploma in Risk Management.
James is a leader in the application of AI in cyber defense and has extensive experience in strategic applications of AI to optimize clients’ revenue and business operations. James is a founder member of Darktrace’s Middle East business operating out of the Marina Gate offices in Dubai. In his role as Regional Director – Middle East, he is involved with the leadership, business development and technical delivery of Darktrace’s Middle East business. Darktrace’s award-winning technology is helping to protect many organisations in the Middle East and across the globe, across multiple sectors including Government, Defense, Oil & Gas and Financial Services.
Accomplished and result driven IT executive with over 20 years of experience in Operations and Information Technology including 8 years in leading and motivating a multidisciplinary technical team in implementing, maintaining, and supporting complex systems within the healthcare sector.
Established in creative and innovative solutions, leveraging diverse methodologies and frameworks in delivering solutions,
capabilities and services that enable transformation and digitalization to realize values, improve revenues and optimize workplace productivity.
Ensuring that the Mashreq IT’ systems and Operational teams /processes and procedures comply with all relevant data privacy, protection law, regulation, and policy including concerning the retention and destruction of data) Working with designated privacy law attorneys across the Mashreq offices and, where necessary, outside counsel to help advise on local data privacy law issues.
Promoting effective work practices, working as a team member, and showing respect for co-workers. Assists in the development and implementation of Data Privacy strategic initiatives. Leads all Privacy related tasks with effective monitoring and protection of information security assets.
Zaheer Shaikh is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Al Maryah Community Bank LLC, with 22 years of experience as an Information Technology (IT) professional with strong expertise in IT management, Information, Cyber Security, and IT enterprise architecture.
Being a founding team member of the bank Mr. Shaikh has been demonstrating expertise in establishing and implementing large information security and cybersecurity programs. Has designed and implemented an automated tool-based vulnerability management framework that continuously monitors and detects Cyber threats and vulnerabilities. He has also performed evaluations and selection of IT security tools and successfully implemented IT security systems to protect the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of critical business information and assets.
Mr. Shaikh is a multi-certified C-suite IT security and operations leader and is an alumnus of the Great Lakes Institute of Management and Harvard University. In past, he has worked with multinational banks like Barclays, Deutsche Bank, and Mashreq and has successfully delivered critical digital transformation and security programs.
Nader Baghdadi is a seasoned industry leader, based out of Dubai and with more than 20 years of experience in driving organizational growth across the Middle East, Nader is the Senior Regional Director at ColorTokens, with the objective of setting up the business for Colortokens and drive expansion across the META region (Mid East, Turkey and Africa). Nader has served in various leadership roles, most recently Dell Secureworks, and Fortinet.
Ahmed Sherif is a Senior IT Support Engineer at Abu Dhabi Digital Authority. He provides 8 years of professional experience in deferent fields including banking and government sector. where Ahmed leads a big team and coordinates to develop of the supporting performance for the government entities by providing professional troubleshooting and training for essential technologies.
Besides his main job role, Ahmed provides a security consultation for the internal security vulnerabilities – and production system’s bug hunting.
Ahmed Sherif has been certified as a Could Solutions Expert by Microsoft and got awarded as a Top Employee of the year from Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), among other distinctions in the IT field.
Ahmed helps government entities through his participation in major projects like digital transformation and disaster recovery infrastructure installation.
Karthik Ananda Rao has over 20 years of IT experience. Today, He is the Chief Technical Evangelist for ManageEngine and heads the Technical Research and Marketing Team for MENA region.
He has hands-on experience in all IT domains – vis-a-vis – IT/Enterprise Service Management, IT Operations Management, Active Directory and Identity Management, Security and Information Event Management, Unified Endpoint Management, Privileged Access Management, and Data Analytics. He has had the privilege to deliver guest lectures at quite a few educational institutions across Oman, Malaysia, India, France, Morocco, Belgium, UK and the US.
Worked a cross different industry “Government, Academic, Finance, IT, Cyber Security, Consultation & Advisory. Proven skills in tackling and solving problems with a history of achieving cost savings and enhancing systems functionality.”
“CISO,CXO,expert,researcher and publisher with Ten+ years of extensive hands-on experience in cybersecurity, risk management, governance, threat intelligence, SOC management, artificial intelligence, security transformation programs, cybersecurity infrastructure management (On premise and cloud), vendor’s & third party risk management , design and implementation of a Security Architecture for Critical Infrastructure and many more.
Ellis is an impact-driven deep-tech builder who brings together business entrepreneurs and technical talents to quickly bring advanced technologies to the markets.
With over 25 years of experience in the field of digital transformation, Mr. Ellis worked for Mashreq Bank, Mckinsey, W Motors, Alibaba, Google, Asustek, Intel, and three owned Startups. He worked in various roles (CIO/CTO, CEO, Board Member) in different countries (UAE, US, China, Singapore, Taiwan), creating strategies and deploying technology roadmaps to boost business growth.
Ellis Wang will share his insights on Cybersecurity in Metaverse at CySec UAE.
Jeevan has over 16 years of professional experience in Cyber security, IT, and project management combined. Having started early his career at the age of 18, he has been passionate about technology and security from the start. Jeevan has worked with several tech multinational companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Accenture as well as large regional companies in UAE across retail, entertainment, and construction industries. Jeevan holds MBA from the University of Phoenix with a concentration in technology management and lives in Dubai with his wife and daughter. Outside professional life, Jeevan likes to travel and has visited 36 countries so far and he aims to finish at least 100 countries in the next 10 years.
Highly accomplished and challenge-driven Chief Information Security Officer with 10+ years of experience in orchestrating multiple security operations and implementing safety policies within fast-paced environments.
Expertise in incident investigation, risk mitigation, and prevention, while driving design and implementation of high-level security plans to improve across-the-board security of organisational information. Ability to coordinate penetration testing operations and perform penetration testing and system exploitation against networks, servers, web applications, and Cloud systems.
Expert in managing security projects from start to execution while staying within budget and timeline. Well-versed in infrastructure and asset vulnerabilities. Solid interpersonal, problem-solving, and organisational talents to coordinate events while communicating collaboratively with diverse teams and departments.
Maxim Beloenko, Global Sales VP, Qrator Labs More than ten years in the field of Network Security, Architecture and Monitoring. Maxim stands at the origin of Qrator Labs and its leading DDoS mitigation service. Since 2010 he has participated in building and executing the distributed internet traffic filtering network technology by Qrator Labs. With his technical background at the core, he served in senior management roles across multiple Qrator Labs Product Development Projects including Solution Architecture Management, Pricing Foundation, and dozens of complex integration processes management for various clients in CEE and MENA. He expanded the company’s customer base up to thousands of companies all around the world. In 2019 Maxim moved to the United Arab Emirates as a Vice President of Global Sales at Qrator Labs. Getting started in the United Arab Emirates he helps Qrator Labs approach important markets in the region and enables direct interaction with partners and customers in Middle East.
Shafiullah is passionate about transforming security as a business enabler through a number of digitization initiatives. During his 16+ years in the cyber security industry, Shafiullah has worked with many technologies in different positions from technical to management. He was a driving force in some of the key cyber security strategies and has managed a portfolio of mission critical cyber security projects and initiatives. He is a member of several security professional organizations including ISACA, CSA, ISC2 and other security industry forums. He holds a Computer Science & Engineering degree and industry recognized CISSP, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, TOGAF9, CCSK certifications.
Shafiullah has won several awards, including being named as one of the top security champions at The Cyber Sentinels CISO Awards at the GEC Security Symposium 2021. He was recognised as one of the leaders who is using technology to secure critical business information assets and minimise risk while delivering business value. He was also named as a Top 10 CISO of the Year 2022.
Anoop Kumar, Information Security Manager, Al Nisr Publishing Anoop brought in his information security Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Management experience to help GN Media to ensure Project Management and Operational Risk Management, cost reduction and improve People, Process and Technology performances. Over 20 years Information Technology (IT) GRC management experience enabling business-based decisions regarding Project Management, Defining Information Security Governance Risk and Compliance Strategies including Cyber Security Framework, curbing technology vulnerabilities & risk through effective risk & vulnerability management programs, vendor management & organizational leadership.
Malak Trabelsi Loeb is a business and management consultant with more than 17 years of experience in the international business and commercial arenas in various sectors.
Malak Trabelsi Loeb is a Serial Entrepreneur and the Director of Corporate Affairs of the Cyber Security Global Alliance (CSGA), “A Global Leader in Cybersecurity, Awareness, Education and Certification.”
Mrs. Loeb is an International Business Law, Space law, Tech law, and national security law expert. She focuses on solving complex legal matters, including international transactions, due diligence, international contracts, cross-border economic activities with implications on national security, regulatory compliance, innovators and more.
I’m a very grassroots, bottom-up person when it comes to technology, now getting the hang of top-down. I love technology personally and still have a high degree of passion to learn new things. I leverage open-source projects to build my fundamentals practically while appreciating how things work theoretically. This only helps me further when it comes to diagnostics and vendor management. I don’t do sports, but I do perform the martial arts of Google-fu.
Sarah AlBarri is currently pursuing her M.Sc. in Machine learning from MBZUAI. Prior to that, she did her Bachelor’s and M.Sc. in Electrical engineering from the American University of Sharjah (AUS). Sarah’s research interests are in Arabic NLP. She aims to contribute to the development of Arabic language NLP literature and applications. She was awarded second place in ADAFSA (Abu Dhabi Agricultural and Food Security Authority) agricultural hackathon and was featured in Al Khaleej and other newspapers for her project.
Moreover, she was a finalist in WomenHackAI by Siemens, CISCO Sustainability Challenge, and the ICE-22 Innovation Challenge for Entrepreneurship (by ProjectSet).
A visionary technologist, stubborn about achieving goals through perseverance. My experience goes above and beyond SMBs, large enterprises, service providers, and government entities alike to provide iron-clad Cybersecurity solutions. I have a grip on architecting, strategizing, and presenting effective and tailored security solutions to meet core business objectives.