Ahmed Qurram Baig Head – Information Security & Compliance at Dubai World Trade Center
Ahmed Baig is currently a Sr. Director – Corporate Strategy, Risk & Excellence in SmartWorld (A Dubai Government Entity) and prominent speaker and cyber security expert in the MENA region; Ahmed previously was Head of information security and compliance at Dubai World Trade Center (U.A.E Government Entity) was a CISO at an Abu Dhabi Government Entity and Head – Business Management and Advisory Services at TECOM (A Member of Dubai Holding). He brings to his current role more than 14 years of experience in Risk Management & Compliance, and Information Security Advisory Services; He has previously worked on projects for Major Airlines, Banks, Defense and Federal Agencies across the Middle East. He is the Chief Architect for CGMS (Corporate Governance Management System) and ITGMS (IT Governance Management System) frameworks covering Risk Management, IT Governance, Information Security, and Business Continuity in service providers and government entities. He has been a key member of eSecurity domain within Interstandards (Web Security Standard) developed regionally and also been part of OISSG. Ahmed’s key assignments as principal consultant for various ISMS projects to help clients comply with required standards and regulations mainly ADSIC, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, ITIL, ISF and CobIT. Experience also includes auditing of security solutions, architecture & Policy Compliance. Ahmed Baig has a Master’s in IT (UK) and PgD in Strategic Business IT (UK) and has several professional certifications to his credit some of which are CRISC, CBCP, CISM, CISA, CISSP, ITIL, ISO 27001 / 20000, BS 25999 and others. More info available @ Linkedin Profile: http://ae.linkedin.com/in/qurram
Mark Gelhardt, Sr. CISO at TravelClick
Over 35 years of experience in providing Executive Level management in the area Information Technology field as a CIO, CSO, and CISO. Mark retired as a Colonel (select) after 22 years of service to his county in the U.S. Army. During his military service Mark was nominated, selected and received the honor to work at the White House as the CIO/CISO for President Clinton, supporting the VP, the White House Staff, and the U.S. Secret Service managing all the classified automation and telecommunications. Mark join the civilian sector as the Senior IT Executive (CIO/CSO) for World Airways – the largest US wide body long-hall charter airline. He has also had the opportunity of working as the Deputy CIO (over Global Operations) and CISO for InterCall – the world’s largest conferencing company. Mark just concluded his position as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for TravelClick – a Software as a Service (SaaS) company in the hospitality industry working with over 30,000 hotels worldwide. Mark’s educations include being a Certified Chief Information Officer, a Certified Information Security Manager, a Certified Project Management Professional, a Masters Degree, a graduate of the National Defense University, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Florida. Mark’s Honors include being a published Information Security and Cyber Security specialist, a noted speaker and panel member in the Information Security field. A CISO of the year finalist in 2013, and a InfoSec Project award winner in 2013. His military honors include the Legion of Merit, the Presidential Service Badge, the Soldiers Medal (highest peace time valor award in the army). His civilian volunteer honors include, being a life member of the Peachtree City Fire Department volunteering over 20 years in the fire service, with numerous firefighting awards, also being a Lieutenant Colonel in the Georgia State Defense Force and a LtCol in the Civil Air Patrol.
Fal Ghancha CISO at Welspun Group
Mr. Fal Ghancha is an IT Security professional having experience in the Information Technology field focusing mainly in IT Policies, IT Projects, Compliance, Risk & Audit Management, Corporate Investigations & forensics. Mr. Ghancha currently serves as Sr. Manager IT at Welspun Group of companies, supporting 21 locations globally where he is responsible for setting the road map and strategy for Information Security Solutions, Data Center operations, IT transformation Projects, & Managing IT SO partner. He has done projects like IT Security Dashboard, DLP, 2FA, VPN solutions, Firewalls, AntiVirus, Patch Management – Software deployment, VA-PT, ESM, Policy Gap Analysis, Large Scale Multimedia Projects which have been awarded by multiple organizations globally. Mr. Ghancha was awarded as TOP 100 CISO of India – 2014 by InfoSec Maestros
Illyas Kooliyankal CISO at ADS HOLDING & ADS SECURITIES LLC.
Mr. Kooliyankal is an exuberant Information Security professional with 20 years of experience in the Information Technology and Cyber Security arena. In the role as Global Head of Information Security/Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), he drives the Information security and business continuity programs at ADS Holding/ADS Securities, one of the most prestigious organizations in the region. Before joining ADS Securities, he was serving Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (ETISALAT) for more than 15 years in Information Security, Business Continuity, IT Infrastructure, and network domains. Mr. Kooliyankal is one of the champions of Cyber Security with in depth knowledge on technology and business domains. He professionally grown up with deep level technical experience, which helped in driving and managing organization wide information security program aligned with business strategy. Being one of the best and foremost experts in the region with demonstrable ISO 27001 (International Standard for Cyber/Information Security) experience, he successfully implemented the framework in live and complicated environments. His practical expertise includes Cyber Security, Information Security, IT Management, Business Continuity, ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Framework and COBIT (IT Governance). He has transformed organizations to optimized Information security maturity level from literally non-existent status. His approach is holistic in nature, by defining foolproof processes; designing and implementing required technologies and educating the users (through comprehensive awareness program).
Kashif Latif Global Security Officer, GRC Officer, and Domestic Risk Officer at Fidelity Investments
Mark Leary Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer at Xerox
Mark Leary, vice president and CISO of Xerox, has more than 30 years of experience in security management and technical intelligence. As Xerox’s first CISO, Leary is responsible for day-to-day leadership, management and oversight of the company’s information security function in risk and compliance management, security operations, and business continuity planning to guard against increasing cyber threats. Before joining Xerox, Mark served as CISO for professional services firm TASC, and earlier served as director and deputy CISO for Northrop Grumman where he focused on the company’s internal security. Mark has three graduate degrees with concentrations in IT, security and business management, including a doctor of management from the University of Maryland.
Michael Molinaro Director at Fidelity Investments