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The 2nd Edition MENA Cybersecurity Virtual Conference two-day 100% online program which will focus on emerging technologies and the global best practices that dominate the digital world. Focused on gathering a pre-qualified assembly of the top CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, CEOs, IT Director, Security Decision Makers, Experts in Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity who wish to stay ahead of competition. 

The summit will host more than 20 speakers and attract over 100+ conference delegates to exchange ideas around best practices on a variety of strategic and operational topics on Cybersecurity development, SCADA and OT security, IT transformation and security, role of disruptive technologies, and future skill development in the cyber space. Businesses in the Middle East are always advancing their knowledge-based economy and creating a sustainable and prosperous future for its citizens by providing automation of functions, state of the art technologies, and a unified platform that is economically profitable with advanced security and enhancing the user experience.



Defining the Ransomware Defense Strategy: An Evolving Threat  


Determining the Power of Predictive Security


Cybersecurity Legislation and Regulations—Recent, Proposed, and Upcoming (Govt Entity)


Implementing a Comprehensive Legal and Regulatory Cybersecurity Framework in the Middle East


Establishing Data Protection Policies to Safeguard Consumer and Cyber Resilience


Predictions: Looking ahead of 2023 and Beyond


Cybersecurity in the era of 5G


AI in Cyber Security: A crucial Gamble


Knowledgeable Sessions

Opportunity to learn from the global leaders in cyber security on the best practices to achieve cyber resilience in the fast-paced digital world. Connect with world class solution providers about their solutions and advanced level cyber defence options.

Tech Driven Use-cases

In today’s world with emerging technologies and new innovations has brought the technology industry towards huge transformational change. Be among the first to adapt technology use-cases presented by the pioneers in the field of cyber security.

Product Display

This unique platform provides opportunities in terms of presentations, knowledge sharing sessions, and use-case studies by global thought leaders with their primary focused helping business and organizations to adapt next level of cyber security solutions.

Brainstorming Discussions

Share and exchange your ideas by brainstorming with some of the thoughtful leaders in cyber security space. Our panel discussions include senior technology leaders and experienced seasoned professionals with an aim to breach the knowledge gap between the cyber security and organizations.

One-On-One Meetings

Get involved with in-depth discussions with top-class solution providers and secure your businesses by sharing your specific requirements and challenges directly with the consultants.

Private Networking Lounge

Network and consult with the experts across industry sectors at the designated spaces assigned focusing on personal attention and query redressal.


Who will attend?

  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • BFSI
  • Fintech
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Transportation / Automobile
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate & Infrastructure
  • Retail & e-commerce
  • Sports
  • Defense & Security
  • Aerospace
  • Tourism & Hospitality

Job Titles:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Digital Officers
  • Chief Data officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Security Officer
  • SVP/VP/Director / Head / Manager of IT / OT
  • General Manager IT / Heads of IT
  • Cybersecurity Leaders
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • SCADA Engineers / Security Engineer
  • Cyber Security Risk Monitoring professionals
  • Cyber Security Operations professionals
  • Cyber Security Governance Manager
  • Cybersecurity Advisor
  • Cloud Architect
  • Head of IT Infrastructure

Sponsor Categories:

  • Ransomware Resilience and Recovery
  • Attack Surface Management
  • Supply-Chain Security / Application Security
  • Network Security / Endpoint Security
  • Web Security / Mobile Security
  • Risk & Compliance / Threat Intelligence
  • Data Security & Vulnerability Exploitation
  • Cloud Security / AI Security 
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Fraud Prevention & Transaction Security
  • Security Operations & Incident Response
  • Managed Security Service Provider ( MSSP)
  • Advanced Threat Intelligence
  • Fraud & Law Enforcement
  • Predictive security Management
  • Quantum Computing
  • Automotive security management


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IGR Events (Innovative Global Resource) we are a team of seasoned, highly experienced industry professionals committed towards delivering the best global standards with each event and have collectively more than 30 years of experience. The diversity of our backgrounds, knowledge and experience helps us resolve challenges that every business faces.

We are founded on the common intention to customize a platform for the business houses wherein they get a variety of options to choose from our wide range of Private Board Rooms, Webinars, Certified Trainings, and In-Person & Virtual Conferences and Exhibitions to choose from as per their need.

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IGR Events (Innovative Global Resource) we are a team of seasoned, highly experienced industry professionals committed towards delivering the best global standards with each event and have collectively more than 30 years of experience. The diversity of our backgrounds, knowledge and experience helps us resolve challenges that every business faces.

We are founded on the common intention to customize a platform for the business houses wherein they get a variety of options to choose from our wide range of Private Board Rooms, Webinars, Certified Trainings, and In-Person & Virtual Conferences and Exhibitions to choose from as per their need.

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Hala ElGhawi

Hala ElGhawi has more than 14 years of experience in the Banking industry, technology, risk management, Projects, and cyber security. Managed several security projects such as PCI-DSS, ISO27001, NIST, NESA and COBIT. Hala holds a Master of Quality Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and certified in PMP, ISO 27001, several certificates in COBIT and has a diploma in Risk management.

Dr. Hussain Aldawood

Dr. Hussain Aldawood comes with a professional experience pf over 12 years in IT and information security achievements with global industry leaders like Saudi Aramco.

As a transformative leader, he excels in driving strategy, vision, risk management, governance, and other key IT functions impacting millions of dollars in revenue. I also forge lasting stakeholder relationships while maintaining an open, collaborative communication style. Using out-of-the-box thinking, He is a champion in innovation and implementing new technologies to ensure superior IT operations and security. Supporting these achievements are hi exemplary educational qualifications. These include a Ph.D. in Cybersecurity (Information Security) from the University of Newcastle.

Dr. Ahmed Darwish

Dr. Ahmed Darwish Elsayed has over 29 years of experience working for IBM, Fujitsu, Siemens, Al Rajhi Bank, Alinma Bank, and Bank Al Bilad, Ahmed Darwish is one of the few in the Middle East to consult for outstanding results in managing digital transformations and portfolios.

He is the author of the Service Management approach “SLAStand” (2005), PMO Transformation process “PMOTrans” (2014) and the Digital Delivery Operating Model “RASHEEQ” (2019) developed for Fujitsu, Saudi Fransi Capital and Bank Albilad, respectively.

At the research level, he is a Doctor of Business Administration in Digital Government from Newcastle University Business School (NUBS), the UK and the author of the pioneer theory of Intergovernmental Information Systems Adoption.

Naveed Ahmed

Naveed Ahmed is a certified professional with over 13 years of experience in Cyber Security engaged with industry leaders like Kone, Philips, SAP etc. He holds a Masters degree in Software Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication  As a senior leader he is involved in building Security Testing CoE, building and manageing teams. He has experience in designing and reviewing technology process to align and protect customers needs to ensure that there are no weaknesses within the system that can be exploited by hackers. He is a dynamic professional with extensive experience in Web, Infrastructure, mobile Vulnerability and penetration testing across domains like BFSI, Airlines, hospitality, FMCG etc.

Sabir Basha Shaik

Working with Department of Finance, Government of Dubai, as Head of Systems Development and Information Security Unit. Nearly 22 years of experience in IT Strategy & Leadership, Information Security Governance & Audit, Project & Program Delivery. 

Core member of the Information Security Team and managed delivery of operational services against the security frameworks such as ISO27001 & Dubai- ISR. 

Developed processes & procedures to enable the Cyber Security Incident Response Team to triage, contain and remediate security incidents.

Comprehensive understanding of Threat and Vulnerability Management at enterprise level; leading and managing Audits and Risk Assessment

Eric Eifert

Eric Eifert is a cyber security executive with more than 27 years of government and industry experience. Eric is the Executive Director for Defense and Cyber services at Beacon Red, an EDGE Group Company in the UAE. He provides executive mentorship and guidance around all aspects of cyber security to the UAE government and Critical Infrastructure sectors and is currently supporting the UAE Cyber Security Council on several national projects. Over the last 7 years in the UAE he has built and operated some of the most advanced Cyber Security Operations Centers for government and critical infrastructure entities. Previously as Sr Vice President of ManTech International in the United States he led over 450 cyber security professionals in designing and building insider-threat detection capabilities; cyber threat intelligence; integrated network and security operation centers; cybersecurity ranges;
continuous governance, risk and compliance monitoring; and incident response programs. Eric also had an honorable career as a Special Agent with the United States Air Force as a cyber crime investigator and taught graduate cyber investigations as an adjunct professor at George Mason University.

Dr. Jassim Haji

Dr. Haji is a veteran in the field Information and Communications Technology with over 3 decades of robust experience in implementing IT strategies to move applications/infrastructure, formulating vision, improving vision/culture, innovation and change management. With hands on expertise in reorganizing operations, managing core infrastructure including servers, storage, network, collaboration, application, middleware products. Deft in IT infrastructure management, management of heterogeneous networks, information security and service delivery as well as it regulatory compliance. Proven ability to affect transformational change across a range of operational areas and create a sustainable difference to a business’s operational performance.

Rabih Achkar

With over 15 years of experience in the IT industry with a focus on cybersecurity he has extensive experience in developing new regions and working with channel partners. He has previously worked for leading cybersecurity vendors including Swimlane and Cofense. He holds an MBA and a BE in computer engineering.

Ibrahim Abuawwad

I have acquired more than 16 years progressive experience spanning all facets of Information Technology Operations, infrastructure & security, and project management across various sectors and regions, Oil & Gas, Banking & Financial Services, and Telecommunications. I have solid technical and management expertise in Digital Transformation, IT Security and Governance and organization’s IT Operations management utilized to impact business performance, boosting efficiency through automation/digitization, expanding offerings through new services implementation, and facilitating management of a diverse portfolio of projects through strategic allocation of resources   I hold MBA Degree in Strategic Planning from Strathclyde Business School, also I hold several professional certification and trainings in Project Management, Network Security & Infrastructure.

Haran Kumar

Haran Kumar is a Senior Solutions Architect in the Global Security Specialist Group at Elastic. He is a passionate security professional with extensive experience in SOC architecture and security operations. Prior to joining Elastic, Haran was part of a global security operation centre across multiple industries, including aviation. 

At Elastic, Haran assists with projects and prospects across the EMEA region in architecting security solutions with Elastic stack and other security best practices. This includes solution design, development, integration, platform architecture and capacity planning in mission-critical environments. Haran welcomes any opportunity to share his security expertise with Elastic partners via blogs, webinars and workshops.

Ahmed Nabil Mahmoud

He is an experienced Information Security and Technology Manager who helps organizations in their secure digital transformation journey. He leverages full technology and human capability to achieve business goals and objectives.  IT Process Automation, converted more than 15 manual processes ranging from HR, IT operations, Finance and Engineering to technology enabled platform and helps Organizations with Cloud Migration saving IT Operations time, providing Infrastructure scalability and flexible remote working. Ahmed Nabil has a BS in Electrical and Control Engineering, MSc in Business Information Technology and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Abhishek Pratap Singh

Abhishek Pratap Singh is an information Security professional with approx. One and half decade of experience with Banking, Finance and Insurance industry. With proven leadership successfully delivered many assignments in information Security space such as Cyber security Strategy, Governance and Risk management. He has past exposure in Security Operations including but not limited to Security monitoring, Data protection, Access management, End point security, Perimeter and Cloud Security enhancement and Data Privacy. His Profile is a blend of Cyber security and IS Audit with excellent report writing, analytical and presentation skills. He has published a few international papers in the field of IT networks & information security.

Tilak Ratnayake

Carrying 27yrs + experience in the field of IT with more than 15yrs of senior managerial experience. I have exposure to IT projects delivered in different business verticals such as Manufacturing & Trading, Freight Forwarding, Hospitality industries.   During last 8yrs at GAC Group, I had the opportunity to lead Cyber Security Projects, Cloud migrations, Infrastructure Automation, 5000+ user migration to Office365,,Information Security & Incident Management, Security Awareness, IT Disaster recovery (On-prem & Cloud) , Leading the ISO27001 Certification.   I am a self motivated team player having experience in managing large IT teams for successful IT project deliveries.

Riyad Jazmawi

Riyad is experienced in cybersecurity, business continuity, and IT governance with more than 16 years in the banking sector. Riyad focuses on promoting the governance and management principles in his areas of experience, developing cybersecurity strategies, leading the implementation of cybersecurity programs, and ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting events through a sound organizational resilience management system. 

Riyad holds Master degree in information security from Royal Holloway, University of London and MBA in strategic planning from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University. Riyad is certified trainer in many cybersecurity and IT Governance topics, and he is active member in many professional organizations such as (ISC)2, ISACA, Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), and Project Management Institute (PMI).

Rayed Almutiry

Rayed AlMutiry is an Senior Cyber Security consultant with 11+ years of experience in multiple domains of cyber security (Risk Management, Application Security, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Management, Cyber Security Audit, Compliance such as ISO 27001, NIST, NCA ECC,SAMA etc.) with hands-on experience in RSA Archer GRC tool. I am a quick learner with an ability to grasp new concepts, processes and apply it correctly. I am also involved in supporting the local information security community and currently organizing a chapter OWASP Riyadh.

Finto Thomas

Finto Thomas is a cybersecurity consultant and strategist with seventeen years of experience in the international cybersecurity industry. Since 2004, Finto has worked with leading security firms, advised Fortune 500 and start-up companies, helping them navigate complex cybersecurity issues and business requirement mapping. He has created strategies, roadmap, policies, architectures according to organization & industry and makes an impact on the ground with trust and teamwork. Finto has held various positions with companies focused on cybersecurity on cloud datacentres, Virtualization, Application Security and Data Privacy.

Mohannad Saadi

Mohannad Saadi is an experienced Cybersecurity professional at Orange (Jordan). His job roles include Security Audit, network Security, Ethical Hacking, Security and Risk administration. He has graduated from the University of Jordan. He has completed certifications for Chief Information Security Officer, Project Management Professional, ethical hacking, Scrum, and System audit. He is an active Member of EC Council, Cisco, ISACA Amman Chapter, PMI Jordan Chapter. His interests include Medicine and Health, Social Service, and filed sports

Eng. Ala Zayadeen

Eng. Ala Zayadeen is an Seasoned Information Security Manager with over 14 years of experience in developing and implementing information security programs and strategies. Proven ability to identify and assess risks, and recommend solutions and controls that protect data and systems.

The following are some of the main areas of expertise:

  • Cyber Security Governance and Strategies.
  • Technology and Cyber Risk Management
  • Information Security
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Business Continuity and Cyber Resilience
  • Vulnerability management

Shaik J Ahmed

Hand-picked to quantify risk to organization, support effective risk management strategies and implement strong portfolio of capabilities with scalable Cyber Security solutions. Enable and drive change in organization to be on forefront of new business opportunities. Optimize customer satisfaction through comprehensive Cyber sales, services, advisory, consulting and management engagements with clients at both enterprise and business unit levels. 

Built Cyber Security team from zero to 200+ associates, delivering NextGen Cyber support to clients and partners and expanding the footprint of a multimillion-dollar practice. Solid record in consistently exceeding client expectations, while designing and executing state-of-the-art Cyber Security solutions to support business leadership strategy, direction and growth.