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AIDTSEC 2021 In Figures

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Scientific Themes

The Artificial Intelligence Defence Technologies and Cyber Security Exhibition and Conference will take on how the latest advancements in Artificial Intelligence are being deployed in the defence and security industries.

The aim for having different main themes is that the whole road map for adopting AI should be drawn wisely throughout the summit, starting from building the data infrastructure and performing the digital transformation, going through the practical use and differences of the main platforms, tools, and even algorithms, ending up with real world scenarios for AI and cyber security in defence and military.

Digital Transformation and Infrastructure

Autonomous Systems and Vehicles

Cyber Security and Data Protection

AI in Military Applications

Main Tracks

On the participation level, AIDTSEC is targeting audiences with varying levels of experiences and interests. Therefore, AIDTSEC summit will consist of three main tracks for concurrent sessions and panel discussions that will take place in parallel, to cover all of the interests and backgrounds. These tracks are mainly summarized in the below:

Guest of Honor

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H.E. Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Guest of Honor

Chairman, Talal Abu Ghazaleh Global

Founder and Chair, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global) Born on April 22, 1938. Founded Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global) in 1972, a leading global provider of professional and educational services with more than 100 offices worldwide. Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world, with lifetime achievements, distinctions and outstanding contributions to education, accountancy, Intellectual Property, business administration and management, commerce, ICT, science and technology, law and other fields. A builder of institutions with a sense of history and a vision for the renaissance of the Arab world.

Meet Our Speakers

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H.E. Ahmad Hanandeh

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship

Chief Executive Officer with a passion for Technology, Entrepreneurship, Customer Experience and Innovation. International experience combined with a strategic mindset and a focus on deliverables and implementation. Insightful leader with versatile background in telecommunication, logistics, finance, operations and business development and the ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and develop strategies to grow the bottom-line.

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Aiman Mazahreh

Co-Founder and CEO, STS Group

Aiman Graduated with BS degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University in 1981 and has been active in the field of Technology ever since.

Aiman is focusing on navigating STS’s Digital Transformation journey where he is driving STS strategy to transform how the business operates and delivers value to all stakeholders.

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AJ Abdallat

CEO, Beyond Limits

AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond Limits and on the advisory board for Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST). AJ has over 20 years’ experience building high-tech startups in the fields of bio-inspired artificial intelligence, reasoning systems and smart sensors. Prior to Beyond Limits, AJ was co-founder and CEO of several Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory startups where he raised over $250M in venture and strategic investment. AJ holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Jamie Ryan Bagby

Deputy Director, Raytheon Cyber Services

Mr. Ryan Bagby serves as the Deputy Director of Raytheon Intelligence & Space’s Cybersecurity Services Business, where he manages a diverse portfolio of international cybersecurity programs and cyber training offerings, including Raytheon’s Cybersecurity Academy franchise. Additionally, Ryan serves as an advising board member for several cybersecurity education programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Ryan began his career in the United States Army and joined Raytheon in 2011 bringing more than 20 years of experience supporting federal, commercial and international customers on IT and cybersecurity programs.

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Conrad Prince CB

Senior Adviser, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Conrad Prince was deputy head of the UK’s cyber intelligence and security agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, from 2008 – 2015. In 2015 he became the UK Government’s first Cyber Ambassador, providing strategic advice to a range of governments on cyber security strategy. He left government service in 2018, and now holds various cyber and security advisory roles in the private sector. He is a senior adviser to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, and advises boards in the financial services and other sectors. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the UK think tank the Royal United Services Institute, specialising in cyber strategy.

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Dr. Mutaz Al-Debei

Senior Territory Manager, Oracle Corporation

Al-Debei is currently working as the Senior Manager for the Public Sector (Oracle Technology & Cloud Solutions). Previously, he was the Autonomous Data Management & Cloud Technology Senior Territory Manager at Oracle. Beforehand, he was working as a principal consultant for Big Data and Analytics also at Oracle Corporation covering LEENA region. Earlier, he was working as the Director for Big Data & Analytics at Intrasoft MiddleEast. Also, he served as an associate professor at the University of Jordan, Department of Management Information Systems. He has also held posts at Brunel University London in the United Kingdom (UK). He is also certified in a number of professional domains such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), OCP for Oracle developer and Database Administrators (DBAs), Network+, Security+, and Credit Card Frauds.

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Yazan Ibrahim

Consumer Business DIrector, Zain

Yazan Ibrahim currently holds the position of Consumer Business Director at Zain Jordan. In this post that he has been assuming for the past 3 years, Ibrahim is reponsible for developing consumer sales, marketing, communications and e-commerce operations and planning. Ibrahim joined Zain Jordan in 2005, and he has 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry where he held various positios in the fields of marketing, indirect sales and customer care, and he managed Mada Jordan as GM. Ibrahim holds a Bachelor degree of computer engineering from the university of Jordan.

Dr. Amr Abu Suleiman

B2B CMO, Orange

Amjad Farouqa

Director of Quality, Business Continuity and Information Security, Umniah

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Dr. Gege Gatt

Co-Founder and CEO, EBO

Dr. Gege Gatt is the CEO of London-based company EBO.AI, an Artificial Intelligence enterprise which enables the automation and personalisation of engagement. He is a digital entrepreneur and IT-Law specialist. He serves as the Vice President of the Malta IT law Association and a specialist examiner at the University of Malta. He’s a Board Member of Humanity 2.0 developed by the Holy See in Rome and a consortium of thought-leaders to identify impediments to human flourishing and then work cross-sector to remove them.

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Fadi N. Daoud

Executive Director, TAG Knowledge Forum

Mr. Fadi Nawaf Daoud is a management advisor and professional senior trainer and consultant, and a strategic planning expert with a solid project administration background and expertise. His extensive experience stretches in international missions and development projects, leading youth initiatives and awareness campaigns, and economics monitoring. This experience is concentrated in Project Management, Youth Engagement, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship, Capacity Building, Public Private Dialogue, Advocacy and Partnerships. Mr. Daoud is a Certified Learning and Development Manager (CLDM), a Certified International Professional Trainer (CIPT), a Certified Anti Corruption Manager (CACM). Mr. Daoud holds a Master of Research Methods degree from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration in Management degree, New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA. BA, Banking and Finance, Applied Science University, Jordan

H.E. Belal Hafnawi

Commissioner/ Full time Board Member, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC)

His excellency Eng. Belal Al-Hafnawi is An ICT Executive experienced in Management, leadership, regulatory and Strategy. Currently working a Commissioner/ Full time Board Member in Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC). Having (19)+ years of intensive experience in technology, telecommunications, information technology and digital transformation. He worked with several international mobile network vendors and service providers (Huawei, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung Electronics and STC. He has wide work experience in various telecommunications fields, which included management, technical and consulting experience, managing complex programs/projects and operation management . He holds bachelor and Masters degree in Telecommunications from university of Jordan, And has completed an executive track in Management and Leadership of technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)/United states focused on Artificial Intelligence and internet of things business implications and platform strategies. He is technical writer, author and speaker.

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Tousif Syed

Security Strategy Risk and Compliance Leader - Middle East and Africa, IBM

Tousif leads ‘Cloud Security’ and ‘Security Strategy, Risk and Compliance’ (SSRC) services for the Middle East and Africa Region. Tousif has over 18 years of experience in cybersecurity consulting, designing new service offerings, practice management, managing customer relations, leading and building teams, executing large and complex cybersecurity projects. He has keen interest in research and has published articles on SecurityIntelligence and Harvard business review. Tousif has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Master’s degree in management from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and is a Master’s (ALM) degree candidate at the Harvard University.

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Baptiste Cazagou

Head of Public Safety National Security Microsoft Middle East Africa

Baptiste Cazagou is leading the Public Safety and National Security domain for Microsoft Middle East Africa HQ, where he advises and supports Defense and Security customers in their Digital Transformation leveraging the Microsoft Cloud. He began his career as a platoon leader in a French Army recon unit. Promoted Captain, he was head of the technical intelligence unit in a French Special Forces unit, designing and leading intelligence special operations overseas. He joined the cabinet office of the French President, working on counter-terrorism and piracy issues. He was hired by Deloitte to set up the Cyber Security practice in France, and joined Thales leading Cyber Security sales for Middle East, and more recently Strategy and Marketing for the Qatar Office. He is graduated from Saint Cyr French Military Academy, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and INSEAD.

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Mohammad Alkhudari

CEO, Green Circle for Cybersecurity


Specialized Cyber Security advisor and cybersecurity tools expert with a specialty in Developing Specialized Cyber Security tools and Solutions. Mr. Mohammad is an industry-leading authority in technology channels and specializes in digital transformation and international development, operations in Middle East. With more than 16+ years of broad-based senior level experience, management experience in technology and Education. Alkhudari currently serves as founder and CEO for International Business in Green Circle with establishing Next generation online Educational Institutions “Daience University”

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Naveen Bharadwaj

Director, Marketing and Strategic Partnership, Spire Solutions

I'm Naveen, a YOUNG LEADER with 14+ years’ corporate experience encompassing partnerships, divisional leadership, new market/business development and full cycle event production & management (ideation to execution)In my quest to learn and do new things, I took the risk of leaving my comfort zone (events industry) and joined Spire Solutions, Middle East & Africa's leading value added distributor of cybersecurity solutions where I currently lead marketing and strategic partnership.

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Dr. Hussein Al Natsheh

Chief Data Scientist, Beyond Limits

Dr. Hussein AL-NATSHEH is the Chief Data Scientist - EMEA of Beyond Limited. He is a recognized AI leader in the Middle East being a member of several program committees in NLP and a speaker in many AI regional events. Prior to joining Beyond Limits, he was the Chief AI Officer at Mawdoo3 Limited, the world's most visited group of Arabic websites. He joined Mawdoo3 as an executive in 2016 after acquiring his data mining start-up where he founded its AI division that developed its state-of-the-art Arabic NLP/NLU SaaS toolkit with the biggest data science team in the region at that time. There, he also co-founded 2 AI subsidiaries; the first Arabic voice digital assistant (Salma.ai), which is like "Siri" but understands Arabic dialects, and (Qalam.ai) which is like “Grammarly” but specialized in the Arabic language. Hussein holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Lyon, France in Data Science, in addition to 2 European Master's degrees in the same field and a Master’s degree in computer engineering from Jordan. He made the later Master’s thesis in machine learning at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. In 2009, he founded (Ciapple), a data mining and predictive analytics technology startup. His startup received several regional technology business innovation awards. Previously in 2007, he served as the technology commercialization program manager at Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship in Jordan the director of its innovation division (TRIZmatic).

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Dr. Ameer Al-Nimrat

Doctor in Information Security, University of East London

Reader in Cyber Security & Digital Forensics. The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the University of East London”.

Marc Kassis

Founder and General Manager, INOGATES FZCO

We are a Cyber Security, AI & IoT specialist. A consulting team focused on marketing niche or new technologies in EMEA.

Ruba Waleed Jaikat

AI Manager, Tarjama

Ruba Jaikat is an experienced deep learning scientist with a focus on NLP for the Arabic Language. She received her B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Jordan in 2014 and later joined Samsung R&D in Jordan delivering cutting-edge ML and Speech Technology solutions. Ruba Jaikat has managed and steered the AI team at Tarjama towards the company's innovative NMT engine and other deep learning NLP applications. She has a wealth of experience in analyzing, and developing tailored NMT models for a variety of industries which was recently presented in the 18th Biennial MT Summit sponsored by ACL.

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Prof. Ibrahim Abu Alhaol

Assistant professor, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Assistant Professor at the Data Science Department at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) in Amman, Jordan, and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Holds a BSc and an MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technologies (JUST), and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Mississippi (UoM), United States. A senior member of IEEE and a Professional Engineer (PEng) in Ontario, Canada. Interests in applied research in Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and Big Data (BD) analytics to solve challenging problems in Cybersecurity, Internet-of-Things, and Wireless Networks.

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Col. Eng. Mohammad Al daradka

Director of Electronic Communications HQ of Royal Jordanian Air Force(RJAF)

Colonel Eng. Mohammad A. Al Daradka is the Director of Electronic Communication Directorate at Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), King Abdullah I AFB, Amman. He recently assigned as Director of Electronic Communication. under his umbrella three different branches; Ground Communication branch, Radar branch and System Engineering Branch. The Electronic Workshops and Calibration Laboratories HQ which is responsible for Wireless communication, Navigation and Test Equipment Calibration among the RJAF Units is also under his responsibility. Beside Director of Electronic Communication Organization duties, he is also responsible for Directorate members training, equipping his branches with modernized communication systems and support RJAF Operations needs with proper secure communication media

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Ehab Atari

Senior Manager, PwC

Ehab is holding a senior executive manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East (PwC) with over 18 years’ experience in managing enterprise transformation projects in various areas, including designing and implementing strategies, establishing and operating the project management and governance office, designing operational models, developing organizational and policy structures, and managing and evaluating working mechanisms. In addition to extensive experience in the development of business boards. He participated in many institutional transformation projects for governmental and semi-governmental institutions and companies in various sectors such as real estate development and banking sector.

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Christopher Jacob

Global Vice President, ThreatQuotient

As VP of Threat Intelligence Engineering, Chris Jacob leads a global team of engineers in working with prospects and customers to assess their current approach to intelligence, understand their needs, and provide them with a product driven solution. Chris has over 15 years of experience in Information Security, beginning with serving as Battalion Information Systems Coordinator during his time in the Marine Corps, and including leadership positions at Sourcefire, Fidelis Cybersecurity and Webroot.

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Adam AlSheyab

Projects & Business Development Manager, Hikvision Middle East & North Africa

Experienced as Projects & Business Development Manager and former Sr. Technical Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the CCTV security, AI Solutions and Video Surveillance industry. Skilled in CCTV Integration, VMS, Access Control, Video Intercom, Alarm Systems, Thermal solutions, Mobile CCTV, ITS, Parking Systems, Video Wall and Commercial Display solutions, Networking, Technical Support, and Physical Security. Strong business and learning development professional and products training with a Master's degree focused in Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance from California University.

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Mohammad Al-Rawabdeh

Security Director, Specialized Technical Services (STS)

Mohammad Al-Rawabdeh is a regional security director for STS cybersecurity, 12+ years of experience, holding many of specialized cybersecurity certificates. I'm responsible for developing and executing the company’s strategic direction and vision, as well as leading STS’s commitment to safe, reliable operations and organizational excellence. I established and developed the cybersecurity program for many of enterprises in Jordan, KSA and UAE and help them to comply with the national and international cybersecurity standards.

Ruba Darwish

Country Manager, BMBTech

A Business Leader whose a Firm Believer in technology, with strong commercial acumen and operational success in driving aggressive omni-channel digital, customer centric & marketing strategies across multiple countries and regions. Currently holding the Country Manager position of BMB Jordan allows me to share part of my experience with multiple sectors within Jordan, stress on the importance of technology to progressively advance as a country, build a digital economy and provide a better quality of life to our citizens. I am a proud member of the board of The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (“[email protected]”), which serves as the collective voice of the technology industry to boost the role of [ICT] in the national economy. My role with [email protected] has also enabled me to support the role of women in the technology sector, along with helping technology entrepreneurs and incubators in Jordan.

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Eng. Lama Arabiat

Head of Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship

Strategic Expert in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation. Established the Artificial Intelligence Division at MoDEE .Responsible for preparing national policies and strategies to support the adoption of artificial intelligence in all vital sectors and strengthen the public sector in the use and adoption of AI to promote the digital economy in Jordan. Responsible for creating and facilitating different projects and initiatives to support the AI ecosystem in Jordan. Representative of Jordan in the Arabic Working Team for AI and play an active role in drafting the AI strategy for the Arabic region. Representative of Jordan in the UNESCO-intergovernmental special committee as an AI expert to draft the recommendations on the ethics of AI.

Dr. Rami B H Shahin

CEO, ITI Group

Dr. Rami is a Transformation consultant specialized in the transformation and international development of artificial intelligence management, innovation, and Future foresight services. He has achieved great success in artificial intelligence and innovation in several countries such as the UAE, KSA, Jordan and Japan through LIFO and Innovation thinking system. He is the General Manager of International Company, Ambassador of Innovation and Business Accelerators, AI advisor for International Leaders and CEOs’ ,Board of Advisor in different international Organization such as IAIDL .Additionally , International Transformation Advisor to a number of major and international companies.

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Emmanuel Jacque

F&SI Global Head for Defense and National Security, SAS

Emmanuel comes into this role after serving 28 years in the French military, followed by 3 years building a successful company that is a critical SAS partner, and then joining SAS in 2017. During his distinguished and highly decorated military career, Emmanuel moved from fighter pilot into various roles supporting intelligence operations to eventually being responsible for revamping the entire intelligence process for the French Air Force in cooperation with NATO and US. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in pushing the envelope on how advanced technology can be leveraged to support intelligence operations. He continued this work at his former company Oak Branch, where SAS provided the core technology behind systems for intelligence fusion and analytics, including some pioneering work on early detection of radicalized individuals and fake news detection. Since joining SAS in 2017, Emmanuel provides subject matter expertise to Defense and National Security organizations.

Eyad Janbek

Senior Advisor, Technology Consultants

Mr. Eyad Janbek is a Senior Advisor in Defense, Telco, and Software industry. Solid international experience in Business Development and Operations Management coupled with diversification across multiple verticals and technologies. Mr. Janbek is acquainted to developing and managing large scale complex programs, challenging operations, and mission-critical national-level infrastructures. A seasoned professional with holistic vision and a strategic mindset focused on core business pillars.

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Dr. Nailah Al-Madi

Associate Professor, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Dr. Nailah Al-Madi, is an Associate Professor at the data science department, Princess Sumaya University for Technology. She got her PhD in Computer science in 2014 from North Dakota State University, USA, with GPA 4.00. During her PhD she got the Doctoral Dissertation award and was selected as one of the top 10% students. Her MSc in Computer Science from Jordan University of Science and Technology, 2009. And her BSc in Computer Information System from Al Albayt University. She has more than 25 publications in prestigious journals and conferences. In 2019, She got the Distinguished Teacher Award at PSUT. In 2020, she organized the Women in data science conference, under the patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan, in collaboration with Stanford University (USA). She also supervised many winning projects, such as VaccineJO, which got the 3rd place in the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application, 2019.

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Tamara Saeed Mohammad AlBsoul

Head of Business Analytics & AI Department, Zain Jordan

Tamara has a solid background in Math, Statistics, programming, and business along with 10+ years of hands-on experience in Data Engineering, Data modeling, Data management and Artificial intelligence using different tools and applications. She currently manages a team of data Architects, data Engineers & data scientists who are responsible for innovating new solutions for various business challenges and problems using data.

Mohammad Kayed

Principal Cybersecurity Consultant

Mr Mohammad Al-Kayed serves as the Principal Cybersecurity Consultant leading Black Mountain's Cybersecurity Services Center where he is overseeing Black Mountain’s international security strategy and offering portfolio. In addition to his 10 years extensive career as a head of cybersecurity divisions in multinational organisations, Mr Al-Kayed is a renowned cybersecurity trainer, researcher and adviser with focus on security intelligence and operations where he held multiple roles advising for the governmental and private sectors while executing large scale projects across the GCC, MENA and EU.

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Thabet Awad

Cybersecurity Consultant, Detection and Response Team (DART), Microsoft

Thabet has been part of the Microsoft family since 2016, he worked as an Azure Networking Technical Advisor and has recently moved to Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART), the team that responds to security incidents and help customers become cyber-resilient. Before joining Microsoft, he was an infrastructure automation specialist.

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Nada Abdelfattah Issa Khater

Head of Digital Transformation Policies and Strategies, MoDEE

Eng. Nada Khater has 15 years of experience in public and private organizations related to IT sector in Jordan, currently she is Head of Digital Transformation Policies and Strategies at the Ministry of Digital Economy & Entrepreneurship of Jordan. Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer ‎at IT Experts Company in Jordan. Eng. Nada participated in the developing National ‎Cybersecurity Strategy 2018-2023, Cybersecurity policies framework 2019, and Jordan’s Cybersecurity Law in 2019. She led the development of Jordanian AI Policy 2020. In addition, participated in the formulating Government Data Classification and Management Policy 2020, and Cloud Computing Policy for Jordan 2020.

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Tariq Salameh

Team Lead Solution Engineer, Cloudera

I am currently working as Team Lead - Solution Engineer in Cloudera to assist customers in their data-driven journey on-prem, public and private Cloud. I possess 16 years of experience with several vendors such as Oracle, Informatica, and Cloudera, focusing on Data Management areas like Big Data, Data Warehouse, ML, and Cloud. I am enthusiastic and passionate about cutting-edge technology and driven by customer success.

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Nicola Fanous

Digital Products & Transformation Director, Orange Jordan

Have been working with Orange Jordan for 14 years. Experienced in IP/Data networks, digital transformation and development of platforms; currently managing the digital kitchen with Orange Jordan responsible for digitizing the customer journey E2E (application, website, automation, CRM) along with the internal transformation powered by automating processes and optimizing our cost.

Dr Omran Salem

Managing Director, Risk Mission IT Consultation

A seasoned IT professional with more than 25 years of experience in different economic sectors, holding a Ph.D. in Information Security from Bradford University - UK. I have wide experience in Programming, System Analysis, Automation, Information Security, Data analysis & Processing.

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Bachir Moussa

Regional Sales Director MEAR, Nozomi Networks

Currently MEAR Regional Sales Director for Nozomi Networks, Bachir is responsible for helping large industrial organizations and critical infrastructures in the region to secure and monitor their OT & IOT networks. Bachir has a long background and deep technical knowledge and throughout his career helped many customers in their path to Digital Transformation. Prior to Nozomi Networks, he held several positions in Cisco, Riverbed Technology, Telstra and Dimension Data. He holds a Business Information degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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Abdullrazaq Zahran

Cyber Security Engineering Manager | Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Vectra I

Abdullrazaq Zahran is working as Cyber Security Engineering Manager for Vectra.ai and covering METNA region. Zahran has a total of 12 years+’ experience in the Middle East region went through different cyber security and advanced networking solutions. Previously he was working as security engineering team leader across ME for multiple solutions, and across his career path he gained a wide experience from the different verticals helping the customers to overcome their pains and achieving a positive business outcome. Zahran hold a BSc degree in Electrical engineering / Telecommunication and Electronics from Jordan University of Science and Technology, and now he is part of professional certificate program in the major of advanced computer security at Stanford university.

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Ahmad Bani Younes

Associate Professor, HTU

Dr. Bani Younes has worked on a wide range of aerospace research topics, including the development of fast and high fidelity gravity model for the earth anomalies; fast and efficient trajectories propagation for satellite motions; optimal control theory, which is focused on spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) issues, trajectory generation, spacecraft attitude tracking, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and feedback control methodologies; and, algorithms development for optimization theory, learning-based methods and intelligent systems. Dr. Bani Younes has worked on designing and developing estimation, control and navigation sensors algorithms. He has developed advanced modeling and simulation tools for supporting high precision trajectory calculations for orbital systems. He is the director of the Spacecraft Platform for Astronautics & Celestial Emulation (SPACE), which is a 6DOF facility that supports comprehensive studies and hardware experiments for sensing, guidance, dynamics, & control of space operations in an operationally relevant environment. The lab conducts research in robotic sensing and control with an aim to enhance the fields of proximity operations, human-robot interaction, stereo vision, swarm robotics, and autonomous aerial vehicles.

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Mohanned Ismael Yousef Audeh

Enterprise Business Director, Zain Jordan

Mohanned Audeh currently holds the position of Enterprise Business Director at Zain Jordan. In this post that he has been assuming for the past 6 years, Audeh is responsible for developing corporate sales, marketing, business development, creating business opportunities and foreseeing the future. Audeh joined Zain Jordan in 2007, and has 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, where he held various positions in the fields of Customer Care, Sales, Marketing & Business Development. Audeh holds a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Business Administration with Marketing from University of London.

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Othman Aldawamenah

Cyber Security Specialist, Mandiant

Othman Aldawamenah is a strategic experienced Cyber Security Specialist, with more than 15 years of experience in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During this time Othman has helped hundreds of enterprises and government organisations to successfully overcome their IT Security challenges, he is always eager to get involved and contribute in initiatives that can strategically help make the Cyber space a safer place. Othman is leading key Markets in the Middle East and Africa.

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Dr. Yahia Smadi

Director, Autonomous Platforms Lab

Dr. Yahia M. Al-Smadi is the director of Autonomous Platforms Lab at Jordan University of Science and Technology. Dr. Al-Smadi has over 20 years of experience in engineering analysis and construction design for a wide range of facilities and heavy movable structures. He worked as a founder/CEO at Nu Pack Industries-USA with an extremely diversified experience in physical security design for sensitive structures. Currently, he established APL technologies at JUST and which is housing 6 new products. APL Technologies has applied for 23 patent applications in the field of mechanical, biomedical and mechatronics engineering.

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Dr. Ashraf Mamoun Ahmad

Dean of Computing Sciences College, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Dr. Ashraf Ahmad is currently an Associate Professor at Princess Sumya University for Technology (PSUT). Having obtained his B.Sc. from PSUT, Dr. Ahmad went on to obtain his PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan, graduating with distinction. Dr. Ahmad has formerly served as Head of the Department of Computer Graphics and Animation at PSUT for four years. His areas of research interest include security application development and computer programming, mobile application, video transcoding, secure multimedia and interoperability. Dr. Ahmad has authored several scientific publications including journal papers, conference papers, book chapters and books. In addition, Dr. Ahmad holds several US and international patents in his field of expertise. He serves as an associate editor for two journals and an editorial member of several journals.

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SIDDHARTHA MURTHINTY

Chief Solutions Architect, Spire Solutions

Siddhartha Murthinty, Chief Solutions Architect, at Spire Solutions provides cybersecurity thought-leadership, advisory, expertise on complex initiatives to enterprises in the Middle East & Africa. As the Head of Cyber Security Solutions & Services, he currently helps his clients with Crisis preparedness and response, Digital-security transformation, and Defensive Cyber Operations. Prior to working with Spire Solutions, he was employed by the world’s largest consulting firm as a Risk Advisor. He also had the opportunity to speak at prestigious events to serve the cybersecurity community with his share of experiences advocating solutions for risk-based management practices, Building cybersecurity for future resilience, Attack surface reduction et al.

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Alain Samir Sawaya El Badri

General Manager, Zain Data Park

A proficient CEO and Managing Director, Entrepreneur and effective leader who excels in competitive environments, Alain is one of the first Cloud Evangelist in the Middle East region. Alain is the General Manager of Zain Data Park, the Cloud and Security managed service provider in Zain Group. Before signing onto this role, he was the Managing Partner and Co-founder of Internet of Things LLC "mOmkin” and was the Founder and Managing Partner of Oman Data Park. Prior that, Sawaya was the Managing Partner for 4Trust, and Managing Partners of Mideast Data Systems.

Yazan A F Hammoudah

Technical Director, IronNet

Experienced Cyber Security lead with more than 15 years of experience. Yazan is currently leading the cybersecurity team in EMEA at IronNet, the leader in stopping unknown threats using collective defense and AI capabilities. Prior to that, Yazan worked in different positions in different companies including FireEye/Mandiant, Ruckus Wireless, Saudi Aramco, and many others. In his presentation, Yazan will talk about the impact of the cyber breaches and how the collective defense concept based on AI can play a major role in eliminating such key threats.

Naveen Kumar Hemanna

AVP Sales, Sectrio

Naveen Hemanna is a certified cybersecurity professional responsible for driving growth of Sectrio in the MEA region with 12 + years of diversified experience spanning across multiple industries such as Manufacturing, Telecoms. Governments and Large Enterprises. As a avid follower of latest trends especially in the IoT and OT security space, he regularly contributes to technology blogs and provide insights on trends and implications.

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Hussam Khattab

President, ISACA Amman Chapter

Mr. Hussam Khattab is the President of ISACA Amman Chapter. Hussam is currently working as head of IT Audit for Arab Bank PLC, and he has more than 15 years of intensive experience in information assurance fields covering IT audit, governance, digital transformation, cybersecurity and privacy. Holding MBA degree and BSc degree in electrical engineering. He has multiple professional certifications, and he is CISA, CGEIT, CDPSE, PMP and COBIT certified. Hussam led the efforts of forming ISACA Amman Chapter from the very early start till becoming a global award-winning chapter. Participated in many task forces for authoring and reviewing white papers/ guidelines related to cybersecurity, privacy, emerging technologies, internal audit and governance. He has published articles in regional magazines, and also participated as a speaker, panelist, moderator at various international conferences. A trainer in IT Audit, governance of enterprise IT, COBIT, cybersecurity and privacy.

Omar I Ayesh

CEO, Electronic Health Services

Co-founder and CEO of Electronic Health Solutions (EHS) Brig. Gen. (R) Eng. Omar is currently the CEO of EHS, a publicly owned company that aims to elevate healthcare by playing a major role in the digital transformation program for healthcare sectors in Jordan. Eng. Omar has over 25+ years of achievements in setting and driving strategies, quality improvement and operations in digital health transformation in various governmental entities such as the Royal Hashemite Court and the Royal Medical Services. Eng. Ayesh holds a MSc degree in Health Informatics from the University of Leeds, UK and a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toledo in the USA.

Alsharifeh Noor Bint Ali

Digital Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Alsharifeh Noor Bint Ali is a Jordanian Hashemite. Noor is a career diplomat serving now as a Diplomat with the Economic and International Cooperation Department at the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in Amman. Noor joined the department this summer after serving as the First Secretary at the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in London for the past four years focused on Digital tech issues, development and special projects. Before arriving in London to start her posting there, Alsharifeh Noor established and headed the Digital Presence Unit at the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in Amman and worked on the digital transformation of Ministry services alongside other Jordanian Ministries. Previous to that while at the Ministry in Amman she served in three offices: the Private Office of the Foreign Minister; the Negotiations Coordination Bureau; and the Expatriates Affairs Department. During her studies Noor spent time in the United States majoring in Policy Management at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, she created a series of talks called “A Taste of Jordan” which took her across the United States’ East coast from Massachusetts to Florida reaching 5,000 students speaking about Jordan and Islam through her eyes. Since 2010 and throughout her career with the foreign ministry Noor has kept a strong social media presence, actively and openly voicing her personal opinions specifically using Twitter, in light of social media platforms serving as a borderless community. In that same spirit of borderless and collaborative energy, Noor is currently working on her PhD focused on cyber security from a governance and policy perspective within the Arab World

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Keyur Joshi

Head of BigData & Cyber Products

Keyur carries over 12+ years of diverse experience, ranging from software development, networking, systems and security. Having worked with some prominent multi-nationals in Middle East, Keyur carries a birds eye view over the evolving and emerging technological trends in the region. In his present role, Keyur has been involved in heading the BigData, HPC, AI and Cyber security Products for Atos across the Middle East and Turkey.

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Yousif Hisham Amoura

CEO, Sager Drones

The CEO & Co-founder of Sager, an entrepreneur, engineer, and a person focused on technology space. Yousef is focused on building a team of professionals concentrating on commercializing the drone industry and unleashing its full potential. Yousef leads the Sager team with a decade of experience in drone data and AI-powered analytics, business development, and a burning desire always to create bigger and better things. Yousef is also very knowledgeable on drone operation rules and regulations on both the regional and international levels and is part of the community for the betterment of these regulations in Jordan. Yousef has a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology.

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Alen Shqour

Business Development Manager, Levant

Alen Shqour is the Business Development Manager in the Levant region with Trend Micro. She has a proven record of developing relationships with business partners and strategical industry leads. She seeks ways of improving the way the business operates by understanding the customers' needs and being able to respond effectively with a plan of how to meet their needs where she establishes professional, consultative, and supportive relationships with Trend Micro customers and partners.

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Mohammad AlAli

Cyber Security Analyst, Central Bank of Jordan

Cybersecurity analyst, and researcher in various fields of computing: cyber security, cryptography, machine learning, and hardware design. In the field for 8 years, having worked at the Central Bank of Jordan, the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, and research associate at the Jordan University of Science and Technology. Recent projects include: Jordan Financial PKI and Operational Framework, the Cybersecurity Framework for the financial sector, design of the Cybersecurity Posture & Maturity Framework, and the AI-Driven Threat Hunting and Behavioral Analytics project currently in development.

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Matthew Hurling

Government Programs Lead for Middle East & Africa

Mandiant’s lead for Middle East & Africa Government Security Programs; Matthew builds partnerships with centralised national cyber security entities & individual government departments to identify tactical & strategic needs, then designs and implements cybersecurity information programs to mature those entities. Matthew previously spent 18-years in British Government roles focussed on intelligence, operational security & diplomacy, including 10-years based in the Middle East & Africa (3-years in Jordan). His final year was as the cyber operations design & delivery lead for a strategic, UK cyber capability, that included leading complex spending round negotiations & central government cyber policy & engagement.

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Dr. Malek Al-Zewairi

Business Development Manager, Levant

Malek Al-Zewairi is a Security Researcher, Consultant, and Trainer with over 10-years of industrial and academic experience in cyber security and digital forensics. Malek received his Ph.D. degree from Princess Sumaya University for Technology with a focus on Intelligence and Security Informatics. He is currently the Security Operation Center Supervisor at Umniah.

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Ahmed Mansour Ghnimat

Information Security & Infrastructure Unit Supervisor

Jordan Design and Development Bureau (JODDB) Cyber Shield Academy – GCHQ certified primary instructor for Cyber Security Courses

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Prof. Ismael Hinti

President, HTU

Ismael Al-Hinti is a father, a passionate educator, an academic leader, and a recognized energy expert, with twenty two years of diverse experience and exceptional track record. Prof. Al-Hinti received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 from Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Since then, he served in a variety of teaching, research and leadership roles in three Jordanian Universities. Since December 2020 he has been serving as President of Al Hussein Technical University. He authored around 50 research papers which received over 1200 citations, and won several awards and research grants. Besides his rich academic experience, Prof. Al-Hinti is also a renowned expert in the fields of energy management, energy auditing, and renewable energy applications. He managed the design and installation of solar photovoltaic projects in Jordan with a total capacity exceeding 50 MWp and managed over 45 detailed energy audits for commercial and industrial facilities in Jordan, Kuwait, and KSA. In addition, Prof. Al-Hinti worked as a key expert on numerous projects with institutions and development partners. He is also active in a variety of professional organizations and institutions.

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Prof. Moh'd Sami Ashhab

Dean of Scientific Research and Innovation, HTU

Prof. “Moh’d Sami” Ashhab earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering / control and dynamics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A. in 1996 and 1998, respectively. After working for four years in industry in U.S.A., he joined the Hashemite University in year 2002. Prof. Ashhab worked during 2015 – 2018 as a mechanical engineering professor at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in UAE. Since year 2019 he is the editor-in-chief of the Jordan Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Prof. Ashhab is currently the dean of scientific research and innovation at Al Hussein Technical University.

Ahmed Tharwat

Principle Cyber Security Manager , Group-IB

Ahmed Tharwat is the Principle Cybersecurity Manager for Group-IB covering the Middle East and Africa since March 2021. Ahmed spent about 16 years in the Cyber security field consulting major accounts in the region and supporting them in securing their organizations against advanced and sophisticated attacks building a huge shield against advanced attackers in MEA. Ahmed had provided a new perspective on how to better utilize the intelligence capabilities to build National cyber defense centers. During this time Ahmed has been involved in several national projects within MEA to improve the local capabilities in defending against nationwide cyber-attacks.

Sebastian Madden

Principle Cyber Security Manager , Group-IB

Sebastian Madden is PGI’s Chief Corporate Development Officer and a former UK Senior Civil Servant with 25 years’ experience of building national security capabilities. He has led PGI’s international capacity building projects since 2013. These have helped over fifty countries in five continents develop strategies, operating models, organisations and people to combat national and cyber security threats. This includes designing a national cyber security centre for a Gulf country; working with JODDB to build JODDB’s Cyber Academy; building a cyber incident response training centre for the Malaysian government; as well as delivering reskilling programmes for two Central Banks to build cyber security capacity and skills in their countries’ banking sectors. Sebastian’s previous experience includes his early career at GCHQ and work in the Cabinet Office where he was promoted to the Senior Civil Service in 2001 as Programme Director to build the UK's national crisis management centre. He was appointed Chief of Staff to the UK National Security Advisor in 2002. In that role and subsequently – as head of strategy and finance for a government agency and as an Associate Partner in a strategy consultancy – he developed national security, intelligence, cyber and civil emergency structures and programmes.