Dr. Ahmad Al Awar

Managing Director
Institute of Applied Technology (IAT)
Director, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic


Dr Ahmad is currently the Managing Director of the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), where he is guiding a reform of technical education paradigm in the UAE. He received his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat in 1996. He worked for a year in industry followed by another year in UAE University where he received a scholarship to complete his masters and Ph.D. He received his masters in mechanical engineering and PhD in Materials Science from University of Southern California, LA, California in 2005. He was appointed as assistant professor at UAE University where he taught and did many research publication exceeding 30 research articles. In 2010, Ahmad Alawar was seconded to the institute of applied technology as project manager and later a director of Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, a semi vocational higher education institute aims to graduate students with dual certification, both academic and industrial qualifications. He was actively involved in organizing many scientific conferences and symposia.

Talk Title

Welcome speech to SDS 2016

Eng. Fatma A. Bazargan

Acting Head of Information Security Office
Injazat Data Systems.


With over 12 years of experience in both IT Security perations and Information Security Governance, Compliance & Risk Management (GRC). Miss Bazargan specializes in GRC, IT Security Research & Analysis, and Network Security.

Prior to joining Injazat, Fatma worked for Masdar as an Information Technology Security Manager where she was responsible for developing a Master Security Plan for Masdar City, one of the world's first zero-carbon cities. Additionally, she also managed the Security Research and Analysis section at the UAE National Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) and is also recognized as the aeCERT Founder.

She is the first UAE National female to hold the highly renowned certification of the Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with good standing.

Fatma earned her Masters of Science Degree in Computer Systems Security with Merit from the University of Glamorgan, UK in 2004 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah, UAE in 2002. She also achieved an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) with Distinction from Zayed University, UAE in 2012 and has been a Research Affiliate at Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC), US in 2014.

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Cyber Resilience

Dragan Petkovic

Security Product Leader ECEMEA


Dragan Petkovic works in Oracle as a Security Leader for Turkey, Middle East and Africa. In his capacity he helps clients in achieving security and compliance by using database security controls and Identity Governance. Dragan was involved in some of high profile regional data investigations and holds various Industry certificates including CISSP since 2003. In Security since 1997, Dragan was working for various blue chip companies in consulting and management roles.

Talk Title

Security Inside Out

Kamran Ahsan

Senior Director
Digital Security Services


Kamran Ahsan brings over 19 years of professional experience primarily focused in Information Security and has served IT service provider organizations in areas of strategic development of managed security services, security risk management, security policies and procedures enforcement, standards and reference architecture development; and security education.

Talk Title

Threat intelligence and overall approach towards addressing security in this modern era.

Fadi Aloul

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
Director of the HP Institute
American University of Sharjah, UAEt


Dr. Fadi Aloul is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and the Director of the HP Institute at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE. He holds a PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, respectively, and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering summa cum laude from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. His research and industrial interests are in Cyber Security, Mobile Applications, and Design Optimization.

Talk Title

Cyber Security Awareness in the social media era: Challenges and Solutions.

Ahmed Qurram Baig



Ahmed Baig is prominent speaker and cyber security expert in the MENA region; His previous roles include leading strategy & excellence teams and CISO for various U.A.E government entities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He brings to his current role more than 17 years of experience in cyber security, GRC, and Information Security Advisory Services; Ahmed is also founder of CISO Council & Digital Risk Alliance and Chief Architect for CGMS (Corporate Governance Management System) used in many government entities.

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People against Data - Benefits Vs challenges of IoT, Big Data & Analytics.

Abdelrahman Abdelhamid Abdelrahman

Project Manager & Chief Security Officer
2ITC, Oman


Abdul is the CSO and co-founder of 2ITC, a security research & training company with a deep focus on information security. He has contributed to several writings on information security and has published a number of papers on various topics related to the field. Over the past few years he has delivered talks, and keynotes at conferences around the region, Africa and Asia. He specializes in vulnerability discovery, reverse engineering and penetration testing.

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Internet of things security (IoT security)

Dhruv Soi

Chief Executive Officer,
Torrid Networks


With around 15 years of experience in the cyber security research and consulting, Mr. Dhruv Soi is Founder at Torrid Networks FZE, a specialized cyber security company. Under his leadership, Torrid Networks has executed over 12,000 projects for more than 500 global brands and also developed few cutting-edge cyber security products.

Soi is regularly invited to speak at several international forums to share his views. His recent speaking engagements include GISEC (Dubai), Cyber Security Summit (Bahrain), OWASP (India), ClubHack (India) to name a few.

Talk Title

Hacking Operation In UAE Busted – A Real-World Cyber Investigation!

Mohamed Ibrahim

CRegional Security Sales Manager,
HP Enterprise Products, MENA


Mohamed Ibrahim is currently the Regional Manager for HPE security for Middle East with more than 10 years experience in the IT security industry, worked in several Major Security Companies including Internet Security Systems (ISS), IBM and HP, He handled many security role during his career starting from technical support, Implementation, Project Management, Presale, consultation and Sales while working with many Security Vendors through different technologies during his career as ISS, Cisco, McAfee, HP, IBM..etc

Mohamed has many Security Certification including CCSK, CEH, ITIL, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, CCSP and graduated from Cairo University with Communication and Electronics Major

Talk Title

Big Data Analytics Security