Conference agenda 

Day 1 – November 5

8.30 – 9.00 Welcome Coffee

9.00 – 9.15 Opening remarks

9.15 – 9.45 Keynote

9.45 – 10.30 Panel

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

Room 1

11.00 – 12.30

Homeland Security and Public Policing
  • MAJOR GENERAL MOHAMMED AHMED ALMARRI, Director General, Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) – “Borders Security Innovation”

  • JOHN COWLING, Director – Middle East, AcuTech Consulting

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderator: MICHAEL PADILLA, Chairman and CEO, Al Thuraya

12.30 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Offshore & Maritime Security

15.30 – 16.00 – Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30

Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • MOHD KHALIL SAEED, Director SHE, Fire & Security, Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA)

  • SIMON WHITEHOUSE, Managing Director, SGW Consulting Group – “Seamless Integration of Security Technology and Site Operating Procedures”

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderator: JOHN COWLING, Director – Middle East, AcuTech Consulting

Room 2

11.00 – 12.30

Cultural & Hospitality Security
  • DR. DECLAN GARRETT, Head of Security, Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • ROBERT CAROTENUTO, VP for Security, New York Botanical gardens

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderatorANDY DAVIS, Director, Trident Manor Limited – “A Structured Approach to Protecting Hospitality Venues”

12.30 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

IT & Cybersecurity
  • MOHAMMAD ALTURA, Chief Information Technology Officer, Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), Kuwait – “Digital Transformation in Cybersecurity”

  • SHAIKH IKRAM, Lead Plant Network & Information Security Engineer, Saudi Aramco – “Field Firewall Deployment – Success Story”

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderatorCLAUDE FACHKHA, Assistant Professor and Cyber Security Trainer, University of Dubai

15.30 – 16.00 – Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30

Unmaned Vehicles
  • DR. ALI NOUH MABDEH, Engineering Professor at Al-Bayt University and former Head of the GIS Office at the National Center for Security and Crises Management (NCSCM) in Jordan – “Utilizing UAV technology to support the capabilities of the National Security and Crisis Management Agencies”

  • HUSSAIN ALHAZMI, Project Engineer, Saudi Aramco – “Evolution of Aerial Robotics: Opportunities, Challenges and Security Impacts”

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderator: WALEED ALOMAR, Director of National Center for Radar and Electronic Warfare Technology, KACST

Day 2 – November 6

8.30 – 9.00 Welcome Coffee

9.00 – 9.30 Keynote 1

9.30 – 10.00 Keynote 2

10.00 – 10.30 Panel

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

Room 1

11.00 – 12.30

Transport and Critical Infrastructure
  • MICHAEL PADILLA, Chairman and CEO, Al Thuraya – “Social Challenges and Human Solutions”

  • STC

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderator: JOHN COWLING, Director – Middle East, AcuTech Consulting

12.30 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Robotics
  • WALEED ALOMAR, Director of National Center for Radar and Electronic Warfare Technology, KACST – “How Can Terrorists Penetrate Current Anti-Drone Systems”

  • EBRAHIM A. MATTAR, Assoc. Prof. of Cybernetics and Robotics, University of Bahrain – “Robotics Surveillance and Security Applications: Surveying Recent Trends and Directions”

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderator: HUSSAIN ALHAZMI, Project Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Room 2

11.00 – 12.30

Convergence of Cyber and Physical Security
  • CLAUDE FACHKHA, Assistant Professor and Cyber Security Trainer, University of Dubai – “Real Cyber Threats Against Critical Sectors in the GCC: IoT Infections and Malware Targeting SCADA Systems”

  • STC

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderator: SHAIKH IKRAM, Lead Plant Network & Information Security Engineer, Saudi Aramco

12.30 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Banking and Blockchain Security
  • SHIV AGGARWAL, CEO, MyEarth.ID – “Decentralised Identity Management – Solving Multi-Billion Dollar Identity Problem Using Blockchain”

  • RAMI AL-SAHHAR, President – Kuwait, Government Blockchain Association – “Enterprise Blockchain in Action: ِTransformation in Digital Certificates”

  • Session Chairman and Panel moderator: TBC

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.30 Closing Plenary

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