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Foundational Priorities — Protecting Critical Facilities


Aali M Al-Zahrani
Aali M Al-Zahrani

VP, Safety & Industrial Security, Saudi Aramco

Aali Al-Zahrani began his career at Saudi Aramco as an engineer in Maintenance Engineering and Fault Analysis in 1991. He spent 1992 as an engineer at Abqaiq Utilities Maintenance Division and Abqaiq Plants Utilities Division.
• In 1994, Al-Zahrani was selected for an internship development assignment for 18 months working with Emersson in the USA - specialists in manufacturing electronics/control systems.
• Al-Zahrani joined the Abqaiq Plants Maintenance Services Division where he served as an engineer until 1996.
• Thereafter, he completed several assignments as an engineer before becoming an acting Supervisor of the Operations Engineering System Support Unit. He carried out Supervisor and Superintendent duties until he became the Assistant To the Vice President of Southern Area Oil Operations.
• In 2012, he became the Superintendent of Sea Water Injection Maintenance and progressed to be the Manager of Sea Water Injection and then the Manager of Abqaiq Plants Maintenance up until 2014, when he completed an acting assignment as General Manager of Public Affairs.
• In 2015, Al-Zahrani took on the role of General Manager of Industrial Security Operations and was in 2017, promoted on permanent basis.
• In 2019, Al-Zahrani was promoted to Executive Director, Safety and Industrial Security, where he is overseeing several corporate functions to promote and enable the protection of company’s assets and to provide employees with a secure and safe environment.
• In 2020, Al-Zahrani was promoted to Vice President, Safety and Industrial Security.
• In Al-Zahrani’s capacity as Safety and Industrial Security Vice President, he is the Secretary of Saudi Aramco Corporate Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Committee which is the highest-level venue for governance of mentioned topics in Saudi Aramco as well as addressing critical corporate-level issues and improvement opportunities. The committee is chaired by the CEO with members from corporate and executive management.
• Al-Zahrani is the Champion of the Corporate Industrial Incidents’ Risks and Co-Champion of the Corporate Non-Industrial Incidents’ Risks in Saudi Aramco which are part of the Top Corporate Risks that requires corporate-level oversight. He is responsible to monitor, advice and report to corporate management on the Company’s industrial incidents’ risks exposure, effectiveness of controls, treatment strategies and their implementation status.
• Al-Zahrani has a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from KFUPM. He also has a varied leadership and training history and participated in the Asia Business and Culture Program.
• Al-Zahrani attended the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD Business School in 2011 and he attended the Asia Business and Culture Program in China in 2012. He also attended the Saudi Aramco Management Development Seminar in Washington, D.C., and New York in 2014.
• In 2018, Al-Zahrani, attended the 40th Oxford Energy Seminar at St Catherine’s College in the UK. This seminar is widely recognized as an important international forum for government officials, industrialists, managers and other professionals involved in corporate decision making in the field of energy.
• In January 2017, ASIS International, the preeminent security society for security professionals with approximately 38,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide, selected Al-Zahrani as Senior Vice President for the Middle East Region. As such, his primary focus has been to elevate the level of competency of security practitioners through implementing professional training, development and certification programs throughout Gulf, North Africa and Southern Asia.

• In 2019, Al-Zahrani was approached to become a Vice Chairman of the Saudi National Security Services Company, which develops a security business to serve the growing security demand.

Dr. Faisal Faqeer
Dr. Faisal Faqeer

Former Executive Officer, SADARA Chemical Company

Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer joined Sadara Chemical Company as Chief Executive Officer in October 2017, bringing with him over 23 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, having previously led different functions in within Aramco, including in Engineering Consulting Services, Research and Development, Refining and Gas Operations. He also served as a Board Member on the Sadara Board of Directors from January to September 2017, and comes to his new role with a deep understanding of the Company and its operations.
Prior to joining Sadara, Dr. Faisal served as the acting General Manager of Ras Tanura Refinery, a complex refinery with a capacity of 550 thousand barrels per day, making it the largest refinery in the Middle East. He also previously led the Engineering and Operations Departments in the Refinery, where he was responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the assets, meeting the production commitment and managing major refinery upgrades. Prior to joining Ras Tanura Refinery, he led Aramco Research and Development Center where he was responsible for establishing different research satellite centers in North America and Europe.
Dr. Faisal holds a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Fahad Al-Harbi
Fahad Al-Harbi

Superintendent, Abqaiq Area Loss Prevention Division, Saudi Aramco

Fahad Al-Harbi holds a Mechanical Engineering Bachelors from the University of Missouri with over 20 years of experience within Safety & Industrial Security.

Fahad’s started as a Loss Prevention project support engineer providing technical safety engineering consultations to numerous brown and green field projects throughout their design construction and commissioning phases. Through his involvement in projects, he played a key role in supporting growth and development on both Upstream and Downstream sides of business. Fahad was involved in the introduction grassroots facilities including Khursaniyah Gas Plant, Manifa Producing, Wasit Gas Plant and Shaybah NGL.

When he was appointed as a Supervisor of the Tanajib Area Producing and Pipelines Unit, Fahad oversaw Safety Management System implementation at various Saudi Aramco facilities and organizations. He was later promoted to a Loss Prevention superintendent position through which he continued to be active in driving organization safety performance. The Loss Prevention Divisions he covered include Tanajib Division, Ras Tanura Division and Abqaiq Division.

Fahad also under took several other leadership assignments such as a Maintenance Division Head in Ras Tanura Refinery, Area Loss Prevention Manager and Industrial Security Operations Manager at the Southern Area and the Western Region.

Luke Bencie
Luke Bencie

Managing Director, Security Management International

Luke Bencie serves as the Managing Director of the Washington D.C. based security consulting firm, Security Management International. The author of six books on security, Mr. Bencie has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, Fortune 500 companies, as well as foreign governments. He has worked in over 100 countries and has trained thousands of police, intelligence, and military officers in the U.S. and abroad in the fields of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, crisis management and strategic leadership.

Prior to establishing SMI, Mr. Bencie was a senior security consultant for Raytheon Company in the
Intelligence and Information Systems Division. Mr. Bencie also previously served on the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Emergency Support Team, where he was a representative from the CIA’s Office of Special Activities. In this capacity, he was responsible for immediately responding to terrorist attacks carried out against U.S. targets overseas; subsequently serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and other global hotspots.

He holds graduate degrees in National Security Studies from The George Washington University and the American Military University.

Uplifting Regional and Local Security Services Industry


Muad Badran
Muad Badran

Central region industrial security operation department, Saudi Aramco

Manager of Central Region Industrial Security Operations at Saudi Aramco. Muaath Al Badran has graduated from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has completed a number of leadership and management programs. He has academic experience at King Faisal University prior to joining Saudi Aramco. In addition to Industrial Security He has rich experience in Fire Protection and Training and Development. Muaath has served as Manager in Security Operations for Saudi Aramco, in Northern and Southern Area, and more recently Central Region.

Turki Al Thonayan
Turki Al Thonayan

Chief Executive Officer, National Security Services Company SAFE

In February 2020 Turki Matooq Al-Thonayan has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the National Security Services Company "SAFE", which is owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). Turki has more than 25 years of extensive security experience started from 1996 with Saudi Aramco until he became the Manager of Northern Area Industrial Security Operations in 2018. Later, Turki held of the listed
company "BATIC" for Investment and Logistics then he held CEO position of "AMNCO" and appointed as a Board of Directors member of "AMNCO-FM" for Facility Management.

Turki’s security experience is diversified in corporate security services, computer security administration, residential area security operations, industrial and maritime infrastructure facilities protection, security support system and identification systems.

Educationally, Al Thonayan holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in information & Computer Science both degrees are from KFUPM. He is certified as Port Security Officer, Information Systems Risk Analyst, Ethical Hacker, Fraud Examiner, Hacking Forensic Investigator and SAP Consultant in addition to his membership in many international organizations related to security fields.

With “SAFE,” Al-Thonayan is strategically working to uplifting security services industry, maximizing the integration among security elements, supporting national security initiatives, offering the best-in-class security solutionsand combining world-class technology with the expertise of well-trained and distinguished security personnel.

Yacine Benamane
Yacine Benamane

MENA & Iran Senior Regional Security Manager, Unilever. Vice Chair of ASIS Dubai Chapter.

Yacine Benamane CPP®, has also a Diploma in Security Management and is a trained and qualified crisis and business risk senior manager with more than 20 years breadth of corporate security experience in Oil & Gas and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors delivering tailored security strategies for people protection , Supply Chain, and route to market operations throughout North Africa and Middle East.
Currently MENA & Iran Senior Regional Security Manager for Unilever based in UAE, he is also an authorized auditor of Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), member of the Security Institute (SyI) , the US Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and Vice Chair of ASIS Dubai Chapter since 2020.

On the Front Lines: Women in Security


Bader N. Al-Subaey
Bader N. Al-Subaey

Dhahran Area Industrial Security Manager, Saudi Aramco

Manager of Dhahran Area Industrial Security Operations at Saudi Aramco. Bader Al Subaey has graduated from King Faisal University, with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Planning. He has completed a number of leadership and management programs. He has academic experience at King Faisal University prior to joining Saudi Aramco. He has rich experience in Community Services, Project and Construction Management and Industrial Security. Bader has served as Manager in Security Operations for Saudi Aramco, in the Western and Southern Area, and more recently Dhahran.

Lorraine Adkins, MBE
Lorraine Adkins, MBE

Head of Campus Resiliency
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Lorraine Adkins is the Head of Resiliency at NYUAD, working as a Director in the Campus Safety team with a focus on Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management. Lorraine is a retired British Army Officer who served for 26 years in British Military Intelligence. During a successful military career, Lorraine saw active service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan and completed two operational tours in Iraq.

Lorraine was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal in 1993 for her contribution to Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, while working as a security and intelligence analyst at the UK Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, London. Lorraine has a Masters level award in Intelligence Management, holds a Certificate of the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI) and continues to use her crisis management knowledge and experience to develop campus incident response plans and emergency and business continuity protocols.

Prior to her current role, Lorraine has worked as a security and intelligence consultant in the UAE, Qatar and the UK.

Malcolm Smith, CPP
Malcolm Smith, CPP

2022 President of ASIS International

Malcolm currently serves as the 2022 President of ASIS International. He is a South African citizen with over 25 year’s international work experience in the public and private sectors. He held several senior management positions in different industries such as oil & gas, banking & finance, fast moving consumer goods and cultural properties. His previous roles at leading multinational companies include CSO/Global Head of Security at Sasol Petrochemicals, and Group Head of Security & Safety Services at Nedbank Limited.

In addition to his role as Head of Risk Management & Technical Security Support, Malcolm is a management consultant specializing in human resource management, strategy alignment and risk management. He is a capacity builder who assists organizations in achieving their strategic objectives. Malcolm maintains that DE&I and inclusive leadership is critical for business success. He consults on organizational development, talent & leadership development, risk management, job evaluations and performance management.

Malcolm holds an Executive MBA from Henley, a Bachelor of Laws Degree, and a Post Graduate of Executive Leadership in Information Assurance from EC Council University. He also earned professional certifications in Asset Protection, Human Resource Management, Information Security Management, Fraud Examination, and Management Consulting.

Mona Balobaid
Mona Balobaid

Inspection & Development of Work Environment Manager, Ministry of Human Recourses and Social Development

Ms.Mona Balobaid serves as a consultant and manger in Inspection and Development of work Environment deputyship in Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) in Saudi Arabia. She joined the Ministry early-2018 and worked on many major reform within the ministry by implementing many projects that helped to achieve the ministry vision.

Ms.Balobaid worked extensively the stratification objectives of Saudi vision 2030 which produced many initiatives to enhance and develop the work environment. She has experience working on legal reform to empower women’s participation in the labor market and she worked on several policies and projects in that regard.

Ms. Balobaid assumed many function within the deputyship including managing a department advocating for workers’ rights. Also, she acted as an official delegate representing the Kingdom in numerous regional and international functions and events.

Ms.Balobaid holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from King Abdulaziz University, a dual master’s degree (LLM) in International Legal Studies and Law & Government from Washington College of law from American University in the United States.

Sarah Shabib
Sarah Shabib

HR & CS Business Support Division, Saudi Aramco

Sarah is the current Acting Division Head of the Business Support Division under the HR&CS Service Line Planning and Performance Management Department. In her current role she supports collaboration and compliance amongst the HR&CS Admin Areas in an effort to support Saudi Aramco in being the Best Place to Work and Live. Prior to this role Sarah lead and supported in multiple areas in the HR organization including Organization Consulting, Workforce Planning, and Recruitment both domestically and internationally. In 2019 Sarah was part of the Young Leaders Advisory Board where she spent 22 months support the goal of preparing the youth for the company and the company for the youth.
From 2013 to 2022, Sarah was a partner in “The Chocolate Shop” a boutique chocolate shop in Khobar. Additionally, since its establishment in 2012 Sarah has been a core member of the Qudwa team, a volunteer organization that aims to “aide the balance between genders in the workplace”. Sarah has a Bachelors of Science degree from the American University of Sharjah and a MBA from Rice University in Houston Texas.

Evolving Security: Merging the Digital and Physical


Smiling Businessman
Dr. Fayez Alharqan

Deputy Director General, Prince Sultan Defense Studies & Research Center

As deputy director general of PSDSARC oversaw the ERP implementation and IT transformation as well as organizational development and vision realization office in PSDARC.
Before joining PSDSARC Established and directed R&D PMO at KACST. He was a Member of the Board of Directors of Modon, was Member of the Board of Trustees IRTI - Part of Islamic Development Bank, and was Board Member of Directors at Engineering and Technology Services Company.
He was member of the national supervisory committee for the national science, technology and innovation plan (NSTIP) for Saudi Arabia. Also was a member of many national committees in MoEP and other ministries.
He has two patents and published over 25 scientific papers in referred journals.
In 2006 supervised the study for Badir Incubation Program and oversaw the Build, Operate and Transfer of Badir 2007-2012 as Director of Innovation and Commercialization Sector in KACST.

Smiling Businessman
Dr. Norah Alharbi

Cybersecurity Senior Consultant at NIC/SDAIA

Dr. Norah Alharbi Has around ten years of experience in cybersecurity, IT, and teaching. Her Current role is Cybersecurity Senior Consultant (CISO Advisor) at National Information Center (NIC)/Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), where she is mainly responsible for cybersecurity projects and new initiatives. Her Previous roles included: GRC Senior Specialist, Data Analyst, IT Engineer, Project manager, and Teacher Assistant.

From these jobs, she has built her skills in Cybersecurity and Crisis Management, GRC Management, Quality Assurance, ISO Audit and Implementation, Project Management, IT Troubleshooting, Teaching, and conducting & writing Academic Research.

Her qualifications are: A Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Information Systems and Technology focused on Cybersecurity and Crisis Management from Claremont Graduate University (CGU), USA. A master's degree in Information Systems and Technology focused on Cybersecurity from CGU, USA. And a bachelor's degree in Network and Telecommunication from PNU, KSA. Along with these degrees, she has obtained multiple professional certificates, including but not limited to ITIL v4, CRISC, ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI).

Smiling Businessman
Khalid Buali

Industrial Security Support Department Manager, Saudi Aramco

Mr. Khalid Buali has a vast experience in field of Industrial Security with a demonstrated history of working in the Energy Industry. He has been working in Saudi Aramco for more than 32 years in different organizations and has performed various leadership roles within the company, predominantly within Safety and Industrial Security, other organizations including Government Affairs, Community Services, and Project Management.
Furthermore, Mr. Buali has been a volunteer leader for ASIS International since 2004, initially as Chairman, for Dhahran Chapter and currently serving as the Regional Vice President for the Middle East Region.

Mr. Buali has a Post Graduate Diploma focused in Business Administration and Management from the University of Bahrain. Bachelor of Science (BS), in Management Information Systems, obtained from the University of Maryland University College.

Smiling Businessman
Mohammed Al-Jeraisy

General Manager of Business Development, Tahkom

Mohammed Aljeraisy is a digital business expert with over 20+ years of experience spearheading technology-driven growth at the executive level. Throughout his tenure past 20 years, he led key sales and business development initiatives throughout several leadership positions, including the launch of the first commercialized Managed Security Services center in KSA, the expansion of the IT security training academy’s offerings across KSA, the delivery of the new generation of identification documents including the new eID and the new ePassport of KSA as well as wining new projects as first references.
In his current role he is the principal strategist and visionary for smart mobility & public safety client development and strategic sales partner/channel business growth across Saudi Arabia. As such, he has fostered key stakeholder relationships and liaised with cross-functional departments to create new innovative technology service and product solutions. Prior working for TAHAKOM, Mr. Aljeraisy has worked 9 years for an international digital security company called (Gemalto) which had been acquired by Thales group. Throughout his term, he held several positions such as the Managing Director of the KSA’s entity, The Head of Identity and Biometrics Solutions and the Crisis Management Leader. He had also worked several years for a specialized leading IT security company called IT Security Training Solutions, which was regionally recognized.
Mohammed Aljeraisy graduated from King Suad University with BA in Business Administration and then pursued different development programs including Emerging Leadership which was conducted in France and China.

Smiling Businessman
Turki Munif

Security Technology Solutions Division, Saudi Aramco

Turki Almunif is an Electrical Engineer graduated from Florida Institute of Technology. Currently, he is the Head of Industrial Security Technology Solutions Division in Saudi Aramco. In addition, he is the head of Digital Transformation for Safety and Industrial Security in Saudi Aramco. He have 10 years’ experience in the security field including Maintenance, Projects, Engineering, Academy and Technology Solutions. In addition, he is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Drones and Robotic.

During his career he establish the digital transformation group for Industrial Security that achieved many milestones that helped in reshaping the security industry.

Security Executive Summit Close-Up


Peter O'Neil
Peter O'Neil

Chief Executive Officer, ASIS International.

Peter J. O'Neil, FASAE, CAE, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ASIS International, the largest global membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. O’Neil, an accomplished association management executive, joined ASIS in January of 2016, bringing a broad scope of strategic leadership experience and business acumen.

Prior to joining ASIS, O’Neil served as CEO of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an international professional society representing occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. In addition to AIHA, O’Neil had oversight of three limited liability companies, a related education oriented Foundation, and a Foundation that establishes guideline values for human chemical exposure limits.

O’Neil earned his Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Syracuse University in the State of New York, and completed additional post-graduate work in public administration, knowledge management, and association management. He is past Chairman of the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) and the ASAE Foundation, and he has served on numerous committees and boards throughout his twenty-seven years of association leadership. Peter achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 1998, was named a Fellow of ASAE in 2006, and was recognized with ASAE’s highest individual honor, the Key Award, in 2019.

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