Towards Pervasive GRC
December 10 - 11, 2014
Venue: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Keynote Speakers

Pervasive GRC is MetricStream's vision for the future, representing our desire to help organizations build compliant, well-governed, risk-aware cultures, and to ultimately enable individuals, businesses, societies, and governments to thrive on risk. The MetricStream GRC Summit Middle East 2014 will bring together thought leaders, analysts, partners, and customers who at the forefront of making our vision of Pervasive GRC a reality.

French Caldwell, Chief GRC Evangelist, MetricStream
French Caldwell Mr. Caldwell has joined the MetricStream executive leadership team as Chief Evangelist. Previously at Gartner, Inc., Mr. Caldwell led research initiatives on GRC, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, third party management, and social media risk management. In his 15 years at Gartner, he advised hundreds of businesses and government agencies on GRC issues, including the impact of rules and regulations, disruptive technologies, and digital business strategies. He authored and contributed to over 400 Gartner research papers, including the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise GRC Platforms, since its inception in 2007. Mr. Caldwell also led the White House sponsored Digital Pearl Harbor war game, the first ever strategic assessment of cyber war strategies. Before joining Gartner in 1999, Mr. Caldwell was director of knowledge services at Arthur Andersen. He also served as a nuclear submarine officer, and directed special congressional projects for the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. Upon retiring from the Navy, he served as the liaison to NATO for the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions.
Michael Rasmussen, JD, GRCP, OCEG Fellow, and Chief GRC Pundit, GRC 20/20 Research
Michael Rasmussen Michael Rasmussen is an internationally recognized pundit on governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) – with specific expertise on the topics of enterprise GRC, GRC technology, corporate compliance, and policy management. With 18+ years of experience, Michael helps organizations improve GRC processes, design and implement GRC architecture, and select technologies that are effective, efficient, and agile. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and advisor and is noted as the “Father of GRC” - being the first to define and model the GRC market in February 2002 while at Forrester.

Michael has contributed to U.S. Congressional reports and committees, and currently serves on the Leadership Council of the OCEG and chairs the OCEG Technology Council, OCEG Policy Management Group, and the OCEG GRC Architect Group.

Michael is quoted extensively in the press and is respected for his commentary on broadcast news channels. He is an Honorary Life Member in The Institute of Risk Management for his contributions to risk management and GRC. In June 2007, Treasury & Risk recognized Michael as one of the 100 most influential people in finance with specific accolades noting his work in “Governance and Compliance: Saving the Planet and the Corporation” and as a “Rising Star in Rocky Times: Corporate America’s Outstanding Executives.”

Prior to founding GRC 20/20 Research, Michael was a Vice-President and ’Top Analyst’ at Forrester Research, Inc. Before Forrester, he led the risk/compliance consulting practice at a professional services firm, and prior to that has specific experience managing compliance and risk within commercial organizations.

Michael’s educational experience consists of a Juris Doctorate in law and a Bachelor of Science in Business. Michael is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a research focus in ethics and church history. He is a GRCP (GRC Professional), CCEP (Certified Compliance and Ethic Professional), and a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional). OCEG has recognized him as an OCEG Fellow for his contributions and advancement of GRC practices around the world.
Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream
Shellye Archambeau Ms. Archambeau is the CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management software company that helps companies around the world improve their business performance. Under Ms. Archambeau's leadership, MetricStream has grown into a recognized global market leader with over 1000 employees around the world. The company has been recognized for growth and innovation, and has been consistently named a leader in GRC by leading independent analyst firms.

Ms. Archambeau has proven global business expertise combined with public policy passion. As a member of the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a nationally recognized organization focused on fostering a cooperative effort between business and government officials to address major public policy issues affecting Silicon Valley, Ms. Archambeau has led initiatives and Washington, DC delegations to address regulatory compliance and improve governance. She served on the Board of Directors, and the Audit and Technology committees for media research company, Arbitron, Inc. [NYSE: ARB] from 2005 until acquired by Nielsen in 2013. She currently serves on the board of directors of Verizon Communications Inc. [NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ], a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services.

Ms. Archambeau is a sought after speaker who has presented on GRC issues around the world to Fortune 500 corporations, members of Congress, and associations including IIA, ISACA, and NASDAQ. Ms. Archambeau is frequently quoted in top-tier media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Compliance Week, Silicon Valley Business Journal, and currently pens a column on leadership and entrepreneurship for Xconomy. In April 2013, Ms. Archambeau was named the “#2 Most Influential African American in Technology” by Business Insider.

Featured Speakers

Waheed Rathore, Executive Vice President - Group Chief of Compliance & Anti-Money Laundering Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)
Waheed Rathore Twenty years in the profession predominantly in international markets and leading global financial institutions including Citigroup and ABN AMRO N.V.

Twelve years in senior management positions involving Regulatory Compliance & Anti Money Laundering/ Counter Terrorist Financing covering Corporate & Investment Banking, Capital Market, Asset Management, Private Clients, Transaction Banking, Consumer (Retail) Business and Islamic Finance. Five years in local banking sector in the Islamic and conventional space.

Extensive regulator engagements across US, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Sub-continent.

Led and participating in projects of strategic importance for the Board of Directors and Regional/ Global Management including remedial enforcement actions, due diligence of bank acquisitions and system implementations.

Participant/ speaker at various international Compliance forums

Key Positions held:
- ABN AMRO BANK N.V, Global Head of Compliance - New Growth Markets Deputy Global Head of Compliance- Private Clients & New Growth Markets
- CITIGROUP, Head of Compliance & Anti-Money Laundering - UAE & Bahrain Global Corporate & Investment Banking and Global Consumer
- CITIBANK N.A., Head of Compliance UAE & OMAN - Global Consumer
- Dubai Islamic Bank - Group Head of Compliance & IT Security
Jehanzeb Awan, Founding Partner - J Awan Partners
Jehanzeb AwanIn a career spanning 16 years, Jehanzeb has advised on a wide range of initiatives, regulatory issues and multi-billion dollar transactions in the Middle East & North Africa, US, Europe and Asia. Jehanzeb has worked with large international and regional firms. Most recently, he was the Regional Head of Compliance for Morgan Stanley’s business in the MENA region. Prior to that Jehanzeb was the Head of compliance for the National Bank of Dubai (now Emirates NBD). Jehanzeb started his career with Hornblower & Weeks in New York and subsequently worked with Raymond James & Associates in Philadelphia.

Jehanzeb’s strengths are his ability to simplify complex issues, his deep understanding of the MENA region and a talent to deliver results by creating partnerships between firm management, compliance and business units. He has longstanding relationships with the key regulators in the region and has frequently advised on matters of regulatory policy.

Jehanzeb graduated with a BSC and received a Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona.

Jehanzeb is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Moneyl Laundering Specialists.
Ahmed Qurram Baig, Senior Director - Corporate Strategy & Excellence - Dubai Government Entity
Ahmed Qurram Baig Ahmed Baig is currently Senior Director for Corporate Strategy & Execllence at Dubai Government Entity and prominent speaker and cyber security expert in the MENA region.

Ahmed previously was a CISO at an Abu Dhabi Government Entity and Head – Business Management and Advisory Services at TECOM (A Member of Dubai Holding). He brings to his current role more than 14 years of experience in Risk Management & Compliance, and Information Security Advisory Services; He has previously worked on projects for Major Airlines, Banks, Defense and Federal Agencies across the Middle East.

He is the Chief Architect for CGMS (Corporate Governance Management System) and ITGMS (IT Governance Management System) frameworks covering Risk Management, IT Governance, Information Security, and Business Continuity in service providers and government entities. He has been a key member of eSecurity domain within Interstandards (Web Security Standard) developed regionally and also been part of OISSG.

Ahmed’s key assignments as principal consultant for various ISMS projects to help clients comply with required standards and regulations mainly ADSIC, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, ITIL, ISF and CobIT. Experience also includes auditing of security solutions, architecture & Policy Compliance. Ahmed Baig has a Master’s in IT (UK) and PgD in Strategic Business IT (UK) and has several professional ertifications to his credit some of which are CRISC, CBCP, CISM, CISA, CISSP, ITIL, ISO 27001 / 20000, BS 25999 and others.
Sherif Fakhry Younes, Chief of internal Audit & Risk Management -Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) - U.A.E Gov.
Sherif Fakhry Younes Mr. Fakhry comes with +28 years of work experience in Audit including Corporate Governance, Risk management and Compliance. Currently he is Director of Internal Audit and Risk management at Telecommunications Regulatory Authority .He has set audit function in many government, semi- government and private organizations in U.A.E & Egypt. Hs is also a member of CTA higher committee to transit Dubai Government accounts from Cash basis to Accrual basis. He is also a member of executive committee for Oracle Financials implementation - Gov. Resources Planning (GRP).He also trains and l lecturer on Final Account preparation and budgeting process at Dubai Gov. Dept and on Audit, Financial Control and financial crimes at Dubai State Security. He is a certified Accounting expert in front of Dubai Courts and Dubai Public Prosecution.
Horst Simion, Director of Operational Risk - Horwath MAK
Horst Simion Horst is currently the Director of Operational Risk at Horwath MAK; a member firm of Crowe Horwath International. He is based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) He worked with a number of renowned Global firms in Professional Services, Training and Business Process Outsourcing. He has been in the banking and consulting industries for over 32 years and he developed and launched an on-line assessment tool that accurately measures the level of maturity of an organisation's risk culture.

Supported by the UK-based consultancy, Genius Methods, the Risk Culture Maturity Monitor is set to revolutionise the monitoring of risk management implementation processes in all industries and even improve Central Bank Supervision activities. Horst held previous senior positions with Mashreq Bank, Emirates NBD, Barclays Bank plc and with the Standard Bank Group of South-Africa Ltd. He lived in four countries and worked in more than twenty. His special interest is in the field of People Risk and he has delivered presentations at international conferences on the Mitigation of People Risk and other risk management topics. He has also facilitated Operational Risk Management and Executive Risk Think Tank training workshops for banks and banking Supervisors in Africa, Pakistan and the Middle-East. Horst actively supports the capacity building program of the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) and he is the Co-Regional Director of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), Dubai, UAE Chapter and a member of the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA).
Hesham Hamdy, Chief Risk Officer - Arab International Bank, Egypt
Hesham Hamdy Chief Risk Officer of the AIBank responsible for all risk management activities. Before this, Hesham joined Bank of Alexandria as member of the new senior management team responsible for re-engineering, modernizing and privatizing the bank, with the task of bringing together the strands of risk management, leading a team of experts in the fields of credit, operational and market risk, and responsible for Risk Management, Central Credit Administration and, Central Investigation.

Hesham is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Suez Canal Bank. He was also a Board member of the following distinguished companies:

- Egyptian Banks’ Credit Bureau
- Egyptian Commercial Bank
- Egyptian Iron and Steel Company
- Abraj Misr International Company

Hesham has got more than 30 years experience in Internal Audit, Credit Examination, Compliance and Risk Management gained in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Specialties: Hesham has held senior positions in Corporate Governance gained in esteemed banks, such as Bahrain Islamic Bank as the Manager of Inspection and Internal Audit Department where he designed Inspectors’ Manual as a book of reference to assist all members of the Inspection Department staff. He was managing the credit examination in Riyad Bank as Head of Credit Inspectors undertaking a large number of credit audit assignments to review the bank’s overall lending activities to ensure that they are being conducted in a safe manner. In addition, he managed Risk Management role in two banks.
Ahmed Erma, CEO & Managing Director - ReAya Holding
Ahmed Erma As the founding and present CEO of ReAya Holding, MENA's first permanent capital vehicle fully dedicated to investments in Healthcare & Life Sciences, Dr. Emara's endeavors include developing viable investment opportunities in healthcare markets across MENA and escalating investee companies through restructuring, M&A activities, and operational reengineering.

In addition, he has founded and has been Managing Partner of several entrepreneurial ventures including Muse, a healthcare M&A and managing-advisory firm, and Tech. Developers, a pioneer intellectual- properties-commercialization corporation.
Mostafa Mahmoud, Chief of Group Internal Audit - Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC
Mostafa Mahmoud

Prasant Sarkar, Chief Risk Officer - National Bank of Fujairah
Prasant Sarkar Prasant is currently the Chief Risk Officer of National Bank of Fujairah overseeing the Enterprise Risk Management of the bank including implementation of the Basel II FIRB methodology, risk management and risk pricing/stress testing models, corporate governance framework, compliance and anti-money laundering programs. Previously Prasant worked as the Chief Risk Officer in Dubai Bank, General Manager – Credit and Risk Management in Bank of Kuwait and the Middle East, Head of Risk Management in Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait and in various senior management capacities in risk management, credit, corporate banking, merchant banking and capital markets in American Express Bank Ltd., Emirates Bank International Ltd. (now ENBD) and Punjab National Bank. Prasant has been involved in these banks to establish enterprise risk management frameworks, Basel II compliance, risk management models, funding/liquidity strategies, capital management plans and risk management strategies. In the various banks Prasant has worked with, he has been member of their Board Risk Committee, Management Risk Committee, Credit Committee, ALCO, Business Risk Committee and Product Committee. He is also involved with the development and imparting of risk management educational programmes and is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Finance and Business Programme of the British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Nabil Al Ouf, Head of Internal Audit - Dragon Oil PLC
Nabil Al Ouf Group Head of Internal Audit department at Dragon Oil Holding. He joined the company in 2012 where he established a standalone internal audit department. He has a combined 25 years of solid domestic and global experience in financial management, information systems, regulatory and compliance auditing, business process valuation and design, ERP system implementation and fraud investigation.

Prior to joining Dragon Oil, Nabil held senior positions with global and domestic manufacturing and industrial firms such as Nihon Kohden America, Al Waseet International and Al Ghurair Resources.

Nabil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Concordia College-USA, and graduate studies in Accounting from Portland State University-USA. He pursued executive education studies at Harvard Business School-USA, in the areas of strategic financial analysis for business valuation, and corporate restructuring mergers and acquisitions. He is also a qualified CIA, CRBA, CRMA
Ali Bin Mohammed AlMuwaijei ( CRMA, MFA, MAFB ), Excutive Director - Ajman Municipality
Ali Bin Mohammed AlMuwaijei - Executive Director - Support Shared Services – Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Ajman, UAE
- Member of the Board of governors - Internal Audit Association (UAE) - PHD student in corporate governance.
- Certified auditor at the Ministry of Economy and a Witness expert at Dubai Courts.

In a span of 12 years, Mr. Al Muwaijei has covered a significant distance in achieving the current status and credentials. His journey started as an Internal Auditor at the Financial Audit Department in the Government of Dubai where he was responsible for the Government Audit, Forensic accounting, internal audit and risk management till he progressed to be a the Head of Quality and Development in the FAD before he moved to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority as the Director of Enterprise Risk Management. Currently he serve as Executive Director - Support Shared Services – Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Ajman, UAE.

A graduate of Mohammed Bin Rashid Leadership Program, Ali also holds two Master degrees, one in Applied Finance and Banking and another in Forensic Accounting. In addition, he is a certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) professional” by the IIA, and currently is pursuing his PHD in the area of Corporate governance.

As an accumulation of his vast experience he was awarded as the best Risk Management in 2014 by the Institute of Risk Management at the Global Risk Awards 2014 – London.
Talal O. Al-Muammar, Chief Risk Officer - MEDGULF
Talal O. Al-Muammar Broad experience in the financial services industry, foremost as a Researcher, then as an Underwriter at The Saudi Fund for Development-Saudi Export Program (paid up capital of SAR 31bi). Achievement of annual turnover exceeded SR 2bi during my superintendence with claims less than 0.15%. In particular, my job required: Risk prediction whether it’s commercial or non-commercial risk; Risk treatment; Statistical modeling; Financial statements Analyses; Developing solutions for any raised problems; Training and supervising new employees, Meetings with clients (such as: SABIC, NAPCO, TASNEE), as well as, Meetings with the strategic partner of SEP (COFACE).

Subsequently, I have held the Assistant General Manager position at MEDGULF. Currently, I am holding the Chief Risk Officer position at MEDGULF. My Role, besides the Identification, Analysis, Treatment and Monitoring of risks, focused on building a robust Enterprise risk management (ERM) framework based on Best Practice and International Standards (ISO 31000, COSO ERM framework), as well as, promoting the RM culture within the firm.

I am an Associate in Risk Management (AICPCU), too, I have carried out my postgraduate degree in Business administration (MBA) from Cardiff Business School, as well as, the Life Management Institute Diploma (DLHI). Presently, I am working on the Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) (Achieved 266/290).
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Terki - Chief Risk Officer, Burgan Bank
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Terki Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Terki, is currently heading the Operational Risk Department (OPRD) at Burgan Bank. He holds multiple Academic degrees (PHD, Master, Bachelor) in the field of Business Administration, Management, Information studies beside several professional certifications in the field of Risk Management, Audit, Governance, Information Security, IT, Financial Analysis, Project and Quality Management. He thrived as a faculty member at the American University in Kuwait (AUK) and at The Public Authority for Applied Education & Training (PAAET) Throughout his professional career he created and implemented a stable and manageable framework for ORM in order to minimize losses resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people and systems or from external events. He always promoted ORM as an integral part of the overall enterprise risk profile (Business Operations, IT, Projects ...etc.) since it has an impact on the whole organization. Therefore; having a vigorous ORM framework in place extracted from the ERM, will ensure a strong link between organizational strategic goals and its operational activities and decisions made within the upper management
T.S. Rangarajan, Principal Consultant and Enterprise Risk Officer, Tata Consultancy Services
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Terki T.S.Rangarajan (Ranga) (ts.rangarajan is a Principal Consultant, currently working as an Enterprise Risk Officer for TCS. TCS ( is in business for last 44 years with consolidated revenues of USD 10.17 billion in fiscal year 2011-2012 together with current employee strength of 23 8,583+ representing 110 nationalities and having 1076+ clients in 55+ countries with 98.4 % of revenues from repeat customers together with a consistent 28.88% CAGR since 1998.Ranga has been with TCS Ltd for the past 23 years. He has han dled several assignments such as Enterprise Architect for next generation systems, Practice head for RFID Solutions, Projec t Manager for Hospital Management System, Practice head for Retail Industry based in NewYork, OnsiteEngagement Manager for a large retail project in Minneapolis and Group Leader for Man agement Consulting. He has worked on a large number of consulting engagements spanning manufacturing and service sectors.

In addition, Rangarajan,
- Is currently the Chairman of IEEE (Institute of Electrical an d Electronics Engineer s) Madras Section and has been an active IEEE member for 23 years
- Is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI), an elected executive council member of IMCI and a regular examiner for CMC
- Is a board member of 2 universities
- Is a governing council member of an engineering college
- Is a reviewer of RFID projects in academic institutions
- Has presented papers and spoken at several International and National Conferences in India and abroad
- Has extensively written several articles for technical journals and newspapers
- Has recently written a chapter on Consulting for a book
Johnson Mani - ERM Program Manager, DUBAL / EGA
Johnson Mani Chartered Accountant, Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Forensic Accountant, having more than 15+ years of experience in Treasury, Risk Management, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Internal Audit, Compliance, Taxation, Management consulting, Business process re-engineering and IT System implementation domains.

Areas of Expertise
- Enterprise Risk Management, Corporate Governance & Compliance
- Financial Risk Management - Fx, Interest Rate, commodity, Credit & Liquidity Risk Management
- Corporate Finance & Invest Management
- Banking & Treasury Management
- Strategies and Restructures
- Audit & Internal controls
- IT systems implementation & Business Process Re-engineering
Sekhar Thodla, Strategic Advisor - Finesse
Sekhar Thodla

Abdul Manan Qureshi, Head of Business Continuity - Riyad Bank, Saudi Arabia
Abdul Manan He brings to the table over a decade’s worth of both management& operational experience in managing & delivering highly complex project pipelines and solutions, in geo-diverse environments. Past experience related to Business Continuity & Resiliency Lifecycle, Development, Implementation, Deployment & Management experience, along with expertise in Infrastructure management & Sigma-six.

He has had the privilege to work in a myriad of geographical locations with very a diverse group of talented individuals, "developing, Implementing, managing" enterprise-wide "Business Continuity /Disaster Recovery/Business Resilience/Infrastructure Management " Solutions & Life cycles, for companies that have a dispersed geographical portfolio which Includes Mediterranean (Societe Generale, Cyprus & Turkey), South-east Asia (HSBC- Philippines, Accenture Inc.Singapore) and Middle East (Devoteam , Saudi Arabia/France and now Riyad Bank , Saudi Arabia).

He also brings to the table cross-cultural sensitivity & a decade’s breadth of multi-sector (Telco, Govt., D&A, Financial) experience designing/implementing/managing complex pipelines pertaining to BC/DR , Sigma-6, and IT , Management practices across geographically-diverse enterprise eco-systems.
Satish Yadav, Director - Advisory Services, Ernst and Young
Satish Yadav Satish Yadav is a Director in the Advisory services of Ernst and Young (EY) based out of Dubai. He leads the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solution for EY in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market. He is an Engineer and an MBA. He has more than 13 years of cross functional experience and has been advising numerous Fortune 500 companies with diverse industry sectors. He helps the leading organisations in defining and realizing their risk and control agendas. He has been providing the consultancy services in the area of Enterprise Risk Management, Continuous Control Monitoring, Information Security and Business Continuity Management areas to the leading organisations in the MENA region.

Anil Shah, Head of Internal Audit - Imperial Bank, Kenya
Anil Shah A fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA), Anil has over 30 years of experience in audit and assurance, financial control and management, business strategy, forensic accounting and internal audit. Currently Head of internal audit at Imperial Bank Ltd, Kenya with operations in Kenya and Uganda.

Salil Dighe, Chief Executive Officer, Meta Byte
Salil Dighe Salil Dighe is the Chief Executive Officer of Meta Byte Technologies, an execution-oriented management and technology consulting firm. Mr. Dighe has over a decade's experience in solving complex business problems across a wide range of industries in the region. Over the past many years, Mr. Dighe has overseen deployment of solutions and services at large organisations in industry verticals such as the Government, Manufacturing Industries, Financial Institutions, Airlines Industry, and so on. In addition to serving on the board of Meta Byte Technologies, Mr. Dighe is also a consulting advisory board member for many companies across the Middle East. Mr. Dighe is a highly experienced business development personality with a creative mind towards innovative approaches to sales and marketing of technology and related products. He is also a certified expert in information security standards, procedures, and technologies. Prior to forming Meta Byte Technologies, Mr. Dighe has held senior management positions at companies such as Nokia, Atos Origin and Schlumberger.
Pritesh Dattani, Head of Internal Audit - ADNEC
Pritesh Dattani Pritesh Dattani is the Head of Internal Audit at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), a Group which owns London ExCeL and Hotels in the UAE and UK operated by Hyatt and Starwood. His expertise is in Governance, Risk Management and Compliance having created an Internal Audit function at easyJet plc, led Etihad Airways’ anti-fraud framework formation and Enterprise Risk Management establishment at ADNEC. Having previously worked in Europe, the USA and the Middle East, Pritesh has advised on Strategic projects, worked with Board Audit Committees of FTSE 100 and blue-chip organisations, and has been involved in acquisitions and restructuring with his past organisations.

Alexis Samuel, CRO and Head Business Process Transformation - WIPRO
Alexis Samuel Alexis has over 19 years of work experience distributed across different industry segments and diverse roles; 10 of them in senior management positions including being the delivery excellence head for Wipro technologies, six sigma and business transformation head for Wipro’s Consumer goods division, and P&L head of a multi product Wipro factory.

Alexis leads a multi-functional senior team with organization wide responsibility cutting across businesses. His current responsibilities include Heading Central engineering and delivery excellence for Wipro’s global IT business with a charter to reduce costs, improve productivity, and enhance customer experience in the delivery of IT and product development services, reporting to the chief global delivery officer.
Syed Hussain Jafri, Senior Information Security Analyst - Kuwait Gulf Oil Company
Syed Hussain Jafri Mr. Syed Hussain Jafri is an Information Security Specialist at Kuwait Gulf Oil Company. His areas of expertise constitute Network Security, Security Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Privacy Protection. For the past 13 years, Mr. Jafri’s work has been dedicated to Information Security/Information Assurance. He has over 10 years of experience in program management, with expertise in Certification and Accreditation (C&A), developing security best practices, creating policies, technology project management, and documentation of systems. Mr. Jafri has a strong background, experience and knowledge of the US-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework and Enterprise Architecture. He has vast experience in architecting successful business solutions and processes, and streamlining business functions.

Prior to KGOC, Mr. Jafri previously worked for over 20 years in the Washington, DC area, in the United States of America. He has a Master’s degree in Network Security from Capitol College. He worked for The Unisys Corporation and The MITRE Corporation where he supported the US Federal Government, primarily with the United States of America Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Within DHS, he worked at various directorates: Science and Technology (S&T), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and DHS Management Directorate for the Chief Information Security Officer (CISOs) office. Mr. Jafri was also previously an adjunct faculty member at University of Maryland University College and Capitol College.