Middle East CISO Executive Summit

28 November 2023 | Fairmont Riyadh

28 November 2023
Fairmont Riyadh


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Middle East's top CISOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Understanding CIO & CISO’s Role to Communicate Cyber Risk and Maintain Business Resiliency

Converging IT & Digital Transformation to Increase Operational Efficiencies & Deliver Value

Distilling key Pillars of Leadership, Education and Culture to Ensure a Robust, Secure IT Ecosystem

Middle East CISO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.


Khalid AlMaraghi

Qatar Energy

Basim AlRuwaii

Saudi Aramco

Ahmed Alketbi

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Mesfer Almesfer

Group CISO

Naif Alotaibi

Public Investment Fund
SVP, Digital & Technology

Yasser Alswailem

Saudi Telecom Company
Group CISO

Alex Constantinidis

Group CISO

Thomas Heuckeroth

Emirates Group
Group CISO

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CISO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Middle East CISO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


Breakout Session

Reimaging the IT Operating Model to Accelerate Growth

 More details coming soon!

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Harnessing the Power of AI to Improve Cyber Resilience

Artificial intelligence has the potential to drive efficiency and technological innovation. Yet taking advantage of this opportunity in the wrong way can have serious security consequences for the organization. Security leaders need to anticipate and prepare to mitigate potential risks as data is increasingly accessed and analysed in increasingly different ways. For business stakeholders to secure investment, how can CISOs demonstrate the benefits of these technologies?

Join this boardroom to learn about:

  • How AI plays a role in sophisticated attacks today and how to prepare
  • How leaders can use AI capabilities to enhance cybersecurity and demonstrate value to the business
  • Examples of how to leverage AI to process and analyse large volumes of data quickly and safely

Leverage Collaboration to Demonstrate IT’s Business Value

The CIO has become the catalyst for digital business and plays a key role in driving the enterprise forward. IT leaders must influence business partnerships to demonstrate IT’s value to increase investment and resources.

Join this boardroom to discuss how to: 

  • Shift the IT mindset to quantify business value and devise methods to measure success
  • Leverage data as a stepping stone to illustrate IT’s value to the wider organisation
  • Communicate to the board to achieve leadership buy-in

Communicating Risk — Translating Insight Into Action

Measuring and communicating security risk is integral to reducing an organisation’s vulnerability to attack. CISOs must be skilled in translating the technical language of security to the board to close the knowledge gap. Bringing security and business together will enable informed decisions that drive growth and protect the organisation.

Join this boardroom to discuss strategies on how to:

  • Create a compelling narrative through quantitative risk measurements to illustrate the importance of security to senior stakeholders
  • Educate board members to adopt a security-first mindset when making decisions
  • Demonstrate the role CISOs play as business enablers

The Reality of the Cloud Journey — Comparing Lessons Learned

As cloud infrastructure strategies become more complex, a structured approach with space for flexibility is paramount to execute blueprints. CIOs must streamline efficiencies, invest smartly and improve resiliency. As the journey progresses, what are the lessons learned that will make for smoother transitions in the future?

Join this boardroom to discuss how to:

  • Balance the pros and cons of hybrid vs. on prem. Is cloud an OPEX or CAPEX expense?
  • Advocate for larger IT budget to mitigate for unforeseen cloud costs
  • Streamline cloud and application strategy to minimise delays in transition of workload


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Venue & Accommodation

Fairmont Riyadh

Your Community Partners

CISO Thought Leader

Community Programme Managers

For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contacts.

Mohamad Joumaa

Community Programme Manager

Chloe Stevenson

Senior Community Programme Manager

+44 (0)7701 308 236