- 2017-10-17Day One
- 2017-10-18Day Two
- 2017-10-19Day Three
Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee,
Prof. Abdullah Alghamdi is a full time professor, SWE Department, College of Computer and Information Sciences, KSU, Riyadh, KSA.
Moreover, Prof. Abdullah is currently the chairman of Software Engineering Department, KSU and Director of the national C4I Center for Advanced Systems (C4ICAS).
Prof. Abdullah worked as a full and part time consultant with governmental and private organizations in the field of IS strategic planning and defense systems and headed a number of committees inside and outside KSU. He recently published a number of papers in the field C4I and Enterprise Architecture Frameworks.
He holds a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the department of computer science, Sheffield University, UK, 1997. He got a Post-Doc certificate from University of Ottawa, Canada, where he conducted a joint research at the MCRLab during academic year 2004/5.
Minister, Ministry of Education
H.E. Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohamad Al-Issa is the Minister of Education in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.H.E. Dr. Al-Issa holds several positions, most notably:
- Advisor and Board Member at Misk Foundation- Riyadh from 1/8/1433 H till now.
- Vice Chairman at Riyadh Schools from 1/9/1433 H till now.
- Member of the International Commission for Quality Assurance in Higher Education in the free zones in Dubai. From March 2008 until now.
H.E. previously held several positions including:
- Director General of Strategic Studies at the Royal Court - from 14 \ 11 \ 1433 H until 14 \ 7 \ 1433 H.
- Director of Al Yamamah University from 8/2/2008 till 31/12/2009.
- Dean of Riyadh College of Technology 1/7/1418H till 15/8/1422
H.E. Dr. Al-Issa holds a PHD of Philosophy in Education and a Master’s Degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University , USA.He was also awarded a certificate in Advanced Leadership Management Program from Oxford University on April 2009.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology,
Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
Award Ceremony - Cyber Arabia Competition winners
Award Ceremony - Hackathon Arabia Competition winners
Ret. Col. Ralph Thiele is the President of EuroDéfense-Germany, Chairman of the Berlin based Political-Military Society and the Owner and Managing Director of StratByrd Consulting, Andernach, Germany.
Ret. Col. Ralph Thiele is representing the German Ministry of Defense as Member Advisory Board of the European Centre of Excellence for Hybrid Threats, Helsinki, Finland. He is also Member Advisory Board of the German Employers Association, Germany.
Ret. Col. Ralph Thiele brings 25 years’ experience in top national and international political-military leadership and policy assignments.
In his military career, Colonel Thiele served in the Planning and Policy Staff of the German Minister of Defense, in the personal staffs of the German Armed Forces Vice Chief of Defense Staff and the (U.S.) NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
Thiele has been Chef de Cabinet and Chief of Staff at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, and Director of Faculty at the German General Staff and Command College in Hamburg. As Commander of the Bundeswehr Transformation Center, he drove for 5 years Bundeswehr joint procurement planning and the development of advanced operational concepts to include the Bundeswehr C4ISR capabilities. Thiele introduced Network Enabling Capabilities into the German Armed Forces, NATO and the European Union and was involved developing interagency and multinational homeland security capabilities.
Technology Consultant and Data Scientist,
Ayedh Alshahrani is a Technology Consultant and Data Scientist with 13+ years of experience. He has profound knowledge in data strategy, data analytics, machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence. Ayedh led many large governmental Big Data projects. He holds a master’s degree in Data Mining from UK.
Vice President, Global Mission Command Systems, Missile Defense and Protective Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Jack Dorsett is the vice president of Global Mission Command Systems for the Missile Defense and Protective Systems division in Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, a leading global provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced, secure and agile software-defined systems and solutions.
In this role, Jack is responsible for leading the international land command, control, computing, communications and intelligence (C4I), Integrated Air and Missile Defense and Air Command and Control (C2) campaigns and business for the division.
Previously, Jack served as Northrop Grumman’s chief executive for Japan. He was the company’s top executive in country responsible for leading the development of Northrop Grumman within Japan, supporting the company’s current programs, developing strategies for growth, and identifying new business opportunities for the company in Japan.
Jack was previously vice president, command and control systems, within Northrop Grumman's former Information Systems sector and led a portfolio of business pursuits and programs including the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program, the Air Operations Center 10.2 modernization and the Ship Self-Defense System.
He joined Northrop Grumman in 2011 following a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, retiring at the rank of vice admiral. During his Navy career, he was deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and director of Naval Intelligence, overseeing Navy's intelligence, information technology networks, cyber, electronic warfare and unmanned programs.
Jack was also the resource sponsor for unmanned programs (Triton, Fire Scout and Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike aircraft) and all Navy command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities. Previously, he was director for Intelligence to the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he oversaw joint intelligence activities during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Jack earned a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, a master’s degree from the Defense Intelligence College and completed executive business programs at Babson College, the University of California (Berkeley), the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Professor of Computer Science, at George Mason University and Director of the Center for Excellence in C4I and Cybersecurity
Dr. Pullen is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence (C4I) and Cyber. He has been with GMU since 1992, during which time he has served as Principal Investigator for 49 research projects with total budget over $17 million and taught 57 sections of 12 different courses. His doctorate in Computer Science is from George Washington University; he also holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University.
Previously he was a Program Manager at DARPA and an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the US Military Academy West Point, NY.
Dr. Pullen’s research interests include networked multimedia applications, emphasizing command and control, and networked education and training, distributed virtual simulation, and interoperation of command and control with simulations.
In the last named area he serves as Co-‐Chair of the SISO Product Development group for C2SIM.
Dr. Pullen is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM, and licensed Professional Engineer.
He received the IEEE Harry Diamond Memorial Award and the Defense Superior Service Award and was a leader in the team that received the NATO Scientific Achievement Award for 2013.
Member of the Support Group for the RSNF AVANTE 2200 Corvette Program, Navantia
Captain Alvaro De Agustin has been a Spanish Navy (SN) officer for almost forty years.
He has spent 15 years underway with two tours as Commanding Officer and another two as Executive officer on board different Spanish Navy vessels.
He also spent 24 years at shore, with three tours assigned to NATO HQ´s. Three years at Naples Maritime command General Staff, as INFO OPS Branch Head, and six years at Norfolk NATO Transformation Command, as C4I Division staff officer first and Branch Head later.
During his career he developed courses about Naval Communications, Tactical C2 Systems, General Staff and finally Senior Staff course.
The last two assignments during active duty were as Commander for the Spanish Navy Operational SW Development Center and Commander for the Spanish Navy C4I Systems Operational Management Center.
Currently, as a reserve officer, he is working for the Spanish company NAVANTIA as a member of the Support Group for the RSNF AVANTE 2200 Corvette Program.
Senior Director, General Dynamics
Malcolm Green joined the GDIT team in 2014 following a long and successful career in NATO. A proven leader, he has in excess of twenty-five years’ experience in the scientific research, design and acquisition of Communication and Information systems (CIS) and later, in the full Life Cycle of C4ISR solutions.
He was instrumental in defining and executing a number of key strategy changing programs for the Alliance not least the SATCOM Program that transitioned NATO from owning and operating its own constellation to collaborating and joining national MILSATCOM programs following an inter governmental completion. He was also instrumental and won political support for defining ICT solutions to support the NATO Afghanistan mission leading to outsourcing of ISAF Mission Communications Information Services (CIS) together totalling a combined program value of $1.8bn.
In his last assignment with NATO he led a large team of 150 scientific research and engineering staff designing, acquiring and implementing NATO’s Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities, a focal program under NATO’s strategic vision.
He takes pride in many of his career achievements but none more so than the Afghan Mission Network - AMN. Rapidly winning NATO financial authorization, he built a team that comprised NATO, US CENTCOM and industry partners and personally deployed to Kabul for six months to lead and direct the implementation embedding himself in General McChrystal command group. The Afghan Mission Network was a total success and drastically reduced “Blue-on-Blue” fratricide incidents. He was awarded commendations and the NATO Medal. Today the AMN is the architectural foundation of the NATO Federated Mission Network and the DoD Mission Partner Environment.
Now taking a leading role on GDIT’s international business development he combines sound engineering skills with significant experience of working internationally in multi cultural environments to understand and support customer and partner mission needs.
Chairman and CEO, Global Challenges Forum Foundation,
Dr. Christman is a pioneer in the global adoption of new cooperative ventures in defense cooperation to enable enhanced regional and global security. He is the principal architect of seven Secretary of Defense Initiatives, three of which were endorsed by a President of the United States.
Dr. Christman is the Chairman and CEO of the Global Challenges Forum Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, an organization of think tanks, research centers, and academic institutions contributing to the much-needed resolution of existing and future global security challenges. Dr. Christman recently launched the Global Knowledge Networking Initiative in collaboration with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to foster innovation in next-generation leadership development.
Dr. Christman is also President of Global Strategic Analysis, LLC, a forward-thinking professional services firm headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California offering confidential analytic support and creative services to worldwide clients who seek to foster innovative solutions for a secure and sustainable world.
Dr. Christman’s thirty-year career with the US Government spanned service in the Armed Forces, the US Congress, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House, with travel to more than fifty countries, and more than ten years of service as a US diplomat in the international community of Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Christman holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Geneva, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.
Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Northrop Grumman,
Michael Papay is vice president and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Northrop Grumman, delivering the company’s international information security program. In this role, he is responsible for strategy and vision for the company’s global computer and network information security systems; defining companywide policies for information security; and enhancing the security of Northrop Grumman’s products, services and infrastructure.
Dr. Papay has 29 years of experience with Northrop Grumman developing engineering solutions for the US Department of Defense and intelligence community, including intercontinental ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; command and control systems; networking solutions; satellite and ground systems; airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms; modeling and simulation programs; military training tools; and cybersecurity solutions.
Dr. Papay is an internationally recognized expert in the modeling and simulation (M&S) field. He has written numerous papers, managed large programs, developed coursework and contributed to the congressional M&S caucus. He served on the 2012 US Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) Task Force on Cyber Skills and he currently serves on cyber and engineering advisory boards for several universities.
Dr. Papay has a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech.
C2 Systems Consultant
Saeed Saad Alhaznawi Alghamedi is a retired Major General pilot from The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). His scientific qualifications is a master degree in Military, graduated from The Royal College of Defense Study (RCDS, UK). MG Alhaznawi has a background experience as a fighter pilot and instructor of basic and advance pilot training. Furthermore, he was assigned in several positions at the RSAF such as weapons and tactics instructor, squadron operation officer, squadron commander, director of command and operations center, base commander of prince sultan air base, commander of central sector, and finally as inspector general of The Royal Saudi Air Force.
Moreover, MG. Alhaznawi is the director and manager of several RSAF major projects.
MG. Alhaznawi is a KACST consultant, in the C4icas advisory board, SAU advisory board and member in Alkharj city council.
Head of Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy, Saudi Aramco,
Alanood is the Head of Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy in Saudi Aramco. She specializes in cybersecurity governance, as her experience include managing cybersecurity strategy, policies, standards, data classification, and data leakage prevention, and multidisciplinary projects. She is holding a Bachelor degree in Management Information Systems with honors from Prince Mohamed Bin Fahd University. In addition to her organizational duties, Alanood participates in delivering presentations to undergraduates under the objective of raising the level of cybersecurity awareness, and help guide undergraduates who are about to join the workforce, acting as an example of a young professional who has embarked on her journey in the field of cybersecurity.
CEO, Pegasus(a DarkMatter Company)
Peng Xiao is a global technology and business leader with a proven track record in building breakthrough products, delivering customer success and achieving commercial results.
As CEO of Pegasus (a DarkMatter company), Peng is responsible for crafting the business and product vision of the company and leading the Pegasus development and services teams. The firm is developing a world-class Smart City analytics and information management platform, and its offerings are being provided to both commercial and government clients.
Over the years, Peng established a partnership ecosystem to promote joint technology and business development with his counterparts at Facebook, eBay, Citigroup, PayPal and other leading companies, rapidly creating cutting-edge analytics, security and commerce solutions internationally.
Previously as Senior Executive Vice-President, CTO and CIO of MicroStrategy, Peng gained over a decade of executive and operational experience in software and system innovation. Responsible for the management of more than 1,000 engineers, Peng led the R&D of the company’s entire product portfolio, including Business Intelligence, Secure Identity and Mobile Commerce.
Director of Engineering and Technology (E&T) for C4ISR Systems, Lockheed Martin,
Blake Davis, Director of Engineering & Technology (E&T) for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Systems has over 35 years of experience in technical leadership in delivering military, intelligence, civil and commercial systems to US Government, international and commercial customers. His technical leadership across and background in software engineering, systems engineering and systems architecture have been leveraged to successfully deliver complex programs from 20M-3B US$. This includes leadership of teams from 20 to 2300 engineers and IT professionals. He impacts his teams with positive leadership and instills in them a strong sense of strategic thought leadership, critical thinking with professional delivery, and increasing engineering and operational efficiency. He currently manages the engineering across a large portfolio of C4ISR programs for international and US government customers including the US Missile Defense Agencies Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system.
Cyber Security Ambassador, UK
Conrad Prince is the UK Cyber Security Ambassador. In this role, he works with overseas governments on the development of cyber security strategies, helping to identify the required cyber security capability as well as advising on skills and training. He is also the UK’s senior advocate for the government’s agenda to develop a strong and innovative cyber security sector. He has had a 25-year career in GCHQ, holding various leadership roles. In 2015 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath
Senior Adviser to the President of the National Cyber Security Council, Spain,
Mr. Villalba holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from National University of Distance Education of Spain (UNED), with a dissertation on the organisation of national cybersecurity. He holds a Master's degree in “Analysis and Management for Public Policy” fromUniversity Carlos III of Madrid.
Mr. Villalba has been Adviser on Foreign Policy and International Security to two Prime Ministers of Spain (PM José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Feb. 2009 - Dec. 2011; and PM Mariano Rajoy Brey, Jan. 2012 - Sept. 2013). Formerly, he has been a professor on Strategy and International Relations in the General Staff Course of the Armed Forces in Spain (2001-2005).
Led by Javier Solana, he was a member of the core planning team to elaborate the first National Security Strategy in Spain (2011).
Mr. Villalba has led the planning process for the National Cybersecurity Action Plan (2014).
Mr. Villalba has published twenty-two articles and book chapters related to Intelligence, International Security, Terrorism, and Cybersecurity. The latest publication in 2017 has been “Analysis on cyber threats”, in the book “Cybersecurity: public–private cooperation”, published by “Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies”.
Professor, College of Computer and Information, King Saud University
Dr. Mishari Almishari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University. He received his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from University of California, Irvine in 2012. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from University of Southern California in 2005. His research interests fall in the domain of Security and Privacy with emphasis on data analytics.
Director of Communications and Networks Security Department, Air Defense Forces, Ministry of Defense, KSA,
Director of the Nevada Medical Intelligence Center, University of Nevada-Reno,
Dr. James M Wilson is the Director of the Nevada Medical Intelligence Center at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Dr. Wilson is a board-certified, practicing pediatrician who specializes in operational medical intelligence, with a focus on the anticipation, detection, and warning of infectious disease crises. He has led the creation of several of the most powerful systems in the world used for anticipation and detection of infectious disease crises and disasters.
Dr. Wilson was the first operations chief of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Biosurveillance Integration Center and worked with the Intelligence Community during the birth of formal health security intelligence in the mid-2000s.
Dr. Wilson led the private intelligence teams that provided warning of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, discovery of the United Nations as the source of the 2010 cholera disaster in Haiti, and several investigations of alleged and confirmed biological weapon deployments.
Dr. Wilson is a strong advocate for effective and accountable global health security intelligence and the need for credible and balanced threat assessments.
Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, King Saud University
Dr. Muhammad Khurram Khan is currently working as a Full Professor at the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is one of the founding members of CoEIA and has served as the Manager R&D from March 2009 to March 2012. He developed and successfuly managed the research program of CoEIA, which transformed the center as one of the best centers of research excellence in Saudi Arabia as well as in the region.
Prof. Khurram is the Editor-in-Chief of a well-esteemed ISI-indexed international journal 'Telecommunication Systems' published by Springer-Verlag since 1993 with an impact factor of 1.542 (JCR 2016). He is the Founding Editor of ‘Bahria University Journal of Information & Communication Technology (BUJICT)’.
Furthermore, he is the full-time Editor/Associate Editor of several ISI-indexed international journals/magazines, including IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE Communications Magazine, Journal of Network & Computer Applications (Elsevier), IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, IEEE Access, Security & Communication Networks, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Journal of Medical Systems (Springer), PLOS ONE, Computers & Electrical Engineering (Elsevier), IET Wireless Sensor Systems, Electronic Commerce Research (Springer), Journal of Computing & Informatics, Journal of Information Hiding and Multimedia Signal Processing (JIHMSP), International Journal of Biometrics (Inderscience), etc.
He has also played role of the guest editor of several international ISI-indexed journals of Springer-Verlag and Elsevier Science, etc. Moreover, he is one of the organizing chairs of more than 5 dozen international conferences and member of technical committees of more than 10 dozen international conferences. In addition, he is an active reviewer of many international journals.
Prof. Khurram is an adjunct professor at Fujian University of Technology, China and an honorary Professor at IIIRC, Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. He has secured an outstanding leadership award at IEEE international conference on Networks and Systems Security 2009, Australia. He has been included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2010 edition. Besides, he has received certificate of appreciation for outstanding contributions in ‘Biometrics & Information Security Research’ at AIT international Conference, June 2010 at Japan.
He has been awarded a Gold Medal for the ‘Best Invention & Innovation Award’ at 10th Malaysian Technology Expo 2011, Malaysia. Moreover, his invention recently got a Bronze Medal at '41st International Exhibition of Inventions' at Geneva, Switzerland in April 2013. In addition, he was awarded best paper award from the Journal of Network & Computer Applications (Elsevier) in Dec. 2015.
Prof. Khurram is the recipient of King Saud University Award for Scientific Excellence (Research Productivity) in May 2015. He is also a recipient of King Saud University Award for Scientific Excellence (Inventions, Innovations, and Technology Licensing) in May 2016.
Prof. Khurram has published over 300 research papers in the journals and conferences of international repute. In addition, he is an inventor of 10 US/PCT patents. He has edited 7 books/proceedings published by Springer-Verlag and IEEE. He has secured several national and international research grants in the domain of information security. His research areas of interest are Cybersecurity, digital authentication, biometrics, multimedia security, and technological innovation management. Prof. Khurram has played a leading role in developing 'BS Cybersecurity Degree Program' and 'Higher Diploma in Cybersecurity' at King Saud University.
He is a Fellow of the IET (UK), Fellow of the BCS (UK), Fellow of the FTRA (Korea), senior member of the IEEE (USA), a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Security & Privacy, and a member of the IEEE Cybersecurity community.
His most recent and detailed profile can be visited at: http://www.professorkhurram.com
Cyber Security Delivery Director, STC – Solutions,
Abdulrahman Al-Manea is a highly accomplished cyber security expert with 13 years of international and regional experience in cyber security operations, security intelligence, network security design, risk assessment, disaster recovery and business continuity.
Abdulrahman has extensive experience in instituting enterprise-level Security Operations Centers across large enterprise, as he has been leading Saudi Aramco SOC prior to joining STC Solutions as a Cyber Security Director. Abdulrahman led one of the largest cyber security projects in Saudi Aramco and had successfully transformed their security operations to security intelligence center following an intelligence-driven defense approach with a pure implementation of the Cyber Kill Chain (CKC).
Abdulrahman has worked in the internationally renowned Juniper Networks company in Netherlands in their advance technical team, for over a year. He has been heavily involved in Saudi Aramco Plants comprehensive security assessment, as he is part of the Board of Engineers for Plants Networks Standards Review in Saudi Aramco. He also participated in the development of the National Cyber Security Center of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior and acted as a cyber-security advisor for Eastern Province Governorate in Saudi Arabia. He had developed and taught an Industrial Plants Cyber Risk Assessment Course. He is a certified CISSP, GCCC, GAWN, CWNA, MCSE, CompTIA Security+, CCNA, COBIT 5 Foundation, JNCIS-SEC, JNCIA-JUNOS, and JNCIS-FWV+.
C4ISR Engineer, AVANTI,
After a 20 year career in the Royal Air Force as a C4ISR Engineer, delivering, operating and procuring Satellite communications, tactical communications, Command and Control systems, radar and imagery surveillance systems, Mike has a deep understanding of how technology and systems underpin, and enable delivery of Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.
Serving as the strategy director for Information Superiority in the UK MOD at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Mike was a key member of the Strategic Defence Review that led to increasing the focus of military capability on Counter Terrorism missions, and the adoption and implementation of Network Enabled Capability: the concept of increasing the information fraction of the Equipment Programme through targeted C4ISR acquisition programmes, so as to better understand the new enemy, and arm commanders with the right information at the right time.
Moving to industry in 2004, and working for Detica, IBM and BAE Systems on defence, cyber and crisis management programmes throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mike has a strong background in delivering systems for intelligence production, surveillance, and command and control to meet the requirements of crisis management, serious and organized crime, and counter terrorism organizations. Mike has recently moved from leading BAE Systems cyber business in KSA, to Avanti, a leading provider of satellite communications services to governments, crisis management and defence organizations.
Mike has a Master’s Degree in Aero systems Engineering from Loughborough University, and a Masters Degree in Defence Management from Cranfield University.
Director, Communications and Information Technology Department, Royal Saudi Naval Forces,
Ministry of Defense, KSA
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KSA
Dr. Esam A. Alwagait is an Associate Professor at College of Computer and Information Sciences in King Saud University. Currently, he is a deputy minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affair (MoFA), as well as, the chairman for the Saudi Computer Society. His research interests are Web technologies, Databases, and Social Media. He has several paper in related conferences and peer-reviewed Journals.
Director of Global Business Development, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Heather Kiriakou has been a Corporate Director of Global Business Development at Northrop Grumman Corporation since Nov 2015. Her team is responsible for assessing trends in the international marketplace and producing actionable insights for the company’s international pursuits. She also manages the process and independent assessments for the company’s domestic and international priority win captures to enable profitable global growth. Prior to this role, Heather spent three years working in Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector in a strategy, government relations, and business development role.
Heather joined Northrop Grumman in 2012, after a distinguished fifteen-year career in the U.S. Government in the national security field. During her tenure in the U.S. Government, Heather served in various roles of increasing responsibility in Washington, D.C. and in the Middle East. She led the first National Strategy to Counter Terrorist Travel during a policy rotation to the Bureau of Customers and Border Protection and she completed a fellowship in the U.S. Senate, applying her expertise on the Middle East to enhance legislative oversight of national security policy. From 2003-04, Heather was a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; she co-authored the National Academy of Sciences publication, “Educational Paradigms in Homeland Security,” which provided a roadmap for U.S. universities to establish or enhance national security curriculum. She has a B.S. in Foreign Service and an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Dr. Alshuraimi has more than 19 years of experience in cyber security and information security working in the military sector and at the Ministry of Defense on command and control systems. Dr. Alshuraimi has published and presented many research and scientific papers at international conferences.
He’s also one of the founders of the Saudi Green Building Council and has worked as an assistant to the Saudi military attaché in Paris.
Dr. Alshuraimi holds a doctorate in telecommunications from the Sorbonne University and a master's degree in Simulation Engineering from King Saud University. He graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1991, Department of Information Systems Engineering.