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Global Future Security Leader Awards Winner 2020

Today is an incredibly special day, it’s not just our 19th Wedding Anniversary with my wife but also a day which I have added a pioneer award into my career. I am proud to announce that I have been awarded by GEC Media and GCF as Global Future Security Leader and TOP CISO.

I am thankful to GEC Media Group as well as everyone who helped me on this journey. Special thanks to all my coworkers at Standard Chartered Bank for their support and of the wonderful Cyber Community that I am part of.



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Global Future Security Leaders Awards 2020

A key highlight of the Security and Risk Management WebSummit was the Global Future Security Leaders Awards 2020. Top CIOs from across the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Singapore and Egypt were honoured as GCF Certified Security Leader. Similarly, top vendors and channels were honoured with the Security Players Awards. The awards also celebrated the ever-changing role of CISOs in organisations, and how they have been instrumental in bringing about change.

The winners

Global CIO Forum bestowed winners with the title of GCF Certified Security Leader for fulfilling and demonstrating the competencies and skillsets of a next-gen CISO. The list included:

  • Dr Erdal Ozkaya, Regional CISO, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Ayad (Ed) Sleiman, Head of Information Security, KAUST
  • Abdul Rahim Ahmad, CTO & CISO, Securities & Exchange Commission Of Pakistan
  • Mohammed Ishtiaq Hussain, Head of IT Infrastructure and IT Security, Doha Bank
  • Anand Sinha, CIO & Director IT, OCS Group India
  • Abdelmajed Ahmed Saeed Fadol, CISO, Medgulf
  • Rotimi Akinyele, Manager, Information Security and Business Continuity, Ras Al Khaimah Government Entity
  • Virag Thakkar, Head IT GRC, Agoda
  • Varun Vij, Information Security Lead, SERCO
  • Sunil Kumar Sharma, Vice President, Information Security & Compliance (CISO), Aldar Properties
  • Jurageswaran Shetty, Manager, IT Security and Infrastructure, GulfTainer
  • Syed Ali Nouman, Manager IT Security, Doha Bank
  • Hossam Abbas Barakat, GM IT, Egypt Gas
  • Tom Gamali, Group CISO, ALJ
  • Pradeep Krishnan Nair, Assistant Director IT Security, University of Sharjah
  • Ayman AlAwami, Head Of Cyber Security, Amlak International
  • Bilal Ahmad, Information Security Manager, Union Cooperative Society
  • Chander Mohan Raina, IT & Systems Manager, Wyndham Grand Regency
  • Amir Siddiqui, CISO, Samba Bank Limited
  • Anand Prabhu Selvakumar, Senior Manager IT Security, Qatar Insurance Group
  • Vivek Silla, AVP, IT Security Governance & Risk Management, Public Investment Fund
  • Amin M Siddiqui, Vice President of Information Security Governance and Risk, Public Investment Fund
  • Bittu Balakrishnan, Project Manager Business Systems, Adyard Abu Dhabi LLC
  • Samir Kasim Pawaskar, Head, Cyber Security Policy and Standards, Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Saghir Ahmad Khan, Manager Incidents Management, Alrajhi bank
  • Abubakar Arshad, Director Cyber Security, BNET
  • Mansoor Mughal, Deputy Information Security Manager, DFM
  • Mohamed Niroz, CISO, Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School
  • Mohammed Alshamrani, CISO, Bidaya Home Finance
  • Abdulmajeed Alrasheed, Head of Information Security, GIB
  • Mustapha Huneyd, Former CISO, Ooredoo Group
  • Navaneethan M, Senior VP-CISO, Naspers Group
  • Syed Abdul Qadir, Director, Technology Advisory and Cyber Risk Assurance, A. F. Ferguson & Co, PwC Pakistan
  • Vivek Gupta, Vice President, Head of Information Security, GEMS Education