Acronis #CyberFit Summit
Dubai

December 8-9, 2021 | Join us in-person or virtually
World-class speakers
Connect with the best! Enhance your MSP business’ cyber protection capabilities with advice from the top channel, cybersecurity, and industry experts.
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Abdul Gafoor
Head of Business, Dataguard MEA, leading Cloud Aggregator in MEA
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Abdul Gafoor

Highly passionate in sales currently leading cloud aggregation business focusing the Middle East and African Market to enable and establish cloud business through channels. Extensive skills in data protection and cybersecurity platforms focusing on SaaS-based solutions to existing and emerging markets. A methodical approach together with strong partner connections empowers to visualize and achieve the strategies and concepts.
Proficient in leading the business development team, increasing the customer base, sales, and earning potential of the organization. My key expertise is setting goals and objectives for the company in terms of business and financials, partner account management, customized SaaS & cloud-based solutions that easily fit most requirements of customers.
Specialties: Channel management, Sales & Marketing, Hybrid (On-Premise and cloud-based) solutions, Partner Management. and working in the information technology and services industry.

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Ahmed Amni
Sales Director EMEA, Virtuozzo
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Ahmed Amni
  • 15 years experience in the IT, Hosting, Cloud industry
  • Specialize in helping companies exceed their goals
  • Proven track record of success in strategies formulation and market penetration; adept at aligning core business, revenue, and growth goals
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Albara Bahjatt
Founder & CEO, Smart Technology Solutions
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Albara Bahjatt

Albara Bahjatt is the Founder CEO of Smart Technology Solutions, a Saudi based MSP and IT company that focuses on customer trust and service since 2007. One of the first MSPs in Saudi Arabia that focuses on Small and Mid-sized businesses. Smart has been announced 3 times as one of the Saudi Fastest growing companies.

Albara has more than 20 years of experience in IT, management consulting, IT Consulting and training. He has more than 8 certifications in IT and management in the areas of security, Cloud, Networking, Servers, and auditing. As he previously got certified Information systems Auditor and Certified Internal auditor certifications.

He is also a licensed management consultant in Saudi Arabia. Helping companies and organizations reach higher potential in areas like, Teamwork, Corporate culture, training, leadership, and learning & development.   Albara has also founded multiple other companies in technology, online, trading and bidding.

His main personal social responsibility goal is to help kids, young and youth to find and figure out their potential and strength by making them understand the concepts and techniques of fast learning, mindset, leadership, positivity, peace, the power of doing and execution and how to utilize these to create a better culture in business and personal life. And, by pushing them to create a habits like regular reading, risk taking, learning things that is completely unknow for them, to reach a high level of confidence, perseverance, determination, and fear management.

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Alex Ruslyakov
Acronis Channel Chief
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Alex Ruslyakov

Alex Ruslyakov is head of the  Global Channel organization at Acronis, serving in the position of Channel Chief since late 2020. Alex drives world-wide partner programs and partner account management functions with a focus on the increase of Acronis partner ecosystem and fueling Acronis partners’ growth. Prior to that, Alex was leading the Global Sales Engineering organization at Acronis in the position of VP Global Sales Engineering.

Through his past 15 years at Acronis at different times, Alex held positions of Director of Global Professional Services, Director of Development – leading Cloud Solutions R&D Team, Head of Product Management for corporate products, and Technical Account Manager for strategic accounts. Alex started his career in 2003 as Sun Solaris Systems Engineer after getting his Master’s degree in computer science and software programming. He also graduated from Harvard Business School in Sales and Distribution Channel Teams Management.

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Amy Luby
Chief Channel Evangelist, Acronis
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Amy Luby

Amy is an IT Channel Evangelist at Acronis. Amy brings a track record of success to Acronis as a successful leader and entrepreneur in the IT Services Channel, with an extensive record of achievement in Channel Sales program development and recruiting IT solution providers. She has strong technical expertise and domain knowledge in the rapidly evolving global managed, cloud and security services marketplace and a proven track record in creating profitable managed and cloud product portfolios, developing profitable Channel sales operations, increasing revenue quickly, and exploiting untapped market opportunities. Amy is founder and moderator of the global SMB Managed Services Community with 3000 active global SMB MSP reseller members. Amy is also a proven entrepreneur and pioneer in the IT services industry having founded and built one of the first Managed Services Providers (MSPs) in the country and then expanded that into one of the first Master MSPs, defining that business model in the process.

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Amy Sessions
Editor, Associate Publisher EMIRATES WOMAN & EMIRATES MAN
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Amy Sessions

Experienced Head of Content & Publisher with a demonstrated history of working in the innovative luxury fashion industry across both digital and print. Skilled in marketing, brand development and growth, innovation, luxury fashion, social, content, creative, buying, client retention / personal shopping and e-commerce.

Strong business development professional with a focus on creating industry-leading creative content that seamlessly blends commerce and plugging in a black book of HNW clients to drive ROI.

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Andrew Parker
CTO, Teknov8 Distribution
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Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker is an IT and Managed Services veteran with over 25 years of experience in global networks, hosting and enterprise application management. Starting with a small IT shop in Durban, South Africa and branching out to London in 2005, Andrew has built his career advising businesses across multiple verticals including blue-chip electronics manufacturers, high street fashion manufacturers, and some of the UK’s leading education, insurance, media and hospitality partners. 

He is also a popular technology columnist having written weekly pieces for The Mercury, Cape Times and Argus newspapers in South Africa. As Teknov8’s CTO, Andrew has turned the business from a distributor model to a cloud services aggregator with a hands-on team who provide managed service wraps for Acronis’ Cyber Protect Services and a small leading cyber-security vendor portfolio. Andrew is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist with a focus on data centres and an Acronis Certified Engineer (Backup and Cyber Protection) 

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Ben Jenkins
Senior Solutions Engineer, ThreatLocker
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Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins is a senior solutions engineer with over 8 years of experience working within the technology sector. Ben specialises in working with SME’s, helping them implement technical solutions that will grow and scale their businesses. As a ransomware expert, Ben spends most of his free time educating others about the importance of cyber security. When he’s not on the road, you’ll find him testing new technical solutions and advising on current infrastructure.

Ben has presented at many major events across the globe, and taken part in various panel discussions. Before joining Threatlocker, Ben worked in a variety of roles from support technician, to systems engineer. Together, these roles have enabled Ben to become the technology expert he is

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Candid Wüest
VP of Cyber Protection Research, Acronis
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Candid Wüest

Candid Wüest is the VP of Cyber Protection Research at Acronis, the Swiss-Singaporean cyber protection company, where he researches on new threat trends and comprehensive protection methods.

Previously he worked for more than sixteen years as the tech lead for Symantec’s global security response team. Wüest has published a book, various whitepapers and has been featured as a security expert in top-tier media outlets. He is a frequent speaker at security-related conferences including RSAC and AREA41. Wüest is an advisor for the Swiss federal government on cyber risks.
He learned coding and the English language on a Commodore 64. He holds a master of computer science from the ETH Zurich and various certifications and patents.

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Catherine Bond Muir
CEO, W Series
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Catherine Bond Muir

Catherine Bond Muir may not always have seemed the obvious candidate to found the world’s first all-female single-seater motor racing championship. A former intellectual property solicitor, in 2000 she moved into corporate finance and spent more than a decade working on sports and gaming deals. This included the sale of Chelsea FC to Roman Abramovich and the acquisition of Aston Villa by Randy Lerner. After a career break following the birth of her first and only child relatively late in life, she was ready for a new challenge.  

W Series was born at Catherine’s dining table. As a lifelong motorsport fan with treasured childhood memories of watching James Hunt racing on the television, she saw that while women’s sport was generally enjoying a boom in popularity the situation was only getting worse for women in motorsport. It has now been more than 45 years since a woman competed in Formula 1, and it is W Series’ mission to change this.   

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Chris Voss
Bestselling Author of “Never Split the Difference”, Former FBI Lead Hostage Negotiator, CEO Black Swan Group
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Chris Voss

Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller “Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It”, which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation. A 24-year veteran of the FBI, Chris retired as the lead international kidnapping negotiator. Drawing on his experience in high-stakes negotiations, his company specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Their negotiation methodology focuses on discovering the “Black Swans,” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems.

Chris has been featured in TIME, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, The Washington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, Squawk Box, CNN, ABC News and more.

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Christoph Bader
Regional Marketing Manager Benelux, Nordics and Israel, Acronis
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Christoph Bader

Christoph is Regional Marketing Manager for the Benelux, Nordics and Israel at Acronis. He has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and held Strategic as well as Regional Marketing Manager roles in various companies.

Christoph holds an MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology and lives in Greater London.

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Christopher David
Director – Business & Media Relations, TECHx Media
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Christopher David

Christopher David is Media professional based in Dubai, UAE, with 18+ years of experience in the Technology Media space and other top industries like Internet solutions & IT enabled services industry.

In his 18 years of experience, Christopher has worked with companies like eFunds International (now FIS Group), Sutherland Group, Directi Internet Solutions (now Endurance Group) & JNS Media International in multiple roles like Business Development & Media Relations.

Currently Christopher is heading TECHx Media, the fastest growing technology media company in the region. TECHx is an online media platform for the technology community, covering news from tech industry and all major industries from across Middle East Africa. TECHx also helps tech brands in their outreach programs and channel expansion efforts via its 360-degree marketing approach.

In his tenure, Christopher has assisted top brands in their marketing and advertising efforts across MEA region and works closely with the PR agencies and brands in channelizing their content for better reach.

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David Ednie
President and CEO, SalesChannel International
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David Ednie

David R Ednie is President and CEO of SalesChannel International. He is an expert in Cloud GTM Strategy and Execution, Cloud Sales Acceleration, Acceleration of Customer Adoption of Cloud Services and End2End Customer Experience. David has over 25 years international business experience working in culturally diverse markets in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia.SalesChannel International’s clients include: Microsoft Corp, AWS, Acronis, VMware, HPE, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, Veeam and Verisign. Prior to founding SalesChannel International David worked in a variety of Senior Executive roles in High Tech – Internet Services, IT and Telecommunications for US, British and French companies, including: NTT/Verio, Genuity, Integra, British Telecom, Data General and Intel. David is an Australian national and has lived in Paris, France for the past 20 years. He has significant multi-cultural experience and gained extensive personal knowledge and insights resulting from working with diverse and different cultures. SalesChannel International works with Senior Leadership and Management Teams to develop GTM and multi-channel sales strategies that deliver sustainable performance in today’s increasingly complex and competitive Cloud Services business environment.

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David Klauser
Sales Director Americas, Virtuozzo
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David Klauser
  • 20+ years of enterprise infrastructure transformation ​
  • Specialize in helping enterprise and partners accelerate revenue goals ​
  • Converged, Hyperconverged, Cloud, & Digital Workspace Specialist ​
  • Passionate about helping our partners grow their business
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Elaine Wang
Chief Digital Officer, Rectron South Africa
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Elaine Wang

Elaine Wang is a people-centric leader in technology. She passionately advocates for the advancement of women in technology through coaching and mentorship, as well as creating change in companies. In her time at Rectron, Elaine saw to the creation of Basadi, Rectron’s female empowerment programme.

In her various roles in technology distribution, most recently as the Chief Digital Officer for Rectron in South Africa, Elaine has seen to the launch of a cloud business unit, digital tools, as well as overseen the marketing function. Her role has positioned her as an expert in solutions that help to unlock the hidden potential within businesses.

As a leader, Elaine inspires and encourages her team to think creatively to find innovative ways to rise to any challenge. Her passion for cloud technologies, core strength in marketing strategy, and entrepreneurial mindset continues to deliver strong results in the organisation.

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Elizabeth Lucas
Business Development Manager, Global System Integrators, Jamf
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Elizabeth Lucas

Leading Jamf’s Global System Integrator strategy to establish long-term, value-add partnerships that deliver continued mutual Growth. Elizabeth also sits on the JAMF Nation Global Foundation board; the EMEIA I&D Committee and is VP of Community Relations on the [email protected] ERG board.

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Francisco Amadi
Acronis Partner Technology Evangelist, EMEA
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Francisco Amadi

Francisco has been working in Acronis for over 13 years and he has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry in training, presales, support and system administration areas. He was previously a Teacher of mathematics, physics and computer sciences in High School. He has obtained multiple certifications from VMware, Microsoft and CompTIA Security+. He is Native Italian speaker.

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Dr.Lt.Col. Hamad Khalifa Al Nuaimi
Head of Telecommunications division Information Technology Center, Abu Dhabi Police General Head Quarter
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Dr.Lt.Col. Hamad Khalifa Al Nuaimi

In 2002, I Joined Abu Dhabi Police and started working as a Network technician, at the same time, my passion for educational qualifications was under my target. Thus, I worked hard in parallel and earned my HD (Higher Diploma) degree at CNET ( computer Network Engineering Tech ) from the HCT ( Higher College of Technology ) AlAin city , as well as my Bachelor degree in computer Networking.  In 2009, I moved to New York State and applied for SU (Syracuse University) where I completed my Master Degree in Telecommunication Network Management. In 2018 I earned my higher degree in PHD Project Management from the British University in Dubai.

I attended more than 100+ events, workshops and conferences internally and externally as a speakers or part of the panel discussion and most of them were about Network & Cyber Security and telecommunication as well as Digital Transformation with Future Accelerators. However, my responsibility at Abu Dhabi police GHQ  as telecom division manager makes me always busy, I do have other role as a telecom committee manager for most of the events around Abu Dhabi city such as , Grand Prix Formula One event.

Co-Founder of “Digital Barza“ which has more than 100+ members to accelerate the process of sharing and exchanging the knowledge. And A winner of IACP ( International Association of chef of Police ) for 40 under 40 award 2021.

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Hoda A.Alkhzaimi
President of Emirates Digital Association for Women, Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD, Emirates Digital Association for Women
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Hoda A.Alkhzaimi

Hoda A.Alkhzaimi is the President of Emirates Digital Association for Women a non-for-profit organization
endorsed by the ministry of social affairs in the UAE that supports national and international
initiatives that aim to empower economic and educational development for diverse communities
with a specific focus on women and children. This includes, yet not limited to, establishing, and
creating ecosystems that support sustainable business development in the UAE and the
international scene which supports indigenous growth of local economies. She is as well the
strategic director for Women In Artificial Intelligence research international community that aims
to improve the scientific and professional positioning of women’s contributions within the field, especially in the MENA region. She is the lead of the Women In Engineering Chapter in Abu Dhabi
and the UAE lead for INWES MENA which is the global network for organizations of women in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She is currently as well doing her master’s
at London Business School with a focus on building sustainable economic ecosystems and
investments for valuable technological and industrial impacts.

Alkhzaimi has specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating
security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures
for different environments in different products for the respective industries. Hoda.
Alkhzaimi obtained her PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her current
research interests include Space, Aerospace, and UAV and autonomous systems security,
constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating and investigating links between
different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cybersecurity
architectures as in the Internet of Things and big data analysis among others. Her research includes
analysis of the effect of machine learning techniques on improving security analytics.

Hoda is currently the Director of the Center of Cyber Security in New York University
AD and a research assistant professor in New York University. She served in different posts for research and development in the Technology development sector for the past years, She also played a specific role in developing Cyber Security and Cryptology research and development
ecosystems. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and
Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations
to different security initiatives nationally and internationally. She consults for special projects with
national and international technology development initiatives.

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Dr. Humaid Alshamsi
Artificial Intelligence Expert, Abu Dhabi Police
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Dr. Humaid Alshamsi

Dr. Humaid Alshamsi is a director of the Artificial Intelligence applications at Abu Dhabi Police, also he served a number of entities in the Strategic management and performance development as Information Technology Expert. Dr.Alshamsi has a wide range research interests and publishes such as digital signal processing, machine learning, human computer interaction, computer vision, embedded systems and communications, and he gives more than 40 speeches in AI and IoT local and international events since 2017.

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Irina Lukasheva
Sales Enablement Manager, Acronis
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Irina Lukasheva

Performance-oriented Sales Leader offering exceptional record of achievement over 10-years career in IT.  Worked at Huawei, Comparex, Dr.Web  and other well-known vendors and resellers. Joined Acronis in 2017 with the focus on Middle East region. For over 4 years I have been helping to recruit Service providers, larger Telcos and ISPs WW with high overachieving rate QoQ.

Excellence Awards:

  • Acronis Viking’s Best Performers Club 2020
  • Best Sales Person of the Year 2019
  • Best Sales Manager 1H of Year 2018
  • I am fortunate to be able to combine my passion for CyberSecurity, Cloud Computing and Sales at my current role as Partner Sales Enablement Manger at Acronis.

I have got a Master degree at Economics and love to travel and discover new places.

Will be happy to see you All at my Workshops devoted to profitability and building packages with Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud.

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Jamie Chadwick
Two-Time Champion, W Series
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Jamie Chadwick

Jamie Chadwick was inspired to start racing aged 11 after her brother, Ollie, attended a karting party and good old-fashioned sibling rivalry led her to achieve numerous wins at club level in the Junior series. A British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’, Jamie was the youngest – and first female – driver to win a British GT Championship and then became the first female winner of a BRDC British Formula 3 race and the MR Challenge Championship. Two race victories and three other podium finishes saw Jamie crowned the inaugural W Series champion in 2019, when she was also named as a Development Driver for the Williams F1 team. Jamie ended 2020 competing in the Formula Regional European Championship for Italian team Prema, having completed a 100-mile cycling challenge for cancer charity ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ – for whom she is an ambassador – during lockdown. In 2021, after a head to head battle with fellow Brit Alice Powell, Jamie became the two-time champion of W Series.

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Jamil Asfour
Managing Director, Artelligence.ai
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Jamil Asfour

Jamil is an accomplished executive, with more than 20 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies across the globe including Apple, IBM, HPE, Ernst & Young, and Symantec.  As an advisor and a management consultant his main areas of focus are digital transformation, technology partnerships and investments.

While at Apple, Jamil managed special projects including global partnerships fund of $11.9 Billion and led over 27 M&As.  In addition, he directed operations and major projects in machine learning & AI research & development, as well as led the re-structure of the CIO’s business unit of 10,000 FTEs.

Throughout his career, Jamil has identified gaps stalling innovation, organizational integration and growth pre and post M&A deals. He has also led the development of long-term global technology partnerships within government and private sector organizations He has held several executive positions, managed special projects including more than 20 M&A deals.

Jamil holds two postgraduate degrees, an MBA from The University of Oxford and a Diploma in Management and Leadership from MIT.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in Cryptography from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a YPO member and an active member of several engineering societies in the US, UK, Saudi, Jordan and Australia. He is also a widely known contributor to the Global Innovation Index and the Global Connectivity Index.

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Joe Morgan
CEO at Joe’s Datacenter, LLC
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Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan studied and taught at Vatterott College in Kansas City. Prior to owning his own business, he worked for the Excelsior Springs School district as the System Admin and interim Director of technology. He has a certificate in cybersecurity from Harvard and a certificate for Cloud and DevOps from MIT. Joe’s Datacenter specializes in bare-metal servers, server colocation, cloud services, web hosting, and virtual private servers. Joe currently serves as the lead advisory board member for Virtuozzo in the United States and also serves on the advisory board of the Missouri State University design thinking program.

He is a member of Forbes Young Entrepreneur Council, the Kansas City Business Journal Leadership Trust and the  Kansas City Tech Council.

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Jon McCarrick
Global Head of Partner Evangelism, Acronis
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Jon McCarrick

on is a veteran in the cloud service provider space, having worked for Parallels and Open-xchange prior to joining Acronis. Jon’s mission is to create an active community of service providers around the Acronis product line.

Expect to visit with Jon at your favorite trade show or find him on your favorite social media platform.

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Kristian Bunting
MSP Partner Program | EMEIA, Jamf
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Kristian Bunting

Kristian leads the MSP Partner Program for EMEIA at Jamf, the global leader in Apple device management, a company trusted by 50,000+ business to maximise their Apple initiatives with a singular mission – to help organisation succeed with Apple.

Within his role he provides strategic direction to help develop and grow Jamf’s MSP Program, focusing on strengthening existing partner relationships while exploring new partner opportunities across EMEIA.

With over 25 years’ experience in the IT Industry, Kris has a wealth of experience across many different verticals including Enterprise, Education, Health and Local Government, within the Reseller Channel – spending the last 10 years working closely with Apple and Jamf, while being part of the Senior Leadership Team at one of Apple’s leading and very successful Enterprise and Education resellers.

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Leigh Nordhoff
Head of Commercial sports Partnerships EMEA, Acronis
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Leigh Nordhoff

Leigh Nordhoff is Head of Commercial sports Partnerships EMEA at Acronis.

With more than 15 years’ experience in the IT industry Leigh brings a wealth of expertise in assisting partners to grow their business via the exclusive #CyberFit #TeamUp program and works to bring onboard sports teams that add value to Acronis partners’ businesses

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Mareva Koulamallah
Head of Marketing and Communications Middle East & Africa, Acronis
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Mareva Koulamallah

Mareva Koulamallah is the Head of Marketing and Communication for Middle East and Africa at Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection. For two years before that, she also led the Public Relations (PR) and Communication’s activities and teams in Europe, Middle East and Africa at Acronis. Previously to working on the software side, she was part of another tech company, a leader in hardware solutions, Kingston Technology, handling the PR activities in EMEA for both the Kingston and HyperX (gaming) brands.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) double Major International Marketing and Management/Leadership from Rider University in the USA, and a Master’s Degree from CEFAM French-American Business School in France; both received with distinction. She has lived in six countries, and can speak several languages. She has over ten years of experience in international business development, strategic communication, and marketing.

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Dr. Marwan Alzarouni
CEO, Dubai Blockchain Center
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Dr. Marwan Alzarouni

Dr. Marwan Alzarouni is an internationally recognized blockchain technology advocate, keynote speaker and strategic advisor. Dr. Alzarouni is the CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center (DBCC), an impact business and a strategic partner to Dubai Future Foundation. The center was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum under the Area 2071 initiative in May 2018. It aims to create a fertile ground and a holistic ecosystem for blockchain companies and projects to thrive in. DBCC regularly hosts a number of blockchain startups within Area 2071 and also conducts educational classes and seminars around blockchain use cases in government and private sector. Dr. Marwan is currently heading the Digital Asset Task Force (DATF), a research and advisory team that reports to the Dubai Future Council for Blockchain. The purpose of the task force is to conduct a comprehensive study to provide clear guidance on how digital assets can be encouraged and regulated. The council establishes Dubai as a global blockchain capital, offering a prominent platform for decision-makers from various local and international governments and private sector entities to explore futuristic, blockchain-based solutions.

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Markus Bauer
Technology Evangelist EMEA, Acronis
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Markus Bauer

Markus holds a degree in Information Electronics and has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry with extensive expertise in Business Development, Marketing, Sales, as well as Presales and distribution of products and services. He held various Sales and Channel positions in which he, amongst other things, imparted technological expertise to Partners. Moreover, he was responsible for the expansion of the Channel Business and provided a reputable and knowledgeable reference point for Suppliers as well as Partners.

Markus’ mission at Acronis is to drive strategies and share technological expertise with Partners, Customers and Resellers. He works on all Channel levels and is responsible for Acronis trainings and workshops throughout EMEA.

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Matt Pearson
Airspeeder and Alauda Founder
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Matt Pearson

Matt Pearson is the founder and visionary behind Alauda and Airspeeder. Together with a team of engineers, designers and commercial minds spanning Australia, New York and London, he is accelerating the development of electric flying vehicles through the white heat of sporting competition. 
Beyond his role as a defining voice in the future of mobility, Matt is driving the rapidly expanding Industrial Internet of Things space through his work at Fleet. From their base in South Australia millions of devices are powered via Low Earth Orbit through a growing network of nano satellites.

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Mike Mingos
Technical Director & Cofounder of Tictac Cyber Security, TicTac
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Mike Mingos

Data Recovery Εngineer, Cyber Threat & Ransomware Expert, Cryptocurrency Instructor. Talks about #jobalert, #ransomware, #cyberattack, and #cybersecurity.

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Muhammad Khaled
Regional Senior Solution Engineer, Acronis
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Muhammad Khaled

Muhammad Khaled is Regional Senior Solutions Engineer at Acronis, he is taking care of the entire Middle East and Levant. Muhammad is closely working with our enterprise sales, partner account managers, success managers to sell Acronis solutions and increase the brand awareness. Muhammad trains and enables Acronis resellers and service providers to ensure they are offering the best product that fits their customer requirements with cost effective solution and proper sizing.  He is responsible for increasing Acronis service providers in the region and improving the cloud business growth.

Muhammad has 15 years of experience in the datacenter solutions, cyber security and data protection. He was graduated from Faculty of Engineering in the specialization of Electrical Engineering – Communication and Electronics.

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Nezha Alaoui
Founder and CEO, The Mayshad Group
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Nezha Alaoui

Nezha Alaoui is a global advocate for women’s empowerment, entrepreneur, author, speaker and impact influencer.

She is the Founder and CEO of The Mayshad Group, a women centric comprised of enterprises, dedicated to leadership, development, diversity and inclusion.

She hosts conferences and events, bringing together policymakers, corporate leaders, and activists to build awareness and implement strategies to reach the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nezha is a global advocate for the economic empowerment of women with an active community of 1.8M.

Nezha runs Women CHOICE, a New York based organization working closely with brands, corporations and institutions to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives and campaigns. Women CHOICE counts a global network of women founders, executives and influencers that follow and find support in her movement for women’s empowerment.

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Nick Grebennikoff
Chief Development Officer, Acronis
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Nick Grebennikoff

Nikolay Grebennikov is a well-known information technology leader with extensive practical experience in both operational and strategic management.

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Oleg Melnikov
Chief Technology Officer, Acronis
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Oleg Melnikov

Oleg is the technology leader at Acronis, and ambassador to our internal and external communities. He drives Acronis’ strategic technology projects with the primary responsibility of designing and implementing a companywide Innovation Policy, which includes intellectual property development, reactive and proactive IP protection, portfolio design, product development guidelines, and processes for effective intellectual property protection.

Within the last three years, Oleg heads and drives several important Divisions within Acronis:

  • Acronis Cyber Systems Team; responsible for: Acronis Cyber Systems projects (SalesForce, BSS/OSS/ERP, End-Customer/Partner LifeCycle, Billling Operations);
  • Design Team; responsible for: Product Design (Backup & Security, Storage & Virtualization, Consumer, UX Research, User management & Monitoring, – Digital Design, Brand and Print Design);
  • Product Management Team, responsible for: All product management for our products + All product management for our Platform and integrations with other products;

Oleg is leading some special projects and productive partnerships with key technology partners and evangelizing to strategic customers. Other responsibilities include managing Acronis IP and ensuring the harmony among product roadmaps.

Best known as a co-founder of Parallels (aka Odin, SWsoft), Oleg has led cross-cultural teams for over 20 years and enjoyed a fantastic track record of designing, architecting, building and supporting Odin Automation. Oleg holds a Master of Science Degree from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Computer Science and a Bachelor Degree in Radiophysics from the same school.

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Pablo Zabaleta
Man City Football Club
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Pablo Zabaleta

Born in Buenos Aires, Zabaleta played for Obras Sanitarias in his youth, before joining San Lorenzo. In January 2003, he was promoted to their first team and played there for two years. In 2005 he made the move to Europe after signing for Espanyol, where he made 102 appearances for the Spanish club and scored three goals.

In 2008 Zabaleta signed for Manchester City under manager Mark Hughes, joining in the summer transfer window alongside players such as Vincent Kompany, Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips. He made his debut on 18September versus Omonia Nikosia in the UEFA Cup. City came away from the first leg with a 2-1 victory; Zabaleta contributing to his first game with an assist to help secure the win.

During his time at Manchester City Zabaleta made 333 appearances, scored 11 goals and won five major honours. In 2011, under manager Roberto Mancini, City lifted the FA Cup after beating Stoke City 1-0 in the 130th final of the competition, ending the Club’s 35-year wait for a trophy.

In 2012 Zabaleta played in the last game of the season versus QPR, a match which Manchester City needed to win to secure the Premier League title. Zabaleta scored City’s first goal but the team was 2-1 down going into stoppage time. Edin Dzeko equalised in the 91st minute with Sergio Aguero scoring again in the 93rd minute to finish the season on top of the Premier League on goal difference and win the title for the first time in 44 years.

After winning the Premier League in 2012, Manchester City faced Chelsea in the Community Shield that summer, played at Villa Park. City won 3-2 thanks to goals from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri. In 2014, Zabaleta again helped Manchester City win the Premier League title, with the League Cup also adding to that season’s achievements.

In 2017, Manchester City gave Zabaleta an emotional send-off at the Etihad Stadium as he left the Club to join West Ham United. He spent two seasons at the London Stadium before announcing his retirement.

Zabaleta continues to work in football as a studio guest for Sky Sports and represents Manchester City at commercial events and Club activities.

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Managing Director & Co-founder of Tictac Cyber Security
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MANAGING DIRECTOR at TICTAC LABORATORIES

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Pasha Ershow
SVP, APJ & MEA Sales and Global Channel, Acronis
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Pasha Ershow

IT industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, focusing on cloud and digital transformation, business development, sales and marketing. Recognized for his broad international experience in emerging and developed markets, Pasha is used to leading operations in multinational environment – experienced in running large teams and managing $500m+ businesses.

Pasha Ershow served as Acronis Chief Revenue Officer in 2018 – 2020, and since 2021 took the role of Acronis Senior Vice President, responsible for Global Channel Strategy and also managing APJ & MEA Sales, based out of Singapore. Prior to Acronis, Pasha held executive roles at major companies like Microsoft, Ingram Micro and Parallels.

Holding a Master’s degree in Economics from Moscow State University of International Relations, he is most passionate about technology and people talent development.

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Patrick Pulvermueller
Chief Executive Officer, Acronis
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Patrick Pulvermueller

Cloud software and hosting industry veteran, Patrick brings over 20 years of experience in technical, management, and leadership roles in which he continuously brought innovation and global growth to brands.

Patrick joins Acronis from GoDaddy, where he most recently served as President of the Partner Business. In that role, he led the company’s strategic expansion of its Hosting, Productivity, and Security services through resellers and agency partners. Combining that experience with his product development expertise, Patrick is an expert in developing successful, cloud-based go-to-market strategies, particularly through service providers, resale channels, and strategic alliances.

Previously Patrick held executive leadership roles as CEO of Host Europe GmbH and Group CEO of Host Europe Group (HEG), where he served as Group COO – having grown HEG from a small business to one that sold for $1.8 billion. He earned his MBA from The Open University in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.

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Paul Donnelly
Founder & CEO, Teknov8 Distribution
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Paul Donnelly

My passion for building reputable IT businesses comes from the life-long experiences of being a seller and being a customer. From my younger years being a front-line salesperson, I have always tried to identify opportunities where other sales individuals have failed and to build lifelong trading relationships, some of which I still have to this day. I find that working with businesses personally, in conjunction with my team is a way for me to truly connect with what matters to our clients the most, and in turn bring those needs into our company values. The simple act of delivering what our prospects and clients want and need to shape their own businesses brings me endless satisfaction. My vision is to disrupt the market. Finding new ways to keep both the business and my partners evolving. With over 2 decades of experience in the I.T. space, technology may have moved on, but the passion and focus needed to keep a business front and centre of the game remain as high now as it did when I first started in this industry.

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Righter Kunkel
Head of Acronis #CyberFit Academy
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Righter Kunkel

Righter is responsible for all internal and external education, certification, and evangelism at Acronis. He leads a team of trainers and evangelists, working in close collaboration with the marketing team, to drive sales enablement for Acronis’s inside sales, field sales and marketing team, in addition to all of Acronis’s partners, distributors, resellers and service providers. Righter plays a crucial role in driving business growth working in close collaboration with the Acronis executive team and ensures high productivity of Acronis’ sales and marketing. In an age where the attention span of most people is shrinking, this person will know how to teach online content remotely thereby driving increased awareness and engagement of Acronis and its robust offering and platform.

Righter has over 20 years of leadership experience in the public sector/commercial education and consulting industry. Righter has a deep working knowledge of operating a global for-profit partner, employee, and customer training business to include the internal business functions of development, certification, enablement, sales, services, and operations.

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Ronan McCurtin
VP Europe, Israel and Turkey, Acronis
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Ronan McCurtin

Ronan McCurtin is the Vice President for Europe, Israel and Turkey at Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection solutions.

With more than 20 years of experience in the international IT and software industry, Ronan brings extensive experience in this segment, where he has successfully led multiple teams.

He is highly qualified and experienced in developing and improving channel business and customer relationships to create efficient distribution channels and partnerships. These efforts include working with resellers and managed service providers.

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Rony Moyal
Sales Director OEM Sales Americas, Acronis
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Rony Moyal

Rony Moyal, a seasoned business leader whose goal is to bring sales organizations and their customers to success. Rony has more than 18 years of experience in developing, marketing, and innovating Cloud solutions to enable Telcos, Tech Distributors, and Service Providers worldwide to tap into the Digital Revolution and realize revenue and growth.

Rony is looking to use his rich experience in sales, engineering, and product management to drive market success with leading sales organizations through the careful hiring and grooming of a leading sales team, the development of an effective GTM strategy etc. With this, laying the groundwork for successful deal pipeline that benefits the cloud platform provider, the customer and the ISV.

Rony’s experience is in Sales and business development for Cyber-Security, Virtualization, Service and Billing Automation, Cloud Monetization and Digital Transformation, X as a service, IOT, and many other leading-edge technologies. As the GM of Acronis Israel, Rony has developed multi-tier channel sales organization to drive growth and market adoption of the Acronis’ Cyber Protect suite of products.

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SB (Serguei Beloussov)
Chief Research Officer and Founder, Acronis
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SB (Serguei Beloussov)

SB is the founder of Acronis, currently serving as the company’s Chairman and Chief Research Officer. Prior to this role, SB served as Acronis’ Chief Executive Officer from 2013-2021. SB was also Acronis’ first Chairman of the Board from 2003-2007 and again from 2019 to present-day.

Before founding Acronis, SB served as Parallels’ CEO until 2011, a company that operates as a global leader in virtualization and automation software. SB still provides leadership to Parallels today as the company’s Executive Chairman. SB is also the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Acumatica, and a Senior Partner at Runa Capital, a global technology-focused venture capital firm he co-founded with university colleagues in 2010.

As of July 1, 2021, SB has stepped down as CEO of Acronis so he can better lead the company’s technology and research strategy as Chief Research Officer. SB’s role now includes a larger focus on overseeing and directing the company’s advanced technologies, as well as its university relations program – including the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) in Switzerland, which he co-founded in 2019.

SB sits on the Governing Board of the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. He holds a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. (Hons) in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIPT.

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Salim Essaid
Journalist, Event MC
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Salim Essaid

Salim Essaid is a Dubai-based journalist, host, & moderator who covers innovation, business, technology and human stories around those topics in the Middle East. Over the past decade, Salim has covered breaking news and features from TV and online platforms for outlets including TIME Magazine, CNN, NHK World, Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Associated Press (AP). Until the end of 2020, Salim was the lead reporter on Euronews’ weekly Inspire Middle East, and after that the host of Sci-Tech. He produced more than 120 episodes exploring the latest happenings in the MENA region’s technology, business, and cultural scene to highlight the people breaking the mold. His career saw him use data visualization to investigate New York’s secret surveillance policies over Arab and Muslim Americans, explore the denial of women’s citizenship rights in Jordan, cover the protests over the 2017 relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, explain the potential impact of cryptocurrencies on the UAE’s remittance industry, and highlight how AI systems can be built to be biased. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Arabic and Japanese from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in broadcasting from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York.

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Sally M Solaymantash
President and Founder, SOLAYMANTASH Associates Limited
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Sally M Solaymantash

Sally is a global technology leader, president and founder of SAL (UK, USA and Switzerland), international public speaker and advisory board member of Girls in Tech Switzerland.

She builds responsive IT teams with high resource retention to deliver secure and scalable systems for global clients. Enabling organizations to drive productivity, foster innovation, respond to regulatory changes and realize commercial opportunities. She has a track record across the entire SDLC. She builds service management capabilities, governance models and drives changes via organizational/IT process improvements in diverse regulated industries. Sally leads by combining leadership and technical skills. Her entrepreneurial spirit is evident in operating personal firms for over 30 years and is currently focused on advancing Sustainable Circular Technology.

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Stamatis Barbounakis
VP of Sales, interworks.cloud
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Stamatis Barbounakis

Stamatis is the Vice President of Sales at interworks.cloud. He leads the company’s sales teams towards the accomplishment of a very aggressive multi-year growth plan of its two main lines of business. He has an outstanding 30y experience in the IT industry holding leading sales roles in multinational and Greek IT companies. He combines entrepreneurial drive with business-management skills, the ability to communicate a clear strategic vision and cultivate excellent relationships with teams, partners and customers. He is the father of a Software engineer son and an elite swimmer daughter.

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Tara-Jane Sloane
VP Sales, Teknov8 Distribution
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Tara-Jane Sloane

What’s my motivation? I am passionate about creating environments of high performing individuals. From taking channels that have become stagnant, or individuals that have lost their way, my passion remains constant. Driving positive change to see results thrive. Whilst not from an IT background, my 34-year career in sales and sales operations, with the last 23 years at a senior executive level have provided me with a vast knowledge of how other industries grow and develop. Not having an institutionalised view of how the sector works means it’s easier to challenge the status quo which keeps our company evolving.
Spanning B2B, B2C, FMCG, retail and commercial market sectors, my focus has always been on building customer loyalty through Service and Sales methodologies that ensure the customer is always front and centre of all business objectives. Retaining this principal means we maintain healthy, loyal relationships with our Partners.

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Tolga Dincer
Founder and CEO, DT
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Tolga Dincer

Tolga Dincer is the Founder and CEO of DT. He serves in multiple executive board member roles for the DT Technology Group of Companies.

Tolga has more than 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, encompassing Entrepreneurship, Management, PMO, Development, Mobility, Virtualization, Distributed Cloud and Computing, Cyber Security and Digital Platform Strategy, together with communication and technology design for Inclusive AI.

Tolga is also the co-founder of Peranova Technology Investments, an Artificial Intelligence-focused private investment company. He holds multiple M.S. in MIS and Computer Science, and is an Advisory Board member at Bahcesehir University and Istanbul Atlas University.

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Topher Tebow
Senior Cybersecurity Researcher, Acronis
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Topher Tebow

Topher Tebow is a cybersecurity researcher, focusing on community collaboration and threat analysis. Topher has been working with malware and other cyberthreats for more than a decade, beginning with web-based malware before moving into endpoint protection. Topher has written technical content for several companies, covering topics from security trends and best practices, to the analysis of malware and vulnerabilities. In addition to being published in industry publications like Cyber Defense Magazine and Security Boulevard, Topher has contributed to articles by several leading publications, and spoken at international cybersecurity events.

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Vanessa Vaughn Mathews
Founder and Chief Resilience Officer, Asfalis Advisors
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Vanessa Vaughn Mathews

Vanessa is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, the co-owner and host of the Business Resilience DECODED podcast, and an adjunct professor at Savannah State University. She has a passion for women and the black community in highlighting the systemic challenges minority professionals face in the public and private sectors. Her desire is to create forward moving change and decrease the wealth inequality gap in these communities, by sharing her knowledge and expertise through her energetic and encouraging approach. Vanessa Vaughn Mathews has been on the front lines of the crisis management and business resilience profession throughout her career. She is the 1st female in the state of Georgia to graduate with a degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, she has worked with a Tier 1 intelligence agency, Fortune 500 companies, and has received local, national, and international recognition for her work to restore business and community resilience.