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December 8-9, 2021 | W Dubai – The Palm

Acronis #CyberFit Summit Dubai

Helping MSPs Lead the Way in Cyber Protection

In-person tickets from 50 AED. All proceeds from ticket purchases benefit the Acronis Cyber Foundation
Virtual – free

Dubai featured speakers

Chris Voss

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

Result-focused sessions for modern MSPs

Automation and delivery: Driving profits and growth for modern MSP businesses

Case studies of successful, profitable, and scaling MSPs and MSSPs

Disaster recovery: essential for modern cyberthreat mitigation and regulations

Growing and protecting clients with cybersecurity-forward services

Lowering client risk and incidents when 94% of attacks arrive via email

Better endpoint protection: An MSP’s tale of cyber protection

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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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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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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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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Jamie Chadwick
W Series 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Peter French
Acronis GM Middle East & Africa
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Peter French

A technologist, entrepreneur and tinkerer at heart, Peter comfortably inhabits both the technology and business worlds. As a senior leader in the backup and cyber protection industry, his success rests on his ability to grow an ecosystem based on meaningful, long-term relationships.

A problem-solver who thrives under high pressure, Peter is passionate about using technology creatively to keep us connected, improve systems and the way we do things. He is an accomplished speaker and technology thought leader, equally comfortable diving deep into the technology, discussing the latest business trends, or unpacking complex concepts for a non-technical audience.

Peter is also a certified Level 2 CrossFit coach and the former owner of a CrossFit box. If you can’t find him at work or relaxing with his family, he’s probably at the box, slogging away at a gruelling WOD.

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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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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.

Keeping Acronis MSP partners #CyberFit

Hands-on, interactive workshops
Actionable takeaways for today’s MSPs
Insightful panels and breakouts
IT channel networking opportunities
Inspiring, visionary keynotes
Partner-focused programming

Tickets

Acronis #CyberFit Summit, W Dubai – The Palm, Dubai, UAE, December 8-9, 2021
Early Bird
Now – October 31
50 AED
Standard ticket
November 1 – on-site
100 AED
Online
Join us virtually for free
Free

You may qualify for a discount. To find out, please contact your Acronis rep. If you don’t know who your Acronis rep is, please contact us here.

Agenda

Why attend in person? In addition to two days of engaging sessions filled with practical insights that you can put to immediate use, you’ll meet the experts, network with peers, and enjoy several social events.

Can’t join us in Dubai? Then attend online. Our virtual platform not only provides you access to the keynotes and presentations, you’ll also be able to actively participate in exclusive web-based sessions.

8:00 am – 9:50 am GST

Registration and Breakfast

Expo Hall

10:00 am – 10:05 am GST

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Salim Essaid, Event MC

10:05 am – 11:00 am GST

Acronis #CyberFit Summit Opening Keynote: Leading the way in cyber protection

Patrick Pulvermueller, Acronis CEO, Candid Wüest, VP of Cyber Protection Research, Acronis, Oleg Melnikov, Acronis CTO, Albara Bahjatt, Founder & CEO of Smart Technology Solutions

11:00 am – 11:40 am GST

Keynote | The Future of Tech and the Intersection of Science

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

11:40 am – 12:25 pm GST

Keynote | Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

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

12:25 pm – 1:25 pm GST

Feed Your network in the Expo Hall

Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm GST

Keynote | Protecting Smart Cities

Lt. Colonel. Dr. Hamad Khalifa Al Nueimi, Head of Telecom Division / Infrastructure Dept. / ICT Center, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, Dr. Humaid Alshamsi, Artificial Intelligence Expert / Abu Dhabi Police GHQ

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm GST

Acronis Roadmap – with Product Management

Oleg Melnikov, Acronis CTO

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm GST

Maximizing your Relationship with Acronis: Getting and Staying #CyberFit

Alex Ruslyakov, Acronis Channel Chief, Jon McCarrick, Global Head of Partner Evangelism, Acronis

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm GST

Partner Awards

3:20 pm – 4:00 pm GST

Networking Coffee break

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm GST

Business Optimization | Stop Chasing, Start Defending: Preventing Ransomware with Zero Trust

Ben Jenkins, Senior Solutions Engineer, ThreatLocker

Tech Innovation | Techniques to make technology integration easier for your business in a digital world

Jamil Asfour, Executive Director of Technology Partnerships, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, Dr. Marwan Alzarouni, CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center, Peter French, Acronis GM Middle East and Africa

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm GST

Business Optimization | Selling security services and getting buy-in and building trust with your clients

David Ednie, CEO SalesChannel International

Tech Innovation | 94% of Attacks Arrive via Email – Strategies for Reducing Risks and Incidents

Candid Wüest, VP of Cyber Protection Research, Acronis

Business Building Workshops | Five Steps to Better MSP Margins with Microsoft-Centric Services

Irina Lukasheva

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm GST

Business Optimization | The Future of the MSP and Security Survey: An Analyst, Media and MSP Deep-Dive into the Latest Findings

Christopher David, Techxmedia Business and Media Relations Director, Abdul Gafoor, Sales Head, Dataguard MEA, Nick Grebennikoff, Chief Development Officer, Acronis, Stamatis Barbounakis, VP of Sales, interworks.cloud

Tech Innovation | A Look at Local Compliance: How the UAE is Leading the Way in Cyber Standards and Solidifying Itself as a Global Cyber Hub

Hoda Al Khzaimi, President of Emirates Digital Association for Women

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm GST

Business Optimization | How DT uses hybrid cloud infrastructure to enable Digital Transformation, powered by Virtuozzo

Ahmed Amni, Sales Director EMEA, Virtuozzo, Tolga Dincer, CEO of DT, James Slaby, Director of Solutions Marketing, Acronis

Tech Innovation | EDR – Best Practices for Running a Strong Cybersecurity Practice

Candid Wüest, VP of Cyber Protection Research, Acronis

Business Building Workshops | How to Upsell and Cross-Sell High-Value MSP Services based on Acronis Advanced Packs

Irina Lukasheva, Sales Enablement Manager, Acronis

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm GST

Business Optimization | Advanced security via integration: Acronis way to deliver best in the class cyber protection

Nick Grebennikoff, Chief Development Officer, Acronis

Tech Innovation | Acronis #TeamUp Program: Growing Business Through Sports Partnerships

Paul Donnelly, Founder & CEO, Teknov8 Distribution, Andrew Parker, CTO, Teknov8 Distribution, Tara-Jane Sloane, VP Sales, Teknov8 Distribution, Matt Pearson, Founder, Airspeeder, Ronan McCurtin, VP for Europe, Israel and Turkey, Acronis

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm GST

Women in Business and Technology Panel, Outdoor lawn

Patrick Pulvermueller, CEO, Acronis, Tara-Jane Sloane, VP Sales, Teknov8 Distribution, Amy Sessions, Editor in Chief of Emirates Woman and Emirates Man magazines, Nezha Alaoui, CEO, Mayshad Group, Katya Ivanova, VP WW Inside Sales, Acronis, Jamie Chadwick, W Series Champion 2021

8:15 pm – 9:30 pm GST

Closing Reception on the Outdoor Lawn

8:00 am – 9:00 am GST

Registration

9:00 am – 9:30 am GST

Working Breakfast in the Hall

9:00 am – 10:00 am GST

Cyber Dragon Cup

Pablo Zabaleta, Man City Legend

9:30 am – 4:00 pm GST

Acronis #CyberFit Academy Cloud Tech Associate

Markus Bauer, Acronis Expert in Product Training

Acronis #CyberFit Academy Cloud Sales Associate

Francisco Amadi, Acronis Partner Technology Evangelist

Acronis #CyberFit Academy Tech Associate

Jon McCarrick, Acronis Head of Global Partner Evangelism

Earn 3 certificates in one day and qualify your team in the Acronis Partner Program for benefits. We will cover the Cloud version of our Tech Foundation course and our Backup and Protect features including our new Advanced Packs. Technicians will learn all necessary features and will be set up to take additional sessions like troubleshooting, Disaster Recovery, Files, and Notary training in the Academy as needed.

Earn 3 of our Sales certificates in one sitting. You’ll learn everything your team needs to be conversant on the Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud and gain the certifications needed to maintain your Partner Program standing. Salespeople will be taught Acronis’ licensing scheme and product features, while also learning sales skills, go-to-market tactics, and how to overcome objections.

This course will focus on the technical implementation of Acronis Cyber Protect 15. By taking this course, your technician will earn 3 certificates including our Foundation course, Backup and Protect Associate. This course sets technicians up to take additional courses in our Acronis #CyberFit Academy and also helps complete the training qualifications of the Partner Program.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm GST

Working Lunch in the Hall

10:00 am – 10:05 am GST

Welcome and Opening remarks

10:05 am – 11:00 am GST

Acronis #CyberFit Summit Opening Keynote: Leading the way in cyber protection

Patrick Pulvermueller, Acronis CEO, Candid Wüest, VP of Cyber Protection Research, Acronis, Oleg Melnikov, Acronis CTO, Albara Bahjatt, Founder & CEO of Smart Technology Solutions

11:00 am – 11:40 am GST

Keynote | The Future of Tech and the Intersection of Science

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

11:40 am – 12:25 pm GST

Keynote | Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

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

12:25 pm – 12:55 pm GST

Maximizing your Relationship with Acronis: Getting and Staying #CyberFit

Alex Ruslyakov, Righter Kunkel, Amy Luby

12:55 pm – 1:55 pm GST

Women in Business and Technology panel

Vanessa Vaughn Matthews, Founder and Chief Resilience Officer, Asfalis Advisors Panelists, Catherine Bond Muir, CEO, W Series, Elaine Wang, Chief Digital Officer, Rectron South Africa, Mareva Koulamallah, Head of Marketing and Communications Middle East & Africa at Acronis, Sally M Solaymantash, President and Founder, SOLAYMANTASH Associates Limited

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm GST

Acronis Roadmap – with Product Management

Oleg Melnikov, Acronis CTO

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm GST

Advanced security via integration: Acronis way to deliver best in the class cyber protection

Nick Grebennikoff, Chief Development Officer, Acronis

CSI Cyber Dubai: Forensic Analysis of a Ransomware Attack and Defense

Topher Tebow, Senior Cybersecurity Researcher, Acronis, Muhammed Khaled, Regional Senior Solution Engineer

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm GST

Partner Awards

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm GST

The Alternative Cloud: MSPs, Your Time Has Come!

Joe Morgan, CEO at Joe’s Datacenter, LLC, David Klauser, Director Americas, Virtuozzo

3:40 pm – 4:40 pm GST

Peer-to-Peer Discussion featuring industry experts

Tictac Cyber Security

9:30 am – 4:00 pm GST

Acronis #CyberFit Academy Cloud Tech Associate

Markus Bauer, Technology Evangelist EMEA, Acronis

Acronis #CyberFit Academy Cloud Sales Associate

Francisco Amadi, Acronis Partner Technology Evangelist, EMEA

Acronis #CyberFit Academy Tech Associate

Jon McCarrick, Global Head of Partner Evangelism, Acronis

Earn 3 certificates in one day and qualify your team in the Acronis Partner Program for benefits. We will cover the Cloud version of our Tech Foundation course and our Backup and Protect features including our new Advanced Packs. Technicians will learn all necessary features and will be set up to take additional sessions like troubleshooting, Disaster Recovery, Files, and Notary training in the Academy as needed.

Earn 3 of our Sales certificates in one sitting. You’ll learn everything your team needs to be conversant on the Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud and gain the certifications needed to maintain your Partner Program standing. Salespeople will be taught Acronis’ licensing scheme and product features, while also learning sales skills, go-to-market tactics, and how to overcome objections.

This course will focus on the technical implementation of Acronis Cyber Protect 15. By taking this course, your technician will earn 3 certificates including our Foundation course, Backup and Protect Associate. This course sets technicians up to take additional courses in our Acronis #CyberFit Academy and also helps complete the training qualifications of the Partner Program.

Venue info

W Dubai – The Palm
West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai United Arab Emirates
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Training and certification sessions

Acronis #CyberFit Academy Cloud Tech Associate

Earn 3 certificates in one day and qualify your team in the Acronis Partner Program for benefits. We will cover the Cloud version of our Tech Foundation course and our Backup and Protect features including our new Advanced Packs. Technicians will learn all necessary features and will be set up to take additional sessions like troubleshooting, Disaster Recovery, Files, and Notary training in the Academy as needed.

9:00 – 16:00 GST

9 December, 2021
Acronis #CyberFit Academy Cloud Sales Associate

Earn 3 of our Sales certificates in one sitting. You’ll learn everything your team needs to be conversant on the Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud and gain the certifications needed to maintain your Partner Program standing. Salespeople will be taught Acronis’ licensing scheme and product features, while also learning sales skills, go-to-market tactics, and how to overcome objections.

9:00 – 16:00 GST

 

9 December, 2021
Acronis #CyberFit Academy Tech Associate

This course will focus on the technical implementation of Acronis Cyber Protect 15. By taking this course, your technician will earn 3 certificates including our Foundation course, Backup and Protect Associate. This course sets technicians up to take additional courses in our Acronis #CyberFit Academy and also helps complete the training qualifications of the Partner Program.

9:00 – 16:00 GST

9 December, 2021

Sponsor the Acronis #CyberFit Summit
World Tour 2021

Our sponsors are critical to helping power the success of cyber protection partners worldwide.

Become a sponsor

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Build your brand recognition among thousands of forward-thinking service providers, resellers, and other channel players from around the world.

Enhance your reputation

Position your organization as a supporter of the cyber protection revolution, which is disrupting the cybersecurity and data protection industries.

Expand your audience

Tap into the world’s largest cyber protection community, develop new relationships, and find new opportunities to help your organization grow.

Acronis Cyber Foundation

100% of the proceeds from ticket purchases support the Acronis Cyber Foundation, a non-profit building schools for underserved communities around the world. For this reason, tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the Acronis #CyberFit Summit World Tour 2021/22 in person, you’re welcome to attend the virtual component of our Miami or Dubai summits. For information about a tax-deductible receipt, please contact us here.

COVID Safety Protocol

Acronis is committed to creating a safe and energizing event that will allow us to effectively meet with our partners in-person in Dubai. With that goal in mind, all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and Acronis staff will be required to wear a mask while within the event venue.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in my ticket as an onsite attendee?

There is one level of admission for this event. With your ticket, you can attend any of the Summit’s sessions and workshops, access the expo hall, participate in all of the planned training and certification programs, and join other attendees at the Happy Hour and other special events

What is included in my ticket as a virtual attendee?

As a virtual attendee, you can join your community of peers and see all of our live streaming sessions, book meetings with Acronis and our sponsors, participate in our virtual training and certification programs, and take part in deep-dive conversations on today’s most relevant cyber protection topics.

Who should attend this conference?

The Acronis #CyberFit Summit World Tour is designed to be the ultimate event for Acronis partners looking to modernize their cyber protection technologies, processes, and strategies. With sessions and workshops featuring thought leaders from across the IT industry and IT channel, these events are ideal for CIOs, managed IT service providers, distributors, resellers, and more.

What are the benefits of attending in person?

In-person attendees at our Dubai summit gain access to exclusive sessions, interactive panels, special events, and networking opportunities that won’t be available virtually or on-demand following the event. Details regarding these exclusive in-person events will be shared with registered attendees in the months ahead.

What are the benefits of attending virtually?

Our virtual platform provides virtual attendees with the convenience of live-streamed keynotes, panels, and sessions – including some exclusively designed to engage and support our virtual community.

What’s the attire for the event?

Please plan on wearing business-casual attire for this conference.

Where is the link to join the Acronis #CyberFit Summit World Tour virtually?

Register for the Summit that you want to attend virtually and you’ll receive an email with your unique link to join in the days leading up to the Summit you selected.

What are the system requirements for attending the Summit virtually?

You can attend the Summits from any of your devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile).

How can my organization become a sponsor of the Summit?

Organizations interested in being a Summit sponsor can contact us directly at [email protected] to learn about sponsorship packages and opportunities.

COVID-19 Response

Acronis is actively monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 in this area. We are following guidance from local health departments regarding the event. The Acronis team, our event vendors, and partners are committed to making sure that you have the safest, most unforgettable experience while attending.

Latest COVID-19 updates of the W Dubai – The Palm are available here.

In-person Tickets Cancellation Policy

100% of the proceeds from ticket purchases support the Acronis Cyber Foundation, a non-profit building schools for underserved communities around the world. For this reason, tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the Acronis #CyberFit Summit World Tour in person, you’re welcome to attend the virtual component of our Miami or Dubai summits.

What is the W Dubai – The Palm Hotel booking and cancellation policy?

BOOKING POLICY: W Dubai – The Palm for 1100 AED per night for single occupancy W Dubai – The Palm for 1200 AED per night for double occupancy. The above rates are subject to 7% municipality fees, 10% service charge, 5% VAT and AED 20 Tourism Dirham per room per night. The above rates are inclusive of daily breakfast in Liv restaurant. Should you require any support with your booking, please contact [email protected].

CANCELLATION POLICY: From 179 days to 91 days prior to arrival – 50% room revenue. From 90 days to 31 days prior to arrival – 80% room revenue. Within 30 days or less prior to arrival – 100% room revenue.

COVID19 IMPOSSIBILITY: COVID positive test result produced 48 hours prior to arrival, Impossibility to travel Closure of borders, Airport Closure in UAE or client destination(s) Lockdown restrictions for UAE or client destination(s) Impossibility to host the event due to meeting/event could be cancelled without any penalty free of charge.

 

Acronis Partners

Acronis partners with a number of organizations for letting the Acronis #CyberFit Summit Dubai event happen. You can decide to allow us share your details with them, so that you can benefit from relevant industry information and promotional offers. Our partners can contact you with details about this and other events, products and services and other related information. You can opt out and unsubscribe at any time.

Here is a list of our partners: CMS Distribution, intY, JAMF, RNT RAUSCH, ThreatLocker, Virtuozzo.