Arab CISO Rising Stars Award 2024

The rising stars award recognize those early-career individuals who are doing amazing work today and who will likely to be filling the seniors' slots tomorrow.

Winners and Jury members will be honored at the awards ceremony that will be held on the last day of Arab Security
Conference (23rd of September 2024).

Registration Will Open Soon !

  • Individual must be younger than 40 years old

  • Individual must have been performing a leadership role (Fulltime) in security domain for an organization as a CISO/ CSO/ VP/ Director/ Security head or equivalent.

  • Individual should be from public/private sector in the Middle East region.

  • Individual must be one executive who has contributed to the information security industry, shown tremendous professional growth and achievement and has promoted strong and innovative security practices.

This award is for Arab applicants only (Arab region)

  • Applications are free-of-charge and must be submitted before 8th of August 2024.

  • Submissions will only be accepted in the form of the official online application form. In the case of duplicate application forms, the candidate may be excluded from the final selection process, the same will apply to incomplete application forms.

  • Candidates are liable for obtaining necessary permissions to share their project achievements and knowledge and represent being entitled to share all information provided to the Jury.

  • Candidates are allowed to use and print the application’s information and related communications for evaluation and editorial purposes. Therefore, information that organizations or individuals do not want to make public should be clearly marked as private and confidential.

  • Candidates agree to allow Jury members to verify the information included in the application form directly and independently (including with referees and work supervisors).

  • Candidates must be present (or be represented) during the award ceremony to share their approach and agree to the use of their name and image for advertising and editorial purposes.

  • The finalists of the CISO Rising Stars Award undertakes to share or display this information on/through his/her own media channels.

  • Candidates may be filmed during the event and pictures will be taken and published.

  • Jury members and the event organizer may process candidates’ data as necessary to organize and publicize this event. Data may be shared with sponsors and media channels. Candidates have the right to access and rectify their data by contacting the organizer.

  • No conflict of interest will be tolerated and no bribery attempt is possible.

  • The jury is composed of independent and impartial members, each of them being expert in security and bringing their extensive knowledge and experience to the selection process.

  • The jury will evaluate the candidates according to specific criteria and will value case studies more than commercial speeches.

Finalists will be announced on the 22nd of August 2024

The awards ceremony will be held on the last day of the conference 23rd of September 2024

Hossam Elgamal has more than 25 years of professional experience in ICT both in private and public sectors. After founding and managing several successful IT companies he was asked to bring his expertise into public policy management being selected in 2013 and till Feb 2017 by the UN Secretary-General to become one of 9 Global Business Representatives among the 55 MAG members advising on The Internet Governance Forum He has been a board member of AFICTA, since 2014 and till to-date contributing in making synergy between African nations ICT industries, and connecting with International ICT industry cloud and governing policies.

He was selected by the Egyptian Prime Minister in Dec 2015 and till May 2018 to chair the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center IDSC ( with the purpose of supporting the Egyptian Cabinet with required information gathering, analysis and decision support recommendations with focus on inclusive Development mapping, citizen quality service and satisfaction, crisis management, early warning, monitoring and improvement, digital transformation, and creating societal credible link.
Finally, he was selected as an expert by the higher council for Egypt Digital Transformation to become a member of its advisory committee starting Jan 2018.

Hossam was the Vice-Chairman of Eitesal Association till May 2015 (the leading ICT Association) heading its executive office, advocating & boosting the industry business development, technical & entrepreneurship capabilities.

He was a member of the National Child Internet Safety Committee, contributing to better legislation, awareness, training and technology implementation.

Hossam is focused currently on achieving prosperity by capitalizing on technology transfer and localized creative projects serving 2030 SDGs. Within the private sector, he is continuing as a Leader and a serial entrepreneur and is currently a partner in Infort Egypt (previously its Managing Director) and partner in Telemed international

With over 18 years of cybersecurity leadership in government and commercial organizations, Experienced Security Operations Center Director with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Played a significant role in leading CIB security strategy .Widely regarded as thought leader within cyber security operations. Have strong hands-on experience with Building Security Operation Centers , Threat intelligence production as well as consumption, APTs and targeted attacks analysis, malware analysis, incident response, SIEM usage, development, and data analysis.