Dr Reem Al Shammari

Global Thought Leader in Cybersecurity & Technology, Energy Sector

Dr. Reem is a Global Thought leader in Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation, a Certified Innovation Leader (CIL) and a fellow in the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE), a fellow in the UK-Gulf Women in Cybersecurity (for two consecutive Cohorts -2019 till date), A Global Mentor in the UN’s ITU Women in Cyber Mentorship Program (for two consecutive Cohorts 2021 & 2022). With more than two decades of experience, she had excelled in leading significant changes to the maturity of cybersecurity and digital technology in Energy sector on various levels which is closely linked to Kuwait’s National Cybersecurity posture and Digital Oil Fields transformation journeys. She was the 1st ever female CISO in Kuwait’s oil sector and led the sector’s cybersecurity committee with amazing success stories during her role’s duration (2017-2021).

She is a passionate, empathetic, and servant leader whose valuable contribution to cybersecurity and technology is quite recognized at national, regional and international levels. She promotes diversity as she is the Head of Gender PMO in Kuwait’s Oil Sector Council of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). She is the Founding Partner and Board member of Women in Cybersecurity Middle East (WiCSME) with more than 1800 members. Having a number of academic and professional degrees such as engineering, MBA, PhD and Harvard’s Business School Executives Program provides her with a great mixture of technical and management skills that enrich her current leadership role.

Dr. Reem represents her country in a number of regional and global program and forums, and is recognized as an “Innovator” and “Wild Card” who continues to ‘push the envelope’ to get to the most optimum outcome on an initiative or a project. She is an award winner of various national, regional and global accolades such as Global EWF’s Regional Leadership Award, ranked #1 at IFSEC Global Top Influencers in Security & Fire, MESA’s Women Security Leaders Award, IDC’s Top 50 Women Achievers (Business and Digital Transformation Leader), and The Arab CISO of the Year. She’s a very active contributor to Cybersecurity Community promoting collaboration via sharing of knowledge “#StrongerTogether”, organizing various Cybersecurity related workshops/events and forums, as well as participating in various national, regional, and international forums as a judge in various prestigious awards, an Advisory Board member and a Keynote Speaker. She contributed as co-author in various publications including SPE articles, MIT review articles, cybersecurity books and PhD researches. Dr. Reem is a community member in the World Economic Forum’s Program “Cyber Resilience in Oil & Gas”, and in the “Women in Security & Resillience Alliance (WiSCERA). She’s a TEDx speaker where her TEDx talk is titled “Let your passion lead the way” to inspire others to follow their dreams. She is a true inspiration to a number of young women to strive for more. As she strongly believes that when any woman rise, we ALL as women rise along with her.

Speaker sessions

PANEL DISCUSSION: WOMEN IN CYBER FOCUS A day in the life

  • 15:10
  • Thu
  • 17 Nov
Track: Executive Summit
Topic:
  • Talent
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Women
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FIRESIDE CHAT: Unleashing The Power of The Human Factor in CyberSecurity

  • 18:30
  • Wed
  • 16 Nov
Track: Executive Summit
Topic:
  • Culture
  • Workforce
  • Environment
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