Dr. Reem Al-Shammari
CISO, Kuwait Oil Company
Dr. Reem Al-Shammari, Information Security Team Leader at Kuwait Oil Company (Chief Information Security Officer “CISO”), Kuwait. She is a leader who have made a huge change to the maturity of the Oil and Gas sector cyber security which plays a critical role to her country’s national cybersecurity in a very short time, Dr. Reem has leveraged capabilities of Kuwait Oil company (one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas Companies that comprises a huge and complex highly integrated IT & OT systems whose confidentiality, availability and integrity are paramount for business operations) by leading several initiatives going through all limitations and constrains. She is a very passionate leader whom had worked hard despite all challenges to do remarkable positive impacts reaching national, regional and international levels in Cyber Security in a very remarkable timeframe.
She successfully achieved CyberSecurity success stories in positioning her company as a Strategic leading company in the Kuwait Oil &Gas sector, also leading initiatives at national, regional and international levels including being a CoFounder of the Women in CyberSecurity MiddleEast (WiCSME) Group “+660 members” and the Lead of Kuwait Affiliate of this WiCSME Group as well as representing Kuwait in UK-Gulf Women in Cyber Fellowship Program. She is also presenting the Oil and Gas sector in Academic Advisory Committees serving her society by leading programs development to update colleges’ curriculums with up-to-date market needs.
In the organization as well in the industry, she’s recognized as an “Innovator” and “Wild Card” who is known to innovate and continues to ‘push the envelope’ to get to the most optimum outcome on an initiative or a project. She has approached CyberSecurity field from a tailored view that embraced engineering perspective (as she had completed Bachelor degree in Computer engineering with Hons.) along with management perspective (as she did her MBA (with Hons) and PhD thesis was built on Quality Management implementation in the Kuwaiti Oil Sector). Adding to that, she had recently graduated from a Harvard’s Business School Executives Education Program (GMP, Nov.,2019) that broadened greatly her own perspectives towards life and Business. Injecting this mixture of academic knowledge into technical work environment improved her technical and leadership skills in her current CISO role.
Junior, Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) at Paradise Valley High School, AZ
Megan Howell is a rising Computer Scientist interested in Cyber Security, software development, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and more! Megan is a Junior in the Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, Arizona. To graduate from this prestigious program, Megan has to take one advanced level Computer Science course each school year and has to complete an internship before she graduates high school in addition to completing all honors and Advanced Placement Math and Science courses. Megan is currently an intern at Arizona State University and is working with their Cyber Security team in the University Technology Office learning more about the field and helping them with important projects. Megan is also involved in Paradise Valley Women & Information Technology (PVWIT), an initiative in her school district that helps to bring awareness to the gender gap in technology and helps to fill it by providing young women with experiences in Computer Science. Through PVWIT, Megan has attended many conferences, presented at professional conferences on topics relating to Computer Science, competed in the Air Force Association CyberPatriot competition, completed a summer internship on Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Cyber Security, earned her Microsoft Technology Associate certification in Cyber Security, completed professional-level courses relating to Computer Science, and completed in-depth research and analysis on COVID-19 and how to help school districts and communities respond to it. Megan is also the President of the Paradise Valley High School Computer Science Club and an active member of the Paradise Valley High School chapter of the Computer Science Honors Society. In addition to all of her Computer Science work, Megan is the Principal Second Violinist of the Paradise Valley High School Orchestra and enjoys playing the violin, piano, and guitar in her free time.