About The ISJ Leaders in Security Conference

  • 120+ senior professionals from the Middle East & Africa security industry representing major commercial entities, transport authorities, regulatory bodies, infrastructural departments and more
  • 30+ expert speakers exploring strategy, market challenges and opportunities
  • Fast-paced agenda covering multiple topics, from cybersecurity to supply chain
  • Prestigious waterfront conference venue in Dubai with easy transport links 
  • Interactive exhibition space, scheduled networking breaks, buffet-style lunch
  • Opportunities to meet with key stakeholders and industry decision makers
  • Innovative solutions on show from major industry providers and manufacturers
  • Supported by Dubai government security agency and leading associations

Expand your network and directly interact with CEOs, Crisis Management Experts, Senior Consultants, Heads of Security and more…

About Our Advisory Panel:

John Cowling

John Cowling

District Security Manager, Middle East & CIS – Global Security Law, Security and Public Policy, Caterpillar Inc.

John has been based in the Middle East region since 2005 with a career spanning over 30 years. He considers himself fortunate to be regularly deployed across the Middle East region and into Africa, Asia and Europe delivering practical security risk consulting solutions at strategic, tactical and operational levels for culturally diverse organisations typically across critical infrastructure, government and transportation sectors but with a wide experience also extending to construction, mega projects and management consulting.



Sarah Mathers​

Vice President and Head of International Security, National Basketball Association (NBA)

Sarah began her career with the NBA in 2019 as Director for EMEA. Over the past 5 years Sarah has built an International Security Department to meet the exponential growth of the NBA footprint outside of the US.

Sarah also currently holds the position of Head of Operations and Administration for the Basketball Africa League (BAL), the first professional basketball league operated by the NBA outside of the US. Prior to the NBA Sarah completed 17 years with the Metropolitan Police, working across a range of departments, concluding in Royalty and Specialist Protection, as the team leader for the then Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Sarah’s passion focuses heavily upon partnership working with local security vendors and networks, building best practices, resilience and effective intelligence sharing. 

Paul Brweitt

Paul Brewitt

Country Security Manager, Iraq – SPM Oil & Gas (subsidiary of Caterpillar)

Paul has more than two decades of expertise in the security domain. He began his career serving as a Royal Marines Commando before transitioning into the private security sector. For the last 13 years, he has concentrated his efforts in Iraq, where he has delivered security strategies aligned with the needs of clients in diverse sectors, including Government, Logistics, Oil & Gas, NGO, and Construction. Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, ASIS Certified Protection Professional designation and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Security and Risk Management at the University of West London.

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Maria Fjeldstad

Senior Business Resilience Manager – Europe and IMEA, Marsh McLennan

Currently working in Business Resiliency Management with Marsh McLennan, with responsibilities in MEA and Europe, Maria comes from a background in corporate security and risk management with Deutsche Bank, as well as analysis and investigations with Sibylline, Interpol and Cambridgeshire Police in the UK. A strong promoter of the importance of public–private partnerships, Maria served as the private Co-Chair of Dubai OSAC during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains on the Steering Committee to date.

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Yacine Benamane

Security Manager, Unilever North Africa & Middle East

Yacine is a trained and qualified crisis and business risk senior manager with a breadth of corporate security experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. Yacine has extensive experience in providing the businesses he has supported with robust and effective business continuity planning, crisis management and resilience strategies and programs. Yacine is a member of the Security Institute, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and ASIS as a Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Chapter.

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Howard Leedham MBE

Managing Director of ESID DMCC

Howard is the Managing Director of ESID DMCC, a Special Situations and Global Consultancy company based in Dubai. He is a former UK Special Forces Officer and Royal Navy Commando Pilot who subsequently diversified at C-level into the financial, aviation and security sectors. He has lived and worked in the Middle East for much of the past 15-years and is a licensed “Security Expert” with the Security Industry Regulatory Authority. He is a member of the Security Professionals Association and was the Industry Ambassador to Intersec 2022.


Adil Abdel-Hadi

Managing Director, Shield Security Services Limited

Adil established Shield Security Services Ltd in the UK in 1986 and in 2006 established International Electronic Security in Dubai. Both companies provide bespoke security services to include consultancy, design and audit services focusing on technological solutions for a wide range of local and international clients. Adil Abdel-Hadi proudly received the 2021 International Achiever of the Year Award, recognising a Security Institute member who has made a significant contribution to security outside of the UK.

Nigel Lea

Nigel Lea

CEO, Sicuro Group

Nigel is Sicuro Group’s CEO. Nigel’s experience includes advising government departments (UAE, UK, USA), as well as leading a number of commercial organizations to achieve significant growth in the risk management, protective services and remote logistics sectors.  Predominantly focused on countries in the Middle East and Africa, Nigel’s experience includes twenty years of delivering Crisis Management and Enterprise Resilience at the planning, integration, training and executing levels. 

James Thorpe

James Thorpe

Editor, International Security Journal

James is a keen writer and researcher who graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2020 with a First Class (BA Hons) Degree in English. Gaining significant experience as Editor of Security Journal UK (SJUK), James was internally promoted to Editor of International Security Journal (ISJ) in 2022. In his current role, James engages with various businesses, consultants and directors working in a range of disciplines across the global security industry. As well as working on the monthly editions of ISJ, James plays a key role in the organisation of the ISJ Leaders in Security Conference.

Mo Ahddoud

Mo Ahddoud

CEO, Chameleon Cyber Consultants

Mo is a highly experienced Cyber Security expert. He has a proven track record of delivering complex security programs in a variety of sectors including defence, retail and education. With strong technical and business transformation skills his depth and variety of experience across public and private sectors gives him a unique insight into all angles of cyber security. He is an active member of the security industry and is regularly invited to speak at events.  Mo lives on the south coast in the UK where he is a keen golfer and enjoys spending time with his family.

Sally Llewellyn

Sally Llewellyn

Global Security Director Information & Analysis, International SOS

As Global Security Director Information & Analysis at International SOS, Sally oversees a team of more than 50 diverse security professionals delivering and continually enhancing market-leading intelligence to enable customers and their employees to understand and mitigate their risks, and facilitate the continuity of their business travel and operations both in business-as-usual times as well as during crises. Sally also routinely serves as a member of Crisis Management Teams.


Edouard Maze-Sencier de Brouville

Vice President, Security Lead MEA, Chief Security Office, Deutsche Bank

Edouard joined Deutsche Bank in 2017 after 16 years in the private security business. Since joining DB, Edouard has been responsible for its Travel Security Programme in the MEA region, as well as in Pakistan, Israel and Ukraine, ensuring DB staff can safely undertake business travel in the region. He works closely with business lines and infrastructure functions to provide advice and support on any physical security matter. The Corporate Security function at DB ensures security of physical assets and people. It provides operational security and security systems and infrastructure, travel security, health and safety oversight, security investigations, as well as executive and event protection.

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Lorraine Adkins MBE

Interim Director Campus Safety Operations
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Lorraine Adkins is the Interim Director Campus Safety Operations at NYUAD, with a wide remit covering emergency management, business continuity and all aspects of the physical security operations spectrum. 

Lorraine is a retired British Army Officer who served for 26 years in British Military Intelligence. During a successful military career, Lorraine saw active service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan and completed two operational tours in Iraq. 

Lorraine was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal in 1993 for her contribution to Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, while working as a security and intelligence analyst at the UK Ministry of Defense in Whitehall, London.


Dana Haubold

CISO External, Help AG

Dana is a senior security professional for corporate physical, information and cybersecurity and business continuity management, building effective and compliant security capabilities that are integrated with enterprise risk management and business objectives.

In her current role as an external CISO at Help AG, the Cyber Security arm of the e& Enterprise, she leads and advises on the Information & Cyber Security Program for a high-profile government project. Previously she designed and implemented a Security Risk Management Framework and Business Continuity Management Program for a leading Critical Infrastructure company to support the UAE’s vision.



Mike Latza, CPP, CISM

Regional Chief Security Office,
Mastercard Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa

Mike Latza, based in Dubai, is responsible for protecting Mastercard critical assets and assisting the business to build trust in the cyber domain so we can secure the world beyond cash for the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Prior to his current role, Mike served 8 years as a Special Agent in the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service at various locations domestically and throughout the Middle East & Africa. Mike also served as a U.S. Army Engineer officer in Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Mike holds the Certified Protection Professional designation from the American Society for Industrialized Security, the Certified Information Security Manager certification from ISACA, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Dayton, Ohio.



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7th May 2025
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