Samir Pawaskar

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Q-CERT, Ministry of Transport and Communication

Head Cyber Security Policy & Standards

Samir is an experienced information security professional with more than twenty years of experience having worked in diverse verticals such as Telecommunications,   Government, Hospitality, Engineering with some of the leading blue chip companies in the region.
The last sixteen years and more have been specifically in the realm of information security and privacy.
Key achievements include successful development of National Information Assurance (NIA) Policy and the complete program around it to drive its adoption and compliance within the stakeholders. 
He has also played a key role (as an author, reviewer, SME) in a number of policy documents published by the Cyber Security Sector, MoTC including a number of key legislations being drafted by MoTC such as the Personal Data Privacy Protection law.
Prior joining ictQATAR he has worked at several blue chip organizations in the region including ETISALAT, RAK Free Trade Zone Authority and Drydocks World.
Samir holds a Master in Business Administration from SMU, India and a Bachelors in Engineering (Electronics and Communications) from University of Mumbai. He also holds a number of certifications in information security and business continuity.
He is a prolific speaker and has spoken at various international conferences and participated in discussion panels.