This one-day conference on cybersecurity threats and opportunities in the Gulf region, is jointly hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and CMT Dubai’s Center for Cyber Security.
Recent high profile cyber breaches in the region’s finance and energy sectors have highlighted the need to focus on cybersecurity and its importance to state and economic stability. The United Arab Emirates’ unique position as an economic, energy, and transportation hub makes cyber issues even more pressing.
This event will bring together local and US experts from the government and private sector to address these pressing issues at a full-day conference in Abu Dhabi.Topics expected to be covered include: securing energy, finance, and transportation infrastructure; growing a cybersecurity workforce; national security cyber issues; and regional threat capabilities and intent.
H.E. Sorin Ducaru
Ambassador Sorin Ducaru took over the post of Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges in September 2013. He is responsible for providing support to the North-Atlantic Council and for advising the Secretary General on the evolution of emerging security challenges and their potential impact on NATO’s security.
Prior to his appointment as ASG, Ambassador Ducaru served as Romania’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, from September 2006 to September 2013. From November 2011, Ambassador Ducaru was the Dean of the North Atlantic Council.
Ambassador Ducaru was born in Baia-Mare, Romania. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest in 1988 and the Romanian National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in 1992. He holds a MPhil Degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam (1993) and a PhD degree in International Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (2005).
He joined the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, assuming various posts such as member of the Policy Planning team, counsellor to the Minister, spokesman of the MFA and Director for NATO and Strategic Issues. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Romania’s Ambassador to the United States of America. In 2000–2001, Ambassador Ducaru served as Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, in New York.
In the year 2000 Ambassador Ducaru was awarded by the President of Romania the National Order of “Faithful Service” in rank of Commander, followed by, in 2006 the Order for “Diplomatic Merit” and in 2008 the rank of Knight of the National Order “The Star of Romania”. He received the title of “Ambassador of the Year” in 2003 and 2012, from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.