Manal al-Sharif

Founder @ Women2Hack Academy

Manal al-Sharif, best known as the first Saudi woman to specialize in Information Security and named by Arabian Business Magazine as the most inspiring Arab women, with a 16 years career dedicated to her profession, she was one of the founding members of the first Information Security Department of Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest energy company, a company with a net worth estimated at $2 trillions. 

Her experience covers the whole spectrum of the Information Security profession, from writing the company’s information security policies and checking compliance against them, to running risk assessments and business impact analysis to identify the company’s critical assets, to researching, engineering and deploying state-of-art security solutions to protect one of the largest ICT infrastructure in the world. Manal served as the ISMS manager for Aramco, achieving the ISO 27001 certificate only the second company in all of Saudi to do so. She led the team that reviewed and approved the unified cybersecurity law of the GCC countries, and was leading the effort that resulted in establishing the IT Business Continuity Department in Saudi Aramco. She ran her  family-owned managing consulting cybersecurity company in Dubai, Blue Networks,  for five years, and recently she established the first Australian social enterprise dedicated to creating future women leaders in cybersecurity. She is CISSO, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Certified Ethical Hacker, and was named by NewWeek as one of the world’s ten digital revolutionaries. She is a TED, WIRED, Harvard, UN speaker and regular contributor for the NY Times and the Washington Post. 

International Awards/Lists 

  • The Most Inspiring Arab Woman – Arabian Business, 2014
  • The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women – Arabian Business, 2012, 2013 ,2014 & 2017
  • 21 Leaders for the 21st Century – Women’s News, 2013
  • Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent – Human Rights Foundation 2012 
  • The 100 Most Influential People in the World – TIME Magazine 2012 
  • Top 150 Fearless Women of the World – NewsWeek 2012 
  • Global Leadership Awards – Vital Voices 2012 
  • 100 Global Thinkers Who Shaped the World Conversation – Foreign Policy 2012 
  • Top 10 Digital Revolutionaries of the World – Newsweek 2012 
  • 10 Women Who Rocked the World – Forbes 2011
  • 100 Young Leaders – Saudi Aramco 2011