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Abu Dhabi: Cybersecurity and Innovation

December 11 - December 13, 2023

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Duke University is bringing two popular programs — Cybersecurity Leadership and Digital Assets @ Duke — to Abu Dhabi in December as a unique combined event: Digital Assets@ Duke Abu Dhabi: Cybersecurity and Innovation. This event will help senior leaders and other interested stakeholders, such as builders and investors, better understand cybersecurity risk management and the current digital asset environment. The event welcomes sponsors, who will receive prominent branding and recognition. Participation is free for attendees, who must apply and be accepted by the faculty program directors. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend the entire event.

About the Program:

Digital Assets @ Duke Abu Dhabi: Cybersecurity and Innovation will convene private sector leaders from various sectors and government officials working on cybersecurity issues, key industry players in the digital assets space, regulatory experts, and select researchers for an intensive program where participants will have the chance to learn from Duke scholars in policy, law, engineering, business, and computer science, as well as from leading industry and government experts. By facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration, DA@D seeks to look past the hype cycle and price fixation that accompanies many digital asset events and instead focus on the development, delivery and regulation of the next generation digital asset environment. By combining the best of DA@D with content from the Cybersecurity Leadership Program, participants will learn how to better execute the responsibilities of a board member of a publicly traded company. That same content is critical for government officials to understand how best to work with the private sector to mitigate the risk of cybersecurity attacks. Participants will also explore new frontiers of digital asset development, investment, and regulation.

Meet the Directors

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David Hoffman, J.D., is the Steed Family Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He also formerly was the Associate General Counsel, Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer for Intel Corporation. Hoffman currently chairs the Civil Liberties and Privacy Panel for the Director's Advisory Board for the US National Security Agency. He also chairs the board of the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Future of Privacy Forum and the Israel Tech Policy Institute.

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Jimmie Lenz

Jimmie Lenz, D.B.A., is Director of Master of Engineering in Financial Technology at the Pratt School of Engineering and Frank and Irene Salerno Visiting Professor of Financial Economics. Before coming to Duke, Jimmie held a number of senior management roles within the finance community including leading an NYSE broker dealer with foreign and domestic operations, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Credit Officer at a top three broker dealer, and the Head of Predictive Analytics for one of the largest Wealth Management firms in the US.

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Jane Horvath

Jane Horvath a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn, and co-chair of the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Practice Group. Her practice focuses on counseling involving privacy, cybersecurity and data strategies – particularly those at the forefront of new regulation – and advocacy and strategy with global regulators and policy makers on these same issues. She has more than two decades of privacy and legal experience, having previously served as Apple’s Chief Privacy Officer, Google’s Global Privacy Counsel and the DOJ’s first Chief Privacy Counsel and Civil Liberties Officer, among other positions.

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Lee Reiners

Lee Reiners is a lecturing fellow at the Duke Financial Economics Center and a lecturing fellow at Duke Law. At Duke, Reiners has taught classes on FinTech Law and Policy, Cryptocurrency Law and Policy, Financial Regulatory Policy, Climate Change and Financial Markets, and Cybersecurity Law and Policy. His broad research agenda focuses on how new financial technologies and climate change fit within existing regulatory frameworks. His work has examined the risks associated with cryptocurrency derivatives, the rise of digital investment advice, corporate governance failures within the financial industry, and climate-related risk disclosures.

Program Agenda

December 11:

8:30 - Registration

9:30 - Welcome and Opening Remarks (David Hoffman and Jimmie Lenz)

9:45 - Cybersecurity for Senior Leaders

10:30 - Coffee Break

11:00 - The Future of Cybersecurity Policy

12:00 - Lunch

13:30 - Cybersecurity Risk Management

14:30 - Coffee Break

15:00 - How to Prepare for and Respond to a Cybersecurity Breach

16:00 - Ransomware

19:00 - Dinner (Placeholder)


December 12:

9:00 - Security on the Blockchain

10:00 - Coffee Break

10:30 - The Intersections of Artificial Intelligence, Digital Assets, and Cybersecurity

12:00 - Lunch

13:30 - The Digital Asset Business Landscape of the Middle East

14:30 - Break

15:00 - Institutional Opportunities and Challenges in Adoption


December 13:

9:00 - Governmental Adoption of Blockchain and Digital Assets in the Middle East

10:00 - Break

10:30 - Tokenization of Assets

11:30 - Lunch

13:00 - Central Bank Digital Currency and Stablecoins in the Middle East

14:00 - Regulating Digital Assets in the UAE (ADGM)

15:00 - Break

15:30 - Lessons Learned from a Licensed Digital Asset Service Provider in the UAE

16:00 - Update on Digital Asset Regulatory Landscape in the US