Abdul Hussain Tejani







AbdulHussain Tejani 

Abdulhussain Tejani is the Managing Director of People Matter DWC LLC
based in Dubai. He is also a senior faculty member of HCI, covering the
MENA, Africa, and South Asia regions. A former VP of GEMS Education, as well as HR Director of Merck for the MENA region and eventually the Learning and Development Director at Merck for EEMEA, Abdulhussain brings to the table 24 years of corporate experience. His exposure across Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America lends to his ability to be culturally aware and adapt to a world that is evolving and changing rapidly. He counts among his experiences amazing companies like BP, Standard Chartered Bank, TNS, Merck, and GEMS Education.

COURSES TAUGHT:  HCI’s Strategic Talent AcquisitionHCI’s Analytics for Talent Management

CREDENTIALS: MBA Huron University


Guillaume Boutisseau





Guillaume Boutisseau

Guillaume’s experience encompasses technical hands-on, project management and architecture roles in the media, television and advertising industries, for various small and large companies. He’s worked on cloud migration and transformation projects for more than five years. He has developed a strong expertise in the technical, business and security aspects of cloud computing. Guillaume holds CCSK v3, CCSK v4, TOGAF and AWS certifications and he can deliver Cloud Security training in English and in French.

COURSES TAUGHT: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge – Plus

CREDENTIALS: CCSK authorised Instructor;  TOGAF9 Certified; Prince2 Practitioner; Agile PM Practitioner; AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.


Graham McLeod

Graham McLeod

Seasoned technology professional, entrepreneur and business leader, Graham McLeod is focused on assisting Technology professionals to add more value to their organisation through business and IT strategy alignment, enterprise architectures, programme and project management, process optimisation as well as through advanced systems delivery techniques. He consults at very senior levels (EXCO/Board) in major corporates in South Africa, the US, UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In banking, he he has worked with ABSA, Nedbank, Lesotho Bank, Lesotho Treasury, Commercial Bank of Malawi, Old Mutual Bank, Investec, Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank, Mauritius Commercial Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria and others in capacities including trainer, project leader, quality assurer, methods consultant, EA consultant, data modeler and business consultant.

COURSES TAUGHT: Business Architecture – Techniques and DeliverablesInternal Consulting Skills – Foundation Level

CREDENTIALS: Certified TOGAF® 9 architect and instructor; Computer Science (UNISA) and post graduate studies in Information Systems at UCT.


Joel Farnworth





Joel Farnworth MAML

Joel is currently Managing Partner for Kasemsri Farnworth & Associates, a Strategy, Leadership, and Advanced HR Services company based in Bangkok and serving the Asia Pacific and MENA regions. Prior to this role, Joel spent 22 years in various international HR roles with HSBC including Global Head of Talent, Learning and ODD. He has worked in 38 countries and with more than 50 nationalities. In both his permanent and consulting roles, Joel has extensive experience working with CEOs and top teams to develop regional and local HR resources that deliver impactful service at international standards. He is a sought after change agent and HR adviser.

COURSES TAUGHT: HCI’s Strategic HR Business Partner; HCI’s Change Management for HR

CREDENTIALS: Accredited in the use of a number of assessment tools including De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, OPQ, PAPI and Myers-Briggs; Chartered Fellow, CIPD; MA in Management Learning.

Michael Schnellbuegel

Michael Schnellbuegel

A member of the Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA), Michael is a TOGAF® 8 and 9 certified architect. He has many years’ experience, in both consulting and training, in the areas of business process analysis and optimisation, enterprise architecture (Process and Architecture) as well as project management. He offers certified TOGAF® 9 training as in-house and public courses. His specialties include Business Process Analysis and Modelling (BPA), Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) and TOGAF® training.

COURSES TAUGHT: Business Architecture – Techniques and Deliverables, Business Process Management – Techniques and Deliverable and other architecture-related courses.

CREDENTIALS: Certified TOGAF® 8 and 9 architect, certified instructor for TOGAF® certification course



Moshe Ferber





Moshe Ferber

Moshe Ferber is a recognised industry expert, popular public speaker and a notable figure in the cloud security community. He brings more than 20 years of experience in this area. Currently Moshe specialises in cloud security as an entrepreneur and lecturer. He promotes responsible cloud adoption by developing the next generation of cloud security best practices for the industry. He has spoken at numerous industry events through the years including at DEFCON, RSA APJ conference, Black Hat conferences, IMWorld 2017, Cyberweek 2017 – 2019, Secure Cloud 2016 and INFOSEC 2014 – 2017. He has also spoken at numerous CSA CEE, APAC, US and EMEA Congresses. He has been delivering training since 2013.

COURSES TAUGHT: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge CCSK Plus (Online)

CREDENTIALS:  Cloud Security Alliance CCSK – top contributor to certification; ISC2 CCSP – Member of CCSP creation committee and co-author of the certification. An authorised instructor since the first day of the certification.

Rajeev Kumar





Rajeev Kumar

Rajeev is an experienced Information Security Consultant  and senior corporate trainer. He has a demonstrated history of working  for various organisations in Security Testing and  Management.  Rajeev is skilled in VAPT, Governance , Compliance , Cloud and Infrastructure Risk Management with Firewall Architecture (Checkpoint, Palo-Alto, Fortigate) in both implementation and troubleshooting. He is also experienced in Active Directory, Windows Server, Operating Systems  and Networking. Rajeev is a strong IT professional with a Master’s degree in  Computer Software Engineering from Bundelkhand University. Rajeev is an EC-Council  content writer for ECSA and aC-CISO. He is also an authorised CSA instructor.

COURSES TAUGHT: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge CCSK Plus (online)

CREDENTIALS: – CISSP; CCSP; C-CISO; CND; ECIH; CASP; CCIE (R&S); CCNA; Amazon AWS professional; Microsoft Certified Trainer; MCSE (Server); MCSE (Public Cloud); MCSA (Server 2016, 2012, 2008); CEH; ECSA, CHFI; EC-Council.


Ricci Ieong






Ricci Ieong

Dr Ieong has more than 15 years industry experience in the Tech sector and more than 15 years experience in IT security specialising in Security Risk Assessment, IT Audit, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing, Smartcards and Biometrics system deployment as well as Computer Forensics investigations. He currently serves as the Principal Consultant of eWalker Consulting Ltd. Dr Ieong is an (ISC)2 authorised instructor and Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) trainer.

COURSES TAUGHT: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge

CREDENTIALS: – CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CEH, CCFP, ACE, F.ISFS, GPEN, ISSAP, ISSMP, M Phil, MAArb, ISO 27001 LA, Star Auditor


Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas

Ron has an impressive HR background that spans many industries, cultures and countries including India, China, Brazil, Dubai, Africa, Turkey as well as Saudi Arabia. Senior international faculty at the Human Capital Institute, Ron is also a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and the Executive Quarterly Online Panel at McKinsey Consulting. He has held senior level HR roles with Buck Consultants (Xerox), Martha Stewart Living and IBM.

The former Chief Executive of the Great Place to Work Institute Gulf is a frequent blogger and writer on HR topics. A regular columnist with us, his writing has been featured in major publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s NY Business, Workforce Management Magazine, TLNT.com and CEO.com.

COURSES TAUGHT: The Engaged Manager ; HCI’s sHRBP strategic HR Business Partner ; HCI’s Strategic Talent Acquisition

CREDENTIALS: Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS); Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP); Global Human Capital Strategist (GHCS) all with HCI (Human Capital Institute).



Sharma Kumari






Sharma Kumari

Sharma has more than 25 years of experience consulting, coaching and training clients in HR, change management and behavioural communication. She has worked in numerous industries with assignments in Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe and North America. An accomplished Certified Assessor for Assessment and Development Centres, Sharma has been lead assessor for more than 40 candidates earmarked for mid- senior positions.

COURSES TAUGHT:  HCI’s sHRBP strategic HR Business Partner ; HCI’s Human Capital Strategist; HCI’s Strategic Workforce Planning

CREDENTIALS: Strategic HR Business Partner (SHRBP); Certified Talent Management Assessor; PROSCI certified Change Management practitioner; Impact System Coach, NLP practitioner, Colored Brain Communication Trainer. Qualified to administer DISC & Workplace Big5 Profiling tools. MA in Communication Management; BA Hons in Mass Communication.




At Vertical Distinct, it’s our aim to provide you with the very best teaching possible. That’s why we make sure that all of our course instructors don’t just have high-level teaching skills and technical knowledge, but also real commercial experience. In that way, we can be sure you are benefitting from the most relevant information and up-to-date knowledge so that you can make the fastest possible progress in your chosen field. And for our certification-led programmes, not only will you be enjoying the best teaching experience possible, but you will also have the confidence of knowing that you have an internationally recognised qualification to your name.


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